The musings of an IT Consultant


February 1, 2013  8:40 PM

HTC One



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! Finally the HTC One is coming to town and I am a very happy camper!

I currently use the HTC One X (XL model) and have loved it from the start. During the time I have owned it, I tried some other phones out like iPhone and BlackBerry but I kept going back to the HTC One X. I guess I just love the HTC Sense user interface.

With the latest hardware from HTC coming out, we’re going to have a great phone on our hands!

 

-RP

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 unfortunate, but with the amount of online shopping that happens these days, brick and mortar retails are forced more and more into irrelevance. You can read more here.

-RP


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 have already been waiting so long. Sure it looks like a great phone, but is it great enough?

The answer to that in my opinion is no. If you haven’t migrated your users off of BlackBerry to some other device, you should probably start doing so now. BlackBerry has proven to become increasingly irrelevant and horrible availability will not help them return to relevance.

-RP


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 world, and they make use of Brocade technologies such as the Brocade VDX line.

You can read more about Brocade’s announcement here.

-RP


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 products get the love and which products get turfed.

You can read more here.

-RP


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 Brocade go to the next level in the competitive network marketplace.

You can read more here.

-RP


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 investment.

After all if you’re not managing all the items in your IT environment, how do you know if it’s performing? How do you know if you’re over or underutilizing, and in turn how do you know if you’re even budgeting properly for future growth?

These are all things that management tools can help with you. They can put a magnifying glass on your IT infrastructure and help you make sense of the whole thing. There are many products out there, and that is definitely a discussion for another day, but all I ask is that people think about looking at management tools.

-RP


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 networks?

The easy way is to make sure you have a wireless network that can classify that traffic and prioritize it based on application, not on subnet. Meru Networks does a great job of this with their centralized wireless lan controllers that allows for Microsoft Lync calls to work seamlessly in wireless environments.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


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 that the client of choice is the SonicWALL NetExtender software. This product is easy to configure and use. Make sure that you have version 6.0.181 of the SonicWALL NetExtender software and install that on your Windows 8 machine.

If you do this, then everything will work fine. You can easily download the VPN client from the SonicWALL support site.

-RP

 


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 management. Making it very easy to keep track of documents and to share information. Combining that with the power of Microsoft’s Exchange and Lync products, you end up with a full featured collaboration solution.

Unfortunately for most people, Sharepoint can be a gargantuan undertaking. You can dip your toe in the water by experimenting with a basic version of Sharepoint through Office 365. Then if you like what you see, you can move to an on premise solution with a higher end version. The higher end versions typically sport better features such as advanced searching functionality.

-RP


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