The musings of an IT Consultant


April 13, 2013  2:27 AM

HTC One in Canada

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you haven’t heard, the HTC One is shipping in Canada now.

You can get it on a 3 year plan for $149.99 or you can buy it without a plan for $650.00.  If you signed up for the HTC One credit, you can get up to $100 credit back for your old HTC phone.

If you put in a pre-order, apparently those units are shipping already!

-RP

April 10, 2013  1:13 AM

BlackBerry Q10

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for those of you that love BlackBerry’s almighty keyboard, you’ll be happy!

The BlackBerry Q10 is the device that is for you. With the abilities of touch screen phones, but the convenience of the keyboard, I predict the Q10 will really help BlackBerry out.

This is the phone that BlackBerry needed to make ages ago. I hope this helps this once great company see success again!

-RP


April 7, 2013  1:07 AM

IPV6 Compliant Hardware

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So IPV6 was supposed to be here by now but it isn’t. Sure some people are using it, but it really hasn’t reached wide spread adoption.

I for one thought it would be here by now but there is an IPV4 black market that is keeping things at bay. Having said that, it doesn’t mean you can turn a blind eye to it.

When buying hardware, make sure you buy hardware that is IPV6 compliant. This way you have a clear upgrade path without archaic hardware!

-RP


April 6, 2013  1:01 AM

Whole Disk Encryption and Choosing a CPU

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! In this day and age, whole disk encryption or full disk encryption as it’s called, is a necessary evil.

With the plethora of laptops out there, it’s easy to lose data if you forget your laptop somewhere or if it’s stolen. This is why encryption is necessary. Even if you lose the hardware, nobody can access your data and you can breathe easy.

What’s the problem? Encryption is slow. It can bring your computer to it’s knees. You can mitigate this by using newer computers with SSD hard drives and faster processors. However there are some CPUs that specifically support encryption at the hardware level in the CPU.

If you’re buying a new laptop you can checkout the link of supported processors here.

-RP


April 5, 2013  12:55 AM

What’s SDN?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So what’s SDN? It stands for Software Defined Networking!

What does that mean to you? Basically SDN is abstracting the complexties of the network from the hardware and putting it in software. Theoretically this is supposed to simplify things and make things easier for the network administrator.

Unfortunately a lot of people are throwing around the SDN term, but don’t really have a strategy. It kind of reminds me of the word “cloud” and how it’s been thrown around in IT over the past few years.

Before you buy into SDN, make sure you verify and test what works and what doesn’t!

-RP


April 4, 2013  12:52 AM

BES 10

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So BES 10 is available and lots of people are interested in how this new product will affect the marketplace.

What’s interesting to me is how people are just flocking to it based on the name without any actual testing of their own. They automatically assume BES will be the best for their environment without checking out the competition. Granted BES will probably be the best for BlackBerry management, but can you say the same for other platforms?

My recommendation is to do your due diligence and then decide which MDM platform is right for you. Don’t just assume BES is great because of the BlackBerry!

-RP


April 2, 2013  12:50 AM

Veeam

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So you need virtualization backup and you don’t know what to use?

Well the folks at Veeam make a great product! Veeam backup and replication will backup your virtual machines like no other! Veeam is one of the top vendors in the virtual backup market and they support both VMware and Hyper-V.

Veeam is constantly tweaking their product to provide the best performance for your backups and they even provide a free test copy for VCP’s!

-RP


April 1, 2013  3:11 AM

Windows XP No Support

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So how many of you still have users on Windows XP? Now you might be staying away from Windows 8, but you’re going to have to get away from XP sooner or later.

Windows XP is going end of support in April of 2014, which is exactly 1 year away. If you want to maintain a supportable environment your should at least consider moving to Windows 7 if Windows 8 still concerns you.

If you buy the appropriate Windows 8 license you can get downgrade rights and still install Windows 7.

-RP


March 31, 2013  10:08 PM

Exchange 2013 and Hardware Load Balancers

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So with the release of Exchange 2013, do you still need load balancers?

Absolutely! CAS servers can only do so much for you and if you’re in a geographically disparate setup, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of load balancers. Even if you’re not, layer 7 load balancers can load balance on many metrics that Exchange can’t do natively with it’s CAS servers.

I highly recommend the use of load balancers in highly available and high performance environments. If you’re in a small business, the argument can be made to forgo the load balancers, but if not, I suggest you take a look at the offerings out there.

-RP


March 31, 2013  9:39 PM

HTC One Pre-Order at Rogers in Canada

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! If you’re interested in the HTC One and you’re one of my fellow Canadians, this post is for you!

Rogers has released a pre-order that will set you up for primo access to the HTC One! I am a current Rogers customer with my HTC One X (XL) and I for one want to take advantage of this!

You can register for the pre-order here if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on this amazing phone!

-RP


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