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  • 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.

  • Cloud Confusing

    Cloud Confusing

    October 18th, 2016
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    The phrase “Cloud Computing” probably has more meanings than any other technical term.  This can lead to confusion, miscommunication, cats and dogs sleeping together, and all manner of unholy consequences. I think a universally-agreed upon definition of Cloud Computing is long overdue. So, for the preservation of humanity and for the sake of all that is good and noble and just, I’m going to try to do that here. 

  • A Walk-Through of Microsoft Operations Management Suite Setup and Features

    A Walk-Through of Microsoft Operations Management Suite Setup and Features

    October 18th, 2016
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    As a Microsoft Software Engineer, I frequently hear the question, “What is OMS and why should I care?” Microsoft Operations Management Suite is a free-to-use tool provided by Microsoft, hosted in the Azure cloud.  OMS was released last year and is continuing to develop and add new functionality, with Office 365 Analytics leading the pack of new solutions. 

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