Stories by Tom Yager

  • Backup exec eases media management

    In these days of RAID arrays, redundant components, and server clusters, tape backups have been shoved out of the data-protection limelight. Backups have never been glamorous, but they remain your best defence against data loss. In such a mundane field, you might think there is little room for innovation and even less for surprise. But Backup Exec Multi-Server Edition 7.3, released just after changing hands from Seagate Software to Veritas, is both innovative and surprising.

  • Pricey Warp Server disappoints

    In the battle for the PC server market, every player needs to set its operating system apart from the others. Microsoft throws mountains of functionality into Windows NT and gives its users massive free updates. Novell NetWare has good performance, leading-edge directory services, and a loyal installed user base.

  • WebTrends delivers traffic analysis to Linux

    When it comes to evaluating Web site profitability, a raw hit count might impress disinterested outsiders, but management, sales, IT and prospective advertisers need to know more. Detailed information about customer behaviour is what keeps things running smoothly and new business rolling in, and if you're running Linux, those details can be particularly hard to come by.

  • DevPartner Studio leads to better code

    Microsoft's Visual Studio 6.0 is a remarkable package, delivering advanced editions of the most popular development tools for Windows. Yet for all of its enhancements in editing and project management, Microsoft seems to have left us imperfect programmers to our own devices. Visual Studio's debuggers, for C++ in particular, have not seen a significant advance in years. Now, finally, help for C++ and other languages is on the way.

  • MetaFrame embraces 'other' clients

    Although network computers and Windows terminals have yet to catch on, thin-client computing still has a significant role to play in the distributed applications strategies of some organisations. Linking desktops to remote application servers enhances security, centralises management and monitoring, pools valuable per-seat licences, and saves money on desktop upgrades. Using Windows NT Terminal Server Edition, you can turn any Windows program into a distributed application.

  • NetWare for Linux: neat party trick

    Linux is finally getting some of the respect it deserves - you can get a stable, commercial Linux version from Caldera or Red Hat that equips your network with Web, FTP, e-mail, DNS, network file sharing, and other services. And if you don't mind a lengthy download - your Linux server can run NetWare. However, unless your needs are limited, it might not be worth it.