The musings of an IT Consultant


December 31, 2010  8:08 PM

CES rumors – HTC smart phone

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, as mentioned before there are lots of rumors about what is going to be announced at CES. Well there are rumors that HTC is announcing a new smart phone.

The HTC Thunderbolt is the new phone that they are planning on announcing. Apparently it’s based on an Android OS and it’s Verizon’s first 4G capable phone.

With the announcement of this that will be another point for Android. Apple will have to release a 4G iPhone soon in response, the only questions is when?

-RP

December 31, 2010  7:42 PM

CES Rumors – HP to reveal quad core Sandy bridge notebooks

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as I mentioned before CES is coming up. For those of you that don’t know, this is the yearly electronics trade show that all the major companies showcase their new products at. CES is usually the place where big announcements are made.

Well this year at CES it is rumored that HP will be revealing their HP quad core Sandy bridge notebooks. That is great news for all of us computer geeks!

They will be the HP Pavilion dv7 4000 and 5000 series notebooks according to the rumors.

-RP


December 31, 2010  7:27 PM

Happy new year everyone!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, I want to wish everyone a happy new year! It should be great to see what the year of 2011 will bring to us in the world of technology.

With CES just around the corner we should have a lot of new announcements to get excited about. Hopefully we’ll see some serious further advancements in smart phone and tablet technology this year.

I predict this year will be a make or break year for RIM. With Windows Phone 7 out and Android, and iPhone, RIM will really have to work hard to retain market share. But only time will will tell!

-RP


December 31, 2010  7:15 PM

Cisco umi

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so here’s something neat from Cisco. They now are bringing video conferencing to your living room for residential users.

Cisco has introduced the umi, which is a personal use (not commercial) video conferencing system for home users. Why is this cool? Well when it comes to video conferencing, Cisco is one of the company’s that is very good at it. So for them to put their weight behind a home use version of video conferencing is a great thing.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


November 30, 2010  10:36 PM

iPad or MacBook Air?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So here is a question I have had a lot of people ask me. Should I buy an iPad or MacBook Air they ask? The first thing that goes through my head when this question is asked, is that they don’t really compare.

The reason for this is one is a tablet and one is a laptop and both have very different uses. I think the MacBook Air can be used from a day to day office productivity standpoint, or even for a home user or student, but the iPad is more of a geek gadget that can be used for very specific things.

Don’t get me wrong, I can do a lot of things I can normally do on my laptop on an iPad, but would I actually WANT to? Not likely. The iPad can be too kludgy for things like that.

So what’s my answer to the question? Get both! They are great devices in their own rights and server two different purposes, although their might be some overlap in between.

-RP


November 30, 2010  10:20 PM

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So in the enterprise world there are a lot of you that use smart phones. Some of you use BlackBerries, some iPhones, some Android, and maybe even Windows 7 phones now.

Now for the ActiveSync phones, life is easy. You just configure Exchange and away you go. No fuss no muss. This is as it should be.

A long time ago I mentioned BlackBerry was falling behind the times with BES. Now BES has some pretty powerful features if you want to use all of them, but most users just need the basic syncing functionality it provides. Those users aren’t interested in paying the exorbitant fees of BES.

Enter BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, it’s free and it will provide all the functionality most users need! You can read more about it here. Good job RIM!

-RP


November 30, 2010  6:30 PM

Kaseya IT Center in the Cloud

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So speaking of Kaseya and the cloud in my last few blogs, what makes more sense then putting Kaseya in the cloud!

The good folks at Kaseya have an offering called Kaseya IT Center which allows you to use Kaseya in their cloud and provide those services to your clients without having to set it up in your own infrastructure. Kaseya also meets many regulatory requirements so you might not have any issues running in the cloud.

I can’t stress enough how beneficial this product is to a managed services company or a large organization managing lots of nodes. Either way, you will see a huge efficiency benefit in resolving client issues. You can read more about it here.

-RP


November 30, 2010  6:24 PM

Kaseya Roadmap

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you know, I’m a big proponent of managed services and recommend using some sort of managed software product to manage your clients efficiently. Kaseya happens to be one of my favourite products in this regard.

Well Kaseya has just recently come out with a product roadmap update for 2010-2011 and have posted it on their web site for everyone to read. If you have a chance please read through the document. Lots of new and exciting things coming to the market from Kaseya.

Sure you can get this functionality from a myriad of different products, but it’s nice to know you’ll be able to do all of this under one pane of glass. You can read more about the roadmap here.

-RP


November 30, 2010  5:58 PM

VMware Licensing Changes

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you know, nothing is static in the IT world especially licensing!

Earlier this year in September, VMware transitioned to per VM licensing for some of their products. Other products stayed with their original licensing model. This can get confusing for customers so VMware has it all nicely summed up on their website on how things are going to work going forward.

I am personally not a fan of per VM licensing because then that hampers selling customers on the multiple VM’s message, but on the positive side it should reign in VM creep. :)

Anyways you can read more about the changes here.

-RP


November 30, 2010  5:45 PM

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So everyone and their dog is virtualizing right now. The question is, how do you know you are planning for the right capacity? How do you know if you are over or under provisioned?

You can make a ball park guess and just eyeball it, but that isn’t really a technically sound way of proving things to your boss when it comes time to budget. Instead what you need is a tool that can help you with this process.

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ can do just this. It will provide you with reporting the outlines exactly how you are using your capacity. This is an easy to setup and use tool that no administrator should be without. You can read more about it here.

-RP


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