Server Provisioning - Infoworld en The Open Source Rookies of the Year Awards <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="The Open Source Rookies of the Year Awards" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The sixth annual Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year awards recognize the top open source projects initiated in the past year. Application Development Cloud Computing Networking Open Source Software Application Development Server Provisioning Mobile Security SDN Internet Privacy Open Source Software Cloud Computing Virtualization Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 235116 at Review: Puppet vs. Chef vs. Ansible vs. Salt <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 172px;"><img src="" alt="Review: Puppet vs. Chef vs. Ansible vs. Salt" width="243" height="162" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Teerawut Punsorn</p></em></div> Data Center Server Provisioning Systems Management Cloud Computing Data Center Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 231308 at Review: Puppet 3.0 pulls more strings <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Review: Puppet Enterprise 3.0 pulls more strings" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>With virtualization driving the meteoric rise in server instance counts, it's no wonder that so many configuration automation tools are hitting their stride.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Private Cloud Server Provisioning Systems Management Cloud Computing Data Center IDG Insider Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 222737 at 5 data center breakthroughs I'm thankful for <p>Technology has a habit of evolving at a rate that's difficult to keep up with. New hardware and software with ever-broader capabilities and increased performance hit the market at a dizzying rate. Staying on top of it all -- much less trying to figure out how best to leverage it -- can be a job in itself. However, sometimes it's helpful to take a step back and count your blessings.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Networking Storage Virtualization Network Convergence Network Management Server Provisioning Storage Management Systems Management Data Center Networking Storage IDG Insider Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 207615 at After Oracle, OpenSolaris rises again <p>While some of the open source projects that Sun Microsystems created -- and which I used to work with -- have maintained a high profile, the one most associated with Sun in the minds of system administrators has been strangely forgotten. Whatever happened to OpenSolaris?</p> <p>The OpenSolaris story illustrates a key value delivered by <a href="">the liberties provided via open source</a>. When your vendor changes direction, what do you do? Traditionally, you have five options:</p> Data Center Open Source Software Storage Virtualization Oracle Server Virtualization Cloud Storage IaaS Server Provisioning Storage Server Open Source Software Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Simon Phipps 196075 at Why small businesses should switch from Exchange to Office 365 <p>I recently received a call from a California library with about 15 employees; they had a problem connecting to their on-premise Exchange environment. After a few questions, I determined it was a brand-new installation of Exchange, and there were connectivity problems through Outlook Web App involving certificates, as well as ActiveSync issues. What started as a simple pro bono assist turned into hours of troubleshooting to see where Exchange was improperly set up. It's clear that these small-business IT guys don't have the training to deploy a system as complex as Exchange.</p> Applications Data Center Microsoft Windows Google Apps Microsoft Exchange Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft SharePoint Collaboration Software Managed Services Email Software SaaS Server Provisioning Unified Communications Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 J. Peter Bruzzese 186316 at How I learned to stop worrying and love the private cloud <p>It's a Monday morning, and as with most Monday mornings, things are already spiraling out of control. Today it's more than the usual fallout from server maintenance and the oddly reliable number of people who forgot their passwords over the weekend.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Data Explosion Storage Virtualization Server Virtualization Private Cloud Server Provisioning Cloud Computing Storage Virtualization IDG Insider Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 167869 at 3 steps for better data center capacity planning <p>In the coming years, the flexibility and cost alternatives provided by new technologies such as virtualization, internal and external cloud computing, and different types of cloud-based solutions will offer IT infrastructure and operations (I&amp;O) professionals a choice of platforms for running an application or business service.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Virtualization Cloud Storage Server Provisioning Data Management Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:54:15 +0000 ccraig 165605 at IT workloads up as data center technology added without more staff <p>As data centers continue to add technology, they aren't necessarily adding people to manage their servers, new surveys have found.</p> Data Center IT Jobs Disaster Recovery IT Management Server Clustering Server Provisioning Servers Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:36:00 +0000 admin 156186 at Cheap storage and sleepless nights <p>The low-end storage marketplace is rife with an ever-expanding selection of incredibly cheap, feature-rich NAS devices. With support for RAID, hot-swap disks, CIFS file sharing, iSCSI block-level access, and a multitude of other useful features, these devices are a godsend for small businesses with surging storage needs. But if you try to use these devices for the same roles as their expensive enterprise-class cousins, disappointment may result.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Storage Backup and Recovery Hard Drives iSCSI Network-attached Storage Server Provisioning Storage IDG Insider Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 154984 at