June 3, 2016 § Leave a comment
With all of the advances in technology an average busy business owner may be overwhelmed with the amount of information that he/she has to know to be able to process the needs for the company’s communication and data reliability. Consulting companies are necessities to work out an infrastructure that will help the business owner select the right business Internet connections for the critical business communications and data transmission.The critical elements that the business owners are looking for are speed, global communication and the data speed performance that a business needs to operate in the Internet world. These elements are secondary to choosing a system that is secure and reliable.What is the meaning of MPLS Networks?MPLS Networks are the initials for Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS). This is the networking technology that decides where and how much of your data is going to go from one network endpoint to another. This type of data transmission is possible within a WAN (WAN) and it creates virtual network links between multiple networks. This allows for a streamlined and well-functioning business data transmission. In setting up this system the business owner works with the technician to prioritize the voice, data, and video transmission from your business. What is the top priority for your business? Voice? Data? Video? But as you are questioning yourself keep in mind that these transmissions go very quickly and to the end user are almost negligible.This systems al works together through the data packets that originate from one location that are assigned labels. All packet forwarding decisions are decided upon the contents of the label without taking each packet individually. Once the packets arrive where they are supposed to then the label is removed and the data appears as it should without the label. The system operates then efficiently and securely.What is the meaning of VPLS Solutions?A Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) was designed as a path to overcome the limitations and problems created by the frame relay system over the WAN (Wide Area Network). This is the solution because all LAN service is the same regardless of geographic location. But to differentiate them further each VPLS is separate from other customers who use the carrier network. In telecommunications, security and reliability of data is critical. In this effort the VPLS makes it easier to use the LAN/Ethernet configuration of the current business structure and this frees up the band width and changes it at any time because it is not connected to the physical interface.The MPLS Networks and VPLS Solutions allow business to be in control of their speed and LAN/WAN and they are cost effective which is always an added plus. These systems offer scalability which can be the key to your business communications arriving at the destination with speed and your home system running just as efficiently.
May 25, 2016 § Leave a comment
Like many people in the IT Industry I have worked from home at certain times in my various employment, but how productive was I? More people now have the opportunity to work at home with improved Broadband connectivity and many companies now having VPNs or using Hosted Services, but does it work?With the current issues of increased road congestion, environmental concerns, work life balance and the need for companies to be available more hours it makes sense to move to Home Working. There are problems with the Home Office like the safety angle – if you fall down your stairs during working time who is responsible? Also there are distraction like the daily Australian Soap Opera, visits from your mother, loading the washing machine and watching the Test Match. The truth is though that people have relative short concerntration spans anyway. Most of us can only concentrate on a job for an hour yet at work can end up trying to keep working for four hours at a time stuck in front of our PC answering emails instantly that could often wait. Many of us probably waste 1/4 of our day at work just chatting/gossiping or two hours in a weekly meeting to recap on what was said at the last weekly meeting.I personally feel that at home employees can be productive and will often spend more hours actually working than they do at work. They won’t stop dead on the dot of 5pm and will often work longer to get jobs done. They are also more relaxed, unless of course they have a young child to entertain. How many times have you had to take time off work because the washing machine repair-man is coming or Toby has got chicken-pox? In the office you would be less likely to make the time up but at home there is no excuse why you shouldn’t do an extra hour at night.One draw-back with working from home is the social one. People do like to be with people and to feel they belong to a company. Perhaps the answer is balance and that employees should be allowed to work at home 2 days a week. Of course, then how would you be able to follow the Australian Soap Opera?
April 20, 2016 § Leave a comment
In this series of articles we are looking at features and benefits of vCloud Director (vCD), and in this installment we explore some of the advances in self-service networking. This paper will only touch briefly on the technical aspects of vCD’s network hierarchy. Instead, the focus is on the key networking features that this powerful platform management tool offers, and their importance for businesses looking for more control of their cloud infrastructure. For cloud service providers (CSPs) that offer VMware vCD as part of their cloud-based solutions, vCD also presents the opportunity to work with organizations that have delayed a move to cloud computing due to a previous lack of autonomy.Let’s take a look at a few of the more important self-management networking advantages that VMware vCD provides.End-user administrators can now manage their own firewalls choosing what protocols are allowed to reach their servers without requiring any involvement from the CSP. What this means is that vCD allows users to manage their firewall protection at any time without any outside assistance, adding or removing allowed protocols and services at will. For businesses that need varying degrees of security that can change on the fly, this is an important development. For example, when multiple levels of security need to be fluid due to changing department needs and varying degrees of accessibility required, vCD provides the user with the tools to handle these security changes with ease.In-house admins can load balance servers without outside assistance from the CSP. With vCD, end-users can deploy multiple web servers and load balance connections among them. This network load balancing can be self-managed for terminal servers, or any other type of server for that matter. This once time-consuming process is now made easy and autonomous with vCD. By allowing end-user management of load balancing, organizations can expect to save time and money on the maintenance of their virtual data centers, and a more self-service environment within which to achieve maximum resource utilization.The CSP is not needed to establish site-to-site virtual private network (VPN) tunnels. What vCD is accomplishing here is providing the self-service tools allowing organizations to use the internet as a transport between their cloud environment and their internal network securely. With vShield Edge and vCD, organizations can now open up VPNs in a matter of minutes from the easy to navigate vCD GUI.It should also be noted that internal networks can be created with no access to the internet. This is very useful for in-house vApps builds that are intended for research and development where nothing from inception has outside accessibility. This is in part due to the networking layers of vCD and how external, organization and vApps networks function.The real strength of vCD is that it provides clients with an easy to use interface that allows end-users the ability to foster a self-service networking and creative cloud environment. The benefits of the cloud are many, and for some companies it works best to allow the CSP to handle the day to day configuration. Fortunately, the advantages of cloud-computing are opening up for businesses working with CSPs offering vCD as a solution for a more self-managed cloud.
