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Jan 23
2018

Backing Up Your Cloud

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

Pretty much Ruby Nahal, Engineereveryone agrees that IAAS and SAAS is the future for IT as more and more traditional infrastructure is being converted into cloud infrastructure, and more and more businesses are choosing SAAS over in house applications.

As such, there may be less stress imposed on the backups for infrastructure housed in these cloud offerings (Amazon web services, Azure). Yes, the cloud offerings do give us the luxury of scalability, flexibility, and redundancy.

That does not, however, take away the necessity of having a proper backup solution in place.

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Dec 15
2017

Your Log Has Something to Say to You

John Lim, CTO

By John Lim, CTO

When it comes to tech, most of us don’t have the need to look too deep into the systems we’re using. We go about the day using the system in place and don’t have to think twice about what’s going on under the surface.

But when something goes wrong and all of a sudden a server goes out or a system crashes, we hope that there are some precautions and hidden tricks up the sleeves of our IT company.

Enter: logs.

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Dec 10
2017

Back it Up Like a Boss

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

Ruby Nahal, Engineer

The Story Behind Toy Story 2

We all know about the movie “Toy Story 2”. Pixar’s amazing creation where toys save the day. But did you know that the film was almost lost? And all because of human error. The primary files were accidentally deleted and when an attempt was made to recover from tape backups, it was discovered that nothing had been backed up for months due to systems failure. Luckily, Pixar was able to recover from a stray copy of files from the technical director’s personal backups.

We have all heard horror stories or experienced failed backup scenarios. From punch cars to Magnetic tape to the rise of floppy disks to the CD and evolution of Optical disks to the modern era of cloud backups – backup solutions and best practices have gone through a big evolution over the last century.

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Nov 22
2017

The Service that Saved the Day When Kim Kardashian Broke the Internet

Ruby Nahal, EngineerBy Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

It all starts in the cloud

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources. This includes computing power, database storage, and applications through a cloud services platform via the internet.

A Cloud services platform owns and maintains the physical servers, the network-connected hardware required for these application services and the redundancy for high availability. You then provision the resources you need through a web console and you pay for what you use.

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Nov 15
2017

Battle for the Net: Why We Believe in Keeping the Internet Neutral

Net Neutrality

By John Lim, CTO

Where were you on December 14th, 2017? Wait, What? What is going on December 14th, 2017? A very critical vote by the FCC will happen on December 14th, 2017. Without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to provide you better service to content on the internet from their business partners and not others.

So a small business owner that has an Etsy site selling wares might not be able to compete to get into your internet browser as fast as say an Amazon or Walmart that can afford to pay for direct access to your home.

Sound fair?

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Sep 29
2017

The importance of Application-Aware Backups

Ruby Nahal, Engineer By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

Roadblocks to recovery

Right after I came back to the office after maternity leave, I had the pleasure (NOT) of having to deal with a terrible disaster recovery. We were trying to recover a database application from crash-consistent backups and meant lots and lots of hours on the phone. Needless to say, by the end, my nerves were shot.

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Aug 24
2017

True Grit: Get IT

By John Lim, CTO

So guess what I have been doing the last few days? Besides trying to think of ideas for a new article.

Any guesses? No? No takers? Well, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Engineers here at TekTegrity on a major disaster recovery effort. Yeah, not fun. I never want to ever experience that again.

Or do I?

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Jul 28
2017

Cheat Sheet: How to Train Someone to Replace You

Mentor

By John Lim, CTO

Professional Growth > Training

In the last few months, I’ve spent a large chunk of my time working with our technical staff. We call it training but really I think the focus is on personal/professional growth.

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Jun 22
2017

Super Boring IT Twofer: Why Your WiFi S(tinks) + DNS Part 2

WiFi signal jokes

By John Lim, CTO

This old IT man is gonna drop some info on you about wifi and why you have such poor wireless connectivity to your network! Plus I am tossing in the second part of the DNS piece from last month as a bonus. Much Excitement!!!

There are sooooo many things that could contribute to poor wireless connectivity. more


May 24
2017

Super Boring IT Article #2: DNS part 1

DNS Haiku

By John Lim, CTO

I ripped off the above haiku from reddit.com/r/sysadmin. The reason I love it and all other sysadmins love it is that it’s TRUE.

Specifically, in an Active Directory environment, DNS is a yuuuuge deal but in our regular day to day internet life, DNS is STILL a yuuuuuuuge deal.

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