Archive for March, 2012

Data Protection Manager 2010 Overview Poster

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

The Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 Overview poster was made to give an overview and quick reference to DPM’s components, architecture, and DPM protection scenarios. It consists of system requirements, licensing, architecture, supported workloads, storage
types, design quest

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Me and John Weston talking about Data Protection Manager 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

De-Duplication for Data Protection Manager 2010

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

One thing is missing in DPM 2010 is De-Duplication, with BitWackr , you can accomplish the de-dupliacation and save a lot od space on your DPM Storage

Block-based data deduplication is a technique that eliminates redundant blocks of data. In a typical deduplication operation, blocks of data are "fingerprinted" using a hashing algorithm that produces a unique, "shorthand" identifier for data blocks. These unique fingerprints along with the blocks of data that produced them are indexed and retained. Duplicate copies of data that have previously been fingerprinted are deduplicated, leaving only a single instance of each unique data block along with its corresponding fingerprint resulting in dramatic storage capacity savings.

 

BITWACKR C SERIES FOR WINDOWS SERVERS

 

The addition of data deduplication to backup software has changed the industry’s approach to data protection. Once the exclusive domain of high-end deduplication appliances, the addition of a deduplication option to the major backup software products makes this powerful technology available to IT shops of all sizes. But in order to optimize data reduction ratios, backup data has to be compressed as it is being deduplicated. And hardware compression is the only technology that can perform this task without impacting backup and restore performance or server and client resources.

BitWackr C Series for Windows Servers provides OEMs, Solution Providers and VARs the product needed to turbocharged today’s latest backup software advancements with the industry leader in hardware accelerated disk and RAID data compression. BitWackr for Windows Servers delivers a distinctive value multiplier to backup software.

BitWackr C Series for Windows Servers provides OEMs, Solution Providers and VARs the product needed to turbocharged today’s latest backup software advancements with the industry leader in hardware accelerated disk and RAID data compression. BitWackr for Windows Servers delivers a distinctive value multiplier to backup software.

Improved Backup Data Reduction
BitWackr C employs the same data compression algorithms deployed worldwide in Enterprise-class Virtual Tape Libraries. Combining Exar’s Express DR acceleration PCIe cards and dedicated compression silicon with BitWackr’s patent-pending Virtual Block Device (VBD) technology, BitWackr C accelerates data compression to turbocharge deduplication data reduction.

Improved Backup and Restore Performance
Targeting performance-centric data protection environments, BitWackr C recognizes the premium priority set on protecting data within already stringent backup and restore windows by providing line-rate throughput performance. By reducing the server processor payload, BitWackr C helps ensure that backup servers have the resources needed to address advanced backup software capabilities, providing improved performance without taxing the server’s processor.

Simplicity, Transparency and Ease of Use
Using an innovative and patent-pending approach, BitWackr C presents itself as a block storage disk device to Windows Servers, allowing users to take advantage of BitWackr’s unique capabilities without sacrificing operating system disk and volume management utilities. This unique capability dramatically reduces the complexity and learning curve required for BitWackr C integration and support.

Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster.

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

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It’s About You: Tell Microsoft How They’re Doing!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Every fall and spring, a survey goes out to a few hundred thousand IT folk in Canada asking what they think of Microsoft as a company. The information they get from this survey helps them understand what problems and issues you’re facing and how they can do better. The team at Microsoft Canada takes the input they get from this survey very seriously.

Now I don’t know who of you will get the survey and who won’t but if you do find an email in your inbox from "Microsoft Feedback” with an email address of “ feedback@e-mail.microsoft.com ” and a subject line “Help Microsoft Focus on Customers and Partners” from now until April 13th — it’s not a hoax or phishing email. Please open it and take a few minutes to tell them what you think.

This is your chance to get your voice heard: If they’re doing well, feel free to pile on the kudos (they love positive feedback!) and if you see areas they can improve, please point them out so they can make adjustments (they also love constructive criticism!).

The Microsoft team would like to thank you for all your feedback in the past — to those of you who have filled out the survey and sent them emails. Thank you to all who engage with them in so many different ways through events, the blogs, online and in person. You are why they do what they do and they feel lucky to work with such a great community!

One last thing – even if you don’t get the survey you can always give the team feedback by emailing us directly through the Microsoft Canada IT Pro Feedback email address .

They want to make sure they are serving you in the best possible way. Tell them what you want more of. What should they do less of or stop altogether? How can they help? Do you want more cowbell ? Let them know through the survey or the email alias. They love hearing from you!

