Server Infrastructure Tools

Software that enables the the server room to run at its fullest potential has become an essential component of a well-run data center.

Nginx Plus R8 Improves HTTP2, Adds OAuth2

The commercially-supported Nginx web server release gets its first update for 2016.

Top 10 Virtualization Technology Companies for 2016

Containers may be stealing the headlines these days, but virtualization technology still dominates the data center. Check out ten virtualization vendors that deliver the best software solutions today.

The New Kid on the Container Management Block

While there are other container management platforms gaining attention, none currently offers everything ContainerX does. Will the startup be successful in its aim of becoming the vSphere of containers?

Dell Brings Hyperscale Units Under Single Organization

The vendor is creating the Extreme Scale Infrastructure group to house its businesses that cater to an array of hyperscale organizations.

Hyper-V, PowerShell Top IT Pros' Windows Server 2016 Wish List

Container support is nice, but most IT pros are looking forward to Hyper-V virtualization updates and new PowerShell capabilities.  

Global Server Revenues Grow in the Third Quarter

IDC and Gartner provide reason for continued optimism in the server market.

Google Kubernetes Container Orchestration System Gaining Steam

Anything that fosters the development of Kubernetes is probably good news for the container community, and the fruits of collaboration are rapidly becoming evident.

Intel Data Center Revenues Driving Growth

While the PC market is far from dead, it's not Intel's growth leader either.

Top 10 Enterprise Database Systems to Consider in 2015

Got data, big or small? Need a database server, on-premises or in the cloud? Chances are you'll be considering at least one of these leading enterprise database systems to meet your needs.

VMware Hints at Potential Evolution for Container Strategy

Could VMware abandon its stance that containers are better when used together with virtual machines, and instead develop its own standalone container management system?

Global Integrated Infrastructure Market Hits $2.1 Billion in 1Q15

Mixed results reported in the first quarter, with Integrated Infrastructure down and Integrated Platforms up.

Google's Preemptible Offers Virtual Machine-for-Hire Service on the Cheap

Willing to sacrifice reliability to save some cash when it comes to server virtualization? Google's Compute Engine Preemptible service may -- or may not -- be your best bet.

30 Percent of Servers Worldwide Sit Idle, Report Says

The 10 million "comatose" servers that deliver no data or services represent $30 billion in wasted infrastructure capital, according to researchers.

Top 10 Enterprise Database Systems to Consider in 2015

Got data, big or small? Need a database server, on-premises or in the cloud? Chances are you'll be considering at least one of these leading enterprise database systems to meet your needs.

Key Deployment Considerations when Working with SCVMM 2012 R2

While System Center Virtual Machine Manager can help efficiently manage your virtualization infrastructure, make sure to brush up on these core details before installing it in a production environment.

Fujitsu Boosts Performance of Its M10 Servers

The vendor said faster SPARC64 X+ chips will help the M10-1 and M10-4 servers, jointly developed with Oracle, increase performance by 30 percent.

Global Integrated Systems Market Grows to $9.4 Billion in 2014

Converged compute, storage and networking systems continue to gain traction in enterprises.

HP Launches Helion Rack for OpenStack Cloud Delivery

OpenStack and Cloud Foundry software gets directly integrated with HP server hardware.

Cavium to Add Nvidia GPU Support to ARM-Based Server Chips

Cavium officials say supporting Tesla accelerators in their ThunderX SoCs will benefit such markets as HPC and data analytics.

VMware vSphere 6.0 One-Ups the Competition

A variety of new features and enhancements make their debut in vSphere 6.0, most notably Virtual Volumes and vMotion capabilities. But are the additions enough to warrant an upgrade?

VMware vSphere 6 Revealed

Server virtualization technology gets a massive update with more than 650 new features.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Deploying a RADIUS Server

Deploying a RADIUS server can create a variety of issues for the inexperienced administrator, so use our handy cheatsheet to avoid the most common RADIUS installation pitfalls.

Two Tools for Testing DNS Server Speeds

While DNS services often advertise fast speeds and an improved web browsing experience, actual speeds can significantly vary. Discover two tools that help in finding the DNS server that will work best for you.

Nginx Raises $20M to Advance Web Server Technology

The lead vendor behind the open-source Nginx Web server is looking to fund its growth for the next 10 years.

Little Known GUI Firewall Options for Linux

While command-line interface-based firewalls may be the most popular options in Linux, there are some great easy to use yet powerful GUI-based firewalls as well.

