Mike has supported IT infrastructure and messaging services for 19 years for a variety of public and private sector enterprises. He has also held many titles during this time (Senior Systems Engineer, Infrastructure Architect, Security Engineer, Project Manager, Enterprise Architect, to name a few), but has always focused on providing high-availability solutions to meet or exceed client requirements. Mike excels in high-pressure, break-fix situations, and strives to provide the highest quality technical documentation for his projects.

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Security

IT Operations: How SecOps Saves the Day


Few messages strike fear in the hearts of IT operations staff like the dreaded scan results from your security team. These messages often appear in your inbox early on Monday morning, which means it’s sitting there waiting for you. You’re not even into your …



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DevOps

IT Operations: Coping with Cloud


You’ll find no shortage of blog posts and thought pieces about how cloud computing has forever changed the IT landscape. The topic is usually addressed in an “adapt or die” argument: cloud is coming for your on-prem applications, and without applications in your data …


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virtualization

Designing a Monitoring Solution: Where Are Your Eyes?


Contemporary monitoring solutions are no different from any other distributed application in your environment. Even a small-scale deployment can include multiple components: often, these include a Web server, an application server, and a database server. And as with any distributed application, you need to consider placement for …



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Systems

Operations vs. Engineering Tools


Whether your IT operation is a small-scale endeavor or a Web-scale enterprise, systems monitoring plays a critical role in the delivery of your services. The ability to quickly and accurately assess the state and health of your infrastructure and applications is no longer a …