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  • HP to replace Itanium with x86 in its NonStop server

    Posted November 5, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    HP hasn't officially said it's abandoning the rapidly fading Itanium, but by bringing x86 to its most mission-critical server line, the writing is on the wall.
  • Windows Azure update extravaganza

    Posted November 5, 2013 - 1:00 am

    The folks at Redmond have been cranking out updates, new features, and expanded functionality in rapid succession over the past few months. This time around it’s the often overlooked cloud platform Azure that is benefiting from a fresh set of improvements.
  • Cisco puts its unified computing servers into OpenStack clouds

    Posted November 4, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    The top executives leading Cisco's OpenStack efforts today said customers can run the open source cloud computing platform with its Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus hardware devices, and that the company will provide advanced support to help customers deploy OpenStack clouds.
  • HP porting venerable Nonstop server platform to x86

    Posted November 4, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Hewlett-Packard has announced a multi-year effort to port its Nonstop server systems, used by banks, telcos and other businesses that need maximum reliability, from Intel's Itanium architecture to x86.
  • Arista fires broadside at Cisco/Insieme with new switches

    Posted November 4, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Kicking off a week that promises to be rich in data center and cloud networking news, Arista Networks today unveiled a new line of switches designed to bring programmable provisioning to smaller, more cost conscious deployments.
  • Does Google's floating data center plan hold water?

    Posted October 30, 2013 - 9:58 am

    With speculation swirling that two mysterious barges on either side of the U.S. are evidence Google's working on floating data centers, analysts say the company would have a lot of obstacles to overcome for that idea to become a reality.
  • Juniper unveils new fabric switch, architecture

    Posted October 29, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Juniper Networks this week unveiled a new top-of-rack data center access switch, as well as a new fabric architecture that features that switch along with the company's MX edge router and SRX security platforms.
  • Seagate Kinetic - Cloud storage on a disk, no server required

    Posted October 29, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Building your own storage area network (SAN) involves many layers, not the least of which is the server layer communicating with the storage devices. Seagate has recently announced a new storage architecture called Kinetic that builds server-like functionality and ethernet right on the drive itself.
  • Dell to show its first 64-bit ARM server this week

    Posted October 28, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Dell will give its first public demonstration of a 64-bit ARM server this week, the latest step in an industrywide effort to build servers based on low-power chips like those used in smartphones.
  • Application-layer DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated

    Posted October 22, 2013 - 11:51 am

    The number of DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks that target weak spots in Web applications in addition to network services has risen during the past year and attackers are using increasingly sophisticated methods to bypass defenses, according to DDoS mitigation experts.
  • Broadcom kicks off the 64-bit ARM stampede

    Posted October 21, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    There's a huge rush to expand ARM microprocessors from just smartphones and tablets and make them viable compute parts in larger-scale equipment. But the technology needs a bit of an upgrade first.
  • A lot of data could be stored here one day

    Posted October 18, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Northern Colorado is a good spot to build a data center, according to Craig Harrison, who has spent the last three years planning the construction of the Niobrara Data Center Energy Park.
  • Snap, crackle, pop: Electrical troubles shed light on NSA's data center

    Posted October 17, 2013 - 10:48 am

    The National Security Agency's new data center in Utah was built for a 65 megawatt load, making it one of the world's largest. But the $1.53 billion dollar complex has had a rough start.
  • Serve more sites faster with ASP.NET App Suspend

    Posted October 16, 2013 - 8:00 am

    Anyone who has hosted websites on a Windows Server using IIS knows how painfully slow the response time is on the first request to a site. With the latest version of the .NET Framework 4.5.1, a new feature called App Suspend aims to correct that issue and boost hosting density at the same time.
  • Federal IT spending decreasing by billions

    Posted October 15, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Federal IT spending is declining dramatically, from a peak of $80 billion in 2010 to $70 billion in the 2014 fiscal year.
  • VMware expands management of Amazon, Microsoft, OpenStack clouds

    Posted October 15, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    VMware has rolled out expanded support for non-VMware workloads in its management tools, including the added ability to manage OpenStack clouds, and providing better visibility into Amazon and Microsoft clouds.
  • Shhh... Cisco's latest switch supports VMware NSX

    Posted October 10, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    A recent switch upgrade by Cisco has added an interesting twist to the company's battle royale with VMware over next-generation virtual networking and data center operations management.
  • How to build the immortal data center

    Posted October 10, 2013 - 11:48 am

    If your data center is reaching capacity and you're thinking about cracking open the corporate piggy bank to fund a new data center, stop right there.
  • CIOs in the public sector face roadblocks to data center consolidation

    Posted October 7, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Amid a White House directive to scale back underused data centers, an effort that will take years to complete, federal CIOs begin to tackle the challenges involved. Among those challenges are incomplete inventories and cost concerns.
  • Intel partners to expand app-level energy management

    Posted September 30, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Intel has partnered with startup TSO Logic in a move that should give more companies tools to track how much power their server applications consume.
  • HP consumerizes IT infrastructure management platform

    Posted September 25, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    HP unveils its HP OneView infrastructure management platform, which boasts a Facebook-inspired interface and automation designed to radically simplify management of data center processes.
  • Fujitsu will stick with Unix to keep IBM in check, exec says

    Posted September 24, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    Doing battle in the US$9 billion Unix server market is not for the timid. Designing a competitive microprocessor is a costly business, and with the Unix market seemingly in permanent decline it's easy to see why smaller players might drop out.
  • Alcatel-Lucent SDN company puts bare metal to the pedal

    Posted September 20, 2013 - 10:40 am

    Nuage Networks, the SDN company of Alcatel-Lucent, has rolled out a gateway for linking bare metal servers to its virtual network environment.
  • Cisco, EMC coalition supports Oracle, VDI

    Posted September 17, 2013 - 11:34 am

    VCE, the data center-focused joint venture formed by Cisco and EMC/VMware, this week rolled out converged infrastructure systems designed to support the latest technology from the founding companies as well as specialized offerings for Oracle and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments.
  • 6 steps for setting up a small business server room

    Posted September 13, 2013 - 11:58 am

    Are you worried about relying on a third-party online service provider to store your business data in light of NSA spying revelations? Learn how to set up your own server room for an on-premises deployment instead.

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