Data Center Management Spotlight

The server operating system is the engine behind the applications running on the server. Whether you choose Windows Server 2008 R2, Ubuntu server or a proprietary Unix server, it's important to know what's under the hood. Keep up with the latest news and trends, and find some tips to give your server a tune-up, here.

Collecting Critical AD Security Groups Members Count for Easy Tracking

Our latest Active Directory Server Tutorial can help you efficiently monitor and maintain group membership numbers for critical security groups in Active Directory.

Security Shortcomings Remain Strong in the World of Virtualization

Virtual machines may be more secure than containers, but only by degree. And even wrapping containers in VMs won't guarantee security in today's world.

HPE Welcomes The Machine to the World of Big Data

New prototype system offers the promise of 160TB of memory to improve Big Data analysis.

New Features Coming in the OpenStack Pike Cloud Platform

At the OpenStack Summit in Boston, members of the project roadmap group provide insight into 8 new OpenStack capabilities set to debut in September.

SUSE Debuts OpenStack Cloud Monitoring

New commercial product is based on the OpenStack Monasca project.

Rackspace Partners with Dell EMC for OpenStack Cloud

VIDEO: Bryan Thompson, General Manager, OpenStack Private Cloud at Rackspace, explains what the new partnership with Dell EMC is all about.

OpenStack Aims to Enable a Composable and Cloud Native World

At the OpenStack Summit in Boston, interoperability across multiple open-source efforts is publicly demonstrated.

OpenStack Summit Highlights Cloud Use Cases

OpenStack Summit emphasizes community needs beyond just the cloud.

Red Hat CEO: Planning Is Dead

At the Red Hat Summit, CEO Jim Whitehurst explains why the open source and DevOps model for iteration is the key to innovation.

IBM Acquires Verizon's Cloud and Hosting Business

As Big Blue expands its cloud footprint, Verizon's contracts.

Microsoft and VMware Taking the Threat of 'Containerization Contamination' Seriously

The rise of Docker and containers have forced server virtualization heavyweights to respond and adapt, and while these changes may be challenging for companies like Microsoft and VMware, in the long run it's a very healthy situation for the rest of us.

Linux 4.11 Improves Security and Performance

The second major Linux kernel release of 2017 is now out.

Ubuntu 12.04 Linux Hits End of Life Today

10 million systems still run Ubuntu 12.04, which will no longer be supported for free after April 28.

IBM Advances OpenWhisk Serverless Vision

VIDEO: Jason McGee, VP and CTO for IBM Cloud platform, discusses the opportunities for serverless, event-driven computing.

Tracking Active Directory Operations with PowerShell Commands

While keeping track of all the Active Directory changes made in an enterprise environment isn't exactly an easy task, this handy PowerShell script can provide a quick and efficient way to stay on top of AD operations.

How Docker Is Taking Visa Everywhere It Wants To Be

Swamy Kocherlakota, SVP at Visa, explains to the DockerCon audience why it is moving to a micro-services container architecture.

How Docker Has Changed in the Last Four Years

Docker isn't a hobbyist project anymore as the CEO and CTO of Docker detail its success at Dockercon 17.

Organizations Investing More in Docker Container Deployments

Companies continue to show signs of warming up to Docker, but when it comes to orchestration they choose Kubernetes.

Red Hat Updates OpenShift Container Platform

OpenShift Container Platform version 3.5 is based on the Kubernetes 1.5 update.

Docker Enterprise Edition Arrives to Help Monetize Open-Source Docker

While making money from open-source software is not exactly a straightforward proposition, Docker is bringing several open-source business models to play with the debut of its Docker Enterprise Edition.

HPE Containerizes IT Operations Management Software

Hewlett Packard Enterprise expands its ITOM offerings to help enable the new world of container-based deployments.

Microsoft Acquires Deis, Boosting Kubernetes and Container Portfolio

Leading open-source Kubernetes vendor gets scooped up by Microsoft.

Ubuntu Boosts Linux Performance on AWS Cloud

While users can choose to run and install just about anything on a cloud, Ubuntu now has a new kernel tuned specifically for Amazon Web Services.

