Diaxion IT Strategy & Optimisation
+61 (0)2 9043 9200

Blog

VNXe Performance Analysis

David Muegge over at http://muegge.com/blog has written an excellent article on performance analysis of the EMC VNXe storage array using PowerShell. In its current iteration, the VNXe has reduced functional capability for monitoring and performance analysis when compared to the standard VNX. In addition, the way that the information is collected and stored differs from the VNX; all data collected is stored in a SQLite database. Using Unisphere Analyzer to access this information is currently not possible. David has written a custom P...

View More Details

EMC Releases VSPEX Solution for Microsoft SharePoint

On January 8th 2013 EMC announced a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for SharePoint on virtualised environments. EMC VSPEX is a reference architecture that allows the customer to choose which hypervisor, server and networking best suits the uniqueness of their environment and which they prefer to use alongside EMC unified storage such as VNX and VNXe. The VSPEX Proven Infrastructure is designed for customers looking to consolidate their storage and infrastructure and reduce TCO associated with a SharePoint deployment. The VSPEX for SharePoint configuration can scale from 1,000 to 10,000 users an...

View More Details

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 ...

View More Details

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...

View More Details

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...

View More Details

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...

View More Details

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...

View More Details

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. ...

View More Details

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...

View More Details

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...

View More Details