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DMTF accepts new format for portable VMs

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) recently announced the acceptance of a draft specification submitted by leading virtualization companies that seeks to establish an industry-standard format for portable virtual machines. The specification envisions that virtual machines packaged in this format will be capable of …
Clay Ryder, 30 Oct 2007

HP releases new quad-core Intel servers

HP has released new servers based on the new Quad-Core Intel Xeon 7300 processor series, targeted at customers running data-intensive business applications such as databases, business intelligence, ERP, and large mail and messaging platforms in virtualized environments. The rack-based HP ProLiant DL580 G5 is a four-processor …
Clay Ryder, 28 Sep 2007
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Sun launches Eco Innovation Initiative

Sun Microsystems has announced a comprehensive suite of programs and solutions to help customers design more energy-efficient, eco-responsible datacenters while saving money. The Eco Innovation Initiative is an extension of Sun's Eco Responsibility Initiative, which was launched in November 2005. Among the tools announced are …
Clay Ryder, 10 Sep 2007
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IBM and Novell push out new SLED

IBM and Novell have announced an integrated open collaboration client for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop that includes IBM Lotus Notes, IBM Lotus Sametime and IBM productivity tools to deliver advanced email and calendar capabilities, unified communication & collaboration and lightweight yet powerful word processing, spreadsheet …
Clay Ryder, 06 Sep 2007
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Red Hat unveils Developer Studio beta

Red Hat has announced the beta release of Red Hat Developer Studio, the new Eclipse-based IDE for the Red Hat family of solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The cornerstone of Red Hat's developer program, Developer Studio, combines products contributed to Red Hat by Exadel in March 2007 …
Clay Ryder, 30 Aug 2007
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Sun pushes integration with UltraSPARC T2

Sun has announced the UltraSPARC T2, which it has dubbed the world's fastest commodity microprocessor. Formerly known as the "Niagara 2" project, the UltraSPARC T2 processor features eight cores and eight threads per core; dual, virtualizable, multithreaded 10 GBps Ethernet ports with built-in packet classification; eight …
Clay Ryder, 28 Aug 2007

Of EMC's storage blitz

EMC Corporation last month announced a new line-up of storage systems and software that seek to help customers store information more cost-effectively, securely, and intelligently. Among the products announced are the new EMC Symmetrix DMX-4 series of high-end storage arrays featuring an end-to-end 4GBps architecture, Fibre …
Clay Ryder, 07 Aug 2007

IBM reorganizes System i into two new business units

IBM has reorganized its System i product and management team into two new organizations, the Business Systems unit, and the Power Systems unit. The company stated that its System i business has split into two distinct client segments—large enterprise and small and medium business—each with its own set of requirements, and that …
Clay Ryder, 02 Aug 2007
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EMC and Oracle buckle up for joint integration ride

EMC Corporation and Oracle have announced a broadened investment in joint engineering testing and integration and solutions development to support customers who are deploying EMC Information Infrastructure in Oracle environments. EMC's Information Infrastructure offerings provide a range of hardware, software, and services for …
Clay Ryder, 13 Jul 2007
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HP turns green on data storage

HP has introduced what it has dubbed its green storage technology that can cut storage array power and cooling costs in data centers by 50 per cent. The new offerings feature thin provisioning and performance enhancements for the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family, tape drives based on the Linear Tape Open ( …
Clay Ryder, 11 Jul 2007
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Blades carve up Top 500 supercomputers list

With much anticipated fanfare, the Top500 Supercomputer list was announced last week at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany. For the fourth time, the BlueGene/L System development by IBM and DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration that is installed at DOE's Lawrence Livermore National …
Clay Ryder, 05 Jul 2007
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Sun updates Solaris Express developer edition

Sun Microsystems has announced new functionality for Solaris Express Developer Edition. The OpenSolaris-based distribution targets developers for the Solaris OS, Java, and Web 2.0 with a set of products that are optimized for multi-core processor architectures and includes new compilers and development tools designed to assist …
Clay Ryder, 27 Jun 2007

Of the Sun Blade 6000

Sun Microsystems has introduced the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System, which offers a choice of blades powered by the UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology, Intel Xeon processors, or AMD Opteron processors and supports Solaris, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Its increased memory capacity and I/O bandwidth makes …
Clay Ryder, 22 Jun 2007

HP hails Print 2.0

At Hewlett-Packard's annual Imaging and Printing Conference recently, the company unveiled "Print 2.0" and described how it would seek to capture a significant share of the 53 trillion digital pages estimated to be printed in 2010, an opportunity valued at more than $296+ billion. The three key focus areas of the Print 2.0 …
Clay Ryder, 18 Jun 2007

EMC Avamar extends to NAS and virtual machines

EMC Corporation has announced new data deduplication capabilities in EMC Avamar version 3.7, which now also supports VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) for the protection and reduction of backup times within and across virtual machines. Avamar backup and recovery software features unique global data deduplication technology that …
Clay Ryder, 12 Jun 2007

IBM pAVEs the way for x86 Linux apps

IBM has introduced an open beta version of the IBM System p Application Virtual Environment (System p AVE), a virtual Linux environment that enables x86-based Linux applications to run without modification on POWER processor-based IBM servers. This announcement follows the company's recent launch of three System p Web-tier …
Clay Ryder, 22 May 2007
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IBM goes big green with Big Green

