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The Data Center Retirement Plan
September 25, 2010
An often-overlooked aspect of data center transformation is what to do with the older assets as newer systems come online. Much of the retiring IT equipment can possess sensitive data, may be sources of significant economic return, or need at least need to be recycled according to various regulations.
If Client Virtualization Is What You Want, Better Watch Your Back End
September 18, 2010
We've all heard about client virtualization or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) over the past few years, and there are some really great technologies for delivering a PC client experience as a service. But today's business and economic drivers need to go beyond just good technology. There also needs to be a clear rationale for change -- both business and economic.
10 MS Exchange Practices Most Companies Should Shun
September 13, 2010
Deploying, managing and maintaining the high availability of the Microsoft Exchange 2010 email platform in enterprise environments is no small feat. Given the increased complexity of this new Microsoft platform, there are numerous key decisions to be made as the precursor to keeping Exchange running smoothly.
VMware Buys Parts for Its 'Virtual Giant'
August 31, 2010
VMware on Tuesday announced two purchases aimed at furthering its vision of the future of IT. One is Integrien, which offers software that -performs real=time application and infrastructure performance analysis. The other is TriCipher, which offers secure access management and enterprise identity federation for Software as a Service applications.
Canonical's (Possibly) Excellent Adventure
June 17, 2010
Canonical's Ubuntu may have that special je ne sais quoi when it comes to the desktop, but will enterprise users be similarly enchanted by its new commercial support? That's the question of the moment, as Linux bloggers ponder the company's recent foray into Red Hat territory with its new Advantage enterprise service.
Apple Lets Mini Be All That It Can Be
June 15, 2010
Apple has updated its Mac mini with a redesign and under-the-hood computing overhaul. The most significant enhancements include an HDMI output -- used to connect the Mac mini to an HDTV -- and an SD card slot that allows transfer of photos and videos from a digital camera. Apple has also upgraded the mini's graphics and computing firepower.
Learning to Love Reasonable Downtime
May 24, 2010
Working for a disaster recovery solutions designer is often difficult. After being bombarded by ad slogans, magazine articles and just plain life experience, many company executives are looking to achieve a mythical figure for server uptime. Perceived uptime of 99.999 percent -- or "five nines" -- equates to about five minutes and 30 seconds of unexpected downtime per year, and the number is achievable.
Microsoft Dishes Up New Flavor of SQL Server 2008
April 22, 2010
Microsoft announced a new revision of its SQL server software Wednesday, a version that the software maker is hailing as the "most complete information platform for managing, accessing and delivering information" in the corporate environment. "It's definitely a complete platform because it gets them to the scale that they wanted to get to in terms of managing data," said PASS President Rushabh Mehta
Intel's Xeon 7500 Processors Are a Game Changer
April 6, 2010
For many years, a clear line has separated the capabilities of servers based on Intel's x86 microprocessor architecture and "enterprise class" systems leveraging RISC, EPIC and mainframe technologies. People may argue over the length and width of that line, but the traditional reliability, availability and security of enterprise systems gave them a clear technological edge.
Making the Case for Next-Gen Unix Systems
February 16, 2010
Three big announcements surfaced recently: Oracle said it would continue investing in Sun's Sparc; Intel introduced the Itanium processor 9300 series; and IBM launched its next-generation Power7 microprocessor, along with a quartet of high-performance servers. What was really going on beneath the surface?
IBM Taps Green Power With New Chips, Servers
February 8, 2010
IBM on Monday launched a one-two punch with its new Power7 processors, which the company claims have twice the performance of the Power6 line but consume less power. These processors power IBM's Unix servers, four new models of which were also unveiled Monday in a move that might strengthen IBM's position in the Unix server market. The Power7 uses a 45 nanometer process.
When It Comes to Server Migration, You Can Learn a Lot From a Twit
January 18, 2010
OK folks, Twitter may be a fad, but it is also a wealth of information into real people's problems, and I don't think it is going away anytime soon. In fact Google and Yahoo announced recently that they are going to begin crawling tweets, and they will appear in search queries. So yes, I am a fellow "twit," and proudly so, because I know how to use it to find the information that I am looking for.
Top 8 Enterprise Server Predictions for 2010
January 13, 2010
Although the enterprise server market has been among the hardest hit by the suffering economy, there is reason to be hopeful as 2009 draws to a close. I'd like to take a moment to share eight predictions of what we can look forward to in 2010 -- trends that have the potential to dramatically change the enterprise in the years to come.
Mac Mini Gets Down to Business
November 30, 2009
Cyberpunk author William Gibson once wrote, "The street finds its own use for things." That's been the case for the Mac mini since its introduction in 2005. Originally marketed as a personal computer, it quickly gained street cred as a media server for the blossoming digital living room. Now Apple has given its mighty mite a proper server configuration in the hopes of moving the white box from the home to the office.
Microsoft Pushes UC With Latest Exchange Release
November 9, 2009
Microsoft on Monday announced the worldwide release of Exchange Server 2010. Exchange Server 2010 is at the heart of Microsoft's unified communications push. The idea behind unified communications is to let users contact other people based on their availability and communicate with them in the best possible way.
