Inspiration from a 20th century warrior

When I was thirteen years old my father took me to see George C. Scott’s cinematic portrayal of General George S Patton. I was forever to become a student and fan of one of the most controversial generals of the Second World War. more

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

Why It Might Be Time to Let Go of Your Wireless Network

Wireless Network
BYOD means mobile devices are flourishing and adding to headache of keeping networks secure and optimized. Cloud-managed wireless ultimately benefits both IT departments and business operations. Outsourcing IT functions and adopting managed services are standard operating procedure for many enterprises to streamline costs and increase business agility. Now the impetus and technology is available to farm out your wireless networking infrastructure. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon is reason enough to offload elements of your wireless network.  …>> more

Leading edge network virtualization options are worth watching

Network virtualization
Quickly scaling enterprises are already benefiting from virtualizing applications and storage resources, but with software-defined datacentres now a reality, so is virtualizing network elements to support a growing business. Virtualizing applications and data storage in the enterprises has become a common practice as it allows organizations to quickly scale up as business demands require. But with the advent of software-defined networking (SDN) and networks function virtualization (NFV), it’s now possible to virtualize elements of the  …>> more

6 business uses for touch devices and why touch is here to stay

Microsoft touch devices
My boys were about 3.5 years old when we went into an IKEA store one day. Both boys immediately ran up to the display TV in a staged living room and started touching the screen. They figured it should work the same as the touch screen computer in our kitchen. In fact, it wasn’t until they went to school that they learned about a mouse and keyboard. To them, touch is both instinctive and intuitive  …>> more

Disruptive Players Expand Converged Infrastructure Options

Converged Infrastructure word cloud
Major enterprise IT vendors have introduced us to powerful technology to form a converged infrastructure. How will the next generation of companies offering purpose-built approaches in a single appliance change the model – and which approach is right for you? Converged infrastructures are changing how enterprises, large and small, deploy IT infrastructure. By combining compute, network and storage resources together in a single deployment, a converged infrastructure promises increased operational efficiency and business agility. Simply  …>> more