Wed 13 February, 2019

The long, slow death of commercial Unix

2019-02-13T17:25:12+00:00Wed 13 February, 2019|Tags: , |

In the 1990s and well into the 2000s, if you had mission-critical applications that required zero downtime, resiliency, failover and high performance, but didn’t want a mainframe, Unix was your go-to solution. If your database, ERP, HR, payroll, accounting, and other line-of-business apps weren’t ru..

Tue 12 February, 2019

Lenovo jumps into the pay-per-use server market

2019-02-13T01:08:38+00:00Tue 12 February, 2019|Tags: |

A year ago, every major vendor had a pay-per-use on-premises server as a way to counteract the popularity of cloud vendors — all but Lenovo. Well, no more. The company is launching TruScale, a pay-per-use system for its servers that it says offers true pay-per-use and no requirement of a minimum cap..

Fri 8 February, 2019

Dell CTO talks modern data centers, the edge, and digital disruption

2019-02-08T23:03:36+00:00Fri 8 February, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Dell’s CTO has laid out the company’s vision of where enterprise technology is headed in 2019, and it’s not what people were predicting a few years ago. Gone is the talk of the demise of the data center. Instead, the data center is being repurposed, and some of its tasks are being moved to the edge,..

Fri 8 February, 2019

Software-defined connectivity planned for colocation data centers

2019-02-08T23:03:37+00:00Fri 8 February, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 80 percent of enterprises will migrate entirely away from their on-premises data centers. Instead they’ll follow the current trend of moving workloads to colocation, hosting and the cloud, leading them to shut down their traditional data centers. I’m sure that colocati..

Thu 7 February, 2019

Dell EMC speeds up backups and restores in its storage appliances

2019-02-08T06:51:28+00:00Thu 7 February, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Dell EMC has introduced new software for its Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IPDA) products that it claims will improve backup and restore performance from anywhere from 2.5 times to four times the previous version. Data Domain is Dell EMC’s purpose-built data deduplicating bac..

Thu 7 February, 2019

What is hyperconvergence?

2019-02-08T06:51:29+00:00Thu 7 February, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data center complexity and increase scalability. Hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networki..

Thu 7 February, 2019

Light-based computers to be 5,000 times faster

2019-02-07T22:36:20+00:00Thu 7 February, 2019|Tags: , |

Electrical currents are best created using semiconductor crystals that absorb light, say researchers who have announced a significant, potential computer-speed breakthrough. The team obtained ultrafast clock rates in the terahertz of frequencies, using light. That is significantly higher than existi..

Mon 4 February, 2019

Intel promotes Swan to CEO, bumps off Itanium, and eyes Mellanox

2019-02-04T21:06:42+00:00Mon 4 February, 2019|Tags: , , |

It was a busy week for Intel as it announced the promotion of CFO Bob Swan to CEO, ending a seven-month search, set a deadline for the life of its ill-fated Itanium processor, and is now reportedly in the running to buy Mellanox. I don’t think for a second these are unrelated. Swan is a money guy. E..