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What to look for in a server rack?

I'm looking to purchase a rack/enclosure for some servers. As this is my first time shopping for this type of equipment, I need to know what to look for. I'm asking not only about how to buy the rack, ...
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What types of systems have to “scale up” rather than “scale out”?

I have been wondering for a long time if there are systems that have to "scale up" (onto a more powerful, more expensive server) rather than "scale out" by being split across many smaller servers. ...
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guidelines for wiring an office

Does anyone have a link for recommended network wiring for office space? Runs per wall plate, wall plates per room, that sort of thing.
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Is anybody using Splunk in a large-scale production environment?

I've been watching the videos at splunk.com and really it's hard to believe that one can get all those features for free, there's still that "where's the catch?" in the back of my head. So it'd be ...
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On-site campus infrastructure migration to Amazon EC2. Feasible?

After a recent power outage, we've been re-evaluating how we can most effectively provide, maintain, and support our IT resources. One idea we've been considering is to move our non-critical ...
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What causes network cable to not work?

I've installed a bunch of cat-5 and when I check it for continuity and polarity it seems fine, but when I hook up a pair of laptops with a x-over cord and try to ping between them, they can detect ...
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Fibre Optic Cabling - Where to start?

I'm a sysadmin/developer that works for a small IT company. We are having a new office building built, and we have a limited time window in which to put in the core infrastructure network cabling that ...
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Best practice to trunk two GB switches?

I already read some similar questions but I still have no clue on how to do it the right way. I have a D-Link DGS-1248T 48 port GB-switch with 4 mini GBIC ports and I want to connect it to another ...
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When should an org invest in a private infrastructure as opposed to a partially or fully hosted solution? [duplicate]

Not referring to militaries or governments, but for other organizations or shops that needs an IT infrastructure (who doesn't nowadays). Similar to this question, but purely in regard to hardware ...