By Seth Miller | September 24th, 2013
Seth Miller demonstrates why its crucial to gather all the relevant data about how your systems are used before moving anything to the cloud.
Using cloud based file storage, sync, and collaboration systems is very popular, and a great fit for a lot of organizations of all sorts and sizes. Here’s the catch, though: If you’re in an environment where users are doing more than email and basic office apps, the cloud doesn’t always make sense – and evaluating the viability of a move to cloud can be very difficult.
Let’s bring this a bit closer to the ground. You’re in IT for a group working in media production.
- You may have as few as 40 or 50 total users – but you wouldn’t know it from looking in the server room. That probably looks more like a “typical business” with 250 or more users. Dozens or hundreds of terabytes, lots of servers (physical or virtual, doesn’t matter).
- You’re dealing with big files (video, high fidelity audio, high res images, etc).
- You’re not 100% Windows at the desktop. You’ve got a split of Macs and Windows, maybe even a few Linux boxes.
- You’ve had SANs/NAS/large DAS RAIDs for many years by the time 2013 rolled around. When GigE LAN became standard, productivity soared.
- Let’s assume you don’t have a multi-gigabit internet connection, for sake of discussion.
My friend, if this all sounds familiar, you are in a textbook high-performance LAN environment. Assuming you don’t have a multi-gigabit connection to the internet, you may have a real problem moving to the cloud.
Cloud migrations always sounds great on paper. This heatmap told us otherwise for one of our clients. Check out our TechRepublic article to see if you might be in the same boat.
By Seth Miller | September 12th, 2013
Originally published in CMSWire, August 29, 2013
Office 365 has made SharePoint available to the masses due to its aggressive price point. But is a low monthly cost per user enough for an organization to really facilitate enterprise collaboration and ultimately justify the ROI? Will SMBs be able to successfully implement and adopt SharePoint Online without substantial investments in expert assistance?
By Seth Miller | April 10th, 2013
Seth Miller participates in an interview with SmartPros, a leading provider of accredited professional education and training to Fortune 500 companies. Watch as Seth talks about his current perspectives and insights on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning, including the impact rising technologies such as mobile and cloud are having on BC/DR plans.
By Ben Hungerford | October 26th, 2012
Out of the box a My Site is limited to a maximum of 100 MBs, and generates a size warning at 80 MBs. Those last 20 MBs can .go quickly, and SharePoint will not allow users to create or upload new documents once they’ve hit that limit… Worse yet, that limit may present as other types of errors, making it difficult to pinpoint – for example, auto-syncing OneNote 2010 Notebooks will simply generate errors during sync, and the errors you get are not clear and obvious. (This, in fact, is the use case that inspired this post).
By Seth Miller | September 18th, 2012
Here’s a classic semantics/nomenclature problem in IT: people often interchange “Business Continuity” and “Disaster Recovery”. While they’re birds of a feather, there are some substantial differences, at least in this author’s humble opinion. Here goes: