Graphical Tools for Managing Cassandra

Apache Cassandra is a free and open source NoSQL database system, an alternative to relational database management systems (RDMS) such as MySQL. Originally developed by Facebook, Cassandra is designed to handle large amounts of data, heavy loads and high traffic sites. It comes with management tools such as cassandra-cli and node-tool, but those looking to […]

An Introduction to Cloud Infrastructure: Part 1

Traditional data center infrastructure has always been expensive and costly to maintain. It required you to own or lease the facilities, purchase hardware, license software, and hire an IT staff to manage all of it. Some companies relied on IT outsourcing to handle some of the responsibilities, but ultimately, the capital cost and maintenance costs […]

Back to the Basics #2: Networking

In the second post of our “Back to Basics” series, we will take a look at server networking. Generally speaking, as a system administrator, you will not have to worry about the actual networking infrastructure. If you have an in-house server, your company will likely hire someone to establish connectivity, and if you are renting […]

5 Uses for Dedicated Servers

When many hear the term “dedicated server”, they tend to picture data centers housing massive machines used by large companies for their huge infrastructures. While that is certainly a valid use of the term, it does not fully reflect the wide range of uses for dedicated servers. Small and medium business […]

5 Uses for Dedicated Servers Other Than Web Hosting

It is a common misconception that the only reason you might need a dedicated server is to start your own web hosting company or reseller.  Dedicated servers are useful for a variety purposes, both on the Internet and in on-premise intranets.  From cloud platforms to dedicated application servers, the uses for dedicated servers are numerous. […]