SMB Virtualization

SMB Virtualization focuses on delivering the benefits of virtualization to SMB’s, and SME’s in a cost effective and easy to manage manner. SMB Virtualization covers all aspects for virtualization for the SMB or SME starting with hardware and working up the virtualization stack. (Read More)

SMB Virtualization includes use of the technologies that allowed bursting into the cloud for small organizations as well as other cloud services that an SMB or SME could use to perform business operations within virtual or cloud environments. SMB Virtualization concentrates on the smaller scale organizations but while planning for those organizations to grow.

Will 2016 Be the Year of VDI — Sorry, EUC?

DesktopVirtualizationWho or what is EUC? In an industry plagued by TLAs (three-letter acronyms), EUC, or end-user computing, is the new nomenclature for VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure. This is not just the emperor’s new clothes, but a redefinition of the paradigm of adopting a more inclusive view of the software, hardware, and processes that shore up the client side of corporate infrastructure.

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News: $2,000 Network Penetration Test Changes the Cyber Security Industry

VirtualizationSecurityIf you’ve ever engaged the services of a penetration testing company, you know they’re not cheap. In fact, it’s not unusual to feel you’ve been slapped, thrown in a bag, and hung up to dry. These types of costs can be absorbed by larger companies and enterprises, but not smaller ones, which lack the budgets to take that kind of hit.

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A Cloud of Your Own

VirtualizationSecurityEver since iOS 7 came out with its corresponding version of iTunes, I have not been able to sync my iPhone contacts and calendars directly to my MacBook any more. Since that update, you have to use iCloud (preferred by Apple), or you have to roll your own cloud that has similar functionality. This seems even more difficult than it sounds, and to this day I still don’t have everything working. But the majority is. So, do you need a Cloud of Your Own?

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Data Protection: All Starts with an Architecture

VirtualizationBackupAt The Virtualization Practice, we have systems running in the cloud as well as on-premises. We run a 100% virtualized environment, with plenty of data protection, backup, and recovery options. These are all stitched together using one architecture: an architecture developed through painful personal experiences. We just had an interesting failure—nothing catastrophic, but it could have been, without the proper mindset and architecture around data protection. Data protection these days does not just mean backup and recovery, but also prevention and redundancy.  Continue reading Data Protection: All Starts with an Architecture

SpiceWorld: All Things Spicy

SMBVirtualizationI was recently invited to attend SpiceWorld Austin (paid for by SpiceWorks), a gathering of administrators, companies, and IT managers involved with SpiceWorks. SpiceWorks provides help desk, inventory, and now system monitoring for the small and medium business/enterprise (SMB/E). The SMB/E space until now seemed underserved by major vendors in the virtualization space. SpiceWorks provides a means to serve the SMB/E space using a somewhat different approach. Continue reading SpiceWorld: All Things Spicy