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It's alive! Shared-nothing migration puts the spark into Hyper-V

Shared-nothing live migration may be the most exciting feature to emerge from Microsoft's Hyper-V 3 virtualisation push. Shared-nothing migration is the ability to move a virtual machine from one virtual host to the another where those hosts lack mutual access to centralised storage. The "live" part means the virtual machine …
Trevor Pott, 4 Jul 2013
Applied Micro shows off its X-Gene based HP Moonshot server node

Applied Micro, Mitac show off X-Gene ARM servers

ARM server chip upstart Applied Micro Circuits is bringing its eight-core X-Gene processor to market, and has launched a server aimed at developers with Taiwanese electronics and IT gear maker Mitac International for a microserver based on the impending X-Gene chip. Whenever you launch a new processor, particularly one with a …

Oracle tunes up Enterprise Manager control freak for 12c database

As Oracle introduces new wares on the hardware and software fronts, it has to plug Enterprise Manager into this new stuff, and so it is with the 12c Release 3 update of the control freak, which was launched concurrently with the availability of the Oracle 12c "cloud-ready" multi-tenant database management system this week. …

Oracle cranks up SuperCluster with Sparc T5 engines

Software giant and hardware playa Oracle has launched its high-end SuperCluster T5-8 "engineered system" based on its sixteen-core Sparc T5 processor. It seems that turning in a less-than-stellar quarter ending its fiscal 2013 year inspired Oracle to make as many announcements as possible in the hope of some positive press. …
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Facebook reveals TAO - the data store for its social graph

USENIX Facebook has revealed details about Tao, its multi-petabyte data store for the company's social graph. Though Facebook's social network may have little relevance for IT pros, its internal infrastructure does, because here the social network is dealing with quantities of information so vast that it has to come up with new ways to …
Jack Clark, 27 Jun 2013

At last! Virtual domain controllers just work

Virtual domain controllers (VDCs) in Server 2012 – and now 2012 R2 – are awesome. I have used domain controllers inside virtual machines since Virtual Server 2005 and have seen them fail in every way imaginable. VDCs address all of my issues and, considering the features they bring to the table, it is flat out nuts not to use …
Trevor Pott, 26 Jun 2013

Puppet gooses admin tool performance with Enterprise 3.0

Back in January, system administration tool maker Puppet Labs got a $30m equity injection from VMware, and the company has put some of that money to good use with a major revamp of its commercial-grade Puppet Enterprise tool. With Puppet Enterprise 3.0, Puppet Labs is gutting the innards of the product to make it peppier and …
The HP Moonshot Gemini 1500 server chassis

Eye spy future HP Moonshot server nodes

Pics HP was at the International Super Computing 2013 conference in Leipzig, Germany, last week, showing off its ProLiant rack servers as well as the SL6500 Scalable Systems tray servers that have been used to build some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. And, with no tongue in cheek at all, HP's server geeks were also …

Rise of the Machines: How computers took over the stock market

Feature Trading used to be limited by how fast one human could shout at another and agree upon a price. Now it's limited by the speed of an electron through copper wire. This has caused, to put it mildly, some changes. In April 2013 bombs went off at the White House and Barack Obama was injured, the Associated Press reported. The news …
Jack Clark, 21 Jun 2013
Pinky and the Brain

Can DirectAccess take over the world?

Review Microsoft believes that DirectAccess is such a critical feature of Windows that we will soon wonder how we lived without this fundamental part of network infrastructure. Having played with it I think Microsoft is very close to being right, but there are some bugs to work out and misconceptions to dispel. Internet Protocol …
Trevor Pott, 20 Jun 2013

When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

Storagebod I was looking through the documentation for Mavericks - the next major Mac OS X release - to find out more about the tags and other extra metadata we'll soon be able to add to our files. The feature was mentioned during the keynote at last week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in California. It made me wonder whether …
StorageBod, 20 Jun 2013
Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive slider

Tosh puts slim model on a single-plate diet to create new 7mm mutant

Toshiba has put its hybrid flash-disk drive on a diet - and a new, slimmer device has emerged with just one spinning platter. Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive Toshiba's 7mm hybrid disk drive The new MQ01ABFH is a single-plate version of the existing MQ01ABDH, and is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities. The earlier two- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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Brocade: People try to put us down, talkin' 'bout my (Fibre Chan) generation

Interview Is "fifth-generation Fibre Channel" marketing-speak or a useful term? Earlier this year the "Gen 5 Fibre Channel" term popped up from Brocade, which used it to describe 16GBit/s Fibre Channel, the computer network technology's highest available speed. And Brocade started using the Gen 5 term around the time Cisco finally …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013

Nutanix trims down and fattens up server-storage halfbloods

Still not acquired after bragging two months ago of an 80 per cent sequential revenue bump and an $80m annualized run rate as it exited the first quarter, virtual server-storage appliance maker Nutanix is widening its market appeal with new low-end and high-end configurations. The former are aimed at SMBs and remote/branch …
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Sneaky Seagate slips 'world's fastest' enterprise disk mutant into the wild

