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Google Changes Net Neutrality Tune in Fiber Spat
July 31, 2013
The FCC is looking into a complaint that Google Fiber's ban on hosting computer servers on its network violates its Open Internet Order and Rules. Google Fiber told the FCC, among other things, that its policy was fully consistent with the Order and Rules, but critics contend the company has done an about-face on its previously vociferous support for Net neutrality.
Is ScaleIO EMC's Next VMware?
July 30, 2013
On its face, EMC's recently acquisition of ScaleIO seems pretty straightforward. The company said the deal will further strengthen its Flash portfolio by combining ScaleIO's highly scalable server software with PCIe Flash card solutions, like EMC XtremSF. ScaleIO will operate within the EMC Flash Product Division, becoming an integral part of the XtremSW Suite.
IBM's Smart CSL Buy
July 19, 2013
Over the past three-plus decades, it is hard to think of a business computing-related technology that's driven more fundamental value than virtualization, and it's for a very simple reason: Since hardware evolves at a far faster pace than software, systems tend to deliver far more performance than needed, meaning they are drastically underutilized.
Getting the Best Out of IT Partnerships, IBM-SAP Style
May 21, 2013
There's no shortage of partner initiatives at most annual IT vendor events, but that was especially apparent at SAP's recent Sapphire NOW conference in Orlando, Fla. In large part, it's simply the nature of the event beast. Vendors work for weeks or even months on conference-related announcements, hoping to garner the attention of energized, enthusiastic attendees.
FOSS Fact or Fiction? A Tale of Two Surveys
April 29, 2013
It's a well-known fact that statistics can be manipulated to suit virtually every occasion and purpose, but every once in a while an example comes along that illustrates that rule with breathtaking clarity. Case in point? Two recent surveys on the topic of FOSS that came out in the very same week.
Improving IT Ops Service Levels and Efficiency
April 22, 2013
New tools are available to help with service level management, but they require a new perspective on how IT infrastructure components should be managed. The key is to embrace a new ideal of managing every infrastructure component from the perspective of how it impacts end-user service levels. To do this, IT operations teams must understand the three laws of service-oriented IT operations management.
HP Targets a Cloud-Friendly Future With Moonshot Servers
April 08, 2013
HP on Monday announced the availability of a new platform of microservers in its Project Moonshot program as it tries to carve out a new energy efficient, lower-cost niche in the server market. The company says the new servers are designed to help companies and organizations deal with the challenges of current computing trends such as cloud computing, Big Data, and mobile and social usage.
Oracle Launches New Servers - and War of Words With IBM
March 28, 2013
Oracle launched new midrange and high-end Sparc T5 and M5 servers this week with claims that the T5 models have set 17 world records and performed better than IBM's Power 780 series. That set off a round of dueling statements between the companies. "Most Oracle benchmark claims are not audited or published, although they do have some industry benchmarks, including TPC-C," said IBM spokesperson Jeff Cross.
SimCity Mod Gives Gamers a Glimpse of What Could Have Been
March 14, 2013
Since it was announced months before its official release that SimCity would require an online connection to play, fans of the urban planning game have voiced their frustration. Their angst only intensified after this month's launch, which was plagued by crashes and server connection issues. However, a game modder has just released a demo that suggests the game can be played in an offline setting.
Swamped Servers Barricade SimCity From Players
March 07, 2013
Virtual city planners faced a crisis this week as a plague of server issues kept SimCity 5 gamers from connecting. This meant that building virtual roads, zoning communities, and all other jobs involved in creating a city in the game couldn't be accomplished. While essentially a single-player game, SimCity 5 requires that players have an Internet connection to play.
Open Source's Deep Dive Into the Enterprise
March 06, 2013
Server provisioning and configuration management and automation are the latest examples of where the tech industry is being driven, largely by open source software. The leading open source server and IT infrastructure automation frameworks, Opscode Chef and Puppet Labs' Puppet, sit on the leading edge of significant trends under way in enterprise IT.
Linaro, ARM and the Road to Total Linux Domination
November 08, 2012
Well it seems like the dust may finally be settling here in the Linux blogosphere, and Linux Girl is fervently hoping for some long-overdue rest. We endured the launch of Rectangle with Rounded Corners 5; we patiently listened to the endless blaring fanfare surrounding Windows 8's debut. Is there no end to the autumnal excitement?
