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2016-08-29

USEFUL TRICKS FOR THE IPHONE AND IPAD MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW

Liza Brown

This article introduces the top 24 useful tricks for the iPhone and iPad you may not even know about. Keep reading to find some helpful tips.

Although I purchased my iPhone several years ago, it took me a while to discover all of the useful tricks. Check out the following 24 tricks for the iPhone and iPad that you may not know, and let me know which one blows your mind. Read More

2016-08-29

TOP 7 FACEBOOK TIPS AND TRICKS FOR IPHONE

I know you use Facebook when there’s nothing else to do and you just consume what it throws at you. I’m not throwing shade, that’s what Facebook does, helps you when you’re bored. But there are still ways to make this scrolling scrolling scrolling experience on Facebook better and a bit less annoying. But as this is Facebook, not that much less annoying. Read More

2016-08-29

IPHONE - SAVE BATTERY LIFE (WHEN IT IS RUNNING LOW)

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When your iPhone battery is running low, turning off the following settings can help make your iPhone last longer. With these off, you can still receive calls, SMS and even go online with EDGE connection. Read More

2016-08-13

THESE APPS ARE KILLING YOUR BATTERY

Whether your smartphone is an iPhone or Android phone, there's one thing all smartphone users can agree on: our batteries don't last nearly long enough. Even as our smartphone batteries have gotten bigger, larger screens and more demanding apps mean battery life has remained in the "disappointing" range. Considering how much we rely on our smartphones, it's no wonder that we're all carrying around charging cables and backup batteries.

But in some cases, the apps we choose to use may be responsible for our smartphone woes. Though you may not realize it, some of your favorite apps are probably eating into your battery life—and your Read More

2016-05-28

WHY DEVELOPERS LOVE OPENSTACK

Ken Proulx

First, if you're not familiar with OpenStack let me enlighten you. OpenStack is an open source project initiated by Rackspace in NASA in 2010. It is a cloud operating system that enables self-service provisioning of virtual servers and can be the base platform for Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service and Platform as a Service.

OpenStack automated provisioning can be engaged through website self-service portal or through an API. Automated provisioning includes the generation of virtual servers, virtual networks, virtual storage as well as the installation of software applications and tools onto the server or servers... Read More

2016-04-15

SHOCKER [NOT]: ENTERPRISES INVESTING MORE IN SOFTWARE-DEFINED DATA CENTERS

Ken Proulx

451 Research has recently released a survey on software-defined infrastructure. The study has found that financial services and healthcare are the leading implementers of software-defined infrastructure with retail continuing to lag.

That seems counter-intuitive to me as my experience has been that enterprise retailers are more open to increasing infrastructure efficiency and lowering costs while healthcare and financial institutions always seem to be more conservative and slower adopters. But I digress... Read More

2016-04-06

OUCH, RED HAT GETS A SLAPPING. VOLKSWAGEN CHOOSES MIRANTIS FOR ITS OPENSTACK NEEDS

Ken Proulx

This is big news but not that surprising. We've had many clients that having compared Red Hat OpenStack to Mirantis OpenStack select Mirantis as the hands down winner.

The feedback we have received from clients is that Mirantis is easier to implement (and our all-inclusive OpenStack solution is even easier as we implement for you). Second, the Mirantis solution includes both OpenStack and Ceph support and runs on any Linux - Red Hat charges for support for both... Read More

2016-04-01

INTEL MIGRATES 17,000 VMWARE VM'S TO OPENSTACK WITH ASTONISHING RESULTS

Ken Proulx

Intel IT recently published a case study titled Intel IT: An Architectural Evolution with OpenStack. Contributors include Greg Bunce, Automation & Enterprise Integration Lead, Intel IT Infrastructure Engineering Team, Intel Corporation, Kathy Cacciatore, Consulting Marketing Manager, OpenStack Foundation and Sridhar Mahankali, Cloud Architect, Intel IT Infrastructure Engineering Team, Intel Corporation.

The highlights of the report include... Read More

2016-03-30

AT&T LEADS IN PRIVATE CLOUD, OPENSTACK SOFTWARE: GOLDMAN SACHS

AT&T (T) will likely be the biggest user of OpenStack cloud computing software worldwide, says a Goldman Sachs report on growth in private clouds.

"AT&T will likely become the largest OpenStack environment in the world, as they expect to build out their private cloud to 500,000 nodes (servers) and span across hundreds of data centers,"said Heather Bellini, a Goldman Sachs analyst, in a research report.

AT&T and Verizon Communications (VZ) in January joined Facebook´s (FB) Open Compute Project, which helps companies design and build low-cost data centers with open-source software... Read More

2016-03-28

OPENSTACK CAPACITY AND SCALE

Ken Proulx

I have a client who recently asked how many operating system instances they could expect from each OpenStack compute node and how big could they grow an OpenStack deployment. Both are great questions. And of course, the answer to both questions is "it depends". Not the answer most people want to hear so I will elaborate and hopefully anyone reading this will at least get an idea of scale.

Let's start with overall scale. In a recent Goldman Sachs´ news report on private clouds, AT&T is projected to become the largest OpenStack environment in the world as they are expected to build out their environment to 500,000 servers... Read More

2016-03-24

CONTAINERS EXPLAINED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DUDES

Ken Proulx

Containers, containers, containers! You've come to right place if you have been asking yourself "What are all of these app guys talking about when they are talking up containers and Docker and all that stuff?".

I'll give you what and the why of containers. The what is fairly simple. Containers allow multiple applications or applets to run on a single operating system (running on a physical or virtual machine) while keeping the applications and applets securely independent of each other. Containers are available on Linux and Windows Server operating systems... Read More

2016-03-24

VMWARE ALTERNATIVE?

Ken Proulx

A lot of folks are looking for a VMware alternative. With the ongoing corporate mantra for IT to cut costs and "do more with less" companies are looking for more affordable ways to get the job done. VMware licensing and support can be a hefty budget line item - in many companies the cost of VMware licenses and maintenance is their single most expensive software agreement. It makes sense to look at alternatives. VMware has a plethora of solutions... Read More

2016-03-23

OPENSTACK IS READY... ARE YOU?

Ken Proulx

An OpenStack private cloud can enable the next generation of software development and at the same time dramatically reduce your infrastructure costs when compared to legacy IT, public cloud or commercial private cloud solutions. In fact, cost savings of 20x are typical. Not a believer? Well, you best get out your your favorite copy of Excel and do some number crunching. The results will be jaw dropping. Cost savings include... Read More

2016-03-03

CONTAINER SECURITY CHALLENGES: ARE CONTAINER SCANNERS ENOUGH?

How secure are containers? Not very, according to open source company Red Hat, which has published a blog post blasting the container ecosystem for lacking good security processes. Heres a synopsis of what Red Hat has to say about container security, and some perspective on it. Red Hat seized upon a recently disclosed vulnerability in glibc, the main open source C programming library, to bring up the issue of container security. The code flaw in glibc enables buffer overflow attacks... Read More

2016-02-22

HOW DO I BUILD A CONTAINERIZED APP ON MIRANTIS OPENSTACK WITH NATIVE DOCKER TOOLS?

Docker has soared in popularity, but while there are some huge applications running on it, very few of the millions of developers and organizations using it are doing so in production, despite the fact that there are now multiple ways to create a reliable and robust infrastructure.

At present, the most common way to deploy container "hypervisors" is to first provision a virtual machine, and then install Docker and the appropriate containers on that VM. The drawback of this method is latency while the VM spins up, but the advantage is 100% isolation and security. OpenStack, of course, lends itself to this approach of creating Docker hosts on a private cloud, so let´s see how that works... Read More