• May 07, 2007 07 May'07

    Blade server buyers beware, analysts say

    Vendors may push their blade server platforms, but not all data centers should use them, according to analysts at the open source research community

  • May 03, 2007 03 May'07

    Five ways SELinux may surprise you

    In the column that follows, author and SELinux expert Frank Mayer will walk you through five of the ways that this venerable Linux security technology may surprise you.

  • May 01, 2007 01 May'07

    Dell to offer Ubuntu Linux desktops and laptops

    After months of speculation, Dell Inc. officially announced it will sell pre-installed, 100% certified Ubuntu Linux on its laptop and desktop computers.

  • May 01, 2007 01 May'07

    Before upgrading to quad-core, consider your applications

    The new quad-core chips are designed to increase performance, but not all applications need -- or can use -- multiple cores.

  • May 01, 2007 01 May'07

    IBM puts blade workstation in the BladeCenter chassis

    IBM announces a blade workstation, available by the end of the year, which runs on desktop Intel processors and sits within the current BladeCenter chassis in the data center.

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  • April 24, 2007 24 Apr'07

    University of Pennsylvania builds ITIL from the ground up

    Donna Manley, IT Sr. Director, Computer Operations within Information Systems and Computing (ISC) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia filled the room at the recent AFCOM conference in Las Vegas. Manley's presentation dealt with her ...

  • April 24, 2007 24 Apr'07

    Data center hosting facilities on the rise

    A number of data center hosting companies are looking for places to build more facilities as the demand for data center space grows.

  • April 23, 2007 23 Apr'07

    Sun servers, storage and services on sale

    Sun is selling select Sun Fire and UltraSPARC servers at deep discounts in honor of its 25th anniversary.

  • April 20, 2007 20 Apr'07

    Gateway heads into server market

    Gateway Inc. has been working to make a name for itself in the server market, offering rack-mount servers and possibly blade servers in the near future.

  • April 19, 2007 19 Apr'07

    For good data center physical security, build a bunker

    MSApple didn't want another fire or busted water pipe damaging computer systems, so it built its data center in a bunker.

  • April 17, 2007 17 Apr'07

    GXS to replace Sun, HP, IBM servers with Egenera blades

    GXS will replace all of its existing servers from vendors, including Sun, HP and IBM, with blade servers from Egenera.

  • April 17, 2007 17 Apr'07

    Aperture unveils new capacity planning tool

    Data center management software provider Aperture introduces a new version of its capacity planning tool, Vista.

  • April 11, 2007 11 Apr'07

    Dell pushes green computing initiative, offers low power AMD servers

    Dell is offering two new lower power PowerEdge servers using AMD Opteron processors to address power consumption concerns in the data center.

  • April 11, 2007 11 Apr'07

    IBM ends 31-bit z/OS mainframe support

    On April 1, IBM stopped service for z/OS v1.4 and v1.5, ending its support for 31-bit z/OS on the mainframe. For some users, that means a mandatory -- and expensive -- hardware upgrade.

  • April 11, 2007 11 Apr'07

    Ubuntu Linux: To the server side and beyond?

    Is a perfect storm brewing for Ubuntu? The combo of a renewed push for Ubuntu on the server and new thin client support could spark interest in IT managers looking for less expensive alternatives to Red Hat and Windows.

  • April 04, 2007 04 Apr'07

    Data center facilities managers are from Venus, IT pros are from Mars

    Data center facilities and IT folks don't always get along too well. What can you do to form a more perfect union?

  • April 04, 2007 04 Apr'07

    IBM mainframe CICS Transaction Server enhanced for SOA

    IBM has upgraded its CICS Transaction Server to take advantage of service-oriented architecture, also known as SOA, allowing better access to mainframe legacy programs.

  • April 04, 2007 04 Apr'07

    Intel introduces quad-core embedded Xeon processor, chip upgrades

    Intel announces a new quad-core Xeon processor and details the future of its Penryn and Nehalem chips

  • April 03, 2007 03 Apr'07

    GPLv3 draft gets thumbs down from IP attorney

    The latest GPLv3 discussion draft is ambiguous at best, and received a vote of no confidence from one IP attorney.

  • April 03, 2007 03 Apr'07

    Oracle claims dozens of customers for Unbreakable Linux

    Oracle is touting a list of 26 customers siding with it for Linux support. But, on further review, only one has actually dumped Red Hat Linux completely.

  • April 02, 2007 02 Apr'07

    ITIL: Managing change, breaking down silos

    For data center managers, ITIL can bring more comprehensive knowledge of the assets and resources IT managers have at their disposal. Learn more with this installment of our feature on ITIL in the data center.

