Items tagged with IT/Datacenter

Although the cool factor of toting around a Dell Latitude 10 tablet pales in comparison to the iPad, Dell believes that when it comes to the workplace, the Latitude is a far better option. In a press release, Dell called its Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet “up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads in large scale enterprise implementations”. We’ve already peeped the “Essentials” version of Dell’s business-oriented tablet, but today the company announced the Enhanced Security version which is designed to offer the features most... Read more...
In the immortal words of radiohead: “You do it to yourself...and that’s why it really hurts.” Security company Bit9 is surely feeling those words after being hacked late last week when attackers targeted computers within Bit9’s own network that weren’t protected by Bit9’s own software. In the aftermath, Bit9 CEO Patrick Morley wrote in a blog post: Due to an operational oversight within Bit9, we failed to install our own product on a handful of computers within our network. As a result, a malicious third party was able to illegally gain temporary access to one... Read more...
When IBM’s Watson supercomputer proved that the meatsack we call a human brain was inferior to its robot intellect on TV’s Jeopardy, it was an entertaining parlor trick-style PR stunt to show that Watson was capable of “learning”. Now, IBM is putting Watson to use in real life by deploying it in the medical field. According to a Forbes report, IBM has partnered with Memorial Sloan-Kettering and WellPoint to employ Watson to help doctors treat lung cancer patients. Hospitals can access Watson via the cloud or with their own small (not nearly the size of the beast we all saw... Read more...
Amid a precarious PC market and rumors that Dell is looking to revert back to becoming a privately-held company as opposed to a publicly-traded one (which it is currently), the company somewhat quietly announced “Project Ophelia”, a potentially game-changing device that is essentially a computer/cloud client on a stick. The little device is slightly larger than your basic USB flash drive and can connect to (and be powered by) any USB-capable display, even a television. It offers users quick and secure access to documents and applications, games, music, video, and email; put another... Read more...
Google’s numerous and mostly excellent apps, which include Gmail and Drive, will not be getting the Windows 8 nor Windows Phone 8 treatment. Clay Bavor, product management director for Google Apps, told V3 that the company currently isn’t planning to develop its apps for the new Windows platform. "We have no plans to build out Windows apps,” he said. “We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8" Google has been working on improving its apps on iOS and Android--Bavor noted in particular the ability... Read more...
Intel has been promising it for months, and now the company has officially announced the Intel Atom S1200 SoC. The ultra low power chip is designed for the datacenter and provides a high-density solution designed to lower TCO and improve scalability. The 64-bit, dual-core (four total threads with Hyper-Threading technology) Atom S1200 underpins the third generation of Intel’s commercial microservers and feature a mere 6W TDP that allows a density of over 1,000 nodes per rack. The chip also includes ECC and supports Intel Virtualization technology, and per Intel’s overall datacenter... Read more...
EMC has been talking publicly about an all-flash datacenter storage array for about a year and a half, and the company has put its money where its mouth is, so to speak, by developing acquiring flash array maker XtremIO this spring and developing flash products such as its VCache enterprise flash storage. Project X, the code name for this all-flash endeavor, is coming to market in 2013. Although flash technology has been used in the enterprise for some time, EMC says that Project X is about building a complete storage, server, and software solution from the ground up based on flash instead of merely... Read more...
Back in April, Microsoft developed a concept for a sustainable data center called the Data Plant that would effectively generate its own power by leveraging biogas, thus creating a zero carbon footprint facility. Now, the company is embarking on a pilot project for the Data Plant at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming with a $5.5 million investment in R&D. In a blog post, Microsoft Senior Research Program Manager for Data Center Advanced Development Sean James said that the project will use biogas generated from wastewater treatment plants, agricultural farms, fuel... Read more...
It’s a heated competition out there between cloud storage providers; two of the most popular, Dropbox and Box, keep one-upping each other even as they target slightly different demographics, and today Box announced a couple of moves that demonstrate how aggressively it’s trying to secure customers in the mobile enterprise. Box is betting on the continued growth of Windows Phone by offering an app for the platform that goes beyond simply offering cloud-connected storage and integrates specifically with the Windows Phone OS. First off, Box for Windows Phone sports a Metro-like interface,... Read more...
HP is working hard at reducing the complexity and energy required to run servers via its Project Moonshot program, and the latest development on that front is the Gemini server, which will use Intel Atom-powered “Centerton” server cartridges, which is a format that allows for the use of a dense array of low-energy, efficient servers. The processors feature 64-bit support and plenty of other features ideal for the data center, including VTx hardware virtualization, ECC memory, and an established software ecosystem (x86). HP’s Gemini infrastructure differs from a typical one in... Read more...
The cloud service formerly known as Box.net has steadily been adding features and capabilities enticing to businesses, which sets it apart from services more focused on individual users, such as Dropbox. Today, Box announced new admin features designed to make it easier for administrators in the enterprise to access and manage data. You can explore the gaggle of new features here, but we’ll give you the short and sweet version of what admins can expect: -Advanced Admin Console & Enterprise-Wide Search: Allows admins to easily locate specific information from any individual user across... Read more...