We have Hp Netbooks at our school and the tech people will not allow the computer carts (each holds 25 netbookc) to travel about 150 feet across a paved parking lot in the winter (we are in Iowa)because they feel the 60 seconds they are outside will damage the computers. We feel this is not [...]
Answer Question | December 2, 2010 2:25 PM
Hardware devices, Netbooks, Open IT Forum
We want to know who and what you trust with your network security needs, from products to software. Had a less-than-stellar experience? We want to hear about that, too! The best stories get 100 points that’ll be mighty helpful in our Xbox 360 contest!
Answer Question | December 8, 2010 8:42 PM
Network security, Network Security Management, Open IT Forum, Security products, Security software
With power costs increasing significantly, more hardware per rack creating more heat and using more power and cooling solutions, it seems that power rather than space seems to be the limiter amongst data centers. What are your suggestions for reducing power consumption? What are you doing to make your data center more green? We’ll give [...]
Answer Question | June 16, 2011 5:51 PM
Data Center administration, Data center design, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Green data center, Green IT, Open IT Forum
I recently learned about SKiP, Security Knowledge in Practice, in one of my classes at UAT and I am very intrigued by it. I did not realize that the problem-based approach was the common. I guess that is one of the great advantages of SKiP, being a process-based approach to organize and implement security. I [...]
Answer Question | November 29, 2010 5:56 AM
Open IT Forum, Security compliance, Security policies, SKiP
What are the benefits/cons to under the floor a/c in a data center?
Answer Question | November 24, 2010 4:37 PM
Data center air conditioning units, Data center cooling, Data center design, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Open IT Forum
I read that while data centers in a box were booming, it wasn’t because of the portability or flexibility but because of the price. Any data center pros out there: Has your company bought one? Were they a quick fix for an urgent need or a long-term solution? I’d love to hear your take on [...]
Answer Question | January 25, 2012 2:36 PM
Data Center, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Open IT Forum
What do you look for in a cloud computing service level agreement? What are the differences you’ve noticed between a cloud SLA and a data center or SaaS SLA?
Answer Question | November 18, 2010 9:53 PM
Cloud Computing, Data Center, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Open IT Forum, SaaS CRM market trends, Service Level Agreement, SLA
Building a data center in response to overwhelming data growth comes as an easier decision to some, but what about the rest of us? What are the pros and cons you’ve experienced when either buying servers through a service or building your own data center from the ground up? We love lists and stories, and [...]
Answer Question | November 23, 2010 3:44 PM
Data center budget considerations, Data Center Build, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Data center operations, Open IT Forum
What is the suitable protection level for an internet connected desktop nowadays? Is it antivirus, antispyware and antispam? Or is it more/less?
Answer Question | February 16, 2011 9:46 PM
antispam, Antispyware, Antispyware software, Antivirus, Open IT Forum, Security, Security management, Security software
What considerations or checklist would you provide to someone creating a data center for the enterprise? From cooling and racks to data retirement policies and security, what are some of the concerns that a developer can’t afford to overlook?
Answer Question | December 10, 2010 4:34 PM
Data center budget considerations, Data center cooling, Data center design, Data center design and infrastructure, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Open IT Forum
We’re in the process of securing new racks for our data center, and I remember having difficulty working with dark colored racks, especially in the back. If we use lighter colored racks will it solve that problem? I was thinking it wouldn’t absorb as much light and improve visibility when we have to work it. [...]
Answer Question | November 11, 2010 4:22 PM
Data center design, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Open IT Forum, Rack systems
I have a friend with an impressive résumé and various certifications. But he doesn’t have a job. A+ Cert, CISCO Cert, Oracle Cert… ad nauseum. They cast a fortune. Is it becoming a cash-cow and a rip-off? What do you think?
Answer Question | May 31, 2011 5:57 PM
Certifications, IT certification, Open IT Forum, Training and Certification
The Gartner report released this week revealed the top three daily challenges data center administrators have on their plates. We want to hear from our members: What are some of your toughest obstacles in the data center? What are the solutions you’ve considered, tried, or vetoed? The best stories get 100 knowledge points!
Answer Question | November 11, 2010 5:48 PM
Data Center administration, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Open IT Forum, Storage management
Amazon Web Services will start its one-year trial subscription on November 1st, and we’re wondering who’s going to give it a try. If not AWS, what services have you adopted by first giving them a trial run that you might otherwise have not gotten off the fence about?
Answer Question | November 3, 2010 3:09 PM
Amazon Web services, AWS, Open IT Forum, Trial period software
I’m heading to Interop next week in New York to rub elbows with all the big names in tech. From marrying the public and private cloud to assessing whether cloud security risk is overstated, I’ll be absorbing the latest analyses of trends and announcements in the cloud. What do you want to know? Leave the [...]
Answer Question | December 16, 2011 7:58 PM
Cloud Computing, cloud computing adoption, Cloud Computing in 2010, Cloud computing security, Interop, Open IT Forum, SaaS and cloud computing, SaaS implementation, SaaS in 2010
what are the advantages of windows ovr linux?
Answer Question | January 18, 2011 11:33 AM
Linux, Linux OS, Open IT Forum, Windows, Windows Operating System
I dont see a lot of activity in the testing section. Where are the software testing, QC and QA folks? Lets bring some activity in this area. Please do post here if you are in Software Testing.
Answer Question | November 24, 2010 3:50 PM
Open IT Forum, Quality assurance, Quality control, Software testing
Most large IT organizations provide Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with there end-users. I never hear of a IT organization that fails to meet that obligation so my question is why? Is the obligation so low that it can’t be not met or is IT management that good that it is responsible for meeting it. A [...]
Answer Question | October 12, 2010 8:34 AM
Open IT Forum, Server uptime, Server uptime percentage, Servers, SLA, SLA agreements, Uptime percentages
I was active in this market for 10 years, and attained a high degree of competency – cranking out business systems on behalf of mainly blue chip clients. But it all came to a stop in 2002. Was this a political matter, an outsourcing matter? Or a technology change matter (I am now open source [...]
Answer Question | October 15, 2010 8:37 AM
AS/400 careers, iSeries RPG programming, Open IT Forum, Open source, OS/400, RPG market
We’re curious as to how your company is approaching cloud computing and SaaS. Are you using it for non-mission-critical tasks with an isolated workload or for business processes such as HR or accounting? Do you have a public or private cloud? A hybrid? Let us know how you’re adopting the cloud and various services, and [...]
Answer Question | October 25, 2010 5:17 PM
Cloud Computing, cloud computing adoption, Cloud Computing in 2010, Open IT Forum, SaaS, SaaS and cloud computing, SaaS in 2010