The musings of an IT Consultant


August 31, 2013  4:51 AM

BlackBerry multi-platform BBM initiative is too little too late

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! If you have ever been a user of a BlackBerry device, you are probably familiar with BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

This is the service that allowed “texting” between BlackBerries without using up your texting plan. However in this day and age it’s a thing of the past. There are a myriad of services available out there that offer cross platform messaging. For BlackBerry to think about going multi-platform now would just not make any sense. The competition is too great, and once again BlackBerry is late to the dance.

It’s kind of sad really. The time to do this was years ago, and they missed the window. As a proud Canadian, I want to see BlackBerry succeed, but they keep making misstep after misstep. Hopefully something can be reborn from the ashes of BlackBerry if they ever get sold off.

-RP

August 30, 2013  10:09 PM

VMworld 2013

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So VMworld 2013 was this week, and if you were lucky enough you got to attend!

VMware is heavily focusing on the hybrid cloud and software defined networking this year. It should be interesting to see how this plays out. In the SDN space, VMware has NSX and I will keep an open mind and an eye onĀ  how it develops in industry.

We all know the buzz, but can it deliver? Time will tell. SDN makes a lot of promises, but will it ever completely replace hardware? I don’t think so. I think if anything, we might see a hybrid approach, much like we’ve seen with the cloud.

-RP


August 29, 2013  10:35 PM

BlackBerry’s Future for the Enterprise

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So based on the latest news from BlackBerry, everything is up in the air.

Nobody knows what’s going to happen and rumors are abound all over the Internet. Will someone buy them? Will they be parted out? Will they fade into obscurity? All I know is that if you’re investing in a new mobile platform for your business, I would stay away from BlackBerry for the time being.

Without any sort of certainty, you can’t be assured of support from the company no matter what they say. Instead I would focus on the Apple and Android platforms and play it safe.

However if you already own and use BlackBerry in your enterprise, then all you can really do is adopt a wait and see approach and have a backup plan just in case things go wrong.

If you’re a home user of BlackBerry, this is less of an issue for you, replacing a single phone in your family isn’t the end of the world. But if you’re in the Enterprise and you have thousands of BlackBerries deployed, this could definitely affect your IT plans.

-RP


August 23, 2013  9:09 PM

Microsoft Memorandum and Ballmer Retiring

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So Steve Ballmer has released a memorandum and now he’s also announced his retiring. What does this mean to us? Should we care?

I think so. Whether you love them or hate them, Microsoft has always been an integral part of the IT world. What happens at Microsoft does have an affect on the IT world, whether you like it or not. Based on the new memorandum it should be interesting to see what comes of this.

What’s more interesting is Ballmer’s retiring. I really wasn’t expecting this, especially after the memorandum. But if you read his retirement letter, what he says makes sense. We will need a CEO to see Microsoft through this transition. The question is, who is up to the task?

-RP


August 17, 2013  10:30 PM

Brocade FastIron 08.0.00a released

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! The lastest Brocade FastIron code is here with 08.0.00a and is ready to roll!

Those of you that have been waiting for this new release can now try it out. However if you have no need to upgrade, I would stay on the old 7.x code as there are a number of major changes with 8.x and it’s considered a major release.

As always, please test out new code in a lab environment before deploying to production!

-RP


August 15, 2013  10:23 PM

HTC Sales – Q3Y13

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the numbers for HTC Q3 came in and they weren’t too great. HTC missed the mark by a fair bit.

Having said that, the HTC One has been one of their most successful devices in recent history and the company is poised to market some mid-tier devices as well. I think if HTC markets mid-tier devices with some of the great features of the HTC one they might be able to break ground.

But what’s most interesting to me is that the average user out there still doesn’t know who HTC is. I’ve spoken to non-techy people and a lot of them are like “Who’s HTC?”. But they all know who Samsung is. I think that might be part of the problem up here in Canada, the marketing still isn’t good enough.

I for one, love their products, and prefer them over some of the competition out there. I’ve been using my HTC One for a while and it’s been great!

You can read more here.

-RP


August 13, 2013  10:16 PM

MacBooks with 802.11ac

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So with all the buzz about 802.11ac, where do you get the client devices to use it?

Well Apple is leading the pack (no surprise there) and is introducing devicesĀ  with 802.11ac right out of the box. This means you can buy the latest MacBook with 802.11ac support and get blazing fast wireless speeds in your home very easily and cheaply.

There are many 802.11ac wireless routers out there that will allow you to take advantage of this new standard for a great price.

-RP


August 11, 2013  10:12 PM

VMware sells Zimbra

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So in other VMware news, Zimbra has been sold off.

Zimbra was VMware’s collaboration software. I always thought Zimbra was a great product, but I often wondered why VMware owned it. It didn’t seem to exactly fit in the portfolio.

Now that they’ve gotten rid of it, they can focus on their SDN and hybrid cloud message. You can read more about this here.

-RP


August 7, 2013  9:42 PM

Veeam Backup and Replication v7

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for all you Veeam users out there, version 7 is here and is introducing some great new features such as the following:

  • Backup from storage snapshots
  • WAN Acceleration
  • Tape support (easily one of the most asked for features)
  • Greater SharePoint capability
  • New plug-in for the vSphere Web Client

As you can see, Veeam hasn’t been asleep at the wheel and is still making a great backup product for all of their customers out there. You can read more here.

-RP


August 5, 2013  9:37 PM

Windows 8.1 Preview

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the Windows 8.1 preview is available!

For those of you that weren’t all that happy with Windows 8, here is your chance to try 8.1 to see if you like it any better. The biggest deal is that the Start button is back. It still doesn’t work as expected but at least it’s back.

I personally like Start8 from Stardock. That start button works great, barely costs anything, and I’ve been using it on my Windows 8 PC without issues. I highly recommend it.

To trial Windows 8.1 preview, you can check it out here.

-RP


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