Blogs

The Awesome Power of Azure’s New Serial Console

Apr 20, 2018 | Tim Carfrey

Finally, the Azure Environment has released a critical feature missing since inception—the Serial Console. I frequently use this feature with physical and virtual servers alike. So, what exactly is it? Think of the Serial Console…

The Journey to the Personal Cloud

Apr 10, 2018 | Dan Kelley

For developers and architects, the last few years have been truly amazing! I thought we reached a peak when I was able to use complex technologies—including a clustered database, queues, and topics—to build an event-based application over a weekend. Though the logic wasn’t complex, it was amazing to setup that infrastructure…

Office 365 Discovery & Design – Where to start?

Apr 9, 2018 | Mark Arnold

There’s no denying it. The Cloud is here, and email should logically be the first thing to migrate. Email requires the most storage and—despite what Microsoft says—it consumes more IOPS (Input/output operations per second) on your storage area network (SAN) than it should. So far, so good. But how do you ensure…

The Benefits of Immutable Infrastructure

Apr 6, 2018 | Ned Bellavance

In case you haven't seen it, here's my first post outlining what Immutable Infrastructure is. The TL;DR (too long; didn't read) is that Immutable Infrastructure does not change significantly from its initial deployment. Some minor configuration changes are stored in the state of the infrastructure,…

What are SharePoint Hub Sites and What Do They Do?

Apr 5, 2018 | Jason Rivera

The recent introduction of Hub Sites in SharePoint signals a significant change in the way we create and organize site hierarchy. Traditionally when building SharePoint sites, one would create an isolated set of sites (site collections) and in those site collections would exist a hierarchy…

Data Loss Prevention

Mar 30, 2018 | Steve Silvestri

This blog was co-authored by Matt Hellhake and Steve Silvestri. In today’s data-dominant culture, information is among a company’s most significant assets. So it’s critical to ensure all this data (employee, finance, customer, etc) is…

Wait... Where does my data go??

Mar 28, 2018 | Jaime Perez

Data surrounds us. Cell phones, watches, appliances, televisions, tablets, thermostats, security cameras, cars, and even children’s toys are all connected to the Internet. We’ve even coined a phrase for them: Internet of Things (IoT) devices.…

An Introduction to Immutable Infrastructure

Mar 27, 2018 | Ned Bellavance

It's 3AM. You've finally finished rolling out all the upgrades and patches for your application. The QA team is busily testing functionality, and you're looking forward to finally hitting the hay after a long evening.…

How prepared are you?

Mar 21, 2018 | Hank Yee

Over the past few weeks a large financial institution encountered issues with a system upgrade which left customers in an unfortunate situation for weeks. This incident was not unique. Many companies and institutions suffer unexpected, prolonged systems outages. Sometimes they’re due to scheduled maintenance or upgrades, other times they’re the result of equipment failure.…

Disabling Automount on Backup Servers

Mar 19, 2018 | Bob Gries

Many hypervisor-based backups perform a “HotAdd” type of backup. A HotAdd backup takes a snapshot of a VM, mounts the VM drives on the backup host, and backs it up as if it were a…