  • April 02, 2007 02 Apr'07

    Getting started with ITIL deployment

    ITIL implementation starting points in this installment on our five-part feature on ITIL in the data center.

  • April 02, 2007 02 Apr'07

    Licensing for quad-core processors gets tricky

    Software licensing schemes for multicore processors are getting confusing. Most independent software vendors license their wares per processor, but there are exceptions.

  • April 02, 2007 02 Apr'07

    HP pushes for lower data center power consumption, green computing

    HP is promoting green computing by working to reduce data center power consumption in its own facilities, as well as its customers' data centers.

  • March 30, 2007 30 Mar'07

    Zenoss takes on IBM, HP systems management

    Can open source startups compete with IBM in the systems management space? spoke with Zenoss CEO Bill Karpovich to hear why he thinks the answer could lie in the mid market.

  • March 29, 2007 29 Mar'07

    Does your data center need ITIL?

    ITIL can bring order to the service-oriented data center. But confusion about the definition, implementation and requirements of ITIL are still holding some data center managers from adopting this ITSM framework.

  • March 29, 2007 29 Mar'07

    ITIL aids compliance efforts

    ITIL helps financial services company in their Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts.

  • March 29, 2007 29 Mar'07

    ITIL enables a service management mindset

    The quest to transform data centers into service management organizations is one reason many IT professionals are turning to ITIL. Learn more in this installment from our five-part series on ITIL in the data center.

  • March 26, 2007 26 Mar'07

    Rackable Systems introduces portable data center

    Rackable Systems, Inc. introduces portable data center, called Concentro, nearly six months after Sun's portable data center, Black Box.

  • March 21, 2007 21 Mar'07

    IBM VSE mainframe operating system gets upgrade

    IBM VSE, one of three mainframe operating systems, has a new version that just became generally available.

  • March 20, 2007 20 Mar'07

    Report: Linux, open source greener than Windows

    Is Linux 'greener' than Windows? A report from the U.K. government finds that servers running open source software last twice as long as their Windows counterparts.

  • March 16, 2007 16 Mar'07

    Data center shaves 10% off yearly electric bill

    San Francisco-based 365 Main data center saved $70,000 off its annual electrici bill by participating in PG&E's Critical Peak Pricing program.

  • March 14, 2007 14 Mar'07

    Centrify DirectAudit monitors, logs Linux user activity

    Centrify has released the beta version of an automated auditing system for Linux and Unix that syncs with Active Directory.

  • March 13, 2007 13 Mar'07

    Intel intros low-voltage quad-core Xeon ahead of AMD

    Intel's first foray into low-voltage processors may have been a flop, but data center managers' increased interest in power efficiency bodes well for its new quad-core Xeon processor.

  • March 12, 2007 12 Mar'07

    Iceland wants your backup data centers

    Iceland is trying to convince European and U.S. companies to locate backup data centers there, promising cheap and clean energy, as well as low tax rates. But will fears of network latency and volcanic eruptions usurp the discussions?

  • March 12, 2007 12 Mar'07

    HP keeps its Linux edge with BladeSystem

    As HP's reign atop the Linux server heap continues, one company exec explains how its BladeSystem and Linux can keep it competitive with IBM in the blade server space.

  • March 12, 2007 12 Mar'07

    Uptime Institute schools EPA on data center efficiency

    The EPA will file a report to Congress in June regarding the energy consumption of data centers and how to make them more efficient. Integrated within the report will be recommendations from The Uptime Institute on data center best practices.

  • March 04, 2007 04 Mar'07

    Cooling data centers with outside air gets the go-ahead

    A Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory study found that using air-side economizers to cool the data center drops power costs and won't ruin IT equipment.

  • March 01, 2007 01 Mar'07

    Users sound off: HP or Dell servers

    Hewlett-Packard Co.'s is holding its ground as a top vendor in the worldwide server market, but Dell Inc. is a close second. Users say whihc they prefer.

  • February 28, 2007 28 Feb'07

    Microsoft Windows ousted at California school district

    After a few speed bumps, the Windsor School District is on track to all but eliminate Microsoft Windows in favor of Novell SUSE Linux servers and desktops.

  • February 27, 2007 27 Feb'07

    IDC: Server shipments slow on spread of virtualization

    In its latest quarterly server tracker, IDC found that high-end and midrange enterprise server revenue outstripped sales of volume systems.

  • February 27, 2007 27 Feb'07

    More perforated tiles equal better data center cooling

    A computational fluid dynamics company released a paper at last month's ASHRAE conference showing that raised floors in data centers often leak cold air into areas they shouldn't.

