Susan Perschke

Perschke is a web and database developer with 15+ years of industry experience. You can reach her at susan@arcseven.com.

Review: RHEL 7.4 cloud-friendly, but pricey management tools

Review: RHEL 7.4 cloud-friendly, but pricey management tools

Red Hat Enterprise Linux server has a lot going for it if you've got the budget for ongoing management costs.

Review: Considering Oracle Linux is a no-brainer if you’re an Oracle shop

Review: Considering Oracle Linux is a no-brainer if you’re an Oracle shop

Oracle Linux is integrated with other Oracle products for a compatible Linux stack including applications, database, management, more.

REVIEW: 3 free open source reporting tools

REVIEW: 3 free open source reporting tools

Eclipse BIRT, Jasper Reports and Pentaho offer many features similar to costly commercial products, only for free

Cloudflare wins managed DNS shootout

Cloudflare wins managed DNS shootout

For many enterprises, deploying a fully built-out DNS network may not be feasible. Thus, many have turned to third-party DNS providers. In this review, we look at four major managed DNS providers: Dyn, Amazon Web Services Route 53,...

10 super-user tricks to boost Windows 10 productivity

10 super-user tricks to boost Windows 10 productivity

With these 10 tips, we take the guesswork out of turning Windows 10 Professional into a lean, mean productivity machine.

Best open source monitoring tools

Best open source monitoring tools

Open source software provides an attractive alternative to more costly commercial products, but can open source products deliver enterprise-grade results?

Pandora FMS wins open-source monitoring shootout

Pandora FMS wins open-source monitoring shootout

Doing more with less remains an ongoing challenge for IT execs. Making sure everything keeps humming along to meet SLAs can be challenging for resource-stretched IT departments. For all but the smallest shops, effective monitoring...

Step-by-step guide to setting up dual boot on your PC or laptop

Step-by-step guide to setting up dual boot on your PC or laptop

Are you tired of your operating system dictating what you can and can’t do with your PC or laptop? Need more control over your computing environment? Dual boot might be the answer.

Why I switched back to Firefox

Why I switched back to Firefox

Remember when you ditched Firefox for Chrome and pinkie-swore you’d never go back? Yeah, me too.

10 things we love about the new Firefox browser

10 things we love about the new Firefox browser

The good folks at Mozilla took their vanishing market share to heart and fought back with one of the most notably improved products I have seen in recent memory. Here are 10 things we love about Firefox.

Best open source email security products

Best open source email security products

Malware can worm its way into the network and wreak various kinds of havoc, often undetected, sometimes for months or even years. We reviewed four open source products to see if they could deliver enterprise-grade security. The four...

REVIEW: MailScanner and ScrolloutF1 are standouts in open source email security

REVIEW: MailScanner and ScrolloutF1 are standouts in open source email security

It should then come as no surprise that a significant industry has grown up around the serious business of containing email threats. We decided to review four open source products to see if they could deliver enterprise-grade...

Top tools to manage cloud apps

Top tools to manage cloud apps

AppNeta edges Exoprise in four-vendor test of products that fix cloud bottlenecks.

Best open source monitoring tools

Best open source monitoring tools

Comparing monitoring toolsImage by Stephen SauerNetwork monitoring is a key component in making sure your network is running smoothly. We tested four open source network monitoring products: Cacti, Icinga, Zabbix and Observium. We...

4 open-source monitoring tools that deserve a look

4 open-source monitoring tools that deserve a look

Zabbix edges Icinga in test of open source network monitoring software packages.

Nasuni raises the bar for hybrid cloud storage

Nasuni raises the bar for hybrid cloud storage

Subscription-based service offers scalable storage for enterprises.

Open source proxy servers challenge commercial wares

Open source proxy servers challenge commercial wares

Open source products prove themselves capable, but a bit rough around the edges.

Review: Open source proxy servers are capable, but a bit rough around the edges

Review: Open source proxy servers are capable, but a bit rough around the edges

Artica scores highest in four-product test, IPFire, Squid and Apache also deliver solid proxy services.

Storage on a budget: GlusterFS shines in open source storage test

One alternative to buying expensive storage-area networks or other hardware-based dedicated storage is to deploy open source storage software on existing server hardware. For this test, we evaluated three such open source storage...

Red Hat OpenShift delivers rapid app deployment, collaboration

Platform as a Service is a cloud-based hosting environment for application development designed to provide a full-featured development, staging and production environment without the need for extensive in-house infrastructure.

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