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Why Do Organizations Pick AWS or Azure?

In previous posts we’ve discussed the significant market share gap between top dog Amazon Web Services and its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure. We’ve talked a bit about why engineering skews toward AWS while IT tends to prefer Microsoft Azure. Still, all things...

Despite Being Second Fiddle, Azure Steadily Gains Market Share

Last time, we talked about why engineering loves AWS so much. Now we’re going to look through the other end of the telescope: Why does IT have such an affinity for Azure? Microsoft’s Cloud Market Share Is Growing While Azure has long played second fiddle in the cloud...
To SSD or not to SSD

To SSD or not to SSD

What is an SSD? The term SSD (Solid State Drive), can refer to any drive that uses solid state components to store information, or more to the point - has no moving parts.  When we hear terms like 'Flash Drive' or 'Thumb Drive', we typically don't think SSD, but...

How to Install Snort on a Redhat 6 Box

How to Install Snort on a Redhat 6 Box

Snort is used for performing security checks on network boundaries. This can be done on the outside Untrust network but is sometimes more useful to look at what’s getting through your firewall into the web servers. Follow our step-by-step instructions on how...

5 Minutes with Windows 8 and Office 2013

5 Minutes with Windows 8 and Office 2013

Dell Latitude ST This is the Dell Latitude ST, which can be had from the Dell Outlet store for about $300. It’s a 10-inch tablet slate running an Atom Z670 and 2GB of RAM – like a Netbook without a keyboard. Instead, it has an N-trig digitizer that supports both...

Deploying IPv6 on a Cisco IOS router with a Tunnel Broker

Deploying IPv6 on a Cisco IOS router with a Tunnel Broker

The time has finally come! Just a few days ago, major internet companies participated in IPv6 Launch Day – meaning from this point forward, they will be running their production systems and making their services available to you via the IPv6 in addition to IPv4....

Gain Greater Control Over Windows Disk Defragmentation with Defraggler

Gain Greater Control Over Windows Disk Defragmentation with Defraggler

This week we have a look at an alternative to Windows Disk Defragmenter. Piriform has a number of Windows utility offerings, among which is Defraggler. Defraggler has the following capabilities, a number of which are not available with the Windows default utility. 1....

Outsource Your System Administration to Set Your Engineers Free

Outsource Your System Administration to Set Your Engineers Free

The inquisitive nature of engineers, which makes them so good at designing, developing and building products, can also lead them to become distracted by other “interesting things” like managing the very systems and tools that allow them to do their engineering....

Setting up Web metrics with Webalizer

Setting up Web metrics with Webalizer

When managing websites, it's important to have metrics on the site for both admin and content owners. One of the easiest ways to do this is Webalizer. It is a free tool that uses the Apache access log to provide a graphical presentation of usage. Attached is a quick...