Archive for July, 2009
318 is often called on to help bring together a comprehensive and cohesive web presence and strategy for organizations. We also strive to continually refine our own presence. As such 318 has added a new search engine to our sites at http://www.318.com/search, which we hope will allow for maximum visibility into the information that we have provided to the community, and will continue to provide as time goes on. This portal can be used to search all outwardly facing aspects of the 318.com web presence (and it’s pretty sexy lookin’ to boot if we don’t say so ourselves).
318 will be attending the FileMaker Developer Conference at the San Francisco Hilton from August 13th to August 16th. If you plan on attending or are in need of a custom FileMaker solution, send us a note at http://www.318.com/filemaker. Hope to see you there!
Google Latitude is a fairly new service from Google that allows you to find your friends. But Google Latitude is more than just that. Using Latitude’s API you can do a number of other tasks. You can pull location information and display it on a map of your own, which enables you to pull from multiple users. You can also export a “badge” from your Latitude account that shows you where a single device is at any given time, as can be seen here.
The API and the ability to embed data opens up the opportunity for a variety of custom mashup portals. Maybe you’re a delivery company looking to keep track of where each of your trucks are, or maybe you are an airline curious as to why your pilot is not at the plane, ready to fly or even tracking the location of each person on location at a production (ie – directly from RepTools). Google Maps has been an insanely successful tool for custom development opportunities for organizations. Adding Latitude to that mix goes beyond exporting an address from a database and displaying it on a map but instead gives you real time statistics on the location of your devices.
Google Latitude is supported by most smart phone’s and a number of other devices. There is also a Google Latitude app for the iPhone coming soon. For more on integrating Google Latitude into your solutions, contact your 318 Professional Services Manager today.
BRU Server 2.0 was released this week, offering a long anticipated update to the popular cross platform backup suite of applications. The main two features that the TOLIS group is highlighting include Encryption of backup target sets and client initiated backup.
Whether you are a BRU, Atempo, Bakbone, Backup Exec or Retrospect environment, 318 can assist you with planning, testing, verifying or restoring backups. Contact your 318 account manager today for more details.
Microsoft Office 2008 Service Pack 2 for the Mac is available as of 10am today. Microsoft lists that the update first and foremost provides more “speed, stability and compatibility.” There are also new features in applications. For example, PowerPoint has new animation features and you can create new default themes.
But one of the larger overall features is the addition of Document Connection, which allows users to access and browse documents located on SharePoint servers and in the Microsoft Office Live Workspace. Microsoft is clearly not forgetting about the Mac in their new Software+Services model. They even announced official browser support for Safari 4 as a part of this overall strategy.
And the software is faster. In our tests, each of the office applications opened at least one to two seconds faster than before installing SP2.
For more information on this specific update:
EMC owns VMware. EMC owns Iomega. As a great result of these two acquisitions EMC is now able to provide the StorCenter, a 1U shelf of storage with 4TB (~3TB with RAID5) of capacity that has been qualified to run VMware. For environments looking to get started with Vmotion and some of the clustered aspects of VMware the Iomega StorCenter offers a nice alternative to the high dollar storage arrays that EMC offers under their own brand.
The StorCenter can provide iSCSI LUNs to host Virtual Machines. It’s not going to get the same IO as storage of a higher class will get, but for smaller environments with 2 or 3 physical hosts and a number of virtual machines, the StorCenter allows a number of features that can’t be had through traditional direct attached storage.
As an EMC reseller, 318 can help guide you through the process of a containment or a consolidation project, whether you’re looking to deploy 300 TB of fibre channel based LUNs to accommodate your environment or 3TB, we’re here to help!
At 318 we see a number of Final Cut Server installations. And for most of those jobs you should use an Xsan, have editors edit-in-place and develop custom automations. But Final Cut Server doesn’t have to be super complicated; nor does it have to be super expensive to integrate. At the end of the day it’s all about what a customer is expecting to get out of the product – and that’s how the product is developed and priced: to scale with the customers needs.
One of the most marketable and best features of Final Cut Server is that it is a way to catalog assets. These assets can be stored anywhere you want, provided that they are reliably accessible by the server. Given a username and password, users of Final Cut Server can then access the assets whether or not they can actually get to them using server shares or flat file systems. This allows Final Cut Server to bring logic to an otherwise chaotic form of storing data.
Once catalogued you can then tag assets with metadata. This means that when you go to find assets in the future you can do so quickly and easily. You can preview, annotate and then download those assets, no matter where they are stored – even on a Drobo or some large Firewire media sets. And if you decide to edit-in-place in the future, the fact that assets are stored in a logical space (called a Device) means that if you see the value, that you have an easy upgrade into more online media, such as an Xsan volume – but you don’t have to do it all at once to start seeing value.
And value is the key aspect of Final Cut Server. You can spend as much or as little as you need in order to get value out of the product. Sometimes the smallest features are what organizations will derive the most value out of. Not always, but sometimes… And when you see the value of the smaller features you can then make a decision based on your organizations goals and workflows what else will be of value. If you’d like to discuss a Final Cut Server implementation, whether it’s the basic initial installation, complicated workflow integration or custom scripting, contact 318 for more information. We’re here to help, whether or not the implementation is on the cheap.
Vmeter is another great product that you can bolt onto your Xsan from Vicom Systems. Vmeter allows you to get
statistics of bandwidth allocation for Xsan clients. But Vmeter doesn’t stop there. It also allows you to meter, or limit, the amount of bandwidth that is allocated to client machines, maximizing bandwidth for some users and tiering your performance allocation.
Vguard, also by Vicom Systems, is based on the technology included in Vmirror, the LUN mirroring solution, but goes a step further. Vguard allows you to setup another Xsan and use that SAN as a backup. We’re not going to go so far as to call it a snapshot, but it’s everything but.
Overall, Vicom integrates well with Xsan and fills some of the holes that the product itself has. For more information on Vmeter, Vguard or Vmirror, contact your 318 account manager today.
To do this, you will need to do the following:
- Open up Outlook 2000
- Expand Hosted Exchange
- Expand Inbox
- Click on “Moved Billing”
- Highlight all of the e-mails that will need to be printed on the right side.
- Go up to File and then Print
- Print style should be set to “Table Style”
- Only selected rows should be chosen at the bottom.
- Make sure you are printing to the printer you want.
- Hit ok and it should start printing.
- Do the same thing for Sent except expand the sent items folder instead of inbox.