  • February 27, 2007 27 Feb'07

    APC 'capture index' measures airflow in the data center

    Measuring data center airflow is the aim of APC's new capture index, which looks beyond rack inlet temperatures.

  • February 21, 2007 21 Feb'07

    Data center cooling guide

    This guide offers the latest advice from data center cooling experts. Stop wasting your data center cooling capacity; learn about high density cooling technologies in this guide.

  • February 21, 2007 21 Feb'07

    Oracle shop ditches Unix for Linux on the mainframe

    The province of Quebec is consolidating hundreds of Oracle database instances to Linux on a mainframe running z/VM, a move that will simplify database management and save it millions.

  • February 21, 2007 21 Feb'07

    BMC: Get granular with mainframe backups

    There doesn't have to be a tornado or flood for disaster recovery plan to kick in. With most application failures tracking back to human error, wouldn't it be easier if you could recover the databases you need, rather than the entire DB2 ...

  • February 20, 2007 20 Feb'07

    Data center battles the power bill with help from Uptime Institute

    Data center hosting company, The Planet, says supplemental cooling isn't worth the costs or the headaches; and The Uptime Institute is saving them $10,000 per month on energy bills.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    LinuxWorld: Managing mixed source software stacks

    Get a Linux architect's opinion of Vista and four tips on managing a data center's mix of open and closed source software stacks in this report on Russell Pavlicek's LinuxWorld workshop.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    Data center liquid cooling vs. forced air cooling recently visited American Power Conversion (APC) Corp.'s Research and Development facility in Billerica, MA, to get a first-hand look at its approach to data center cooling. During the visit we asked American Power Conversion ...

  • February 15, 2007 15 Feb'07

    LinuxWorld: Product potpourri is live from the exhibition floor this week with a roundup of the latest products and services to come out of the LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit.

  • February 15, 2007 15 Feb'07

    ITIL is a process not a product

    ITIL expert says to focus on process not products, and warns users away from the upcoming ITIL version 3.

  • February 14, 2007 14 Feb'07

    Data center power management

    Are you turning out power bills that make your CFO choke? Is avoiding electrical downtime a priority for your organization? Check out or chapter on data center power management for the latest info on energy savings and power supply maintenance.

  • February 13, 2007 13 Feb'07

    CA zaps mainframe costs with zIIP specialty engine

    CA is releasing eight software tools that it says can save customers money on mainframe software licensing costs by offloading workloads to the zIIP specialty engine.

  • February 09, 2007 09 Feb'07

    Sun x86 servers turn heads: Too bad you can't get one

    Users are impressed with Sun's foray into low-end hardware. But analysts and bloggers say the engineering-centric firm needs to improve logistics.

  • February 08, 2007 08 Feb'07

    HP offers Sun SPARC shops ProLiant alternative

    HP now counts several ProLiant server models as certified to run Sun Solaris 10, paving the way for Sun SPARC shops to migrate off legacy RISC hardware.

  • February 07, 2007 07 Feb'07

    AMD high efficiency Opteron chips push the thermal envelope

    AMD has released high efficiency dual-core Opteron chips that run 12Ws cooler than Intel's quad-core Xeon.

  • February 06, 2007 06 Feb'07

    Right-sizing is the key to energy efficient data centers

    I recently visited APC's Research and Development facility in Billerica, MA, to get a first-hand look at their approach to data center cooling. During the visit, American Power Conversion Corp. Chief Technical Officer Neil Rasmussen offered his ...

  • February 06, 2007 06 Feb'07

    IBM revs mainframe virtualization, z/VM 5.3

    IBM's z/VM platform will soon support more memory and extra processing capacity, translating in to greater numbers of (largely Linux) workloads that can run on the mainframe virtualization platform.

  • February 06, 2007 06 Feb'07

    Raised floor bests overhead cooling, IBM finds

    According to a recent study by IBM researchers, raised-floor cooling in high-density data centers ensures lower air intake temperatures for servers than overhead cooling systems.

  • February 06, 2007 06 Feb'07

    LinuxWorld preview: Samba4 makes Active Directory Linux-friendlier

    In this preview of Gerald Carter's LinuxWorld session, the Samba Team member dishes on progress with Samba 4.0, Active Directory domains and his work with Centeris.

  • February 01, 2007 01 Feb'07

    SunGard taps server virtualization to speed disaster recovery

    Disaster recovery service provider SunGard is turning to server virtualization and VMware to speed time to recovery for its customers.

