DevOps Deep Thoughts: No Dev, No Problem!

DevOps, a fairly new process framework for IT Operations and Application Developers to work together more efficiently, has gained a lot of press in the last couple of years and has found adoption in many of the Fortune 1000.  Beyond the improvements in Dev and Ops...

Using Veeam ONE for Capacity Planning

I began my current career path as an IT consultant back in 2005.  If you recall, this was just about the same time as VMware started raising eyebrows.  The release of ESX 3.0 came the following year, 2006.  And thusly, the server virtualization revolution went into...

Comparing Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Cisco Spark

Yesterday, Microsoft took their investments in Yammer and Skype and launched a new product that combined features from both into a product called Microsoft Teams.  Like many other group collaboration platforms, Teams is meant to allow multiple people in an...

Tunneling Xwindows Applications Through SSH/PuTTY

I have been working the last few months with a client that is mostly a Linux shop.  As much as I love Linux, it’s stability, and robustness, there is one thing that can be a pain to operate.  Whenever you need to access a GUI on a remote machine, it can be a bit...

NetApp Storage Sizing – Part One: Capacity

A number of people have asked me over time, “What’s the process or methodology you use in sizing a NetApp storage array?” There are really two ways I can answer that question.  In most cases, I don’t have time to sit down and fully explain how...