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Dell PowerEdge R520 review

It's not the most powerful or scalable 2U server in Dell's PowerEdge range, but the R520 is still a quick, capable and affordable dual-socket platform that can be configured to handle a variety of both datacentre and distributed office workloads.

September 18, 2012 by

HP preps updated ProLiant Gen 8 servers

HP has announced updates for its ProLiant Generation 8 server line, which HP has said increase datacentre automation, compared with previous HP servers.Five of the new servers, which are part of its HP's Project Voyager push will use Intel Xeon E5-2400 processors.

May 15, 2012 by

SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 supports everything from departmental servers to large-scale enterprise clouds. With Hadoop integration imminent there's much to be said for upgrading — if only to prepare your datacentre for big-data private clouds. Just keep an eye out for the effect of per-core licensing on your costs.

April 16, 2012 by

Could Xsigo help cut your cable count?

Amid the explosion of activity on the hypervisor technology market sits a company that could save you money and hassle -- and it's just launched a new management console and 40Gbps server fabric.Xsigo sells datacentre fabrics: these consist of boxes designed to reduce the cabling load by connecting any server to any network or storage system.

March 9, 2012 by

AWS: Servers dictate datacentres' monthly costs

Servers are responsible for over half the monthly cost of running a large datacentre, according to a new model from Amazon Web Services' distinguished engineer James Hamilton.Hamilton's model crunched the numbers on a 50,000-server facility, and found that after servers, a distant second for cost was the infrastructure required for power distribution and cooling, followed by power.

September 23, 2010 by

HP does datacentre DIY

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.

June 8, 2010 by

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