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October 16, 2011  11:46 PM

SlA vs OLA



Posted by: James Murray
Modern Network Architecture, seattle IT consulting

Service Level agreements (SLA) and Operation Level Agreement (OLA) are two ideas in Modern Network Architecture.  Many departments promise their users levels of service.  Understanding OLA and SLA the...

October 9, 2011  8:47 PM

Service Account and Scalability



Posted by: James Murray
Modern Network Architecture, Network scaleability

I was talking with a financial planner last week.  This planner specialized in helping people create wealth systems for his clients.  Systems that people with no money in savings could use to continually increase their wealth.  The one thing that struck me was his constant reference to change...


October 8, 2011  9:39 PM

Cloud network Architecture – Reduced planning time



Posted by: James Murray
Cloud Network Architecture, Modern Network Architecture

If you've been involved in IT for a while you know that change takes a long time.  Proposing a major technology change is always met with some type of resistance.  This is not just because of the cost.  This is because major changes can...


October 8, 2011  9:33 PM

Cloud Network Architecture – Capital Expenditure



Posted by: James Murray
Cloud Network Architecture, Modern Network Architecture

Cloud Network Architecture Capital Expenditure Benefit for Cloud

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September 30, 2011  12:41 AM

Unified Communications (UC) Platforms



Posted by: James Murray
Communication newspapers, Digital Age, IT Consulting, Modern Network Architecture, UC platforms, Unified Communications

I'm very intrigued by unified communications (UC) lately. Along with the cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS), I think these technologies will change the look and feel of modern network architecture. We are all familiar with communication. 


September 29, 2011  11:11 PM

Infrastructure Operations Roles



Posted by: James Murray
Modern Network Architecture, Operations roles

I've noticed some questions about how to run a Help desk.  So I wrote up a quick article about IT Operations roles. Continued »


September 24, 2011  3:33 PM

Basic Share Security



Posted by: James Murray
Basic Security, Modern Network Architecture, Share Security

The file server role is one of the simplest roles on the network.  Yet sometimes this simple role becomes very complex when we add in security principles.  The modern network architect needs to understand how to do it right or get really good at troubleshooting complex security


September 20, 2011  11:30 PM

What is an Edge System?



Posted by: James Murray
DMZ design, Modern Network Architecture

 We are all familiar with core business technologies.  These are the technologies that keep the business running.  Each department within a business will have a database of information that maintains the competitive advantage of the business.  These are the core business systems.  If these...


September 14, 2011  12:51 AM

Flexibility Schema Operations Master (FSMO) Roles



Posted by: James Murray
FISMO Roles, Modern Network Architecture, seattle IT consulting

Over the years working as a Seattle IT consultant I've spent time in many different network infrastructure environments.  After more technical interview that I can remember there are certain questions that are usually always asked.  The most common question is, "What are the five FSMO roles." ...


September 14, 2011  12:48 AM

Architecting new technology



Posted by: James Murray
Lync server 2010, Modern Network Architecture

In earlier blogs we talked about the need for the modern network architect to be able to anticipate new technologies in their designs.  Somehow the architect needs to look into the future.  What if there was a technology that was coming down the pike that completely turned the network upside...


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