What is it? Apparently it’s software that integrates with both Kaseya and ConnectWise and allows you to put your client communications/alerts/tickets under one pane of glass from what I can tell. If this product does what it says it can, then it will be a valuable tool for MSP’s indeed.
As one who uses Kaseya and ConnectWise I am very interested to see what they have to bring to the table. Apparently with BrightGauge you have features such as a bulletin board to easily see all client communications, detailed gauges of your client’s IT health, as well as reports and tickets.
You can read more about it here.
Well in order for that to happen, they will definitely need to build the software support base that both Android and iPhone have. Currently both Android and iPhone are ruling the market with the tons of apps available out there.
However rumor has it that Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have the same level of support from the user community as of yet. This doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it just means it might take some time to gain ground. After all the phone was just recently released. I think Microsoft has done a great thing with Windows Phone 7 and if it can gain community support it will make for yet another great choice for consumers.
Here’s hoping for some great competition in the 2011 year!
All over the place I see network techs using normal cell phones with out any “smart” functionality. It would seem with the plethora of options available today that it would make sense to buy one. Especially seeing how smart phones make a network admins life so much easier in their day to day jobs.
I suppose one reason is they don’t want their employers to have a reason to get a hold of them via email all the time. But other than that, the smart phone is one of those things that can free you from the desktop/notebook. With a smart phone you can do so many things. For those of you that don’t have one yet, I urge you to give it a try! iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, BlackBerry – pick your poison and get with the times!
This seems really silly since it is such a commonly used feature. However there is an easier way. You could subscribe to OpenDNS and use their web filtering capabilities. Instead of managing expensive appliances in your organization, you can just centrally manage OpenDNS.
OpenDNS might not be a solution for everyone but it definitely has it’s place in the market. You can read more about it here.
3PAR is one of the leading storage vendors in the enterprise market today. Their solutions are perfect for virtualization and the cloud strategy. With HP’s acquisition, they are perfectly poised to knock out the competition with the 3PAR offering.
You can read more about 3PAR here.
This can sometimes cause a lot of issues in the way traffic flows across the network. This can cause network slowdowns and even outages. How does one resolve this?
Well the first thing to look at is your architecture and ensure that everything is connected properly without any unnecessary connections. Then you also need to look at how you have spanning tree configured or if you have any inferior switches connected in your network that could be causing issues. It also helps to be running the same vendor for your switching if possible, all though mixed vendors is possible with careful planning and configuration.
Following these steps will go a long way to have a stable network!
The BlackBerry OS is good as far as the old days are concerned but in my opinion the new QNX OS on the PlayBook is way better. This is something RIM really has to take advantage of to survive in 2011.
Well according to the rumor mill, RIM is going to eventually replace the BlackBerry OS with QNX OS on it’s mobile devices. If it does this, it will come a long way towards retaining the loyalty of BlackBerry users.
Well there are a lot of products out there that can be used, that will work just fine, both open source and commercial. However there is one product I am especially partial to. Orion NPM from Solarwinds.
Orion NPM is a great product for network monitoring and it covers all sorts of features such as virtualization as well as wireless. Orion also has a new mobile feature to allow mobile views for monitoring.
You can check it out here.
The HTC Thunderbolt is the new phone that they are planning on announcing. Apparently it’s based on an Android OS and it’s Verizon’s first 4G capable phone.
With the announcement of this that will be another point for Android. Apple will have to release a 4G iPhone soon in response, the only questions is when?
Well this year at CES it is rumored that HP will be revealing their HP quad core Sandy bridge notebooks. That is great news for all of us computer geeks!
They will be the HP Pavilion dv7 4000 and 5000 series notebooks according to the rumors.