Stories by J Peter Bruzzese

The lowdown on deploying Windows 7

Windows 7 is right around the corner. The official release date is October 22, but some PC makers will ship it before then. Most businesses skipped the poorly received Vista, choosing instead to run the now eight-year-old XP. So after holding off on a Windows upgrade for so long, many are no doubt ready to adopt Windows 7.

Some upgrades makes sense, even in tough times

The past couple of weeks have been a combination of flights, hotels, late-night meet-and-greets, early morning sessions, accompanied by overall mind exhaustion. It is conference time in the tech world, and while the sessions I've been speaking about and attending are diverse, there is an overall theme that seems to be running throughout: consolidation, saving money and going green.
Optimising solution environments is more critical now than ever. Challenging economic times have led to reduced budgets and the need to do more with less. And while some initiatives are being delayed or cut, it actually may make sense to move forward with others. I know spending money or making changes seems like a huge mistake, but there are times when it may benefit your organisation to do so. Let's take Exchange 2007, for example.
If like most, your Exchange infrastructure is distributed and you're on Exchange 2000 or 2003, or a mix, moving to the more scalable and feature-rich Exchange 2007 can actually save money. True, moving to Exchange Server 2007 requires x64 servers, but with the aid of consolidation methodologies and virtualisation, you may be able to reduce your server count by up to two-thirds.
While virtualisation is fast becoming common across the IT landscape, some are hesitant to deploy it in mission-critical environments such as email. More and more organisations are moving past this risk aversion and have been demonstrating it is indeed a viable option that can pay off handsomely. Getting rid of aging and expensive-to-maintain 32-bit servers can be a boon to the bottom line, and replacing them with far fewer x64 servers can further reduce expensive data centre real estate, software licensing, power and cooling costs, connectivity costs and management expense.