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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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SDN management battle: TAPs vs. network packet brokers

Network management is a sticky issue when it comes to implementing software-defined networks and network virtualization.

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Cloudyn helps companies track Microsoft Azure deployments

The offering is available immediately and is promised to help keep costs under control.

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Review: Portnox, Extreme lead NAC pack

Network Access Control (NAC) products continue to get better and easier to use.

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NAC is back. And better than ever

We review 5 of the leading network access control products.

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Google Cloud organizes log files to ease troubleshooting

Google Cloud Logging collects dozens of metrics from Google Compute Engine and Google App Engine.

Probably someone too young to have ever used a fax

This business rewires its offices to put voice and data jacks at every spot that might conceivably need them -- but one one department's all-in-one fax/copier/scanner/printer just can't get incoming faxes now.

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Mobile device management continues to broaden

Think 'enterprise mobility management,' which includes app and data security, among other things.

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MIT researchers building chips to prevent leaky Internet of Things

MIT researchers this week are demonstrating a design for new radio chips that could be used to efficiently power the Internet of Things.

But we're betting you DID label that line, right?

It's back in the days before this sheriff's department went to VoIP, and a pilot fish there has a nifty device for the times when he needs to figure out exactly what line a phone is connected to.

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5 tricks to improve poor TCP performance

If your system back-up is to a remote site that is a considerable distance away, you might be using only a small percentage of the bandwidth that you’re paying for.

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4 free network monitoring tools to keep you in the know

Zabbix edges Icinga in test of open source network monitoring software packages.

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How network admins can survive SDN

With the advent of SDN, there’s been a lot of speculation about the future of the network administrator.

Google’s new open-source PerfKit framework watches cloud application performance

Google’s latest foray into the open-source realm is a framework it’s calling “PerfKit,” which is designed to measure application performance in the cloud.

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