An upgrade to Dell's systems management appliance delivers improved visibility of and control over networked PCs, servers and other devices.
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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.
Kickfire's hardware-accelerated MySQL appliance blows the doors off monster Oracle database servers in equivalent TPC-H benchmarks in a tiny fraction of the cost, space, storage and power usage. Last week, during their press briefings the future of the company looked bright indeed.
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.
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.
This is a powerful system that enables server administrators to very quickly restore data that may have been lost due to viruses, user error or hardware failure.
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.
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.
The EmergeCore IT-100 has an impressive set of features, but is let down by a lack of documentation and tricky deployment.
This richly-featured gateway and firewall allows IT managers in small/medium-sized businesses to secure their networks easily.
Sun has relegated the last of its Cobalt servers to the 'end-of-life' section. It's the end of the brand for which Sun paid £1.2bn - but not of the server appliance market, which Cobalt virtually created
Sales of security server appliances grew 10 percent year-over-year, as companies turned to low-end appliance servers dedicated to firewalls and virtual private networks, IDC says.
Little more than four months after Google launched its search appliance for enterprises, the company on Monday announced several major customers, including Boeing, Cisco Systems, PBS.org and National Semiconductor. Introduced in early February, the Google Search Appliance combines hardware--in the shape of a thin, yellow box--and software that mirrors Google's Web search technology for corporate intranets and Web servers. Chipmaker National Semiconductor, for example, uses the technology for its internal systems, giving staff the ability to search corporate data. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, which also licenses a hosted search navigation system for corporations' public Web sites, introduced the appliance to give companies greater security from the benefits of placing it behind a corporate firewall. --Stefanie Olsen, Special to ZDNet News
Quantum released a new product Monday as part of an effort to break into a higher-priced section of the market for storage devices that connect to servers via ordinary computer networks. The Guardian 14000, which has Linux at its core, competes more with products from Network Appliance and EMC by adding features such as the ability to take "snapshots" of the file system. Snapshots can speed backup tasks and make it easier to recover from crashes or corrupted data. The 5.25-inch-thick Guardian 14000 has a capacity of 1.4 terabytes and costs $24,900, the Milpitas, Calif.-based company said. It uses IDE hard drives, which cost less than SCSI drives but are slower. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Network Engines, a maker of special-purpose servers, will be able to tap into Microsoft's Server Appliance Kit through a partnership with Venturcom, the company said this week. Venturcom helps companies develop special-purpose computing systems. The Server Appliance Kit software is based on a customizable version of Windows 2000. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. --Stephan Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Network Appliance systems were used in the special effects for the "Lord of the Rings" movies, the company plans to announce when the movie debuts next week. Weta Digital Effects used NetApp F760 and F840 servers with 12 terabytes of capacity to store digital images for "The Fellowship of the Rings" and two sequels due out in 2002 and 2003.
EMC's new Symmetrix connects up to 96 data-storage servers to a central system. Network Appliance takes a different approach with a system designed to distribute the load.
The market for appliance servers is set to grow massively over the coming years, according to IDC report published today.
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Compaq Computer called in backup units Monday to boost its developing server appliance business.The Houston PC maker will begin reselling Intel's NetStructure line of server appliances this week, with an eye on jointly developing new server appliances, special-purpose servers designed to be cheaper or easier to use than their general-purpose brethren.
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