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What’s Next After Microsoft Virtual Server?


I’m sure you’ll all remember a few months ago when I talked about how VMWare were releasing their VMWare Server product for free. Quite a few people talked about this at the time, and wondered what this meant for Microsoft’s growing virtualization product line.

Well I guess now we know. Microsoft have responded with the release of Virtual Server as a free product which you can download or order on disk from their website.

Far more interesting perhaps is the long awaited release of Virtual Machine additions for Linux and the announcement of a service pack for Virtual Server R2, due to shortly go into the beta phase.

Lots of people have speculated that last year, or maybe this year, or maybe next year will be the ‘year of virtualization’. It seems that both VMWare and Microsoft are keeping up the pace of the game, and other players including some well supported open source alternatives are joining the crowd too.

Personally, while a technology is still talked about for its own sake then to my way of thinking it isn’t fully mature yet. Once something has evolved enough to be something that is just used without needing too much thought on the part of the average user then it’s arrived. I’m not sure virtualization is quite there yet, but maybe it won’t be long.

So what comes next?

There are a couple of interesting gaps in the product line ups here that might get filled soon:

Microsoft have not yet released Virtual PC for the Intel Mac. Rumours that Apple are releasing a hypervisor layer, if not an outright virtualization layer in Leopard, and that the two things are somewhat intertwined just won’t die.
VMWare, of course, doesn’t have a product in the Apple space at all. The longer they take to announce one, the more credibility the rumor above gains.

Microsoft doesn’t currently have a product that competes in the VMWare ESX Server space, which is where a lot of serious work gets done. Maybe this will be addressed by the time Longhorn Server manages to sloth its way onto the release schedule, because of course such a produce still needs an underlying OS of some kind, and I’m damn sure Microsoft aren’t about to roll with a Linux Kernel if they can possibly help it.

Open Source products are playing catch-up. But catch up they will. At the moment, it maybe isn’t possible to build an “enterprise quality” virtual solution completely from Open Source components – a state which the OSS community will work damn sure to correct. (Of course, if anyone read this blog, they’d probably disagree and flame me… they’re entitled to their opinion and I’m entitled to mine on the matter.)

So… what to do, what to do? I’ll tell you one thing newbie – if you haven’t already downloaded at least one of the two big free virtualization products to see what the fuss is about, then you’re missing out on something that you need to deal with one way or another. Run, don’t walk, to the VMWare and Microsoft websites and check out the two free products side by side for yourself.

Online Backup For Business Is A Must

business-online-backupCarbonite is now a household name. More and more dads and moms are finding the need for Carbonite. But what works at home works well in the office too. Here’s how Carbonite can protect all the files in the office.

Carbonite provides an admin dashboard where you can monitor all the files from the other computers in your office. The admin dashboard enables you to view and monitor the online backup space and the status of all files. You will know exactly how many files have been backed up online and how many files are pending. It’s also possible for you to search a computer, a group, and even an individual user on the admin dashboard.

All the files from the computers can be viewed, monitored, and accessed through the admin dashboard. It becomes your centralized server that’s secured because you can only access it with a use of a password. So no matter what happens in the office, all your important files are safe and protected.

With Carbonite, your employees don’t have to go through all the trouble of saving their files to a USB or other external devices. The reason for that is because your employees can access their files from another computer, laptop, or even a smart phone. Just as long as they’re connected to the internet, they can just log into Carbonite and access their files.

This particular feature of Carbonite makes it very easy for all your employees. They won’t have to back up their files to their personal USBs or flash drives. They can just log into Carbonite and access the files. There will be no more last minute printing and waste of paper and ink. That’s a lot of savings for your company.

Another awesome feature of Carbonite is the setup is simple and easy, says the online backup experts at You don’t have to give up valuable working hours to be able to install this online backup system. In just a couple of minutes, the system can be installed and almost immediately, all the files can be backed up online. You don’t have to worry about giving up productive hours to give way to the installation of Carbonite.

You value all of your files and Carbonite knows that. It is for that reason that Carbonite is transparent with how they back up your files online. All your files are encrypted before they are transferred online. Carbonite makes use of a technology called 128-Bit Blowfish encryption to ensure all files are protected as they leave the computers. Then with the use of a secure socket layer (SSL), all your files are transmitted to the data centers of Carbonite. These data centers are secured and guarded 24 hours a day. They are located in remote areas of the country. You can rest assure that your files are safe and protected because even Carbonite employees have limited access to the data servers. Come rain, come shine, these data centers have generators that have backup fuel.

