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Stories by Paul Venezia

Review: QNAP NAS meets XBMC media center

By Paul Venezia | 19 July, 2013 10:12

QNAP's TS-669L can store all your content and play it directly to your TV, though HD playback could be smoother

Review: Puppet Enterprise 3.0 pulls more strings

By Paul Venezia | 16 July, 2013 10:14

Version 3.0 of Puppet Labs' configuration automation tool shines with speed boosts, orchestration improvements, and deeper support for Windows servers

Review: VMware's vCenter Operations Manager lightens the load

By Paul Venezia | 29 May, 2013 10:08

Monitoring virtual servers for availability, performance, health, and workload capacity has never been easy, but Operations Manager goes a long way toward that goal

How to script: A Bash crash course

By Paul Venezia | 08 March, 2013 11:08

An easy step-by-step guide to the Bash command-line shell and shell scripting

How-to: Get started with MySQL

By Paul Venezia | 15 November, 2012 11:13

An easy step-by-step guide to setting up a MySQL database server, along with phpMyAdmin, on Fedora, CentOS, or Ubuntu

First look: Driving VMware vSphere 5.1

By Paul Venezia | 11 September, 2012 15:18

VMware's new, Flash-based Web management GUI is easy to like, but it comes with a few gotchas

Review: Dell blade servers tip the scales

By Paul Venezia | 06 September, 2012 13:35

Dell's M1000e blade system wows with novel new blades, improved management, modular I/O, and 40G out the back

How to install Apache on Linux

By Paul Venezia | 11 July, 2012 10:07

An easy step-by-step guide to setting up an Apache Web server on Fedora, CentOS, or Ubuntu

Fundamental Oracle flaw revealed

By Paul Venezia | 18 January, 2012 09:24

Over the past two months, InfoWorld has been researching a flaw in Oracle's flagship database software that could have serious repercussions for Oracle database customers, potentially compromising the security and stability of Oracle database systems.

Migrating from T1 to fiber WAN

By Paul Venezia | 08 December, 2011 02:16

Back in the old days, the only realistic way to connect multiple remote sites was by T1 or T3 delivered either point-to-point or via Frame Relay. These were either slow and expensive or fast and unbelievably expensive. Then came MPLS, which dispensed with the need for point-to-point circuits from site to site, but was still bound by high expense. You got what you paid for. These circuits were not only reliable, but if a T1 or T3 circuit dropped, you could generally count on the carrier to jump on the problem quickly and resolve it with some expediency.

Set up your office network for telecommuting

By Paul Venezia | 30 September, 2011 05:12

There comes a time in most businesses when circumstances dictate that one or more users work from home either full- or part-time. In other cases, it may simply be convenient for business owners and employees to be able to use company resources from home or (unfortunately) while on vacation.

First look: VMware vSphere 5 looms large

By Paul Venezia | 23 August, 2011 20:10

As we rapidly approach yet another VMworld conference and the general release of VMware vSphere 5, it's clear that VMware hasn't been resting on its laurels. The newest version of vSphere builds on the strong foundations of vSphere 4.1, showcasing new management and automation features and levels of scalability.

Virtualization shoot-out: Citrix XenServer

By Paul Venezia | 14 April, 2011 00:22

Citrix XenServer is a commercial implementation of the open source Xen virtualization solution. Citrix has extended the base Xen engine with management tools and tightened up various components related to implementing and managing Windows and Linux virtual machines, not to mention integrating the whole shebang with the company's virtual desktop initiative, as well as its foundational server-based desktop and application delivery solutions.

Rack-mount QNAP storage server packs a wallop

By Paul Venezia | 23 February, 2011 02:47

There's an area of the NAS landscape where the lines between consumer and corporate use are blurred. While high-end NAS arrays cost plenty of money, they also provide essential features like redundant power supplies and superior performance. At the lower end are the truly consumer-grade devices that might seem like they'll work in a corporate environment but fall short of meeting the essentials critical to infrastructures. They are, however, very cheap.

How to move from a physical to virtual infrastructure

By Paul Venezia | 20 November, 2010 11:21

After finally getting the go-ahead to proceed with a project to virtualize a small business infrastructure, it may seem that the hard part is actually making it all happen. In many cases, however, the hardest part is getting the budget together to acquire all the hardware and software necessary -- actually making the switch is the easier task.