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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.

HP, Intel, GM and Walmart demand changes to renewable energy industry

Posted July 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Frustrated by a lack of renewable energy and a purchasing system that's too complicated, a dozen major US companies have joined an initiative to force the government and utilities to change.

Cisco mulling membership in Google, Microsoft Ethernet group

Posted July 10, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Cisco is considering joining a handful of companies, including Google and Microsoft, that have defined a specification for 25Gbps and 50Gbps Ethernet for data centers requiring greater than 10/40Gbps.

Fortune 100 companies saved $1.1B using renewable energy

Posted July 7, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Clean energy is no longer just the bastion of crunchy granola types and companies hoping to improve their public image.

Cisco, NetApp mark progress

Posted June 30, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Cisco and NetApp say FlexPod integrated IT infrastructure system generated $3 billion in joint sales in three years.

Historical computing: The launch of the IBM System/360

Posted June 30, 2014 - 1:17 pm

In 1964 IBM announced one of the most famous mainframes ever, the IBM System/360 which, on the low end versions ran at 0.0018 to 0.034 MIPS. For the time, that was serious performance ... in comparison, the iMac I'm writing this on runs at 92,100 MIPS.

HP's giant Proliant challenges big iron from IBM, Oracle

Posted June 30, 2014 - 12:56 pm

HP's new Proliant challenges big iron from IBM and Oracle with 60-core, 4U, high-performance hardware.

The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

Posted June 24, 2014 - 9:23 pm

We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

Leveraging Microsoft Azure as your disaster recovery/failover data center

Posted June 23, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to replicate VMs to Azure.

3 steps for moving Cisco's Catalyst 6500 to the Nexus 9000

Posted June 23, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Cisco is anxious for data center switching customers to move to its new line and is recommending how.

Does HP have a development pipeline or a pipe dream?

Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:26 am

HP claims that its light-based, next-generation Machine will do everything except scrub the kitchen sink. But given HP's recent innovation track record, why should we believe any of it?

Facebook announces its open data-center switch

Posted June 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Facebook has taken networking into its own hands, building a switch to link servers inside its data centers, and wants to make the platform available to others.

Unisys phasing out decades-old mainframe processor for x86 chips

Posted June 17, 2014 - 10:21 am

Unisys is shifting to Intel's Xeon chips for its flagship servers.

Diagnosing high disk utilization in MySQL

Posted June 16, 2014 - 10:30 am

MySQL is a powerful and performant database engine that often suffers from performance issues due to misconfiguration. Obvious culprits for bottlenecks are available memory and CPU resources but disk I/O can be a common problem as well.

HP places its data center bet on 'the machine'

Posted June 13, 2014 - 9:17 am

Many industry leaders over the years have developed technology to drive data center innovation. However, columnist Rob Enderle writes that HP's Machine concept -- which treats the data center as an appliance -- looks to redesign the data center from the ground up.

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