If you are in the health industry and your business needs to comply with Protected Health Information (PHI), Carbonite has a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to ensure all your confidential files are protected.

In case your business is ready to start with Carbonite, make sure to save your business some money with a carbonite offer code server discount. You can get at least a 10% savings on your subscription to this widely popular online backup service. Carbonite has an offer code for home plans too wherein you can get as much around 17% savings on a subscription. It’s a great deal and quite worth the investment too.

There is no doubt that Carbonite is good for your business. No matter what kind of business you are in, you can depend on Carbonite to back up all your files. All your files can be backed up automatically. This simply means that not one of your employees will have to spend any time backing up important files to USBs and CDs. You and your employees can finally concentrate in letting your business grow. You can just focus on the business since Carbonite protects all your files online

A Friendlier Workplace With Carbonite Business Backup


Stress is always present in any kind of workplace. It can certainly do without it. But unfortunately, it always finds itself in the workplace. There’s just no way you can totally eliminate stress in the workplace.

Uncertainty. This is the most common cause of stress in the workplace. You’re not happy with your job because you’re pressured to accomplish more than what is outlined in your terms of reference. Workload is unbearable and you want to quit your job. But then, you’re confronted with the uncertainty of finding another job. So to play it safe, you stick to your current job.

According to a poll conducted by Monster, a job search site, about fifty percent of unhappy employees take the risk. They change jobs to escape the stress in the workplace. Although it’s not clear if they’re totally stress-free in their new jobs, the point is disgruntled employees do take the risk just to break away from stress.

In another survey of about nine hundred respondents, it cites that the cause of stress is also brought about by an employee’s relationship with the boss. This is followed by workload, balancing work and personal life, and dealing with co-workers.

You can definitely relate to these findings. No one is exempt from the workplace stress.

What is alarming about the surveys is that there isn’t much that’s done to control the stress level in the workplace. There is less focus on enhancing work environment.

It can cost the company a lot of money, time, and resources to enhance working conditions. Team building sessions can be quite costly. They may not also be that effective unless they’re scheduled regularly. If they are, it can be very costly considering it entails a downtime. Even if it’s a weekend activity, it can still cost the company a lot of money.

One affordable way to deal with stress in the workplace is to rely on online data backup. Making use of online backup services such as Carbonite releases you from the stress of data loss. With one less thing to worry about, you’ll have more time to focus on your responsibilities and tasks.

One of the most obvious reasons as to why you should consider Carbonite is because of its automatic backup. You’re finally free of the burden of backing up you files. With Carbonite, you don’t have to do that anymore. That is one less task to worry about.

Your workplace will definitely benefit from the services of Carbonite. Your files aren’t just backed up automatically but continuously as well. And to top it all, your files aren’t just backed up to the cloud. With Carbonite Server Backup, your files are also backed up locally. Hence, you not only get the advantage of backing up to the cloud. You also have the advantage of backing up locally which means you can always get back your files in the event of any kind of computer crash or natural disaster. This is called the hybrid backup and it’s perfect for the toxic workplace. It can definitely lessen workplace stress since it guarantees easy data backup and retrieval.

It’s hard to deal with your boss, workload, personal life, and your co-workers on a daily basis. But you have to. You have to earn a living, right? So the good thing is that you can actually reduce the stress in your workplace. Instead of escaping the stress in your current workplace, you can do something about it.

You can recommend Carbonite Business backup in your workplace. Tell your boss or supervisor about the benefits of Carbonite. Present all the business plans of Carbonite and emphasize on the hybrid backup. Furthermore, explain the security measures of Carbonite. Point out that all the files are encrypted before they’re backed up online. Then cite the automatic and continuous backup, fixed annual fee of the each business plan, free valet installation of the software, and customer support. Most importantly, relate how the benefits and advantages of Carbonite enhance productivity in the workplace, lessening the toxic factors that lead to stress.

