Storage Area Network (SAN) Guide
By Drew Bird | Article Published April 7, 2010
A SAN, or storage area network, enables efficient client access to data storage devices, yet many companies are unsure of whether to implement a SAN. This guide to storage area networks provides an overview for those considering this option.
Think Spam Is Tough? Try Fighting Spim
By Drew Bird | Article Published June 9, 2004
While the war against spam moves along at a slow but steady pace, spim -- a potentially even more disruptive form of shady direct marketing -- is gaining ground.
Finding the Right Certification for Your Resume
By Drew Bird | Article Published February 26, 2004
You may know that IT certifications can make you more desirable to hiring managers, but which certifications will help you the most? In a time when industry analysts say IT hiring is about to pick up, our Datamation columnist says these may be critical questions to answer correctly.
IT Job Market: Things Can Only Get Better
By Drew Bird | Article Published December 1, 2003
While news about tech jobs has been doom and gloom, many believe better times are on the horizon, and statistics are emerging that appear to support this newfound enthusiasm.
Choosing an Instant Messaging System
By Drew Bird | Article Published July 16, 2003
We examine the criteria IT pros should consider when selecting an instant messaging system for their enterprises, and also look at some of the IM offerings on the market. Third in a back-to-basics series on enterprise IM for IT decision-makers.
Managing IM's Role in Business
By Drew Bird | Article Published July 15, 2003
A look at strategies enabling your company to tackle the problems -- and harness the potential -- of enterprise instant messaging. Second in a back-to-basics series on enterprise IM for IT decision-makers.
Why Buy New When Used Will Do?
By Drew Bird | Article Published July 2, 2002
Looking to save a few (thousand) bucks on your next storage networking purchase? The answer may lie in the highly active market for previously owned equipment. Read on to find out how you can get what you need for much less than you thought.
IT Careers: When Times Are Tough
By Drew Bird | Article Published November 26, 2001
In the networking industry, which for years has struggled to attract sufficiently skilled personnel, the chances of being laid off have been slim to none. In today's business climate, that is no longer true. Here's what you can do in an environment where job cuts loom at every turn.
Deep Freeze Your Network's PCs For Total Control
By Drew Bird | Article Published October 22, 2001
Networkers frequently have to concern themselves with desktop computers and thin clients that are used by temps, freelancers, and other users who may migrate through the enterprise or campus. Here's one solution to ensure that the required access is provided, but that the machine will return to its original state.
Upgrading for Upgrade's Sake
By Drew Bird | Article Published August 29, 2001
When is an upgrade not an upgrade? All too frequently, moving to the latest version of a software package can bring as many problems as benefits.
By Drew Bird | Article Published August 24, 2001
Frequently the best way to buy products and technologies for your network is a la carte, but there can be major benefits of purchasing through a reseller. We take a look at the potential benefits and pitfalls of this option.
Shrink-Wrapped Testing: A False Sense of Security?
By Drew Bird | Article Published August 16, 2001
Can using a packaged software solution really offer the protection that's available from a dedicated and specialized security provider, or does this kind of software literally lure us into a false sense of security?
Beyond Backups: The Next Steps For Fault Tolerance
By Drew Bird | Article Published April 30, 2001
Organizations must understand the distinction between fault tolerance and data protection. Tape backups provide an insurance policy against one thing--data loss. They do not protect against downtime.
Are you ready to switch?
By Drew Bird | Article Published June 29, 2000
Your users want speed and reliability. Making the upgrade from Ethernet hubs to switches will improve your network's performance--often to an astonishing degree.