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How companies are cutting costs

Nearly half of companies working to reduce costs attempt to avoid permanent layoffs, according to recent survey results, opting instead to freeze salaries and cut travel expenses.

SolarWinds acquires Kiwi Enterprises

SolarWinds announced Monday it had acquired for an undisclosed sum the assets of New Zealand-based software maker Kiwi Enterprises, best known for its free management and configuration tools.

Survey: 1 in 4 DNS servers still vulnerable to Kaminsky flaw

Despite industry efforts to lock down DNS servers, one in four remain vulnerable to cache poisoning due to the well-documented Kaminsky flaw identified earlier this year and another 40 percent could be considered a danger to themselves and others, re...

7 things that will sink virtualization

Many IT professionals measure the success of a technology deployment by all the things they did (see "7 tips for succeeding with virtualization"), but some say a successful virtualization implementation often can be the result of things IT didn't do....

SolarWinds manages VMware servers for free

SolarWinds last week unveiled a free tool designed to help IT managers monitor a single VMware ESX Server and incorporated virtual server support into its Orion network management software to enable enterprises to better control larger virtual enviro...

Economy freezing IT budgets, US survey shows

Despite earlier plans to boost budgets in 2009, the recent economic crisis has many IT leaders in the US tightening their belts and preparing for sparse spending in the coming months.

Infoblox upgrade thwarts DNS attacks

Infoblox Monday announced upgrades across its line of core network services appliances that are designed to better protect DNS servers from cache poisoning and other malicious attacks.

Could 'fat-tree' switch setup trim data center costs?

Buying faster switches might not be the only way to amp up performance across data center networks, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, who this week proposed a network architecture that would enable commodity Etherne...

The dos and don'ts of IT job seeking

Social networking sites offer IT job seekers the resources to find peers with similar skills and learn more about employers. But candidates should be aware that the online outlets also provide employees a glimpse into the personal lives of potential ...

Mainframe here to stay, survey says

The future looks bright for the mainframe as a majority of IT managers report they will continue to use the systems for legacy applications and start moving new workloads that could benefit from the mainframe's availability and scalability onto the p...

IT worker confidence hits all-time low

Now more than ever American IT workers fear the weakening US economy will impact their ability to find and keep jobs in high-tech, according to research released Wednesday.

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