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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 ...

Take the Initiative, Not the Blame

Published on 06/28/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Healthcare IT

Let me ask you a question; How often do you go to the doctor? Do you have an annual checkup, or only go when something is wrong?We are all encouraged to be proactive in maintaining our health. Exercising, eating better and seeing your doctors annually are the keys to a longer, more fulfilling life. If this is what it takes for us to live longer, more active lives, then why aren't we doing this for our IT ...

PCI-DSS - A Short Acronym for a Long Journey - Part 2

Published on 06/27/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

So it seems that I took a long coffee break since my last blog on PCI-DSS!  And yes, that coffee did come from the fancy machine that took my credit card on the 4th floor of your hospital!!  Would you like a memory refresher on what I was talking about?  Click here to read Part 1 of my blog.So where does a health care organization start when looking at compliance with these industry standards?  ...

The Building Blocks of Disaster Recovery

Published on 06/25/2013 by Mark Middleton
Category: Disaster Recovery

With hurricane season looming around the corner, folks will soon be scrambling to dust off their disaster recovery plans, many of them untested, and many unexecutable.  With a three-fold increase in the number of average annual disasters since 1993, along with applicable elements of HIPAA and HITECH legislation, a growing concern of healthcare providers is fortifying their disaster posture before going to battle with the next catastrophe.In an ideal world, a comprehensive disaster recovery playbook would contain ...