NetKeepers Blog

Important Information About Balckberry 10 Devices

Posted on 2013.02.07

If you are currently looking to upgrade to the new Blackberry 10 or have already done so please read below:

With the current release of Blackberry 10 NetKeepers has been receiving inquiries to integrate these new devices into corporate email / communication systems.  Currently this integration does is not supported via the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) but is supported using the Microsoft ActiveSync Protocol.  Currently NetKeepers is implementing Blackberry 10 devices using this method of integration to enable these devices.

What does this mean for you?  In order for your new Blackberry 10 device to work with the Microsoft ActiveSync Protocol you man need to change your BES service with your cell phone provider to the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS).

For Clients That Have Their Own BES Server:

If your corporation currently has a BES implementation, the current release of the Blackberry 10 devices are not supported without a required upgrade.  If you are interested in upgrading your corporate infrastructure to the latest version or to ensure that the Microsoft ActiveSync Protocol functionality is configured properly to support the Blackberry 10 devices please contact your NetKeepers account manager to discuss the requirements.

Why Not Virtualize?

Posted on 2011.10.21

We find that many of our clients are still not comfortable with the idea of virtualizing servers. Some don’t understand the concept and are leery about the mystery behind the technology. Some customers are very knowledgeable but still think that virtualization is only suited to light duty or development workloads.

Netkeepers has been managing Virtual Machines for several years now, and we can honestly state that we have not found an application or server that we would not virtualize.

Terminal Server/Citrix, Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino email servers and database workloads that run on Oracle and Microsoft technology get a lot of ‘push back’ from clients when we suggest that they also be included in the virtualization scope.  The traditional thinking is that these types of servers require raw hardware power, but in fact many studies have proven that virutalizing Terminal Servers and Exchange workloads is highly recommended.  At Netkeepers we go further than that, any new Terminal Services servers, Citrix servers and Exchange servers are built on virtual infrastructure – No more bare metal installations!

Domain controllers, web servers, file/print servers and utility servers such as SNMP monitors are all examples of workloads that are perfect candidates for virtualization.

Power reduction, operating system stability, resource efficiency, and ease of workload management are three top reasons to virtualize.

The sooner your company starts down the virtualization path, the sooner you’ll reap all of the benefits and the more you virtualize, the more you will want to virtualize.

Our first blog post

Posted on 2011.09.10

So this is our first blog post. We have been talking about starting a general blog for quite some time now and we are finally here. The idea behind this blog is to start sharing our knowledge with not just our existing customer base but with the IT community at large. Initially we are hoping to have, at a minimum (there’s the commitment) of one blog post per month, but hopefully we will have more of these from multiple contributors withing our organization on a monthly basis. The focus of this blog will be to help take some of the haze out of the cloud computing services industry and help you, our customers (hopefully), make sense of all of the information that is out and about on the Internet. We may also have more technical discussions here from our technical team about current application trends or application enhancements to products that you may be very familiar with already.

Along with this blog we have launched our corporate Twitter account (@NetKeepers) and our whole team has created their own Twitter accounts to increase our ability to communicate with our customers. For example we will be posting maintenance window and outage alerts to our corporate Twitter account to quickly get information out to you when you may not be able to communicate with us via traditional means such as email.

We are focusing on making this blog informative, helpful, funny at times, and most importantly a conduit for our NetKeepers team to exhibit their skills in yet another forum.

Here’s to a “cloud”y future for us all.

Shaul Swartz