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  • Urban tech: From Masdar to Main Street?

    Posted June 21, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    Self-driving electric taxis, smart appliances and municipal solar power are all amenities enjoyed by the residents of the futuristic Masdar City in the Middle East. Here's how they'll make their way to the U.S.
  • Congress takes aim at critical Census survey

    Posted May 16, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    In the quest for more sources for rich and voluminous data, it would seem more than a little strange to watch a government entity actually hamper one of the most tried-and-true data-gathering organizations on the planet.
  • 10 essential performance tips for MySQL

    Posted May 14, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    From workload profiling to the three rules of indexing, these expert insights are sure to make your MySQL servers scream.
  • Security concerns over a data center in the cloud

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 11:46 am

    When the company data center moves to various cloud configurations, the provisioning of servers will need to be addressed.
  • The NFL thrives on big, except in IT

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 7:34 am

    The NFL may have big stadiums, big players and big games, but when it comes to its IT operation, Nancy Galietti, the NFL's vice president of IT, does not use the word big.
  • Giving legacy systems a tuneup

    Posted March 29, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    Bumping up against the life expectancy of your data center? Use these best practices to delay a costly expansion.
  • How to wrangle your virtual machines

    Posted March 28, 2012 - 6:05 am

    While vendors continue to work toward a single console, or "single pane of glass" tools, customers must choose from products that manage only parts of their environments or focus on specific problems such as the sprawl of unused virtual machines, security or backup.
  • What's the best Linux server for you?

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Trying to chose between Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, and a host of other competitors? Whatever your size, there's a distribution that fits.
  • Server names put the fun in functional

    Posted March 7, 2012 - 8:51 am

    Straightforward server names aren't for everyone. Here are some of the most creative and clever conventions we've encountered. And a warning: Don’t trust your data to a server named Dopey.
  • Big data tools and vendors

    Posted February 21, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    While big data systems offer flexibilities of scale at far more affordable prices then ever before, long-time data experts are also quick to point out that these newfangled big data systems are making use of techniques and processes that were once part of the data warehousing hype that once garnered IT's attention.
  • The rise of Node.js: JavaScript graduates to the server

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Microsoft and others have already adopted this technology to extend JavaScript beyond the browser -- but it has limits developers must beware
  • The small world of big data

    Posted February 2, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    The evolution of big data, Hadoop, and related technologies is interesting, but not just from a purely esoteric standpoint. Understanding how these technologies fit together will give users a better idea of which solution is right for them.
  • In search of an energy yardstick

    Posted January 30, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    We take a comprehensive look at the new green-IT metrics for measuring data center efficiency and productivity from The Green Grid and other industry groups. Insider, registration required.
  • Lack of data scientists is the new Von Neumann bottleneck

    Posted January 27, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Strata Conference's Founding Chair, Edd Dumbill, talks about bridging the data and information gap.
  • How to work with firehose data

    Posted January 27, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Some data comes in at a constant, and even massive, rate. How can IT systems contend with such data flows, while still analyzing that data? PostgreSQL expert Josh Berkus outlines the important guidelines.
  • Smart lights, bright data center

    Posted January 25, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Who left the lights on in your data center?
  • Need an agile infrastructure? Do your homework

    Posted January 18, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    To keep pace with a fast-changing business environment, these companies are ditching inflexible legacy systems in favor of software as a service and cloud computing. Are they getting the speed, flexibility and cost savings they thought they would?
  • How a Baptist pastor in Florida became the go-to IT guy

    Posted January 14, 2012 - 8:04 am

    As a Baptist pastor, Terrill Gilley says his work calls for him to help worshippers and provide support to the senior pastor at his Florida church located in a rural area outside Orlando. And oh, he's also the network administrator for the church and the school it established.
  • Making the transition from RDBMS to Hadoop

    Posted January 13, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    Your move to Hadoop is driven by a C-level exec on a mission or a skunkworks project deep within your IT department. Either way, it's a potentially profitable path.
  • 6 reasons small businesses need virtualization

    Posted January 11, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    If you run a small or mid-sized business, server virtualization promises cost savngs and improved IT efficiency. To help ensure you understand the advantages, we drew up a list of the most tangible benefits that virtualization has to offer small and mid-sized businesses
  • Canonical CEO: Ubuntu tablet OS will battle Android, iOS

    Posted January 11, 2012 - 7:06 am

    Jane Silber believes there's plenty of room for a new player in tablets, TVs, and maybe even smartphones
  • Hadoop vs. an RDBMS: How much (less) would you pay?

    Posted January 6, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Hadoop's open source nature makes it an appealing option for those with tight budgets.
  • 'Server huggers' impede cloud migrations

    Posted January 5, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    Chipita America has become almost serverless over the past six years by moving its ERP, EDI and BI systems, Office and Exchange applications and file servers to the cloud.
  • What makes a CIO above average?

    Posted January 3, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    The most business-savvy CIOs tend to report to the CEO, lead a non-IT area, and make more money than average CIOs
  • Eight easy ways to green your business

    Posted December 30, 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Greening your business has short-term effects that will save you money, let employees breathe better, and maybe even help land you a few more customers. These tips, sites, and kits can help your business go green for 2012.
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