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Jared Shockley, Information Technology Professional This is my spot on the Internet for me to share my thoughts on technology, software, hardware, gadgets and IT in general. Please feel free to comment.


Great Alternative to Replace 15K SAS Drives [UPDATED]
One of the most expensive things to replace on servers these days are the 2.5" 15K SAS drives. Having many HP ProLiant servers at my place of employment, getting these drives from HP is a pricy thing for the average small business. Thanks to some clever work by my company's System Administrator, we found a great alternative if you don't care to or do not have warranty coverage for your servers.

What To Do With These Amazon Gift Cards
I am a hoarder much like anyone else. I have a lot of stuff in my house that needs to be sorted through and probably recycled, sold or thrown out. My server drives are full of information that "I might need someday". Worse yet, I got 3 Amazon gift certificates in the past 3 months and I still haven't spent the money on anything. I was looking all week at a couple of items and thought I would share some of my shopping fun.

My Azure Hosting Hiccups, or "How to Shoot One's Self in Your Own Foot"
As you might have read, I moved my website onto Azure a couple of weeks ago. I have not looked back at all. Well, okay. Two events made me rethink my strategy around hosting on Azure. One was my own doing and the other is a conflict between DotNetNuke and the Azure SQL model. Both were resolved and I am again 100% on hosting via Azure, until the next problem rears its ugly head.

Using SkyDrive for Blog Assets [UPDATED]
As I moved my website and blog onto the Azure cloud, one of my main concerns for hosting was around the assets for my blog. The storage and data transfer of those asset files can account for a lot of the cost. Azure hosts files in their own storage cloud, a content distribution network. To offset the costs and to use SkyDrive even more, I am using SkyDrive to host my assets from now on.

What Does Your DR Look Like? Or "Holy #$*%! Everything is down!"
This is a topic near and dear to me these days. Having suffered a recent outage at my job with over 9 hours of downtime, this is now a major issue for me to work through. Everyone always gives disaster recovery (DR) lip service. They come up with ways to backup data, provide alternative networking access as they can afford, and try to create plans. My feeling, much like what I have dealt with at prior positions, is that no one really invests into DR. I hope to provide a few cautionary tales to help you convince your management to make the investment.