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Copeland Data News - July, 2012

SummerThank you for talking the time to read our Summer edition of Copeland Data News.  This is an interesting time for businesses, as changes are being driven by the economy, an election year, and competition among "consumer space" electronics, just to name a few.

While browsing this newsletter, if you think of anything you would like to discuss as it applies to your situation, never hesitate to drop me a note.  We are here to help and serve any way we can.

Thank you,

Tom

In this issue of Copeland Data News

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Windows 8

Windows 8 is in the works from Microsoft, and it looks like it will be available to the public this fall. Windows 8 is a drastic change from all Windows operating systems we've seen over the last 20 years. Ever since the release of the little-known Windows 1.0, Microsoft's operating systems were always based primarily on mouse and keyboard input.

Until now...

With Windows 8, all that changes. While mouse and keyboard are still supported, the new Windows 8 operating system tends to build navigation around the method of "touch" (as opposed to point-and-click). With that in mind, it is likely you'll have to learn new touch techniques to interact with your system. You'll find that with Windows 8, certain actions are clearly built for the touch user, making mouse navigation a bit clumsy.

As a Windows 8 user, you can select Desktop Mode, which looks surprisingly familiar to Windows 7.  Desktop mode is intended users who prefer a mouse to navigate.

Windows 8 Desktop Mode

While it looks familiar, notice there is no START button.

Metro Mode, on the other hand, is designed for navigation by touch.

Windows 8 Metro Mode

Windows 8 will be interesting indeed. The most important thing to remember when contemplating an installation of Windows 8 is that it is a whole new operating system, and not simply an upgrade from Windows 7.

You can learn more about the latest about Windows 8 HERE.

Virtual Desktops

Traditionally, employees use PCs at their desks to access their company's servers and systems. Today, these PCs are typically running either Windows 7 or Windows XP.

Desktop VirtualizationKeeping desktops manageable has become a big challenge for both users and IT administrators. Windows updates, virus protection, spyware infiltration, and security concerns are on ongoing plague to desktop computing.

A recent trend in managing these types of desktop issues uses the Virtual Desktop model.

Virtual Desktops are systems of servers, either in your building or hosted in the cloud, where an employee connects to a computer "virtually" and uses this machine as his or her own "desktop," just as if the machine were sitting on his or her desk.

For those who may be familiar with Terminal Services, Virtual Desktops provide more granularity, allowing different users to utilize different resources. This flexibility with Virtual Desktops cannot be found in Terminal Services.

Virtual Desktops are also a great method for providing remote access to your servers from any device. The recent trend of "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) means employees want to use their personal tablets, notebooks, smartphones, etc. to access your systems. No matter the device, a remote user can use the Virtual Desktop just as if he or she were connected using his or her PC in the office.

Virtual Desktops are gaining popularity in the business world. If you want to discuss how this relates to your organization, please let us know.

Hyper-V

Servers, servers, and more servers! Many businesses today run more than one server.  For many of our customers, this means a Linux server, one or more Windows Servers, and possibly a document storage or special application server.

Hyper-VAs it becomes time for new hardware, we have been moving our customers over to a "virtual server" model, which simultaneously runs instances of Linux, Windows Server and other Windows operating systems all on the same physical "box."

Microsoft's solution to virtualizing servers is Hyper-V, which is included with Windows 2008 Server.

Hyper-V's "hypervisor" manages the sharing of physical resources between each machine instance. To the end user, connectivity to each server looks and acts exactly as it has in the past.  Sharing electricity, memory, and CPU time with server virtualization is the most cost-effective way of running multiple servers when required.

As you plan the next steps for your servers, you may want to consider Hyper-V.

Did You Know?

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The new "iPhone 5" is likely to be out in the next few months. Rumors have been circulating about a larger screen size, but have yet to be confirmed.

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This past June 6th was IPv6 day. Larger groups including Google and
Facebook have turned IPv6 on and have left it on. Your current
methods of Internet access using IPv4 will continue to work.
However, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are being pushed to get
"all their ducks in a row" for this new addressing scheme.  Though
your current network will remain on IPv4, any new WANs you implement
going forward may be assigned IPv6 addresses.

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HTML5 is building steam in the Internet/browser world, and more and more vendors are working on implementing long-awaited HTML5 features. HTML5 has native support for video, vector-based drawing and animation, and local data storage.  These new features mean less reliance on 3rd-party browser plugins like Adobe Flash and Sun Java, which are prone to security holes when not properly updated on a regular basis.

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The Android store is now called "Google Play" and includes an Exchange email application called "Touchdown." While Android phones out-of-the-box can support Exchange, Touchdown may be worthy of a free 30 day trial if you do a lot with corporate (Exchange) email on your device. After 30 days, it can be purchased for $19.99.

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Windows RT is a version of Windows 8 that runs specifically on ARM-based tablets and other mobile devices. ARM is a popular processor in new tablet devices. You may see some ads about Windows RT, and when you do, simply think of it as Windows 8.

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