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5 Top Solutions for Windows Server Optimization

If your business relies on Windows Server, you need to make sure the server’s performance supports end user needs, so it’s critical to monitor and optimize your Windows Server environment. For continuous insight into your Windows Server, you must actively monitor elements in your environment, such as the server’s operations, availability, security, performance, and other […]

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5 Best Tools for Linux Monitoring and Optimization

Many companies rely on Linux devices to support critical applications and services. That means it’s important to include comprehensive Linux monitoring tools as part of your overall IT management strategy. Despite their popularity, Linux devices aren’t always easy to manage, as many tools aren’t designed with Linux monitoring in mind. But with the right software, […]

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7 Java Performance Tuning Tips

Since Java was first introduced in 1995, it’s become one of the most popular programming languages worldwide. There are many uses for Java, but it’s most typically used in web-based applications. For instance, the widespread Android platform by Google allows developers to code apps using Java. Because so many services rely on Java, it’s important […]

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The Consumerization of Database Appliances

Database appliances seem to be coming back into the forefront. There are several reasons for this, and the resurgence of interest in database appliances has some interesting implications for IT teams. A database appliance is a server preconfigured with a specific database rated to handle a fixed number of transactions per second. The key advantages […]

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Pseudonymization vs. Data Masking

You can probably be identified, even from anonymized data. It’s not ideal, but depending on your organization, it might not be disastrous. Let’s explore what can happen if you reveal too much data, as well as what the concept of “too much” data can mean in different contexts. In addition, we’ll also explore how data […]

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Why you Need a Database Performance Solution to Supplement your End-to-End Monitoring

Preface: Jez Marsh is a SolarWinds MVP and the founder of Silverback Systems U.K., a solutions provider working with customers to sharpen their operations processes and maximize their investment in their monitoring solutions. He primarily works with customers to implement SolarWinds network management software and systems management solutions but has found a growing need for […]

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How to Maintain Legacy Databases in 2019

Many organizations rely on applications older than several of their employees. We’ve all heard the horror stories of some ancient DOS application running on FoxPro still in use today running mission-critical tasks. Many of us have personally struggled with the issue of maintaining an older, legacy database (or several), and often the legacy applications they […]

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Data Tampering: The Quiet Threat

For decades, data tampering has been limited to relatively simple attacks, like data corruption (which is immediately noticeable) or “cooking the books” to hide embezzlement or other financial failings. Of late, however, data tampering has been done with far more serious intent, such as redirecting shipments at sea or capturing financial or sensitive information. And, unfortunately, it’s getting […]

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The PowerShell Scripting Environment

The PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) has been my bread and butter for years. As a consultant, it was the most reliable platform to develop any and all Orion® SDK scripts and tools on, as it’s almost universally installed on Windows platforms. However, a new world order is upon us, and the end of my […]

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How Amazon Outposts Will Change Databases

Many of Amazon’s proprietary public cloud capabilities are coming to an on-premises data center near you in the form of Amazon Outposts. Others may be made available through alternate routes. Amazon RDS, for example, is now available on VMware-based infrastructures. This change in tactics by Amazon represents the biggest change for the traditional database administrator […]

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SQL Server Internals: Snapshot Isolation – Part 2

In Part 1 of this topic (“SQL Server Internals: Snapshot Isolation”) I told you about the two different ways to use snapshot isolation, either with an alternative implementation of the default READ COMMITTED Isolation Level (called READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT, or RCSI) or by using a whole new Isolation Level called SNAPSHOT. RCSI is a statement […]

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