 
 

Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
 

You’ve likely heard about how Office 365 and Windows Intune are great applications to get you started with Cloud Computing. Many of you emailed me asking for more info on what Cloud Computing is, including the distinction between "Public Cloud" and "Private Cloud". I want to address these questions and help you get started. Let’s begin with a brief set of definitions and some places to find more info; however, an excellent place where you can always learn more about Cloud Computing is the Microsoft Virtual Academy.
Public Cloud computing means that the infrastructure to run and manage the applications users are taking advantage of is run by someone else and not you. In other words, you do not buy the hardware or software to run your email or other services being used in your organization – that is done by someone else. Users simply connect to these services from their computers and you pay a monthly subscription fee for each user that is taking advantage of the service. Examples of Public Cloud services include Office 365, Windows Intune, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Hotmail, and others.
Private Cloud computing generally means that the hardware and software to run services used by your organization is run on your premises, with the ability for business groups to self-provision the services they need based on rules established by the IT department. Generally, Private Cloud implementations today are found in larger organizations but they are also viable for small and medium-sized businesses since they generally allow an automation of services and reduction in IT workloads when properly implemented. Having the right management tools, like System Center 2012, to implement and operate Private Cloud is important in order to be successful.
So – how do you get started? The first step is to determine what makes the most sense to your organization. The nice thing is that you do not need to pick Public or Private Cloud – you can use elements of both where it makes sense for your business – the choice is yours. When you are ready to try and purchase Public Cloud technologies, the Microsoft Volume Licensing web site is a good place to find links to each of the online services. In particular, if you are interested in a trial for each service, you can visit the following pages: Office 365, CRM Online, Windows Intune, and Windows Azure.
For Private Cloud technologies, start with some of the courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy and then download and install the Microsoft Private Cloud technologies including Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 in your own environment and take it for a spin. Also, keep up to date with the Canadian IT Pro blog to learn about events Microsoft is delivering such as the IT Virtualization Boot Camps and more to get you started with these technologies hands on.
Finally, I want to ask for your help to allow the team at Microsoft to continue to provide you what you need. Twice a year through something we call "The Global Relationship Study" – they reach out and contact you to see how they’re doing and what Microsoft could do better. If you get an email from "Microsoft Feedback" with the subject line "Help Microsoft Focus on Customers and Partners" between March 5th and April 13th, please take a little time to tell them what you think.

Cloud Computing Resources:

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online page – information on trying and licensing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.

Additional Resources You May Find Useful:

Springboard Series
Your destination for technical resources, free tools and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of your Windows-based client infrastructure.

TechNet Evaluation Center
Try some of our latest Microsoft products for free, Like System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products, and evaluate them before you buy.

AlignIT Manager Tech Talk Series
A monthly streamed video series with a range of topics for both infrastructure and development managers. Ask questions and participate real-time or watch the on-demand recording.

Tech·Days Online
Discover what’s next in technology and innovation with Tech·Days session recordings, hands-on labs and Tech·Days TV.

Need help with software licensing? Read on…

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Figuring out which software licensing options best suit your needs while being cost-effective can be confusing. Some businesses end up making their purchases through retail stores which means they miss out on volume licensing opportunities and others may unknowingly be using unlicensed software which means their business may be at risk. So let me help you make the best decision for your situation.

You may want to review this blog post that lays out licensing basics for any organization that needs to license software for more than 5 or less than 250 devices or users. It details the different ways you can buy a license and what choices are available for volume licensing, which can give you pricing advantages and provide flexible options for your business.

As technology evolves and more organizations move to online services such as Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Windows Azure Platform, Windows Intune and others, it’s important to understand how to purchase, activate and use online service subscriptions to get the most out of your investment. Once purchased through a volume licensing agreement or the Microsoft Online Subscription Program, these services can be managed through web portals:

· Online Services Customer Portal (Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Intune)

· Dynamics CRM Online Customer Portal (Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online)

· Windows Azure Customer Portal (Windows Azure Platform)

· Volume Licensing Service Center (other services)

Learn more >>

 

Licensing Resources:

Additional Resources You May Find Useful:

· TechNet Evaluation Center
Try some of our latest Microsoft products For free, Like System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products, and evaluate them before you buy.

· Springboard Series
Your destination for technical resources, free tools and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of your Windows-based client infrastructure.  

· AlignIT Manager Tech Talk Series
A monthly streamed video series with a range of topics for both infrastructure and development managers.  Ask questions and participate real-time or watch the on-demand recording.