Data Center

Network, server, and storage administrators get valuable advice and best practices to help meet the challenges they face in keeping systems connected, available, and running at high efficiency.

  • Rick Vanover // July 19, 2009, 1:23 PM PST

    Test-drive: Colasoft Capsa network analyzer

    Having the right tools on the network are critical to a network administrator's success. In this TechRepublic blog post, IT Jedi Rick Vanover takes look at the Colasoft Capsa tool for network analytics.


  • Paul Mah // July 17, 2009, 3:25 AM PST

    SugarSync: Your backup in the clouds

    Blogger Paul Mah shares his experience with a unique online backup service called SugarSync. It's already proved to be a life-saver for him.


  • Selena Frye // July 14, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Router vulnerability: Which Cisco services should be disabled?

    You may have services running by default on your Cisco routers that you only vaguely understand or even know about, which can turn into a security problem. Learn what services are enabled and disabled by default and which ones you can probably turn off if you're not using them.


  • Rick Vanover // July 14, 2009, 8:47 AM PST

    Clouds and compliance: Yes, you can.

    Cloud computing has stirred many reactions from TechRepublic members. In this blog, IT pro Rick Vanover sits down with a compliance expert for the hard facts on going to the cloud.


  • Derek Schauland // July 13, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Managing application installation and execution on the network

    It's a fact that users don't always adhere to policy when it comes to downloading their pet applications. How much freedom do you allow? Derek Schauland discusses the challenge of policing the network for rogue software and deciding what controls to put in place.


  • Paul Mah // July 12, 2009, 11:47 PM PST

    Configuring your mobile E-mail for an overseas trip

    Blogger Paul Mah gives some suggestions on how to configure your push-mail enabled Smartphone in order to minimize data usage when on an overseas trip.


  • Rick Vanover // July 12, 2009, 5:45 PM PST

    Deployment to the cloud: Logical servers and compliance agents

    Cloud-based technologies can be a great solution for lowering costs and increasing elastic capacity, but not for every situation. In this TechRepublic post, IT guru Rick Vanover introduces the concept of logical servers.


  • Rick Vanover // July 8, 2009, 11:25 AM PST

    New etiquette rules with Twitter?

    With many discussions about the various impact that social networking services have on an organization and individual, IT pro Rick Vanover raises some questions on basic protocol.


  • Rick Vanover // July 8, 2009, 11:08 AM PST

    Storage in the cloud: Compliance primer

    Today, a very important step has occurred for one storage provider whom has demonstrated a running trend of standards-based practices. Cloud storage provider Nirvanix obtained SAS 70 Type II certification for their practices in providing secured, reliable cloud storage.


  • Derek Schauland // July 7, 2009, 5:22 AM PST

    Convert PDF files to other editable formats with this tool

    If you've ever been frustrated by PDF files that you needed to edit, this tool offers a solution. Able2Extract allows you to convert PDFs to other editable file types.


  • Rick Vanover // July 4, 2009, 3:23 AM PST

    Storage in the cloud: Availability and SLAs

    Storage and the associated planning process are critical for an organization to consider any cloud technology. In this TechRepublic blog post, IT Jedi Rick Vanover outlines one solution that may be attractive for availability.


  • Rick Vanover // June 30, 2009, 2:01 PM PST

    Storage in the cloud: Requires a different mind-set

    One of the fundamental requirements for any IT professional deciding whether to embrace or dismiss cloud computing is to first understand it. IT pro Rick Vanover highlights the big picture offerings of storage in the cloud.


  • Derek Schauland // June 29, 2009, 3:46 AM PST

    Leaked Mojo SDK should speed WebOS development for Palm Pre

    Derek Schauland thinks that the leaking of the Palm Pre SDK could be a good thing for WebOS development and help it compete better with Apple. Should Palm embrace the leak?


  • Rick Vanover // June 27, 2009, 6:30 PM PST

    Time to reconsider security zones in system and network design

    As IT professionals balance many responsibilities, we may omit certain fundamentals that are made easier in the current technology landscape through multiple layers of abstraction, virtualization, and management. IT Jedi Rick Vanover suggests that it's a good time to rethink security zones.


  • George Ou // June 25, 2009, 6:29 AM PST

    Essential lockdowns for Layer 2 switch security

    Failing to secure your switch architecture is like sending hackers an engraved invitation to attack your network. Yet security administrators often neglect to lock down Layer 2 of their network infrastructure. This comprehensive guide explains the essential procedures that will enable you to properly configure and secure your switch infrastructure.