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Comparing Desktop VMs In The Cloud

Comparing Desktop VMs In The Cloud

Many companies still need, or prefer having, traditional Windows or other desktop OS environments for their employees. For example, they may need to run applications that are not available as Web apps or using SaaS services. But you may prefer not to provision and administer the hardware.

A growing number of companies are offering entire…

Boingo Expands HotSpot Options For Mobile Devices

Boingo Expands HotSpot Options For Mobile Devices

If you need to access WiFi hotspots or other WiFi services, you know by now that they are plentiful. And while many of them are free, many are fee-based. Rather than paying for each hotspot, consider an aggregator. Hotspot aggregators like can help reduce these costs, by charging a single fee for access to tens of thousands of national and global…

Tablets Become IT Admin New Mobility Tool

Tablets Become IT Admin New Mobility Tool

Enterprise IT may or may not be doing its best to stifle the end user adoption of iPads and other tablets in the workplace and on the road. Security, synching, and file format compatibility — and a second dose of security — are all legitimate IT concerns. Meanwhile, tablets devices can have a useful role to play within IT proper. Let’s take a…

Geminare Offers Real-Time Cloud Failover

Geminare Offers Real-Time Cloud Failover

Replicating your company’s data off-site in real time or close to it is important — reconstructing munged or lost data is a headache at best, and that’s assuming you can do it. But protecting the data and keeping it available isn’t that useful if you don’t have systems to run it on, as anybody whose desktop crashes at two in the morning knows…

For High Availability, Look Towards Fault Tolerance

For High Availability, Look Towards Fault Tolerance

To provide high-availability servers, hardware clustering has been a mainstay. But there’s another approach IT needs to consider: fault-tolerant hardware – systems with redundant components, so that a given failure needn’t bring the system down. Think of it as a poor-man’s clustering, especially when you add in virtualization to handle the…

Cost Effective Clustering with ScaleMP

Cost Effective Clustering with ScaleMP

Where traditional virtualization divvies up computer’s resources into many (smaller) virtual machines, clustering seeks to combine them, for failover/reliability, or added performance. (See 3 Ways to Virtualize Applications with Distributed Computing.)
However, traditional clustering approaches can require specific expertise, along with…

Are You Ready for Backup Bingo?

Are You Ready for Backup Bingo?

Making backups – more to the point, setting up automatic ongoing backups – can be easy and affordable, as I wrote in Choosing the Right Local/Cloud Hybrid Backup For SMBs.

Is your backup up to the full range of scenarios for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery? Can you win at a game of “backup bingo”?

iPad As A Notebook Alternative, Part 2 of 2

iPad As A Notebook Alternative, Part 2 of 2

The iPad comes with a dozen or so built-in apps. But if you want it to serve as a passable substitute for a Windows or MacOS notebook, you’ll need some additional ones.

Here are some suggestions, based on polling a number of business colleagues and other research. (Disclaimer: I haven’t yet tried all of these yet.) There are about a dozen apps…

iPad as a Notebook Alternative, Part 1 of 2

iPad as a Notebook Alternative, Part 1 of 2

An iPad or other tablet isn’t a notebook computer, any more than a smartphone is a tablet, or a notebook computer is a desktop computer. But, with the right understanding of what it is and how it does – and doesn’t – work, along with a modest, affordable handful of accessories and apps, an iPad may be good enough, for those times when you’re away…