Carbonite is one good way to deal with stress in the workplace. The fact that you don’t have to worry about your files spares you from the stress of backing up them all up. With that task gone, you can concentrate on your deliverables and responsibilities. By the way, you can get some tremendous savings from a business Carbonite offer code featured on 95Box. It’s rare that you will be able to find discount offers on this online backup solution so I highly recommend that you use this. This Carbonite offer code can really help you save your business a lot of money. The savings that you get can be used for other parts of your business.

And if you’re able to deliver and accomplish your work, your relationship with your boss is enhanced, your workload becomes bearable, your personal life improves (considering the fact that you have more time for it), and your co-workers are happy as well. You simply cannot deny the positive impact Carbonite has in the workplace. You will never have to deal with data loss, which can be very stressful. Yes, it is possible to have a friendlier workplace with Carbonite.

My Thoughts On Apple’s Operating System


Apple launched “Tiger” (OS X 10.4) with expectations of improvements over “Panther” (OS X 10.3), moved into things like desktop widgets and it already has the thing that everyone reckons is the “next big OS thing” – desktop search.

Apple have had a good search engine built into iTunes for quite some time and have simply based their desktop search on this “core”. This new OS-wide search engine is known as Spotlight, and to be honest … spotlight has failed to set the world on fire. It’s quirky and problematic, it has a funny interface that people keep trying to re-design and has even inspired people to threaten to break parts of their computer.

So I’m not convinced that desktop search is a killer app. I’ve actually got a very good desktop search program on this computer at the moment, but I hardly ever use it. When I do use it, then I’m very appreciative of its ability to find obscure notes I made months ago, but that is a rare event – I would miss it were I to lose it, but its hardly something that is on my horizon as a “killer app” even if it does save me 3 hours of work once every 4 months.

As for the Widgets, there are maybe 4 or 5 out of the hundreds available that I actually use. At the end of the day Widgets are just a memory hungry rehash of ideas like Active Desktop, which tanked at the time and given that no other Mac owners I know use Widgets for much are arguably tanking now.

Tiger is more “evolution” than “revolution” but frankly I don’t see anything much wrong with that. As regular readers will know, I’m well impressed with Apple’s laptops; I’m the proud owner of an iBook and we’ve been doing more and more with Apple computers at work where the rest of the team seem to be enjoying the change as much as I do. OS X has worked very well for me since I got hold of my iBook. It is easy to use, fast and pretty damn reliable.

OS X is built on UNIX, which means it has a long history behind its development, and also a relatively low cost (but not zero) for people who want to convert software to/from other UNIX based systems such as Linux.

Don’t underestimate that Unix underpinning when it comes to appeal to experienced IT people: When I first started using Panther, I had an app hang and I didn’t know where to find Apple’s equivalent of the Windows Task Manager to force it to quit. No matter, I dusted off my Unix ‘superpowers’, opened up a terminal window, listed all running processes to make a note of the Process ID of my problem app, and forced it out with a swift application of the “kill -9” command. The fact that I still didn’t know how to use a Mac then didn’t matter because I was able to leverage the fact that I *did* know Unix, and could address the Mac system using that knowledge to solve my problem.

And last but by no means least is the switch from PowerPC chips to Intel x86 chips. In a way, this should be totally irrelevant to most computer users, but this change to a small internal component that the majority of PC or Mac users will never physically see in their lives has generated no end of interest in Apple computers. I’m at a loss to explain why any “normal end user” would care a damn about this, but apparently they do. And its all good publicity for Apple and its operating systems.

Apple score big on security too, perhaps far more than they deserve to. While the idea that OS X is immune from viruses and worms is a myth and those who repeat it are just plain ignorant, you don’t have to spend very long comparing Windows to Tiger to see who is in the lead here at the moment. OS X makes very good use of both its inbuilt UNIX architecture and of its clean break from previous Apple OSes to make attacks on its systems much harder work for aspiring hackers.

All in all, Apple have a good system here that will serve them well for the future, I think. They are ahead of their own schedule – which predicted the launch of Intel Macs later on this year – and they are ahead of the competition in the OS market too; Tiger had Apple’s versions of the things that Longhorn / Vista was meant to include, and Apple released Tiger some time ago and are working towards Leopard, the next step in Steve Jobs’ master plan. I’m not so sure I agree with everything Steve says, but given how rich he is based on his work and ideas and how rich I’m not based on my work and ideas, I’m quite prepared to accept that maybe the problem is with me!