- October 26, 2010
The first service packs for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 are a big deal for Microsoft, with new features that could help the company compete in the virtual desktop space.
- October 21, 2010
Recently, myITforum.com founder Rod Trent posted a tweet that pretty much summed up the past year in IT events: "Every conference this past year has turned into a ‘cloud’ conference. Sad.” Though ...
- October 15, 2010
As you may have heard, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R3 was officially released this week. While most of the attention has been geared toward the software’s new power management ...
- October 12, 2010
Microsoft released a new security baseline this week for Windows Server 2008 R2, adding to the slew of similar baselines released earlier this year. The R2 baseline accelerator gives admins access ...
- October 11, 2010
Microsoft made news at VMworld 2010 with an open letter to VMware customers. Mike Laverick writes that the move was an unwelcome (and misleading) return to tired marketing tactics.
Sponsored by SimpliVity - Enterprises are usually reluctant to commit their most critical applications to a new piece of infrastructure. Most begin the virtualization journey with test and development servers. Later, critical databases are virtualized. On the other hand, when you deploy a hyper-converged solution, like SimpliVity’s OmniStack, the greatest benefit comes from having everything on the platform. See More
Sponsored by SolidFire - “Never run out of disk space” became the storage administrator’s prime directive because of the big difference between storage and the rest of an organization’s IT infrastructure. When the network guys slightly underestimate the bandwidth they’ll need to provide, the network gets congested and applications slow down. Similarly, if the server crew ends up running a few too many VMs on too few hosts, the VMs run slower. See More
Sponsored by SolidFire - When a host server fails to deliver a sufficient level of IOPS, the solution is often to invest in solid-state storage. As many organizations have discovered, however, solid-state storage is a costly solution that may only temporarily correct the problem. Like any other storage technology, there is a limit to the number of IOPS that solid-state storage can deliver, and it is often only a matter of time before this limit is reached and the performance problems return. See More
Sponsored by HPE - The key to a data-driven enterprise is to have access to all the relevant data across the entire organization. This isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Legacy data warehousing and point analytics tools may not be capable of managing the vast and ever-growing mountains of data collected by a modern business. See More
- October 07, 2010
This week, Microsoft announced that it has acquired AVIcode, Inc., a Baltimore-based private company known for its .NET application monitoring software. The move is similar to the Opalis ...
- October 05, 2010
In a recent article, "Yes, you will lose your job to cloud computing – unless . . .", consultant and author Greg Shields cites the economies of scale as a key challenge facing IT admins in regards ...
- September 30, 2010
Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 is now available for download, an update to the previous 2.1 version of the utility. The tool is designed to let admins keep their offline ...
- September 29, 2010
Enterprises don’t let Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policies dictate their upgrade cycles. But unless they buy hotfix support for Windows Server 2003, it could lead to trouble.
- September 09, 2010
IT managers who sign up for Microsoft's Opalis Customer Evaluation Program can bend the ears of developers who are integrating Opalis into the company's systems management suite.
- September 07, 2010
IT shops are running business applications on ESX, but then frequently turn to Hyper-V when they virtualize their Windows apps.
- September 02, 2010
Microsoft vs. VMware -- tale as old as time. As everyone knows, VMworld 2010 took place this week in San Francisco. Like last year, Microsoft’s booth did not provide any demos for Hyper-V, as the ...
- August 27, 2010
Trends show that slowly but surely, the cloud is gaining acceptance. How can Windows shops benefit?
- August 25, 2010
UPDATE! (8/27/2010) My colleague Bridget Botelho has written a more detailed rundown of the SP1, with insight from Directions on Microsoft's Rob Sanfilippo. ORIGINAL POST (8/25/2010) Let the ...
- August 25, 2010
Microsoft axed its own SharePoint planning calculator, but IT shops have plenty of choices from third-party vendors that help with SharePoint Server 2010 capacity planning and analysis.