Archive for January 2011
Well, it’s not quite going to blow up. Perhaps you remember Y2k…no big deal right? Well this potential disaster will probably be averted, but it might not be as easy this time around.
Every device on the Internet is assigned an “IP Address” (IP stands for Internet Protocol). You know, those series of 4 numbers that identify who you are when communicating with the outside world. According to some sources, about 1 million of these are newly assigned per hour, which means that sometime in early February we will be fresh out!
To remedy this problem, a similar scheme will be employed (using numbers to identify machines), but it will, in essence, simply allow for larger numbers (actually letters will also be allowed into these “numbers”), thus allowing more potential addresses. This is known as IPv6.
So if you hear fear mongering about a potential catastrophe, like 11 years ago, don’t worry. The situation is well in hand.
Lately, there has been an up-tick in the outsourcing of IT services. Let’s examine why:
1) In tough economic times (even when things are improving, as now), it is simply cheaper to have these functions managed by an outside firm.
Case in point. An expert full time IT professional, with all of the proper certifications may well demand $80K/year. Those same IT support credentials can be brought to your organization for much less. There are always trade-off, of course. In this case a slight delay in response time. However, 1 IT guy has to sleep sometimes. An outsource IT solution is 24/7.
2) More technical knowledge than 1 IT guy can possibly amass.
With a full team of network engineering professionals, the combined knowledge will dwarf what any one individual may have.
An organization must maintain its reputation through years of consistent, high quality work. With a single IT guy, the accountability factor does not come in to play nearly as much.