Server Architecture: Past, Present, and Future – Part 1

Servers have evolved significantly over the past three decades. At one time, a single server filed an entire room, required its own cooling system, and had processors that ran slower than many of today’s mobile phones. Today, servers are smaller, faster, and more energy efficient, but the most important element is still the […]

Energy Efficient Data Center Cooling

Depending on where you are located, summer can get very hot. That means it is more important than ever to keep your servers running cool. The following are some innovative ways people are making new energy efficient data centers.
1. Free air cooling – Despite the name, “free” does not mean it does not cost you […]

What is a Software-Defined Data Center?

Once upon a time, data centers were huge, fully staffed with IT personnel, and required quite a bit of attention to keep them running. People had to manually deploy physical servers, maintain good temperature and humidity levels, and monitor the servers. Those days may soon be over and make way for the era of the […]

3 More Differences Between Linux and BSD

In the first post on this topic, we looked at 3 key differences between Linux and BSD: the licensing, the kernel, and the package management system. The following are three more differences you should probably know.
1. Hardware support – In many cases Linux supports hardware sooner and more often than BSD. This is partly […]

The Energy Saving Benefits of Virtualization

When businesses talk about virtualization, they are often concerned with the financial savings that it can bring. When IT people talk about it, they usually laud its ability to do more with less space, fewer servers, and often less effort. In addition to those technical and financial savings, virtualization can also help conserve energy in […]

Quick Bash Command Tricks

Bash is the common shell environment used on Linux servers. If you manage a server, there is a good chance you will need to drop to the command line at some point and encounter Bash or one of its alternatives. The following are some basic commands that can help speed up your bash experience.
Reload […]

How Colocation Can Save Businesses Money

In these tough economic times, businesses are looking for ways to save money anywhere they can find them. The rising costs of power, infrastructure, and employment makes it difficult for some companies to sustain their own data centers. Because of this, many of them have turned to colocation as a money-saving solution.
Colocation simply means […]

How to use APT to install Linux software

Last week we learned how to install Linux applications with YUM. This is the common method used for most Linux servers based on Red Hat Linux. For Debian, however, another package management tool, called APT, is the default. APT, which stands for Advanced Packaging Tool, was originally designed for “.deb” packages, […]

Why Windows NT Is Not An Operating System For Small Servers

Microsoft has fought hard to retain its monopoly on desktop software. But there have been inroads made into the desktop software market by some smaller companies and open source systems like OpenOffice. But when it comes to operating systems, Microsoft’s flagship product, Windows, hasn’t done as well. Quite frankly, it’s better for big businesses with […]

What Is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a relatively new concept although it is based on concepts and technologies that have been around for at least 40 years. It involves the use of the Internet as a means of providing enterprise-wide server space for small companies who cannot afford to purchase their own servers. After all, the cost of […]