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Tweaking VMware's High Availability and Admission Control Policies

You have to balance adequate failover capacity with the ability to remain productive and cost-efficient. Admission control in VMware allows you to do both.

Installing XenServer Tools on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 VMs

For better virtual machine performance and better management integration, install XenServer Tools. But for Microsoft's newest operating systems, there's a catch.

Managing Stubborn VMware VMs from the Command Line

Working in vCenter is great until the unthinkable happens -- you have a "stuck" VM. You can't do anything with it except use some command-line magic.

Windows and Linux System Monitoring With PC Monitor

When you think of computer monitoring, you don't expect to hear adjectives such as 'easy' or 'fun.' With PC Monitor, you will.

Arkeia Network Backup Version 9.1 Review

No matter what size of company you have, Arkeia's Network Backup can work for you. Backup local systems or over a WAN to disk, tape or the cloud.

The 7 Best Servers for Linux

Shopping for a new Linux server isn't as easy as you might think. Here's a round-up of what's available for those of you who want to dance with the penguin.

7 Blade Server Solutions to Transform Your Data Center

Boost your virtualization, private cloud or database-backed computing with these new blade servers. You'll save space, power and deployment headaches with high-density blade servers from your favorite manufacturers.

7 Enterprise Search Appliances That Can Save the Day

End your document management nightmares by finding an enterprise search appliance that fits your budget, your work style and your data volume.

5 Help Desk Solutions You Need to Know

The weakest link in IT organizations is often the help desk. Shift that label to another group with great software.

10 Enterprise Cloud Storage Options

If you're considering moving some or all of your data to the cloud, here are 10 ways to make it happen.

10 Top Spam Stoppers

Stop spam in its tracks at the server with these 10 antispam products.

5 VDI Alternatives You Can Implement Now

Are you looking to save money on desktop support but not ready to bankroll a VDI solution? These 5 alternatives will save you money and provide the centralized management that you need.

5 Backup Products for Virtual Machines

Mitigate one of your primary pain points with enterprise backup software for your virtual infrastructure.

10 Secure Linux Distributions You Need To Know About

If security is a primary concern for you (it should be), introduce yourself to 10 secure Linux distributions ready to work in any environment from small to enterprise to cloud.

10 Linux Server Distros That Could Save You a Bundle

Paying too much for licenses is not good business. Using Linux in your data center is one way to save money. Here are 10 distros to consider.

5 Load Balancers You Need to Know

If you require 100 percent uptime for your services, a load balancer is the way to go. Learn who the leaders are in the load balancing hardware and software space.

5 SQL Server Performance Tools

Find the SQL Server performance monitoring and reporting tool that's right for your budget and your SLAs.

6 Must-Have Products to Enhance Your Virtual Infrastructure

Having the right tool for your virtual infrastructure isn't a luxury, it's a necessity. These six tools are the right ones for any size job, from server room to enterprisewide.

10 Server Companies That Make You Think 'Buy,' 'Sell' or 'Hold'

Innovation makes companies memorable. Which of these companies will you remember tomorrow?

5 Reasons to Engage the Open Virtualization Alliance

Connect to this list of heavy hitters in your push toward KVM-based virtualization on any scale.

5 Steps to an Optimized Data Center

Follow the Google's data center efficiency model when designing, locating and equipping your own data center.

10 Surprising Virtual Machine Optimizations

Learn how to gain efficiency with these virtual machine optimization tips. They aren't part of any marketing literature, but they should be.

10 Data Center Server Hardware Must-Haves

When making your 2011 hardware purchases, leave room for a few key items you really require to make good service great.

10 Reasons Why SSDs Are Better Than Mechanical Disks

SSDs may be expensive, but they're well worth the price when you consider their advantages.

4 Easy Steps to Securing Your Servers in the Public Cloud

When it comes to security in the public cloud, you're on your own. Your cloud provider will not help protect your systems from hackers and other attacks beyond protecting its own infrastructure. However, with due diligence you can minimize your risks.