Thursday, March 25, 2010

Top Seven considerations and advantages when choosing an Online Backup Service

  1. Where will your data be backed up to? Is it a data center? What tier is the data center? What kind of physical security do they have?
  2. How do they charge? For data stored? Do they also charge for transfer? Is there a charge for software?
  3. How long are you able to retain your data? Are you limited on the amount of time you can retain you data?
  4. What features does the backup software client have? What operating systems can be backed up? Can they do servers? Does the backup client software have continuous data protection?
  5. What kind of bandwidth does the service have and use? How many carriers does the service utilize?
  6. How redundant is the backup system? Is the service clustered(multiple servers)? Is the service geophysically clustered(can you back up to a different data center)?
  7. Do you have the option to have your data replicated to another facility?

We meet or exceed all of these considerations, we use quality data centers with multiple long haul carrier connections. Our software is fast and works with almost all operation systems. Our software utilizes continuous data protection. We let you retain your data as long as you like
and give you the option to backup to where you want plus we give you the option of a second copy is a different city. Our system is clustered in the data center minimum three servers and we cluster so data centers can fail over.

How to pick a Data Center Network

When you are considering data centers consider the number of carriers on their blended network and who the carrier are. Are the carrier region? national? or global? Do they run bgp4? Do they use flow control or intelligent routing? Does the data center own their IP? Who are their peers? What is the network track record?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Now is the time to Virtualize the American workforce to offset terminal decline we are facing after peak oil and keep our economy growing

With crude oil and gasoline prices increasing again we need to virtualize all in the workforce that can be and pay them for productivity. Baseline employee performance now so when we do switch to telecommuting their performance and productivity can be tracked. I know this can not be done for all jobs, manufacturing, medcal and others will have to be exempt.

The switch to smaller fuel effecient verhicles has to happen quickly. I will be doing this myself next year when my current lease is up. This is a win-win for everyone. We will get more miles per gallon which will save the consumer money plus keep demand for oil down which will keep the price low and help with the trade deficit. Maybe we will all be able to breath a little easier too.

If not already, we will soon be in the age of terminal decline of oil extraction. The big fields are starting to die or have gone into steep terminal decline. If you look up and read about Cantarell this is a great example of how enhanced production methods while will increase production or stabilize and plateau it. This will only lead to faster decline rates down the road. Cantarell peaked in 2004 at 2.12 million barrels with the help of nitrogen injection into the field. But this enhanced production is leading to a very steep decline curve and the field is now producing less than 400,000 barrels of oil a day. By 2012 Mexico will no longer be a net exporter. Ghawar the worlds largest field located in Saudia Arabia is also now rumored to be in decline or will peak very soon. We are not finding fields fast enough to offset the gian oil fileds decline rates. 5% of the worlds daily crude production comes from Ghawar alone.

Another very big issue is OPEC's amount of remaining declared reserves. Their daily quota is tied to their remaining reserve. If you look at this chart in the 80's notice that most of OPEC had a jump in declared reserves. You will also notice that most of the reserves are flat and not declining.

What bothers me most was the oil shock of 2008 that should of served as the wake up call we needed and for a while it was. But the high prices killed demand and caused the price of crude to crash and now the price is starting to recover. The price of crude oil is now approaching the levels we saw in 08.

When the recession ends and economic activity starts to pick up again so will the demand for crude. If we put the incentives in place to cut our demand we can grow our economy without having to pay ever increasing costs for our energy. The problem we face today and tomorrow is when the production curve hits the demand curve it sets off a bidding war for crude oil. This biggest challenge is going to be the transition to alternatives and keeping the demand curve below the terminal decline of the production curve. We can then divert the excess out of the transportation sector into areas that will need crude oil to help our economy to keep growing while we are still in the process of transitioning to alternative and renewable energy sources. There is so much we can be doing now that could help but we just don't. If we do act we are only helping ourselves and helping to secure an easier transition into our future.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Google Fiber for Communities: Think big with a gig, Ok I'll take one

Google Fiber for Communities: Think big with a gig
Cool, Google the ISP. The virtual workforce is coming and having this kind of speed with allow almost LAN like access to servers and cloud based applications that require a lot of bandwidth. Longhaul carriers are practically giving away bandwidth, how much cheaper will it get? I'm very curious what the price point and different types of services offered.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Key to Google’s Data Center Efficiency: One Backup Battery Per Server

A Key to Google’s Data Center Efficiency: One Backup Battery Per Server
This sounds very interesting and I'm very interested in learning more, it always seems to be the simple ideas that are the good ones. Dell and HP have to be looking into this or I would hope they are. I wonder how this would ripple down the data center industry because facilities try to rate their facility on the Tier system which has a heavy focus on power infrastructure.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Next-gen iPhone rumored for April • The Register

Next-gen iPhone rumored for April • The Register
Is it going to be out next month? If it's not 4G speed I think I will wait, buy the rumors are interesting especially the removable battery.

BlackBerry - Enterprise Server Express - Free BES Express Download

BlackBerry - Enterprise Server Express - Free BES Express Download
It's out! It's too bad I gave up on Verizon after the Blackberry Storm disaster which was probably the worst phone and customer service experience of my life. I do miss the Verizon network a little but after the way I was treated never no way ever again.
I'm glad they are making BES available for download I just wish they were not so greedy and did this sooner with full features. You want to make it easy to use your product not tax your customers, I wonder what the Blackberry market share would have been had BES always been freely available?

