22 May 2015

Google Fiber Opens Registration for Gigabit Internet in Austin

This week, Google Fiber announced a signup list for 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-to-the-home internet connections in the South and Southeast areas of Austin, TX, offering internet to individuals and businesses that is at least 100 times faster than non-fiber internet.

 

Residents of Bluebonnet, Lady Bird Lake, Emerald Forest, Ben White, and Onion Creek neighborhoods (or “fiberhoods” in Google’s parlance) can sign up for Google Fiber. This is somewhat later than Google’s original 2013 prediction that it would be starting connecting Austin homes with fiber by mid-2014. Google said it plans to bring fiber connectivity to other areas of Austin in the future.

 

Google has already made Google Fiber available in certain areas of Kansas City, Mo., and is currently constructing fiber connections in Provo, Utah. It has also entered into discussions to bring fiber to 34 cities in 9 metro areas around the US.

Customers will be able to choose between different options including Gigabit Internet for $70 per month and Gigabit Internet plus Google Fiber TV for $130 (which is $10 more than the same service in Kansas City).

Small businesses who are early adopters can also sign up for gigabit speeds for $100 per month under its Google Fiber for Small Business program.

 
There is also a free “Basic” tier which features 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speed but requires a one-time $300 construction fee or $25/mo for 12 months.

Google’s telecom service roll-out has been driven by demand, which is a different approach than traditional telecom providers which have been essentially given a monopoly over communication services under the condition that they serve all localities. This has spurred fears that certain neighborhoods or areas could be left without adequate services.

However, since regulations around internet services are looser than with landline phone service, there has been some competition among other U.S. telecoms to provide faster internet access to different regions. Earlier this year, for instance, AT&T said it intends to bring its fiber-to-the-home internet service to 21 metropolitan areas.

This “last-mile”, or last leg of the journey data makes to a house is crucially important to the growth of higher-bandwidth applications like streaming games and video. For instance, Netflix recommends a minimum speed of 3 Mbps for SD quality video, 5 Mbps for HD, and 20 Mbps for Ultra HD 4K.

New online services will undoubtedly require high-speed connections to provide an adequate user experience, therefore the roll-out of fiber could have huge implications on the potential of internet services, and who is able to use them.

 

21 May 2015

The Edge of Disaster Recovery: Peak 10 Data Center Event

THENOCMAN, Inc is proud to announce the official partnership with Peak 10 Data Centers. We will continue to work together to provide the ‘Best-in-class’ IT Solutions for you and your business.

When IT Goes Wrong…Planned or Unplanned, Same Result Downtime

  • When IT goes wrong it is a very stressful time for all parties involved
  • Frankly there are so many aspects which can go wrong in an IT environment we need to ensure that we can get the business backup and running
  • Lets take backup – If you said to your CIO/CTO its okay I will have your systems backup and running in 24 hours – do you think that would be acceptable
  • So how do we prepare for outages whether planned or un planned outages – they all result in the same issue – downtime of applications
  • Applications are what makes the business turn over

A Recovery Point Objective, or “RPO” is the maximum period of time in which data can be lost from an IT service due to a major incident. How much data could you lose during a disaster?

A Recovery Time Objective, or “RTO” is the duration of time and a service level within which a business process must be restored after a disaster. How long did you take to recover your business?

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Backup is NOT Disaster Recovery

What do you need?

  • Disaster Recovery delivers very aggressive service levels
    • Recovery point objectives of seconds
    • Recovery time objectives of minutes
  • Backup delivers service levels that are better suited for a tier 3 application
    • Can you lose 12 – 24 hours of data?
    • Can the business survive without the application for 12 hours or more?

Why you need Disaster Recovery

  • Hardware Failures – 34%
  • Power Loss/Interruption – 35%
  • Software Install or Upgrade – 20%
  • Accidental Deletion of Data – 6%

Forrester Research agrees.

May 2014 “The State Of Business Technology Resiliency, Q2 2014”

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Almost half of you have had a major outage this year!

47% of companies had a major outage in the last 12 months.

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Companies will recover…….but not so fast.

How would more than one day of downtime affect your business?

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How can I achieve Disaster Recovery?

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Recovery Cloud – DRaaS

  • Experts at the Ready
    • Team trained to execute your recovery and assist without any additional updates to your environment.
  • Custom Fit
    • Scalable, secure DR solution tailored to your needs without requiring changes to your existing environment or underlying storage platform; host as much or as little as you wish, wherever you wish.
  • Rigorous Testing
    • When an incident happens, everyone knows how the system works.

