Get a direct connection to the public cloud

Cloud providers are now offering direct links, with promises of more bandwidth, lower latency, and less costs

Fear of virtualization in 2012? Believe it

As commonplace as server virtualization has become, isolated pockets of fear and uncertainty still exist around the technology

5 data center breakthroughs I'm thankful for

Savor these server, networking, and storage advancements while you're fixing Mom's computer this holiday season

The 50 shades of the enterprise tech gray market

You can save a bundle of money buying redundant or noncritical gear from the gray market, but a lot of risk is involved

The advantages of IT on a shoestring budget

Many enterprises can learn a few things from the cheap, self-supporting nature of service provider IT operations

What to look for onsite when choosing a colo facility

Hurricane Sandy provides an excellent reminder that no matter how good a colo's facilities look on paper, careful attention to detail is critical to picking a good one

How to choose the right type of colocation center

Few can afford a highly redundant data center, so a colo makes a lot of sense. But what kind of colo, exactly?

The secret to building primary storage for the private cloud

Although you may use much of the same storage gear you have in your data center, the private cloud demands a different mindset

CYA: 3 rules to keep a systems crisis from taking down IT

Even the most redundant of infrastructures can be brought down by a lack of readily accessible knowledge

Uh oh, the system went down: 5 rules for better troubleshooting

Troubleshooting a downed mission-critical system can be terrifying, but a slow, methodical approach can save you time

Cloud storage: The final nail in tape's coffin's new long-term storage offering isn't right for disaster recovery, but looks to be a perfect fit for archiving

Microsoft sabotages Windows-via-the-cloud services

Desktop as a service becomes more attractive to cloud providers and users -- but Microsoft wants nothing to do with it

The price of success: VMware's big integration challenge

VMworld 2012 brought tons of new products and enhancements -- creating a huge integration challenge to work as promised

What's key in VMware's new vSphere, vCenter, and vCloud

VMware's huge slate of new features fills in blanks, makes it more competitive -- but sometimes at the cost of its partners

Veeam eases SAN snapshot restoration

Restoring SAN snapshots for data recovery is a tedious process, but Veeam says it will fix that, at least for HP P4000 gear

When to cut bait on old IT

Someday you'll find a beloved product/service has fallen down on the job. Don't stick around out of loyalty -- pull the plug

How to choose the right iSCSI switch

All gigabit switches are not created equal. Here's what separates the good from the bad for IP storage

Scale-out SSD shatters performance records

SPC-1 test results leave earlier transactional performance marks in the dust and prove value of scale-out storage architectures

Pushing the limits of virtual networking

Recent developments in virtual networking open a world of possibilities but don't quite deliver -- yet

The surprise price of the integrated, virtualized data center

As data center infrastructure inexorably integrates and converges, software and firmware compatibility becomes a tougher nut to crack

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