The musings of an IT Consultant


December 26, 2013  9:55 PM

BlackBerry going back to it’s roots



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So BlackBerry is back in the news again, but in a good way!

Ever since Thorsten Heins was ejected and the new CEO took over, I think we may be able to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. The new CEO has announced that BlackBerry will focus on the enterprise and BBM which is in BlackBerry’s wheelhouse. This is a good move in my mind.

You can read more here.

-RP

December 18, 2013  9:41 PM

MTS announces new Data Centre



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! More good news from MTS and EPIC Information Solutions in the province of Manitoba.

MTS has announced that they are building a world class data centre in Winnipeg. It will be a $50 million dollar, 70,000 sq. foot multi-tenant data centre.

EPIC Information Solutions which was recently acquired by MTS will be providing the skills to operate the data centre.

You can read more here.

-RP


December 10, 2013  10:07 PM

Meru hits the Flordia District



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! Meru Networks continues to deploy it’s great solutions in the school system!

Recently Florida District deployed Meru Networks WiFi technology across all 44 of it’s schools serving over 40,000 students.

Meru Networks gear is ideal for the educational marketplace with it’s market leading 802.11ac supporting the latest and greatest tech devices that students are using.

You can read more here.

-RP


December 1, 2013  10:11 PM

Smartglass Idea



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So if you own an Xbox 360 or One, you know what SmartGlass is.

SmartGlass is a remote control program that allows you to remotely control those devices. However I have an idea – wouldn’t it be great if we had something like that for our PC’s? A program on our SmartPhone that we could use to remotely control our PC experience?

The use case would be for home theater/media PC’s. I think having something as slick as SmartGlass would work great. I know there are other utilities out there that do this, but I would love to have a Microsoft made solution. Hopefully they do it!

-RP


November 30, 2013  2:02 PM

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So for those of you that liked the original Yoga but wanted something just a bit more, this laptop is for you!

The great folks at Lenovo have launched the Thinkpad Yoga! This brings the Yoga to the business world!

Starting at $1299, you can get the Yoga with all the powerful tech specs you need for most business use cases.

See the below tech specs from Lenovo for details:

 

Processor
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4500U (4MB Cache, up to 3.00GHz)
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4200U processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.60GHz)
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Display
12.5″ FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) 400 nits 10-finger multitouch display
Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Memory
4GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz Memory
Webcam
720p HD
Storage
SSD: 128GB, 256GB SSD SATA3
Dimensions (W x D x H)
12.46″ x 8.70″ x 0.74″-0.76″
Weight
3.52 lbs
I/O (Input/Output) Ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (one Powered)
  • Audio/Mic Combo
  • OneLink Dock
  • Mini HDMI
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • VGA and RJ45 via OneLink Dock
Audio
  • Dolby® Home Theater® v4
  • Enhanced audio for VOIP
WIMAX / WIFI
  • Intel® Wireless-N 7260 2 x 2 11 BGN+BT
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-11 AC 7260 2 x 2 +BT
Keyboard
Lift ‘n’ Lock backlit Keyboard
Battery
Up to 8 hours – MM2012, dependant upon configuration
Ethernet
Enable RJ45 using dongle or OneLink Dock
Navigation
TrackPoint® and 5-button clickpad
Bluetooth®
Yes


November 26, 2013  9:36 PM

Microsoft Moving Towards Encryption



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So with all the news about the NSA spying on everyone, companies and private citizens alike are starting to get squeamish.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the giant Microsoft has taken notice and has decided to do something about it. Microsoft is concerned that they may have already been breached without their knowledge by the NSA and they are not OK with it.

Microsoft  is taking steps to secure their Internet traffic from the NSA’s prying eyes. We should all take a page out of that book and pay special heed to security going forward, if you haven’t already done so. Things are only going to get worse from here on out in the world of privacy vs government.

-RP


November 26, 2013  9:31 PM

Backup Exec.cloud



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So for those of you that are considering using Backup in the cloud, this news may be relevant for you.

Symantec has decided to stop offering Backup Exec.cloud. This is Symantec’s cloud service for backup. It is not clear what Symantec will offer in place of this, but word on the street is that Symantec will halt all sales of this service in January 2014.

In the meantime, there are still a plethora of cloud Backup options available out there to customers.

-RP


November 23, 2013  9:54 PM

Cisco UCS wins award!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So big news for Cisco! Cisco has won an award for their UCS platform.

Cisco won the product of the year award at SVC 2013 for their Cisco UCS Director which allows you to manage compute, network and storage.  Congratulations to Cisco on a job well done!

You can read more about the win here.

-RP


November 21, 2013  9:42 PM

Encryption for Microsoft Office 365



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So for those of you that have embraced the cloud, and for those of you that are sitting on the fence – I have great news for you!

Microsoft has decided to bring no charge encryption to office 365 email! This is a huge deal, because as i mentioned before, with all the security breaches as of late by the NSA, you can’t know what is private and what is not anymore.

The new email encryption ability should be available in the E3 and E4 plans for Office 365. You can read more here.

-RP


November 20, 2013  1:34 PM

Brocade Announces ICX 7750



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So Brocade has come to the table again with yet another high powered switch! Brocade has launched the first purpose built switch for scale out campus aggregation.

Specs from the Brocade web site below:

Highlights of the Brocade ICX 7750:

  • Agility and Performance
    • Delivers unprecedented port density and scalability for a 10/40 GbE fixed-port stackable switch (available second half 2014)
      • Up to 3,000 1/10 GbE ports, or 800 40 GbE ports in a single logical device
      • Up to 82 terabits per second of aggregate switching capacity
      • Up to 46 billion packets per second of aggregate forwarding capacity
      • SDN-ready with true Hybrid Port mode support for OpenFlow 1.3
  • Value
    • Scale-out economics: progressively add switching capability at the core/aggregation layer when needed
    • Optical stacking links for distributed aggregation/core layer across the campus, delivering switching capacity where needed
    • Total cost of ownership (TCO) advantages of a fixed-port solution
    • Brocade Assurance Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Automation and Resiliency

    • Chassis-level resiliency, high availability and manageability

      • Single point of management

      • A Quad Core processor allowing for In-Service Software Updates (ISSU) within a single unit, as well as hitless failover

      • Built-in resiliency, including a separate control and data stacking links for greater system reliability

      • Hot-swap alert latch to help ensure data integrity when removing or inserting the high-performance 6×40 GbE module while the switch is operating

      • Enterprise-grade advanced features such as Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol Extended (VRRPe), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), robust IPV4/IPV6 support, Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT), and Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)


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