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Network Switches Grow Up

Once just hubs that directed network traffic, network switches have steadily gained intelligence. They can now help with user access control of applications and enable fault tolerance to prevent network downtime. This increased functionality not only makes the corporate network run better; it can relieve some of the administrative load

Maximizing Multicore Servers

In the perennial push for greater speed and more robust functionality, multicore servers have been promoted as the solution for the future. But despite their obvious benefits in cost-effective and faster parallel processing, there are significant trade-offs. Chief among these are pushback from application developers, skill transfer, memory limitations, provisioning

Implementing a Tiered Storage Strategy

The cost of storage continues to decline even as the capacity of individual drives increases. But rather than move all data to the fastest — and most expensive — devices, most enterprises are implementing a tiered storage strategy, in which data is delegated to devices according to its importance. “Ten

The Heat Is On

A strange thing happened when St. Louis, Mo.-based Sisters of Mercy Health System began populating its data center with new servers. “We ran out of power capacity,” says Bill Hodges, director of the data center at Mercy, the ninth largest Catholic healthcare system in the country. Mercy found that the

Data on Demand

Ramiro Perez doesn’t like to wait around. As purchasing manager for Copart Inc., a $500 million automotive services firm based in Fairfield, Calif. helping insurance companies process and sell “total loss” vehicles, his job is all about efficiency — and that’s as much about making sure his organization doesn’t waste

Five Critical Criteria for Server Virtualization

Virtualization is the topic du jour among IT professionals. As CIOs continue to search for more efficient – and cost-effective – ways to manage the data center, the promise of being able to do more with fewer resources is spurring a large proportion of enterprises to test the virtualization waters.

Continuous Data Protection: Securing Data

It’s virtually a no-brainer. Your data is backed up the instant you make a change to it — any change, no matter how small. You can retrieve it immediately. That’s right; no need to hassle with locating and accessing the right backup tape. And the expense is easily justified by

Building Better IT SWAT Teams

It’s an unpleasant and unavoidable fact of life: IT organizations are almost always in problem-solving mode. And the best way to address unusual, urgent or one-time issues is to create temporary IT “solution teams.” The experts on these SWAT teams – the apt acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics –

Will Alternatives to Microsoft Become Mainstream?

Is the Microsoft monolith beginning to crumble? Alternative applications for everyday office tasks like word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets and presentations have been available for years, but their small size and limited resources relegated them to the sidelines. Now, however, the software giant is facing challenges from champions of similar size. 

How to Win the Talent War

Times are good for technology workers looking for a new job or just entering the workforce. Already one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. economy, the tech sector will continue to expand, thanks to the ongoing innovation in computer systems design. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,