Barry Nance

Review: How to protect top-secret data

Best tools for keeping end users happy

Best tools for keeping end users happy

When users complain that an application is slow or when customers abandon online sessions without buying anything, the cause of the problem is often elusive and mysterious. But Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tools...

Top tools for solving app performance woes

When users complain that an application is slow or when customers abandon online sessions without buying anything, the cause of the problem is often elusive and mysterious. You know that the network connections are tight and the...

How to keep your network humming

How to keep your network humming

"Image by GIACOMO MARCHESI If your network has between 1,000 and 10,000 devices and computers, you have a midsized network. Your servers, connections and other resources suffer the same problems as larger networks, but...

How to keep your network in tip-top health

If your network has between 1,000 and10,000 devices and computers, you have a midsized network. Your servers, connections and other resources suffer the same problems as larger networks, but your budget for keeping the network healthy...

How we tested Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Virtually all our testing took place across 512Kbps frame relay, T-1 and T-3 WAN links. The test bed network consisted of six Fast Ethernet subnet domains linked by Cisco routers. Our lab's 50 clients consisted of computing platforms...

Microsoft raises the bar with SQL Server 2012

While SQL Server 2008 was little more than a service-pack level upgrade, the 2012 version of Microsoft's database has a boatload of new features and delivers solid performance improvements.

Review: HP, IBM, CA deliver highly scalable network management suites

A network that measures downtime in millions of dollars per minute (or per second!) needs a serious, enterprise-level network management tool. Nothing less will do.

How we tested network management wares

We evaluated each product in several different areas: Discovery and enumeration of devices and computers, support for a variety of device manufacturers and device types, global directory integration, graphical depiction of the...

Chorus makes mainframes manageable

CA's Chorus allows companies that use 3270 terminals to access data in a more useable browser-based interface.

How we tested Lumeta's IPSonar

We installed the IPsonar EliteBook server on a network consisting of six Fast Ethernet subnet domains connected via Cisco routers and T1, Frame Relay and DSL Internet links.

What's in your network?

Documenting your network may sound like a mundane task, but it’s vitally important for IT managers to keep their network documentation up to date for a number of reasons.

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