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The case against SSDs

The case against SSDs

Flash-based SSDs have revolutionized enterprise storage. But SATA SSDs have serious problems that show that after more than 50 years of disk-based storage, our ancient I/O stack must be rebuilt. Here's why.

July 29, 2015 by in Storage

Building a NAS server from scratch: pics

Building a NAS server from scratch: pics

There are several options to expand your network's storage, but one of the most rewarding learning experiences can be building your own network-attached storage (NAS) server. ZDNet UK walks us through the process.

August 23, 2011 by in Cloud

Photos: GE's LEED Platinum data center

Photos: GE's LEED Platinum data center

GE recently built a $48 million state-of-the-art data center, one of the first in the world with LEED Platinum certification. Here are photos from the grand opening on August 18, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.

August 21, 2011 by in CXO

A closer look at the Data Robotics Drobo B800i

A closer look at the Data Robotics Drobo B800i

As a small business grows the need for additional data storage grows with it. One of the most cost effective ways to add storage capacity is with a Storage Area Network (SAN) server. If your business has reached the point where SAN capacity is vital to continued operations, then perhaps it is time to consider the Drobo B800i.

June 28, 2011 by in Storage

Oracle announces Project Sequoia

At the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, Oracle CIO Mark Sunday explains the techniques behind Project Sequoia, the company's new data center in Utah. By utilizing outside air, hot aisle containment, and independently controlled supercells, he says this will be its most efficient center yet.

August 6, 2008 by in Storage

LinuxWorld: The evolving data center

At the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, Cisco general manager, Rajiv Ramaswami talks about the history of the data center. He also discusses new technologies driving data center innovation including on-demand provisioning, the deployment of SOA, and Web 2.0 solutions.

August 5, 2008 by in Data Centers

LinuxWorld: Merrill Lynch on going stateless

At the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, Jeffrey Birnbaum, managing director and chief technology architect at Merrill Lynch, speaks about using cloud computing to reduce the complexities and costs of financial services. He discusses the move away from dedicated machines and why old ideas like virtualization have become useful again.

August 5, 2008 by in Banking

Silicon Valley giants partner to shape the cloud

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks with Senior Editor Sam Diaz about a partnership between Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo to create an open-source "test bed" of data centers for cloud-computing research. Diaz also discusses the deal's legitimacy and implications for the future of cloud computing.

July 29, 2008 by in Hardware

The push for solar thermal

At the Intersolar Conference 2008 in San Francisco, Fred Morse, senior advisor at Abengoa Solar says, "Don't underestimate thermal storage." The veteran solar industry exec talks about the benefits of concentrating solar technologies and the reasons why utility companies are starting to back thermal storage.

July 14, 2008 by in Telcos

Facebook VP of technical operations: Jonathan Heiliger

Jonathan Heiliger, vice president of technical operations at Facebook speaks to CNET's Dan Farber about the balancing act between innovating quickly and building a stable infrastructure at a company moving at breakneck-speed. Heiliger also discusses what he's doing to scale data center operations and support the addition of more than 250,000 customers on a daily basis.

June 27, 2008 by in Hardware

Greening IT beyond the data center

At the Business Goes Green conference in San Jose, Calif., on June 6, Christopher Mines, senior vice president of Forrester Research, talks about strategies managers can use to green IT in areas of an organization outside the data center. Mines discusses ideas such as implementing telecommuting initiatives, deploying video conferencing systems, and setting up training programs to educate employees on going green.

June 23, 2008 by in Data Centers

Moore's Law making data centers more 'green'

At the Business Goes Green conference in San Jose, Calif., last week, Allyson Klein, eco-technology initiatives manger at Intel, talked about how Moore's Law is helping driving energy efficiency in the data center. Klein also discussed Intel's association with SPEC, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation, and how the two organizations are working together.

June 20, 2008 by in Intel

IBM, Cisco, VMware talk up emerging green tech

At the Business Goes Green conference in San Jose, Calif., on June 6, Forrester Research Senior Vice President Christopher Mines moderated a discussion on data centers and the green technologies that panel members believe will have the most significant impact in the future. The panel included: Elaine Lennox, IBM's vice president of marketing management; Rob Smoot, VMware's data center product marketing manager; and Mike Capuano, Cisco's director of routing and switching.

June 18, 2008 by in IBM

Data centers: Friend to the environment or foe?

At the Business Goes Green conference in San Jose, Calif., on June 6, Forrester Research Senior Vice President Christopher Mines moderates a discussion on data centers. IBM's vice president of marketing management, Elaine Lennox, and VMware's data center product marketing manager, Rob Smoot, weigh the pros and cons of building more data centers and their current impact on the environment.

June 13, 2008 by in Data Centers

OS streaming

Sponsored: Christian Black, an IT systems engineer for Intel, spells out the many benefits of hard-drive virtualization, or operating system streaming, including faster boot times and longer desktop life.The content for this video was sponsored and provided by Intel.

May 16, 2008 by in Virtualization

Freecom DataTank Gateway WLAN

Freecom DataTank Gateway WLAN

Freecom's DataTank Gateway WLAN is a stylish and well-built network drive suited to individuals and small offices. However, business users concerned primarily with data protection and business continuity may be left wanting.

October 9, 2007 by in Storage



The SecurDisc data protection in LG's GSA-H55N has obvious appeal to some businesses, although others may do better simply by improving their storage of normal CDs and DVDs.

July 30, 2007 by in Storage

Adaptec RAID 31205

Adaptec RAID 31205

The RAID 31205 is Adaptec's newest Unified Serial controller, providing a single storage solution for cost effective SATA drives and high performance SAS drives.

July 4, 2007 by in Storage

Acer Altos easyStore

Acer Altos easyStore

Acer's Altos easyStore is similar in capacity and specification to other small-business NAS appliances, but the bundled backup and recovery software make it worthy of serious consideration.

June 25, 2007 by in Storage

Symantec Backup Exec 11d

Symantec Backup Exec 11d

Symantec Backup Exec 11d performs well, installation is a breeze and considering the ability to backup and restore individual database records and substantially reduce downtime, it isn't difficult to justify the price.

April 2, 2007 by in Security

Adaptec Snap Server 650

Adaptec Snap Server 650

Adaptec's Snap Server 650 appears pricey, but it offers the performance and scalability of a high-end server while being much easier to deploy and manage, with useful data protection facilities also provided.

March 7, 2007 by in Storage

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