Network Downtime: The Silent Killer

Network outages cost organizations tens of millions of dollars annually

BMC Cuts False Performance Alerts to Zero

BMC says its new performance-monitoring software can help reduce false alerts—and sleep-shattering beeper pages—by almost 100 percent

Simplify Distributed Networks with Remote Office Optimization

To gain control of data and systems, IT consolidated their environment. A better solution is emerging: optimization tools.

Cisco SAN Switches Qualified for IBM Mainframes

Switches connect mainframe systems via IP-based SANs

Big Iron Pays Big

Annual Salary Survey: IT managers with mainframe and large Unix-based systems skills earn as much as 20 percent more than those in Wintel-based positions.

Linux on the Horizon: Users and Vendors Eye Linux for VPNs

The worldwide VPN equipment market is expected to reach two billion dollars in 2004, which bodes well for Linux product developers. Linux should provide enterprises with alternatives to the Solaris and NT products, currently dominating the market, as vendors and users both realize that Linux is out there.

Remote Possibilities: Enterprisewide Remote Access Solutions Flourish in High-Bandwidth World

Enterprises are increasingly recognizing the value of remote workers and are working to develop more flexible, innovative and cost-effective remote access solutions. Companies are helped in this mission by an explosion of wireless access technologies, with the enterprise WLAN market expect to continue its rapid growth rate. Learn what's happening in the wireless marketplace, and what's around the corner for the industry.

VPNs for Everyone: Next-Generation QoS Delivers Reliability in Today's VPN World

Businesses are quickly implementing virtual private networks in attempts to connect far-flung network users. Despite their popularity, however, two key issues remain: data security and reliable, consistent application delivery. This article explains these key VPN issues, and shows how to implement both security and reliability on your VPN with the implementation of next-generation Quality of Service (QoS), also known as Application Service Quality (ASQ).

Distributed Qeuing: MQSeries Queue Manager Clustering

Message queuing enables applications on geographically separated systems to interact effectively, without synchronizing activities on communication ends. This makes message queuing a preferred technology for many large-scale e-commerce applications. MQSeries, IBM's message queuing product, can be used for exchanging messages between applications running on the same system, as well as on different systems.

Un-Conventional Thinking: Bally's Provides Fiber to Meetings

Las Vegas isn't all gambling, showgirls and Sigfried and Roy. It's become one of the nation's hot spots for conventions and trade shows. And competition for business is fierce. Bally's has met the challenge by rewiring their facilites with fiber optic cabling direct to floor pockets in convention and meeting rooms, making it possible to create networks that handle data, voice, video, audio and other media at any desired speed throughout its far-flung meeting areas.

Defragmenters Unite: Boosting Performance on Windows NT/2000

Slow performance from Windows NT/2000 makes you feel like falling to pieces? Network managers know that such performance can be improved by keeping files and free space defragmented. But, there are other benefits to defragmentation. In many cases, defragmentation software can provide an economical alternative to an upgrade of system hardware.

In the Saddle with Availability Management: A Framework for Business Continuity

Availability managment is a proactive approach to systems management that identifies and responds to systems events -- before they cause larger problems or even a systems failure. Availability is maximized by continually monitoring system components, identifying events likely to occur and taking preventive action.

Riding Shotgun with the Masters of Disaster

Several years ago, Verizon Data Services rethought its availability strategy, making it a part of the company's operating culture. A redesign of its strategy focused not only on systems and platforms, but involved a combination of a high-performance infrastructure, continuous data accessibility and protection from data loss.

Round 'em Up: Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex

GDPS provides all of the benefits of a Parallel Sysplex, while enhancing an enterprise's disaster recovery abilities and managing planned exception conditions. GDPS allows a business to achieve its own continuous availability and disaster recovery goals.

Virtual Tape Technology: Software-Based Tape System Gives New Meaning to "Virtual"

As companies continue to generate vast quantities of data, they must have compact, inexpensive ways to store the information they need to do business. Efficiency and cost control are at the heart of virtual tape technology. Recent software-based, hardware-independent advances in virtual tape technology enable storage managers to create a virtual tape environment from any combination of OS/390 disk and tape hardware - including resources the organization already owns.

Abracadabra!: Turning an IBM Netfinity Server into a High-Performance Intranet Controller

Today, most mainframe installations are increasingly interested in TCP/IP implementation and connnecting the intranet and Internet to their enterprise systems to access their legacy data and applicatios. This is where the Netfinity ESCON Adapter offers capabilities not found in other channel-attach products, TCP/IP Direct Connect and the Multi-Path Channel (MPC+) drivers.

Changes in the Fast Lane: Evaluating Enterprise Software Change Management Solutions to Fuel E-Business

New mission-critical e-business applications must be developed more rapidly, meet higher quality standards, and be updated quicker than ever before. This demand for speed is captured in the now familiar terms "Internet time" or "e-time."