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In this version of the book the author still starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question when I turned to the introduction of C# 4.0 Unleased which was the first version of this book I read. He says "In short, what sets this book apart from many others is its in-depth coverage of how things work." As far as C# 5.0 books go, I have read C# 5.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference, Pro C# 2012 and the .NET 4.5 Platform, Essential C# 5.0, and CLR via C# (Dev-Pro) . All very good books, very good!!! C# 5.0 Unleashed belongs on the shelf with them. The author does indeed break down the C# language in a unique and very enjoyable way. The book starts out with a great overview of the .NET Framework and history of C#. The author breaks the history down by versions. The first two chapters will catch all thos... (more)

What Makes Cloud Storage Different from Traditional SAN and NAS?

Many in the IT industry seem to enjoy arguing exactly what does and does not constitute a cloud service. As I mentioned in my post on the controversy over private cloud services, I do not feel that these arguments are productive. We should focus on results and business value instead of arguing about semantics. However, the current crop of cloud storage solutions have many important differences from traditional SAN and NAS storage, something that seems to surprise many end users I meet. Cloud storage capacity is not your fathers blocks and files! Primary, Secondary, and Tiered Storage Most IT infrastructures contain a wide variety of storage devices, but these have traditionally been divided into two categories: Primary or production storage serves active applications and is accessed randomly. The primary category includes most familiar direct-attached disks (DAS), s... (more)

New England Biolabs Improves Quality of Life with Xsigo

Xsigo Systems today announced that New England Biolabs (NEB) has successfully deployed Xsigo virtual I/O as part of an ongoing VMware integration project. By optimizing NEB's back-office computing needs with virtual servers managed with virtual I/O from Xsigo, NEB has been able to reduce operating expenses and deliver new levels of efficiency. With Xsigo's software-based, non-disruptive I/O management, the company saved thousands of dollars in capital costs by standardizing server configurations, achieved greater uptime by eliminating I/O-related outages, and reduced staff workloads by completing server management tasks more efficiently. "At NEB, we embarked on a process to re-architect our datacenter operations to increase efficiency and to address current and future computing capacity needs," said Tom Peacock, IT Core Services at NEB. "Xsigo virtual I/O will help ... (more)

Copy Source as HTML in Visual Studio 2010

SharePoint Archiving Journal I was working on my first SharePoint 2010 post today since I actually installed some bits and quickly discovered that I did not have Copy Source As Html working with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2.  If you’re a blogger like me, you will find that you are quite addicted to this useful tool as it makes pasting good looking code segments quite easy.  Unfortunately, they haven’t released an installer that works with Visual Studio 2010 yet, so I decided to see if I could figure out how to get it to work.  Now, I’m not expert on Visual Studio Addins, so it took me some experimenting.  I installed the product as normal, but when I opened Visual Studio, I did not find the addin loaded.  After some investigating, I decided to copy the CopySourceAsHtml.AddIn file into my user folder.  Specifically this goes in C:\Users\\My Documents\Visual S... (more)

Sharepoint Private Cloud – Socializing Enterprise Applications

The reason I think the Cloud market will experience such a huge boom is that it will be accompanied by other equally powerful IT trends. Indeed they will magnify the benefit of one another, and these overlaps are the ideal sweet spots to provide the context and opportunity for new start-ups. The overlap between Cloud Computing and an Enterprise 2.0 strategy of ‘socializing enterprise apps’ is this type of focus for our ‘LiveWIRE’ Cloud Venture, a new toolset that overlays across Microsoft Sharepoint and offers the secret sauce potential to dramatically increase sales of hosted Sharepoint offerings. Mastering Enterprise 2.0 – Socializing enterprise applications On their own, Cloud technologies are still very hot, but ultimately a technical proposition. Yes virtualization can improve the efficiencies of IT operations, but this is an underlying technical improvement,... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

Another Unleashed behemoth!!! It is a whopping 1550 of printed pages and 2451 pages when you include the additional chapters available on the companion CD. If this book doesn’t contain the information you need about SQL Server 2008 R2, then you probably won’t find it anywhere. Just like I am not a server administrator, I am not a Database Administrator (DBA). I don’t want to be a DBA, nothing against DBAs, but I just think it is a full time job. It is not possible for me to keep up with my .NET Software Architecture skills and also be an effective DBA. Of course I have to be familiar enough with them to architect scalable, secure, high performing software, so I chose this book as my learning resource. It is a great resource. I have not gone too it and come away disappointed yet. What does make this nice is there is a lot of developer content included with the book in ... (more)

Security Shortage? Look Internal.

