Infrastructure Management

Infrastructure management news, trends, analysis and practical advice

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If one cable run is good...

New system is being installed in a room with a raised floor, so this networking pilot fish opens the access panel to see where the cable can run -- and gets a shock.

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Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Adding a 61st second has caused problems in the past, and some want to do away with it.

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Blazent brings big data to IT operations management

Blazent enterprise customers can now get immediate glimpses into the health and performance of their IT systems.

Really, he's just trying to spread the fun around

IT consultant pilot fish is at a client site where the business has just finished a move -- with the usual slightly chaotic aftermath -- when another building tenant stops in to announce he's getting the client's old digs.

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First Look: NetBeez net management tool creates a buzz

Newcomer NetBeez is strong on network troubleshooting; needs work on long-term performance analysis, reporting.

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Diving into DevOps' details

Search for a definition of DevOps and you're likely to find something involving a collection of other buzzwords, like "agile," "system administration" and "lean," that doesn't actually tell you anything. We think we can do better.

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Review: CliQr clicks for cloud management

CliQr CloudCenter unlocks cloud portability with migration, governance, management, and benchmarking for multiple clouds.

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Review: Single sign-on tools offer impressive new capabilities

Centrify edges Okta and OneLogin in seven-vendor shootout.

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Best tools for single sign-on

It has been a few years since we last looked at single sign-on products; the field has gotten more crowded and more capable.

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Terix to pay Oracle $58M in settlement over Solaris support

It also can no longer distribute Solaris patches to its customers.

Because, well, we've got a process

This data center has a server whose last application has been replaced, and that means it's time to scrap it. It's been powered down for months and it's ready to go. What's missing?

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Lies about uptime vendors may tell you

You’d think the notion of uptime would be a simple one. A service is either running or it’s down, right? Wrong. Here’s a look inside the world of uptime, downtime, service-level agreements and the ‘9s’ of availability.

Red Hat broadens programming language support

RHEL can now support multiple versions of a single programming language, such as Python.

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Best practices for cloud spring cleaning

In the cloud, there are some insidious and barely visible new sources that contribute to software entropy.

Freeze it! How to use Windows steady state

You can lock down end-users' laptops and desktops with a minimum of fuss. Here's how.

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Informatica goes private in $5.3B buyout

The move will take the data-integration giant away from Wall Street's prying eyes.

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NAS shoot-out: QNAP vs. Synology

The beefy QNAP TVS-EC880 delivers better performance under heavy workloads, while the elegant Synology DS2015xs shines with useful tools.

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VMware, Balabit, SpectorSoft take unique approaches to log management

In this review, we compared three log managers: VMware’s Log Insight, Balabit’s Syslog-ng Professional Edition and SpectorSoft’s SpectorSoft Server Manager. Each offers a way of gathering, compiling and making at least some sense of...

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