What is the difference in RAM and your hard drive space?


What is the difference between hard drive space and RAM?  That is a good question, one that arises so often in troubleshooting  calls and sales support. There is so much detail that I could go into about this question but this blog is going to be a quick  explanation that will give a pretty good idea of what each of them are and the purpose that they serve.

First off, let’s talk about your hard drive and the space that it provides.  A hard drive is a physical disk made up of blocks and sectors on a drive that stores your information in strategic areas that allows access to your information. Your hard drive permanently stores information for access.  The space on the disk (the gigabytes) is utilized for storage only.  The more or less space you have available does not directly affect the speed and performance of your computer.  The only speed or performance affected is how quickly your computer can retrieve previously stored information.  On a normal basis, this speed is not really recognizable by a normal person in normal use.

That takes us to your RAM.  RAM is defined as “random access memory” with random being the key word. This is also measure in gigabytes or in some cases, megabytes.  Unlike your hard drive, your RAM temporarily stores information for access.  Your RAM works hand in hand with your processor speed and manages the speed and ability to multitask and run programs.  The more RAM and processing speed that you have, the faster programs will run, open, and the more programs you can run simultaneously.

So to break it down in a very simple analogy, let’s look at it like a chef’s kitchen with your hard drive being the refrigerator and the RAM being the counter space.  The bigger the refrigerator the more items you can store and the fuller it gets, the more time it takes to find the items you need to cook a meal.  If you have a small counter, you can only chop the vegetables and then cut up the chicken.  You are only able to do one thing at a time.  If you have a big counter top, you can do multiple things at the same time and even get someone in there to assist you to get the meal cooked faster.

Ideally, you want a kitchen with big counter tops, a big refrigerator, and plenty of space to cook as much as you ideally want  without restrictions.  If you have any questions before buying or upgrading, Everon is a great resource to answer your questions about your hardware.

Coming soon to a business near you - Windows Server 2012!


Windows Server 2012 is scheduled to be released to manufacturers this and will be for sale to the public in September! Are you excited yet? Here are some reasons why we are.

Microsoft will be making a big push in the realm of virtualization, attempting to take a bigger slice of the pie from industry leader VMware. Among the many new features of Windows Server 2012, one that has a lot of people talking, is the increased performance of virtual machines. VMware can currently deliver 300,000 input/output operations (I/Os) per second from a single virtual machine, and Microsoft has stated that Windows Server 2012 will be able to deliver over 1,000,000 I/Os. To put that in perspective, imagine that your flight time from LA to Tokyo was reduced from 10 hours to 3.5? Think of all of things you could do with that extra time.

Another new feature promising big speed increases over what is currently available is called offloaded transfer (ODX). Using ODX, a 10GB demo file was moved into storage in approximately 10 seconds, and without a corresponding spike in network utilization. So instead of having to wait until after hours to download software updates or run backups, they can happen during the day without having anyone’s work interrupted.

These are just two of many new features that are coming with Windows Server 2012 and we will be keeping a close eye on it when it gets released. If you have questions about virtual servers or Windows Server products, call us at 888-244-1748 to talk to one of our network engineers.

Is Your Blackberry Slow? Tips on How to Maximize Your Blackberry’s Performance



We at Everon receive numerous calls daily about Research in Motion’s array of Blackberry handhelds (also known as “Crackberries” to those who have succumbed to their siren call), and the same questions keep coming up. Why is my Blackberry slow? How come I have to pull the battery to reset it so often?

If you are the owner of one of these popular devices, there are several things you can do to maximize its performance and prevent having to turn it off, pull out the battery, and start the whole thing up again just to get back to what you were doing. I’ve listed a few methods to keep your device in tip-top shape.

This website gives some great explanations for the reasons why the performance of your blackberry can degrade over time. The gist of the story is, you need to make sure your memory doesn’t get low, and the best way to do so is to close out of your applications when you’re done with them. You do the same thing on your computer, and it helps here, too. Additionally, the purchase and installation of a MicroSD media card can work wonders, and it’s really easy to do. In fact, the built-in video camera on a Blackberry requires a media card to function!

All of the major service providers are listed on Blackberry’s website (scroll to the end to get to the North American providers). Click on your provider’s name to get to the correct location to download an upgrade for your device; be very careful to make sure you are selecting download which matches your exact model. Some providers allow over-the-air (OTA) downloads of updated device software, while others require the Blackberry Desktop Manager software. However, all are fairly simple to upgrade, and your Everon Support Team is more than willing to help you out.

This great article regarding how to remove necessary applications and languages may come from Verizon, but it applies to blackberries from all providers. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really need French or Korean on my phone, and I’m not going to waste space on alternative languages. The same goes for unused applications.

Of course, there are some instances where no matter how vigilant you’ve been, you still need to pull that battery out. At least now it might take a little longer before you have to the next time!

Kristin Mott