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Time To Call Your Local Pizza Joint For SysAdmin Day

Yes folks, it’s that time of the year again where we gather to appreciate the hard work of our system administrators. July 31 marks the 16th annual SysAdmin Day. Your system administrator and his team have been diligently ensuring that the tech in your company runs smoothly all year so what better way to say “thank you” than with a big order of scrumptious pizza?


Plenty Of Free And Open Source Tools To Monitor Your Server

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.


3 Things To Watch Out For When Buying A Home NAS

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.


How Google Manages Networking In Its Data Centres

We know Google has enormous data centres. A new blog post from the search giant reveals a key strategy in how it manages networking within those centres: by ignoring standards.


How To Avoid Server Sprawl With Docker

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.


The Number Of Data Centres In Australia Is Shrinking

Data centre equipment in Australia is a $2.5 billion a year business, but it ain’t the business it once was. Growing demand for cloud rather than building your own data centre means that we’re seeing a decline in building activity, especially for larger centres.


Why You Should Give Your Servers Strange Names

When you’re setting up any kind of server, it can be tempting to give the machine a functional or descriptive name. However, for security purposes it often makes sense to be more obtuse.


Building A 3000-Cabinet Data Centre Will Cost You At Least $97 Million

Building data centres is expensive. Equinix has announced plans to construct its fifth Australian data centre, and the price tag is a cool $97 million. No wonder we’re all heading to the cloud.


Why Only Three Web Server Platforms Matter

The market for web server software doesn’t show a lot of variation these days. If you name a popular site, there’s roughly a 50 per cent chance it will be using Apache.


Gallery: Raijin, NCI's Petaflop Supercomputer

Raijin is the supercomputer run by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), and used for a wide range of scientific research projects. Here’s an inside look at the computing and cooling gear that drives it.


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