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Sorting Out the Debate Over Cloud Computing
There are two extreme camps on either side of the cloud computing argument. One says everything is moving to the cloud, IT departments will be slashed, and businesses will save millions. The other says nothing will, due to various concerns such as security,...
Business Has Killed IT With Overspecialization
What happened to the old “sysadmin” of just a few years ago? We’ve split what used to be the sysadmin into application teams, server teams, storage teams, and network teams. There were often at least a few people, the holders of knowledge,...
RiverMuse Brings Your Legacy NMS Into the Present
RiverMuse has taken on the task of making legacy enterprise monitoring systems useful in today’s IT environment. No, it’s not re-writing an HP OpenView or IBM Tivoli, instead RiverMuse has found a nice place to sit and provide even more value: as...
Move Your E-Mail Hosting to the Cloud
The thought of switching a large (or even small) business’s e-mail to hosted providers like Google or Microsoft often meets with a lot of resistance. You might think security would rank as the number one concern, but in practice the big show stopper...
Zap Provides Open Source Wireless Testing
“Zap” is a wireless performance tool, previously used for internal development and testing by Ruckus Wireless. Ruckus has released the Zap source code under a modified BSD license to provide the tool to the world, and hopefully spur development of...
WAN Optimization the Open Source Way
WAN optimization is a complex and expensive, yet sometimes required investment. Even if you aren’t running a branch office in Africa over ISDN, the need for WAN optimization and acceleration exists within nearly every business. The problem is that these...
Making the Case for Centralized WLAN Management
Standalone wireless access points are a burden to manage. Cisco has a wide suite of centralized wireless controllers available to centralize and manage your thousands of access points as one. In this article, we examine how WLAN management looks in the world...
Vendor Neutral WLAN Management: Do Your Research (Updated)
Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected since first running. Last week, we explained your options for managing wireless networks. One category of wireless management products we identified was “vendor neutral,” meaning products that...
Understanding NIC Bonding with Linux
Network card bonding is an effective way to increase the available bandwidth, if it is done carefully. Without a switch that supports 802.3ad, you must have the right hardware to make it work. In this article we will explain how bonding works so you can...
Use Samba With Windows 7 Clients
Windows 7 is out, and everyone says they are going to upgrade, finally. What does this mean for your Samba servers? In this article we will talk about our experience using Windows 7 with Samba, both as a domain controller and as a basic file server. Samba is...