Accelerating Microsoft SQL with Flash Technology

With the ever increasing demand for speed and throughput, SQL databases can present performance challenges to enterprise businesses that rely on them. Many organizations have resolved this in part by adopting flash technology. Microsoft’s recently announced licensing changes provide further incentive to integrate flash technology. Databases were some of the first applications to leverage flash arrays. They are the preferred choice to accelerate high-performance OLTP – Online Transaction Processing applications on Microsoft SQL server databases  …>> more

Bring the Best of Both Worlds to the Classroom – Hybrid PC

Touch devices in education industry
Hybrid PCs with touch and stylus capabilities are changing the classroom and the way students are prepared for the world of business. Children love spending time on touch devices. Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, they are early adopters and are hard-pressed to set them aside while in the classroom. And that’s why schools should embrace tablets and interweave them into their curriculum. Does it matter which type of device? It does. While all devices  …>> more

Living without Lync: No Thanks!

I’ve been working out of a home office for the past 10 years and although it may not be for everyone, I’d have a hard time going back to being in an office every day. While there are both merits and pitfalls to telecommuting, there is one tool I couldn’t do it without: Lync. I have to admit, I have a certain bias here. After all, I did just come from 6 years of working  …>> more

What not to do when deploying Windows 7

April 8, 2014 is coming up fast. Too fast for many IT shops. That’s the date when Windows XP extended support ends and Microsoft will stop updating the OS. Many organizations are finding themselves in a bit of a time crunch to complete their desktop deployments before time runs out. Windows XP will not suddenly stop working on April 9. It’ll still boot, it’ll still run applications, and it’ll still connect to the Internet. But  …>> more

Here’s a way to legally license your refurbished PC

Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Logo
Improperly licensed software being installed on refurbished PCs by unscrupulous dealers not only puts purchasers at risk and deprives them of the benefits of being a legitimate software licensee, but also makes it difficult for legitimate refurbishers to compete effectively against pirate prices. In response to concerns expressed by legitimate refurbishers worldwide, and as another measure being taken to thwart software piracy, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) program. Under the program, a refurbished  …>> more

Buyer beware! Counterfeit software rampant in refurbished equipment market

Using refurbished computer equipment–printers, servers and mostly desktop and laptop PCs–is an attractive option for cost-conscious organizations like small- to mid-size firms, school boards and individual schools, for example. Unfortunately, however, the refurbished equipment market has also been a hotbed of software piracy–primarily the illegal use of improperly licensed operating system software. According to Microsoft, counterfeit software is a serious and growing problem for the 35 million PCs that are refurbished and resold globally each  …>> more