When the client counts as much as the technology

With a little more delay than what we expected, this GURU advisor issue too is online!
We have covered extensively about the power and usefulness of Git and of versioning in general, and in this issue you’ll find the second part of the article. 
But a technology alone is just a technology, it becomes useful when coupled with the proper tool to take advantage of it, so we have tested a selection of the best Git clients.
We started with the most famous and used, and as we didn’t just stopped by the first big names, we have discovered a huge ecosystem. In order to have coherent results, we used the same procedure (usage sequence) for all client, and we obtained a uniform experience.

Historically, we at GURU have mostly been inclined on the software side of things, but to break with the routine we decided to dedicate this issue’s cover to an interesting product used to cover an important number of use cases, hoping to arouse the curiosity to experiment in the field of middle-distance radio links.
In this segment of the market Ubiquiti is one of the main producers as it can cover an ample slice of the market and, in the last years, has improved a lot their graphical interface by making them appealing and intuitive, thus guaranteeing an improved user experience.
And for those who particularly enjoyed Ansible, we have the second part of the related article; finally, the updated list of Words of the Day and our bulletins.

Enjoy!

Seasons Greetings

This new issue, the twentieth, comes with the end of 2018 and Christmas holidays and somehow closes the first, initial cycle of the magazine, which made a long road in these three years spent together.

2018 has been the year of the GDPR for sure. The new regulation came into effect and affected the IT sector as a whole, from small SMBs to large multinationals as it required planning and developing a wide assortment of counter-measures. GURUadvisor has been tracking the phenomenon since the beginning and keeps doing it also with the valuable help of our attorney, who deals with the delicate matter of the Privacy by Design topic.

We at GURUadvisor are strongly believe that a conscious usage of IT tools comes from a proper knowledge and basic tuition, so we dedicated to articles to two new topics: GitLab and Ansible. This series will continue in the next issues.

We’d like to wish you a merry Christmas and a great New Year!

A last sprint before Summer

Summer holidays are getting closer and the GURU team is preparing to get its vacation time, hopefully well deserved.

We have crafted an issue with interesting content, starting with the column dedicated to Docker which covers storage and networking, going into deeper details of the technology.
After the impact of the new European regulation on privacy, the infamous GDPR, which we dedicated lots of space -and a cover as well- in the previous issues, we have done an on-the-field test of the tower server ML350 Gen9 by HPE. Gen10 is available too, yet Gen9 is still an high level product which is quite convenient provided configurations are not that extreme. A computer of this kind can be used in a SOHO environment where an Active Directory domain is required as per the GDPR compliance.

We took a look at the future with the Technical Preview of Windows Server 2019, which will be released by the end of the year and promises several improvements in terms of security, hybrid cloud, hyper-convergence and applications (the DevOps world related to containers).

But the article that got the cover of this issue is the one dedicated to a large comparative between Cloud Server services offered by the main national and international providers. We’ve tested in depth many services, not just to measure their performances, rather focusing on features and modalities offered: ease of use, interface, management and modification of instances, offerings, etc.. . The result is a very interesting comparison between big players like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, but also newer and “smaller” realities like DigitalOcean and Stellar.

So have a good read and enjoy your vacations!

GDPR is around the corner

It’s only a month before the new regulation on data protection goes into effect and this new issue of GURU advisor devotes the cover and a detailed article to one of the hottest topics of the moment.

Our lawyer has analyzed several aspects of the GDPR with the goal of providing us with a clear understanding of the fulfillments that will include in an extended and tangible all IT departments and consultants in Europe and most of the world.

As promised in the last issue, an article is devoted to two of the most spectacular and dramatic vulnerabilities of the last few decades: Meltdown and Spectre. We’ve recapped their history, characteristics and actual situation with a couple of remarks on the communication from vendors and manufacturers.

FreeNAS is an operating system we’ve been covering from a long ago, so we cover the new release that includes a new graphical user interface and interesting news under the hood, including several improvements and virtual machines management.

Docker and Container avid readers will like the second part of our introductional guide on the topic, which is about the first practical steps to create and use containers, while waiting for further articles about this new and apparently mysterious technology...

We are ready for another year together

Despite fewer issues of GURU advisor last year (and we are working to invert the tendency), we strive as always to produce quality content.

The first issue of 2018 covers one of the hottest topics of the IT world, that is, Docker and the whole containers ecosystem.
It’s really a vast topic with plenty of aspects that can’t be covered in a single article: therefore we are about to write a sort of column with different chapters, each one dedicated to a certain aspect of the matter, from the origin to the actual situation.

Windows and Windows Server are covered in two different articles about Project Honolulu and Chocolatey. These are two platforms conceived to work within a Windows environment that helps sysadmins a lot in a number of ways, from the installation of updates to the deployment of software packages and the management of whole clusters.

Have fun and may 2018 be a good year!

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Word of the Day

The term Edge Computing refers, when used in the cloud-based infrastructure sphere, the set of devices and technologies that allows...

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The acronym SoC (System on Chip) describes particular integrated circuit that contain a whole system inside a single physical chip:...

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The acronym PtP (Point-to-Point) indicates point-to-point radio links realized with wireless technologies. Differently, PtMP links connects a single source to...

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Hold Down Timer is a technique used by network routers. When a node receives notification that another router is offline...

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In the field of Information Technology, the term piggybacking refers to situations where an unauthorized third party gains access to...

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Download of the Day

Netcat

Netcat is a command line tool that can be used in both Linux and Windows environments, capable of...

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Fiddler

Fiddler is a proxy server that can run locally to allow application debugging and control of data in...

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Adapter Watch

Adapter Watch is a tool that shows a complete and detailed report about network cards. Download it here.

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DNS DataView

DNS DataView is a graphical-interface software to perform DNS lookup queries from your PC using system-defined DNS, or...

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SolarWinds Traceroute NG

SolarWinds Traceroute NG is a command line tool to perform advanced traceroute in Windows environment, compared to the...

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