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    Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick

    Posted September 9, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Hardware improvements, rich storage options, and plenty of room for expansion add up to a very fast, flexible 2U workhorse.
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    Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization cloud-style

    Posted June 2, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments.
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    Lenovo's new ThinkServer: Low sticker price, lots of upgrade options

    Posted May 28, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    We tested the Lenovo RD440 as a base-unit, 2U server. We found it pretty generic on the surface, but options, including software pre-loads, increase its potential utility for volume users and especially smaller operations.
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    Riverbed brings branch office storage back to the data center

    Posted March 21, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Riverbed Granite 2.5 eliminates remote office server administration and backup pains by delivering iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage over the WAN.
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    Netgear ReadyData review: Making a splash with flash

    Posted March 10, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    Netgear's better, faster rack-mount NAS and iSCSI SAN makes the case for enterprise workloads with read and write caching and unlimited snapshots
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    First Look: Cisco ACI re-imagines the enterprise data center network

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to solve, ACI has the potential to completely change the way that large, highly virtualized data center networks are configured and built.
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    HP takes giant leap in server design

    Posted February 10, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    When it comes to data center servers, the goal is to pack the most power into the smallest, most efficient package. HP has leapfrogged past traditional blade servers with its new Moonshot line that delivers high density and low power in a space-saving "cartridge-based" chassis.
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    Dropbox for business can be a lifesaver

    Posted December 13, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Our team relies heavily on Dropbox for all of our projects. A major limitation to the free edition of Dropbox is that multiple users can’t synchronize the same files unless they all use the same credentials. Also it’s limited to 2GB of storage. That’s where Dropbox Pro and Dropbox for Business come in.
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    Puppet vs. Chef vs. Ansible vs. Salt

    Posted November 21, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    The leading configuration management and orchestration tools take different paths to server automation.
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    Dell PowerEdge VRTX hits the high notes

    Posted November 18, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Dell's four-blade, 32-drive, 'cluster in a box' packs high performance, high availability, and high-end management in a tidy package.
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    6 great free VPNs to keep you safe

    Posted October 18, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Want to be safe when using the Internet or sharing files away when you're at a WiFi hot spot or are away from your office? Here are six great Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions that do that for you -- and you won't even have to spend a penny on them.
  • Review

    Salt keeps server automation simple

    Posted October 17, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    Salt brings simplicity, flexibility, and high scalability to Linux and Unix server infrastructure management -- it does Windows too.
  • Review

    Tale of two cloud-based management tools

    Posted October 7, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Halo focuses on configuration and compliance; Anturis homes in on uptime.
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    5 great free apps for customizing Android

    Posted September 25, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    Android is the most customizable smartphone OS, but if you want more ways to master it, I've got help. Here are five free apps that will help you customize Android and be more productive.
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    6 free IPad productivity apps you can't live without

    Posted September 4, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Tablets are eating into PC sales for a reason -- they can be big productivity boosters, at much less cost. If you've got an iPad, you don't need to spend a penny for great free productivity apps. Check out six of my favorite ones.
  • Review

    HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

    Posted August 8, 2013 - 11:28 am

    HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management
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    Review: HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

    Posted May 8, 2013 - 10:48 am

    HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management.
  • Review

    Riverbed Granite takes iSCSI across the WAN

    Posted December 7, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Granite Core and Edge appliances eliminate the gap between storage in the data center and servers in the branch
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    Microsoft targets virtualization with Windows 8/Windows Server combo

    Posted October 24, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Much of the attention being paid to this week's Windows 8 launch focuses on the new Metro-style interface and the fact that Microsoft is extending its desktop OS to tablets and smartphones. But for enterprises, the real story is the way Microsoft has integrated Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and the Hyper-V hypervisor to create an unmatched system for running virtualized environments.
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    Next-gen HP ProLiant pumps up the jam

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:31 am

    HP's DL380p Gen8 dances through virtualization workloads and server administration with compelling mix of speed and ease
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    7 ways Windows Server 2012 pays for itself

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 10:43 am

    These new and improved 'supersaver' features offer the biggest return on your Windows Server 2012 investment
  • Review

    How to replace missing Start button in Windows 8

    Posted October 5, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    A Start menu substitute can greatly reduce the shock of using Windows 8. Here are three alternatives that produce a reasonable experience.
  • Review

    Review: 6 free email servers for small business

    Posted September 17, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    hMail Server (Windows only) comes in first, Citadel (Linux only) is a close second.
  • Review

    Belkin AC 1200 DB 802.11ac router: not quite ready for prime time

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:55 am

    If you're balking at the prospect of spending nearly $400 to buy an 802.11ac router and an 802.11ac bridge to go with it, Belkin has a less-expensive alternative for you. With a street price of $160, the Belkin AC 1200 DB costs about $40 less than the 802.11ac routers from Asus (the RT-AC66U), D-Link (the DIR-865L), and Netgear (the R6300). Unlike the similarly priced Buffalo WZR-D1800H, however, Belkin's router delivers lower specs, too.
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    D-Link DIR-865L: thumbs up for cloud integration; thumbs sideways for performance

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:25 am

    D-Link has been going ga-ga over the cloud lately, introducing a raft of new routers, NAS boxes, wireless IP cameras, and mobile apps that let you manage your network and the devices attached to it by using a PC, a smartphone, or a tablet (as long as those mobile devices run on iOS or Android; Windows 7 and BlackBerry uses need not apply).
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