• How to begin attempting to build and sustain security for our information assets?

    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...

    JJUAT5 pointsBadges:
  • Pros and cons of under the floor a/c in a data center?

    What are the benefits/cons to under the floor a/c in a data center?

    NewnanIT1,110 pointsBadges:
  • Software testers, Quality Assurance and Quality Control Folks where are you?

    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.

    Shilpa Venkateshwaran2,500 pointsBadges:
  • Open IT Forum: Where do you fall in the data center buy v. build dilemma?

    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...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Differences in SLAs from cloud computing to data center or SaaS

    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?

    Troubleshooter24755 pointsBadges:
  • Data center racks: Is it easier to work in lighter colored racks?

    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...

    TeachMeIT975 pointsBadges:
  • Open IT Forum: What’s plaguing your data center?

    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...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • What’s a valuable certification to have these days?

    Back when I was starting in the IT field, I went for my CCNA as well as MCSA and A+.  Since I haven't been activiely look at certifications, I'm curious to see what the current certification trend is. What is currently the most sought after cert? Thanks!

    thongtarget21485 pointsBadges:
  • Open IT Forum: What services have you adopted after a trial period?

    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?

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Wireless LANs: Yea or nay?

    Do you manage a wireless LAN within your organization? If yes, what policies and restrictions do you have in place to manage its security? If not, why, and what do you do to ensure there are no "rogue" setups on the premises? Advice and anecdotes are appreciated!

    JennyMack4,280 pointsBadges:
  • Have you tried any new data center automation tools lately?

    Have you tried any new data center automation techniques or solutions lately? What tools could you recommend to other users?

    JennyMack4,280 pointsBadges:
  • Open IT Forum: Where are you in the cloud or SaaS?

    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...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • How clear is your job role?

    In a tip he wrote for SearchWinIT, resident expert Kevin Beaver suggests fully understanding and defining your job role can not only boost performance, but also your career satisfaction. How well do you really know what management expects you to do, and what have you found helpful in better...

    Michael Morisy7,943 pointsBadges:
  • What happened in the IBM RPG market?

    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...

    Jorjun110 pointsBadges:
  • Are you worried about IT job security?

    With new, amorphous offerings such as the cloud and SAAS, are you worried at all about your position or department being outsourced? It seems IT is always under construction; is it a matter of certain positions becoming obsolete or is IT simply being rearranged and retitled? Is this something you...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Meeting IT’s server SLA obligations

    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...

    Jim4522820 pointsBadges:
  • Your turn to speak: Is a new Obama mandate putting IT security at risk?

    Yesterday, we told you about a mandate currently being drafted that plans to extend mandatory wiretapping to the Internet. We've received a good amount of feedback from members, including Gordon, who thinks the law would be "overkill...It will open up a can of worms to all the hackers and black...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Open IT Forum: Segregation of duties versus full access for sys admins?

    We had a question in the forums recently that brought up an interesting dilemma: In sensitive roles such as systems administrators, do you believe in granting full access or employing a segregation of duties to minimize risk? We'd love to hear how your company deals with these executive decisions...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Open IT Forum: Security concerns of forwarding work emails and other corporate personalizations.

    A recent question from the community regarding forwarding work emails to a third party account such as Gmail spurred a reaction of general distaste. What are your thoughts on the IT risks posed by melding the personal with professional, whether it be through social networking sites, smart phones,...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Open IT Forum: What security-related lessons have you learned?

    What is the hardest or most costly (whether it be time, money or pride) lesson you or your company has learned regarding security? We want to hear your security-related stories, concerns and blunders in the discussion area. The most entertaining or insightful stories have 200 knowledge points...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:

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