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Network firewalls aren't dead yet

Posted March 6, 2014 - 12:11 pm

After 20-plus years of service, the technology remains a core part of the IT security stack despite its long predicted demise.

At Goldman Sachs SDN is déjà vu all over again

Posted March 6, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Goldman Sachs has been doing SDNs for a long time. It just wasn't called SDNs when the investment giant invested in network programmability. It was just a bunch of APIs, software development kits and other code used to cobble together a large number of various specialized networks – trading, investment banking and the like -- across the globe.

First Look: Cisco ACI re-imagines the enterprise data center network

Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to solve, ACI has the potential to completely change the way that large, highly virtualized data center networks are configured and built.

Programmers say the darndest things

Posted February 26, 2014 - 7:00 am

Developers and managers share some of the silliest answers to technical interview questions that they’ve heard - or given

5 data center gaffes in popular Hollywood movies

Posted February 25, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Hollywood isn't afraid to bend the truth to tell a tale. The data centers depicted in five popular movies prove this point -- as do the ways characters get into them and steal data from them.

Helping data centers cope with big data workloads

Posted February 25, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Big data workloads tend to suck up enormous amounts of compute resources, which can create serious log jams in your data center if the workloads aren't scheduled optimally. Adaptive Computing's Big Workflow is designed to leverage HPC and cloud technologies to help data centers adapt to big data.

Three essentials steps to a software defined data center

Posted February 21, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Imagine this in your data center: A swath of compute, networking and storage hardware from a variety of different vendors that are all controlled not individually but by software that overlays the entire operation.

Which vendors will be on target in the era of New IT?

Posted February 19, 2014 - 12:54 pm

In other words, who can you continue to rely on?

HP charges for ProLiant firmware updates and gets hell for it

Posted February 18, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Charging for firmware upgrades is a sure way to raise your customers' ire, but HP took it a step further with bungled public relations management of the whole situation.

3 reasons to use code first design with Entity Framework

Posted February 14, 2014 - 9:00 am

The .NET Entity Framework has come a long way since its early beginnings as an NHibernate alternative and the successor to LinqToSQL. Currently in version 6.0, the ORM is stable and mature but you still have an important decision to make when you start a new project. Which of the four design workflows will you use? Here are 3 reasons why you might use the code first approach.

HP takes giant leap in server design

Posted February 10, 2014 - 3:10 pm

When it comes to data center servers, the goal is to pack the most power into the smallest, most efficient package. HP has leapfrogged past traditional blade servers with its new Moonshot line that delivers high density and low power in a space-saving "cartridge-based" chassis.

15 years on, Googlers reminisce about first data center

Posted February 5, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Google runs its services from some of the biggest, most sophisticated data centers on the planet, but it wasn't always that way. Some of its top engineers have been reminiscing this week about the early days, when Google operated from a tiny server room down the hall from Altavista, and when Larry Page used to roll up his sleeves and fix its servers with a twist tie.

Microsoft to reveal data-center server designs that save cash

Posted January 29, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Businesses with large data centers stand to net big savings in capital, power, deployment and maintenance costs if they follow server blueprints being made public by Microsoft.

Facebook puts 10,000 Blu-ray discs in low-power storage system

Posted January 28, 2014 - 9:13 pm

If you thought Netflix and iTunes would make optical discs a thing of the past, think again. Facebook has built a storage system from 10,000 Blu-ray discs that holds a petabyte of data and is highly energy-efficient, the company said Tuesday.

Cisco UCS 2.0: Flashy new data center servers revealed

Posted January 23, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Cisco this week unveiled the second generation of its successful data center server system with versions that incorporate solid state flash memory designed to speed data access and cut power usage.

HP rolls out services to improve data center efficiency

Posted January 23, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Aiming to help organizations cut through confusion in the data center infrastructure management market and prepare them for the impact of cloud, mobility and big data, HP is offering four new consulting services.

Cisco UCS 2.0: Flashy new data center servers revealed

Posted January 23, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Cisco this week unveiled the second generation of its successful data center server system with versions that incorporate solid state flash memory designed to speed data access and cut power usage.

Apple edges back toward the data center

Posted January 22, 2014 - 11:41 am

Now that OS X Mavericks Server has some new enterprise-oriented features and the updated Mac Pro has finally arrived, it's time to ask whether Apple is edging back into the data center, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Why RAID might not be enough to protect your data

Posted January 21, 2014 - 10:47 am

Last week Jim Salter over at Ars Technica wrote a thorough and interesting article about the phenomenon known as bitrot and how next generation file systems are gearing up to combat the problem.

IBM X series servers now pack Flash into speedy DIMM slots

Posted January 16, 2014 - 1:03 am

The next generation of IBM's X-series servers will be able to accommodate solid-state Flash drives clipped into their DIMM memory slots, potentially improving the response times of fast-paced enterprise applications.

Now you can see Intel inside your cloud provider

Posted January 15, 2014 - 9:55 pm

If you have a processor-intensive app, you want to make sure you get the most horsepower for your buck. This new service from Intel and IaaS partners will help you see just what kind of processing power you get.

How the 'polar vortex' impacted data centers

Posted January 9, 2014 - 3:27 pm

It appears that good planning prevented any significant interruptions to data center operations during the deep freeze this week

How to prevent SSH from timing out

Posted December 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

If you spend a lot of time at the command line you may have run into an annoying issue where your session times out after a relatively brief period of inactivity. While this is desirable from a security perspective, it can cause problems when you’re trying to perform a long running operation. Here’s how to temporarily prevent SSH from timing out.

2013: The 12 months of Cisco

Posted December 17, 2013 - 1:30 pm

This past year saw several major events and product introductions unfold at Cisco, beginning with an effort to connect cars to the Internet and ending with a solid pipeline in place for its new data center switches and fabric technology. The following is a review of the highlights of the year that was at Cisco, 2013.

Coming in 2014: MacBooks as fast as data center servers

Posted December 16, 2013 - 3:12 pm

DRAMeXchange expects second-generation PCIe to replace SATA III in servers and higher-end laptops as the interface of choice for manufacturers, including Apple.

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