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 19, 2008

Product review: High price makes high-speed Imation SSDs a tough sell

Though resilient, dazzling performers, Imation's Pro 7000 solid-state drives can't compete with Western Digital's VelociRaptor SATA drive for overall value

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

May 1, 2008

Exclusive product review: Infortrend EonStor B12S delivers big with small-form-factor drives

Built around 2.5-inch drives, EonStor B12S storage array yields space and energy savings without skimping on performance and features

March 24, 2008

Product review: Sun's StorageTek Honeycomb is sticky and sweet

Innovative, scalable storage system meets the special needs of "fixed content" archiving with a cellular architecture, easy management, strong performance, and extraordinary resilience

March 7, 2008

Product review: Brocade's big, fat datacenter fabric

The Brocade DCX Backbone pulls together diverse, datacenter networks with hundreds of ports and dizzying hardware specs, but the best part is the granular fabric management enabled by the Fabric OS

January 31, 2008

Product review: Synology Cube Station breaks the low-end NAS wide open

The size of a paint can, the CS407 houses 4TB of RAID 5 storage, speaks almost any file sharing protocol you might think of using, and its embedded Linux OS is open to additions; on the downside, its breadth of capabilities will tempt you to overload its somewhat meager system resources

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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