Tips

  • Five ways to extend the life of your data centre

    In this recession, data centre managers are faced with growing IT demand and shrinking budgets. If your data centre is running out of room for more servers, check out these top five tactics for shr...

  • Optimising server energy efficiency

    Reducing data centre energy consumption is a hot topic in the IT industry, but server energy efficiency has only recently become a focus of discussion. Improving server efficiency means optimising ...

  • HP Systems Insight Manager (SIM) 5.2 features review

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co.'s Systems Insight Manager (SIM) 5.2 offers systems management and monitoring for HP servers or WMI-, SNMP- or WBEM-enabled systems. SIM works with HP's Integrated Lights-Ou...

  • The best server OS: Linux vs. Windows

    When choosing the best commodity server OS for a data centre, you have various Windows and Linux options. But server OS comparisons account for a server's function; the difficulty of installation, ...

  • Windows Server 2008: PowerShell basics and top commands

    The Microsoft PowerShell team offers up the top commands and usage scenarios for the new command line shell and scripting language for Windows Server 2008

  • Top 50 universal Unix commands

    Learn about the top 50 most helpful Unix commands for administrators out of the thousands that exist. Use case examples are provided, along with links to other resources.

  • Capacity planning tools for Linux and Unix

    Effective capacity planning is a proactive way of ensuring that your data centre servers will not prematurely run out of space or horsepower. Learn the tools available to help you, both native to L...

  • Reviewing frameworks for IT infrastructure management

    The utility of frameworks for IT management has been hotly debated. Are they worth it? Do they save time? Defining what frameworks actually are is the first step. Richard Ptak will drive to do just...

  • Linux in a data centre consolidation strategy

    Linux can resolve the cost of ownership and return on investment demands of a data centre consolidation project. The hardware versatility of the Linux OS is the biggest advantage, and can save in p...

  • CMDB pitfalls in the current IT environment

    In order for IT administrators to meet the demands of today's businesses, the effort required to access the information needed needs to be minimised. While CMDB is a good source of accurate informa...

  • Is effective performance management in the data centre

    Data centres are increasingly important to the delivery of business services, and performance management is more crucial than ever. IT's challenge is conducting performance management activities ef...

  • Four ways to add flexibility to mainframe applications

    Performance versus flexibility is a classic trade-off in computer systems. Here are some tips for increasing the flexibility of mainframe legacy applications for today's needs. Options include usi...

  • How to prepare for remote data centre maintenance trips

    When you plan to go to a remote data centre to perform maintenance, there are some steps you can take to make your visit go as smoothly as possible. These include overpreparing and planning on spen...

  • Optimising chilled-water production

    Optimising chilled-water production is a little-noticed practice that can reduce data centre energy consumption. This article outlines optimal configuration of the water chiller system, control str...

  • Using flywheel power for data centre UPS backup

    Using flywheels for data centre uninterruptible power supply backup can offer benefits over traditional power storage, including less restrictive cooling and ventilation requirements, a longer life...

  • Mainframe 2.0 may reduce database administration cost

    According to one mainframe expert, CA's recent initiative to help mainframe users cut costs may be worth the investment. The biggest bang for the buck will be in reducing database administration cost.

  • Airflow management strategies for efficient data centre

    To achieve efficient data centre cooling, you must reduce your facility's air flow waste. In this tip, an expert outlines air flow management strategies and best practices that can improve data cen...

  • How to install RRDTool to speed up MRTG monitoring

    When monitoring a large number of hosts or devices with the MRTG graphing tool, the system experience frequent CPU spikes. In this RRDTool tutorial, learn how to install RRDTool and convert MRTG to...

  • How to install and configure MRTG

    Multi Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG) is an essential tool that allows systems administrators to monitor and graph network traffic and more. In this tutorial, an expert explains how to install and co...