August 6, 2013

Review: Chef cooks up configuration management

Opscode's Chef packs the power of Ruby and plentiful Cookbooks, but lacks features and polish found in other solutions

July 24, 2013

First look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V shines on

Preview editions of Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 pick up where the strong initial releases left off

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

May 31, 2013

Storage showdown: Data is safe with disaster-proof ioSafe

Five NAS appliances address all your small-business storage needs

May 8, 2013

Review: HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management

May 7, 2013

Review: 6 management suites to keep your network in tip-top health

Any one of the six management suites in this review will help you diagnose and cure data center ills

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

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

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