I recently saw a conversation on Twitter about the bad rep that Windows Vista had from the get-go, even though Microsoft eventually fixed the bugs. Which of the recent Windows operating systems has your company used/liked/despised? For someone shopping the available Windows operating systems, what would you recommend or warn against? Share your advice, complaints [...]
Answer Question | July 27, 2010 6:36 PM
Open IT Forum, Windows 7, Windows 7 in 2010, Windows 7 performance, Windows Vista, Windows Vista performance, Windows XP, Windows XP performance
Curious how many memmbers companies have upgraded or are planning on upgrading to windows 7? What are the main reasons you have or have not upgraded?
Answer Question | July 9, 2010 6:04 PM
Open IT Forum, Windows 7, Windows 7 in 2010, Windows 7 installation, Windows 7 upgrade
Despite reports that iPhone has doubled in the enterprise since a year ago, many still think the latest Apple magic device isn’t quite enterprise-ready. If you don’t have much faith in iPhone for enterprise, which smartphone do you trust in your business as a corporate device?
Answer Question | July 9, 2010 7:00 PM
iPhone, Open IT Forum, Smartphones
Storage sales are up in the first quarter of 2010. Who do you think the key players in storage in the remaining quarters are going to be? What are you and your company allocating to storage solutions in 2010?
Answer Question | June 16, 2010 7:57 PM
Open IT Forum, Storage in 2010
dumb question, but we leased a Panasonic digital copier at our work location and then at end of lease purchased it. We never had it connected to internet or networked, but it had the capabilities to scan and fax. it is being used as a copier alone but since we deal with very personal and [...]
Answer Question | June 5, 2010 5:34 PM
Open IT Forum, Panasonic, Security, Security management
For a while now, everyone has been talking about how Tapedrive has been finally nixed by digital storage like NAS and SAN, but tape is still being used by enterprises, whether due to compliance or cost issues. Are you using tape as your storage/backup solution or a mixture of different media? Do you plan on [...]
Answer Question | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM
NAS, Open IT Forum, SAN, Storage in 2010, Tape storage
I recently wrote about about the readiness of wireless for enterprise networks, saying that even with .11n, most companies shouldn’t yet jump to a 100% wireless office. Josh Stephens over at Solar Winds disagrees, saying we’re ready to cut the cord and go all wireless. Any thoughts out there from people who’ve actually tried it? [...]
Answer Question | March 24, 2010 7:06 PM
LAN, Networking Equipment, Open IT Forum, Wireless
[h2] [h2]With more cloud service providers like Force.com offering completely platform independent cloud computing solutions, is there going to be a long-term use for virtual machines in the cloud?[/h2] [h2]Is virtual shared serving on its way out, or will VM instances be around for a while?[/h2] [/h2]
Answer Question | February 13, 2010 7:38 PM
Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing in 2010, Open IT Forum, Virtual Machines, Virtualization
The latest buzz around Cisco is that its latest iteration of its emulator OS, IOS 15, will help the company crack down on the use of its IOS emulator without plugging in a product key — something many home network pros and enterprise network managers have relied on until now, especially when needing to map [...]
Answer Question | February 8, 2010 9:00 PM
Cisco, Cisco IOS, Cisco IOS Emulator, Cisco Routers, IOS, IOS 15, Network hardware, Open IT Forum
Do you use the same provider for your data storage backups and archiving, or do you use a third-party data archiving tool? What factors contributed to the system you manage now?
Answer Question | February 10, 2010 9:20 PM
Archiving, Backup & recovery, Data archiving, Data backup, Data backup solutions, Open IT Forum
For February, ITKnowledgeExchange is building out a guide on cloud computing. What is on your recommended reading list for getting up to speed or tackling particular technologies? Thanks for any suggestion to our reading list!
Answer Question | December 16, 2011 2:01 PM
Book Reviews, Cloud Computing, Cloud computing books, Cloud Computing in 2010, Open IT Forum
In theme with our discussions this month on IT-business alignment, one of the major hurdles in this area seems to be an understanding between the upper executives — the CEO, CFO and COO, namely — and the IT organization. There often exists a rift where the upper executive order is not technology-savvy enough and the [...]
Answer Question | January 23, 2010 7:33 PM
Alignment, Open IT Forum
As Sister CISA CISSP pointed out, a lot of factors aren’t included when companies embark on social media adventures, and it’s usually IT that has to raise considerations. What would you suggest be included as companies draw out a “social media” total cost analysis?
Answer Question | December 22, 2009 7:40 PM
Open IT Forum, social media, Social media security, Total cost of ownership
Any suggestions on policies in terms of encouraging employees to take good care of their hardware, ranging from charging them for lost, broken or stolen company goods to rewarding well-maintained hardware or reduced helpdesk tickets? Apple’s recently been accused of voiding warranties for cigarette smoke, and I’m curious if any other IT departments have gone [...]
Answer Question | November 30, 2009 7:43 PM
CIO, Microsoft Windows, Mobile, Open IT Forum
Do you have a download limit per user implemented in your environment to prevent excessive network load? How much of a limit do you have imposed? If you don’t, how did you justify the decision?
Answer Question | December 2, 2009 10:23 PM
Network Load Balancing, Network traffic management, Open IT Forum, User Permissions
With the popularity of a diverse range of mobile phones and devices, many organizations have set strict policies and restrictions on the mobile devices employees are allowed to user for work. Whether it’s making users choose between a set range of mobile offerings or not allowing mobile devices to access certain areas of the internal [...]
Answer Question | November 20, 2009 7:55 PM
Mobile devices, Mobile security, Mobile security threats, Open IT Forum
Which VDI platform do you use in your organization? What factors led to your choice of one over the other (ex. Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View)?
Answer Question | November 25, 2009 4:36 PM
Desktop virtualization, Desktop virtualization software, Open IT Forum, VDI, Virtual Desktop, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Just curious if ITKE users have a set of criteria for what you’d want before switching over critical services to a cloud provider? As a recent article noted, IBM’s Lotus iNotes and Cisco’s WebEx Mail are going cloud, and Google’s dropping rates in response. What are you moving over, and does data’s “mission critical” status [...]
Answer Question | November 20, 2009 3:53 PM
Cloud Computing, Data center consolidation, Google, Open IT Forum, Storage
Shamus McGillicuddy recently delved into the topic of next-generation firewalls, and I wanted to know — how many of you have implemented next-gen firewalls in your environment? Do you see this as being a legitimate trend for the future, or is it just a lot of hype?
Answer Question | November 20, 2009 9:56 PM
Firewalls, Next-Generation Firewalls, Open IT Forum
Do you manage a wireless LAN within your organization? If yes, what policies and restrictions do you have in place to manage its security? If not, why, and what do you do to ensure there are no “rogue” setups on the premises? Advice and anecdotes are appreciated!
Answer Question | October 27, 2010 7:01 PM
Open IT Forum, Wireless LAN, Wireless network management, Wireless network security