Multi-NIC vMotion was released 3+ years ago in August 2011 included with vSphere 5.0. Even through it has been available for a long time, I wanted to write a post to highlight how useful a feature it is (especially for 1-Gig networks) and show how simple it is to setup (it’s a no-brainer).
The security community is in an uproar about Komodia! Komodia is an IT firm that sells turn-key network interception technology, i.e. Komodia Redirector with SSL Digestor, to several software developers.
Azure Active Directory has supported multi-factor authentication (MFA) for a while now. This feature provides customers a secure authentication platform for web apps, Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud platforms.
Staying engaged and challenged in your IT career is critical. Equilibrium encourages its employees with these tips as part of our Professional Development Program.
VMware promises that it's new "Virtual Volumes (aka VVOLs) feature will be revolutionary. Here are 3 tips to help you get up to speed.
I recently ran across an issue with an Exchange 2010 server that was configured for a hybrid Office 365 setup. The on-premises Exchange 2010 server had the majority of mailboxes migrated to Office 365 and was serving primarily as an onsite SMTP relay and CAS server.
Amazon Web Services recently celebrated their 8th anniversary since launching the Amazon S3 cloud storage service on March 14, 2006, the first of many cloud services that companies around the globe now rely on, in many instances, for their sole provider of infrastructure and computing services.
Going to the cloud is not a matter of if, but when. Email is the big thing; email is one of the major draws in getting companies to look at online solutions. There are two primary vendors providing robust email services online, Microsoft and Google.
In today's IT landscape we hear the term Cloud in most conversations, almost every vendor slick and the majority of advertisements. It is a term that is usually positioned to portray a sense of ease and simplicity for Cloud migrations. While there are many advantages to moving data to the Cloud, the decision to do so should be carefully considered and highly scrutinized.
Equilibrium recently deployed ShareFile Enterprise at a Chicago-based mid-market company in the construction industry. This blog post describes how the hype and promise surrounding ShareFile has come true for this company. This is a strong example of benefits available in the construction industry with similar benefits in most every other industry.
Microsoft Azure is making progress catching up to its competitors. While Office 365 is clearly a leader in cloud service offering Microsoft has many products in this space. One central theme centers around how to provision users for these services and simplify management. AD FS (Active Directory Federation Service) has been around since Windows 2003 R2 yet has remained a complex service to build into an organization.
The EMC VNXe 3200 was released in April 2014 is providing massive value to SMBs in Chicagoland and beyond. Its predecessor is the VNXe 3300 (yes, the newer edition actually has a lower model number). It has many of the same features available in its big brother, the VNX 5200, with a reduced price point.
M&A deals are up 24 percent in the U.S. in 2014 according to CIO.com. There is no doubt that within this surge of activity, business leaders and private equity firms in Chicago are leveraging IT leaders to understand risks and highlight opportunities for synergy. IT leaders, such as those with the skill set of a CIO, have a trained eye to catch key details that a CEO or CFO might naturally miss.
Equilibrium attended “Open Mike Night”, an event hosted by our partner Windstream, to announce the grand opening of their new Chicago data center. Mike Ditka and Mike Singletary spoke at this event and took pictures with the guests. In my opinion, Windstream’s brand new Chicago data center is an unbelievable new facility.
I’m writing this post to help clear up any confusion that might revolve around questions of Office 365 client compatibility (between Office 365, web browsers, legacy versions of Microsoft Office, and the Windows OS). The theme that runs across Microsoft's recommendations for Office 365 is "stay current, or pretty close."
The VMWare VSAN is getting a lot of hype and is an exciting technology. It allows a datacenter to leverage local storage in ESXi hosts without needing a traditional shared storage device such as an EMC or NetApp SAN (among many other vendors).
The HP Gen9 rackmount, tower and blade servers allow customers to take their hypervisor compute density to the next level. HP Gen9 servers have been generally available since September 8, 2014. Along with many other vendors like VMware and Cisco, HP is marketing of their new Gen9 server by leveraging the SDDC movement, hype and jargon (Software Defined Data Center).
See the infographic to learn about our "Defense in Depth" strategy. Equilibrium finds that the "People" layer is the most difficult to implement and manage.
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Today, it’s entirely possible to do more with less, you just have to know how. IT strategic planning is key to reducing your maximizing your IT budget.
It looks like with the new VMware Horizon 6 announcement offering, VMware is working with Microsoft to offer features tightly integrated with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. This will allow VMware Horizon 6 to offer published application delivery. While VMware’s offering has a lot of work to do with features that make XenApp still the superior product, VMware could quickly become a tough competitor in a space that Citrix has dominated in.
Veeam announced on Monday, 4/7/14, that they are releasing storage snapshot functionality for NetApp. Veeam expects to release this feature in the second half of 2014 with Backup and Replication v8. This is a major announcement as this feature can provide the best of both worlds for SMBs.
About 6 months after Windows 8.1 has been generally available Microsoft is ready to release an update. The release, affectionately known as just Windows 8.1 Update, will be released as part of the upcoming Patch Tuesday on April 8th. For system administrators there are few details that are good to know.
Windows XP is by far the most resilient Microsoft OS to date. Released in October of 2001 and improved with each service pack… Remember SP2 and the built-in firewall set on by default. Revolutionary. I write this and it sounds silly but those were big changes for Microsoft.