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Healthcare Security; Part 1: More than a Firewall

Published on 03/31/2016 by Mike Donahue
Category: Disaster Recovery, Compliance, Backup, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Cloud Computing,

Security is a topic that has been in the news recently far too often. If it’s not the showdown between the FBI and Apple (which is a whole other conversation) it’s the latest report out of Maryland, where MedStar Health was hit with a virus that infected the hospitals computer network.  The effect, however, spread much further than just the IT department. The extended outage has made the already difficult jobs of nurses and physicians even ...

Approaching VDI

Published on 08/12/2015 by Samuel Mata
Category: Healthcare IT, Virtualization, MEDITECH

Over the past few years, the approach to how we provide resources to our users has been changing.  VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) has slowly crept up to the top of many organizations’ priority lists and it is being widely embraced.  It is not difficult to understand why: VDI is a software solution that gives us the ability to create separation between the desktop environment and physical resources, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency in the workplace.  This ...

Windows Server 2003 End of Life and Active Directory

Published on 03/18/2015 by Leo Maguire
Category: Compliance, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Security, Servers

Why should you be concerned with that now “old” Windows 2003 server in your environment?  WOW, it’s tough to imagine that we can actually call Windows 2003 old.  It feels as if it just recently took over as the staple of your server OS environment.  Similar to the dreaded End of Life (EOL) countdown of XP on the desktops, Microsoft has announced that, as of July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will be EOL. ...

VMWorld 2013 – VMware NSX

Published on 09/04/2013 by Brian Nelson
Category: Virtualization

VMWorld 2013 provided a bevy of official announcements, including vSphere 5.5. But clearly, the star of this year’s conference is VMWare NSX, Network Virtualization for vSphere.In the weeks leading up to VMWorld, I attempted to pre-register for ANY of the many breakout sessions wrapped around NSX only to learn on each attempt that all sessions were already full. I did my best airport sprints each day at VMWorld, dashing from NSX session to NSX session in ...

Irrational Exuberance

Published on 08/27/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Virtualization, Systems Monitoring and Management

Having sat through the first few of many sessions at VMWorld 2013 in San Francisco, I am both energized and concerned.This year, there is an intense focus on networking and management. VMware has officially rolled vSphere 5.5 with network virtualization using a new product called NSX™ as well as a renewed push on Ops Management. While both products are poised to be of significant benefit to MEDITECH shops, neither should be approached lightly.While NSX is a ...

Virtualization: We've Only Scratched the Surface.

Published on 05/16/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Virtualization

In my role at Park Place International, I am fortunate to visit frequently with customers to discuss real-world healthcare IT problems. We try to help customers create sometimes simple, sometimes not-so-simple phased technology migration/adoption plans or roadmaps.When members of the Park Place team attend partner technical conferences for technology updates, training, and certifications, we usually get a heavy dose of the partner technology vision or roadmap. One of the useful things that I think we do here at ...

The Virtual Desktop (VDI), MEDITECH, and the Dreaded Update

Published on 05/14/2013 by Rob Bruno
Category: Virtualization

Recently, with the deployment of VDI, maintaining the MEDITECH client updates can pose some challenges. The ever-changing client environment makes using some sort of cloning and deployment technology a must.  Why?  With cloning technology you can apply a MEDITECH change to a “gold image” of the desktop, test the changes, and when ready, rapidly deploy the changes.Depending on your VDI supplier, these cloning technologies may work slightly differently.  However, there’s typically a “...

Upgrading to vSphere 5? Tips and Tricks Before You Begin Your Adventure – Part 1 of 3

Published on 02/19/2013 by Jayson Stokes
Category: Virtualization

If you’re running vSphere 4.0 or 4.1 and are interested in updating your environment to 5.0, this article might help point you in the right direction. First, upgrading to vSphere 5 requires careful planning and specific ordering of steps in order to achieve a successful upgrade. In the first of this three part series, we’ll focus on the preplanning steps.First, the vSphere licensing has changed from version 4.x to 5.x, so ...

Hardware Wars: The Return of the Mainframe

Published on 12/13/2012 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Virtualization

The mainframe created virtualization. Now virtualization is recreating the mainframe. Please humor me as we trace the path.  In the beginning, there was the mainframe. The mainframe was big, heavy, and drank power like a zit-laden teenager swilling 44 oz. Cokes. You had to pass a test to work directly with it in any way. You had to learn some level of programming even to be a data entry person. To work in the data center you had ...

VDI - Know Before You Go

Published on 11/21/2012 by Mike Donahue
Category: Virtualization

Over the past few years, virtualization has become a widely adopted technology to deploy within the data center, and for good reason.  It’s no surprise that the natural progression would be to extend virtualization outside of traditional data center applications toward the desktop.  Just think about all of the time that is spent running around from desktop to desktop trying to resolve this issue, or adding that new application.  How many hours could be saved ...

What I Learned at VMworld 2012

Published on 10/18/2012 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Virtualization

At the end of August, I was fortunate to attend VMworld. A record crowd of around 20,000 flooded the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Park Place partners extensively with VMware across all our service lines so we were well represented from all our disciplines – technology consulting, cloud services, and technology integration. At a macro level I was struck by the impact this company and their technology have made on the industry. Several years ago at VMworld 2008, ...

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