Doing business today can be technology-intensive. In a lot of businesses today, the IT infrastructure has considerably changed from the traditional configuration using physical storage to a virtual configuration that makes use of cloud servers and virtualization tools. It becomes necessary to do extensive vdi monitoring or virtual desktop environment monitoring to ensure that the processes and applications critical to the business are running smoothly. Managing productivity issues and resource utilization become a function of such monitoring facility.
Monitoring virtual desktops is done though programs provided by IT companies that specialize in virtualization. Business enterprises need to make sure that when they shift towards this new environment, their end user experience is maintained if not enhanced. There are various solutions that specifically address this concern. The company providing the monitoring services should be able to match the specific applications running on the business enterprise’s virtual servers and desktops. Application performance metrics including response times, end-to-end TATs, and latency should be provided in order to help the enterprise managers evaluate their virtualization efficiency.
In any IT issue, user productivity is always a concern. Monitoring virtual desktop environments should give enterprise managers an idea of exactly how end users are utilizing their applications. It goes beyond usage rates to include factors such as usability and quality of service. There are also other available real-time analytics for better analysis of frontline performance. Metrics, after all, do not matter much if they are not taken in the context of the entire business enterprise operations. Part of any effective monitoring solution is a facility for preemptive problem detection as well as probable cause analysis. All these should be done on the virtual desktop, application, and user performance components of virtualization. With a reliable service provider for performance monitoring, any enterprise can make the most out of its virtual environment.
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Mobile data has come a long way since the very first generation. You remember when mobile phones were shaped like bricks and didn’t do much except make phone calls? Who would have thought back then that one day our mobile phones would be able to do just about everything from paying our bills to ordering pizza to video chat?
So, how exactly has mobile data evolved from the first generation to the fourth generation we know today? Join us on a trip down memory lane to look at just how much mobile data has changed.
1st Generation – Cellular Network
Compared to today, the first generation of mobile data was incredibly basic. It relied on analogue radio signals to function. If analogue radio signals were weak you would receive static, making conversation virtually impossible.
Phones were large, lacked screens as we know them today and had, god forbid, antennas. Basically all you could do on your mobile phone was make a phone call.
A typical phone was something like the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x released in 1983. The DynaTAC 8000x was the world’s first commercial mobile telephone. It weighed over a kilo, took ten hours to recharge, allowed you to speak for thirty minutes and allegedly cost somewhere in the vicinity of $4,000 USD.
2nd Generation – Digital Network
The second generation network ran on digital narrowband. Phones ran on digital signals, rather than analogue signals. This meant an increase in capacity and the need for less radio emission meant phones could be smaller. A weak signal meant that a call would drop out altogether. The quality of voice calls was also diminished in comparison to the phones we use today, with tonality of voice less distinguishable.
Phones were slightly smaller, though still pretty chunky in comparison to today’s, and no longer needed external antennas.
Phone calls were still the predominant feature but additional nifty functions became available including simple text messaging (SMS) and WAP (simple web browsing). Not to mention the exciting functions of sending basic picture messages, setting different ringtones and graphics and caller ID became commonplace. And of course, there was the classic and highly addictive game of Snake.
A typical phone in these days was the Nokia 3210 released in 1999. You know the phone we’re talking about. Everyone had one.
3rd Generation – High Speed ID Data Networks
Third generation phones, still commonly used today, run on digital broadband. To be classified as 3G, services have to meet minimum technical standards such as peak data rates of 200 kbit/s.
By the time 3G networks were developed and readily available, simple mobile phone functions had become significantly more advanced. In addition to sending text messages and making and receiving phone calls, many 3G phones have the ability to stream music, access wireless broadband as well as location based services (GPS) and share pictures. Full internet browsing at faster speeds also became available and the quality of voice calls increased. Users can send emails and can also watch basic mobile TV.
A typical 3G phone is the Apple iPhone, released in 2007. Phones such as the Apple iPhone, and other competitor smart phones, did away with traditional buttons allowing for a larger, touch screen.
4th Generation – Mobile Broadband
The fourth and most current generation, is the most advanced network offering mobile phone users the ability to lead a very mobile lifestyle.
Fourth generation phones run on high bandwidth digital mobile broadband and utilise technology such as WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access). This technology allows for high speed data transfers and therefore super fast internet access.
A 4G phone offers its user a world of functions, in addition to those standard on a 3G phone, including the ability to play multiplayer online games, stream and transmit multimedia including high definition movies and full length movies.
A typical 4G phone is the Samsung Galaxy SIII released in 2012.
At the rapid rate at which technology is developing, the question that remains is what does the future of mobile technology have in store for us?
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The moment you wake up in the morning, you would usually check out for the day’s weather in order to know what to wear or what to bring like umbrella if it’s going to rain. Common sources of weather updates are TV reports, radio announcements or perhaps the real time update of your internet-connected PC.
The internet has become a part of people’s lives that it even became one of the basic needs to others. If you want to know something, just type your query in the search bar and the internet will show you the answers.
Going back to the weather update, there is this awesome lamp that is connected to the internet and aside from the light that it brings, it also shows the owner of the house the type of weather outside. The technology behind this awesome lamp is powered the combination of liquid nitrogen, WIFI, and high-powered vacuum suction. This lamp is called the Nebula 12 and mimics the thick and gray clouds for an impending rain, the bright yellow sunny morning or the red cloud for upcoming low pressure area. If a storm is expected, the light in the lamp flickers just like the lighting outside. Isn’t it awesome?
This great invention is just one of the many things that technology was able achieve. More of these awesome things will be placed inside your house not just to give thrills and amazement but might as well make your household chores as easy as possible. Perhaps a floor that cleans all by itself or a window that could repel dusts automatically or a garbage can that could empty in seconds. The possibilities are endless and no one knows its limits.
Innovations will continue to improve the lives of everyone and houses will soon become one of the most high tech places in the world.
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