Recovery Cloud Summary

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Peak 10 Disaster Recovery Management: People & Process

Provisioning

  • Pre-sales assessment and planning with an experience Peak 10 team member
  • Testing and failover criteria development
  • Runbook draft
  • Protection establishment
  • Failover testing and runbook solidification
  • Monitoring enablement
  • Failover testing with the Customer by Peak 10 Central Technical Assistance Center (CTAC)
  • Runbook finalization

Steady state

  • Ongoing monitoring and issue remediation
  • Resource inventory management and growth
  • Twice annual testing and runbook updates
  • Available for declaration 24x7x365
  • Ability to scale in line with production

Peak 10 Feature Summary

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Peak 10 Facility – Cisco Powered

  • Peak 10 holds the Cisco® Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) designation
  • Peak 10 is the First in the Americas to Achieve Cisco Powered DRaaS Certification
  • Cisco Peak 10 and Zerto are key players in Cisco Intercloud
  • 2015 Cisco Provider Partner of the Year for the U.S.
  • 2015 Cisco Data Center Cloud Partner of the Year for the U.S. Cloud and Managed Services Partner Organization
  • Among providers of disaster recovery as a service there is wide variance in experience and service quality, together with other key differentiating factors. Data center managers should use this Magic Quadrant to help them evaluate providers of DRaaS services.
  • Inclusion requires meeting rigorous qualification criteria including:
  • Completeness of vision
  • Ability to execute

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This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc., as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Peak 10. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. [1] Gartner “Disaster Recovery as a Service Report” by John Morency, Christine Tenneson (April 21, 2015).
14 May 2015

Font Awesome Icons for Bootstrap Example Guide

369 Awesome Icons, FREE!

Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS. After you get up and running, you can place Font Awesome icons just about anywhere with the <i> tag. Some examples appreciatively re-used from the Bootstrap documentation.


 

Click this link to display ALL -> 369 Font Awesome Icons offered by THENOCMAN

 

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You can place Font Awesome icons just about anywhere using the CSS Prefix fa and the icon’s name. Font Awesome is designed to be used with inline elements (we like the <i> tag for brevity, but using a <span> is more semantically correct).

<i class="fa fa-camera-retro"></i> fa-camera-retro
  • If you change the font-size of the icon’s container, the icon gets bigger. Same things goes for color, drop shadow, and anything else that gets inherited using CSS.

fa-lg

fa-2x

fa-3x

fa-4x

fa-5x

To increase icon sizes relative to their container, use the fa-lg (33% increase), fa-2x, fa-3x, fa-4x, or fa-5x classes.

<i class="fa fa-camera-retro fa-lg"></i> fa-lg
<i class="fa fa-camera-retro fa-2x"></i> fa-2x
<i class="fa fa-camera-retro fa-3x"></i> fa-3x
<i class="fa fa-camera-retro fa-4x"></i> fa-4x
<i class="fa fa-camera-retro fa-5x"></i> fa-5x
  • If your icons are getting chopped off on top and bottom, make sure you have sufficient line-height.

Use fa-fw to set icons at a fixed width. Great to use when different icon widths throw off alignment. Especially useful in things like nav lists & list groups.

<div class="list-group">
  <a class="list-group-item" href="#"><i class="fa fa-home fa-fw"></i>&nbsp; Home</a>
  <a class="list-group-item" href="#"><i class="fa fa-book fa-fw"></i>&nbsp; Library</a>
  <a class="list-group-item" href="#"><i class="fa fa-pencil fa-fw"></i>&nbsp; Applications</a>
  <a class="list-group-item" href="#"><i class="fa fa-cog fa-fw"></i>&nbsp; Settings</a>
</div>

  • List icons
  • can be used
  • as bullets
  • in lists

Use fa-ul and fa-li to easily replace default bullets in unordered lists.

<ul class="fa-ul">
  <li><i class="fa-li fa fa-check-square"></i>List icons</li>
  <li><i class="fa-li fa fa-check-square"></i>can be used</li>
  <li><i class="fa-li fa fa-spinner fa-spin"></i>as bullets</li>
  <li><i class="fa-li fa fa-square"></i>in lists</li>
</ul>

…tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Use fa-border and pull-right or pull-left for easy pull quotes or article icons.

