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HP's 'Machine' is a big bet on the future of server hardware

Posted June 11, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Hewlett-Packard is reportedly developing a powerful new type of computer that draws on technologies under development at HP Labs, including memristors and silicon photonics.

Apple’s HealthKit could take the fun out of dessert [CARTOON]

Posted June 6, 2014 - 6:00 am

Do we really want our doctors getting alerts about what we’re doing?

EPA urges efficiency, many data centers still far from it

Posted June 3, 2014 - 4:51 pm

One large company's approach to improving energy efficiency by using aggressive server management.

Choosing a Linux web server: Nginx vs. Apache

Posted June 3, 2014 - 6:00 am

The rise in popularity of nginx and the steady decline of Apache in the web server market has caused many to believe that the choice has become clear cut for new deployments. Indeed, in my most recent larger scale server setup I ended up choosing nginx for the job - but should I have?

Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization cloud-style

Posted June 2, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments.

Lenovo's new ThinkServer: Low sticker price, lots of upgrade options

Posted May 28, 2014 - 12:58 pm

We tested the Lenovo RD440 as a base-unit, 2U server. We found it pretty generic on the surface, but options, including software pre-loads, increase its potential utility for volume users and especially smaller operations.

Unplug ghost servers, save a bundle

Posted May 12, 2014 - 10:48 am

The Uptime Institute estimates that 20% of all racked IT equipment has no use other than to warm the planet. But for data center operators that do manage to unplug equipment, savings can be significant.

SanDisk announces 4TB SSD, hopes for 8TB next year

Posted May 2, 2014 - 2:39 pm

While announcing the launch of its new line of 4TB enterprise-class SSDs this week, SanDisk also said it plans to up the ante for capacity.

HP creates a new way to sell data centers

Posted May 2, 2014 - 11:53 am

Hewlett-Packard is selling its data center services in a new way, via a program it calls "facilities as a service," or FaaS.

Unplugging the data center

Posted May 1, 2014 - 1:49 pm

AMAG shut down its data center, moved everything to the cloud, went wireless everywhere, made BYOD standard practice, and did away with desktop phones. The head of IT shares the lessons learned.

Power and cooling in the age of the 'hypescale' data center

Posted April 29, 2014 - 11:42 am

With Intelligent Foundation, Emerson Power claims it delivers a more efficient, reliable, scalable and secure data center.

The data center of 2025 revealed

Posted April 29, 2014 - 11:19 am

A survey that challenged IT managers to imagine the data center of 2025 offers up some optimistic, even surprising, findings.

Google shows homegrown server with IBM Power chip

Posted April 28, 2014 - 9:09 pm

IBM's efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centers just got a big shot in the arm from Google.

The background on Apple's '103-degree data center'

Posted April 25, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Data center experts say the high intake temps at Apple's data center now fall within industry guidelines.

With OpenPower, IBM tries to turn the tables on Intel

Posted April 23, 2014 - 5:50 pm

An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Arista co-founder may have switch maker by its jewels

Posted April 23, 2014 - 2:39 pm

The future of Arista Networks, the hot data center switching company that just filed to go public, could rest in the outcome of a lawsuit filed against it by one of its founders.

Microsoft takes Iowa from corn to .com

Posted April 23, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Fiber, low-cost power has Microsoft building nearly 1.5M square-feet of data center space

Government CIOs face data center consolidation challenges

Posted April 14, 2014 - 11:54 am

Federal CIOs face pressure to consolidate their agencies' data center infrastructure. Those challenge are much bigger than just an IT, and experts advise CIOs to develop strategic plans so that consolidation improves application delivery and supports priorities such as cloud computing and virtualization.

Google, Apple, Facebook get Greenpeace Cloud tick, and AWS branded among the dirtiest

Posted April 9, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Greenpeace has marked Google, Apple, and Facebook as the cleanest datacentre operators for transparency, policy, efficiency, and advocacy in its most recent Clicking Clean report, published this month.

Intel and SGI test full-immersion cooling for servers

Posted April 8, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Intel and SGI have been testing a supercomputer that's kept cool by submerging the electronics completely in fluid, a system they say can dramatically reduce energy bills.

Coca Cola jumps on IBM's private cloud

Posted April 8, 2014 - 2:06 pm

IBM has won a five-year contract to manage Coca Cola Amatil's (CCA) mission-critical SAP infrastructure on its private Cloud hosted in its Sydney datacenter.

IT leaders pursue data center innovation to beat the heat

Posted April 2, 2014 - 12:17 pm

The perennial data center quest to beat the heat has sparked a wave of innovation in enterprise computing.

New Cisco switches take aim at big data centers, data applications

Posted March 26, 2014 - 11:07 am

Cisco this week is unveiling two new configurations of its recently-launched Nexus 9000 switches, a new 40G Nexus switch. In addition, Cisco is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its UCS server.

Researchers explore growing solar panels from bacteria

Posted March 25, 2014 - 2:21 pm

MIT researchers have taken the first steps toward creating solar panels from living material by combining bacteria with nonliving materials such as gold that can conduct electricity and emit light.

Dell unveils fabric switch, SDN controller

Posted March 25, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Dell this week rolled out products designed to help customers build and scale cloud environments.

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