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PHP Opcode cache tuning with XCache

Posted September 16, 2014 - 6:00 am

PHP, for all of its shortcomings, is still an extremely popular language and a useful one as well. One of the things that makes it so useful - its dynamic and interpreted nature - also makes it more difficult to achieve decent performance. One area that can greatly improve PHP performance is the proper use of an Opcode cache extension.

New data center protects against solar storms and nuclear EMPs

Posted September 15, 2014 - 9:14 pm

A new 2,000-sq.-ft. data center in Pennsylvania was designed to protect against an electromagnetic pulse, either from a solar storm or a nuclear event.

If Tesla's Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can't others?

Posted September 9, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Tesla expects to use geothermal, wind and solar to achieve 100% renewable energy production.

Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick

Posted September 9, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Hardware improvements, rich storage options, and plenty of room for expansion add up to a very fast, flexible 2U workhorse.

Mayo Clinic turns to IBM's Watson to fill clinical trials

Posted September 8, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Mayo clinicians will leverage Watson's natural language processing and data analytics capabilities.

Dell, Emerson, HP and Intel to develop a replacement for IPMI server management

Posted September 8, 2014 - 1:59 am

New protocols will replace a 16-year-old standard that's way out of date.

Cisco retools UCS server line

Posted September 4, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Cisco this week revamped its UCS server line with systems designed to scale form the largest cloud deployment to those with only up to 15 servers.

Manage infrastructure convergence without losing your grip

Posted September 3, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Admins will wear many hats as they tackle the infrastructure convergence brought on by rampant data and application growth

Data centers are the new polluters

Posted September 2, 2014 - 2:59 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.

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.

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