Monday, September 10, 2007

Load your critical server on VMware Esx vi3 even if running only 1 instance

I recommend it and see the industry going this route in the near future. For smaller businesses this means your busier exchange (150+ users) and SQL servers. VMware makes disaster recovery so easy and low cost. VMware starter edition costs $1500, but you gain so much. Yes there is a limit to 8 gigs of RAM but what back end exchange box needs that much RAM? Having an average system administrator be able to move from one server to another even with different hardware by just copying a few files and just power on the vm on the other server is a huge benefit in terms of speed and ease of use for administrators. Yes there will be some additional training on vmware, but with low cost bandwidth disaster recovery and business continuity can be a reality for all businesses large and small.

Converging technologies, lower cost of ownership for SAN technologies, carrier neutral data centers and pioneering companies like VMware, Vizioncore and Equallogic will help to accelerate this movement

Friday, September 07, 2007

VMware + SAN + Good colocation = Easy DR

Disaster recovery no longer needs to be complex or expensive. Free yourself from the boudaries of your hardware and go virtual. I love that I can copy 2 file from a Dell over to an IBM or HP it does not matter and the machine will fire up no problem. While there are some big upfront costs you can impliment a solution that is not going to tax your current it staff. I can very easily show someone how to copy two files. I would not enjoy walking anyone through a veritas restore.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

my garmin

I'm really digging my new Garmin for the car. I was too cheap to get one oem and Fry's had a killer sale on them. It does screw up my subdivision but other than that no other problems.

Friday, June 22, 2007

How to get more traffic with blogger

Funny how I don't update this blog for over a month and now I put up a couple of posting and now I'm seeing traffic from bloger itself comming from the toolbars. When you think about it, that's pretty cool of them to send little ol me some traffic.

I was on the evening new last week

Guarding against crime by computer hackers
Local abc 13 did a story about bot nets and asked me to comment.

Hard to keep up with a blog

So much has been going on this spring and now leading up into summer. The search have been pretty quiet as of late, page rank is down but search result page are still the same which is good.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

ESX is the way to go for virtulization

I just got my new dell 2950 with quad cores, 8 gigs of RAM, 15k sas drives. ESX is so easy to use and allows you to do a lot to tune and divide your resources. In 4 or 5 u's of rack space I can consolidate 2 to 3 racks of servers maybe even more. If you are going to do esx don't even mess around and get the quad core, with the sas 15k drives you won't regret it. Hard drive space seems to be an issue till you get a handle on your configs. I can't wait to move customers over. I can't get over the speed, what a great product.
If I can market it, I can see going with 1950's and drive arrays. This really going to drive down infrastructure costs for me. For what if spent 3 years ago for entry level servers I can get an enterprise quality box and run over 10 servers. I'm curious as to how Microsoft will respond over the long run. VMare has really got it together, the next 2-3 years should be interesting. Microsoft has probably played the best move with the spla program, I'm just glad Bill is doing good things with the money.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Virtualization is amazing

Even though you have to buy a pretty beefy box you can consolidate and still have extra capacity. I've been experimenting with virtualization but now I want to consolidate most of my servers and get Exchange 2007 up and running. I just order a Dell 2950 with two quad cores and 8 gigs of ram with the 15k SAS drives. I also purchased vmware esx server. Since I'm going to use this system for production I wanted to go with esx because of its reputation for stability and resouce management. I also bough a book off amazon.com with a gift certificate I got for my birthday.
Dell has some pretty good offers these days. I know you can save, but I'm very afaid of clone hardware and virtualization.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

You gotta love the sitewide link

I don't like to go crazy with them, but sitewides from the right source and greatly increase you backlink count. I don't know why but even google seems to count some site give a boost for this. I'd be curious to know how much influence this really does have on the organic serps, although I imagine not as much as would be thought.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wow 3 months

Blogs are fun but are hard to keep up with. I was checking and I've not posted in 3months. Time sure does fly. I wonder if Google is close to doing an update since that was the last post. I did take a hit on the 26th of January and dropped to a pr5 on my main site, bummed me out but all my directories now have pr, not very many submissions.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Update was Good to me

Google updated their page rank and backlinks. I'm happy to say no change on my main site with a slight increase in backlinks. I have a bunch of new general web directories that gained pagerank and backlinks. I hope to at least make back my investment for the directories, maybe even make some money. Here is some advise for anyone who wants to start a web directory - don't do it! It is a big pain and it takes a while to make any money.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Carrier Neutral Data Centers Are Best for Colocation

When choosing a data center facility to colocate your servers in my opinion it is best to choose a facility that is carrier neutral. A good carrier neutral facility should have at least 10 carriers in the facility. Most data center offer several carriers on their network, facilities should offer at least 3 carriers. Five to eight carriers is preferred. Because so many carriers are in the facility bandwidth prices tend to be lower because you have so many carriers competing for your business.
I also suggest facilities that use optimized bandwidth solutions. Better facilities use hardware that monitors their carrier networks and examines network conditions like latency, packet loss and jitter. Theses hardware platforms will reroute your internet traffic on the fly is a problems occurs. Think of it as brown out protection or that quickest way to a destination is not always the shortest path.
Always look for N+1 redundancy and ask if they are using flow control or route optimized bandwidth.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Best Soho VoIP service

I started using Broadvoice a few weeks ago and I'm very pleased with the service. I use it with my cisco 7960 and wireless plantronics headset. The best part for me is the alternate phone number service. For only $2 a month I can get an alternate phone number for a different area code.