Infrastructure Management

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Sometimes a demo works just like it's supposed to

It's a few decades back, and this pilot fish works as an installer for a minicomputer vendor -- with one customer who's just very unclear on a key computer-room concept.

Whatever works

This company's phone system keeps having intermittent issues, but when IT calls the phone company's support line, the techs there insist no one else is complaining and there's nothing they can do.

Your new IT TLA is ATM: Always Talk to Maintenance

This pilot fish works in maintenance at a major airport, and he gets word that the networking group will be installing a new link from one end of a runway to the other in order. But they know what they're doing, right?

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Review: Mirantis takes the sting out of OpenStack deployments

Mirantis' wizardly discovery, configuration, deployment and pre-flight testing tool takes you from zero to OpenStack in a matter of hours.


Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year?

Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform recorded impressive statistics for how reliable their public IaaS clouds were in 2014, with both providers approaching what some consider the holy grail of availability: five nines.

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Uptime simplifies system and server monitoring

Server and systems management tools have long been too expensive and too complex to actually use without spending thousands of dollars on consultants. Uptime Software has been trying to change that with a product that can be installed...

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Compuware preps the mainframe for younger IT pros

Compuware's Topaz platform will provide graphical interfaces for mainframe management.

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How to maintain security in continuous deployment environments

If you wait till tomorrow to secure what continuous deployment took live yesterday, hackers will infect your application today!

Paperwork or a work around? Hmm, tough choice...

Telecom pilot fish working for this community college gets a work order to put in an extra data cable for a new classroom wireless access point. But when he gets to the classroom, what's the first thing he sees?

How to save money in IT: Broadcast edition

It's the early 1980s, and this pilot fish is working at a TV station as an electrical engineer -- and lightning strikes are a problem in ways they really shouldn't be.

Attention to detail: It's how borders stay secure

This pilot fish's company has sold a system for checking passports at an international airport. But one day fish gets a phone call from the border police: "The server doesn't work."

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7 great open source monitoring tools

Seeking greater visibility into your network? Look no further than these excellent free tools.

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Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Here are some important points to keep in mind as you plan for growth -- especially for your Internet-based services and applications. Excerpted from the book The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Designing and Operating Large...

Now that you mention it, there IS one more thing...

Help desk pilot fish gets a call from a remote office: Users are having problems getting access to the local server -- and the office manager says no, she can't tell whether the server's power is on.

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How to build a better IT outsourcing benchmarking process

As customers look to take advantage of a competitive IT outsourcing market, benchmarking is more important than ever. Service providers and customers are exploring ways to build a better benchmarking process that will benefit all...

Because data moves slower when the air is thinner?

This local government agency is moving to a new facility that will put users in the same building but on two different floors -- and that has planners worried about phones.

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7 free tools every network needs

From device discovery to visibility into systems, networks, and traffic flows, these free open source monitoring tools have you covered.

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.

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