There has been an increasing amount of commentary about the growing shortage of Information Security folks. While the reasons for this shortage are manifold and easily explained, that doesn’t change the fact that it exists. Nor the fact that natural sources may well be causing it to worsen. Here’s why we’re where we are: Information Security is a thankless job. Literally thankless. If you do enough to protect the organization, everyone hates you. If you don’t do enough to protect the organization, everyone hates you. Information Security is hard. Attacks are constantly evolving, and often sprung out of the blue. While protecting against three threats that the InfoSec professionals have ferreted out, a fourth blindsides them. Information Security is complex. Different point, but similar to the one above. You can’t just get by in InfoSec. You have to know some serious... (more)

Fpweb.net Named “Bronze Sponsor” of Cloud Expo New York

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that Fpweb.net, a leading provider of managed, private hosting solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10-13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Since SharePoint's inception, Fpweb.net, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has been a leading SharePoint hosting provider, including being the very first to host the Microsoft® platform in 1999. Fpweb.net's SharePoint Cloud success is grounded in the unmatched level of experience, dedication and unrivaled expertise that is trusted by customers in over 80 countries. For more information, visit us at http://www.fpweb.net. A Rock Star Faculty, Top Keynotes, Sessions, and Top Delegat... (more)

ExaGrid Issued US Patent for Unique Zone-level Deduplication Technology

Patented Technology for Highly Efficient Deduplication Enables Fast Grid-Scalable Backups for Widest Range of Backup Applications and Utilities London - June 7, 2013 - ExaGrid Systems, Inc., the leader in cost-effective and scalable disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced that it received US Patent no. 8,412,848, building on the company's history of innovation to solve data protection problems for its customers. The patent covers ExaGrid's unique Zone-level deduplication method, a core component of ExaGrid's deduplication technology. ExaGrid's zone-level deduplication enables customers to benefit from a unique combination of seamless scalability, support for the widest range of backup applications, and faster backup and restore performance. Seamless scalability: Zone-level deduplication is a key technology that enables ExaGrid's disk back... (more)

Google Cloud Platform – An Introduction

Google cloud platform has come up with great innovations in the field of web development and storage. It allows you to develop your websites, applications,  data storage on the Google’s infrastructure. With Google cloud platform you can build your websites or applications faster without worrying about the scaling and servers. Google Cloud platform is like a big umbrella that composes of innumerable resources which make the computing, database management, storage and application development processes quite easier. Also Google assures reliability and robustness. The computing workloads are increasing day by day by leaps and bounds and therefore Google has introduced various cloud based services that run on its own infrastructure. The major features that Google cloud platform offers are: Google App Engine Google app engine is a web and app development stack which uses ... (more)

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Inside Out Book Review

This is the SharePoint book for the end-user that wants to become a power-user. It covers a ton of topics and it covers them in-depth. The book is not intended for SharePoint developers for SharePoint administrators, although most SharePoint developers and administrators are also power users. So the book will come in handy when you're simply using share point as an end-user. I have listed the table of contents below to give you an idea of what is covered in the book. 1. Introducing SharePoint 2013 2. Administration for business users 3. Working with list and library apps 4. Working with collaboration sites 5. Using Office applications with SharePoint 6. Sharing information with SharePoint social networking 7. Using and creating workflows 8. Planning site content 9. Creating and formatting content pages 10. Adding, editing, connecting, and maintaining web parts 11. Managing docu... (more)