HPE Debuts G2 Enterprise Racks and Advanced Enterprise Power Distribution Units

Hewlett Packard Enterprise updates its server rack portfolio.

Azure Automation DSC Configures from the Cloud

Microsoft's powerful configuration management tool in Azure Automation DSC enables you to efficiently control systems in Azure, Amazon AWS and on-premises.

Philips Hue Uses Kubernetes to Keep the Lights On

Kubernetes isn't a science project; it's now being used to help enable the Smart Home revolution.

Why Kubernetes Sucks and How to Fix It

Joe Beda helped to create Kubernetes and now he's on a mission to make it more accessible to a wider audience.

Container Self-Driving Technology Gets Turbo-Charged in Tectonic

CoreOS has never been short of chutzpah, and it's a trait that suits the company rather well, particularly as its products continue to evolve at a rapid rate.

Containerd and rkt Now Official CNCF Projects

Busy day at Kubecon CloudNativeCon Europe as cloud native technology moves forward.

CoreOS Tectonic Now Installs Kubernetes on OpenStack

Though CoreOS has had its Tectonic Kubernetes distribution for years, until today its installer didn't directly target OpenStack.

Cloud Infrastructure Market Hits $70B in Revenue

The cloud competition intensifies, with HPE, Cisco and Dell EMC all having nearly the same global market share currently.

Docker Seeking to Help Users Keep Their Secrets Secure

Docker is upping its security game with the introduction in Docker 1.13.1 of its own container-native secrets management system to manage -- not surprisingly -- secrets.

Canonical Goes Long for Ubuntu Server Support

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will now be supported for longer than five years, but it's going to cost some extra money.

Oracle Looks to Infrastructure-as-a-Service for Future Growth

Oracle reports third quarter fiscal 2017 financial results, with total revenue of $9.2B.

Docker Donating ContainerD to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Docker's core container runtime project could soon be getting a new home.

NGINX Plus Release 12 Boosts Application Delivery Platform

New commercially supported release of popular open-source NGINX web server adds new scalability and management features.

HPE's Apollo 4510 Does Windows Storage Server 2016

The latest Apollo server system plays a key role in HPE's new emphasis on the concept of a composable architecture for building out your datacenter.

Facebook Boosts Open Compute Server Platforms with New Designs

New Big Basin GPU server, Yosemite compute platform and Bryce Canyon storage chassis designs announced.

AD Key Health Checks, Part 4: Backing Up AD Partitions

Continuing our deep dive into Active Directory health checks, our latest Server Tutorial illustrates the need for regularly backing up AD Partitions in an Active Directory forest environment and shares a script to help you with the process.

Bitnami Acquires Skippbox, Boosting Kubernetes and Container Capabilities

Bitnami expands further into the growing world of container application orchestration.

Single Typo in a Server Command Brought Down AWS's S3

The problems Feb. 28 caused more than 150,000 websites and apps to become unavailable, while others indicated broken links and images.

Server Revenues Continue to Decline in 4Q16

Both IDC and Gartner report continued declines in global server revenues, as the impact of the cloud becomes crystal clear.

Cisco Embraces Docker Containers With New Partnership

Cisco enters into a strategic alliance with Docker that includes both sales and engineering support to help advance the state of container deployments in modern data centers.

Microsoft Releases Third and Final Azure Stack Technical Preview

The software giant reveals Azure Stack's pricing model and adds new features as the solution approaches general availability.

Azure Command Line Extends Its Cloud Services Reach

The version 2.0 release of the Azure Command Line tool allows administrators to configure and manage more Azure cloud services, including SQL Server and Redis.

OpenStack Ocata Nova Cells Set to Improve Cloud Scalability

The 15th release of the OpenStack cloud platform debuted this week, and with it comes the groundwork for major virtual server scalability improvements.

Can vCloud Air Compete Against Cloud Heavyweights AWS and Azure?

How can VMware's vCloud Air contend in the cloud scene when AWS and Azure are able to offer more for less?

Top 10 Enterprise Database Systems of 2017

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.

Windows Server 2016 Does Containers

Microsoft's latest server OS signals a whole new way of thinking for Microsoft, highlighted by the incorporation of open source projects like Docker via Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers.

