There's a bunch of storage technologies out there that promise to save you money by packing more data on the media. Most are tuned for particular scenarios so it's rare to find all of them thrown into mix at once -- but one company, Greenbytes, seems to have done just that.
What's going on in networking, operating systems, servers, storage and data centres?
Manek Dubash is an analyst and journalist with over 30 years experience. Focused on business technology, he observes and comments on enterprise infrastructure issues for a range of industry-influential websites. His work has appeared in national newspapers as well as specialist technology journals and websites. He has also held senior posts on major newsstand magazines, including PC Magazine where he was editor-in-chief, and has worked with analysis and research companies such as Datamonitor and STL Partners.
So let me get this straight: the public is going to pay to bring broadband to rural areas while those in urban areas get it for -- well, not nothing, but without taxpayers' support. What's that all about?
Suppose you wanted to make sure you never lost any data. Yes, you can replicate it numerous times, you can push to the far corners of the globe (does a globe have corners?
Were I to say that everyone's gone football-crazy, it wouldn't be strictly true. I've no interest in it, and I know of others on the ZDNet team who are similarly inclined.
Just spent the morning with HP looking at its new BladeSystem Matrix.This software, which is based on technology acquired in 2007 with the purchase of Opsware and its datacentre management technology, sits on top of the server, storage and networking layers.
Linux now has a pretty long and honourable history, a remarkable achievement given that it started as a one-man band, and has grown organically as people were drawn into the project.In the 1990s, many commentators, including yours truly, questioned how the OSS business model could survive in a harsh capitalist world that valued cash above all else.
Just a quick update on a client systems management product that I think is worth a look.Following Dell's acquisition of KACE, the company has revised its K1000 product, which ZDNet reviewed last year, to add ITIL-based systems management.
Sitting in the NetEvents conference in Singapore discussing networking, I perked up when I heard a panellist -- IT exec Richard Kagan from Infoblox to be specific -- argue that we're in danger of losing the standardisation that IP enables. And without IP, we'd have no Internet.
Tape lives! Well, after a fashion. And the bearer of the news?
Usually, updating a datacentre involves adding more hardware. More servers, more switches, more storage - just more stuff.
My local train operating company, Southern, has been heavily discounting its tickets over the last few months as long as you book tickets online - but the discount period is coming to an end. The aim, presumably, has been to get people used to the idea of booking online and, once they've got the habit, cut back on the discounts (and subsequently, the hapless booking office staff).
Will spinning discs always be with us? That's a question on many people's lips as the price of SSDs continues to tumble, and one I find myself asking as I'm in the process of reviewing a bunch of SSDs for ZDNet UK.
I was interested to see that research into power reduction is intensifying, to the point where serious research is going into how to switch off servers that are unnecessary at any one point in time. As ever, though, I suspect the problem will eventually boil down to good systems management.
Two things have happened recently that could presage major changes in the way that servers are used and deployed. In particular, I'd argue that the x86 architecture has cemented its place as the flavour du jour in all but the most demanding or batch-processing heavy of environments.
Storage is a touchy subject among datacentre managers. Users can't get enough of it yet it's expensive.