More articles by Aaron Weiss


File Transfer Protocol (FTP) makes it possible to move files from one computer to another via the Internet. Although one of the oldest Internet services, FTP has kept pace with the times. Today, many FTP servers include user authentication, file transfer policies, and detailed activity logging.


Ubiquitous and critical, mail servers move and store email over private networks and across the Internet.

Whatever Happened to ... Lotus Notes

For Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes, longevity is both a blessing and a curse. To grow its base, Notes must move away from its legacy rep. Its aim: to replace corporate stodginess and become a hipper, full-fledged server-based application platform.

KMS: The Mail Server Goes Virtual

This multi-platform mail server offers support for mobile devices and can take the form factor of a virtual appliance.

Apple Xserve, One Sweet Byte

We take the Apple Xserve out for a spin and find that what's under the hood lives up to its glossy exterior -- a turnkey server environment that delivers out-of-the-box productivity that enterprise PC servers are seldom able to match.

Scalix Reduces Complexity, Expands Functionality

Do deeper, post-acquisition pockets and a new version give the open source e-mail and collaboration server the boost it needs to scale new heights?

Is Titan FTP Server a Giant in the File Transfer World?

With version 6 available in four editions, South River is aiming to cover the spectrum of all FTP needs.

Is Titan FTP Server a Giant in the File Transfer World?

With version 6 available in four editions, South River is aiming to cover the spectrum of all FTP needs.

Whatever Happened to ... WebSphere?

Once the de facto leader among Java-based Web application servers, Web Sphere Application Server faces increased competition on multiple fronts. Has the venerable app server, which helped change how the Web operated, kept pace with the times?

Whatever Happened to ... Active Directory?

The first of several articles that will look at software once considered revolutionary examines Active Directory -- from its origins to where it is going.

The Apache Software Foundation, Under the Hood

Mention "Apache" to a sys admin and most likely 'Web server' springs to mind. While the Apache HTTP Web server may be synonymous with the Apache Software Foundation, it is but one project in an ecosystem that includes a database server, content management tools and much more.

The State of Enterprise Linux

Linux long ago passed from hobbyist to enterprise realms. Now that it's mainstream, is the Red Hat-SUSE duopoly losing its hold?

The State of Enterprise Unix

Enterprise Unix is riddled with contradictions. In terms of revenue generated, it's large; in terms of growth, it's negative. Unix remains the back bone of many enterprise server rooms, but the choices are diminishing.

IBM Brings First-Class Features the Masses

Can a server be scalable, have high availability and still be affordable? IBM's x3400 aims to deliver on this feature trifecta.

Is It Time to Set Your Applications Free?

The question of whether to use open source software is receiving the answer, "yes," with increasing frequency. But the question of whether to distribute software under an open source license often has a less definitive answer.

Integrating Open Source Apps Into the Server Room

Open source software is finding its way into server rooms of all types and sizes. For those that have yet to get their feet wet, we outline the basics and highlight the options.

The Fee vs. Free Divide

Free doesn't always mean price-free when it comes to open source. Many open source vendors sell services and support but keep the product free. We look at six open source offerings to see what you typically get for the money.

Real World Open Source: The TCO Question

TCO is often a key decision factor when deciding between an open source or commercial solution. How the amount is measured, however, is more important than the amount itself, and should reflect the organization's priorities.

Real World Open Source: Security

Security is often the first concern when deciding between open source vs. commercial software. The many philosophical differences result in pros and cons for each side.

Real World Open Source: Management and Interoperability

When choosing among apps, how important are their origins to your future?

FTP Servers Keep Pace With the Times

To play in today's FTP server market means addressing enterprises' paramount security needs — user authentication, file transfer policies, and detailed activity logging. Today's FTP servers also deliver virtualization and automation capabilities.

Web and App Server Admin, What You Need to Know

No matter how top notch your equipment or software is, it is only as good as the people behind it. Our newest series looks at the skills needed for a successful server room. We kick it off with an overview of what it takes to be a Web server or app server admin.

Evolution by Proxy Server

Proxy servers have been around since the dawn of the Web but are now facing competition from NAT and firewalls. To prevent extinction, their role is evolving from providing guard-dog security and connection sharing to content caching and authentication.

You've Got Mail — Messaging Server Trends and Must-Haves

E-mail has always been thought of as the 'killer app' of the Internet. With a landscape mired in security risks and other electronic communications options, will it remain entrenched? We look at the latest trends and concerns.

Adding a Protective Layer to FTP and Telnet

Telnet and FTP are two popular and convenient ways to gain access to commands or files on remote servers, but they are far from secure. For organizations that place a priority on secure, remote access to Windows servers, VShell from Van Dyke Technologies may be the way to go.

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