Category: CommunityThe Monthly Round-Up: April’s Best System Administration, Hosting, Security, and Enterprise IT Content

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The spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, which means you might have missed some of the best System Administration, Hosting, Security, and Enterprise IT content from April.  Luckily for you, we’ve gathered our favorite articles up and put them in one convenient place.  Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

System Administration

Apps for the Data Center Technician’s iPhone – Smartphones are now offering data center technical staff a new level of mobility by enabling them to have a view into critical data center systems, regardless of where they’re located. Data center technicians no longer have to be tethered to a PC, because many data center infrastructure vendors have mobile apps that provide just as powerful views as were once only available from a web browser on a PC.

Mobile Centers Of Excellence: A Stupid Name For A Smart Enterprise IT Idea – Many of the world’s biggest companies have only a couple of people in their entire IT department dedicated to mobile. This skeleton crew is responsible for building and maintainin the company’s mobile apps, devising strategies and solutions, handling employee issues around Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and distributing software (apps) that coworkers need to do their jobs.

Data Centers are Getting More Sophisticated, so Why Aren’t Our Metrics Keeping Up? – The word is out. Legislators in Iowa say Facebook is the company behind what could be a $1.5 billion data center project in Altoona, Iowa, that will result in 1.4 million square feet of data center space for the social network.

Three Reasons Why Sys Admin Jobs Are Not Threatened by Cloud – More often than not, concerns around cloud adoption are actually questions relating to job security of the IT staff once the company decides to adopt cloud. This is a misconception which none other than the IT departments who have gone through the transition can confirm.

Poor Data Access, Management, Security Cost Millions in Lost Sales for Enterprises – Research carried out recently by Voltage Security at the RSA conference in San Francisco has confirmed what most of us know, but many enterprises still have to take action on: the inability to access data is costing enterprises money, and specifically, according to this research, sales.

Inventive Graduate Student Builds Breakthrough Database – For some folks, deadlines can lead to innovation. One graduate student’s efforts to speed up his research has resulted in the inspired, high-speed parallel database MapD, we learn from DataInformed’s encouraging piece, “Fast Database Emerges from MIT Class, GPUs and Student’s Invention.”

Enterprise IT

Keep Your Data Close and Your Competitors’ Data Closer – Cloud provider ISVs (CPIs), aka Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) including Salesforce, Microsoft 365 and Google Apps, and ServiceNOW, are becoming increasingly important in many companies, with or without formal IT involvement, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest alert:

The Challenge of Mobility and Enterprise Security – First it was laptop computers, now its tablets. The enterprise is getting more mobile and IT groups have to find ways to ensure security can keep up.

Another Day, Another Datacenter Standard… – I read in the last week or so of another new “standard” being launched for the datacenter industry. Whilst I’m a big believer in the importance of running a well-designed and operated datacenter staffed with high quality people, the regular announcement of new “standards” worries me a little for a number of reasons.

On Centralized File Control – NTP Software Launches Universal File Access – The enterprise world is split between those who believe bottom-up approaches to file sharing (as typified by vendors like Box and Dropbox) will be the future of large organizations.

The Cloud is a Commodity, or is it? – Over the past few years there has been a lot of commentary about the commoditisation of IT due to the introduction of cloud computing and indeed that cloud itself is becoming a commodity.

Forrester: Middle-Aged Developers Driving Cloud Computing – Enterprise IT keeps trying to shove the public cloud genie back into a private cloud bottle, but the majority of developers are having none of that, according to Forrester principal analyst James Staten.

Tech Trends To Watch In May 2013 – Over the last several months we continued to see foundations being established for dramatic positive change in the federal IT ecosystem including the government contracting community.


Guidelines for Selecting a Web Host – Nowadays, there are thousands of companies out there offering web hosting services. As a result, many people end up confused and frustrated when looking for a host for their site. Here are some tips which will help you choose the best web host for your site.

10 Signs You Should Switch Web Hosts – Is it time to break up with your web host? It’s scary to end any relationship, and ending your relationship with your web host is not an exception.


Admin Beware: Attack Hitting Apache Websites is Invisible to the Naked Eye – Ongoing exploits infecting tens of thousands of reputable sites running the Apache Web server have only grown more powerful and stealthy since Ars first reported on them four weeks ago. Researchers have now documented highly sophisticated features that make these exploits invisible without the use of special forensic detection methods.

Cobb’s Blog is Back, After Dealing with WordPress and Linux Server Hacks – If you have missed this blog lately, that’s because it was offline for several weeks while I rebuilt it after a nasty case of criminal hacking forced it off the ‘net. What’s that you say? You’re shocked that a server belonging to security expert Stephen Cobb got hacked.

Pivotal Steps to Secure your Website from Hackers – Website Security is a hot topic around the blogosphere right now. Security means security of your site as well as security of your content. Here are some simple steps to protect your site from hackers, and to be afar from losing your precious Data. – See more at:

Phishers Breaking Into Web Hosting Servers to Launch Mass Attacks – Cyber-attackers are focusing their efforts on Web Hosting providers in order to use their facilities to launch mass phishing attacks, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

5 Human Threats Your IT Department Should Be Scared Of – IT spends a lot of time assuring that system hardware is up to date and running properly. But the most serious threats to our computer systems today isn’t from natural disaster, overheating of electrical equipment, or fires. The greatest threat our systems face comes from humans. Here are the five scariest.

In honor of Earth Day last month, we’ll leave you with a video of Felix Baumgartner jumping from space back to our planet…


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May 7, 2013, 10:01 amBy: Ben Ustick (1) Comment
  1. Susan Bilder: Security is always the number one concern when dealing with IT. It's worth the costs associated to protect your data. It's an area where paying more to ensure quality is recommended.
    May 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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