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EMC iPad & iPhone Apps

EMC has recently released several apps for your Apple i device. An EMC Support app for iPhone which allows you to quickly login and check the status of your service requests and make updates EMC Mobile, which is billed as “the essential tool for those of us who live EMC” EMC Folio, a news and video app to keep up with everything EMC. Anyone who has had to deal with EMC over the years knows the pain of Powerlink, a website that is slow, only works with some browsers, and is so overloaded with information that it can be difficult to find what you are ...

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Citrix ShareFile and Archiving Capabilities

As follow me data technology becomes an expected tool to most end-users, one industry has been a late adapter due to the issue of archiving and the compliance to strict industry regulations. Citrix has announced the release of ShareFile for Financial Services, a product that can assist firms comply with data archiving regulations. Get updated on the full release. http://investors.citrix.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=753671...

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Enterprise Mobility Management – Citrix XenMobile MDM

Citrix Systems have signalled their intention to become market leaders in the space of enterprise mobility management (EMM) with the recent purchase of Zenprise, who are in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software (MDM). Citrix has rebadged the Zenprise product and incorporated existing key Citrix products from XenMobile MDM and the Citrix Mobile Solution Bundle. The bundle includes XenMobile MDM and Cloud Gateway. As we are now well aware, mobility has become a major priority for organisations. The drivers for mobility may be unique f...

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The best disk technology

I recently attended an event by one of the big storage vendors, which had an interesting presentation by their senior technologists, i.e. one of those guys who get the big money for reading the tea leaves correctly as to where technology will be in 5 year’s time. It included a statement about where Flash/SSD/EFD drives are today and where technology is headed. I remember two points that were made – the first one that we currently see a convergence of memory and solid state drives. Now that prices for SSD drives have come down considerably and are affordable within mainstream com...

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Citrix Synergy

No surprises to see that Mobility and Cloud topped the agenda of Citrixs premier event Synergy 2013, held last week in Los Angeles. Right from the get go Citrix CEO Mark Templeton’s keynote speech addressed the ‘megatrends’ of mobile work styles and cloud services. After buying into the MDM market place with the acquisition of Zenprise, Citrix have been clearly focused at demonstrating why they believe themselves to be the clear market leaders in workforce mobility and mobile device management. A belief which is supported by...

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Citrix CloudPlatform (create Amazon-style clouds)

Today, private clouds have emerged as a top priority for organisations. While many of these Cloud offerings are modelled after Amazon style public cloud, diverse computing workload required a solution that delivers to meet greater levels of business agility. Citrix acquired Cloud.com back in 2011 as a strategic move towards Cloudification of its offerings and developed today’s “CloudPlatform”, which is a now key component of Citrix cloud computing portfolio that allows customers of all sizes to deliver business-ready, multi-tenant cloud services faster and at a fraction of the cost. ...

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How to minimise backup durations.

There are some quick wins you can have with a few simple housekeeping, maintenance and minor implementations of backup methods to improve your traditional backups and their durations. There are many variables that we can focus on, although for a simplistic outlook we will focus on the items below as a starting point: Highly fragmented drives Identifying slow clients Dense file system backup Fragmentation of mounts points In our experience there have been many occasions where highly fragmented mount points have an impact on not only performance of...

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BYOD Challenges

New business requirements are transforming the demands placed on IT. To operate effectively in today’s fast-paced work environment, organisations need to be able to get work done anywhere, anytime, and by all means on any device. This is the context for the rise of BYOD solutions and a definitive focus on end user mobility. A more flexible work environment increases business agility, productivity and mobility, and also improves business and workforce continuity. It also allows organisations to recruit and retain the best people regardless of their physical location or employment status wh...

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Secrets of a successful project

A successful project is one that is delivered on time, within budget and to scope. To ensure the success of a project, there are some key things which must be taken into account throughout the project life cycle so that all stakeholder expectations are aligned and the project can remain on track. A clearly defined scope and ensuring that the timeframes are realistic at the start of a project are the first steps towards the success of a project. By not making too many assumptions, and including the ones which are made in the statement of work, alongside the items deemed out of scope it is mu...

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Citrix BYOD Starter Kit

Citrix want you to be able to empower people, simplify management and secure data, apps and devices with BYOD. So they have put together a BYOD Starter Kit. You can download the Citrix BYOD Starter Kit to get best practices for developing a BYOD strategy that provides the flexibility people want and the control IT needs. Get best practices and key strategies for implementing BYOD including: • Forrester report on five steps to successful BYOC • Best practices for planning and implementing BYOD • Guide to securely deliver information to tablets and smartphones ...

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