Solaris: Should You Stay Loyal?
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published June 21, 2010
Oracle wants Solaris to remain viable, particularly as a database platform, but will the OS continue to develop new tools?
Could Virtualization Increase Costs?
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published May 12, 2010
Normally hailed as a cost reduction move, virtualization could actually boost datacenter expenses due to increased management costs.
Preview of Interop Las Vegas: It's the Cloud
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published April 23, 2010
At the big IT convention, cloud computing is expected to once again be the darling. Plus: what to look for in enterprise 2.0 and mobile computing.
Is IT Suffering from Too Much Specialization?
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published April 9, 2010
Look, for instance, at the Sysadmin of years past, whose job is now divided among a fragmented array of application, storage, networking, and server specialists.
Use the Cloud to Host Your Enterprise Email
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published March 4, 2010
Hosting enterprise email in the cloud faces resistance due to a number of challenges, particularly security. Yet actual implementation offers a few headaches of its own.
The Benefits of Centralized WLAN Management
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published January 21, 2010
Managing a heterogeneous wireless network with central controllers is clearly the easiest way to deploy a scalable WLAN infrastructure.
How Much Would You Pay for Free Software?
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published October 29, 2009
Buying support contracts and add-ons for open source software offers benefits that -- in some cases -- clearly justifies the cost.
Virtualization: Is Xen Less Mature than VMware?
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published September 2, 2009
The feature sets of VMware versus Xen are almost identical, yet other aspects reveal divergences.
Gnome's NetworkManager: Pain Free Networking?
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published June 10, 2009
Gnome's NetworkManager has much to recommend yet it can't claim perfect.
Cisco AutoQoS: VoIP QoS for Mere Mortals
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published September 12, 2008
Optimizing VoIP traffic traditionally requires a deep understanding of your network, but with Cisco's AutoQoS and some interfaces, happier VoIP is only three steps away.
Keeping a Lid on Linux Logins
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published February 15, 2007
How to limit your exposure on a multi-user Linux system while letting unknown and untrusted users login with a shell.
Drowning in To-Dos? Get Organized!
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published January 3, 2006
If keeping your network humming is getting harder, it might be time to take a look around and figure out new ways to get things done.
Unix or Windows? Choose an OS for Net Services
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published November 9, 2005
Performance, security and ease of management are all factors to consider when picking the best OS to manage your networked services.
Expanding Storage? Know Your NAS from Your SAN
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published August 30, 2005
If it's time to add storage, get up to speed on your SAN choices.
Squeeze Your Gigabit NIC for Top Performance
By Charlie Schluting | Article Published April 14, 2005
Tutorial: Gigabit network cards are becoming more and more common, but getting maximum speed depends on a the right mix of hardware, software, and finesse. Here's how to squeeze top performance out of your gigabit gear using Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows.