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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 solutions ensure that the whole stack is performing optimally; similarly, SCOM/Systems Center 2016 provides monitoring across applications, workloads, and infrastructures. Let's see how they stack up in this head-to-head comparison.

Filed under: data center, Microsoft, monitoring, IT operations, SolarWinds, SCOM

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, applications/services, security devices, and more. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and Splunk are two leading solutions on the market for monitoring datacenter health and performance; let's see how they compare for keeping the enterprise IT ship afloat.

Filed under: data center, Microsoft, IT security, monitoring, IT operations, SCOM, Splunk

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 certainly are—but IT asset misconfigurations tend to be the lowest common denominator in most of these scenarios. That being the case, a plethora of solutions focus on systems management for maintaining strong security and quality of service. Tanium and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) are two such solutions competing in this space.

Filed under: Microsoft, vulnerabilities, continuous security, Tanium, SCCM, IT operations

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services vs GitHub

When it comes to modern software development, collaboration is the name of the game; to this end, development teams have more than ample selection of tools at their disposal these days. With a user base in the double digit millions, GitHub is the perennial favorite for sharing, collaborating, and repositing code, but the recently revamped Visual Studio Online—now known as Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)—may soon be stealing some of its thunder.

Filed under: Agile, devops, Microsoft, github

DevOps and Goliath: The Microsoft Toolchain

Most people associate DevOps with open source platforms and applications and with good reason. In the forward for the book Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET, Dave Farley, who literally wrote the book on continuous delivery, writes, “I think it fair to say that some of the initial innovation in the Continuous Delivery space came from the Open Stack community.” But Microsoft has been pushing itself as a viable option for continuous workflows, offering its Azure cloud platform and its Visual Studio Online products as alternatives to Linux-based solutions.

Filed under: devops, devops tools, Microsoft, Azure

10 Steps For Improving IIS Security

Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) is widely used in the enterprise, despite a less-than-stellar reputation for security. In fact, for many “IIS security” is a contradiction of terms—though in all fairness, Microsoft's web server solution has improved significantly over the years.  IIS 8.5 for server 2012 R2 and IIS 10 for 2016 have been hardened and no longer present the dangerous default configurations of older IIS iterations, but can still be further tightened. By following these 10 steps, you can greatly increase security for your IIS web apps and servers.

Filed under: security, IIS, Microsoft, policies

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 throughout a network, which is doubly critical in case of a widely geographically dispersed network setup such as in a WAN or MAN. Though they broadly achieve the same goals, SCOM and Nagios come at it from quite different directions.

Filed under: Microsoft, monitoring, IT operations, SCOM, Nagios

AWS vs Azure

Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure are the big boys of the cloud computing world, even though AWS is much bigger than Azure. How much bigger? Well, AWS’s server capacity is about 6 times larger than the next 12 competitors combined.

Filed under: amazon, AWS, cloud, Microsoft, Azure, IT management

SCCM vs Puppet

Open-source vs. proprietary? In the software universe, this debate has raged on in almost all sub-sectors – OS’s, databases, and even in the CM arena, where SCCM vs. Puppet are two of the heavyweight champs slugging it out. But beyond that philosophical difference in origin, they also take two completely different paths to the destination of easing the sys admin’s life.

Filed under: puppet, devops, Microsoft