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Timothy Prickett Morgan

Oracle Unfolds Sparc Roadmap, Fujitsu Boosts Sparc64 X Clocks

April 8th, 2014 (4)
With Intel having refreshed its Xeon E5 and E7 chips recently and IBM getting ready to debut its Power8 chips at the end of the month, Sparc partners Oracle and Fujitsu have to make a little noise to keep ...

IBM System/360: The Original Enterprise Tech

April 8th, 2014 (1)
Five decades ago, after three years of development in what was one of the most expensive and gutsy moves ever made by a public company, IBM launched the System/360 mainframe and in a way helped to create the modern ...

Cisco Counters OpenFlow SDN With OpFlex, Updates Nexus Switches

April 4th, 2014 Comments Off on Cisco Counters OpenFlow SDN With OpFlex, Updates Nexus Switches
Cisco Systems has taken a different approach to software-defined networking, by baking some of its features into its Nexus switching hardware to combat OpenFlow and more generic switches with what the company will contend is better engineering. And, as ...

Five Years On, UCS Makes Cisco A Systems Player

April 4th, 2014 Comments Off on Five Years On, UCS Makes Cisco A Systems Player
Five years ago, when Cisco Systems launched its "California" Unified Computing System and entered the server business, that launch was not purposefully timed to come out into the gaping maw of the Great Recession. But it is probably a ...

Fusion-io Tweaks Flash To Speed Up MySQL Databases

April 3rd, 2014 (1)
Server flash memory maker Fusion-io has tuned up its ioMemory PCI-Express flash cards with two new features that will significantly speed up the performance of MySQL databases. The new features, called Atomic Writes and NVM Compression, have been developed ...

Google Lifts Veil On “Andromeda” Virtual Networking

April 2nd, 2014 (1)
The biggest public cloud providers have adjacent businesses that actually fund the development of the infrastructure that starts out in their own operations and eventually makes its way into their public cloud. So it is with Google's "Andromeda" software-defined ...

Contract Manufacturer Jabil Sells Straight Into Hyperscale Datacenters

April 2nd, 2014 (3)
The hyperscale systems market is getting a new supplier, and this one is a big one with plenty of expertise in manufacturing complex servers and storage and integrating gear at the rack level. The startup is called StackVelocity, and ...

Hyperscale Titans Team To Scale MySQL

April 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Hyperscale Titans Team To Scale MySQL
Four of the titans of hyperscale Web applications – Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter – have teamed up to create a set of common extensions aimed specifically at running the open source MySQL relational database at scale. The effort, ...

Arista Champions New 100GbE Optical Spec, Files To Go Public

April 1st, 2014 (1)
Frustrated by the limitations of the current crop of transceivers that have been approved by the IEEE and adopted by the industry, Arista Networks is teaming up with Intel and two dozen customers and parts suppliers to create a ...

Dell Z9500 Switch Pushes 40GbE Density Up, Costs Down

March 31st, 2014 Comments Off on Dell Z9500 Switch Pushes 40GbE Density Up, Costs Down
The increasing adoption of 10 Gb/sec Ethernet between servers and out to storage arrays is driving the need for more bandwidth higher up in the aggregation layer of the network. To many, 40 Gb/sec Ethernet switches are still too ...
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