Meet Windows 8

It’s a big day for Microsoft with the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface. It’s the start of a new era where the term “personal computer” is being redefined and were the lines between business and consumer, work and play, are becoming blurred. It’s also the continuation of a trend where we see IT…


How does Hyper-V compare to VMware?

That’s a pretty popular question these days with the release of Windows Server 2012 and the pending VMware vSphere 5.1 updates. Fortunately, a great comparison whitepaper was recently released which details just that. The whitepaper goes into more detail however, I want to highlight one particular table which shows just how much scale Hyper-V has…


Windows Server 2012 launched today!

While there are many Microsoft product launches happening this year, this one is near and dear to my heart. I first started working with Windows servers back in the days of the Windows New Technology server, or NT, as I’m sure some of you reading did as well. We’ve come a long way, baby! This…


Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

Looking for IT Camp registration links? Scroll down! With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking, storage and automation among other things, there is lots to hear about and lots to experience….


A new look–after 25 years, it’s about time!

Today the new logo for our company was unveiled and I must say that I like what I see. Clean lines, more modern but friendly. Nice! Old logo: New logo: What do you think?


Get your team up to speed on the latest with free, online courses

If you haven’t taken a look at the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) yet, now is the time to do it and pass the link along to your team. There are 7 new Private Cloud courses available which I outline on the Canadian IT Professional Connection blog. MVA is a free training portal with modules on…


Cloud for Small Business

My dad is in his retirement years, but he’s one of those guys who will never really retire. Once part of the engineering team that built the communications system for the Expo line for Vancouver’s SkyTrain in the mid-80’s among other things, he now works as an IT consultant for a small computer store in…


Monitoring the Almighty App

While those of us in server and network infrastructure may sometimes look down on our developer colleagues because, after all, without us their applications wouldn’t have anything to run on, in truth it’s really all about the app. Without applications, there wouldn’t be a need for our servers, desktops, or networks. Alas, we continue to…