<i class="fa fa-quote-left fa-3x pull-left fa-border"></i>
...tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...
And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the
current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Use the fa-spin class to get any icon to rotate, and use fa-pulse to have it rotate with 8 steps. Works well with fa-spinner, fa-refresh, and fa-cog.

<i class="fa fa-spinner fa-spin"></i>
<i class="fa fa-circle-o-notch fa-spin"></i>
<i class="fa fa-refresh fa-spin"></i>
<i class="fa fa-cog fa-spin"></i>
<i class="fa fa-spinner fa-pulse"></i>

CSS3 animations aren’t supported in IE8 – IE9.

  normal
  fa-rotate-90
  fa-rotate-180
  fa-rotate-270
  fa-flip-horizontal
  fa-flip-vertical

To arbitrarily rotate and flip icons, use the fa-rotate-* and fa-flip-* classes.

<i class="fa fa-shield"></i> normal<br>
<i class="fa fa-shield fa-rotate-90"></i> fa-rotate-90<br>
<i class="fa fa-shield fa-rotate-180"></i> fa-rotate-180<br>
<i class="fa fa-shield fa-rotate-270"></i> fa-rotate-270<br>
<i class="fa fa-shield fa-flip-horizontal"></i> fa-flip-horizontal<br>
<i class="fa fa-shield fa-flip-vertical"></i> icon-flip-vertical
fa-twitter on fa-square-o
fa-flag on fa-circle
fa-terminal on fa-square
fa-ban on fa-camera

To stack multiple icons, use the fa-stack class on the parent, the fa-stack-1x for the regularly sized icon, and fa-stack-2x for the larger icon. fa-inverse can be used as an alternative icon color. You can even throw larger icon classes on the parent to get further control of sizing.

<span class="fa-stack fa-lg">
  <i class="fa fa-square-o fa-stack-2x"></i>
  <i class="fa fa-twitter fa-stack-1x"></i>
</span>
fa-twitter on fa-square-o<br>
<span class="fa-stack fa-lg">
  <i class="fa fa-circle fa-stack-2x"></i>
  <i class="fa fa-flag fa-stack-1x fa-inverse"></i>
</span>
fa-flag on fa-circle<br>
<span class="fa-stack fa-lg">
  <i class="fa fa-square fa-stack-2x"></i>
  <i class="fa fa-terminal fa-stack-1x fa-inverse"></i>
</span>
fa-terminal on fa-square<br>
<span class="fa-stack fa-lg">
  <i class="fa fa-camera fa-stack-1x"></i>
  <i class="fa fa-ban fa-stack-2x text-danger"></i>
</span>
fa-ban on fa-camera

Font Awesome works great with the full range of Bootstrap components.

<a class="btn btn-danger" href="#">
  <i class="fa fa-trash-o fa-lg"></i> Delete</a>
<a class="btn btn-default btn-sm" href="#">
  <i class="fa fa-cog"></i> Settings</a>

<a class="btn btn-lg btn-success" href="#">
  <i class="fa fa-flag fa-2x pull-left"></i> Font Awesome<br>Version 4.3.0</a>

<div class="btn-group">
  <a class="btn btn-default" href="#"><i class="fa fa-align-left"></i></a>
  <a class="btn btn-default" href="#"><i class="fa fa-align-center"></i></a>
  <a class="btn btn-default" href="#"><i class="fa fa-align-right"></i></a>
  <a class="btn btn-default" href="#"><i class="fa fa-align-justify"></i></a>
</div>

<div class="input-group margin-bottom-sm">
  <span class="input-group-addon"><i class="fa fa-envelope-o fa-fw"></i></span>
  <input class="form-control" type="text" placeholder="Email address">
</div>
<div class="input-group">
  <span class="input-group-addon"><i class="fa fa-key fa-fw"></i></span>
  <input class="form-control" type="password" placeholder="Password">
</div>

<div class="btn-group open">
  <a class="btn btn-primary" href="#"><i class="fa fa-user fa-fw"></i> User</a>
  <a class="btn btn-primary dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown" href="#">
    <span class="fa fa-caret-down"></span></a>
  <ul class="dropdown-menu">
    <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-pencil fa-fw"></i> Edit</a></li>
    <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-trash-o fa-fw"></i> Delete</a></li>
    <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-ban fa-fw"></i> Ban</a></li>
    <li class="divider"></li>
    <li><a href="#"><i class="i"></i> Make admin</a></li>
  </ul>
</div>

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