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Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

November 13th, 2012 11:28 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

First time accepted submitter justthinkit writes “I have a number of applications that will not run on 64-bit Windows, but I would like to gain the benefits (most better caching) of having more than 4GB of RAM. Am I stuck with these Windows operating systems? And why is Windows Server 2008 Datacenter and Enterprise not included on that page? Should I go with a Linux or Win 7/8 system, and run a VM of Windows XP? Is this a solved problem or a lost cause?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

November 13th, 2012 11:28 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

First time accepted submitter justthinkit writes “I have a number of applications that will not run on 64-bit Windows, but I would like to gain the benefits (most better caching) of having more than 4GB of RAM. Am I stuck with these Windows operating systems? And why is Windows Server 2008 Datacenter and Enterprise not included on that page? Should I go with a Linux or Win 7/8 system, and run a VM of Windows XP? Is this a solved problem or a lost cause?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

November 13th, 2012 11:28 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

First time accepted submitter justthinkit writes “I have a number of applications that will not run on 64-bit Windows, but I would like to gain the benefits (most better caching) of having more than 4GB of RAM. Am I stuck with these Windows operating systems? And why is Windows Server 2008 Datacenter and Enterprise not included on that page? Should I go with a Linux or Win 7/8 system, and run a VM of Windows XP? Is this a solved problem or a lost cause?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

Obama Administration Closing Recently Opened Datacenters

August 11th, 2011 08:32 admin View Comments

Government

An anonymous reader writes “After quadrupling the number of government datacenters over his first three years, Obama’s Administration is reversing course and closing the most recently opened datacenters. With one datacenter reportedly the size of three football fields, my question is what happens to all those recently purchased servers? Will the government hold a server fire sale? Count me in!”

Source: Obama Administration Closing Recently Opened Datacenters

Major Outage At the Amazon Web Services

April 21st, 2011 04:45 admin View Comments

Cloud

ralphart writes “The Northern Virginia datacenter for Amazon Web Services appears to be having a major outage that affects EC2 services. The Amazon Forums are full of reports of problems. Latest update from the status page: 2:49 AM PDT We are continuing to see connectivity errors impacting EC2 instances, increased latencies impacting EBS volumes in multiple availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region, and increased error rates affecting EBS CreateVolume API calls. We are also experiencing delayed launches for EBS backed EC2 instances in affected availability zones in the US-EAST-1 region. We continue to work towards resolution.”

Source: Major Outage At the Amazon Web Services

Photo Tour of Facebook’s Open Source Datacenter

April 16th, 2011 04:18 admin View Comments

Data Storage

An anonymous reader writes “Robert Scoble has published fantastic photo tour of Facebook’s new open source data center. This datacenter is the most energy efficient in the world. The Google and other datacenters are pushing back against new efficiency requirements for a while, and an open source competitor will only make things better for the rest of us.”

Source: Photo Tour of Facebook’s Open Source Datacenter

2 White Papers: Optimizing the Enterprise and Handling Extreme Workloads

April 8th, 2011 04:30 admin View Comments

cloudy_jan10.jpg We have two white papers to share this week that cover how virtualization can help optimize the enterprise and handle extreme workloads.

Our first white paper explores how organizations are looking to extend virtualization efforts to encompass the entire datacenter, from the OS to the network to the management of those critical business information assets.

A part of optimizing an enterprise is also making the most of applications in a virtualized environment. Our second white paper looks at how mission-critical applications can be scaled with consolidation goals met across the data center.

Virtualized Datacenter = Real-World IT Optimization

How to Handle the Most Extreme Workloads

New Power for Data Center Virtualization

Source: 2 White Papers: Optimizing the Enterprise and Handling Extreme Workloads

Facebook’s “Open Compute Project”: Their Server/Datacenter Expertise Now Open To All

April 7th, 2011 04:44 admin View Comments

We’re live today at a Facebook event at their headquarters in Palo Alto. They’ve already noted that this event won’t be about a consumer facing product, but instead will be about the underlying technology that powers the service. And to that end, they’ve announced a new iniative, The Open Compute Project.

So what is it? Facebook is opening up the specifications and design documents that went into creating their customized servers and datacenters. According to Facebook, these are much more efficient than the industry standards out there right now — especially if you’re specifically building social applications. In fact, Facebook says their servers are 38 percent more efficient than the off-the-shelf ones they were buying previously. And that has meant a 24 percent cost savings.

As you can see in the chart above, when measuring in PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness), Facebook’s data center (Prineville) is much more efficient than the industry average (1.07 versus 1.5).

So why open this? It’s about both giving back and pushing these technologies forward. Normally, software is opened up, but not hardware. “We think sharing this will help the ecosystem grow,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says. “We think there will be a lot of demand for this,” he continues. He notes that the Facebook team has been working on all of this for over a year.

Zuckerberg then introduced Jonathan Heiliger, the head of operations. He spoke about the way most companies lease space in a datacenter, and how Facebook was in that position for seven years. Then they realized they could do better. So they opened their own datacenter in Oregon. And now they’re building a second one — again, with their own servers as well.

With these specifications Facebook is handing out, presumably other startups (with enough cash, of course) will be able to build their own servers and/or datacenters this way. And they can modify these designs to suit their own needs. One company that immediately jumps to mind is Twitter, which also recently got to the size that they need their own datacenter. And of course, giants like Google has been doing this for a long time. But again, Facebook is opening all their learnings up. That should help the industry.

“It’s time to stop treating datacenters like Fight Club,” Heiliger quips.

Source: Facebook’s “Open Compute Project”: Their Server/Datacenter Expertise Now Open To All

Microsoft Puts Datacenter In a Barn

January 5th, 2011 01:45 admin View Comments

aesoteric writes “Microsoft has announced that it will open a new datacenter in Washington State housed in a ‘modern’ barn-like structure that is ‘virtually transparent to ambient outdoor conditions’. It was not the first time Microsoft had toyed with the idea of a datacenter without walls. In September 2008, it successfully ran a stack of HP servers in a tent for seven months, apparently with no failures.”

Source: Microsoft Puts Datacenter In a Barn

FBI Defend Raids On Texas Datacenter

December 19th, 2010 12:55 admin View Comments

Aryden writes “Wired Reports: ‘The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses. The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T and Verizon about unpaid bills allegedly owed by some data center customers, according to court records. One data center owner charges that the telecoms are using the FBI to collect debts that should be resolved in civil court. But on Tuesday, an FBI spokesman disputed that charge.’”

Source: FBI Defend Raids On Texas Datacenter

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