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Timothy Prickett Morgan

Cray Taps HSM Startup for Tiered Storage

November 6th, 2013 Comments Off on Cray Taps HSM Startup for Tiered Storage
Cray has aspirations in enterprise datacenters and that means putting together a complete set of storage as well as heavy-duty compute clusters. To that end, Cray is working with partners to forge the Tiered Adaptive Storage appliance, which is ...

Lustre Makes the Enterprise Grade with HSM

November 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Lustre Makes the Enterprise Grade with HSM
The Lustre parallel file system that was spawned and nurtured in supercomputing labs is now more appropriate as a high-speed file system for enterprise applications. With the launch of the Lustre 2.5, the open source file system is getting ...

Who Is Using OpenStack, And How?

November 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Who Is Using OpenStack, And How?
The OpenStack Summit is underway in Hong Kong this week, and the foundation behind the cloud controller project has released the results of a survey that was done to try to figure out just who is putting OpenStack into ...

Rackspace Jacks Up Memory, Adds SSDs on Public Cloud

November 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Rackspace Jacks Up Memory, Adds SSDs on Public Cloud
If you want to charge a premium price for a product, you have to offer a premium service. Rather than get into a price war with Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Hosting has contended that it offers better tech support ...

Google Spends $600 Million on Finnish Datacenter Expansion

November 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Google Spends $600 Million on Finnish Datacenter Expansion
The climate in Finland may not be ideal for many people, but servers, switches, and storage sure like the chilly weather. That is why Google bought an abandoned paper mill in March 2009 for $40 million to convert it ...

HP to Port NonStop Clusters from Itanium to Xeon

November 4th, 2013 Comments Off on HP to Port NonStop Clusters from Itanium to Xeon
Hewlett-Packard is in the process of porting its NonStop fault tolerant database clusters to Intel's Xeon processors after an eight-year run on the Itanium chip. The company is also rolling the "Poulson" Itanium 9500 chips into its existing NonStop ...

Arista Flattens Networks for Large Enterprises with Splines

November 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Arista Flattens Networks for Large Enterprises with Splines
Arista Networks, which boasts serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim as its chief development officer and chairman, has been selling products for five years against Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Mellanox Technologies, and others in the networking arena. Its largest customer has ...

Exar Compresses HDFS, Boosts Hadoop Performance

November 1st, 2013 Comments Off on Exar Compresses HDFS, Boosts Hadoop Performance
Here at EnterpriseTech, we are always on the hunt for any technology that can be used to push performance on large-scale systems. At the Strata/Hadoop World conference in New York we came across a compression card made by Exar ...

Cray Buys Gnodal Networking Assets, Hires Key People

November 1st, 2013 Comments Off on Cray Buys Gnodal Networking Assets, Hires Key People
British high-end Ethernet switch maker Gnodal went into administration in early October, and Cray has hired the key staff at the company while also picking up a bunch of intellectual property related to networking. By taking on fifteen key ...

Facebook Adds Retro Relational to Massive Hadoop Analytics

November 1st, 2013 (1)
If there is one lesson that all extreme scale system designs teach us over and over again, it is that you have to tailor the system for the specific job. You can't make a general-purpose machine scream with performance. ...
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