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August 18, 2009  6:47 PM

Site Update: “Recent IT Discussions” tab on homepage

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You may have noticed a small change on our homepage — “Unanswered Questions” have now been replaced with “Recent IT Discussions,” allowing you to see what questions are receiving the most attention at the moment. Fear not — you can still view Unanswered Questions on any parent tag page, or by visiting the URLs in this blog post.

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August 18, 2009  5:39 PM

With data centers, Microsoft more ‘open kimono’ than Google

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Google's floating data center schematics

Google's floating data center schema

Google’s become known for being willing to try almost anything when it comes to the data center: The Internet giant’s re-vitalized small Iowa towns, designed and commissioned its own custom hardware and even floated the idea of a sea-based data center (Mark Fontecchio dissected that strategy in a blog post).

One strategy the big G hasn’t been willing to try however is transparency, according to New York Times reporter Ashlee Vance:

No one really knows how effective Google’s strategy is. The secretive company releases precious little information about its internal operations. Maybe it saves vast amounts of money by fine-tuning a super-efficient data center. Or maybe the “must-be-invented here” method adds a lot of cost and complexity to Google’s infrastructure.

Microsoft doesn’t seem terribly worried about Google’s eccentric methods. It continues to buy systems from companies like Dell, SGI and Cisco Systems, as it builds out some of the biggest data centers on the planet.

“I can’t say how we compare to Google,” said Debra Chrapaty, Microsoft’s vice president in charge of the company’s infrastructure. “I really haven’t seen them be as ‘open kimono’ as we have been.”

Microsoft, more open and transparent than Google? It can happen, apparently. And if Google’s talking about putting data centers on a boat, Microsoft seems prepared to take them on the road. Chrapaty said Redmond’s considering ditching buildings altogether, putting data-centers-in-a-box out in the open. That would make them cheaper to deploy, if perhaps a bit more exposed, and also raises the possibility of nomadic data centers, traveling from tax haven to tax haven as local legislators try to lure high tech firms.

Sound far fetched? Talk to Quincy, Washington, which lost Microsoft’s Azure data centers to San Antonio for just that reason. Make the data centers more portable, and who knows what will come of it.

Some ITKnowledgeExchange Data Center Resources:

August 17, 2009  2:59 PM

Flip UltraHD Contest Update: August 17th

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Here are the most current standings for our Flip UltraHD Knowledge Point contest:

There is still time to step up your game and earn Knowledge Points toward one of four Flip UltraHD pocket camcorders — the contest period ends on August 30th. Visit the blog post for more details and start contributing!

Good luck,

Community Manager

August 13, 2009  5:51 PM

Featured Site: Storage Monkeys

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Storage Monkeys is a new social network created especially for storage professionals, allowing experts from all over the globe to connect, network and share photos, videos and information. IT Knowledge Exchange became familiar with Storage Monkeys through Twitter, and upon visiting the site, we recognized many familiar faces in the storage community. If you’re an enterprise storage pro, this is a great site to check out!

August 4, 2009  7:54 PM

Flip UltraHD Contest Update: Current standings

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The heat is on as our Flip UltraHD Knowledge Point contest gets into full gear for the month of August. The top four (4) users with the most Knowledge Points from July 13th to August 30th will win a Flip UltraHD pocket camcorder, perfect for capturing the moments of summer! Here are the point standings so far:

  • Carlosdl: 2,425
  • BlankReg: 1,670
  • Labnuke99: 1,495
  • Mshen: 1,375
  • Philpl1jb: 1,365
  • Technochic: 1,130
  • Yorkshireman: 730
  • Mrdenny: 615
  • Fubar: 510

There’s still time to get into the community and start asking and answering questions. Good luck!

July 30, 2009  1:28 PM

Featured book chapter: Troubleshooting – ‘Network Know-How’ Chapter 17

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack has recently featured a free book chapter from Network Know-How, a great resource for network troubleshooting.

Troubleshooting,” Chapter 17 of the book Network Know-How shows you tools and methods that will help you identify and solve most network problems. Consider using the techniques in this chapter as a guide to logical problem-solving processes. The steps in this tutorial address computer connection problems in Windows, Macintosh, or Linux/Unix operating system as well as on the network itself.

Visit the article on for more information on the chapter, as well as the full chapter text and links to download a PDF version.

July 16, 2009  3:57 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Michael Krigsman

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Michael KrigsmanThis week’s featured blogger is Michael Krigsman of IT Project Failures. In his blog, Michael discusses a wide range of topics, including enterprise software purchasing, “zombie” projects (projects that “just won’t die”), and appropriate measurement and metrics in enterprise 2.0 collaboration. Michael is CEO of Asuret, Inc. and specializes in consulting with companies on the successful implementation of hardware and software. Be sure to check out Michael’s blog for more insights!

July 13, 2009  3:26 PM

Capture the moments of summer with a Flip UltraHD pocket video camera, courtesy of IT Knowledge Exchange

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If a picture says a thousand words, how much does a video say? A Flip UltraHD pocket camcorder can hold up to 8 GB of video, meaning every belly flop into the pool, every trip to the beach and every summer sunset can be captured for your video scrapbook or uploaded quickly and easily to a video sharing site like YouTube.

This summer, we’re giving away four (4) Flip UltraHD pocket video recorders to the top four Knowledge Point earners from July 13th to August 30th. You can earn Knowledge Points by asking, answering and discussing questions here in the community. Remember: some questions are open discussions, so everyone can contribute.

  • The contest is open to members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Western Europe.
  • Previous winners of IT Knowledge Exchange contests are eligible for this contest.
  • All questions, answers and discussions will be reviewed for validity.

You can start earning Knowledge Points by asking your enterprise IT questions (or telling your friends to ask a question) on our Ask a Question page, or start answering questions that haven’t received attention yet:

AS/400 (unanswered questions)
Channel (unanswered questions)
CIO (unanswered questions)
CRM (unanswered questions)
Database (unanswered questions)
Data Center (unanswered questions)
Data Management (unanswered questions)
Development (unanswered questions)
Exchange (unanswered questions)
Linux (unanswered questions)
Lotus Domino (unanswered questions)
Microsoft Windows (unanswered questions)
Mobile (unanswered questions)
Networking (unanswered questions)
Oracle (unanswered questions)
SAP (unanswered questions)
Security (unanswered questions)
SQL Server (unanswered questions)
Storage (unanswered questions)
Virtualization / VMware (unanswered questions)
Unified Communications / VoIP (unanswered questions)

Good luck!

Community Manager

July 9, 2009  3:40 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Terry Slattery

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Terry's BlogThis week’s featured blogger is Terry Slattery. Terry’s blog mainly covers topics related to networking; his recent posts include his CCIE Recertification and creating routing loops with static routes. Congratulations, Terry, on being our IT Knowledge Exchange featured IT blogger of the week.

June 18, 2009  7:34 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Andrew Hay

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This week’s featured IT blogger of the week is Andrew Hay. Andrew is a security professional and author whose blog has recently covered SIEM, SANS security training, and security in the cloud. Andrew has recently released a book on host-based intrusion detection, and has also contributed to a book on Naigos network monitoring and another on Nokia firewall and VPN configuration. You can visit Andrew Hay, self-dubbed “devastatingly handsome” and a BBQer to boot, on his blog here. You can also find him on Twitter at @andrewsmhay.

Congratulations, Andrew, on being our IT Knowledge Exchange blogger of the week!

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