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The rise of modular plug terminated links

Developing new LAN cabling standards is an arduous process that takes many years. Most standards development work centers around higher performance cable and connectors to support new applications like 10, 25 and 40 gigabit Ethernet....


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HPE pushes for the autonomous data center with InfoSight AI recommendation engine

HPE is adding an AI-based recommendation engine to the InfoSight predictive analytics platform for flash storage, taking another step toward what it calls the autonomous data center. The ultimate goal is to simplify and automate...

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Why speeds and feeds don’t fix your data management problems

Beyond speeds, feeds, and the cost of storage capacity, admins are now beginning to look at the missing link in their infrastructure – information about how their data is actually being used.

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Ethernet frames and packets: what’s the difference?

When discussing Ethernet data, the terms frame and packet are often used interchangeably. Frames and packets are the electronic containers that carry our data from point-to-point by navigating LANs and WANs and, as they both serve...

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How to use the motd file to get Linux users to pay attention

Configuring login messages on Linux servers is more complex and dynamic. Let's look at the message of the day setup on an Ubuntu server to decipher how the process works.

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REVIEW: 3 free open source reporting tools

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

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Cisco's M5 UCS servers take intent-based approach to data center

Data centers powered by new Cisco Unified Computing System servers that feature the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processor platform will run at peak efficiency via intent-based management, Cisco says.

IT work gets The Onion treatment

Is it possible that a writer at The Onion has previously toiled as a network engineer … or systems administrator?

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ServiceNow taps AI to automate everyday workflows

ServiceNow is bringing enhanced machine-learning capabilities to its Now Platform for business process automation, strengthening its base in IT management while making further inroads into other areas of the enterprise.

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It’s ‘It,’ as in the movie, not IT, as in ‘eye-tee’

“I keep seeing posts and advertisements for the movie IT. Every time, I think of it as I-T and have to reread it. … Is it just me?” ... No, it's not.

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Review: SaltStack shifts devops into high gear

SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 draws on high-speed messaging for superior scalability and control, but the web UI is still catching up

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Q&A site Stack Overflow has answer to nagging question … about Stack Overflow

A systems administrator was showering the other day (maybe not literally) when he had this thought: “I’ve never actually seen Stack Overflow’s front page. I wonder what percentage of their traffic requests are to simply...

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It pays to be a technology architect

You seriously might want to consider negotiating to get the word "architect" in your title if you're a technology professional. The latest Glassdoor report on the highest paying jobs in America finds 6 tech architect job titles among...

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Geekiest alarm clock ever?

Everyone knows what to do when life gives you lemons. Well, the same can apply when technology cries wolf at four in the morning, according to a contributor to Reddit’s section devoted to systems administration.

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About 150 Delta flights in the US canceled after systems outage

About 150 flights of Delta Air Lines in the U.S. were canceled and some others were delayed on Sunday on account of an IT systems outage, the airline reported.

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‘Found a nasty bug in my (Cisco) ASA this morning’

The above headline on a post to Reddit piqued my interest this afternoon because it was in that site’s section devoted to system administration and those people know a bug when they encounter one.

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5 reasons to automate your network

By implementing automation tools and practices, networks can better withstand modern workloads, provide a new level dynamism and speed, and cut costs. Scott Sneddon, Senior Director, SDN and Virtualization at Juniper Networks,...

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Arago teaches an AI to play games, the better to manage IT systems

If an AI could rule a world, would you trust it to manage your IT systems? German software company Arago is hoping you will.

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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?

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