Healthcare.gov: Avoiding a Troubled Launch

As an IT professional who works with many corporations that have mission critical websites that cannot experience outages, I am not alone in wondering what went wrong with the http://www.healthcare.gov site launch. For the amount of time and money that was invested in launching this site, the types of outages and problems encountered should have been significantly less than what was experienced. Not every implementation, especially one on this large of a scale, is flawless but with proper planning and testing many of the pitfalls could have been avoided. A recent article in CIO magazine highlighted areas necessary to be evaluated for other companies to avoid similar problems.

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Network Virtualization

After many attempts throughout the last 3 decades or so, it finally appears that Client / Server Virtualization is here to stay. Most people in the IT industry have heard of VDI, Virtual Machines, or Cloud Servers. One area of Virtualization Services that does not have quite as wide of an audience is the area of Network Virtualization.

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Be My Valentine

I am a happily married man, yet I am still on the hunt for new partners.  Before you jump to any conclusions, let me clarify. I seek New Business Partners.

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Exercising in the Office

“We are made to move, not sit at a desk 12 hours a day,” says Joan Price, author of The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book. “As ergonomic as your desk or chair may be, sitting produces back pains, headaches, and listlessness. You become less productive.”

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Data Protection: Raid 101

I get the pleasure of working with several refrigerator-sized storage subsystems capable of holding several hundred to thousands of spinning hard drives and solid state devices. These drives combine to store and service Petabytes of data.  One of my main responsibilities is ensuring your data is available even if a few of those drives go bad and fail. I often get asked about data protection, so I thought I’d review one of the tools we utilize within our arsenal – RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks)

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Netflix & Cloud: Nothing to be Afraid of

Netflix, founded in 1997, is championed as the spearhead for “Cloud Computing v1.0.” But with great power comes great responsibility. Since it’s the first of its kind, it hasn’t quite worked out all the kinks. For example, in 2012 four outages occurred. These outages happened at the most inopportune times- like on Christmas Eve when your family has finally gathered around for the traditional yearly viewing of the classic Die Hard.

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Ch Ch Ch Changes

David Bowie uttered this memorable phrase back in 1971. At the time he considered it a throwaway song, little did he know it would become one of his most famous lyrics. In the world of IT, change has many meanings just as it did in Bowie’s song of self-discovery.

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New Year’s Resolutions

With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions. Inevitably, working out and eating healthier will be on your list. This resolution will not only help you personally but professionally as well. According to a study of European workers polled by VieLife, those with a poor nutritional balance were reported as being 15% less productive than those with a good nutritional balance and those with poor nutrition scores reported 50% more sickness absences per year than those with good scores. While you may know what you want, you might not know where to start so I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you stay active at the workplace this year:

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Happy Holidays

FNTS would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. May the new year bring you health, happiness, and spectacular success.

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Are you ready for the play-offs?

With the new year and the BCS playoffs both right around the corner, I am reminded of a great memory. It will be remembered for the rest of my life. One of those, “once in a lifetime” events, in which I will never forget being there, witnessing it first hand, feeling the rush of adrenaline and pure jubilation, and hearing the thunderous roar of the crowd!

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Disaster Recovery or Risk Mitigation?

One of the first questions I get from most prospects is “What does FNTS provide for Disaster Recovery?”  The answer is: a lot.  But let me digress before tackling the answer in detail.

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Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, it always prompts me to reflect on what I am thankful for both personally and professionally. Within my professional career at FNTS, I am so thankful for our clients and the relationships I have with each and every one of them.  Getting to know our clients is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job, and having a relationship with some of our clients that date back to 1996 when FNTS first opened our doors is really humbling.  It really provides so much more meaning and value when you take the time to know the people you are working with, what drives their business, and how we can help them reach their goals and objectives.

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Ready, Set, GO!

As we pull out onto the track for the final race, I am beginning to realize one of the main characteristics of a successful sales person:  competitiveness!  We line up just like NASCAR racers heading into the final heat, anxiously awaiting the flag to drop.  This is the third heat and there isn’t as much laughing as before – this time, it’s serious.  The prize?  No, not millions of dollars or trophies, something simpler: pure bragging rights on who within the Sales team earns the fastest track time and wins the race!

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The Extreme IO Test (Part 2 of Not All Solid States are Equal)

As a follow-on to a previous post “Not all Solid States Are Equal”, we test one purpose-built all-flash array to see if the hype surrounding this technology is truly justified.  There are several purpose built flash arrays hitting the market today – Nimbus Gemini, Whiptal Invicta, Violin 6000, and many more.

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Veterans Day

When I was 19 the last thing I ever wanted to do was join the military. The thought of going to war and possibly losing your life is not very appealing to many folks.  Back home, I wasn’t enjoying college life but didn’t want to work in a factory or foundry like so many of my high school friends.

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