Performance Measurement

This is about our experience recently on a project to improve the performance and stability of a set of engineering applications after migration to a new datacentre. We had really excellent data produced by the application centre business analysts. These showed in detail that applications were significantly slower than previously, across a wide range of transactions. On average, transactions were taking 25% longer (let's say). Someone set the objective that we would not be satisfied until 90% of transactions were within the benchmark figure for each transaction.

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Check your BIOS Power Management Settings

I have been working on a large End User Computing programme for a while, and not found the time to blog, so now it is time to catch up with a few snippets.

This one is about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and the BIOS settings of the physical servers. Here's the summary: VDI depends on high performance hosts, but by default hosts are typically configured for a balance of performance and energy efficiency. Check your BIOS. It may not be what you think.

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Desktop Paradigm

This article is about managing the replacement for the traditional Windows XP desktop. It may sound like a straightforward upgrade of the desktop OS, or it may already seem like a complicated upgrade because of the business applications that don't run on Windows 7. But in my view it is more than that. The old desktop paradigm that has been in place for more than twenty years is coming to an end. Without a paradigm we face a bundle of difficult choices.

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