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IDS announces three new hires to expand engineering team

New IDS Hires Announcement: Welcome to the team!

By | IDS, Networking, Security | No Comments

We’re incredibly excited to announce the addition of three new hires at IDS who will be instrumental in growing our business around transformational technologies. The strategic expansion will further fuel the growth of the IDS consulting practice by increasing focus surrounding big data, analytics, security and software-defined networking. We have experienced incredible success over the last few years, and this latest addition is one of many that will continue to contribute to the ongoing IDS transformation. Read More

Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop

Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 2: HDX Insight Monitor and Policy Tuning

By | Analytics, Virtualization | No Comments

For more information on this topic, please see part one of this series, Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 1: Citrix CloudBridge.” We will be doing a follow-up series for VMware Performance Tuning and WAM Optimization options with VMWare Horizon View 6 in the future as well.

About the HDX Insight Monitor Tool

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Director integrates the HDX Insight Monitor Tool, which gives you the ability to monitor and tune the following: Read More

Cloud computing contract considerations

Cloud Trends Update: Top Five Cloud Contract Considerations

By | Cloud Computing, How To, Strategy | No Comments

Last week, IDS hosted a dinner featuring a presentation about current cloud trends and how IDS is helping our customers create their cloud strategy. The topic generated a lot of very interesting conversation and one of the biggest discussions was about cloud contracts. If you’re going to trust a partner to host your data, it is critical to have a contract in-place that protects the interests of both parties. Many large cloud providers have a “take it or leave it” approach to contracts and others will work to customize to your needs. Regardless of the flexibility, it is imperative that you understand all aspects of your cloud contract and what it means to your business. Since this was a highly discussed item at our dinner, I decided to create a list of the top 5 contract considerations when evaluating Cloud Providers. Read More

Evaluating all-flash storage

Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 1: Mapping out the process

By | How To, Storage | No Comments

Many storage architects start off their workday sipping coffee, reading emails, checking on the status of various things in the environment. Mostly just killing time on the often repetitive and boring tasks of provisioning, monitoring, and maintaining the arrays, switches, servers, and other pieces that make up the infrastructure, and fighting any fires that may have flared up recently. Work seems to alternate between incredibly boring and repetitive and incredibly stressful at a moment’s notice.

On rare occasions an email or phone call from management will contain the words that are dear to the heart of technologists everywhere: We need some new stuff, figure out what we need and let’s bring it in and test it out! Getting to test drive the shiny new, ultra-fast, mega-big, leading edge tech is often the reason IT folks got into their jobs in the first place. Read More

Unstructured Data, the silent killer of your IT budget

Unstructured Data, the Silent Killer of Your IT Budget: How are you stopping the bleeding?

By | Backup, Replication, Storage | No Comments

Like most organizations, you probably are hosting your unstructured data on traditional NAS platforms. The days of storing this data on these legacy systems are coming to an end. Let’s look at some of the setbacks that plague traditional NAS:

  • Expensive to scale
  • Proprietary data protection – third-party backup software is needed to catalog and index
  • Inability to federate your data between disparate storage platforms onsite or in the cloud
  • High file counts, which can cripple performance, increase back-up windows, and require additional flash technology for metadata management
  • File count limitations
  • High “per-TB” cost
  • Some platforms are complex to administer
  • High maintenance costs after Year 3

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Citrix performance tuning part 1

Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part I: Citrix CloudBridge

By | Cloud Computing, Data Center, Replication, Storage | No Comments

As many companies are making the investment in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop they want a fast, reliable and secure solution. In this article, we will focus on WAN optimization and performance using the Citrix CloudBridge technologies.

Citrix CloudBridge is a unified platform used to accelerate applications across public and private networks, increasing performance and user experience. CloudBridge offers ICA protocol acceleration, QoS, optimization and security for XenApp and XenDesktop. This is an optimal solution for remote or branch offices that have WAN performance issues. CloudBridge offers extensive monitoring and reporting features, which help IT staff to performance tune any Citrix environment.
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