Archive for March, 2009

Save Money by Buying New Hardware and Upgrading Your Operating System

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

In today’s economy, companies are looking for any way possible to save money.  One way to save money is with server consolidation. 

Many companies have deployed server hardware to support individual applications.  This can be an expensive way to allow applications to have their own server for vendor and user segregation.

Using virtualization technologies such as Microsoft’s Hyper-V and VMware’s various virtualization products can allow you to consolidate multiple physical servers onto one physical server running all the applications as virtual machines.

If you don’t need all the features that VMWare provides, you should take a close look at Hyper-V and how it can save your company money.  If you purchase Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, it includes the right not only to load Windows Server 2008 on the physical hardware with Hyper-V, but also the right to load Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition on four virtual machines running on the same host.

You can also take advantage of downgrade rights to downgrade those virtual machines to older server operating systems, as long as you still have install media and license keys to allow you to install them.

Buy one high-end 64-bit Intel or AMD-based server, one copy of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, and get one physical computer running Windows Server 2008, and four virtual computers running Windows Server 2008 or an earlier version of Windows Server. 

Sound too good to be true?  Check out Microsoft’s Licensing FAQ at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx#virt

 James

One Way to Save Money on your IT Budget

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

One area most businesses struggle with is support of remote users.  While commerical products exist that help solve this problem, they are not inexpensive, especially if you have a large number of remote users.

Free products such as VNC can be used as well, but if your users are protected by firewalls, configuring the network appropriately to allow access can be a hassle, and increase your security exposure.

We have found a free tool that takes VNC, an industry-accepted remote control tool, and adds a web-based proxy as a conduit for remote control of hosts from anywhere, with the permission of the end user.  It is available at http://www.zolved.com/remote_control.

I have personally tested the application while supporting our clients running operating systems ranging from Windows 98 to Windows Server 2008 with no issues.  If you need a way to reduce your travel expenses to remote computers or want to ditch expensive subscriptions to other tools, take a look at Zolved.  It may meet all your needs, and you certainly cannot argue with the cost.