Safari Books Online Review

Safari Books Online
Online and digital readers are becoming the standard for recreational and academic communication of the written language. Largely due to the convenience and how quickly available it is. If you have a digital reader and you identify a book you want, then in literally seconds, you can have it available to you. Studies have shown, that when reading recreationally, the reader retains more information on the plot and emotional ties of the characters using paper versus the digital reader. Many believe it’s because of the haptic feedback of the turning of a page, or the “feeling” of accomplishment...
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Juniper 2200EX-C Fanless switch

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A few weeks ago, we had a small project to get a remote desk location setup.  This location is 1000' from the nearest IDF, so we had to come up with a new demarc.  Since only 2 computers will be running here, there was not a need for an expensive cabinet with high-density switch.  Instead, I decided to just run fiber to a smaller switch.  So, I purchased the Juniper 2200EX-C 16-port PoE fanless switch. Once you take it out of the box, the first thing you'll notice is the weight.  For something so small, you'll be surprised how much weight it has.  Once you pull it out of the anti-static ba...
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The HP PS1810 Switch

Here, I am testing the HP PS1810.  It looks like there are 2 types:  The PS1810-8G and the PS1810-24G.  The largest difference is that the 8G switch has 8 ports and 1 PoE port.  The 24G switch has 24 ports with 2 SFP ports.  Also, the 8G switch can be either wall/desk mounted or physically stacked with other MicroServers, but the 24G switch must be mounted, either via rack, wall, or rubber feet.  But both have the same features. The HP PS1810 is a fully managed switch, but getting access is not exactly easy, as they don't provide any console ports.  But,...
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Nashville Has a New Datacenter

On Wednesday, I toured Nashville’s newest datacenter, with Ryan Burtch, a Sr. Solutions Consultant for Windstreams. Located in Franklin, TN, Windstreams Hosted Solutions just finished building a 21,000 sq foot Tier-III facility with the services of Compass Datacenters. Services include co-location, public cloud, and multi-tenant storage services, along with a 24/7 NOC and ad-hoc help. Windstreams, who is no stranger to datacenters with 19 other locations across the US, opened this datacenter last week (the week of June 10th), expanding their co-location presence in the country. The most un...
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HP Anywhere – Enterprise Mobility

  Fig 1 - HP Anywhere flow Some time ago, HP’s software team was challenged with a task to manage up to 100,000+ mobile devices for a company. These devices needed secure access to business data and it’s apps, and allow the company to remotely wipe the device without affecting personal data. A significant challenge, and one that the group was not going to back down on. The customer? HP. Their own internal IT department needed a better way to manage mobile devices.   The solution is a common one. Build a container on the phone, and block any access from native applicat...
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The use-case for PoE thin clients

2 months ago, I started a project to move forward with Virtual Desktops at my company.  Obviously, one of the components of that is the thin clients.  Who to use?  Why?  The industry seems to be swarming with them.  Wyse, HP, NComputing, IGEL, 10zig, etc.  So, it becomes a tough call. A discussion started about someone being at Citrix Synergy 2012 and saw a full PoE display and client!  I was floored! Why?  To run a 19" display WITH the client AND USB, and under 15 watts?  That sounds unheard of.  And, to be frank, I didn't believe it until...
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Some of my favorite Mountain Lion Features

Apple has released another Macintosh OSX version, called Mountain Lion (10.8.x).  I'm not the only one getting it.  Apple released that by July 31, over 3 million downloads were completed, making it "the most successful release in Apple's history".  I'll admit, I'm not seeing too many features in this one.  Sure, there are lots, but nothing that really affects me per se.  There are a small few, which I'll outline here. They have certainly deviated a little bit from the version naming nomenclature when releasing new versions.  Most major releases that you pay f...
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Interview of HP’s Saar Gillai on SDN

During HP Discover 2012, I've been asking various HP divisions on the plans HP has for an OpenFlow controller.  The reason?  For the last 18 months, I've noticed that every HP event mentions SDN and OpenFlow.  Why?  Just adding support for a technology is not a big deal.  One, maybe two announcements, and you are done.  Why so much talk about it?  Surely this means that HP has big plans for it. The answer I get back is, "What would you do with one today?".  Well, nothing, TODAY.  The enterprise doesn't really have a need for it yet.  But th...
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HP iMC iPhone app

Well, everyone keeps talking about it.  It's on the web site, and in the documentation.  A mobile app for HP's iMC?  View alarms and device details?  Sign me up.  But, just EXACTLY where is it?? Some HP Solution Architects (Thanks Kurt Weil and @netmanchris) pointed me to the following link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imc-manager-client/id488031041?mt=8 So, I installed it and started looking around.  This is a needed app, as many techs and engineers are usually up and around.  Either in server rooms, wiring closets, or meetings.  Wouldn't...
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HP Gen8 Proliant Servers

The HP Proliant servers never cease to amaze me, on each generation they release. Many moons ago, the Proliant’s were just like other servers. People chose them, because of their stability and support, but, they didn’t really impress me. They had SCSI arrays, like everyone else. Advanced memory and faster bus speeds like other servers were common. To me, the Proliant’s were only competing in doing what the “other guys”, were doing, just better. Fast forward to today. The Proliant Generation 8 servers are nothing less than phenomenal. Now, a small disclaimer here. I’m not a “Server Guy”, in...
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