IBM has announced it is redirecting $1bn per year across its businesses to increase the energy efficiency of IT operations. Called Project Big Green, IBM's initiative targets corporate data centres where energy constraints and costs can limit their ability to grow. The initiative includes a new global green team of 850+ energy …
Clay Ryder, 22 May 2007

Seagate ships hardware-encrypted notebook drives

Seagate Technology has announced that it is now shipping its Momentus 5400 FDE.2, an encrypting 2.5in hard drive for notebooks, to ASI Computer Technologies. The Momentus 5400 FDE.2 (Full Disc Encryption) hard drive offers up to 160GB of capacity, Serial ATA interface, and hardware-based AES encryption. The encrypting hard …
Clay Ryder, 04 Apr 2007
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New OpenSolaris distribution for developers

Sun Microsystems has announced a new set of products and services targeting developers, startups, and internet companies seeking to build and deploy their web infrastructure on Solaris 10. The three offerings are Solaris Express, Developer Edition, Solaris + AMP (Apache/MySQL/PERL or PHP), and an expanded Sun Startup Essentials …
Clay Ryder, 09 Mar 2007

EMC strengthens armour for SMB offensive

EMC has announced several new products targeted at mid-market enterprises seeking to more effectively consolidate, backup, archive, and protect their information. The new offerings include the EMC CLARiiON CX3-10 UltraScale networked storage system; new EMC RecoverPoint/SE software for mid-tier storage environments; and three …
Clay Ryder, 07 Mar 2007
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Sun updates Solaris 10

Sun has announced a series of updates to its flagship Solaris operating system. Solaris 10 11/06 OS enhances efficiency, safety, and reliability. New security features include Solaris Trusted Extensions, which protects sensitive data and applications using labeled security technology. Secure By Default Networking automatically …
Clay Ryder, 05 Feb 2007
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Looking Forward: Power, Cooling, and the Data Centre

In the future, we may look back on 2006 as the year that power consumption, cooling, and energy efficiency in the data centre ceased being a back-burner issue for IT and facilities managers and elevated itself to become one of the forefront, if not leading, issues for many. While those “in the know” have always been aware of …
Clay Ryder, 25 Jan 2007
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FCC delivers a swift kick in the Mass(port)

In a decision with significant ramifications for the travelling public, the FCC has ruled that the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) cannot block a Wi-Fi access point in the Continental Airlines lounge at Boston's Logan International Airport. In its ruling, the FCC stated that the rules governing Over The Air Reception …
Clay Ryder, 16 Nov 2006
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Of IBM's Cell-Based Blade

IBM has announced its first computing solution based on the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE), namely the IBM BladeCenter QS20. This solution targets computationally intense workloads such as 3D animation rendering, compression, encryption, and seismic and medical imaging, to help companies create and operate highly visual, …
Clay Ryder, 27 Sep 2006

50 years of the hard drive

This week I attended an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View that celebrated the golden anniversary of the IBM RAMAC 305, the first hard disk drive storage system. While the event seem well attended by various industry luminaries and at a least one TV station van, having my nine year-old son alongside me that …
Clay Ryder, 15 Sep 2006
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New Opteron systems for IBM

At a press event in New York, IBM announced new AMD Opteron processor-based servers for its System x and BladeCenter product lines. The portfolio of five new systems is based on the next generation of Opteron processors and is targeted at business performance computing, eg, general business needs, such as business intelligence …
Clay Ryder, 17 Aug 2006
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IBM System p5: bigger, better, faster

IBM has announced the latest high-end servers in its System p family, the IBM System p5-590 and System p5-595, both equipped with POWER5+ processors, and up to 32 cores and 64 cores respectively. The new servers feature 16-core units called "books", each containing two eight-core multichip modules (MCM) with four dual-core …
Clay Ryder, 04 Aug 2006
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IBM takes a stab at SMBs

IBM has announced new BladeCentre and server offerings targeting SMBs who are seeking enhanced management capabilities. Among the announcements were the IBM Server Connectivity Module for IBM BladeCentre, which delivers Ethernet interconnectivity between the processor blades, management modules, and the external network …
Clay Ryder, 27 Jun 2006

Sun announces its latest NAS solution

Sun Microsystems has announced the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance, the first NAS solution based on the AMD Opteron processor model 252. The Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance builds on the Sun StorEdge 5000 NAS Appliance family, and also delivers investment protection via a data-in-place upgrade. Key features include iSCSI …
Clay Ryder, 21 Jun 2006

Managing more kinds of paper

EMC has announced the EMC Documentum Archive Services (DAS) for Imaging software, the latest addition to its family of enterprise archiving software products. The offering provides a single, unified archiving platform for customers whose needs include collecting, retaining, securing, and retrieving all types of document images …
Clay Ryder, 31 May 2006
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A Vista with no view of an EU sunset

The European Union's competition regulator has warned Microsoft it will not be allowed to sell the new Vista operating system in Europe if it comes pre-loaded with certain features. The anti-trust commissioner's office has stated that it is concerned with Microsoft's plans for Vista's integrated internet search, DRM and …
Clay Ryder, 04 Apr 2006