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Honk if the car in front is connected

Feature Connecting cars to the internet and to each other seems to be inevitable, whether or not you approve - and plenty don’t. Let’s face it, though, everything else is connecting to the internet, so why not your favourite drive? By 2017, according to ABI Research, a market watcher, some 50 million connected cars will be sold every …
Manek Dubash, 6 Mar 2013
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Burnish your blacklists to patrol internet access

Desktop What makes PCs so popular is the range of software you can run on them. But, as always, with great power comes great responsibility. And one of the first decisions you need to make about your desktop estate is who you give the power to. Some users may well benefit from full admin privileges, given the range of "revolutionary" …
Manek Dubash, 5 Jul 2011

Brush up your virtualisation skills

Virtualisation has expanded its remit since back in the 1960s, when only the white-coated acolytes tending the IBM mainframe in an air-conditioned hall needed to know anything about it. Today, it is everywhere, and it would be a blinkered IT staffer who failed to recognise the importance of the technology to his or her role. …
Manek Dubash, 1 Jul 2011

Unlock the secrets of data encryption

Encrypting your backup data always sounds like a good idea. It protects data and appears to be cost-free. So what's not to like? In practice, it isn't always a good idea, it doesn't always protect your data and it is not free. There is a time and a place to deploy encryption, but it needs planning and thought. The walls have …
Manek Dubash, 23 Jun 2011

Blade servers 101

How are blade servers different from their rack-mounted counterparts? The blade server trend started about ten years ago when RLX launched its system of servers built into a chassis that slotted into standard 19-inch racks. The idea is that you can install a blade server or any other type of device that would fit into a …
Manek Dubash, 22 Jun 2011
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Easing the pain of applications delivery

Desktop Application virtualisation separates the application not just from the underlying hardware but also from the operating system. That means, for example, that you can run applications side by side in separate virtualised spaces without fear of clashes between them or with the operating system. Application virtualisation is …
Manek Dubash, 30 May 2011
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A bit about Bitlocker

Encryption is the staple weapon of the security business. As old as war itself, it scrambles data to conceal it from those not meant to see it. It sounds simple but nothing is simple about encryption, as the mathematical geniuses at Bletchley Park knew. That said, a modern, well-managed encryption system can protect desktop …
Manek Dubash, 27 May 2011
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Is the IT Dept failing users?

Desktop The number of tools the enterprise can deploy to enhance productivity is huge. And even if the tools are generally simple to use, they are also mind-bogglingly complex under the skin. Balls in the air Each tool, including the desktop PC, has to interact with all the others securely, quickly and seamlessly. It is such a a …
Manek Dubash, 25 May 2011
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So many users, so many devices, so many problems

Mobile users are different to the home worker and they're all different to a branch worker, so how do you find out what they need and give it to them effectively. Finding out what end users want from their desktop and comparing it to what you think they need can be a sobering experience. Performance, fast access to data and …
Manek Dubash, 17 May 2011

What’s with WAN optimisation?

The data centre is no longer alone. It's not a facility that occasionally releases data sporadically, on special occasions for particular jobs. As IT functions become increasingly centralised within the data centre, it's hammered constantly for both input and output by all parts of the business. This has huge ramifications for …
Manek Dubash, 11 May 2011
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Mother of all Win 7 rollouts: Microsoft eats own dog food

Desktop Globally, 190,000 Microsoft users received an OS upgrade recently from Microsoft Vista to Windows 7. It was a large and complex roll-out - but it certainly wasn't the logistical nightmare you might imagine, nor was it a heavily locked down, centrally managed operation. This is the story of how it happened for Microsoft's users …
Manek Dubash, 19 Apr 2011
Cat 5 cable

Servers, networks and storage sold as monoblocs

Building a data centre has traditionally been a long process, with one of the major tasks being to equip it with computing devices. Specifying these, testing the various configurations and ensuring that they meet the specifications and perform the required tasks is time-consuming. It was a lot easier in the days of the …
Manek Dubash, 16 Apr 2011
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Desktop options today

Dtop Strategy Tomorrow's desktop is mobile. It's a phone, a smart device of some sort, a laptop - and there will of course be some fixed PCs in there too. But enterprises already need to cater for an increasing proportion of mobile workers, and that proportion is set to grow. The challenge is not just how to deliver enterprise-level …
Manek Dubash, 22 Mar 2011
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Network mapping: you know it makes sense

Workshop Keeping track of your network infrastructure is crucial to maintaining control, because you can’t expect to manage it without an understanding of what you have And since a picture is worth a thousand words, keeping a live map of the network makes it easier to see what’s going on when faults are detected or when change planning …
Manek Dubash, 15 Mar 2011
For Sale sign detail

Stratus makes $50,000 zero downtime promise

Fault-tolerant server company Stratus is betting real money that its latest range of servers running VMware will never fail - for at least six months. The company is backing its words with action: it has issued a promise that new and existing Stratus users will experience no unplanned downtime with its new top-of-the-range 2. …
Manek Dubash, 30 Jun 2010
Apple Maiden data center server

Is running a datacentre just like running a kitchen?

Analysis Cooling a datacentre the wrong way is like cooling a hot kitchen by opening the fridge door: it makes more sense to open a window and pump fresh air in. That's the view of Bladeroom boss Paul Rogers, whose CV includes designing industrial kitchens. He and engineering partner Red Engineering Design ended up building what's …
Manek Dubash, 17 Jun 2010

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