Cloud Computing: Why Go to the Cloud?

What is Cloud Computing? There are many definitions as to what constitutes “Cloud Computing”. Some organizations say that server failover clustering is a requirement. Others say that metered services are required. At its core, cloud computing simply means that these products/services are hosted on the web and you pay for what you use (to varying …

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Consolidation for the mobile worker: How many phones do you carry?

Few can argue that carrying a cell phone is very convenient for both us and the people trying to contact us. For many of us it is an absolute necessity to be reachable for at least part of the day regardless of whether you are in the office, home, or on the soccer field with …

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When is a computer too old? The Cloud may be changing how we think about this.

When is a computer too old? This question is getting harder and harder to answer. Traditional PC lifecycle thinking says that a PC is efficient to use up to 4 years old, and no longer cost effective to use beyond 5 years old. This is because the cost of maintaining the system is greater than …

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Video: Microsoft’s Updated SkyDrive will be Integrated into Windows 8

Microsoft has announced an update to their popular cloud storage system SkyDrive (part of the Microsoft Live.com family of free cloud services). With this update SkyDrive will essentially be part of the Windows 8 metro style interface. There will also be integration to allow access to your SkyDrive from the Windows Explorer window in Windows …

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Closing a Crashed or Hung Application using the Windows Task Manager

Regardless of how much time and money software companies put into writing their programs, we still have application crashes. An application crash is when a program or part of the operating system ceases to function properly. Preventing application crashes is usually difficult since the only way to permanently ensure you never get a crash again …

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Deep Dive 2012 Registration is open

The Fourth Annual Virtualization Deep Dive Day is in coming soon. New date and new location this year. Bigger and Better than ever! The Keynote for the event will be delivered by Brian Madden, world famous blogger and speaker on Desktop and Application Virtualization. In “The Current State of the Desktop Virtualization Market”, Brian will …

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How to Combat the Feared Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

Sometimes called the Windows Bluescreen, the Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) can really be quite scary.  If you are getting a BSOD as soon as Windows loads, or just after you login, then there may be a startup program or service that is causing the problem. This is an issue that haunts us all …

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Will Cloud Computing Be Getting More Affordable?

If you haven’t read it yet, check out Microsoft’s recent white paper on the economics of cloud computing. How do you reduce your IT infrastructure costs by 80%? Well Microsoft thinks that one day cloud could be that cost effective! Microsoft released a new white paper in November called The Economics of the Cloud which describes …

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Microsoft’s Replacement for BPOS: Microsoft Office 365

What Is Office365? Office365 is an integrated cloud solution for hosted Exchange email, hosted SharePoint, and hosted Lync. It is not, however, the next version of Microsoft Office. This service is an upgrade to Microsoft’s existing BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) cloud offering. In addition, this service offers several new packages which should be attractive …

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A Real IP Phone System "On The Cheap"

I’ve worked with many corporate phone systems over the years. They all had several things in common: lots of features, and a very high price. More than once have I seen companies continue to use a phone system which was a bad fit for them, simply because they had invested so much time and money …

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SP1 RC for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Released

Microsoft has released the Release Candidate (RC) of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Why is this so important, and why do I care? Within SP1 are two of my favorite feature updates: Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V, and the RemoteFX update for Remote Desktop …

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