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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.

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.

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