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WD aims to tame growing data needs with latest enterprise SAS SSD

With data centers seeing rapid data growth, Western Digital Corp. (WD) has announced its highest performing 2.5-in. small form-factor SAS SSD. The drive is aimed at helping companies deal with increasing needs for virtualized storage systems, online transaction processing, database analytics and private and hybrid clouds. WD’s Ultrastar SS300, developed in partnership with Intel, uses a 12Gbps SAS interface and sports sequential ... Read More »

HPE shows off The Machine prototype without memristors

In 2004, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Kirk Bresniker set out to make radical changes to computer architecture with The Machine and drew out the first concept design on a whiteboard. At the time Bresniker, now chief architect at HP Labs, wanted to build a system that could drive computing into the future. The goal was to build a computer that used cutting-edge technologies ... Read More »

A third of virtual servers are zombies

New research finds that 25% of all physical servers — and 30% of all virtual servers — are comatose. These are systems that have no activity in the last six months. The problem with comatose, or zombie, physical servers is well known. Past studies have routinely put the number of undead enterprise physical servers in the 20% to 30% range. ... Read More »

HPE offers an escape from the aging HP-UX OS — with containers

Hewlett Packard Enterprises’ HP-UX OS has been around for more than 30 years, and users may be looking to move on from the Unix-based OS. Now HPE is offering a way out of the ancient OS using containers, which are small buckets running instances of applications. The containers will be offered with the Linux OS. HPE will provide containers to ... Read More »

Bridgestone modernizes data center, hauls out 13 tons of copper wire

In October 1968, Lyndon Johnson was president, the Beatles released Hey Jude, and computer scientist Douglas Engelbart presented the “Mother of All Demos.” It was also the year tire-making giant Bridgestone Corp. opened a data center in Akron, Ohio. If walls could talk, this data center could tell the story of IT. That center opened on Oct. 9, 1968, with ... Read More »

Let me just show you how nothing can go wrong…

At the big data center where this pilot fish works, they’re always pulling new cables under the floor — and the space is so stuffed that if someone pulls up a tile to access a plug or a cable, getting the tile back in place can mean jumping up and down on it to get it to re-seat. “It was ... Read More »

Let me just show you how nothing can go wrong…

At the big data center where this pilot fish works, they’re always pulling new cables under the floor — and the space is so stuffed that if someone pulls up a tile to access a plug or a cable, getting the tile back in place can mean jumping up and down on it to get it to re-seat. “It was ... Read More »

Congress includes funds for faster computers

The budget deal reached by Congress increases U.S. government support for supercomputing. It’s a sign that lawmakers are pushing back on President Trump’s science-cutting agenda. The bipartisan 2017 fiscal year budget agreement, which funds the government through September 30, includes $5.4 billion for the Department of Energy’s science programs, a $42 million increase — or less than 1% — compared ... Read More »

Cloud vs. on-premises: Finding the right balance

Greg Downer, senior IT director at Oshkosh Corp., a manufacturer of specialty heavy vehicles in Oshkosh, Wisc., wishes he could tip the balance of on-premises vs. cloud more in the direction of the cloud, which currently accounts for only about 20% of his application footprint. However, as a contractor for the Department of Defense, his company is beholden to strict ... Read More »

Because NOBODY can see through cardboard, right?

It’s the mid-1980s and, in this close-knit IT shop, the dozen techies have a regular game they play: Spot the Bonuses. “There were about eight developers, two guys on the network side of the team and two people on the operations team,” says fish. “Our company had mainframes running IBM’s MVS operating system, and we used its TSO/ISPF software as ... Read More »

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