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.

  • Scott Lowe // March 15, 2009, 12:54 PM PST

    Greening the data center: Deploy shared storage with the right features

    Greening the data center is a top-of-the-list item for many IT organizations today. With the hard cash benefits that can result and the PR gains that can be had, greening IT is a win-win situation for all. Scott Lowe talks about some ways that storage and storage technology plays an integral role in your green IT efforts.


  • Steven Warren // March 11, 2009, 2:47 PM PST

    The "Jolly Green" sleeping server

    Can you imagine having smart servers in your data center that know when to sleep and work? Microsoft's newest project called Marlowe is looking for more efficient ways to turn servers on and off throughout the day and night.


  • Rick Vanover // March 9, 2009, 9:46 PM PST

    Changing the computer name on Windows Server 2008 Core Edition

    Installing Windows Server 2008 Core Edition is easy enough, but configuring it can be tricky. IT pro Rick Vanover shows how to rename a computer with a one-liner.


  • Mary Weilage // March 9, 2009, 6:51 AM PST

    Secrets to DBA success

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts DBA will be one of the fastest growing occupations in America through 2012. If you're thinking about heading down this career path, these resources might be a good starting point.


  • Mary Weilage // March 6, 2009, 7:42 AM PST

    Configuring SQL Mail in SQL Server 2000

    SQL Mail is a component of SQL Server that allows you to send and receive e-mail by working side by side with a mail server. Steven Warren explains how to configure and take advantage of this hidden gem.


  • Larry Dignan // March 5, 2009, 11:45 PM PST

    Overall storage revenue slips, but EMC remains top dog

    Storage revenue slipped in the fourth quarter-the first quarterly slide in more than five years, according to IDC. The culprit: Weak server sales that reduced demand for storage systems.


  • Scott Lowe // March 5, 2009, 1:17 PM PST

    What's coming in Microsoft Exchange 14?

    Microsoft Exchange 14, rumored to be named Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, is becoming more of a hot topic as information and rumors leak out about possible product features. Here's some of the meager information that has a high likelihood of being true regarding Exchange 14.


  • Rick Vanover // March 2, 2009, 9:19 PM PST

    Manage BIOS updates with Windows Server 2008 Core Edition

    One task that may be difficult with Windows Server 2008 Core Edition is hardware management. BIOS firmware updates can be tricky without a native interface on the OS. Rick Vanover breaks down some options in this tip.


  • Larry Dignan // February 25, 2009, 4:09 AM PST

    Novell, VMware unveil collaboration pact

    Novell and VMware are collaborating so independent software vendors can build SUSE Linux Enterprise virtual appliances. The companies will also develop VMware-ready appliances on SUSE Linux.


  • Steven Warren // February 23, 2009, 11:21 PM PST

    Get the skinny on licensing Microsoft server products in virtual environments

    Microsoft licensing has always been difficult to understand. Adding virtualization licensing that is different from standard licensing makes it even more confusing. Steven Warren helps you sort through the confusion of virtualization licensing.


  • Rick Vanover // February 23, 2009, 9:34 PM PST

    Configuring explicit Run As on Windows Server 2008

    User Account Control changes how shell interactions are controlled by default. Bringing back the Run As functionality that we have become accustomed to is straightforward. IT guru Rick Vanover brings it home for you.


  • Steven Warren // February 22, 2009, 1:04 PM PST

    Will cloud computing change how IT works today?

    More and more companies will see value in allowing companies that are better suited to handle their infrastructure, while they just plug and play their data into that infrastructure backbone. If you haven't guessed, it is the birth of cloud computing.


  • Scott Lowe // February 22, 2009, 6:51 AM PST

    A Task Manager view that makes me jealous — 256 cores

    Have you ever wondered what 256 cores would look like from a resource usage perspective? Look no further! Scott Lowe ran across a picture that was too cool to keep to himself -- Windows Task Manager on a 256 core machine.


  • Rick Vanover // February 16, 2009, 9:29 PM PST

    Windows Live SkyDrive service offers free storage

    Windows Live SkyDrive is a free service that provides 25 GB of free storage over the Internet. While there are many issues related to online file sharing, Rick Vanover says this service is worth exploring.


  • Scott Lowe // February 12, 2009, 11:53 AM PST

    Running Exchange Server 2007 in a virtual environment

    In efforts to virtualize everything from the lowliest application server to the highest-end database server, Exchange servers look like scrumptious candidates. After all, those servers just run e-mail, right? Not so fast. Although Microsoft does support virtualizing Exchange in certain scenarios, there are a number of caveats and requirements.