6 Powerful PowerShell Tools and Utilities

Discover six GUI-based scripting tools and utilities that can extend PowerShell's functionality while helping to make it a bit easier to use.

Calxeda, Pioneer in ARM Chips for Servers, Shuts Down

Calxeda officials said the company was too early to market, and that its products were not generating enough revenue to keep it afloat.

Oracle Updates Exalogic and Exadata Engineered Systems

Oracle boosts compute performance and storage capacity in the latest generation of Exa-Class systems.

Intel Execs Talk Xeon Phi at Supercomputing Show

The upcoming "Knights Landing" chip will bring significant improvements in performance, memory and interconnect, Intel officials said.

Dell's T620 Tower Quietly Delivers Plenty of Processing Punch

In need of a high-power server tower but don't require the high availability of a cluster solution?  Consider the smooth-operating PowerEdge T620 for your next server replacement or upgrade.

HP Opens Up SDN Marketplace

SDN isn't just about the network, it's about applications. HP's new SDN App Store will bring those applications to HP SDN customers.

HP Debuts OneView for Converged Systems Management

HP takes a new approach to managing converged infrastructure.

How to Enable Concurrent Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows

Our latest Server Tutorial reveals how you can get around the Windows one-concurrent user limitation in order to be able to use a PC at the same time as a remote connector.

8 Trending Third-Party Management Tools for Amazon Web Services

A closer look at some of the most popular third-party tools currently available for managing your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services.

HP's CloudSystem Improves Cloud Automation

The company's hybrid cloud development options grow with the latest CloudSystem release.

Lenovo Takes a Leap into Cloud Computing

The company's first software-only acquisition of cloud provider Stoneware should help jumpstart Lenovo's PC Plus initiative.

HP to Acquire Opsware

The OEM has bid $1.6 billion in cash for the automation vendor, who is second to IBM in the server provisioning market.

The Changing Face of Infrastructure Monitoring

What do Donald Trump and Cisco have in common? As building-automation systems and IP networks converge, so too will infrastructure monitoring. From the real-estate developers building data centers for the 21st century to admins monitoring the final product, the impact is being felt now.

BladeLogic Sharpens Data Center Automation

Version 7 of the BladeLogic's data center automation software is out. New features include synchronization management and the Application Release Manager module.

Opsware Grows Network Automation Family

With the release of Opsware Server Automation System 6, the network management vendor ties together the data center in the System 6 product family.

Want More Power With Less Hardware?

Consider server consolidation. We look at when to do it, how to do it, and when to leave your infrastructure as-is.

ManageEngine Takes Manageability to New Levels

ManageEngine's OpManager delivers affordable, out-of-the-box management for a wide variety of devices and software applications, ranging from printers to database applications to server hardware.

Hardware Today: Server Admins SMASH Servers

The downside of the heterogeneous server room is management complexity. SMASH is an IPMI-based standard that seeks to remedy this. The standard's benefits include simplifying administration and reducing costs.

Monitoring Tools Profile: IBM Tivoli Monitoring

When it comes to server management and monitoring, IBM Tivoli Monitoring invariably comes in at or near the top of the big leagues. The product suite is Big Blue's ongoing effort to harness enterprise-level monitoring into a unified framework.

Monitoring Tools Profile: WhatsUp Premium Gold

SMBs looking for a server monitoring tool will find much of what they need in Ipswitch's WhatsUp Premium Gold software, an economical solution capable of monitoring a multitude of network devices and computer services.

Monitoring Tools Profile: BMC PATROL for Windows

BMC Software is a major player in the crowded IT software management arena. We kick off our examination of monitoring tools with a look at this big league player's PATROL for Windows Server.

Server Infrastructure Tools, Configuration Software

Configuration processes have many places where things can go awry. Not surprisingly, configuration tools are among the most difficult to choose and implement. We conclude our series of server infrastructure overviews with a look at these products.

Server Infrastructure Tools, Monitoring Software

Keeping an eye on your servers requires more than eyeballs. Server monitoring tools oversee server operation, traffic, and usage. We look at what organizations are monitoring and provide a matrix to help determine which products meet your needs.

Server Infrastructure Tools, Management Software

Server management tools are the hub of the server infrastructure, providing unified administrative services for a large number of servers. We look at the pros and cons of suites and specialist products, and offer a framework for evaluating these important tools.

Server Infrastructure Tools, The Basics

No matter how thought out the server purchasing process, a server room's potential is achieved only through careful management. Infrastructure tools are an essential component. We kick off a new series with an overview of server infrastructure tools.

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