Watermark is going to Fort Worth

Well, it’s official.  Watermark is going to be starting a new campus in Cowtown.  We will be taking over the old Ridglea Theater on Sunday morning starting in the spring.  In addition, we will have an office space and children’s facility in an adjacent building.  The campus will be a “live streaming venue”, meaning we will stream video from our main Dallas campus to Ft Worth each week.  Having two different buildings separated by a parking lot brings numerous IT challenges which will need to be tackled.

First off, we will need to secure data services to transmit video to the theater.  The plan is to deliver 2 HD streams at the same time.  We’re looking at Haivision or other gear to complete this task, and are looking at a 50mb MPLS network to provide services to the campus.

Swingin’ to Sweet Child of Mine…

Check out “The Swinger.” Amazing use of technology?  You betcha.  The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing.  It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half.  It has quite a magical effect.
Sweet Child O’ Mine (Swing Version) by plamere
Fun huh?

Exchange to Google Apps Easier Than Ever…

Interesting news release from Google today…


Today we’re making it a lot easier for customers of Microsoft Exchange to go Google with Apps. Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange is a new server-side tool that migrates your company’s email, calendar and contact data from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps. With the tool, migrations are:
• Easy: set it up in just 4 steps
• Efficient: select the combination of mail, calendar and contact data that you want to move, with the option of doing so in phases
• Fast: migrate hundreds of users at the same time
• Painless: employees can continue to use Microsoft Exchange during the migration without interruption or any involvement on their part
As Paul Lovett, Project Manager for the Google Apps project at New Zealand Post, described, “We are a very calendar-bound organization, so Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange was the missing link in our migration strategy, allowing us to perform a server-side migration of our calendar and contact data from Microsoft Exchange 2003. We moved our corporate executive team first which required spot-on accuracy and a quality product, and Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange met that high bar.”
The tool has been a boon to our Google Apps partners as well. Mayooran Rajan, CTO of Revevol Consulting, noted, “We work with companies with 100 to 20,000 employees. This tool will help us move our clients to Google Apps faster and more efficiently, helping us save them time and money.”
Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange works with Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2007, and both on-premise and hosted Exchange. It’s available free to Google Apps Premier and Education Edition customers here. If you’re considering the switch from Microsoft Exchange, you can find resources to help make your decision here.
Also, for those who have already gone Google by making the switch to Google Apps, you can share your experiences and spread the word at www.google.com/apps/spreadtheword.
Live webinars: Learn about Google Apps Migration for Microsoft® Exchange best practices and customer experiences
  • Register here for the Asia session.
  • Register here for the Americas, Europe session.
Posted by Abhishek Bapna, Product Manager

EqualLogic User Conference – March 1-4, 2010

Every once and a while I get excited about a conference.  I’m really the “anti-conference” guy, especially when it comes to ministry or church conferences.

However, this is a technical conference that I’m excited about attending.  The EqualLogic Conference should be a great way for us to leverage our storage platform at Watermark to the fullest.  More details about the conference can be found here.  The conference is available to existing EqualLogic customers.

If you haven’t read my previous posts on why we love our SAN solution, you can find them here and here.  Look forward to meeting lots of folks at the conference.

Passwords are like Pants

I saw this today and thought it was funny, but also a great reminder.