July 16, 2013

Review: Puppet 3.0 pulls more strings

Version 3.0 of Puppet Labs' configuration automation tool shines with speed boosts, orchestration improvements, and deeper support for Windows servers

June 26, 2013

Oracle Database 12c review: Finally, a true cloud database

Pluggable databases bring a new level of efficiency and ease to database consolidation, while a wealth of other new features address performance, availability, and more

May 1, 2013

Benchmarking Amazon EC2: The wacky world of cloud performance

The performance of Amazon machine instances is sometimes fast, sometimes slow, and sometimes absolutely abysmal

April 24, 2013

Review: VMware vSphere 5.1 looms large

VMware takes virtualization higher and deeper with rich storage automation and more advanced virtual networking tools

April 24, 2013

Virtualization showdown: Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 vs. VMware vSphere 5.1

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and VMware vSphere 5.1 bring big virtualization capabilities to small shops

April 24, 2013

Review: Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 narrows the gap

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V combines easy setup and management with new features that lower the entry barrier to highly available virtualization clusters

April 17, 2013

Review: 4 killer cloud IDEs

Browser-based JSFiddle, Icenium, Cloud9, and Codenvy stretch from client-side JavaScript and HTML5 to server-side Java and Web stacks

April 10, 2013

Free Amazon Web Services -- and how to make the most of them

If you avoid some gotchas and keep a close eye on resource usage, you can have a handy server in the Amazon cloud for free

March 27, 2013

Puppet or Chef: The configuration management dilemma

Puppet is model-driven, Ruby is procedural, and both are large, messy, open source ecosystems plagued with pitfalls

February 27, 2013

Review: Office 365 turns up the heat

Latest blend of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync servers in the cloud combines an excellent feature set with easier setup and management

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