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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 be referred to as the Cloud. First, it is usually fully virtualized and accessed via the internet (or cloud), whether it is a virtual private or public network. The technical concept actually isn’t new. Companies have been implementing their own virtual private data centers for years. Howeve... (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)

Five Tips for Consolidating and Protecting Your Data Center

There are several challenges when attempting a data center move or even just consolidation. Availability is the number one priority. All the systems during the move need to be available so production operations are not interrupted. Depending on the technology you use some solutions will require more downtime than others. If you are consolidating to a blade or virtual machine infrastructure then you also need to prepare for provisioning new servers rapidly. Here are a few tips to help maximize your data center uptime while facilitating a move, migration and or consolidation. Avai... (more)

Dear Mr. Kraft – NFL Tax Exemption, China Apparel.. Really?

Dear Mr. Kraft and entire New England Patriots Organization, All my wife wanted for Christmas was a Kevin Faulk Jersey. She taught Mr. Faulks children while he was a New England Patriot and was sad to see them move back to Louisiana and I thought this would make a great gift. So, I went to the New England Patriots Proshop to purchase the jersey but because Kevin wasn’t an active player the jerseys weren’t available. With a little help from Google I found what appeared to be an NFL New England Patriots sponsored apparel website http://www.patriotsfansgear.com/. They had the jersey... (more)

A Pandemic Exercise - Telecommuting & Will the Infrastructure Support It?

I attended a pandemic exercise at Northeastern University last year that was really enlightening and timely considering the latest information about the “swine flu”. Although far from a pandemic at this time, the CDC is taking preventative measures by communicating with the general public what they can do to avoid becoming ill. Here are a few tips that can help spread the transmission. Hygiene- Wash your hands, it sounds insignificant but good hygiene can prevent the transmission by touching objects that others who have the influenza have also touched. Avoid any hand to mouth, e... (more)