Your design is not carved in stone

No design is carved in stone. Different needs, hardware changes, new business requirements, or as in this case the introduction of a new technology that needs to work together with the existing ones, require the design to be changed and adapted. So, the design is never perfect, rather it’s the best one for that specific situation and time; as the situation changes, so it should also the design.

Pre-built Windows virtual machines

Virtual appliances are one of the coolest and most useful little things that you can use in a virtualized environment. Whenever you need to quickly test a new software, a new platform, it’s always nice and welcomed when its creator puts out a pre-configured appliance for it. No time “wasted” to install and configure the underlying operating system and all the needed libraries, the virtual machine is ready to be powered up and used.

This has always been the case for software based on Linux, because its redistribution license has always granted the possibility to easily repackage it and distribute the final appliance. With Microsoft however, this has always been a problem. Software based on Microsoft platform cannot be easily packaged that way.

Lately, however, I found a great solution to have at least the whole operating system up and running in few minutes.

5 blog posts I didn’t write #1: Veeam tips

I always liked the series “7 blog posts MSPmentor didn’t write” from MSPMentor website. It was one of the first examples of blog digest I found several years ago. This is my personal digest: these series is not going to be scheduled; instead, as the title suggests, I will publish a new post everytime my favorite list will reach 5 posts. Also, I’m trying to have a common topic among the blog posts I’m linking, and the first topic is Veeam Backup & Replication.

Your next storage tier? Your volatile memory

In a previous post, I talked about the evolution of the Flash memory market, and how some software solutions are starting to change the way we consume storage. Whenever a new hardware technology comes into market, the previous ones becomes of general use (think SSDs), but the software has always the advantage to leverage any improvement in the underlying hardware, and often re-invent itself. Lately, the common idea in at least two solutions I’ve seen, is the new storage tier they are offering use to use: your servers’ memory.

Out of your private club

Have you ever met someone who comes to you, and asks you “what do you do?”. Except your parents and friends (to them, I say “I work with computers”, it’s hard to explain them what I do…), I’m pretty sure it doesn’t happens really often, isn’t it? We meet prospects, customers, competitors, work friends, and even with all the existing differences, we all work in the same market. but when you meet, like I did, a guy who works with wordpress, and barely knows about the servers running his websites, it a great challenge to explain him what my company does.

Veeam VeeamON: help us making it better!

Veeam has announced some weeks ago its own first worldwide conference: it’s called VeeamON, and it will take place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, from 6 to 9 October 2014.

Registrations are already open, and the agenda is in the works. Now, you have the possibility to express your preferences by taking a quick survey, and choose among the submitted sessions, or to suggest new ones. We want to build a great conference, and since I’m among the people responsible for the technical content of the event, I’d really like to hear your opinion! So, open the survey, and choose your 8 favourite sessions.

Solve all your Apple Mail problems… with Airmail

If you are an Apple user like me, obviously you use an email application, and probably it’s Apple Mail. Yes, there are other applications like Microsoft Outlook for example, but Mail is directly available for free in Mac OS X, and in the past has used to be damn good, while Outlook for example is still suffering some problems like the frequent corruption (and needed rebuilt) of its database.
Well, you probably are also really aware that the latest versions of Mail are not that good to say the least, instead they have become worse and worse, especially if you use Gmail or an Exchange Server.