Seagate has quietly built an enterprise-class 600GB hybrid drive: it combines the capacity of spinning platters with a fast flash cache of hot data. Up until now Seagate has only delivered notebook-computer-class hybrid disks, namely the Momentus XT and the Laptop SSHD product lines. Oddly it hasn't actually formally announced …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops

ISC 2013 The plain vanilla server racket may have struggled in the first quarter, but sales of machinery aimed at high performance computing workloads -both traditional simulation workloads and new-fangled "Big Data" jobs - bucked the downward trends in the first quarter, according to the latest research from IDC. And, not even remotely …
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Shrinking iPads, Ultrabooks will lead to disk boost: WD boss

WD showed a slide at its annual summit earlier this month that described the current computing market as "very chaotic". That would be a highly relative description, given the storage giant had booked the summit into Istanbul just as a sit-in at a park in the Turkish city had escalated into a three-day battle between protesters …
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2013

AMD lifts the veil on Opteron, ARM chip plans for 2014

AMD has unfolded its server-chip roadmap for next year, and the road ahead appears to be a sensible motorway with no hair-rasing hairpin turns or unexpected switchbacks – although there is one bright shiny new vehicle on the road. You can forgive AMD for being somewhat cautious – heck, you should congratulate them for their …
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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

IBM's lawsuit with SCO over just who owns Unix has crawled out of the grave and seems set to shuffle back into US courts. For the uninitiated, or those who've successfully tried to forget this turgid saga, a brief summary: SCO in 2003 sued IBM for doing something nasty to bits of Unix it owned. Or felt it owned. SCO also sued …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2013
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Array slinger X-IO jumps on Windows Storage Server filly, digs in heels

Array supplier X-IO will run Windows Storage Server 2012 inside its data vaults in hope of a Redmond-assisted sales boost. The operating system software and X-IO's Integrated Storage Element (ISE) disk box have been brought together to power the new File Storage Controller (FSC) 2200: a sealed, five-year maintenance-free …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2013

Facebook turns on frigid Swedish ice-maidens in new data centre

If you Like this post, some of the processing that spams it all over your Facebook wall could now take place in Europe, thanks to the opening of Facebook's new data center near the Arctic circle. The social networking giant announced on Wednesday that its 900,000 square foot facility in Lulea, Sweden, is now "handling live …
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2013
The new Power7+ entry and midrange: Power 710/730 racker, Power 720/740 racker, Power 720 tower, and Power 750/760 racker

IBM to port KVM hypervisor to Power-Linux iron

IBM announced at the Red Hat Summit in Boston this Tuesday that it will support the KVM hypervisor on its PowerLinux machines to help boost its competitive position against x86 iron. In addition, since Big Blue wants and needs to sell more Power Systems rack and tower iron as well as their brethren in the PureFlex modular system …
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HP adds 'Haswell' Xeon E3s to entry ProLiant servers

CEO Meg Whitman said last month that HP knew it has some competitive weakness at the low-end of its x86 server line that rivals were exploiting, and at its Discover customer and partner shindig in Las Vegas this week, the company is rolling out three new entry servers that will help the company compete better against a very …
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VMware sucks server and app logs into vCenter control freak

Server virtualization juggernaut and cloud builder and parts supplier VMware is bolting more capabilities onto its vCenter management tools with the launch of a new module called Log Insight. As the name suggests, vCenter Log Insight is designed to ingest and analyze the operational data that is generated by servers, storage …

Which big rack should you splash out on at ISC’13?

HPC blog What would you get if you combined the World Cup and March Madness with computer science and HPC? You'd have yourself a cluster-building competition for students, and that’s exactly what’s on the docket beginning 17 June. The venue is International Supercomputing Conference 2013 (ISC'13) in Leipzig, Germany, where we’ll see …

Google boasts of app tuning prowess on 'warehouse scale clusters'

The hot-shot techies at Google are schooling IT shops once again, and this time the company is discussing some tuning and testing it has done to boost the performance of its applications running on multiprocessor servers with non-uniform memory access (NUMA) clustering to lash together two or four processors together into a …
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Microsoft borks botnet takedown in Citadel snafu

Security researchers are complaining about collateral damage from the latest botnet take-down efforts by Microsoft and its partners. The Windows 8 giant worked with financial service organisations, other technology firms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to disrupt more than a thousand botnets. The botnets in question …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2013
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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

Digital Compaq HP has announced the end of support for various flavours of OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC's fast Alpha RISC chips – before the …
Liam Proven, 10 Jun 2013
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Facebook's first data center DRENCHED by ACTUAL CLOUD

