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Keeping a Watchful Eye on Your Network with Software Tools

Preventing problems before they happen is one of the goals of good network management. From bottlenecks to overheated servers, there are a lot of moving parts in your environment that require continual monitoring. Fortunately, you have tools available to help you stay ahead of potential problems or quickly identify an issue before it grows. Today, […]

Summit’s New Ebook: The State of IT Employment

Summit has released our latest free ebook, The State of IT Employment, to help you answer these questions and much more. Every day, we talk to IT professionals like you who are not just managing their companies’ networks and systems. They’re also managing their own careers along the way. Doing that successfully requires some planning, […]

Hyper-Threading Tips and Advantages

Simultaneous multi-threading, known as Hyper-Threading Technology (HT) when referring to Intel’s technology specifically, is not something well understood by many networking professionals. But used in the right way, it can speed up performance for your servers and work stations. If you think of a processor as a highway and the cores as highway lanes, then […]

Tips for a Smooth Storage Migration

Storage migration can be tricky for a lot of reasons. Researching and choosing the right storage system, predicting storage needs, managing downtime, testing, and scheduling each have their own set of important considerations and potential pitfalls. Give Yourself Enough Time for Your Migration Project One of the most common mistakes that managers and administrators make […]

SSD vs. HDD: A Case for Both

There was a time when solid state drives (SSD) were not a technology within reach for small and medium-sized businesses. But SSD performance has dramatically improved in recent years thanks to flash technology. As the performance improves and the price drops, increasingly, companies now wonder whether they should move away from hard disk drives (HDD) […]

Scale, Speed, and Spend: Comparing File Storage Systems

In its early days, your business’s storage needs may have been pretty straightforward. But as teams, data, and computing demands grow, most companies find that they require a more flexible and systematic approach to data storage, backup, and file sharing. If you’ve done a bit of research on your options, you’ve probably seen three acronyms […]

Choosing Cloud Storage: Things to Consider

Increasingly, when it comes time for businesses to re-invest in servers and storage equipment, the question comes up: Should we migrate to a cloud storage provider? Although it’s undeniably an option that businesses are adopting at a high rate for good reason, there remain factors to consider. Whether you are thinking about making the switch […]

Value Servers: When to Choose a Lower-Cost Option

Most of the systems administrators and other tech experts we know are “early adopters” who like to have the latest technology available. For many of our customers, however, when it’s time to invest in a new server, budget restraints can mean that the most advanced tech isn’t always within reach. This may prevent some companies […]

Equipment End of Life

All good things come to an end, and this is especially true of your IT hardware; your routers/firewalls, servers, and storage. It’s best to treat the decommissioning of this equipment as an ongoing process, and approach it with as much planning as possible. Remember your hardware goes through four main phases in its life span. […]

Crunching the Numbers – Tips for Accurate and Useful IT Budgeting

IT budget planning can be a huge headache for both large and small corporations. It can feel like it’s a never-ending process, in operation twelve months of the year. The goal is to make sure that everyone is on the same page; transparency is important as well as flexibility. For CIO’s and CFO’s of IT, […]