The Cranky Admin


Mean Time To Innocence: A Primer for Admins

Proper monitoring helps prove that it's not your fault, and find out what, exactly, is to blame.

A Step-By-Step Guide to DIY Cloud

Trevor Pott takes the first step toward rolling his own.

HPE Buys Nimble: What Does It Mean?

The enterprise giant paid $1.2 billion for the storage vendor.

Securing Data in the Cloud

International boundaries create serious legal challenges.

Weighing the Cloud Decision

When to move, or whether to move at all.

How To Survive the Next Amazonpocalypse

There are numerous cloud options out there. Learn what they are.

Does Public Cloud Spell Doom for Channel Partners?

Also, what it could mean for your IT career.

Finding the Right Fit for Your Workloads

Virtualization doesn't always make the choice easier.

Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Server?

YellowDog's unusual take on providing capacity for large render projects.

How Much Cloud Is Too Much?

Don't let fear force you to spend more than needed on backup and disaster recovery.

The Looming Storage Crisis

The "perfect storm" of events that led to the current shortage.

Virtualization Predictions for 2017

Two big trends: Microsoft becomes the hybrid cloud leader, container wars turn bloody.

The Fallout From HPE's Acquisition of SimpliVity

VMware may be threatened, among other aspects.

Shakeup in the CPU Market Coming This Year

Things are moving in a positive direction for admins.

Key Factors in Choosing On-Premises IT vs. Public Cloud

Public cloud computing costs more than do-it-yourself datacenters. Except when it doesn't.

vSphere 6.5: A Real-World Review

A new admin client headlines the changes, most of which are positive.

vSAN 6.5: A Real-World Review

VMware's updated software-defined storage product mostly finds its mark.

Scale Computing Single Node Appliance: A Review

An easy-to-use server that can be pricey.

Overcoming the RAM Bottleneck

There are new ways to deal with memory issues and make your datacenter more efficient.

Virtualization Review

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