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  • Server virtualisation planning: Systems management keys to success

    Like every technology that has come before it, the route to success with virtualisation lies in solid, standardised processes and management software to automate and govern the execution of these processes. Process discipline and streamlined management automation have long been operational mandates, but the advent of virtualisation on industry-standard servers exacerbates these requirements.

  • Does IT have a part to play in cutting energy costs?

    IT used be about IT systems while power and cooling was left to the facilities guys. But a new breed of enterprises is changing this set up as responsibilities are shared.

  • Is vSphere enough to allay cloud fears?

    There's little doubt that the take-up of cloud computing within enterprises has not been in line with the hype: there's been much more talk than action. VMware's vSphere inititiave promises to address some of the concerns but there's still some way to go.

  • 5 IT skills that won't boost your salary

    Technical skills may never die, but areas of expertise wane in importance as technology advances, forcing companies to evolve and IT staff to forsake yesterday's crafts in favour of tomorrow's must-have talents.

  • Do you know what's in your data centre?

    A survey released recently found that data centre managers don't know what's in their data centres -- which suggests that managing them might prove a bit of a challenge.

  • New management products from Tivoli

    IBM has announced that the IBM Change and Configuration Management Database (CCMDB) is to ship 30 June, along with three Process Manager tools. The company's Al Zollar discusses what they mean for users.

  • Enabling ITIL via intelligent infrastructure management

    Before you can implement IT service management best practices, you need to know your network - and intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) tools are one way to get that information reliably.

  • Asset management moves beyond tracking inventory

    You need to run IT as a business, and that means you need to sort out your asset management.

  • On-Demand computing - in plain English

    When you peel away the marketing spin and the many terms used to describe this phenomenon, you can reduce it to two phrases that everybody understands: "waste not, want not" and "pay as you go".

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