Ubuntu Server 9.10 Looks Skyward
October 14, 2009
Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition will become available for free download on Oct. 29, and it may be able to give companies a quick on-ramp to cloud computing. The server software's list of new features is topped with Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud as a fully supported technology. UEC is the umbrella name for several cloud technologies, including the open source Eucalyptus project.
HP Works Macs Into the Media Server Mix
September 28, 2009
There's more for Mac users to like in a pair of media servers unwrapped this month by HP. The new media servers, the MediaSmart EX590 and EX495, offer an array of new features aimed at Apple-using households. They can collect media from Macs on a home network. Media collection can be automated so as new photos, video or music are added to a Mac on the Net, they will be automatically copied to the server.
EnterpriseDB Smooths Way for Oracle App Migration
June 16, 2009
EnterpriseDB, which has commercialized the PostgreSQL open source database, announced on Tuesday the fifth version of its Postgres Plus Advanced Server. This latest version of EnterpriseDB's relational database management system is designed to let users easily migrate more Oracle applications in order to cut costs.
Snow Leopard to Claw at Enterprise Front Doors
June 10, 2009
In what looks to be a bid to penetrate the corporate environment, Apple has provided Snow Leopard, its upcoming version of Mac OS X, with the ability to sync with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. On Tuesday, Apple previewed Mac OS X 10.6, aka "Snow Leopard," at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The Coming Visual Computing Revolution
May 18, 2009
For the last decade, the PC market has kind of sucked. Against the massive growth of the '90s, and with the exception of Apple, which didn't do well in that decade, the PC market has been a poor reflection of the excitement that once surrounded it. Part of the problem was the focus on computation and the lack of focus on things that make computing exciting.
Microsoft Serves Up Beta of Upcoming Exchange 2010
April 15, 2009
Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a public beta version of Microsoft Exchange 2010. This next version of Microsoft's email server will ship later this year, Microsoft said. The new Exchange version is built around a hybrid design that will form the infrastructure for a hosted email service at home or at the office.
Group Logic: A Mac/PC Referee for the Enterprise
April 13, 2009
More than a few eyebrows were raised in surprise last year when a survey of global IT administrators and C-level executives revealed that 80 percent of them had Apple Macintosh computers connected to their enterprise networks. Not among the surprised, however, was T. Reid Lewis.
An Xserve Lift, an iTunes Shift and a Gift Card Grift
April 10, 2009
Most of Apple's core products have seen some sort of refresh since last September, and it appears there aren't a whole lot left to update any time soon. Most recently, Apple unleashed Intel's Nehalem processors in its Xserve server line, which doubled the performance ... so, that's cool, but definitely cool for a limited audience of professional business users.
Microsoft Offers Small-Biz Server Value Meal
April 1, 2009
Software giant Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will offer a stripped-down version of its server software, targeting small businesses with fewer than 15 employees. Windows Server 2008 Foundation, priced at $1,000, provides small business customers with the ability to run business applications, house databases and host Web sites.
Dell Dives Deep Into Data Center Market
March 26, 2009
Dell on Wednesday announced a slew of products and services to underscore its thrust into the data center market. These include servers and workstations, lifecycle and system management software, storage, virtualization, and data center consulting services. It is offering 11th-generation PowerEdge servers and its Precision workstations, both based on the Intel Nehalem chip.
Adamo Springs Forth From Dell, Sun Sets in IBM's Backyard
March 23, 2009
The U.S. stock market had a really happy week last week. The market was on a long rally, and a number of high-profile technology vendors made interesting moves. The first was the release of Dell's Adamo product -- the first laptop offering that really was rethought as more of an art project than a typical laptop. While expensive, it actually feels worth it.
Cisco Wraps Arms Around Enterprise Computing
March 16, 2009
Networking giant Cisco Systems unveiled a slew of new products and services Monday that promise to simplify, consolidate and lower the cost of running vast computer networks at large businesses. The new products and services fall under an initiative Cisco calls the "Unified Computing System," which unites computing, networking, storage access and virtualization into a scalable, single system.
HP, Sun Buddy Up to Offer Solaris on ProLiant Servers
February 26, 2009
Rivals Sun Microsystems and HP have inked a new multiyear agreement that enables HP to sell and support Sun's Solaris operating system on HP ProLiant server and blade system computers. The new deal's intent is to increase demand for Solaris on both HP ProLiant servers and server blades in new markets.
Marvell Offers Mini Plug Computer for Consumer, Network, Appliance Designs
February 25, 2009
Marvell has created a new Plug Computing initiative to help developers build high-performance, always-on, always-connected and environmentally friendly little computer devices that plug into electrical wall sockets and act like embedded or appliance computers in the home.
IBM Spreads Cloud Cover Across the Globe
February 11, 2009
IBM has rolled out new products and services -- along with a joint network offering with partner Juniper Networks -- that solidifies its foothold in the enterprise cloud computing space. The IBM-Juniper offering is an infrastructure play targeting IBM's private cloud clients.
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