The changing world of users

OK, post number 4 in this series … Users!  We’ve previously taken a look at the new way we work, the new devices we are using to blend our home and work lives and the new applications that take advantage of these new ways of working.  In this post I’ll take a look at the…

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The changing world of applications

OK, post number 3 in this series … Applications!  We’ve previously taken a look at the new way we work and the new devices we are using to blend our home and work lives.  In this post I’ll take a look at the applications themselves and how they This is a 5 part series. The…

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The changing world of devices

Following on from the opening post in this series where I covered the changing world of working and how a changing workforce, new devices and better network connectivity is rapidly changing not only our personal lives but also the way we want (and do) work, in this post I’ll take a look at devices, and…

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The changing world of working

The way we work, the way we access information and the devices we use to do this are changing.  And fast.  As recently as a few years ago, a large portion of the technology using workforce (i.e. anyone that used a computer of some sort to get their job done) were chained to a desk…

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Worldwide Partner Conference … what a BLAST!

I have had the pleasure of being at WPC this week.  We rocked in on Sunday morning to set up the hardware for the Day 2 keynotes today, and I am very happy (relieved?) to say that the demos went perfectly and our Demo Gods rocked them. In summary, here is what we covered from…

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If we start with the premise that Automation is a Good Thing …

I spend a lot of time thinking about the role that “Automation” plays in various scenarios.  What does this look like in todays Datacenter, what does it look like as we move to Private Cloud Architectures, and what role will it play in situations where both Private and Public cloud architectures are in play? I…

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The future of The DDC

I finished reading Nicholas Carr’s The Big Switch last night.  If you are in the Technology field, you should read it.  He nails what is underway at the moment with the way we are using computers.  In his book, Carr uses the analogy of electricity and how it evolved from a disparate system of individual…

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How Dynamic is your Datacenter?

The System Center toolsets that I work with are all about the Dynamic Datacenter. We provide solutions that allow you to Integrate, Automate and Orchestrate within the Datacenter. I am very interested in where people are at now, regardless of the solutions you currently use.  Are you at the beginning of your journey and still…

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How does Opalis fit in with other System Center solutions?

If you are looking at Opalis and wondering how it sits within the greater System Center family, then you are not alone.  In this post I will explain where Opalis fits, and how it can be used to work within the existing System Center solutions. System Center is (currently) made up of 4 5 products (excluding…

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Planning and Architecting for an Opalis implementation

For anyone tasked with implementing Opalis, there are a number of solution-level questions that will immediately burst into your head.  You will have a bunch of questions along the lines of: How many servers will I need? How many concurrent jobs can I run? How long will the jobs take to complete? What specs will…

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