Intel Accelerates Server Performance with New Xeon E7 Processor

The Xeon E7-8894 v4 arrives as Intel's new performance champion.

Docker Secures Container Secrets in Datacenter Update

Docker releases updated versions of its open-source and commercial container platforms, adding new security features to help safeguard privileged access information.

vSphere 6.5 Seeks to Solve the Virtual Machine Encryption Conundrum

Encryption within a virtual machine has never really taken off due to the negative performance impact it inevitably has. Has VMware solved this performance dilemma in vSphere 6.5?

Oracle Powers New Exadata SL6 with SPARC Linux

After nearly a decade of x86 powered Exadata database machines, Oracle announces a new system powered by SPARC T7-2 processors.

Amazon Web Services Continues to Grow as Servers Move to the Cloud

There is perhaps no better leading indicator of how much server revenue is headed to the cloud than AWS' latest earnings.

CoreOS Drives Container Management Forward with Tectonic 1.5

New release of the commercially supported Kubernetes distribution delivers updates with improved storage and network configuration options.

AD Key Health Checks, Part 3: Designating Bridgehead Servers

Our latest Server Tutorial reveals why it's imperative to avoid designating manual bridgehead servers in a large Active Directory production environment and how to easily check for this issue.

Oracle Officially Migrates Solaris to Continuous Delivery Approach

If you've been anxiously awaiting a Solaris 12 release, don't bother, as there won't be one arriving anytime soon.

Operator, Operator: My Stateful App Is on the Kubernetes Line

CoreOS steps in with new open-source Operators tools to help scale and manage stateful applications on top of Kubernetes while protecting against data loss or unavailability.

Linkerd Project Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Open-source service mesh technology becomes an official CNCF project, helping to advance the state of containers.

IBM Mainframe Revenue Growing as Overall Systems Revenue Decline

IBM reports full year fiscal 2016 revenue of $79.9B, as several emerging markets help offset a period of transition for IBM Power Systems.

Docker 1.13 Prunes Containers, Improves Security

The Docker 1.13 release introduces multiple new commands including prune and squash, which can help containers to use disk space more efficiently.

Opengear Expands Remote Site Gateway Capabilities

New Remote Site Gateway devices debut, providing zero-touch provisioning option for infrastructure.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 Improves Storage

New release of Red Hat's enterprise-grade container platform is based on the recent Kubernetes 1.4 milestone, adding new dynamic storage capabilities and an enhanced dashboard.

HPE Acquires SimpliVity for $650M

HPE picks up software-defined converged infrastructure vendor in an effort to expand converged management capabilities.

Server Review: Opengear IM7200 Infrastructure Manager

The Opengear IM7200 Infrastructure Manager takes out-of-band remote connectivity to new heights.

Top 10 Linux Server Distributions of 2017

The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability.

Citrix to Launch Virtual Windows 10 Desktops Through Microsoft's Cloud

At its annual Citrix Summit conference the company announced XenDesktop Essentials, a service that uses Microsoft Azure to deliver Windows 10 workspaces to devices. 

Container Revenue Will Grow to $2.7B by 2020

451 Research forecasts rapid growth for the container market.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 Hits Beta

RHEL 6.9 introduces a new base image and extends TLS 1.2 security support for all system components.

Snappy vs. Flatpak: Unified Linux Packaging Systems

[VIDEO] Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, details his ideas around Snappy and why it matters.

Why Kubernetes Is All-Conquering

It may not be the only horse in the container management system race, but Kubernetes sure appears to be rapidly pulling away from the rest of the competitors.

Red Hat Wins Big with OpenShift in 3Q17

Red Hat reports third quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $615 million, with some large OpenShift deals helping to power the company forward.

Global Server Market Declines to $12.5B in 3Q16

Both IDC and Gartner report negative growth for the server market.

IBM OpenWhisk Serverless Platform Now Generally Available

Amazon's Lamda isn't the only event-driven serverless platform that's production-ready.

Oracle Aiming for the Clouds, Reports 2Q17 Revenue of $9B

Once again, cloud is the key area of growth for Oracle, though engineered server systems are also doing well.

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