Virtual desktop designs tend to overlook two key infrastructure components: Storage responsiveness and wireless network availability and performance. Yet without these two ingredients, VDI is doomed! VDI Issues? It's the Storage… I despise pat answers and rules of thumb, but one truism has emerged from my experience with virtual desktop deployments: Storage I/O … [Read more...] about Storage and WiFi are the Overlooked Keys to VDI
As a parent, especially a techie one, you never know when a teachable moment is going to appear. Last night, I mentioned that I was testing a new Ruckus access point and enthused about how fast it was. My 12-year-old asked, “why is it so fast?” This led to a wonderful discussion about radio waves, congestion and propagation, and spectrum licensing. Yeah, I'm that kind of … [Read more...] about Teaching Science with Wi-Fi (Thanks, Ruckus and MetaGeek!)
Apple is not always quick to support new technologies, but they threw their weight behind 802.11n Wi-Fi as soon as hardware was available. They upgraded their access points, laptop and desktop computers beginning in 2006, though support importable devices lagged. But the capabilities of 802.11n devices varies widely, and today's Apple devices are no exception. 802.11n … [Read more...] about Which Apple Devices Support 802.11n Wi-Fi?
My experience with the Eye-Fi connected SD camera card has been frustrating, but I wasn't sure how much blame the company deserved. Uploading massive 14 megapixel photos is going to be slow over a 3G connection using any device, after all. But how fast could the Eye-Fi go on a really great wireless LAN? The company is skimpy with technical specs, but I did manage to figure out … [Read more...] about What Are The True Eye-Fi X2 802.11n Wi-Fi Capabilities?
Consumers and businesses love wireless networking, but the latest version of 802.11 "Wi-Fi" will leave many scratching their heads. With a confusing array of optional features, most of which are disabled by default for compatibility, today's 802.11n products will not deliver the performance gains promised by vendors and expected by consumers. Let's take a look at the key … [Read more...] about Not All 802.11n Networks Are Alike