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  • Riding the downturn: Network vendors eye new markets in ’09

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 5:44 pm

    Today's rough economy hasn't put the breaks on vendor ambition. Here's a look at what you can expect this year from Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Avaya, and other key IT vendors, including their most pressing 2009 priorities and potential stumbling blocks.
  • The big server push

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 4:43 pm

    Rather than cutting and running as they face deepening economic woes, IT executives behind server and virtualization efforts are pushing harder to complete their projects. It's easy to understand why: Many server and virtualization projects deliver the kinds of cost savings that businesses crave right now. "These projects affect costs... and they affect revenue," says Dennis Smith, first vice president of advanced engineering at The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
  • The top underreported tech stories of 2008

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:56 pm

    There's a huge amount of noise out there, and it often obscures the quiet little stories that could help IT work more efficiently and more profitably. Here are seven important IT stories that you might have missed in 2008.
  • How to switch to the Mac without losing your Windows lifeline

    Posted December 27, 2008 - 11:32 pm

    Takeaway: With Apple's market growing, more IT organizations are considering the possibility of adding Macintosh desktops and laptops into the support mix. Besides money, the primary roadblock to replacing a Windows machine with a Mac is an inability to run Windows-only tools, such as ERP software. Learn how to overcome this obstacle in your organization and add Apple hardware to your "officially supported" list.
  • Three deals symbolized storage trends in 2008

    Posted December 19, 2008 - 9:49 pm

    The storage story of 2008 was growth: An accelerating explosion of information, much of it in the form of video, led IT administrators to try to make better use of their capacity and staff.
  • Best practices for controlling and managing virtual machines

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 11:12 pm

    This is the final segment of a three part article that looks at the impact of server virtualization on data center management, security and compliance and suggests best practices to control and manage the virtual data center.
  • New security issues raised by server virtualization

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 11:05 pm

    This is part two of a three part article that looks at the impact of server virtualization on datacenter management, security and compliance.
  • Server virtualization: Differences between physical and virtual servers

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 10:56 pm

    Unlike most technologies that go through a rigorous inspection and validation process, server virtualization for the most part, snuck in the back door of the data center while no one was looking as an operations tool generating a significant ROI through the savings associated with server consolidation.
  • Bank scores with server virtualization

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:59 pm

    They say old habits die hard. It's a adage that's certainly true for ICICI Bank's senior GM and the Group CTO, Pravir Vohra. As a man who was part of the team that popularized online banking and helped create a new revenue stream for ICICI Bank, Vohra is already known as an IT leader who can make a difference.
  • Wanted: A long-term data center strategy

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:48 pm

  • Windows tip: Running virtual machines from a compressed host drive

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Is it a good idea -- or a bad one -- to compress the drive on a host system used for running virtual machines?
  • Running Hyper-V on a Laptop

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    Some tips for running Hyper-V on a laptop for doing virtual machine demos.
  • Two Vital Resources for Virtualization Administrators

    Posted December 12, 2008 - 11:22 am

    There are now two vital resources for Virtualization Administrators, the VMware Bookshelf and Top Virtualization Security Links.

  • How to use CD & DVD image files without burning discs

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    Takeaway: Why use an easily-damaged physical CD or DVD when you can turn that disc into a file on your hard drive? It's possible and can save a lot of time and effort. Scott Lowe provides you with a quick overview of a few free tools that can help you make use of CD/DVD disc images.
  • IronScale Servers in the Cloud

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 3:38 pm

    We all know that the nebulous term “the cloud” floats on real, physical hardware. If you use shared hosting (as I do) you share a server with dozens of other Web sites. If you need more performance or more control, you move to a dedicated server owned and supported by the hosting company, or you host your own server in house. You can also put your own physical server in a hosted site called co-location. You provide the server and software, and they provide the location, power, physical security, and Internet access. Now let's talk about a new wrinkle in the cloud called IronScale, a company trying to create a new niche they call “automated managed hosting.”

  • Microsoft BizTalk gets virtualization links

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 2:10 pm

    Microsoft will offer on Monday the first public beta release of its BizTalk Server 2009 enterprise connectivity software, which can take advantage of virtualization and enhanced failover clustering featured in Windows Server 2008.
  • HP updates desktop virtualization software

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 10:45 am

    HP has updated its desktop virtualization software with a new protocol to boost streaming video performance.
  • VMware releases revamped desktop software

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 10:00 pm

    VMware on Tuesday released new software aimed at providing desktop and application virtualization, as well as management of virtual desktops, in one product.
  • Bad Economy Good for Client Virtualization?

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 11:55 am

    Could the stretched-out replacement cycles for desktop machines be a boon for client virtualization?
  • How I'm Moving My Data Center into The Cloud

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 10:22 am

    Chad Swartz, senior manager of IT operations at the Preferred Hotel Group, spent most of the past year planning disaster recovery and ended up with a big cost-saving strategy for the Chicago-based firm. Preferred, which specializes in group-travel sales, booking conventions, conferences and corporate outings into its network of luxury hotels, is moving its relatively tiny data center into the cloud.
  • How to conceptualize physical vs. virtual servers

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 10:49 pm

    Takeaway: Although their use continues to grow by leaps and bounds, conceptualizing a virtual infrastructure requires a new way of thinking. Here's a short explanation to help you along the way.
  • Software Licensing in the Virtualization Age

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 6:47 am

    We’re all familiar with the many benefits of virtualization. In terms of ROI, going virtual can pay off big, but only if your company’s software licenses are correctly managed. Otherwise, the costs saved by consolidating hardware can be lost in inefficient software license management.
  • Vendors air the cloud's pros and cons

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Industry officials promoted the benefits but also noted the challenges posed by cloud computing at the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo conference last Friday afternoon.
  • Going Virtual? Stay True to Software Licensing Rules

    Posted November 19, 2008 - 5:41 pm

    Over 50 percent of enterprises have adopted virtualization to one degree or another, according to a study by research firm TheInfoPro, making it one of the most rapidly adopted technologies in recent years.
  • Five top spending priorities for hard times

    Posted November 19, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    So which technologies get funded rain or shine? Those that can save companies money or reduce expenses. Here are the five technologies must continue to invest in despite the recession.
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