Saturday, February 19, 2011

IPv6 Transition

IPv4 to IPv6

It's not likely to be critical for your installation today, but sooner or later it WILL be a factor in your IT plan.

Here is one of the best overview's I've seen on the topic so far:

Ask Ars:  How should my organization approach the IPv6 transition?

And if you think you can simply ignore the topic:

Why the IPv4 to IPv6 transition will be ugly

Let us know if you want help with an IPv6 transition plan.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How Far Into the Cloud?

More and more technical services and applications are becoming available in the cloud.  But which ones are prudent to use for a small or medium size business?

Every technical solution has it's drawbacks.  Servers in the closet have to be maintained, backed up and refreshed, but they are physically and logically secure and usually the best choice for business critical applications.

But what about those web-apps that have broad public exposure?  Or the ones that need to scale in an instant? Are these not candidates for living in the cloud in some form?  In some cases, yes.  Here's an excellent article that can help you evaluate the alternatives:

The ABCs of virtual private servers, Part 1: Why go virtual?