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Articles by Mark Luquire

Identity and Access Management

Published on 07/14/2014 by Mark Luquire
Category: Security

It sounds like a mouthful but one of the most important areas that any healthcare IT organization will have to deal with in the new world of HITECH and Meaningful Use is Identity and Access Management.  Let’s think about this for a minute.  Healthcare IT organizations have always been responsible for managing the user accounts within the organization, facilitating access to various systems ranging from the electronic medical record (EMR) to email to file servers (i....

Microsoft Licensing: the Everlasting Mystery Part II – Licensing for Hosted Desktops and Shared Hosted Desktops

Published on 09/25/2013 by Mark Luquire
Category: Microsoft

Now that we have discussed the basics of Microsoft licensing for the VDI environment in my last blog article (http://parkplaceintl.com/blog/microsoft-licensing-everlasting-mystery-part-licensing-basics-vdi-environment/) onward to licensing the Hosted Desktop side of VDI we go.  When talking about Hosted Desktop solutions, depending on the product you are using, you may have a choice between using a Windows Server O/S (Windows 2008/2012) or a Windows Desktop O/S (Windows 7/8).  There are major differences in licensing that come into play here.  ...

Microsoft Licensing: the Everlasting Mystery Part I – Licensing Basics for the VDI Environment

Published on 08/12/2013 by Mark Luquire
Category: Microsoft

For many, trying to understand Microsoft licensing is a painful and time-consuming chore.  Microsoft has done a great job of ensuring this continues, to their benefit.  The larger your corporate environment, the more complex the licensing challenges can become.  For the purposes of this article, let’s focus on Microsoft licensing when it comes to a virtual desktop environment.First, it is important to differentiate the different types of virtual desktop or VDI environments you may ...

The Value of Strategic Partnerships

Published on 05/07/2013 by Mark Luquire
Category: Healthcare IT

I recently had the privilege to attend and speak at the annual CA World conference at the end of April (http://parkplaceintl.com/News_Events.html) .  The conference focused on many areas of the Information Technology space, from monitoring to client device management, mobile device management, performance management, capacity management and more.  If you had an area of interest in IT, it was likely represented.I was asked to present on Park Place International’s best practice deployment of cloud-based ...

Is Monitoring Really Important?

Published on 12/18/2012 by Mark Luquire
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management

Monitoring plays a critical role in any infrastructure environment.  Sure, there are those times when monitoring only catches problems that you may already be aware of, but what about the other times?  Successful monitoring can act as a predictive indicator of things to come.  For example, if you are monitoring your disk utilization, then you should be able to produce trending reports and create a model over time that helps to show when you will need ...