It has almost become a cliché in business to talk about how important IT is to every organization. We talk a lot about how it has grown in importance. Ever wonder why?
In the past, IT departments only had a responsibility to take care of computers. That was, of course, in itself an expanding universe of changing hardware and software. Then we plugged everything into a network, followed by plugging the network into the Internet (i.e. the world).
We don’t have to talk about all the consequences of failing to plan for a disaster effecting your IT infrastructure. You’ve likely read some of the stories of lost data, fried servers and businesses that never recover and eventually fail.
Ten years ago, that’s not a question you would ask yourself unless you worked for a very large organization. The investment needed to get into a Storage Area Network (SAN) was prohibitive. However, as is the case for most technologies, the price of a SAN has been coming down dramatically in the past few years - actually coming into the price range of medium and even small companies.
Wireless networks have gone from an exciting innovation to an expected convenience in a few short years. Along the way, the standards and technologies have changed multiple times. As a consequence, many companies are finding that what used to be on the cutting edge is a bit worn around the edges. That’s why I get a lot of calls asking about wireless networks.
In most companies, the server is the heart of their network and productivity. It is usually at the center of everything going on, and when it’s up and running at full speed, so are your employees. Consequently, when it is down, most activities come to a grinding halt.
Here are seven questions I ask to help decide whether or not the time is right for my customers to update your servers...
Although Aruba sounds like a great place for retirement, it could also be the key to your organization's wireless future.
Aruba is a wireless company, recently acquired by Hewlett Packard (HP), that has introduced some very innovative wireless solutions to the market. Solutions that can help businesses of all sizes manage their wireless network more efficiently. I might even call these products game-changing. Here are four great features of Aruba networks ...
When I’m not training to stay ahead of the latest trends in technology, I’m out in the field problem solving. As a consulting engineer on a lot of projects, I’m seen as the expert, but somedays I don't know what problem I'll be addressing next. One day I’m working on a backup solution and the next I’m working on switches, routers and wireless connection.
Along the way, I’ve developed some methods for troubleshooting problems and bottlenecks in a client’s network that have worked pretty well for me. I put these down as “lessons learned” and I thought it might benefit you if I pass them on...
Attending a professional football game includes a long list of positives: the roar of the crowd, contagious excitement and in-your-face action. Finding yourself swept up and enveloped in the sheer magnitude of it all is part of the fun. However, this seems less impressive when you’re missing the third quarter waiting in line for a hotdog with all the fixings.