Thursday, December 6, 2012

VMware vSphere boot MichaelSoft hard diskless workstation

Hard diskless workstation + VDI as a solution to reduce total cost of ownership

 
Corporates and education sector that have considered using VDI should consider about using Michaelsoft Diskless Solution as well. Reason being is that while virtualization software helps reduce server hardware capital and operating cost, but with MichaelSoft DDS as one of the application to manage operating system deployment platform for workstations, organizations can have a more valuable investment, especially for expansion or replacement of desktop computers.




"Even with virtualization, your workstations still require a hard disk, an exisiting OS to run the virtualized image OS. But with MichaelSoft DDS, your workstations doesn't need to run with a hard disk at all!"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Boot a WINDOWS 8 diskless workstation with MichaelSoft DDS now!!


MichaelSoft DDS now support Windows 8 both 32 and 64 bit version!

Why DDS? It supports multiple driver! Our diskless system has the ability to support different types of drivers (different motherboard, sound card, graphic card, etc) even this old P4 machine is booting Windows 8!

So if you decided to add few more pc with different spec, DDS's multi driver feature helps addition PC process much faster as you don't need to install the drivers one by one anymore, just boot from network and your workstation is ready.

If more inquiries please contact us at:

phone: +603-7981 6878
email: enquiry@michaelsoft.com.my

MSI customized 10 SATA Port Motherboard

As a cost-effective server motherboard with 4 LAN and 6 SATA 3.0 and 4 SATA 2.0 interface;

This motherboard is designed by MSI for Michaelsoft, and it's specially used for SSD built diskless solution servers.

"If you're interested in upgrading server performance, and bring the speed of games loading to another higher level, this is one of the essential hardware you cannot miss!"

Support non-ECC and ECC RAM, maximum support up 32GB of RAM, used for SSD diskless server building.

Support Intel Sandy Bridge & Ivy Bridge Core i3/i5/i7/Xeon processor
  • Intel® H77 Chipset 
  • 4 x DDR3 1066/1333/1600 MHz Unbuffered non-ECC Memory 
  • 1 x PCI Expressx16 slot + 2 x PCI Expressx1 slot.

Expansion Slot
  • 1 x PCI Expressx16 slot 
  • 2 x PCI Expressx1 slot

Storage Interface 
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports by Intel H77 chipset (SATA1-2) 
  • 4 x SATA 3Gb/s ports by Intel H77 chipset (SATA 3-6) 
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports by ASMEDIA ASM1061 chipset (SATA7-10) 
  • RAID -SATA1-6 support Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RAID 0/1/5/10)

Rear I/O Connector
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports 
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports 
  • 1 Serial port 
  • 1 D-sub VGA port 
  • 4 Gigabit LAN Jacks

LAN Interface
  • Support 4x Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet controllers











Monday, November 26, 2012

Journey to MichaelSoft DDS's Core


MichaelSoft technicians recently pays a scheduled visit to data center, servicing to server DDS customer better. This data center holds one of MichaelSoft's important service that makes them out standing than the rest of the competition. 













When cybercafe Staffs are tired of updating games, they looked for MichaelSoft's Auto Game Update.

Auto Game Update service in the market, no one is faster and able to intergrate well with it's Game Menu other than Michaelsoft.
Here's an infographic why you need Auto Game Updater Service.

Michaelsoft auto game update

When IT Technician are tired of repetitive work, they used MichaelSoft's Diskless Solution, here's why.

Here's an Infographic about MichaelSoft DDS.

MichaelSoft Disk Diskless Solution (DDS), why choose us, well, if you survey closely at the market, there aren't much competition for diskless solution. There's only a few, and they all different from ours.

The IT technicians were tasked to do some research and developed on new scripts and new applications that can help their organization to bring more revenue, developing a new product, or find a new way to reduce cost, or solved even greater problem, these high quality works benefit the organization.

However, the daily life a IT technician does not only consist of R&D only, they had to take care of the organization's IT related technical problems.