Facebook's first data center ran into problems of a distinctly ironic nature when a literal cloud formed in the IT room and started to rain on servers. Though Facebook has previously hinted at this via references to a "humidity event" within its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, the social network's infrastructure king …
Jack Clark, 8 Jun 2013
firing range - target in cross hairs

Lenovo sets sights on server, storage incumbents

Chinese PC maker and server and storage wannabe Lenovo Group has an appetite to buy itself some market share in the systems racket, say the company's top brass. In fact, it wants to double its market share in this space. That seems like a less ambitious goal than acquiring IBM's System x and BladeCenter x86-based server business …
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Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week

Computer systems at UCAS - the UK's clearinghouse for university places - has been down since the start of this week, preventing students from confirming their admissions to uni courses online. “We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our IT systems. Students who have already applied will find that they are not …
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Live Reg TV: We tour Server 2012's Hyper-V 3 and high availability

Hands-on On 18 June at 10:00 BST we've got our Tim Phillips and QA’s Paul Gregory diving into another feature of Windows Server 2012: using Hyper-V 3.0 to increase the availability of virtual machines. During the hour we will run through the improvements to system scalability, the failover cluster engine's ability to perform in-guest …
David Gordon, 6 Jun 2013
Foxconn has forged a bid ol' storage server using ARM processors

Calxeda lines up ODM partners for EnergyCore ARM server chips

Computex Upstart ARM server chip maker Calxeda has lined up three new ODM partners to make web servers and storage servers using its 32-bit, quad-core EnergyCore processors. Calxeda says the fact that Gigabyte, Foxconn, and Aaeon have lined up to use the current 32-bit parts in machines they have crafted proves there is demand. Data …
The four-socket Moonshot server card from HP using the Opteron X chip

AMD chalks up Opteron X design win on HP Moonshot hyperscale system

Hewlett-Packard is making no promises about when it will be delivered, but the company is showing off a multiple-node server cartridge for its "Redstone" Moonshot 1500 chassis using the "Kyoto" Opteron X processor from Advanced Micro Devices. More precisely, Andrew Feldman, general manager of the server business unit at AMD, has …
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Let's get graphical with Hyper-V

Review We recently had a good look at what it takes to get a Hyper-V failover cluster up and running using PowerShell. It isn't quite as scary as it is often made out to be, but like many command line interfaces it is the stuff of laminated cheat sheets for administrators who don't use those commands every day. The alternative is to …
Trevor Pott, 5 Jun 2013

Oracle and Dell forge worldwide server alliance

Dell and Oracle are teaming up on x86 servers, and Dell is set to develop a new "infrastructure offering" specifically for Oracle's database software. In other words, if you were planning on buying one of Oracle's standalone servers rather than a bundled system, you might want to think twice. The worldwide alliance was …
Jack Clark, 4 Jun 2013
There are four sizes of Active Infrastructure stacks

Dell rejigs Active System stacks, wraps up HPC cluster for life sciences

Dell is finally getting around to updating its vStart virtual machine stacks, converting them to Active Infrastructure converged systems while at the same time cooking up a new stack aimed specifically at high performance computing customers. They go by many names, but rack-level preconfigured systems with servers, storage, and …
A typical branch or SMB data closet

Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

It is refreshing to see that someone pays attention in the server racket. It is also annoying that it has taken a top-tier server maker so long to get a true system out the door that is suitable for small and midrange businesses. But Dell may have finally done it with its PowerEdge VRTX. A typical branch or SMB data closet A …

Haswell Xeons bring brawn to microservers, media servers, more

Computex There are a lot of different ways that Intel could have deployed its 22-nanometer wafer-baking process to cook up the "Haswell" variants of the Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors, but the tactic they chose was to bring the low-power benefits inherent in the Haswell design to bear for entry servers, workstations, and the emerging media- …

PowerShell daddy on Windows Server 2012 R2: Cloudy cloud cloud

TechEd “We don’t spend much time on our virtualisation competitors any more. We’ve moved beyond that,” said Jeffrey Snover, Windows Server and System Center Lead Architect, at a press preview of Windows Server 2012 R2. “How many of you ever paid for a sorting library? Memory managers? TCP stacks? Now you just get it in the operating …
Tim Anderson, 3 Jun 2013

Microsoft opens kimono on Server 2012 R2 at steamy Orleans bash

TechEd Microsoft is hosting its annual TechEd developer and partner conference in a sticky* New Orleans this week, with a coming out party for the refresh of the Windows Server stack due later this year. In the opening keynote on Monday, Redmond will be showing off Windows Server 2012 R2, an update to the flagship server operating …

EVE Online OFFLINE: Wannabe Capt Kirks clobbered in cluster-ruck

Updated Multiplayer spaceship game EVE Online has taken its systems offline after it was warped out of shape by a debilitating denial-of-service attack. In a statement on Facebook, its developers at CCP Games explained that it disconnected its server cluster from the internet as a precaution while it reviewed the integrity and defences …
John Leyden, 3 Jun 2013