The musings of an IT Consultant:

January, 2013


January 31, 2013  11:24 PM

Best Buy closes 15 Canadian Stores



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! In the wake of the VMware layoffs, Best Buy has also announced some changes! The big electronics retailer has announced the closing of 15 Canadian stores, this includes Best Buys and Future Shop locations. In my own home town of Winnipeg, the Regent location Future Shop closed. It's...

January 31, 2013  10:49 PM

BlackBerry 10



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

So RIM (BlackBerry now) has finally launched BB10. And the world rejoiced! Actually no, not really. Instead the stock slid. Fresh off the news of BB10, it's been announced it won't be available until mid March. This really did not help BlackBerry now. This is the worst news possible when people...


January 30, 2013  11:26 PM

Brocade Awarded



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! Brocade was just recently awarded the Networking Quality Assurance and Certification for Rackspace Private Cloud! This goes to show that Brocade means business in the cloud datacenter marketplace and that they're here to stay. Rackspace is one of the largest cloud providers in the...


January 30, 2013  11:10 PM

VMware changes



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So if you haven't heard already, there have been some rumored job changes at VMware. VMware announced layoffs and to the tune of 900 people. VMware also is hiring at the same time however, and will be focusing on areas that make sense to them. It should be interesting to see which...


January 14, 2013  11:30 PM

Brocade names new CEO, Lloyd Carney



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! Today Brocade named a new CEO to steer the ship! Brocade named Lloyd Carney as their new CEO. He comes from a very experienced background from such companies as Xsigo Systems, Micromuse, Nortel Networks and Bay Networks. Bringing with him tons of experience, he should be able to help...


January 10, 2013  11:03 PM

Management tools are your friend



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! I know this is a train of thought I bring up a lot, but I find it funny that more people aren't implementing something like this. After all the money someone invests in technology, sometimes I find it mind boggling as to why someone wouldn't invest in management tools to help manage that...


January 9, 2013  10:58 PM

Using Microsoft Lync on a Wireless Network



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So Microsoft Lync is great in that you can use it as a soft phone on your laptop when roaming around places. But this does pose a problem. How do you apply QoS to that traffic when it's on the same subnet as the rest of your data traffic when communicating through wireless...


January 7, 2013  10:55 PM

SonicWALL NetExtender Windows 8 VPN Client



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! Some quick tips for you. When reinstalling your computer with Windows 8, you might run into issues with VPN clients. Last month I spoke about getting the correct client for Cisco AnyConnect. This month I wanted to talk about SonicWALL. Any of you who are in the SonicWALL world know...


January 6, 2013  10:28 PM

Document Management



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So you invested in that shiny new Exchange server and Lync server, but feel like you're missing a piece of the puzzle? That's probably because you're not using Sharepoint yet! Microsoft Sharepoint is great for collaborating with your colleagues or external contacts with document...


January 5, 2013  10:42 PM

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Update



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So as I mentioned earlier, I recommended Kaspersky for Windows 8. I have been using Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 on my laptop that I recently installed Windows 8 on. Just wanted to update you folks after having used it for a while. So far so good! I run the Kaspersky product with...


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