  • January 31, 2007 31 Jan'07

    Linux and Active Directory -- the plot thickens

    Not only do administrators want to manage large heterogeneous environments of Linux, Unix and Windows servers with Microsoft Active Directory, but they also need to move away from Sun's NIS.

  • January 31, 2007 31 Jan'07

    Samba team showcases changes to version 4.0

    The Samba Team released a Technology Preview for Samba 4.0 this week, and is encouraging IT managers and users to test the updates and offer feedback.

  • January 30, 2007 30 Jan'07

    Improved airflow cools off overheated data center

    With systems on the brink of burning up, Osram Sylvania made small changes to its data center layout that kept servers cool -- and saved them money to boot.

  • January 29, 2007 29 Jan'07

    IBM countersued by PSI over plug-compatible mainframe

    Platform Solutions Inc., also known as PSI, has answered IBM's lawsuit with a counterclaim arguing that IBM combines its mainframe hardware and z/OS to prevent competition.

  • January 22, 2007 22 Jan'07

    Cisco sprouts green data center initiative

    Cisco Systems Inc. has made news in recent months touting its "green data center" initiative. Cisco? A networking company? In this Q&A with Doug Gourlay, senior director of data center solutions, we ask him about Cisco is jumping on the data center ...

  • January 22, 2007 22 Jan'07

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5: All about Xen

    It's no secret that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has Xen built in. But what some users might not understand is just how much of an impact paravirtualization will have on Linux in the data center.

  • January 22, 2007 22 Jan'07

    Sun x86 servers to include Intel chips

    Sun Microsystems announced that it will include Intel Xeon chips in a new line of x86 servers. In return, Intel will start supporting and endorsing Solaris on its chip architecture.

  • January 18, 2007 18 Jan'07

    Prefabricated data centers offer modular expansion alternatives

    Prefabricated modular data centers may provide a viable alternative to new construction. But the adoption of these "turn-key" data centers is yet to be seen.

  • January 18, 2007 18 Jan'07

    Sun chips away at UltraSPARC server line

    Sun announced speed improvements to its Sun Fire T2000 Niagara server and is hard at work on next-generation silicon for the platform.

  • January 18, 2007 18 Jan'07

    Green data centers tackle LEED certification

    Achieving the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification is a tall order for power hungry data centers. Despite the challenge, two companies have certified their green data centers.

  • January 17, 2007 17 Jan'07

    HP makes the case for mainframe migration

    John Pickett, Hewlett-Packard's worldwide mainframe alternative program manager, outlines HP's strategy for mainframe replacement.

  • January 10, 2007 10 Jan'07

    Third-party software costs killing mainframe growth

    A new Gartner survey reflects mainframe trends in third-party software costs, Linux adoption and IBM's struggle to bring new blood to the platform.

  • January 10, 2007 10 Jan'07

    Linux consultant sings virtual appliances' praises

    In this interview, reader and virtualization enthusiast John Frey breaks down his experiences running Linux applications as VMware virtual appliances.

  • January 10, 2007 10 Jan'07

    Sun Microsystems, the begrudging Linux vendor

    With the success Linux has enjoyed, one would think all hardware vendors would shout their Linux support from every rooftop. But not Sun, the begrudging Linux vendor.

  • January 09, 2007 09 Jan'07

    Study ranks cheapest places to build a data center

    In a new study focusing on the healthcare industry, the Midwest once again came on top as one of the most affordable places to build a data center.

  • January 04, 2007 04 Jan'07

    Linux deployments will surge in '07, analyst says

    There's no stopping Linux now. A new survey shows that over the next five years Linux will surge into mission-critical enterprise deployments to the tune of a 50% market share by 2011.

  • January 04, 2007 04 Jan'07

    EPA eyes Energy Star label for servers

    The EPA may include servers in its Energy Star program, which as of now measures the energy efficiency of items like washing machines and desktop PCs. The federal agency will also undertake a six-month study on data center energy consumption.

  • December 26, 2006 26 Dec'06

    2006: A year of surprise Linux partnerships. Or, guess who's coming to dinner

    Linux and open source news ran the gauntlet this year. A surprise Microsoft partnership with Novell took top honors. To see the rest, jump in the Wayback Machine and check out what you might have missed in this 2006 flashback.

  • December 20, 2006 20 Dec'06

    Mainframe TCO getting more bang for the buck, analyst report says

    The cost of owning a mainframe has dropped in the last five years due to lower hardware and software licensing costs, plus benefits such as consuming less real estate and power.

