It was everyone’s commitment to the project that got us to the actual
cutover day. But it was our resilience and sense of purpose that helped us
persevere the next three days that would prove to be the most difficult
challenge we would face to date.
The Friday prior to launch, the database migration was on track and
confidence was high we would be able to access the new Social Intranet
production site on Saturday morning. And at 8am Saturday it was confirmed,
the database migration had completed and we were ready to start our changes.
By 7pm, we felt like we were at a good stopping and that the IT team could
kick off the search index rebuild that would take approximately 16 hours.
This is where the challenges began….
At 5:30am on Sunday, the search index process appeared to be hung at 97%.
Rather than confirm with the vendor or project team, a unilateral decis... (more)
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)
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)
Server, storage and site migrations have always been the elephant in the
room. IT managers know that it is necessary to reduce costs and improve
workload management but cringe over the potential impact to production. In
the past, migrations have usually required significant planning, design and
downtime, which is no longer acceptable. Now flexible, more efficient
workload infrastructure is necessary to reduce costs. A few years ago virtual
migrations were no different than any other server or storage migration: P2V
products were complex and time consuming - and some P2V solutions... (more)
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
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)