Desktop Virtualization: Where is your desktop, really?

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the users who subscribe to a network are actually scattered far and wide geographically but they all have access to the same network and they are all connected to the same server or virtual machine through LAN or WAN or even the Internet? What if there could be a way to let each of these subscribers – no matter where they are – maintain their individualized desktops that house the applications and programs unique to each of these users while all of the computing prowess is contained not with the ‘client systems’ but with a central server?

It’s possible and it’s called Desktop Virtualization.

Grid Computing: Truly Harnessing the Power of Computing

If you have limited resources whether you are running a business, shepherding a community or running a university, wouldn’t you like it if all of your computing resources can be focused on a specific but critical task at hand? How about a cost-effective use of your limited computing resources? What, if we dare ask, would be the savings if you can synergise and manage all your computing power towards common goals?

Flexibility when it comes to infrastructure? Is it even possible for enterprise IT?

Yes, a big resounding yes.

End-Point Security: Eyes Open For Every Computing Device Within Networks

If your business is growing, you'd doubtlessly have a  huge number of computers, laptops, and mobile devices connecting to the main corporate network. Have you given a thought to the seemingly endless points of security lapses that are possible anywhere between these connections? What, if any, is your approach to security with regards to client systems connected to one or many servers in your organization?

In networking parlance, security software that’s installed on each of the client systems –be it a PC, laptop or even a mobile device such as Blackberry but is managed from a centralized location is termed as End-point Security.

Network Monitoring: How Does a Peek Into Your Network Activity Look Like?

Have you been worrying endlessly about what your employees do during their workday? How does your network perform? Do you keep a tab on the cost of infrastructure costs? How do you ensure business continuity?

Network Monitoring is a way for you to monitor your internet networking infrastructure to sniff out problems even before they arise; keep a check on questionable user activity; prevent files from overloading your networks; intervene and check before server crashes; rectify choppy network connections, etc.

Thin Client Computing: Should You Consider It For Your Business Enterprise?

Wouldn’t your business breathe a heaving sigh of relief if all business data and applications remain in one central place for easy management? How would it be if your data back-up and data restore work remains centralized and almost a breeze?

Scott Alan Miller, an IT expert who writes for Datamation[1], claims that IT managers and administrations swear by the central computing model for exactly the same reasons mentioned above in an article titled “Thin Clients in The Dark and Distant Past”[2].

What on earth is Thin Client Computing?

A Thin Client (lean client or Slim Client) is basically a computer that is stripped bare of all the usual bells and whistles.

Why Business Must Go Green? – Part 2: The Unbearable Weight of Computers and Data Centres

Applications are being added each day and that strains computing resources at a scorching pace. An article on at [1] sheds light on this: for every search being conducted on Google, according to Alex Wissner-Gross -- a sharp MIT graduate who is now at Harvard -- opines that for every Google Search done, about 7g of Co2 is released.

Why Business Must Go Green? – Part 1: It’s all About the Money

Data centres are ugly ogres when it comes to energy consumption. According to a report published by Rackable Systems[1], the year 2007 witnessed about 180 billion KWH on power requirements and cooling and a whopping $29 billion has been spent to feed this energy requirement alone.

Networking Basics: Understanding Switches and Routers

Networking isn’t that hard to understand once you master the basics – as is for any sort of conceptual mastery. One of the basic things you need to understand with respect to networking is the concept of switches and routers and how they pan out in the overall scheme of things with all things to do with setting up and running networks for your business.