The musings of an IT Consultant:

January, 2011

January 31, 2011  11:07 PM

There’s even an app for IP exhaustion!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
app, iPhone, IPv4 exhaustion counter

Hi folks! So as I previously mentioned in my blogs, the age of IPv4 is quickly dying out. The exhaustion of the address space will probably happen some time in 2012 according to industry experts. So how does one track this if they have an iPhone? Well of course, there's an app for that! There's...

January 31, 2011  11:03 PM

Commenting configs

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, CLI, comment configs, HP

Hi folks! So I wanted to rant about one of my pet peeves. That is command line configs and people not commenting them properly! You see, regardless of what CLI you are using, whether it's Cisco or HP or some other vendor. Commenting your config so another administrator coming along can...

January 31, 2011  10:53 PM

Battle of the storage!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
3PAR, Compellent, HP, Storage

Hi folks! So as you know there was an all out bidding war for 3PAR where HP and Dell were concerned. Well now Dell has purchased Compellent. How much? Apparently to the tune of $820 million. This was a much cheaper deal than the 3PAR acquisition. The questions is, will they be able to leverage...

January 31, 2011  10:38 PM

Storage failure?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
EVA4400, Fiber Channel, HP, Storage, storageworks

Hi folks! In the world of storage, there is storage, and then their is redundant storage. The question is, what do you have? I've always advocated purchasing storage that has redundancy built in with a lot of hot swappable parts. Otherwise you are just in for a whole lot of trouble when there is...

January 31, 2011  10:35 PM

Android Honeycomb

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android 3.0 Honeycomb, iPad, tablet

Hi folks! If you haven't heard yet, the Android Honeycomb OS has been announced! What is this might you ask? It is Google's answer to the tablet OS. Honeycomb promises to have a great feature set. In this day and age with the iPad here, everyone and their dog wants to have a tablet in their...

January 31, 2011  7:50 AM

Acer Iconia

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Acer Iconia, CES

Hi folks! So at CES this year the Acer Iconia debuted. This is the new dual pane laptop from Acer. The laptop looks like two tablets stuck together. The question is how usable is this device? Having two screens is great, but at the same time the device seems kind of unwieldy to me. I'm not sure...

January 31, 2011  7:45 AM

SolarWinds Orion Network Configuration Manager

Posted by: Raj Perumal
SolarWinds Orion Network Configuration Manager

Hi folks! So how many of you hate the monotony of performing config backups on large networks with tons of routers and switches? How about making the same change manually to all of them? Not very fun is it? Well, enter Orion Network Configuration Manager from our friends at SolarWinds. This...

January 31, 2011  7:01 AM

New C series Catalyst switches from Cisco

Posted by: Raj Perumal
2960-C, 3560-C, C series, Catalyst, cisco switch

Hi folks! Time to introduce a new line of switches from Cisco, the C series! Cisco has released their 2960 and 3560 switches in a "C" version. This is their new compact line of switches. These switches are fanless and support POE pass-through.  Cisco describes these switches as switches you...

January 31, 2011  6:43 AM

Securing use of the iPad

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Citrix Receiver, iPad

Hi folks! So with the release of the iPad, users everywhere are trying to find new and inventive ways to use it in the workplace. The biggest question is the security surrounding it. Well if one embraces a more non-traditional way of using a tablet device, you can have your cake and eat it too....

January 31, 2011  6:40 AM

Next version of Windows

Posted by: Raj Perumal
ARM processor, new platform, next version of Windows, Windows 8, x86

Hi folks! So with Windows 7 being as great as it is, it's hard to think about what will be in the next one. Well at CES this year Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows is going to break the mold. How you might ask? Well the next version of Windows is supposed to move past the x86...

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