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Infrastructure monitoring products: Users pinpoint the best and worst features

Monitoring software for servers, networks and applications is supposed to help IT departments spot problems early and avoid business downtime. At IT Central Station, IT managers provide their peers with insights about the pros and...

Demystifying the information-centric network

Evolving to an ICN will deliver much-needed efficiencies and performance improvements. Learn why it is important and its role in next-generation 5G networks.

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IDC’s guide to avoiding vendor lock-in

Download a free IDC report that’s full of advice to help enterprise IT customers recognize “vendor control points,” gain leverage in negotiations, and retain the option to switch vendors if necessary.

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5 must-have network tools

IT pros are bullish on these five products.

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Back to the Future: Time to really leverage new networking technology

The network area is a popular topic with the advent of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN), but are these technologies really that new? And are we exploiting them to the level we will need to in...

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How BMC’s CEO plans to cut your IT costs by a third

More than two years after going private, a revitalized BMC is focusing squarely on enabling your company’s digital transformation.

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Assessing the U.S. power grid after Ukraine

Security in the U.S. power sector is taken very seriously. But of course security can always be tighter.


All hail mindless surveys. Or why you should be dubious about PR pitches

I must get 100 pitches from PR firms a week. Sometimes, however, I come across one which is just so bad that I need to call it out.

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IT pros brace for lost devices, access problems, on-call holidays

Holiday celebrations at work can lead to missing laptops and phones, email gaffes and security vulnerabilities.

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Vulnerabilities found in Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell support software

Exploits have been published for flaws in Lenovo Solution Center, Toshiba Service Station and Dell System Detect.

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Ways $460 million military contract for cyber bombs could attack targets

Defense contractors will compete for a $460 million contract to develop critical infrastructure cyber bombs which also have been called 'computer code capable of killing adversaries' and cyber weapons capable of forcing 'an enemy’s...

Let's take this one step at a time...

Manager asks for help dealing with the extension of one of his workers who's, well, no longer one of his workers. Fortunately, there are instructions for that -- but they don't seem to be enough.

And you thought IT governance slows things down...

This big manufacturing plant uses electric motors the size of small houses -- along with a mountain of work rules that this IT pilot fish gets to see in action when one of them needs a controller board replaced.

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Are the container wars back again? CoreOS and Docker roll out container security offerings

Last year we saw a battle-royal arise between competing container formats. A ceasefire was negotiated, but does this week see a resumption of hostilities?

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Windows Update for Business lets IT admins defer damaging patches

New options for controlling the timing of Windows 10 upgrades and updates arrived as part of Windows 10 version 1511, the upgrade that began rolling out Thursday.

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MacBook ‘vending machine’ dispenses loaners at London School of Economics

LSE’s iRoam laptop service lets students borrow Apple laptops from the library.

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Review: Graylog delivers open-source log management for the dedicated do-it-yourselfer

Graylog is an open-source log management tool, complete with a three-tier architecture, super-scalable storage (based on Elasticsearch), an easy-to-use web interface, and a powerful toolkit to parse messages, build ad-hoc dashboards...

When automation meets users, guess who loses?

This organization has set up automated monitoring for almost every piece of equipment on its network -- but when users are in the loop, that's not enough.

Another bright idea with just one little problem

This company's owner has a bright idea for the new computer room that's being built: have the floor level with the rest of the office, so it won't require any ramps.

And THAT'S why we have that lever

Manager at this electrical supply warehouse complains to his storage array vendor that two of the vendor's power supplies have failed in a row -- but when they're returned, they test out fine. What's going on?

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