Think Green: How to Save Money and Power in Your Data Center

The power usage in data centers has been increasing as servers become more powerful and the amount of data they’re storing and processing increases. Luckily, there is also a movement toward making data centers more energy efficient and better for the environment. Welcome to the age of the “Green” data center. Making your data center […]

The Pros and Cons of Virtualization

With the popularity of virtualization increasing, many businesses are rushing to update their solutions to virtual machines.  Before any changes are made, however, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of virtualization. Both physical and virtual systems have their advantages and disadvantages, and there is a time and place for each of them.   […]

Virtualization vs The Cloud

Both Virtualization and the Cloud have become popular choices for businesses looking to expand their computing power on a budget. We dig deep into each approach to determine how to take advantage of the benefits and help you choose which is best for your business. Definitions Before we jump into the details and benefits, let’s […]

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 […]