News Articles Related to the September 2012 Meeting

Desktop Virtualization’s Impact On Software Licensing (PDF)

The Evolving Desktop (PDF)

A Clear View Of Virtualization

Simplified Desktop Management

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News Articles Related to the June 2012 Meeting

Future-Proof Your Server Investments

Pinpoint Energy Hogs: Saving Money & Improving Efficiency by Cutting Down on Power-Hungry Energy Drains

Know the Costs & Infrastructure Requirements Before You Dive In to Server Upgrade

Save Money Using Green Strategies

The Budget Process

Virtualization Saves Energy & Money, But at a Cost

The True Total Cost of a Data Center

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News Articles Related to the April 2012 Meeting

Custom-Built Solutions For Public & Private Clouds - Chenbro Can Build A Chassis For Any Cloud Environment, April 6, 2012, Vol. 34, Issue 7

Chenbro’s line of cloud-based 1U, 2U, and 4U chassis and server solutions provide the performance, reliability, and flexibility that SMBs and enterprises need to support both public and private cloud environments.

 “Data Center Cleaning Services - Enlist Experts To Help Keep Your Data Center In Tip-Top Shape, April 6, 2012, Vol. 34, Issue 7

We’ll show you what to look for in a data center cleaning service provider and how they can help you maintain your components for years to come.

Diagnose Server Performance Problems - Read The Signs To Determine What’s Causing Trouble In Your Data Center, April 6, 2012, Vol. 34, Issue 7

So how do you go about diagnosing server difficulties so that you can solve them and move on? Here are some tips to get you started.

Monitor Data Center Batteries - Ensure Backup Power Is Ready When You Need It, April 6, 2012, Vol. 34, Issue 7

Negligence can leave batteries unable to supply backup power to mission-critical applications, resulting in downtime. To avoid such a costly occurrence, consider the following.

A Whole New Level Of Storage - Aberdeen’s Petarack Offers More Than A Full Petabyte Of Fast, Flexible & Secure Storage, March 23, 2012, Vol. 34, Issue 6

Aberdeen saw a need for almost unlimited storage and is attempting to fulfill it with its new Petarack storage solution, complete with a total capacity of 1,080TB, or 1 petabyte.

Data Center Services You Can Trust - FORTRUST Offers Colocation & Managed Services Built On Constant Reliability, March 23, 2012, Vol. 34, Issue 6

Through its Managed Services offerings, FORTRUST extends its infrastructure and expertise to the management and monitoring of customer data, servers, applications, and hybrid colocation/cloud Iaas.

Forgotten Maintenance - Routine Upkeep Can Make Your Data Center More Efficient & Prevent Disasters, March 23, 2012, Vol. 34, Issue 6

To help with regular upkeep, read on for tips from some industry experts about maintaining your data center.

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April meeting–Employee-Owned IT: Information systems security challenges

Topic: Get your Data Center in Shape: Efficiencies and Best Practices




Date: Tuesday, Apr. 17, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Panel members

  • Dean Wagstaff – Senior Infrastructure Advisor, Wellpoint Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • James C Willis, PE – Richmond Site Leader for Syska Hennessy Group
  • James Swope – Vice President and General Manager of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
    regions for QTS
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Sponsor page changes

sponsor page changes

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sponsors page

made changes to sponsors page – putting them in alphabetical order and changing PlanIT to Slait Consulting

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ECPI Robotics VIP Breakfast

ECPI sponsors a very energetic and fun VIP Breaksfast in the newly remodeled Tommy J West Club at the VCU Siegel Center.  This suite provides a fabulous view of the opening ceremonies and is the starting point of VIP tours.

Do you want to see what your future employees are already capable of? If you haven’t been to the FIRST Robotics Competition yet you are missing out on one of the most exciting technology events of the year. Learn more…

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John Hudson, visiting International Scholar

The VCU School of Business Department of Information Systems and the Executive Master of Science program are pleased to welcome Mr. John N. Hudson, Director of CEA Global Education Argentina as our visiting International Scholar.

Please join us on Friday, March 16 for a discussion on Doing Business in Latin America: Cultural Challenges

Latin America is a large and growing market.  Please join us for a discussion on the cultural differences and the challenges they present.

7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Presentation
Where:  Snead Hall, VCU School of Business, 1st floor atrium and auditorium.

John is the Director of CEA Global Education Argentina, having launched their Global Campus in Buenos Aires in 2010, which is designed to educate students from North American universities under the auspices of the University of New Haven.  John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue and an MBA from Duke (both of whom VCU has beaten in the NCAA!), and has done post-graduate research at Henley Business School in the UK.

Parking will be available in the JL parking lot, the flat lot across Madison street (small side street) from Snead Hall.  The entrance is on Madison St. (coming from Cary) or Jefferson St. (from Main).  Register for this event.

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Windows Remote Assistance

Troubleshoot from Afar

Productivity doesn’t have to come to a screeching halt when a remote employee can’t fix a PC-related problem himself or when the onstaff tech support wizard is on the road. Windows Remote Assistance, Microsoft’s built-in Web-based troubleshoot ing tool, lets one user connect to and view the Desktop of another user’s computer, as well as take control of the system’s mouse and keyboard to change settings, view system parameters, uninstall and install applications, and attempt repairs. Thanks to Windows Remote Assistance, a major roadblock can quickly become a minor detour, no matter where the users are physically located.

Windows Remote Assistance (PDF)

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Troubleshooting VPNs

VPNs have emerged as a safe way for users to exchange information from beyond the enterprise’s firewall. In addition to doing a good job of keeping bad guys from being able to intercept data, VPN connections are easy to use—once they are up and running. The problem is that a number of things, including IP address conflicts and firewall configuration problems, can break the links. Read more…

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