- December 12, 2006
Are virtual appliances the future of operating system distribution? Vendors like VMware and Red Hat hope so. But just how beneficial they are to IT managers remains to be seen.
- December 06, 2006
VMware's partnership with Red Hat is only the beginning of what could soon become a slew of packaged virtual appliances in your data center. Here's how to get started.
- December 05, 2006
Oracle made a big splash last month when it announced support for Red Hat Linux at a 50% discount, but observers wonder whether Oracle has the mettle to deliver.
- November 29, 2006
Zimbra CEO Satish Dhamaraj sees cracks in the Microsoft Office armor that his Ajax-based collaboration suite can exploit.
- November 28, 2006
As VoIP provider Vonage's customer base grew, so too did its databases. They didn't warrant more Oracle instances, but ran just fine on PostgresSQL-based EnterpriseDB.
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Sponsored by SolidFire - “Never run out of disk space” became the storage administrator’s prime directive because of the big difference between storage and the rest of an organization’s IT infrastructure. When the network guys slightly underestimate the bandwidth they’ll need to provide, the network gets congested and applications slow down. Similarly, if the server crew ends up running a few too many VMs on too few hosts, the VMs run slower. See More
Sponsored by SolidFire - When a host server fails to deliver a sufficient level of IOPS, the solution is often to invest in solid-state storage. As many organizations have discovered, however, solid-state storage is a costly solution that may only temporarily correct the problem. Like any other storage technology, there is a limit to the number of IOPS that solid-state storage can deliver, and it is often only a matter of time before this limit is reached and the performance problems return. See More
- November 20, 2006
City of Vienna goes with Red Hat Linux; OpenVZ project delivers live migration; Samba gets an update.
- November 15, 2006
A system architect uncovers dark IT trends, including erosion of confidence in Microsoft's products, decaying data centers and sorry security practices. The good news: open source is helping.
- November 14, 2006
The day has finally come for open source Java, as Sun announced the popular programming language would be freely distributed under the GPL. One Sun exec spoke with SearchOpenSource.com about what, exactly, this all means for IT.
- November 13, 2006
In an open letter to Novell, members of the Samba team stated they "disapprove strongly" of its actions regarding a newly forged partnership with Microsoft. Will Novell listen?
- November 09, 2006
In this column, Don Rosenberg responds to reader comments about his previous piece "Opinion: Microsoft, Sun, Oracle can't sidestep Linux, open source movement."
- November 08, 2006
The Novell-Microsoft partnership might mean the Linux and open source community will start to see something it has rarely had to deal with in the past: internal competition.
- November 08, 2006
Novell and Microsoft were in the spotlight recently, but keen observers might have noticed an IP firm sharing the stage as well. Read more to see how IP will factor into this partnership.
- November 07, 2006
MySQL and Red Hat JBoss are integrating the open source management APIs from Hyperic into their stacks -- a sure sign that open source IT management software is ready for the enterprise, says Hyperic CEO Javier Soltero.
- November 03, 2006
I had my "flying-pigs" moment on seeing the headlines: rapprochement, accord, peace between Linux and Microsoft.
- November 03, 2006
Life is interesting, isn't it? Who would have guessed at the number of changes in our industry over the past 12 months?