The musings of an IT Consultant


August 31, 2011  7:22 PM

What about the other tablet vendors?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So now that we have this tablet craze with the cheap HP tablets selling like hotcakes, what about the others?

With HP waving the white flag, who is going to challenge Apple’s dominance in the tablet space? Here’s hoping somebody buys PSG from HP and keeps the tablet alive. As I’ve always said, competition is a good thing and a lack of choice can only hurt the consumer in the end.

I really like the offerings from the Android platform, but are they going to be left to fight the battle with iPad alone?

-RP

August 31, 2011  7:20 PM

ConnectWise and LabTech

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as you know I am a big proponent of ConnectWise and Kaseya for both time tracking and remote monitoring and management respectively in the services industry.

Well ConnectWise this year has joined forces with LabTech to provide an alternative RMM solution. I figure this was bound to happen eventually as Kaseya has started to provide some ConnectWise like functionality in it’s own product.

Now with LabTech out there, the rumour has it that you can buy LabTech for much cheaper than Kaseya. The question is – is it better? I will give it a trial and see what it’s like and report back to you.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


August 31, 2011  7:16 PM

HP Tablet Craze!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So not long after HP announced selling off PSG, the prices dropped on their tablets to 99 bucks and 150 bucks respectively for their low end and higher end tablets.

Some of my friends went to the local big box electronic retailers to go pick some up and apparently the staff mentioned they were sold out in less than 15 minutes!

Now that’s just crazy! I wonder if iPad competitors could capitalize on this and lower their prices as well to see if they can flood the market with their own devices? Time will tell….

-RP


August 31, 2011  7:13 PM

HP selling off PSG

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about how HP wants to sell off their consumer products division!

What does this mean for the everyday user? Is this something to be concerned about? I for one think there isn’t much to worry about because since HP has such a successful division, they will probably be bought by another company and still continue to support everything that is out there. There really would be no good reason for a company buying them to just kill that off entirely.

If the sale happens, this will definitely strengthen enterprise storage, servers and networking for HP as they can focus on taking out Cisco on their home turf.

-RP


August 31, 2011  7:09 PM

HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF)

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Fresh off my A-Series course, I wanted to talk a bit about HP’s Intelligent Resilient Framework, otherwise known as IRF.

IRF is functionality built into the HP A-Series line of switches that is much like Cisco stacking technology. This allows you to join multiple switches and avoid the use of spanning tree.

What’s great about IRF? The ability to use all of your redundant links actively and achieve less than 50ms reconvergence times!

This is a great technology and I urge you to read more about it here.

-RP


August 31, 2011  7:05 PM

HP A-Series Switches

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So recently I went away on some HP A-Series switch training. I was out in Toronto at some training provided by Avnet.

The training was very comprehensive, and I got to learn a  lot of great things about HP’s new series of enterprise switches which they acquired from the 3COM/H3C purchase.

Long story short, these switches are amazing. I have to say they compete quite well with their Cisco competition. For anyone considering buying switches in the enterprise space, I urge you to demo some of the A-Series product line!

-RP


August 31, 2011  7:02 PM

Download vSphere 5!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you may have heard vSphere 5 is on the horizon.

Well it’s here now! You can now download vSphere 5 installable from the website here.

My colleague Nathan has done an ITKE blog outlining the documentation here.

There isn’t much time to get your VCP status upgraded to version 5 so now is a good time to start studying! Especially with December holidays being not a great time to study. Better to get started early instead of waiting until the last minute!

-RP


July 31, 2011  11:06 PM

vSphere 5!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you have been hiding under a rock you will notice that vSphere 5 from VMware has been announced!

With the new announcement is a whole host of new features but also a change in licensing. VMware has introduced something called vRAM which basically ties licensing to the amount of RAM needed in your virtual environment.

Unfortunately for most users, this means your licensing costs are going to go up. With VMware currently fighting a battle with Microsoft Hyper-V I don’t think this is going to bode well. I don’t know many admins who are happy about this announcement. It’s kind of a mixed bag, they love the features of vSphere 5, but the licensing leaves a lot to be desired. We’ll have to see how this plays out.

You can check out the licensing guide here.

-RP


July 31, 2011  10:59 PM

The pain of snapshots!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as you know, one of the coolest features of having a VMware virtualized environment is snapshots. The ability to take a snap of a point in time on the server and then revert to it if need be.

Lots of backup products leverage this capability to provide virtual machine backups. However snapshots as great as they are can be the bane of a network administrators existence too.

You see sometimes snapshots can get corrupted or orphaned from the backup process and they don’t get removed properly. The network administrator doesn’t notice this and then the snapshot ends up running forever and going out of control. This can lead to an outage on the server.

How do we fix this? Constant monitoring! Put into place monitoring and best practices to make sure unused snapshots and orphaned snapshots are cleaned up. This will keep your virtual environment in a healthy state!

-RP


July 31, 2011  10:55 PM

Cisco layoffs

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So not only has RIM done layoffs but Cisco is preparing for layoffs as well. To the tune of 5000 to 10000 jobs.

Looks like the same old story. A company gets to grow big due to successful product and strategy, then they overreach and then it’s layoff time. Hopefully if this does happen, Cisco will turn things around. The biggest issue in my mind? Cisco is seeing stiff competition from HP.

HP has done some great things with their networking division and they are really putting the gears to Cisco. If HP can hit them where it hurts Cisco will have a long road ahead of them. Only time will tell!

-RP


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