Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Emergency Preparedness & IT Part 2: Remote Access

While it's a really nice feature to have on a day to day basis, having remote access to your servers and network gear during a crisis / emergency is vital.  Especially considering that you or your staff may not be able to even get into the data center.  These remote access cards or devices are typically not that expensive, and can really save your skin if it comes to it.  The more things you can do remotely, the better off you are.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review: CyberPower UPS

The go-to choice for most IT people has typically been APC when it comes to power equipment.  It's like the saying "No one was ever fired for buying Cisco".  A little while ago I needed a new UPS for some workstations, so I decided to reach out of my comfort zone and try a UPS from CyberPower (  I was pleasantly surprised with it, especially considering how much cheaper it's APC counterpart was.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Emergency Preparedness & IT Part 1: Power

In light of the recent Hurricane Sandy events, it may be a good time to bring up the "what if" of major catastrophes.  I'm no expert in this field, but I've done my share of recovery and preparedness planning.  I'm going to present some of the things to consider and plan for, in the event that your data center & network gets seriously damaged.  This is NOT a "preppers" article, or a "SHTF" article.  This is purely focused on networks, servers, and getting them through the "tough times of down times".  This is a multi-part series, just to make it easier to read and parse...don't want to scare anyone away with one giant article..

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Something Every Server Room Needs

So this is going to be a short and quick article while I'm working on a longer one.  There's something no server room or data center should be without, and it's not what you think: a cordless phone.  This simple item can make your life in there much easier and help for lots of reasons.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wireless Is Not Always The Answer

Everywhere we look these days, something is wireless.  It started with an infrared remote control, and now we can send vast amounts of data at incredible speeds.  The latest wireless innovation I'm taken aback by is AirFiber from Ubiquiti Networks, which allows a point to point wireless link at over 1.4Gbps for under $3000!  With all these wireless solutions around, why do we even need wires anymore?  Wires / cables should be all gone soon, right?  Wrong...

IT Accountability: Avoiding Murphy

Amongst technology experts, Murphy is someone we all try to avoid.  Murphy's Law states "Anything that can go wrong, will".  E...