The musings of an IT Consultant


June 7, 2013  12:51 AM

Canadian Passports going High Tech



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So in the ever increasing game of security, Canada has finally joined the rest of the world and has introduced chip based passports!

Coming July 1st, 2013 Canada will be issuing passports that are chipped based. This is great news for Canadians because Canada passports are targeted by people to use in nefarious activities.

This is because Canadians typically don’t require visas to visit other countries. So a person with ill intentions could use a Canadian passport to easily get into another category.

Thanks to the great world of IT, Canadian passports will hopefully be a little more secure. You can read more here.

-RP

June 5, 2013  12:38 AM

Taking VMware virtualization to the next level!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So I would say most people by now have at least virtualized some part of their network. The question is, have you taken it beyond that?

Once you’ve virtualized you’ve opened up a whole new world of possibilities for yourself. With virtualization, you enable ease of use, consolidation, and have started down the path to disaster recovery.

With virtual servers, disaster recovery is easy to implement since the virtual servers don’t care about hardware. So instead of just running basic vSphere, why not look at VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)? SRM is great in that it allows easy failover and failback. SRM will even go so far as to help you re-IP in your target environment.

You can read more here.

-RP


June 3, 2013  12:24 AM

Meru Networks Bonjour Gateway Support!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So how many of you have to support a myriad of Apple devices on your wireless network?

If you’re like me, this is a common requirement. It’s hard to start a BYOD strategy without considering Apple. After all, almost everyone you come across owns some sort of Apple device. In order to support Apple services such as AirPlay and AirPrint across subnets you need a Bonjour Gateway.

Meru Networks supports Bonjour Gateway as part of it’s architecture. Bonjour was designed for home, but Meru allows you to bring this to the enterprise. You can read more about it here.

-RP


June 1, 2013  4:15 PM

Microsoft System Center 2012



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So you’re looking for that magic bullet for management and monitoring and you’re not sure what to use? Well if you’re a Microsoft shop you’re in luck!

Microsoft’s System Center 2012 aims to achieve that goal! While older incaranations of System Center didn’t seem quite as stiched together, the 2012 version is pretty good. Microsoft is really trying hard to provide everything customers need from themselves, instead of customers having to go shop at 3rd party vendors.

Microsoft System Center is positioned as the ideal suite of products to manage your private and public cloud, however there is one caveat. You will have to do a lot of learning to be able to use each product effectively. System Center isn’t something you’re going to pick up overnight. However in my mind, this is time well spent because System Center is a great product!

You can read more here.

-RP


May 30, 2013  3:43 AM

Intel wins tablet deal!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! Rumor has it that Intel has won a major deal! Apparently Intel will be supplying the processors for the next Samsung tablet!

As you may know, the tablet and smartphone market are full of processors that are not made by Intel. Intel however looks like it’s trying to play catch up and start to compete in something other than the desktop and server market.

This could be a huge deal for the tablet market if this is true and it will be interesting to see how the competition responds.

You can read more here.

-RP


May 30, 2013  2:57 AM

Xbox One



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So we all waited with much anticipation and the Xbox One was finally announced! I wasn’t expecting that for the name, but whatever, I can live with it. Sounds a lot like they ripped off the name of the HTC One though.

Anyways, as a big Xbox 360 fan, I am very happy with the features announced. They have really positioned this as an all in one device for control of your living room. I can see many people using a box like this even if they don’t game.

What’s the down side? If you are Canadian, your features are limited. Canadians won’t be able to take advantage of all the cool TV functionality from what I’ve heard.

You can read more here.

-RP


May 29, 2013  3:39 AM

Microsoft Azure to the rescue!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So Microsoft has decided to come to our rescue with Azure! Microsoft is using their powerful cloud platform to help us take down botnets!

Microsoft is using their cloud power to battle the bots and make the IT world a better place. Hats off to Microsoft for helping everyone out!

You can read more here.

-RP


May 20, 2013  3:47 AM

Apple’s World Wide Devloper’s Conference Possible Announcements



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! so the Apple WWDC is coming soon and there are bound to be some great announcements as usual.

Some people have predicted announcements about new devices, but experts say that this doesn’t make sense because Apple would probably have separate launch events if they were launching new devices.

Instead you are probably going to hear about operating system versions for their computers and smart phones. Stay tuned!

You can read more here.

-RP


May 9, 2013  3:30 AM

Cisco unhappy about Microsoft/Skype deal



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So you may have heard that recently Cisco has been vocal about the Microsoft and Skype deal.

Cisco is taking exception to the fact that Microsoft will be taking over the market with the market penetration that Skype has. I find this highly amusing coming from Cisco, considering how much of the rest of the market they own themselves.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


May 8, 2013  3:28 AM

Interesting article on 802.11AC



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! If you haven’t heard the new upcoming wireless standard is called 802.11AC. This is the standard that promises gigabit wireless.

Unfortunately, most current WiFi vendors are not adequately prepared for it at this time. Meru Networks has a blog where they explain the details of the situation.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


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