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Clear Trend Of Data Center Abstraction Continues

Things are changing fast in the data center. Finally, after what seems like decades of more of the same, we are seeing major innovation on a massive scale. Powered by the explosion of mobile computing, network services are struggling to keep up with the new demands of millions of broadband connected, always on devices. Network administrators are feeling the same squeeze that systems administrators are, and the solution looks like it will be higher levels of abstraction with Software Defined Networking. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is difficult to explain, mainly because most of the parts that describe it are not quite built yet. At a 10,000 ft view, as I understand it, SDN describes a set of APIs for centrally managing network devices and being able to reconfigure them on the fly. The details of how this is accomplished are still up in the air, but now that the Linux Foundation has stepped in to create the OpenDaylight project,...

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Three-Fifths of IT Administrators Want Out, But That's Better Than Last Year

Survey on IT stress factors also finds one out of five IT professionals report stress-related health issues as a result of their jobs.

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Check_MK Simplifies Nagios Monitoring

Check_MK simplifies the configuration of a monitoring system using Nagios; version 1.2.2 has just been released with a number of new features...

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The World's Largest Enterprises are Increasing Their Investments in Linux

The Linux Foundation performed their annual global survey of members of their End User Council as well as other companies and organizations with sales of more than $500 million and/or 500+ employees. Their findings show the world's largest enterprises are "increasing their investments in Linux for the third consecutive year."...

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Systemd 201 Ushers In New Features

The systemd init/service manager is now up to version 201. With systemd 201 comes new features and improvements...

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IBM on the Importance of Network Virtualization to a Virtualized Environment

IBM's Inder Gopal discusses his view that a balanced, high performance, reliable virtualized environment requires a complete array of virtualization technology including virtual processing, virtual storage and virtual networking working in harmony.

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