Rack Organization Best Practices

Planning and setting up server racks and maintaining them can be a tedious part of an IT professional’s engineer’s job. If you’ve ever accidentally knocked out power to a rack when trying to maintain it, had to dig through a messy tangle of cables or had to climb over things in your way to access […]

Summit’s Guide to Storage: Free Ebook

Summit’s Guide to Storage is a comprehensive guide to storage technologies and strategies. Filled with technical data, storage management strategies and tips, our free ebook covers a wide range of storage topics relevant to IT pros. Sections include: Determining your storage needs Migrating and managing storage Choosing the right storage system RAID levels and systems […]

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: Tips for Managing Mail Servers

For the average end user, email is the heart of day-to-day business, and easy to take for granted. Your average systems administrator, though, has to put a little more thought into it. A common question is whether managing your own mail servers in-house is best for your business, or whether you should go with a […]

5 Things To Consider When Picking A Cloud Vendor

Are you choosing between cloud vendors, but not sure where to start to make your decision? Take a look at this short checklist to ensure your potential selections can perform satisfactorily on all five points. Whether you’re seeking the right provider for storage, applications, or testing, these are key considerations for evaluating your top cloud […]

Blazing Fast Storage – An NVMe Drive Primer

If you’ve made any storage upgrades lately, you’ve probably found yourself asking whether solid state drives (SSDs) or hard disk drives (HDDs) are your better choice. As we’ve written in a previous post, there is often a business case for using both. Even more recently, a new player has entered the arena – SSDs known […]

Network Attached Storage: Best Practices

Network attached storage (NAS) is a great choice for many small-to-midsize companies looking for an on-site storage system that balances flexibility and cost. While NAS may not offer the speed of direct attached storage (DAS) or storage area networks (SAN), what it makes up for in budget, simplicity, and scalability compared to your other options […]

Selecting a Server Monitoring Solution

Server monitoring is critical to maintaining uptime on your network. Staying on top of key stats like your servers’ response time, hardware, temperature, power usage, memory, and disk space lets you predict and remediate problems before they happen. You have a choice as to whether you run software directly on your servers or contract with […]

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, […]

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 […]