The Enterprise Cloud

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  • Scott Lowe // May 15, 2009, 7:22 AM PST

    Hyper-V R2 scalability and cross-processor migration features introduced

    Microsoft has been racing to catch up in the enterprise virtualization space, and the company's efforts appear to be bearing fruit. Feature sets and scalability are quickly making gains against market leader VMware. Scott Lowe introduces two new Hyper-V R2 features that are coming and contrasts them against similar VMware offerings.


  • Rick Vanover // May 14, 2009, 8:19 PM PST

    Clustering enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 improve migration time

    An enhancement to Windows Server 2008 R2 is clustered shared volumes. Rick Vanover provides an overview of this important change.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Rick Vanover // May 4, 2009, 8:48 PM PST

    Managing devices on Windows Server 2008 Core Edition

    Windows Server 2008 Core Edition requires some changes to how administrators do standard tasks, such as device management. IT guru Rick Vanover walks you through how to manage devices on Windows Core.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Rick Vanover // April 27, 2009, 8:47 PM PST

    Managing local group policy on Windows Server 2008 Core Edition

    To access group policy on Windows Server 2008 Core Edition, most situations can be addressed by a domain group policy configuration. Occasionally, local objects may need to exist. Rick Vanover explains how to get it done.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Rick Vanover // April 20, 2009, 8:46 PM PST

    Manage server-side e-mail signatures with Policy Patrol 5

    While the basic tools with Microsoft Exchange are good enough for most implementations, sometimes organizations need additional configuration options for compliance reasons or branding guidelines. Tools such as Policy Patrol can help make the management side of these operating guidelines more intuitive.


  • 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.


  • 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?