November 3, 2008

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is the best SQL Server yet

Microsoft's 'Katmai' gives both big shops and small shops reasons to make the upgrade

October 2, 2008

Test Center review: Small Business Server 2008 gets "small" right

Microsoft's revamp of SBS takes the sting out of setup and admin for IT-challenged shops, without sacrificing the functionality that all businesses need

September 3, 2008

Always-on virtualization

We examine five products that marry high availability and disaster recovery to your virtual server environment

August 13, 2008

Inside Amazon Web Services

From storage to payment, the king of clouds is dangling an array of low-cost services. We take a close look at the tools for IT and developers.

July 21, 2008

Cloud versus cloud: A guided tour of Amazon, Google, AppNexus, and GoGrid

Cloud computing offerings differ in depth, breadth, style, and fine print; beneath the heady metaphor lurk familiar pitfalls, complex pricing, and many questions

July 17, 2008

Test Center preview: Microsoft's "Katmai" is filled to the brim

SQL Server 2008 release candidate sports improvements across the board, but the head turners – and disappointments – will mostly impact large shops

June 4, 2008

Oracle Database 11g shoots the moon

Oracle's enormous 11g release rumbles with an impressive array of performance and management aids, elegant application testing, standbys that earn their keep, and the promise of lower storage requirements

October 29, 2007

The perils of dirty data

How important is data cleansing and validation? Read these tales of horror, and beware

October 22, 2007

Which Linux should I choose?

We chose Ubuntu, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Here are half a dozen viable alternatives

October 22, 2007

Don’t panic! (Seven ways to troubleshoot Ubuntu)

Stability is a Linux strong suit. But when things go wrong, here’s how to go about the repair work -- or get the help you need

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