Lets take a look at the inforgraphic.

What is DDS
What is DDS
What is DDS
What is DDS

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trip to Philippines!

MichaelSoft team recently went to Philippines to visit their partner there. They are MichaelSoft great supporters and have been promoting and using DDS for the cybercafes there.















Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How QNO help financial holding companies to enhance their ATM stability

Background


With the increasing number of ATM in the country, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) in Republic of China wishes to enhance the domestic financial security, and order every financial institution to make sure that their ATMs are able to function 24 hours without any service disruption. In order to comply with the FSC Act and to uphold the principle of steady development, making sure that the industry’s asset quality and risk management capability is better than the rest. One of Taiwan famous financial holding company decided to implements customer-oriented business management mechanism by replacing the entire existing HiLink bidirectional 512 Mbps VPN line router, and install additional 3G wireless as backup line. Using wireless connection, financial institution can effectively solve the physical network disconnection problem, providing 24 hours uninterruptible financial service.



One of Taiwan famous financial holding company.

Customer demand


When the financial holding companies try to come out with a complete solution, it needs a high stability 1xWAN/1xUSB/4xLAN router. The security of the data transmission is very strict in the banking system,  therefore the key to solve the security problem is the banking transaction system applications itself. Data transfer method must effectively protect data in a secured and reliable way, to ensure the safe and stable operation of the system.

The security of the data transfer mainly prevent internal and external sabotage to the system, the router will perform identity authentication and verification, and also verify digital signature to prevent intrusion and tampering to the bank system. In addition, transaction data encryption and decryption is another important means of protecting the security of the network.

The existing HiLink bidirectional 512Mbps VPN line encoding has encryption protection on data transfer, thus the transmission channel itself is safe. In addition, using GRE Tunnel technology on 3G wireless network to create transmission channel is able to ensure the bank main terminal line is backed up in a secured and reliable way.



QNO Inc. is a well-known Taiwan SMB Router manufacturing leader. In response to the high-speed broadband era’s demand, they developed a range of high quality, multi WAN, bandwidth management, firewall, and VPN network security equipment. QNO router with 3G capability has 4 modes that can provide highly efficient operation, offer backup, smart automation and time schedule.

The router's backup mechanism can specifically allow certain WAN port connection that failed to start using 3G internet access as a backup line, maintaining the ATM’s connection. It is similar to smart automation backup, and it can set even more advance settings. Besides connection failure, it also can base on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) traffic, enable 3G network to assist in traffic sharing.

New generation 3G/3.5G wireless network features for network backup. Once disconnected automatically establish a connection.


In terms of ATM application, besides providing 3G backup implementation, QNO has a unique USB power-saving mode; it can extend external 3G network card’s life span. Most of them who uses USB wireless card will not remove it after inserting it. Using the USB device for a long term will render the device to be faulty. This function can dynamically adjust the USB power, saving USB power and extending the device’s lifespan.

Able to continuously operate is considered as high efficiency operation, the QNO router does not only perform energy saving, but you can schedule what time should it turn off, for example, working days from Monday to Friday, and non-working days to allow the USB wireless LAN at rest.

Overall, although the 3G backup network’s bandwidth is less than a wired network, but it’s an effective way of diversifying the risk, thus ensured that the enterprise’s important information system will never have down time.

In addition, enterprise that emphasize on information security can also use VPN to ensure the security of the wireless network. The combination of wired and 3G wireless network is the best backup mechanism. QNO has been very active in R&D and they have developed backup solutions that has simple interface and uses 3G network making it high in stability, a complete application and operational solution that finally won the trust of the financial holding companies.

Conclusion


In recent years, the network applications in various fields have constantly expand, wireless application for various industry are increasingly being used. Now the bank uses 3G wireless networks to build a wireless networking system.

Under safe environment, building a wireless backup system for bank has greatly expanded and further expansion of mobile data application area and banking sector.

