Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Computer Training for the IT Professional

I have been using TrainSignal for a couple of months now, and I find the content exceedingly beneficial. As a technical architect working for a systems integrator, it is a requirement to have a broad understanding of technical capabilities so I can assemble the infrastructure building blocks that provide business value for my clients. That can be extremely challenging, especially when you are not focused on a specific core competency every day. 

But let's face it, understanding the capabilities of technical solutions isn't just  the purview for IT professionals that work for system integrators and technology companies; it provides a tremendous amount of value for technical architects of Fortune 2000 companies and system engineers for SMB organizations. TrainSignal's content offers foresight into the solutions available from vendors like VMware, EMC, Microsoft, Citrix, and Veeam; before making the capital investment into the technology. It isn't a substitute for a solid proof of concept, instead it dovetails hands-on experience by providing the knowledge, skill, and best practices vital for deploying a successful IT solution such as desktop virtualization.

When you log into TrainSignal, you are provided with an easy to navigate dashboard that provides your Course Progress, New Courses, and Popular Courses.

Friday, July 12, 2013

VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2

VMware just released Feature Pack 2 for VMware Horizon View 5.2. VMware is trying to release Feature Packs on a quarterly basis to bring new innovations to their customers quicker then the annual major releases. I think the Real-Time Audio-Video component is a great new add to the line-up.

What's New in This Release

VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 includes the following new features:
  • Flash URL Redirection - Customers can now use Adobe Media Server and multicast to deliver live video events in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. To deliver multicast live video streams within a VDI environment, the media stream should be sent directly from the media source to the endpoints, bypassing the virtual desktops. The Flash URL Redirection feature supports this capability by intercepting and redirecting the ShockWave Flash (SWF) file from the virtual desktop to the client endpoint.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Virtualization 2.0

Virtualization 2.0, the transformation of leveraging your virtual infrastructure to become a more integral part of the business. I am not talking about improving capital expense by consolidating physical hardware, it is the conversion of IT operations moving away from executing tasks to delivering services to the business. It isn't an easy change; let's face it, we have been working under a traditional mindset of just building the infrastructure from a planned budget to support growing business capabilities for 20 years. But, that change is starting to gain momentum. Granted, it is slow, but it is happening at many large corporations.

Remember, the personal computer didn't provide business value in the early 90's until there were business processes in place to take advantage of its capabilities. In matter of fact, the first personal computers that started being deployed in early 1990 with Windows 3.0 were excessively expensive for the activities it could perform for a business. A Dell 310 computer with a cutting-edge 10-megahertz 386 chip, a 90-megabyte hard disk and a VGA monitor was $5,398. However, as those processes were built out, the operational savings made the adoption of the personal computer and the client-server model to compelling not to embrace. It was no longer necessary to have mainframe computer operators in the datacenter process all the work, instead the work could be brought down to the task workers on the floor. Word processing and spreadsheets enabled the average business user to perform more complex work, and the drive to a paperless workplace was in motion.

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