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.

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 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.

4 Preventable Risks to Your Data That Could Devastate Your Business

Imagine what would happen if all the data your business has amassed over the years – think accounting & financial information, customer data, inventory and shipping data, information related to your research and development and much more – would just snap out of the grid and disappear? What would happen if you had to lose data in a system crash or a server crash? What, if you ever thought about it, would be the extent of damage for your business?

Here’s some perspective: over 170 million records of U.S residents have been exposed due to various levels of security breaches even since January 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearing House [1]– a not-for-profit consumer information and advocacy organization.

How Cloud Computing Severs Costs, Leverages Resources and Controls IT Use For Businesses

Small and medium sized businesses usually have the ghost of increasing expenses haunting them throughout the span of their business operations. Businesses all over the world are hard-pressed to find ways to cut costs and shoot their profitability up higher than they did during previous fiscals.

Practical Choices to Link Storage Arrays with Link Servers: Fiber Channel or iSCSI?

If you run a small business or even a large one, a data centre is likely to be your mission critical hub and serves as a solid foundation for all your communication needs.  As far as taking to storage over networks is concerned, your choices will boil down to either opting for a Fibre Channel or iSCSI. Which one should you go for? Which one makes for a better choice for your business?

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Fibre Channel Network

If you are looking for speed and lower latency, a Fiber Channel delivers better.

Right Questions To Ask For Better IT Investments for Small Business

IT spending is all set to be ramped up in the United States to an extent of 19% accompanied by 11% growth in software spending and another 7% hike in communications equipment spending according to a recent Forrester Research press release [1].The same report states that the global IT spending will rise up to 8.1 %.

However, the CFOs, CIOs and CEOs of many companies all over the world want the ROI for their technology investments quicker than yesterday while they also spend thousands of dollars on technology research alone since experts feel that dependable research firms almost act like insurance against wasting resources, according to an article titled “IT Research: Is it Time to Analyze The Analysts?” [2]. Gartner has a full section on its website called “IT Budget Optimization ”[3] –-all set up for justifying costs on technological spend.

Is Cloud Computing Important for Your Business?

Cloud Computing – what does that mean?  According to Gartner cloud computing is “a style of computing where massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ across the Internet to multiple external customers.”

In English, that definition means the cloud should just deliver a service on a subscription basis, allow access from anywhere and provide economies of scale.

5 Technology Tips for your Business

Technology is an investment - not a cost

Do you like spending money on technology?  Most of us only spend money on it if we have to. Most small business owners don't spend money on technology because they don't think they need it. This is a mistake.  Don't think of where your business is right now, but think of where you want your business to be in 5 years and invest in technology accordingly.