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Your Company Needs a Facebook Page

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Musings | 0 comments

Your Company Needs a Facebook Page

There’s no argument that social media has changed the entire ambience of the online world. It has changed the way people interact with each other, paved the way for small businesses to market themselves in a more controlled manner and has created opportunities for people who want to conduct their businesses on the internet. The most influential of these is Facebook.  It has millions of users, twice the population of United States and the numbers are growing day by day at an astonishing rate....

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iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Musings | 2 comments

iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II are the most talked about smart phones in the market. Both of these brands are extremely well known and the Apple iPhone 4 has recently been facing serious competition by the Samsung Galaxy S II, which may outgun the iPhone 4 in several feature categories. I’ll discuss the main features of both these smart phones which will give you a fair idea to decide which one has an edge over the other. Samsung claims that Galaxy S II is the slimmest phone to...

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Cloud Computing

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Musings | 2 comments

Cloud Computing

Many IT experts believe that cloud computing is the next big pivotal technology that will revolutionize the IT industry. To understand the concept behind cloud computing, it is basically the utilization of resources in a more efficient and cost effective manner by leveraging infrastructure and technology owned and managed by content and infrastructure experts. Applications and software need not to be installed on every single computer; instead the application is installed and configured at the...

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IT and The Cloud: Connecting AWS to HQ

Posted by on Dec 10, 2010 in Musings | 0 comments

IT and The Cloud: Connecting AWS to HQ

The next step in my journey (see previous post) was to prove I could connect the Amazon EC2 server I had built to our Corporate LAN via a secure VPN tunnel.  I spent some time reading up on Amazon’s VPC offering (which is still in Beta) in hopes that I’d be able to simply create an IPSEC tunnel and be done. I had provisioned my EC2 server in the US West region as it provided the least latency but when I went to fire up the Amazon VPN I found out it was only currently being offered...

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IT and The Cloud: AWS Latency

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Musings | 1 comment

One of the primary concerns I have regarding relocating our IT Infrastructure to ‘The Cloud’ is latency.  We (the IT Industry) have spent so much time and money upgrading our LAN infrastructure to where our servers are all at a minimum GigE attached (if not bundles GigE or 10GigE) with 10GigE uplinks and GigE piped to the desktop!  Our users are extremely used to very responsive system and the ability to move data from Point A to B in the LAN at very high speeds. If we move...

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IT and The Cloud: AWS EC2

Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 in Musings | 1 comment

It’s Day #2 on my excellent cloud adventure and I decided to dive right on in and see if I could provision a Windows 2008 R2 Server running SQL Server.  Armed with my credit card and my Amazon.com account, I signed up and created my AWS profile. I eagerly clicked the Launch Instance in the EC2 Console Dashboard, followed a few prompts and bingo, my AWS console informed me it was launching my Large Standard Windows instance!  A matter of minutes later, I had downloaded the preconfigured...

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