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Desktop management is a constant challenge for most IT or call center managers. A new update, service pack or totally new version of operating system can cause headaches for even the most experienced IT professional. The challenges with provisioning new versions of operating systems for desktops haven’t changed over the years: Do update and what is the incentive? Why should I? When do I update? How do I update hundreds of workstations across multiple locations? How can I update without affective end user productivity? With the recent release of Windows 7, many IT professionals are once again asking themselves these questions. Fortunately, there is a solution that you won’t loose any sleep over. Double-Take Flex technology has become a cost effective solution for provisioning and managing workstations as well as server images. It is incredibly more efficient than the ... (more)

10 Tips for Recovering Data After Loss

So, you have just lost your most business critical application or worse yet the entire data center. What do you do? Unfortunately I have experienced these exact situations more than I would like but here are ten tips to get you through and more importantly what not to do. 10 Tips for Data Recovery Don’t panic and remain calm! If there is a disaster event the priority number one of any business continuity plan is to ensure the safety of the employees. Evaluate the disaster! The best business continuity plan is the one that doesn’t have to be implemented and being able to quickly ev... (more)

Virtualizing Workloads: There Has to Be a Better Way

The need for moving, provisioning and migrating workloads in real-time for server and storage consolidation is necessary to help IT organizations deploy more efficient and flexible technology, as well as consolidate other site locations for centralized facility management. Many organizations have been reluctant to embrace migration projects because of downtime and interruption to production systems. This is no longer the case as the workload portability solution moves active workloads, eliminating downtime while keeping the data consistent – helping you avoid the challenges assoc... (more)

Cloud Computing: What It Is and How to Use It

Enterprise Cloud Track at Cloud Expo If you listen to the IBM advertisements on television “The Cloud” is described as a “workload optimized service management platform” but what does that mean? Basically, in the most simplistic form, the Cloud is a virtual data center. That is it! People often ask me to explain what it is, how it is used and why is it so popular? Usually, to avoid the deer in the headlights look by trying to explain what an optimized workload is, I will usually explain that it is a virtual data center. However, there are unique characteristics that allow it to ... (more)

How to Address IT Needs in Today's Economy Through Virtualization

The current economic crisis is affecting how organizations look at their IT. Existing systems are being stretched to increase their value, while investment in new systems is under greater scrutiny than ever before. For the channel, customers are demanding more from their spending. While this is putting some "nice-to-have" projects in jeopardy, money is still available in IT budgets for initiatives that can deliver real results both now and in the future. For resellers that specialize in business continuity or disaster recovery (DR), this can be frustrating. Protecting critical i... (more)