Pairing QNO and bank industry product, an all rounder router that can fulfill the fiber optics broadband era demand, combined with the integrated multi line, broadband management, firewall, anti-hacking and virus attacks to provide a high-quality ATM service.


(original source before translation: http://www.qno.com.tw/web/events_view.asp?e_id=209)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

G.Skill Latest SSD Benchmark test by Michaelsoft


Article by: Damien Lee

G.Skill's SSD: Phoenix III


Michaelsoft technician has decided to test a SSD from G.Skill to see how their new product performs. 
G.Skill is famous for their RAMs, with one of their products such as Trident X which recently won a gold award from HardwareMX.com.   


Most of the small scale cybercaf√© owners and home user would consider this enthusiast driven SSD for their client PC or workstations, and how Michaelsoft’s Damien Lee perceives this G.Skill Phoenix III SSD.

Methodology

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H (Intel Z77 Express)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.10 GHz
  • System Memory: 16GB Dual-Channel DDR3 1333MHz CL9-9-9-24
  • AHCI mode - Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver 11.1.0.1006
  • SATA 6 GB/s Controller: Intel(R) 7 Series /C216 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64-Bit
  • OS is freshly installed.
  • Testing SSD drive doesn't contain any files/data.



SSD Benchmark Tools


Info provided by benchmark tool developer:
AS SSD benchmark
Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD's access time.

Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive's behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data's compressibility.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously.

Crystal Disk Mark
A disk drive benchmark tool that also features 4k size block with the queue depth of 32 for NCQ&AHCI.

HD Tune
HD Tune is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more.




Benchmark:

Before we continue looking at the results, lets get a little familiar on how to read the results. When we test these SSD's performance, the result were derived from sequential and random operations. Transferring big size files in the blocks of 16MB, 512B, or even processing 4KB file with single thread and with 64 threads.

Random VS Sequential Access

Sequential access is commonly associated with transferring large files, whereas random access associate with seeking/reading files in the disk drive at any sector.

Analogically, sequential accessing is like reading a scroll, where you need to unfold it and read/write on it continuously. Random accessing is like reading a book, where you can read and write at any page on the book.

Benchmark Tool: 

AS SSD



G.Skill Phoenix III 120GB
G.Skill Phoenix III 240GB

Input/Output Operation Per Second (IOPS), is a measurement for the disk drive's performance, where in a second, how much information can it process.

G.Skill Phoenix III 120GB
G.Skill Phoenix III 240GB









G.Skill's Phoenix III 120 GB: RM2.90/GB
G.Skill's Phoenix III 240 GB: RM2.75/GB

Buyers can contact Idealtech or visit their facebook for the best price for G.Skill's SSD.


Benchmark Tool:

Crystal Disk Mark




G.Skill Phoenix III 120GB

G.Skill Phoenix III 240GB

 









When it comes to usage, Crystal Disk Mark measures random read/writes for 4KB block size file, and the queue depth set at 32, because some of the applications loads file as small as 4KB, such as databases. The following is a application I/O workload profile compiled by Dell, where SSD is the more suitable to handle random access operations such as:

  • Web File Server
  • Database Online Transaction Processing
  • Exchange Email
  • OS Drive
  • Decision Support Systems
  • File Server
  • Video on Demand. 






Benchmark Tool:

ATTO




G.Skill Phoenix III 120GB

G.Skill Phoenix III 240GB

 

 

 





 



Benchmark Tool:

HD Tune




G.Skill Phoenix III 120GB

G.Skill Phoenix III 240Gb


In summary, these benchmark tools only gives their relative readings and the result may be different if used on different PC spec, hopefully they will give you a rough guide on which SSD to buy to suit your budget. In the case of Michaelsoft DDS servers, we always choose hardware that is best for peak performance, we believe that good quality(performance) items doesn't come cheap. However, as to compare its cost-benefit, finding the right hardware to suit budget is never easy as there are many more brands in the market that offers better performance at a higher price.


Feel free to leave comments about these findings.