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Have Hybrid Cloud Solutions Become Commonplace? IBM Thinks So

Have Hybrid Cloud Solutions Become Commonplace? IBM Thinks So

IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer roughly a year ago has supposedly fueled hybrid cloud adoption -- but why now, and why hybrid solutions? After all, isn't the beauty of the cloud its scalability, quick implementation times, and low cost? Wanting to retain physical IT...

What Happened to IPv6?

What Happened to IPv6?

There was a lot of talk about IPv6 and how it would affect users and IT infrastructure as a whole when we ran out of IPv4 addresses in 2011. Since then, on the consumer and individual level, we have not seen much change. End users still use their IPv4 addresses at...

Unix 101: Utilize the “Screen” Command

Unix 101: Utilize the “Screen” Command

In my previous post, I highlighted 5 great commands to improve administering your Unix machines within your infrastructure. The very first command I mentioned was screen, which allows you to run multiple pseudo-terminal "windows" within one shell session. Screen also...

Calling the Experts to Manage Your IT Network Infrastructure

Calling the Experts to Manage Your IT Network Infrastructure

An often overlooked part of IT network infrastructure management is network security. The majority of business networks, even for small businesses, have a large variety of heterogeneous devices that are working together to provide the services for the various...

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: Software

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: Software

In our series looking at false economies that place your business at risk, we have considered the dangers of leaving system administration and maintenance to engineers and looked at the single point of failure risks associated with hardware. But hardware isn't the...

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: Hardware

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: Hardware

Continuing our series on why economizing in the wrong areas can leave your business at risk, it is time to start considering single points of failure. A single point of failure is a part of your IT and development system, be it human, software, hardware or...

Top 5 IT Infrastructure Posts of 2011 from SPK’s Blog

Top 5 IT Infrastructure Posts of 2011 from SPK’s Blog

Today, we're bringing you a rewind of the most popular IT Infrastructure posts of 2011. Enjoy these favorites from our blog as this year winds down. Number 5 - Solve 100 Problems with a Bootable USB Flash Drive What everyday device can be used for troubleshooting 100...

How to Monitor Your APC UPS Units – Part 1

How to Monitor Your APC UPS Units – Part 1

Picture your ideal company technological infrastructure. Servers to handle day to day tasks, servers to do engineering simulations, network equipment to handle communication, network-attached storage for your company critical data, and last but not least,...

Five Reasons To Use Application Management Services

Five Reasons To Use Application Management Services

Application management services sounds intriguing; have a company host and run your applications, and separate your business from your infrastructure.  Anyone who's dealt with the stress of IT planning and purchasing understands the temptation to use application...

How to Build a Corporate Web Infrastructure

How to Build a Corporate Web Infrastructure

As an IT professional, one question I’ve heard more than once is:   “Why do I need you – I can setup a computer, a web server, a database, etc”.    My answer varies based on the audience but essentially comes down to:  if you are entrusted with a company’s...