Dedicated server monitoring tools have largely replaced the need to manually parse log files except for the most esoteric of issues. This however raises another issue — selecting one that has the right combination of features, usability and performance. Fortunately, many free options exist if you’re willing to learn their ins and outs.
Even with the influx of cheap mini-PCs such as Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) series, the humble Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit still has its place. However, if you’re new to the NAS game and want one for the house, perhaps to file the role of file server, there are a few caveats to consider before you go ahead with your purchase.
When virtualisation was first mainstreamed, it changed the way we managed the server room. We saved money by consolidating servers into larger virtual hosts. Hardware-related downtime dropped because we could afford to spend money on redundancy and quality. Even mundane issues such as rack space and datacenter air conditioning became less of an expense. As system administrators, we could suddenly “create” a new server out of thin air.
Years in software names are rarely reliable. Office 2016 will be out well before 2016 itself rolls around. But SharePoint Server 2016, the next version of Microsoft’s venerable intranet platform, actually will make its official appearance in 2016.