Docker vs CoreOS Rkt

Unless you've been hiding under a rock in a datacenter from the last century, chances are you've heard of Docker, the leading software container solution on the market. And if so, you've likely heard of its chief competitor CoreOS as well. ...

SolarWinds vs SCOM

We've covered more than a handful of IT monitoring solutions, but few dominate their categories like SolarWinds and Microsoft SCOM, the two contenders in this match-up. From the network to the servers and applications, SolarWinds' suite of ...

SCOM vs Splunk

The enterprise's infrastructure monitoring needs have evolved drastically over the years; more often, firms need operational intelligence regarding the health and performance of a myriad of IT assets: physical/virtual servers, ...

Tanium vs SCCM

More often, catastrophic outages and security compromises can be traced back to simple misconfigurations and unpatched systems. This isn't to say that elements like pilot error and the workings of nefarious actors are not common—they ...

Splunk vs ELK

Log management solutions play a crucial role in an enterprise's layered security framework— without them, firms have little visibility into the actions and events occuring inside their infrastructures that could either lead to data ...

How-to: Master Your Unruly Services

Services are the programs that run in the background on servers. All OSes come with a set of base services and most software utilizes services as well. Effectively managing servers means controlling these services—knowing what is there, ...

How-to: Fix Your Horrifically Inconsistent IT State

This article is part of our ongoing How-to series that focuses on ways to keep your environment ready and yourself sane in real world scenarios.

UpGuard 101: Verifying Windows Groups

This article is part of our ongoing UpGuard 101 series that focuses on ways to use UpGuard to keep your environment ready and yourself sane in real world scenarios.

UpGuard 101: Managing IIS Server Configs

This article is part of our ongoing UpGuard 101 series that focuses on ways to use UpGuard to keep your environment ready and yourself sane in real world scenarios.

Infrastructure as Code Showdown: Terraform vs. CloudFormation

When we speak of the DevOps and continuous delivery/integration (CI/CD) toolchain, we’re referring to a superset of tools—many with overlapping capabilities—for helping organizations achieve faster and safer deployment velocity.  This ...

Puppet vs Chef Revisited

Puppet and Chef have both evolved significantly since we covered them last—suffice to say, we’re long overdue in revisiting these two heavy-hitters. In this article we’ll take a fresh look at their core components along with new ...

5 Commonly Encountered Problems in Puppet Enterprise

Puppet Enterprise is a great platform for automating the configuration and deployment of applications to servers, but as a sophisticated infrastructure management tool with numerous interconnected moving parts-- can be a challenge to ...

Apache vs Nginx

  The biggest players in the web server business, Apache and IIS, have had the field to themselves for a long time. Now, however, they have to contend with a few seriously capable upstarts, the most prominent of which is Nginx (pronounced ...

SCOM vs Nagios

For today’s busy sysadmin, systems health and performance monitoring tools like Microsoft’s SCOM (Systems Center Operations Manager) and the open-source Nagios are invaluable. They enable at-a-glance monitoring of large numbers of servers ...

Ansible vs Puppet

Today’s sys admin and devops professionals have to manage, on average, a much larger number of servers hosting a much larger number of applications, than their counterparts from as recently as the 90’s. Blame this on the exponential growth ...

[Infographic] Docker vs. Vagrant

With the huge growth in virtualization and cloud computing, there has also been a correspondent increase in the average number of virtual machines (VM) that today’s admin has to manage. Manually creating a full VM on today’s virtualizers, ...
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