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Keys to Managing a Successful Project

Published on 01/29/2014 by Donna Dean
Category: Healthcare IT, Project Management

I was a little nervous to write my first-ever blog.  I don’t spend a lot of time on social media and what insight would I have to offer to my high tech peers and colleagues?  But then I thought, Project Management doesn’t have any specific boundaries and is an important skill set across all industries and job roles.   In this article, I’ve outlined some tips and tricks to help you successfully manage ...

PCI-DSS — A short acronym for a long journey — Part 3

Published on 01/15/2014 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

So you think having an approved scanning vendor (ADV) scan a couple of your external IP’s 4 times a year for a bundled cost of $189.00/year, and attesting to a questionnaire means you are PCI-DSS compliant?  Think again.The goal is to complete due diligence to ensure a secure network and organization at all levels against all kinds of threats. Complete your assessment as discussed in Part 2 of this blog article (http://parkplaceintl.com/blog/pci-dss-short-acronym-long-journey-part-2/).  You ...

Disaster Recovery: The Business Impact Assessment

Published on 12/11/2013 by Mark Middleton
Category: Disaster Recovery

As you prepare your Christmas checklist for those that you love, let’s not forget to include a stocking stuffer our old friend, Disaster Preparedness. After all, he never sleeps! Over the last decade, we’ve experienced a staggering increase in natural disasters as demonstrated in a recent FEMA chart (2013 not included).In our last Disaster Recovery segment, we discussed the building blocks of a Disaster Recovery program and did a high level overview of the first ...

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.  ...

Pondering the Computing Client

Published on 09/17/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT, Networks

Having streamed last week’s Apple announcements on iPhone and iOS 7 during my morning commute, I found myself wondering again about the true future of the “desktop”.  It is a dangerous realm in which to speculate, in the sense that almost every pundit who has prophesied the downfall or revolution of a mainstream technology has done so too late or too early.  That being said, the area bears some discussion.The vast majority of our ...

Managing The FAL

Published on 09/10/2013 by Thom Daley
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management

If you’re a MEDITECH customer, and let’s face it you’re probably not reading this blog unless you are or you’re a fan of yours truly (in the latter case you probably should seek help), then you’ve heard about the FAL issue.  See MEDITECH's bulletin:  https://customer.meditech.com/en/d/prwsystems/pages/sys6csfragmentationbulletin.htm.  If you’re running MAGIC then you can stop right here but if you’re either running C/S or MAT, or are ...

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 ...

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 ...

While You Were Out Pursuing ARRA Money...

Published on 07/12/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

Summer brings the magic of longer days, gentler weather, smoking grills….and, for some, a break from the ARRA rat race. You deserve it! So when that last sip of lemonade has been taken, and that last vacation day has melted into a fabulous yellow, red, pink, and orange sunset, here are some things the ghosts in your machines might be whispering to you:VMware got a LOT better……if you are still running 4.X.Something, best upgrade ...