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There's CAN and then there's SHOULD

This organization has just about maxed out the available storage for its minicomputer. The big question: Can they keep the system running while the electrician installs a new power line?


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Microsoft reveals biggest-ever change in Windows updates

Windows 10 will debut a radical three-track update practice to appease both consumer and enterprise customers; analyst dubs it 'Goldilocks and the Three OS Cadences.'

If you want it done right, find someone who can't?

At this big university hospital, an incompatible piece of switching gear keeps blocking access to an important clinical system. But getting permission to actually fix the underlying problem? Good luck with that.

10 (mostly) free Exchange admin tools

If you're in charge of an Exchange deployment of almost any size, there's something in here for you.

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Half-baked mergers

Many woes await companies that inadequately integrate after a merger.

VMware gives desktop admins more control with Mirage update

A new feature in Mirage 5.1 lets adminstrators control bandwidth use at branch offices.

Unclear on the Y2k concept, but taking no chances

Flashback to 1999, when this IT pilot fish is in the Air Force working as a medical technician, and everything -- that's EVERYTHING -- has to be Y2k-compliant.

Disruption set to force dramatic change in the data center: Gartner

Four disruptive factors are set force dramatic changes in the data center market by year-end 2016.

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Happy Labor Day -- Will a bot take your help desk job?

IT service desks are relying on more automation tools, even as they get more work.

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How to lure tech talent with employee benefits, perks

Flexibility is key as employers try to beef up their benefits packages and attract in-demand workers.

You can see this coming. Why couldn't they?

Flashback to 1972, when this pilot fish and his cohorts are working many late nights in the computer room as they prepare a new version of their 16K operating system for a government project. "The main means of storing the...

In Depth

Meet Cobol's hard-core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing.

How not to save money, Christmas-in-August edition

It's the late 1980s, and this pilot fish works for a university in the southern U.S. in the computer center, which is located in the basement of a 16-story building. "The university closed for two weeks every year for the...

Patching the patch for the patch for the patch...

This pilot fish gets responsibility for a 600-user IP phone system -- and it's a mess. "My predecessor didn't know how to differentiate incoming calls from outgoing calls based upon where they came from," says fish. "So he had the...

Is your network blind to video traffic?

Ever since 2010, when Cisco predicted huge amounts of video traffic on worldwide networks, IT managers have been cautiously watching for it to occur. Cisco's most current prediction is that 73% of all Internet traffic will be video by...

How Aryaka's global private network speeds access to Internet apps

If you are trying to improve global access to your applications, you have probably considered one of several solutions: stringing together your own private network, purchasing WAN optimization appliances, or using a managed...

But aside from THAT, not a problem

It's a few years back, and this college's main computer facility is located in one building's basement, reports a pilot fish on the scene. "Normally this was not a problem," fish says. "However, the day that the water main under...

How'd you get the vendor guy to go along with it?

The financial institution where this pilot fish works is moving to a new disaster recovery site -- and that means arranging the transfer of several financial-market data servers. "They were all owned by the data vendor, but served...

At least the data center stayed high and dry

Flashback to the 1980s, when this pilot fish is working for a local bank with an old-fashioned two-story lobby -- and its own mainframe upstairs. "In the data center on the third floor, above the branch, we had a leased IBM 3081...

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