Disaster Recovery for the smaller organization – Part 1

I have published many posts on backup and on virtualization, this post will bring both areas together for “the win”.  And what is the win, you may ask?  That’s simple, it is Disaster Recovery that even small businesses can afford! …

A (Non) Profitable Journey – Part 4

Things continue apace at Swan Lake.  I’ve been fooling around with various things and I’m slowly rolling in the changes that I and they want to see in place.  It’s a slow process as I have to grab time to…

The best thing that ever happened to iSCSI is 10Gb Ethernet (GbE)!

If you are a “big IT shop” kind of person then you already know what I’m talking about so you can ignore the rest of this post.  If you are a “small shop” IT person or an SMB owner, this…

Veeam–remote backup and replication for SMB’s–two case studies

Before I get rolling on this post let me just say this … I am unapologetic about it, I think Veeam is one of the best applications to come down the pike in a long, long time.  And, no, I’m…

A bunch of Sonicwall goodies–Part 2, SRA (secure remote access)

Sonicwall has a range of remote access servers that can be very effective in various situations.  There is the SRA range suited to smaller installations (think SMB/SME) and the larger E-Class SRA series that more suited to larger organizations or…

Hyper-V vs VMware Virtual Networking

itgroove has been busy building out our new Server 2012/Hyper-V infrastructure in support of our move to all new and shiny Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Office 2013 along with our move to Windows 8 on all the…

Hyper-V, oooo you ARE a seductress!

I have been a committed VMware vSphere and Workstation user for years.  The majority of the infrastructure at itgroove is built on vSphere as is that at many of our customers.  I have used the products since the very early…

More thoughts on Veeam Backup & Replication

I’ve made a few posts regarding Veeam and, if you have read them, you’ll know I’m a fan.  You’ll also know that we have not yet put Veeam into any real large customer sites (like datacenters) but I think it’s…

A few hard learned truths

We’ve been having a lot of “fun” lately.  The addition of a couple of new larger customers presented a series of challenges to us and, in the process, we learned a few things.  Most of us in the tech world…

Veeam–Real Life “Save”

I had promised more articles on Veeam but have been slow with the posts.  We’ve been waiting on the arrival of gear in our office to support our own Veeam installation (hard drive shortage sure playing havoc with server supply)…