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Server and Application Reliability

“The loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!” – C. Baudelaire, 1864 In IT, the hardest system issue to solve is the one you don’t know (or won’t admit) you have. I’m not saying that IT professionals willfully ignore or explain away instability. Far from it! We tend […]

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Optimizing a MySQL Query

Identifying a slow running SQL query is a necessary prerequisite for any type of optimization. Here, we will detail some of the tools and principles required to determine the various options for an ideal solution. What You Should Not Do If you lived in the wild west, where no rules applied, you might consider adding […]

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Virtualization Basics Explained

How can you master virtualization skills if you don’t know how to explain it to your grandmother? One can justifiably say that virtualization is a mature technology. It has formed the basis for Cloud computing, and it epitomizes the continuous service delivery and consumption model that beckons in the era of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS). For the […]

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Intent-based Networking – A Must for SDN

SDN is about making networking more flexible and agile through programming network elements. Such programming needs to be done in a standard way. Hence, standardizing the southbound protocol that directly commands a network element to forward traffic is important. So is the northbound protocol through which different applications tell an SDN controller the WHAT and […]

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Installing SQL Server 2016 on Server Core

One of Microsoft’s best practices for deploying SQL Server is to install it on Windows Server Core. Windows Server Core provides a more streamlined, efficient and secure platform than the full Windows Server implementation with the GUI. Even so few businesses have chosen to implement SQL Server on Server Core and there are a few […]

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How to Make a Business Case Your CTO Will Approve

“Do we even NEED monitoring and alerting tools in this day of hyper-converged, Cloud-based, massively redundant, super-virtualized systems that have built in self-healing automation?” Uh… shyeah! But the hard part is making your higher-ups understand that. In fact, this is a challenge that affects most areas of IT. We just have a hard time getting […]

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