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Anyone who has tried to host their own website from home likely knows all-too-well the hassles that ISPs can cause. Simply put, ISPs generally don't want you to do that, preferring you to move up to a business package (aka: more expensive). Not surprisingly, the EFF doesn't like these rules, which seem to exist only to upsell you a product, and it's making its complaints very public. This time around, Google's Fiber service is targeted, as it's the latest ISP of the bunch to say "No!" to running your own "server" from home. The problem, though, is that all ISPs are deliberately vague about... Read more...
Two of the world's largest enterprise companies may be about to shake hands in a deal that'll have massive implications across the entire cloud (er, industry). A new report suggests that Microsoft and Oracle are ready to "link their fortunes in the cloud," announcing at its upcoming BUILD conference a new partnership with Oracle. BUILD is expected to be the launching pad for Windows 8.1, but that's mostly on the consumer front. On the enterprise front, Oracle is expected to announce a cooperation with Microsoft whereby Microsoft's software ties in tightly with Oracle's powerful enterprise hardware.... Read more...
Wondering what AMD's plans are in terms of server strategy? Don't bother looking up leaks; the chip-maker is laying it all out in front of you. In what has to be one of the most unusual moves in recent memory, AMD is bucking the trend of all-out secrecy by disclosing today its server roadmap. Why? It's mostly aimed at shareholders and pundits who have doubted AMD's ability to recapture market share in the enterprise / data center markets. The company is laying out plans for "innovative" new products that address key technologies and meet the requirements of the fastest-growing data center and cloud... Read more...
DDoSing a Web server has become the de facto way to exact revenge on someone, or some company. Not a week, or sometimes even a day, will go by when you can't read about some ongoing DDoS attack. We've seen them spawned by Internet goofs to professional criminals. DDoSing is easy, and it's effective. That's why it's so heavily-used. Usually, though, DDoS effects are not quite like what we saw with Spamhaus earlier this week. As mentioned in that post, a record-setting 300Gbit/s was shot at Spamhaus and its host, CloudFlare, crippling a portion of the Internet to much of the UK and other... Read more...
If you've had a difficult time connecting to select websites over the past few days, there's a very good chance that an on-going attack against spam-prevention agency Spamhaus is to blame. Spamhaus, based in London and Geneva, helps e-mail providers filter spam, and to do this, it manages a blocklist that includes any server verified to be used for the sole purpose of distributing unwanted content. You can see where this is going. Cyberbunker, a host that touts its willingness to host anything outside of child pornography and terrorism materials, recently found itself on Spamhaus' blocklist. It... Read more...
Oracle is launching a new set of SPARC processors it hopes will staunch its market share losses, even as revenue continues to slip. The new T5 chips are built on a 2nm process and refine the T4 core that Oracle debuted two years ago. Like the T4, the T5 emphasized improving single-thread performance and clock speeds, though the new core does double the number of cores per processor to 16, up from eight. The SPARC T series from Sun/Oracle has always interested me, because it's an explicitly multi-threaded design that emphasized parallelism. After Intel announced the end of single-threaded scaling... Read more...
It's no secret that Intel is planning to get into the television and entertainment business in some way, but now it appears that the company is getting looser about introducing things pertaining to those goals. At the TV Connect 2013 event in London, Intel has launched a new reference design for Media Processors. The MSRD is both a hardware and software design kit for OEMs and system integrators that allow them to quickly develop Intel-based set-top boxes and media servers. Intel has pre-integrated components such as a media engine, broadcast stacks, virtualization, and motion control technology... Read more...
It goes without saying that where durability, stability and endurance are concerned, few organizations care quite as much about the products they deploy than the military. The term "Military-Grade" exists for a reason, after all. Rugged laptops are common there - they need to withstand dirt and an occasional bump - but what about servers? While it might seem a bit strange to picture a server being knocked to the ground or dropped from a flight - it is a very real possibility in the military. Thankfully, solutions for this do exist, with the latest coming from PC vendor NCS. Called the Bunker XRV-5241,... Read more...
Over the course of the past few years, you might have noticed that component vendors have been working hard to shed some old technology that's been keeping us from progress. We've seen EFI replace the typical BIOS, for example, and GPT become more prevalent to allow us to use hard drives greater than 2.2TB in size. Next up? "Silicon Photonics", a technology that Intel has been working on for the past decade that helps make the word "bottleneck" non-existent where inter-system communications are concerned. At the Open Compute Summit, being held in Santa Clara this week, we've already learned... Read more...
Nearly two years ago, Facebook launched the Open Compute Project. The initiative was intended to rethink all aspects of data server design, including cooling, racks, and server configuration. The coalition has gathered steam and support from a number of companies; AMD announced its own Open 3.0 Platform at today's OCP Summit. AMD's hardware is designed to meet the OCP's Open Rack standard and to be much more configurable than typical servers. To understand the significance of that, you need to understand that servers are typically fairly specialized. If you buy your servers from Dell, you buy Dell's... Read more...
Looking for something small and useful out of CES? How about this? Kanex has just introduced the meDrive, a file server for iOS products that can be used to expand storage and provide a secure local cloud. It essentially turns USB storage into a network drive, which can then be accessed from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac + PC. iOS file management is available through the Kanex meDrive app, which is available at no cost at the Apple App Store. There are no extra service fees and users can have the peace of mind of private local storage. Users can also hot-swap in other USB storage drives to... Read more...
AMD and ARM are leveraging the former’s acquisition of SeaMicro to develop ARM-based servers, and now there’s a concerted effort to develop a software ecosystem for the platform, driven a slew of industry leaders. Companies including AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat are joining forces with ARM, HiSilicon, Samsung and ST-Ericsson to form the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG), which will undertake the challenge. The group will be working to improve time-to-market acceleration, reduce R&D costs, and share information on differentiated systems... Read more...
Google has recently opened up the covers on how a lot of its magic behind the scenes work, at least from a server farm standpoint. Most of it is laden with techobabble, thrilling only to nerds that follow the company. But given that you're here, we figured we might as well pass along some other relevant information. The company has recently revealed some "best practices" when it comes to cooling its legion of servers and data centers. Google Senior Director of Data Centers Joe Kava recently discussed some of those details. Among other tidbits, the enter data center room severs as a cold aisle.... Read more...
Looking for some new enterprise gear to get those corporate juices flowing? Look no further. Acer has just introduced the new F2 generation servers, which take advantage of Intel's Xeon processor (E5) family. All told, these things are said to be capable of producing up to an 80% increase in performance over the prior generation. The Acer F2 server family includes three scalable rackmounts and three towers, with the full details posted below. As for pricing? $999 and up for the towers, and $1699 and up for the rackmounts. Advanced Manageability Suite The F2 generation 3 Series servers (AT350, AT310,... Read more...
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