  • December 15, 2006 15 Dec'06

    Data centers handle holiday rush

    For every extra CD bought, book picked out and slot machine pulled during the holidays, an electronic transaction is made. And data centers have to be able to deal with it all.

  • December 13, 2006 13 Dec'06

    rPath CEO lays out case for Linux virtual appliances

    Is a virtual appliance with Linux at its core the future? In this interview, rPath CEO Billy Marshall explains why he thinks it is.

  • December 12, 2006 12 Dec'06

    Virtual appliances emerge as OS distribution mechanism

    Are virtual appliances the future of operating system distribution? Vendors like VMware and Red Hat hope so. But just how beneficial they are to IT managers remains to be seen.

  • December 11, 2006 11 Dec'06

    Tuning software staves off mainframe upgrades

    AQM Solutions has updated its mainframe application tuning software. Also: customer wins from Sun and Active Power; product news from Cassatt, EMC, Terracotta and Transistor Devices.

  • December 07, 2006 07 Dec'06

    Data center physical security drives biometrics technology

    Biometrics may bolster data center physical security, but IT managers must factor in their companies' needs and employee abilities in order to make sound security decisions.

  • December 06, 2006 06 Dec'06

    Linux and virtual appliances: Five info points

    VMware's partnership with Red Hat is only the beginning of what could soon become a slew of packaged virtual appliances in your data center. Here's how to get started.

  • December 05, 2006 05 Dec'06

    Server specs: Dell energy efficient servers dent wallets

    Dell announced a line of energy efficient servers this week, but they cost hundreds more up front than their traditional models. Also: new Java application servers; blades and software for telcos; startups get server discounts; storage encryption ...

  • December 04, 2006 04 Dec'06

    Fears of cooling with outside air may be unfounded

    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will finish a study by the end of the year looking at the potential benefits and drawbacks of using outside air to cool a data center.

  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    Ken Brill: Tune your data center engine

    Ken Brill, founder and executive director of The Uptime Institute, talks about why the group's next symposium, scheduled for March in Orlando, Fla., will focus on data center efficiency rather than uptime, as well as how more cooling can lead to ...

  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    Utility offers rebate for liquid cooling systems

    Avista Corp., a Spokane, Wash.-based utility is offering rebates to data centers that buy liquid cooling systems and other energy saving technologies. The first product to qualify for the rebate is ISR's SprayCool M-Series.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    PG&E customers save with virtualization, consolidation in the data center

    Pacific Gas and Electric has a new incentive program that will reward customers with cash for every kilowatt-hour they save thanks to virtualization.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    PG&E invests in data center energy efficiency

    Northern California utility PG&E has made headlines by offering rebates for energy efficiency in the data center. The company's programs have become a model for other utilities.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    SAS 70: Compliance shortcut

    Outsourcing vendors with SAS 70 certified data centers have a competitive advantage over other providers when dealing with public companies.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    Server Specs: Egenera creates virtual blade server management software

    Egenera creates software to deploy multiple virtual machine images on its blade servers. Also: HP releases nine servers with Intel's quad-core chip; Sun releases HPC blade server and chassis.

  • November 14, 2006 14 Nov'06

    TIA-942: Cookie cutter or cost cutter?

    The Telecommunications Industry Association recently published a standard that attempts to address almost every design consideration in the data center. Is it a one-size-fits-all approach to data management or a way for IT managers to reel in costs ...

  • November 06, 2006 06 Nov'06

    Server energy efficiency standard finalized

    The EPA and industry leaders finished a server energy efficiency standard that would allow end users to compare energy usage for 1U and 2U rack servers.

  • November 03, 2006 03 Nov'06

    Red Hat: We will be here in one year, Novell will not

    Red Hat general counsel Mark Webbink goes to the mat for his company regarding the Microsoft-Novell partnership, in this Q&A. In one year, Red Hat will be all that remains of commercial Linux, he said.

  • November 03, 2006 03 Nov'06

    Opinion: Microsoft, Sun, Oracle can't sidestep Linux, open source movement

    I had my "flying-pigs" moment on seeing the headlines: rapprochement, accord, peace between Linux and Microsoft.

  • November 02, 2006 02 Nov'06

    Virtualization management benefits from open source tools, expert says

    Joseph Foran is director of IT at FSW, Inc., one of Connecticut's oldest nonprofit human services agencies. As director of IT he has driven the adoption of open source systems management and virtualization technologies at his organization. ...

  • November 02, 2006 02 Nov'06

    Microsoft, Novell link up for surprise partnership

    Today Microsoft and Novell joined forces to build an interoperability bridge between Linux and Windows and make a stronger virtualization play.