Easiest Way to be a Green Company

Almost all of to days firewalls include some type of vpn or virtual private network access. The firewall will have software clients or you can download them from your firewall vendor. This can include ipsec or ssl, you can also use pptp which is built into windows. They are fairly easy to set up or will require about two to three hours of consulting time for a smaller company. This will allow them access to local servers and resources.
If your employee commutes 16-20 miles each way a day that's about $5.00 a day in gas. If the employee is 100% virtual that's a saving of $1250 a year or 500 gallons of gas at $2.50 a gallon. Plus the countless hours spent in the car probably sitting in traffic a good deal of the time. Providing an office and resources in the office is expensive, rent, energy and resources. Yes there are costs with going virtual and telecommuting but in the long run it is much cheaper as long as you are able to evaluate and maintain employee performance.
You can also double the efficiency of a car by adding one passenger.
We need to act fast, adapt and start to take heroic measures now and conserve what we have because the new technologies are just not going to be ready quick enough. Inflation is coming across the board. Our whole economy is based on cheap efficient energy and it will end soon. It's a fact that we just are not going to be able to afford to drive as much and we will need to off set our rising cost for products and services that we use everyday that will be inflated because of rising energy costs.
Mainstream telecommuting as I see it is probably one of the best options to conserve because we just flat out get gas consuming cars off the road. Another benefit is that the air will be cleaner in most metropolitan areas.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Why does OPEC lie about its oil reserves?

Why does OPEC lie about its oil reserves?
This is going to be a big problem sooner rather than later. When everyone realizes how true this probably is it will set off yet another oil shock. There is no spare capacity especially once the recession turns around. Conservation is not going to be enough and energy will go to the richest countries. Most of the big fields are about to peak or have peaked and are in terminal decline and yes even though there have some big finds like the Sugar Loaf field this oil is years away and very hard to get at which will present several technical challenges. Cantarell is just the beginning and a sign of the future. When Gwar goes into very rapid decline because of the injection process it will be the wake up call the world needs but this will probably be too late to properly transition to a non petroleum economy.

Friday, March 05, 2010

The difference between Enterprise and Desktop hard drives

Thanks Todd for finding this whitepaper on the Intel site. If you are upgrading or buying a server or SAN you should read this whitepaper first. I never fully understood the difference in the feature and design of hard disk drives. Most of the big hard drive makers make several different quality models of drives. Choose wisely especially if you are using SATA hard disk drives.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I love our multi carrier flow controlled data center networks

Check out our networks! We use Internap data centers and bandwidth or center that use Internap FCP like YourColo in Columbus Ohio
ping or tracert to Houston NYC Columbus Ohio San Francisco/Oakland

Better Backups for desktop and Mac now only $4.99 a month or $54.95 a year

Same price as the big boys with a choice of where to back your data up to (we have four very secure Data Centers) we use Internap Bandwidth and continuous data protection. Download our software and try it free for 30 days. You will see how fast simple and feature rich our product is.

Is the next Oil Shock about to Hit? Is the next technical revolution about to really begin?

After this recession is over and economic activity starts to tick back up as will the demand for energy. Will this set off another Oil Shock like we saw a few years ago?
Most of the easy to get at oil is gone and giant oil fields like Ghawar and Cantarell have peaked, the North sea is winding down as well as Alaska. Yes we had a small oil crash but this is only temporary.
We are going to have to innovate fast if we are to avoid this long term crisis. The way our infrastructure here in the USA is based on most of the population living in the suburbs and commuting. I really do not see how we can cope unless people just stop driving. I really feel that a much larger percentage of the workforce will Telecommute as long as their job allows. If not worker will have to move out of necessity. The days of flying are coming to an end, my kids kids will probably not know what it is like to fly on an airplane.
We have squandered our most valuable resource. One barrel of oil is equal to 25,000 of human labor. At $2.50 a gallon one cup of gas cost less than 16 cents a cup. So in the city driving a mile costs you only $0.16. Imagine if you had to walk or bike that far. Imagine if you were towing your spouse and kids along. Does $0.3125 cents a cup sound expensive? or $5.00 a gallon?
I'm not trying to be all gloom and doom and I believe that there is hope like what Bloom Energy is doing. But we need more innovators like Dr. KR Sridha.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News -

Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News -
How do you handle this Disaster Recovery scenario? I'm not a 2012 freak but this one concerns me a little.

With 95% of it's profit coming from Adwords is Google still a one trick pony?

Don't get me wrong, I love Google and I know they are diversifying and investing in new products and services. But none have been the cash cow that AdWords has been or shows potential to generate that kind of revenue.
I think the Android OS has a lot of potential, but I'm not ready to pitch my IPhone yet. Google Apps and cloud services are making money, but will it become mainstream with all the privacy issues that Google has been facing? Another concern is the shrinking profit margin as these services become even more of a commodity.
Google search is here to stay and it is a free service they offer, the advertising they show on the top and down the right side of the page is where they make money. Will this increase? Stay the same? or drop?
More and more web sites are learning and adopting organic search. I know I don't click on search ad unless it is something very hard to find. Before our site ranked organically we used AdWords and yes they do work and are great if your just starting out. But with organic search if done right you will get a much higher return on investment. The key element is relevance to what end users are looking for. Remember Google is a research tool not an e commerce tool although if you are smart you can do that by providing relevant informant ion and inform your end users.