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  1. Bugs..

    November 19, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaMany years ago when I was a “smoke jumper” support guy for SGI, I got to see some of the strangest problems on the planet.   Mind you, these were not “normal” problems that you and I might have at home.  These were systems that were already bleeding edge and being pushed to the max doing odd things in odd places.  Further, before I ever saw the problem, lots of guys had already had a shot.  So reinstalling, rebooting, looking at the logs, etc., had all been tried.   (more…)


  2. Scaling IT

    October 10, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaJust about everyone can have a free web page.  You get them free when you open cloud accounts or purchase internet service. This has lead to a proliferation of cat pictures on the Internet.  (more…)


  3. 10Gb is Coming

    October 4, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaYou’ve all read that 10GbaseT is on the way. It’s true. Very soon, you will be able to plug standard RJ45 connectors (just like on your Mac Book Pro) into your 10Gb Ethernet cards and switches. You’ll be able to run CAT6A cable 100m (assuming the runs are clean runs) and have tons and tons of bandwidth between servers and clients. Who needs Fibre Channel anymore?! (more…)


  4. Network Hub and Switch and Router or Network Switch vs. Hub and Router?

    July 30, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Can you tell the difference between an Ethernet network switch, an Ethernet network hub, and a router? If you need a way to direct data requests over a network you use at least one, if not all three of these tools to do it. Network switch, hub, and router technology lets you access networks of servers and their users; network access hardware.

    Sharing similar appearances has made it hard for the switch to stand out from the hub and even the router. The router connects you to the internet so most users know more about the router than the network switch or hub. No joke, the router rules and the switch and the hub are just pawns. So what DO we know? (more…)


  5. Is Ethernet Faster Than Fibre?

    July 28, 2010 by Steve Modica
    As IT managers struggle to answer the age old question, “Is Ethernet faster than Fiber Channel?” you may realize the better question to answer is “Can Ethernet networks really provide more performance for less costs that Fibre Channel? (more…)

  6. About 10Gb Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC)

    July 27, 2010 by Steve Modica
    Network Interface Card(NIC) is a hardware device that allows you to connect a computer to a network. Each NIC has a unique media access control (MAC) address that allows it to be recognized by other components of a network that it connects to. (more…)

  7. Network Switch 101

    July 21, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Known as a network switch, or sometimes a switching hub, this tool is responsible for making connections between all of the systems and equipment that you want to interact and share data together. When this device directs information, it does so using the different data link layers of the Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model). The OSI model divides a communication system into layers, where one layer services another. Network hubs and repeaters are not designed to reduce collisions on the network in the same way as a dedicated full duplex network switch which will work to boost speed. (more…)


  8. About Building Video Editing Networks for Less

    July 16, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Creating an inexpensive video editing network for your business is not taken seriously enough most of the time. Why do small teams of editing professionals have all these questions surrounding building a video editing storage area network (SAN) for less? Well, the answer is not as simple as the 5 Steps in How to Build a Video Editing Network for Less. Even though the future of shared SAN’s may still be in Fibre Channel (FC) and InfiniBand protocols, today’s offices already have the Ethernet infrastructures in place. These inexpensive types of networks need to run on that and nothing more. Even today, the truth is hidden behind tag words, keywords, and the word of salesmen from firms who specialize in Fibre Channel networks. They would rather you pay the extra expense of installing a new system of FC and hard-to-maintain software to network and share your data, rather than giving you the best way to solve your problem for less. (more…)


  9. How to Build a Video Editing Network for Less

    July 15, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Ask any design firm competing for video editing contracts and they’ll tell you that they have a need to build a quick,affordable video editing network in order to remain competitive and timely with their clients and project deadlines. This sentiment gets a resounding confirmation from all video editing firms that rely on small teams to accomplish big goals. In an industry that requires perfection with speed and collaboration, the need to efficiently share files among team members is undeniable. Without advances in technology, companies without the ability to share and store their proprietary products would see projects begin to pile up on their local drives as demand for more production grows. Overcoming this common obstacle is easy. Learning how to build a shared video-editing network can be done for less then you might think. (more…)


  10. Mac Networking for Beginners

    July 14, 2010 by Steve Modica

    A great place to start learning about networking your Mac computer is through the use of an Ethernet connection. As a physical presence in your home, the Ethernet cable connects your cable modem to your desktop computer or to your wireless router. In this instance, you will have enabled a small network that can be accessed by users who come into contact with your network and have the designated privileges to interact with it. Desktop, laptop, and mobile devices mostly connect to the Internet for browser capabilities but they do not necessarily connect to each other’s files, as supported by the use of a home network. (more…)