• The Challenge of Cloud Backups

    The Challenge of Cloud Backups

    May 24th, 2017
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    For what it's worth, I'm a Cloud guy. Senior Cloud Architect, to be official about it. But, in a world where everything seems to have the word "Cloud" appended to it, the title feels a little less meaningful than it used to. I point that out because I want to explain how difficult and expensive it can be to use the Cloud for backups or archiving.  Now, Remember: I'm the Cloud guy. I'm the one who usually preaches about how the Cloud is full of rainbows, so if I say Cloud Backups are challenging, you may want to listen.

  • 2016 in the Rear View; 2017 Full Speed Ahead

    2016 in the Rear View; 2017 Full Speed Ahead

    February 16th, 2017
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    Every January, I sit down with H.A.’s leadership team to dissect the previous year and discuss what’s in store for the year ahead. After three days of great conversation, and entirely too much pizza, it appears I have enough material to write my first blog of the new year. In short, 2016 was an exhilarating year! I would compare it to driving one of those new, superfast electric cars down the shore on a holiday weekend. There are points in the ride where you are at a complete standstill with nowhere to turn, other points where you try to outsmart your navigation system by maneuvering, or even changing the route altogether, and finally, some areas where it’s open road and you can finally see what they mean by gearless and maximum torque. In the end, that sometimes frustrating, often challenging, but always exciting drive, usually leads to smiles for all involved. At H. A., we enjoy the vehicle, the journey and the destination.

  • SD-WAN 101: What You Need to Know

    SD-WAN 101: What You Need to Know

    February 7th, 2017
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    Every few years, we IT professionals woefully accept the pleasure of enduring another round of fresh industry buzzwords, and then placing our proverbial bets on what will (and won’t) take off. From virtualization to hyper-converged, cutting through the static and landing on a generally-accepted definition is oftentimes a task in itself. Enter the term Software-Defined WAN. What does it mean? What is it applied to? How is something software-defined? Why would you consider it? When should you consider it? Who are the leaders in the space to consider?

  • The Club for your Business

    The Club for your Business

    February 7th, 2017
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    Does anyone remember The Club?  Back in the 80’s, a company from Pennsylvania recognized that car locks were easily jimmied, and they devised an affordable steering wheel lock that would become quite recognizable and imitated. The Club was simple and effective in adding another layer of security to protect the car from criminals. The goal wasn’t to provide absolute security, since that would probably be too difficult to use or afford. The goal was to provide enough added security to make the criminals move on to another car.

  • Top 5 Reasons to Work with a VAR

    Top 5 Reasons to Work with a VAR

    February 7th, 2017
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    One of the biggest questions faced by companies seeking to make large technology purchases is which firm to partner with to get the job done. Will you work with a Value-Added Reseller (VAR), or purchase directly from the hardware and software manufacturers? Where can you get the best price? How can you tell a good VAR from a bad one? Do you really need an integrator if you have a capable IT staff? Who is going to be there to help you through the process so your project is deemed a success, rather than a crash-and-burn-catastrophe? After all, even the best-intentioned decisions can be disastrous if implemented poorly. Here are a few points that might help you with your decision:

  • A Recap of Networking Field Day 13

    A Recap of Networking Field Day 13

    February 6th, 2017
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    This past November, I had the opportunity to attend the Gestalt IT Networking Field Day 13 event in Silicon Valley. This is the fifth event in the Tech Field Day series that I have gotten to attend, and to be asked back is an honor every time. I was joined by a small panel of fellow “delegates” in the networking field, to hear deeply-technical briefings from a handful of Silicon Valley tech companies — some industry stalwarts and some startups.

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