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Getting Started with the Cloud: Rackspace Open Cloud

Hosting company turned cloud computing champion competes intelligently by focusing on customer service and offering core cloud computing services.

Adult Education for IT Advancement: You Get Back What You Put In

Simply taking a class isn’t necessarily going to boost your IT career all by itself.

Cartoon: King on IT – The Dell Buyout

Michael Dell romances investor Silver Lake to buyout the struggling company he founded.

VIDEO: Why Virtualize?

There are several reasons why you should try virtualization.

VIDEO: Application Optimization Tune Ups Network Performance

Before dismissing network performance problems as something you can live with, consider the adverse impact slow application response times can have on your business.

Slideshow: The History of the Desktop Operating System

Join us for a journey back in time and meet those operating systems that laid the foundation for the computer as we know it today.

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Networks need to be simpler, flatter and more capable of meeting the high-scale demands of dynamic workloads

Moore’s Law In Pictures: An Illustrated History of the Microprocessor

Consider the orders of magnitude (and sheer manufacturing prowess) required to morph the very first 4-Bit microprocessors into the multicore powerhouses we use today.

VIDEO: Who's Watching Your Network?

By monitoring the network, you’re really monitoring connectivity between devices and their performance.

Cartoon: King on IT – Cybersecurity Drones

The government gets serious about cybersecurity.

Slideshow: Buyer's Guide - Application Optimization Appliances

As businesses struggle to meet the needs of remote, mobile and branch office users, IT pros are striving to find ways to improve the performance of line of business applications.

Public Clouds: Matters Of The External Connection

It's a mistake for enterprises to assume that after making the move to a public cloud service that all “infrastructure has gone out the door” and bandwidth worries are no more.

Internal Cloud Bandwidth Concerns: The Buyer’s Perspective

IT departments generally overbuy or underbuy bandwidth because they lack a firm grasp on what applications require and what end-users expect and demand.

Implement QoS for Better Network Performance and Reliability

IT pros now looking to Quality of Service as way to alleviate the thorny network problems they wrestle with every day.

Avoid Network Performance Problems with Automated Monitoring

IT pros now looking to Quality of Service as way to alleviate the thorny network problems they wrestle with every day.

When Application Tuning Becomes Network Optimization

When application components have been tuned but performance problems remain, the network becomes a prime suspect.

Application Control: How to Detect Performance Bottlenecks

The ability to monitor applications to detect and respond to problems is becoming a must have capability for the seasoned IT pro.

VLANs, Subnets and Confusion – How to Monitor Complex Networks

IT pros are finding that as networks grow in complexity, so does their maintenance and troubleshooting chores.

Slideshow: Buyer’s Guide - WAN Optimization Appliances

What exactly can an IT pro do to head off the coming storm of overwhelming network traffic and prevent connectivity chaos?

A Crash Course in Network Performance Monitoring: A Manager’s Guide

Networks are the backbone of IT service delivery. So when the network experiences problems, application performance can suffer.

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Sponsored: Converged Infrastructure Transforms IT

Businesses deploying converged infrastructure technologies in integrated solutions that more tightly align and even accelerate the value of information technology to help drive better business results.

The Big Tent of Identity and Access Management: Bringing IT and Business Together

It can be incredibly frustrating for the IT teams accountable for identity and access management to be constantly adjusting their systems in response to shifting regulatory compliance requirements.

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Determine Right Mobile Automation Testing Matrix and Improve End-User Experience

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Getting Started with the Cloud: Amazon EC2 Cloud

In this article, part of our ongoing IaaS Buyer's Guide, we take a look at working with Amazon’s EC2 cloud and some of its related services.

Control Costs When Pursuing IT Training at a University

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