Is Oracle Making an Offer Customers Can't Refuse?
October 02, 2012
On the first day of OpenWorld, Oracle unveiled a slew of products designed to position the company as the preeminent cloud vendor: a high-end server; an upgraded flagship database, version 12c, which will be released early next year; and a range of new or upgraded applications for the cloud.
On the Road to Ubiquitous Encryption: Are We There Yet?
September 22, 2012
In the not too distant future, all data, whether it is data at rest or in transit on a network, sensitive or not, will be encrypted. However, the performance overhead associated with encryption and decryption is one of the few remaining roadblocks to enterprise-wide adoption of this technology. Fortunately, new approaches such as on-chip acceleration are making the ubiquitous use of encryption feasible.
DeepField Maps the Intricacies of the Cloud
July 31, 2012
The cloud -- as in, the offsite storage of data -- is becoming as vast and ever-changing as clouds in the sky, but DeepField Networks announced an analytics tool that could allow the flow of cloud-based data to be mapped. This would include tracking traffic patterns, application performance and cost structure of networks for cloud computing companies as well as content providers and carriers.
Skype's Server Upgrade Triggers Wiretapping Worries
July 24, 2012
Fears have surfaced that Skype may be eavesdropping on communications over its service. The concern is that supernodes Microsoft is introducing to Skype could make it easier to monitor calls, because they route the voice data in addition to initiating communications between parties.
HP Bets on Atom for Low-Power Server Moonshot
June 20, 2012
HP announced on Monday that it will use an Intel Atom chip code-named "Centerton" in the first production server in its Project Moonshot program. This server is code-named "Gemini." Moonshot is aimed at creating servers with low power requirements that will cut data-center energy and space requirements, as well as costs.
Microsoft Sends In the Clouds at TechEd 2012
June 12, 2012
Microsoft put its updated cloud offerings and business tools in the spotlight Monday for the start of its annual TechEd Conference. In the keynote address kicking off the confab, Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft server and tools business, discussed Microsoft's focus on helping consumers transition to cloud computing.
Dell's Scrappy 'Copper' ARM-Based Server Initiatives
June 05, 2012
Dell's recent launch of its "Copper" initiatives and ecosystem, which aim to develop commercial ARM-based servers, proves one point: IT industry watchers love a fight, especially when it pits a youthful, upstart technology against an established heavyweight vendor. There are numerous others to choose from, but the Microsoft vs. Linux slugfest of the late 1990s is a case in point.
IBM Makes Siri Wait Outside
May 23, 2012
Enterprises are grappling with the growing trend of employees bringing their own devices for use at work and the security and other issues that gives rise to. However, IBM has implemented a simple solution: Prevent the use of certain apps on employees' mobile devices in the workplace. The company disables Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant, on employees' iPhones.
Intel's New Xeon CPUs: The Next Stage in the x86 Revolution
May 22, 2012
The x86 data center revolution has been a tale of industry standard upward mobility pressuring and displacing traditional systems. In essence, continually evolving x86-based systems and complementary technologies -- particularly virtualization, memory and I/O -- have provided hardware vendors the means to develop systems capable of challenging and beating traditional enterprise server platforms.
NAD Finds Oracle's Pants on Fire
May 12, 2012
It pays to advertise, right? Not necessarily, as Oracle found out when it tangled with IBM recently over advertisements in which Oracle claimed its servers were faster and much less expensive than IBM hardware. Unlike Oracle's headline-grabbing Java copyright and patent infringement suit against Google, Big Blue didn't spend big bucks to take on Oracle in court.
Sandy Bridge Delivers More Processing Horsepower for Integrated Next-Gen Systems
March 13, 2012
Intel's launch of its new Xeon processor E5-2600 product family marked numerous firsts for the company and x86 data centers. The new processors deliver leadership performance, best data center performance per watt, and breakthrough I/O innovation features, according to Intel. Overall, Intel believes E5-2600 processors are not only at the heart of next-generation servers and workstations, but will also power the next generation of storage and communication systems.
Dell's Enterprise Solutions Launch: Business Value Trumps Speeds and Feeds
February 29, 2012
In the run-up to the launch of any of Intel's newest generation Xeon CPUs, most every server vendor and its extended family starts jockeying for position over who has the bragging rights for the fastest, biggest, baddest x86 systems on the planet.

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