Enterprise IT shops have new choices: Converged systems simplify management and scaling, while commercial off-the-shelf servers tailor resources without vendor lock-in.
A survey reveals businesses are jumping off the fence and into big data's yard. But while more are investing, some remain skeptical of the benefits.
There are a bunch of IBM 3592 'J' tape designations. How do you order the right capacity for your tape drives? Do you take compression into account?
The Virtual Machine Connection tool lets users copy files and redirect local resources to a VM without a network connection.
Proper VM cost assessment is a critical element of meaningful showback and chargeback practices in a virtual data center.
Attaching real costs to computing may reduce VM sprawl and yield cost savings for businesses, but can be unpopular among business units.
The self-service portal used by many cloud platforms could open businesses to potential security risks if files are uploaded before they have been screened and cleared by administrators.
VMware announced its hyper-converged infrastructure offerings at VMworld 2014, so how much do you know about EVO:RAIL and its bigger sibling, EVO:RACK?
While VMware has progressed in its efforts to make the vSphere platform more OS neutral, there is still some work that needs to be done to assist administrators who prefer to use a Mac.
There's only a handful of customers who need Linux VDI, but that doesn't change the fact that they need it. In shops that use both Linux and Windows, a unified virtualization tool from VMware and Citrix could hit the spot.
Per-user SA licensing doesn't make doing VDI or DaaS any easier for SMBs: There's still no SPLA for Windows client OSes, and the licensing changes benefit only large shops.
The per-user licensing model for SA applies only to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, which you can upgrade to from only certain versions of Windows. The perk is also available only to companies with 250+ seats, and the price of a license is still unknown.
A test lab isn't any good unless you know what to include. This checklist gives you the basics any admin should know to set up a test environment.
Seemingly perfect patches can cripple Exchange setups in production, but test labs can help you catch problems before they occur.
We're running mailbox servers in Windows Server 2008 R2 and don't want to use Windows Server Backup. What third-party options are available?