The musings of an IT Consultant:

May, 2010

May 31, 2010  11:59 PM

Cisco 8 port switches for the SMB network

Posted by: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, many times I have gone into a client only to see these tiny bargain basement switches littered all over the network. I think to myself why? I understand they are cheap, but more often then not they just cause the customer grief. With a lot of these no name brand switches you don't know...

May 31, 2010  11:58 PM

RIM needs to get rid of BES and find something better

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, BES, iPhone, RIM

Hi folks, as you know I am a big proponent of BlackBerry, but I have to admit less and less these days. Why is that you may ask? Because of my horrible experiences with BES 5. Realistically I think that RIM just needs to get rid of BES 5 and get something better. They need to go back to what...

May 31, 2010  11:57 PM

Reach me anywhere numbers – VoIP

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, phone number, Reach me Anywhere, VoIP

Hi folks, so in this day and age people are always looking for ways to get a hold of you. There are cell phones, office phones, email, texting etc. etc. etc. But what is the problem with this? It's a pain in the butt to call all these different numbers just to get a hold of someone. What's the...

May 31, 2010  11:53 PM

Fiber channel or iSCSI?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
FC, iSCSI, Storage

Hi folks, so the age old storage question, should i use FC or iSCSI? Well this isn't necessarily an easy question to answer. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are my thoughts on the matter. iSCSI is great for cheap storage, and allows you to get it up and running quickly...

May 31, 2010  11:48 PM

iLo is your friend

Posted by: Raj Perumal
HP, iLO, servers

Hi folks! So have you ever been remotely managing a server when all of a sudden you lose connection and you can't get access to the server again? I'm pretty sure every tech has! Enter HP's iLO. This is old technology from HP that has been around for quite some time. It stands for integrated...

May 31, 2010  11:43 PM

I had a chance to use the iPad…..

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Apple, iPad, review

Hi folks, so hot off the presses, I got a chance to use an iPad! My buddy bought one and I thought i'd give it a quick try. For those of you that have been hiding under a rock, the iPad is Apple's answer to the tablet, and is essentially a big iPhone (IMHO). What would it be good for? Well...

May 31, 2010  11:40 PM

Trouble finding the right Cisco gear for your needs?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, feature navigator

When putting together a quote or a network design, sometimes it can be daunting to look at all the products that Cisco has to offer. What do you do then? Well Cisco provides a nice tool within their web site, the feature navigator which allows you to easily drill down on any platform from Cisco...

May 31, 2010  11:36 PM

Running longer network runs

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Catalyst, Cisco, fiber, switch

Hi folks! So here is a common issue. People trying to run longer network runs in their networks. What do you do when you have to go past 330 ft and ethernet isn't the answer? Well you use fiber of course! The question is what type of fiber? There are so many variants to choose from. Cisco has a...

May 31, 2010  11:05 PM

Standalone or Lightweight Access points?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
access points, lwapp, standalone

Hi folks. A common question asked of me is what type of wireless should I use in my network environment. Well there are two types. The standalone access point works by itself and you configure it internally and then put it on your network. It's pretty straightforward but if you need to deploy...

May 31, 2010  3:19 PM

What is up with the BES 5 interface?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, management interface, RIM, web interface

Hi folks! So for those of you that upgraded to BES 5 you have probably noticed one thing that you hated right off the bat. The BES 5 interface sucks! The BlackBerry Manager interface is gone now and you are forced to use what I can only describe as the worst web interface since the dawn of the...

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