Susan Perschke

Perschke is a web and database developer with 15+ years of industry experience. You can reach her at susan@arcseven.com.

Review: 4 open-source network management tools improve usability, performance

REVIEW: Nagios Core - Network monitoring software with lots of plugins, steep learning curve

REVIEW: Nagios Core - Network monitoring software with lots of plugins, steep learning curve

Nagios Core is open source, free and has good documentation, but it could use a streamlined install process, updated Web interface and better configuration options.

5 top Linux server distros: How to choose the right one

5 top Linux server distros: How to choose the right one

What you need to know to choose among Ubuntu LTS, Oracle Linux, Fedora Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Enterprise Server

Best open source monitoring tools

Best open source monitoring tools

Open source software provides an attractive alternative to more costly commercial products, but can open source products deliver enterprise-grade results?

10 things we love about the new Firefox browser

10 things we love about the new Firefox browser

The good folks at Mozilla took their vanishing market share to heart and fought back with one of the most notably improved products I have seen in recent memory. Here are 10 things we love about Firefox.

Best open source network monitoring tools

Best open source network monitoring tools

Cacti, Icinga, Zabbix and Observium are all capable network monitoring tools. Beyond the basics, there are quite a few differences in terms of features, granularity and configuration options.

Open source proxy servers challenge commercial wares

Open source proxy servers challenge commercial wares

Open source products prove themselves capable, but a bit rough around the edges.

Storage on a budget: GlusterFS shines in open source storage test

But beware of tradeoffs when it comes to documentation, management tools and failover.

Red Hat OpenShift delivers rapid app deployment, collaboration

Platform as a Service is a cloud-based hosting environment for application development designed to provide a full-featured development, staging and production environment without the need for extensive in-house infrastructure.

Ubuntu impresses in test of Linux servers

Ubuntu impresses in test of Linux servers

Five commercial Linux versions feature easy install, solid management tools and cloud integration.

Ubuntu impresses in Linux enterprise server test

Introduced in 1991, Linux boasts an estimated 67 million users worldwide according to linuxcounter.net. Free versions abound, but companies adopting Linux as part of critical infrastructure typically require more support than a...

Microsoft DirectAccess impresses

Available since Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft's DirectAccess server role became fully integrated with the OS in Windows Server 2012. DirectAccess is designed to connect a VPN-type session automatically as soon as a compatible...

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