Not All Solid States are Equal

As a follow-on to a previous post “The Evolution of Disk Storage”, we discover there’s more than one type of flash technology to choose from.  Depending on the intended use and workload requirements, there are three flash technologies widely adopted and being deployed:

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Working with a myriad of companies from different industries, it is fascinating to discover why they adopted cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service. Commonly, companies want to focus on its capital and technical resources, business initiatives and growth projects. They do not want to put time and energy into computer hardware and day-to-day support needs

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When Email Attacks

How many of us receive e-mail on a monthly basis from our financial institution?  With the technology that we have today I am guessing that most of us receive statement notifications electronically instead of via the post office.  How many of us can actually tell whether or not the e-mail received is legitimate or from someone trying to obtain the username and password to your account?  There are a few signs that you should look for before clicking on a link in any e-mail you receive.

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Mainframe Demise?

My introduction to IT was via the Air Force in 1989.  Graduating from high School in 1985, well before personal computers became common place and before teaching programming was the norm, I enlisted in in the Air Force.

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What’s in a Name?

Have you ever played the game in which you stare at clouds, determining what animal they best resemble? Gorilla? Dog? Horse?

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Time Management 101

As a Project Manager for FNTS, I am constantly seeking ways to use not only my time but the time of my coworkers and clients wisely. Staying organized and on task can be difficult at times, but with the following few tips your life may be a tad bit easier.

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The Extremes of IO: Part 1

IO, IO, it’s off to work we go.

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. -Marilyn Monroe

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The Evolution of Disk Storage

Back in 1956, IBM introduced us to the first commercially available disk drive.  It stored 5MB of data, weighed over a ton, and could be leased for $3,200 a month.  Today, with the prevalence of solid state storage, you can fit a 128GB Flash Drive in your shirt pocket for under $100.
Although I wouldn’t store my most critical database on a $100 flash drive, it’s a testament to the advances we have seen within storage industry in a relatively short period of time.

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Lawrence Welk & IT Managers

For those of you around my age (uh… more than 40), you may remember your parents or grandparents watching The Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday Evenings.  If you are not familiar with Lawrence, allow me to educate.

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Are you Prepared to BYOD?

The acronym BYOD or Bring Your Own Device, is taking the business world by storm.

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Independence Day

With the 4th of July a mere two days away, I’ve become reminiscent of how awesome this holiday is. When my daughter first started watching fireworks shows, she would sit in pure awe as the dazzling fireworks exploded overhead, enthralled by the different colors and shapes.  I watched as she would cower and cover her ears as the big booms went off. I enjoyed listening to her deep giggle, while she marveled at the loud and impressive fireworks.  Even 12 years later, she still loves this holiday and looks forward to the firework shows.

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