April 3, 2016 § Leave a comment
Dee Zee, Inc, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is celebrating over 28 years as a leading supplier of aftermarket truck accessories. Dee Zee announced their arrival with the introduction of 12 custom fit britetread or extruded aluminum running board applications at the 1977 Sema Show in Las Vegas. From that November to today, Dee Zeesâ mission is to market the highest quality truck products while satisfying the needs of their customers. Dee Zee has expanded the initial offering of 12 boards to over 120 running boards and accessories. Their product lines now boast over 80 different toolboxes, 20 tube products, 34 Mossy OakÂ® Break Up â¢ CAMO products, and 32 heavy-duty products. The various product lines account for over 2,000 total SKUâs.
March 26, 2016 § Leave a comment
Sometimes it’s hard to let go. The roots run deep. The personal touches you’ve added to your home year after year are just right – for you. But remember this: It takes only seconds for prospective buyers to form an impression. When preparing your home for sale, it’s very important that you create a neutral, inviting environment – one that the buyer can easily picture themselves in. Composing your home for what buyers are looking for is important. Don’t get bogged down in the emotional attachment. Create meaningful spaces buyers can’t resist! Give it the chance and watch this transform your home into a real estate buyer’s showplace.First Impressions Are All Too Important
The way you first present your property can make all of the difference toward the successful sale of your home. “Curb appeal” is hugely important, since from the time they first drive up to your address, buyers react very strongly to the exterior condition of your home and the look of your yard.Give them a first impression they won’t soon forget. The decision to buy is often made within the first few minutes of seeing a property!
Maintain an impeccable front entry.
Paint or stain your front door and update trim.
Have a clean, manicured lawn. (Fertilizing and watering make the grass greener).
Tidy up: Put tools, lawn mower, and toys away, coil hoses neatly, and park your vehicles in the garage.
Trim shrubs and hedges. Add seasonal plantings, potted plants and colorful flowers.
Wash decks and porches. It is important to stain or paint them if they are showing signs of wear.
Update your exterior light fixtures. Paint them or buy new ones.
If your front door hardware is worn, replace it.
All exterior lights should be operational and turned on for all showings.
Windows should work properly – and sparkle!
Clean out gutters and downspouts.
Walkways should be swept clean. And during winter, they must be free of snow and ice.
Make certain that no one visiting your home risks falling on a slippery sidewalk or driveway.
Be sure to close your garage door when you leave for showings.Welcome to Our Home
Home buyers don’t always have a vision – so help them. It is extremely important to maintain an impeccable property. You immediately want potential buyers to sense the Pride of Ownership Read on for some minor investments that may produce major returns.Paint
When it comes to preparing a house, painting is the least expensive way to create a neutral, updated look. And it also gives you the best return for money spent. You can also update your trim with a fresh new coat of paint!Flooring
At the very least, all carpeting needs to be steam cleaned. A one-time professional steam cleaning will go a long way toward creating a positive feeling. If your carpet is worn or stained – or if there are odors that could be perceived as a negative by buyers and their agents – it should be a replaced. The same holds true for any flooring that is cracked or damaged or shows extensive scratches due to pets. (Sometimes just buffing the floors will do the trick.)Getting Rid of the Clutter
Go through your house like you have never been there before. Take everything out of a room and start by bringing it back in piece by piece until you are satisfied. Pack away all excess items. Each room should be inviting and interesting not cluttered and overwhelming. Remember…less is more!Closets
Closets must be neat, clean, organized and fresh smelling.Cleaning
There is never such a thing as having your home too clean. Buyers will more than likely be looking at many homes, including new-construction properties. To make a good impression, dust, wash, wax or polish everything. Do your “Spring Cleaning” even in the winter! Every room should shine including the windows, door knobs and fixtures. Have a professional team if you don’t have time to coordinate every detail.Lights
Clean the light fixtures and make sure all the bulbs work. And if any of the fixtures are dated, replace them with ones that are new and fashionable. It shows buyers that you have continued to update your home.Windows
Cracked windows? Broken hardware? Replace! Windows must sparkle and allow the natural sunlight to flow throughout the interior of your home.Accents
Update older furniture with new pillows and throws. Group and arrange items that compliment and play off of each others color, texture and height. Be mindful of the fine line between effective accenting and visual clutter.Accessories
Freshen up with new accessories. For example, you can update cabinets with new hardware and brighten bathrooms with new towels. New shower curtains are a must!Scents
The nose knows! The way your home smells can be a very important factor. Light, clean and “homey” scents can be subtle yet substantial tools you can use to influence a potential buyer.Plants and Flowers
Flowers and plants are just as effective indoors as they are out, adding a fresh, nurturing atmosphere to any home. You can fill empty spaces with colorful plants and flowers. They can add architectural shapes and a sense of life to any room.Landscape
Mow and trim your lawn. Trim shrubs and hedges for a neat, clean look. Seasonal plantings add color and a sense of “home.”