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Data centers are the new polluters

Posted August 26, 2014 - 12:41 pm

U.S. data centers use more electricity than they need, a new report finds, and IT managers are too cautious about managing power and businesses are unwilling to invest in energy conservation.

Why it doesn't make sense to gzip all content from your web server

Posted August 25, 2014 - 6:00 am

Performance tuning your web server is super important. You can gain a significant speed boost while reducing server load by using caching and other techniques. From a client perspective, reducing network transmission and bandwidth is also important, that’s where gzip compression comes in.

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

Posted August 20, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Tesla Motors and other manufacturers have set their sites on achieving lower lithium-ion battery costs through economies of scale, which should enable power storage systems for solar energy.

A basic encryption strategy for storing sensitive data

Posted August 20, 2014 - 11:45 am

A rule to live by with sensitive data is that at some point, your server will be compromised. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to protect your data, and more importantly your customer’s data, from a server breach.

IT outages are an ongoing problem for the U.S government

Posted August 19, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Fully 70% of federal agencies experienced downtime of 30 minutes or more in a recent one-month period.

As sharks circle, IBM prepares its x86 exit

Posted August 19, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Rivals dish up some fear, uncertainty, and doubt in an effort to poach IBM System x users.

Shootout at the TCO corral

Posted August 14, 2014 - 1:32 pm

A few weeks ago VMware released a blast at Amazon's recently released total cost of ownership (TCO) bake-off model that compared AWS cloud services with the on-premise vSphere suite of virtualization products. VMware called the AWS online tool "biased and inaccurate."

Wyoming to close data centers in cloud shift

Posted August 14, 2014 - 9:58 am

The state of Wyoming is planning to discontinue most of its data center operations and move its physical equipment to commercial co-location facilities.

Oracle's Sparc M7 chip to supercharge in-memory computing

Posted August 12, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Oracle has given the first peek at its upcoming Sparc M7 processor, promising big performance gains for customers who use the in-memory compute features of its 12C database.

IBM opening two state-of-the-art disaster recovery/resiliency centers

Posted August 12, 2014 - 12:01 pm

IBM is about to cut the ribbon officially opening two new state-of-the-art data centers intended to provide disaster recovery and resiliency services, one in the Raleigh, N.C. area and other in Mumbai, India.

Federal CIOs lean on virtualization, shared services to trim data centers

Posted August 11, 2014 - 9:56 am

Viewing the data center as the focal point of an ambitious set of technology initiatives, federal CIOs are working aggressively to slash server counts and consolidate facilities as they position their agencies to adopt cloud applications, roll out mobile technologies and support big data projects.

F5 CTO: We're working hard on the transition to software

Posted August 6, 2014 - 9:22 pm

F5 Networks is a veteran player in the network management market, having sold its load balancing hardware - or application delivery controllers, as it prefers to call them - to large numbers of data center customers.

Build your own private cloud

Posted August 4, 2014 - 10:56 am

Borrowing from public cloud architecture and technologies, the private cloud weaves a new management layer around virtualized data center systems.

Mysterious Google Barge headed for the scrap heap

Posted August 1, 2014 - 11:57 am

Like previous famous barges before it, Google's barge on the east coast is about to meet an ignominious end. After months of speculation about what its ultimate purpose would be the Portland, Maine Google barge is headed for the scrap heap, literally.

Whatever happened to Green IT?

Posted July 30, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Remember when "green computing" was all the rage? Companies competed for green awards, virtualized their data centers, set up e-waste committees, launched double-sided printing initiatives and activated power management features on PCs.

Solar power war between U.S. and Asia escalates

Posted July 29, 2014 - 2:59 pm

On the positive side, with the influx of cheap solar cells, the U.S. will be able to achieve its six-gigawatt installation goal this year.

GCC wins lifetime achievement award - and also takes heat from Linus Torvalds

Posted July 29, 2014 - 6:00 am

The venerable GNU compiler wins the ACM’s Programming Languages Software Award while simultaneously coming under fire from the Linux creator

NoSQL is a no go once again

Posted July 25, 2014 - 11:00 am

Twice now I’ve deeply investigated NoSQL for an upcoming project, and twice now I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be a bad decision.

Don’t overdo it on System Administrator Appreciation Day [CARTOON]

Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:00 am

Be sure to show your sysadmin how much you appreciate him or her today - but keep it sane

Non-IBM Power8 servers to appear early next year

Posted July 24, 2014 - 4:08 pm

The first third-party servers licensed to use IBM's Power architecture will be on the market early next year.

Why is the NoSQL choice so difficult?

Posted July 22, 2014 - 6:00 am

The last time I was evaluating NoSQL databases I ended up sticking with a relational database. I’m evaluating them again today and this time I’m pretty sure I’ll have to actually choose one. The choice is really hard for a number of reasons.

Data centers make migration to liquid cooling

Posted July 18, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Instead of screaming fans and meat locker temperatures, data centers are going to chill with water.

Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

Posted July 18, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Cisco this week expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined cloud offerings under their respective Cisco Unified Data Center and Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architectures.

Pennsylvania, a 'Fortune 20' state, consolidates IT

Posted July 16, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Pennsylvania has signed a seven-year deal with Unisys to consolidate the state's data centers and create an on-demand, cloud computing environment

Why a media giant sold its data center and headed to the cloud

Posted July 15, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Condé Nast's CTO says the media company is no longer in the business of maintaining a data center. It has gone 'all-in' on the cloud.

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