The Enterprise Cloud

This blog covers the latest developments and major players in cloud technology. Get practical advice on evaluating providers of cloud applications and services, as well as tips and best practices.

  • Erik Eckel // April 7, 2009, 8:46 PM PST

    Learn Windows Small Business Server 2008 by reading these manuals

    In preparation for his deployment of Windows Small Business Server 2008, Erik Eckel read up on the server OS. Here's his review of SBS 2008 titles by Microsoft Press and Sams Publishing.

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  • Scott Lowe // April 10, 2009, 3:54 PM PST

    Introducing Dell's EqualLogic PS6000 series arrays

    As the company has done with its servers, Dell is constantly improving its EqualLogic line of storage. Scott Lowe, who is a long-time fan of EqualLogic, provides a high level compare and contrast overview of EqualLogic's new PS6000 series arrays.

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  • Scott Lowe // April 14, 2009, 12:00 AM PST

    Welcome to a new kind of storage: Data Robotics' DroboPro

    The DroboPro is a very cool looking and impressive storage array that includes features you'd expect to find in much more expensive arrays. Aiming to bring simplicity to the storage arena, the device is almost "set it and forget it." Scott Lowe provides you with a look at this new storage contender.

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  • Scott Lowe // April 14, 2009, 11:30 PM PST

    VDI solutions with multimedia capabilities: What do you recommend?

    Out-of-the-box VDI installations aren't generally known for their whiz-bang multimedia performance, particularly when these solutions rely on media-adverse RDP. A number of vendors are working to correct these deficiencies in order to make VDI more desktop-like. Scott Lowe asks TechRepublic members: What has been your experience with TCX, HP RGS, Pano, or another VDI solution?

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  • Larry Dignan // April 16, 2009, 12:11 AM PST

    Gauging the virtualization suites: A close race

    Although VMware is the dominant virtualization software provider, it's in a close race with Microsoft and Citrix. ZDNet Australia recently put the virtualization suites through their paces and gave a slight edge to one product. Find out which one.

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  • Larry Dignan // April 21, 2009, 10:58 PM PST

    Under the Radar: Judging cloud storage startups

    Larry Dignan is doing homework on four startups he'll be judging Friday at the Under the Radar conference. The companies have a common theme -- online cloud storage backup for small and medium sized businesses -- but differ in their approaches.

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  • Scott Lowe // April 23, 2009, 1:14 PM PST

    VMware embraces the cloud with vSphere

    VMware has launched vSphere, the latest rendition of what used to be called Virtual Infrastructure. vSphere comes in three product segments and seven editions, one of which is the familiar (and free) ESXi edition. Scott Lowe provides a brief overview of the new editions and some of the features.

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  • George Ou // May 2, 2009, 8:57 AM PST

    Introduction to server virtualization

    George Ou offers an introduction to server virtualization, from what virtualization is and why to use it, to when to use virtualization, to how to migrate physical servers to virtual servers, and more.

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  • Larry Dignan // May 2, 2009, 5:34 PM PST

    Google wins floating data center patent

    Google has been awarded a U.S. patent for its floating data centers that are powered by waves and cooled by sea water. The general idea is to move computing power closer to users; the larger question is whether Google will actually deploy these data center barges.

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  • Rick Freedman // May 8, 2009, 3:33 AM PST

    Investing in virtualization has Green IT payoffs

    Rick Freedman explains that the savings and Green IT benefits of virtualization are achievable if you follow a structured approach, such as the one he recommends. Learn how to put a Green IT spin on your virtualization project.

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  • Rick Freedman // May 12, 2009, 5:36 AM PST

    Using power management techniques to green your IT department

    By following a disciplined path and by measuring results using metrics, Rick Freedman explains how IT leaders can make the greening of IT using power management techniques an exercise in financial success and corporate responsibility.

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  • Rick Freedman // May 19, 2009, 7:50 PM PST

    Reap the Green IT benefits of thin client computing

    Rick Freedman notes that applying a selective and rigorous methodology to a thin client migration will position IT teams to reap the enhanced Green IT and ROI benefits that the computing model offers.

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  • Scott Lowe // May 8, 2009, 3:24 PM PST

    Want a home server? Buy one for less than $400

    Scott Lowe likes Windows Home Server -- a lot. Although he's running his own HP MediaSmart EX475, HP's new LX195 hits a sweet spot. It's not as beefy as HP's higher-end MediaSmart servers, but it's also much less expensive and still provides many of the same benefits.

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  • Larry Dignan // May 10, 2009, 10:35 PM PST

    Data center survey: Cisco's server push sparks interest; VMware, EMC, NetApp shine

    Cisco's Unified Computing System is garnering interest, but storage appears to be the focus of CIOs as they ponder the next generation data center and that's good news for EMC and NetApp, according to a Goldman Sachs survey.

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  • Rick Vanover // May 25, 2009, 8:04 PM PST

    Use WSRM for resource provisioning in Windows Server 2008

    The improvements to the terminal services functionality in Windows Server 2008 are vast and feature rich. The Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) feature, available in Enterprise and Datacenter editions, allows policy-based allocation for memory and CPU resources.

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