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September 22, 2011 by

Oracle shrinks Exadata for small businesses

Oracle has released a hardware appliance built on top of x86 servers, after its chief executive, Larry Ellison, said he didn't care if that portion of the business went bust.The Oracle Database Appliance is a 4U box with pre-installed Oracle Linux and Oracle appliance manager software, Oracle said on Wednesday.

September 24, 2008 by

HP and Oracle team up on 'data warehouse appliances' that re-architect database-storage landscape

The reason for the 10x to 72x performance improvements cited by Ellison are do to bringing the "intelligence" closer to the data, that is bringing the Exadata Programmable Storage Server appliance into close proximity to the Oracle database servers, and then connecting them through InfiniBand connections. In essence, this architecture mimics some of the performance value created by cloud computing environments like Google, with its MapReduce technology.

February 27, 2008 by

Virtual Appliances: Once and done philosophy in action

Suppliers offering "virtual appliance servers" have often stopped by to brief me on their products and how they're going to take over the market in some segment or another. The most recent example was a really interesting discussion I had with Dave Asprey, VP of Marketing for Zeus Technology, about their take on a security appliance.

May 7, 2007 by

Adaptec Snap Server 210

The Snap Server 210 makes for a very tightly integrated and low maintenance backup system over WAN, but is pricier than many other solutions.

May 18, 2006 by

QUT bridles disorderly DNS, DHCP servers

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has recently dumped an irregular array of network management servers using open source software for an appliance-based solution from vendor Infoblox. QUT had previously been using the servers with multiple operating systems to manage domain name (DNS), automatic IP address assignment (DHCP) and associated network identity services.

February 15, 2005 by

Adaptec iSA1500 Storage Array

This is not as easy as to deploy as Adaptec would have you believe, but it's worth persevering with as an affordable alternative to more expensive Fibre Channel SAN solutions.

November 30, 2004 by

Vendors weigh appliance plans for Microsoft backup

Although Microsoft is keen to encourage backup appliances based on its forthcoming Data Protection Server (DPS) package, hardware manufacturers are remaining cautious about the concept.In September, Microsoft announced a planned mid-2005 release for DPS, a direct-to-disk backup solution aimed at the SMB market.

November 12, 2004 by

Tumbleweed MailGate 2.2

This mail server security appliance is child’s play to set up and manage, and great for companies with limited technical expertise.


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