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Fujitsu-Siemens Finally Does Solaris on Primergy
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Well, this was a decision that has been a long time in coming, and one that probably should have taken maybe 35 seconds in a meeting maybe four years ago when it must have been pretty clear that Sun Microsystems would be backtracking bigtime and supporting Solaris 10 on X86 and X64 platforms. But, no matter how long it took, Sparc and Solaris insider Fujitsu-Siemens, the partnership of Japanese server maker Fujitsu and Germany partner Siemens, is now officially supporting Solaris Unix on its Primergy line of X64 servers. READ MORE >

The Top 500 Super Ranking Now Counts Watts as Well as Flops
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The 31st edition of the semi-annual Top 500 listing of supercomputers in the world was announced this week at the International Supercomputing Conference 2008 event in Dresden, Germany, and the list will be noteworthy for two reasons. First, this will be the first time that a supercomputer of any make, vendor, or architecture has broken through the petaflops performance barrier, a feat accomplished by the 'Roadrunner' hybrid Opteron-Cell machine created for the U.S. government's Los Alamos National Laboratory by IBM. And second, and perhaps foremost, this will be the first ranking where watts are being counted for big machines in a manner that is as consistent as the Linpack Fortran benchmark that is the touchstone for performance. READ MORE >


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Sysload Delivers Fine-Grain Monitoring for Virtual Servers
by Alex Woodie

Organizations concerned that the availability of critical applications is suffering as the result of hitting the physical performance limits of their virtualized servers may want to check out the SP-Analyst offering from the French company Sysload. With the capability to monitor a wide range of servers, including i OS machines, at one-second intervals, SP-Analyst may be a good solution for spotting sudden performance spikes in virtualized infrastructures, which other server monitoring offerings with longer sampling intervals may miss. READ MORE >


Mad Dog 21/21: iPhone Home
by Hesh Wiener

What did the extraterrestrial called ET in the eponymous 1982 Spielberg film use to save itself from a cadre of government agents? A phone. Twenty years later, people routinely phone home and everywhere else from anywhere. This hasn't distracted the technologists caught up in arguments about thin versus thick clients, but now there's a new Apple iPhone. It might ring loudly enough to be heard above the bickering advocates of various clients. A client as well as a phone, it could shift the focus of the user interface debate from technological means to budgetary goals. READ MORE >



 

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The World Can't Get Enough Disk Array Capacity
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

While processors have hit a gigahertz wall somewhere around 3, 4, or 5 gigahertz, depending on the chip architecture, forcing chip makers to shift the use of Moore's Law advances in chip manufacturing to multicore devices to pack more capacity into a single slice of silicon, disk makers have not, thus far, hit a capacity wall on drives. And as far as anyone can tell, the appetite for gigabytes just keeps on growing and growing. It is really quite astounding, especially when you consider the amount of garbage that must be stored on computers the world over. READ MORE >


But Wait, There's More:

• Sun Adds Low-End Constellation Switch, New Quad-Socket Blade

• HP Launches NonStop Blade to Chase Mainframes and Unix Apps

• IBM Mashup Center to Offer Online Trials

• Enterprises Are Judged by the Measure of IT Performance

• IBM Says SOA Deployments Will Rise in 2008, But What About SMBs?


 

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The Power 595 Takes the Top TPC-C Benchmark Ranking

The World Can't Get Enough Disk Array Capacity

Mad Dog 21/21: iPhone Home

IBM Is Enjoying the Role of Green Giant

The Linux Beacon
Beep, Beep: Roadrunner Linux Super Breaks the Petaflops Barrier

AMD Offers Clock Cranks on Barcelona Opterons

The World Can't Get Enough Disk Array Capacity

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IBM Is Enjoying the Role of Green Giant

Four Hundred Stuff
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Fujitsu-Siemens Finally Does Solaris on Primergy

The Top 500 Super Ranking Now Counts Watts as Well as Flops

Sysload Delivers Fine-Grain Monitoring for Virtual Servers

Mad Dog 21/21: iPhone Home

The World Can't Get Enough Disk Array Capacity

But Wait, There's More:

Sun Adds Low-End Constellation Switch, New Quad-Socket Blade . . . HP Launches NonStop Blade to Chase Mainframes and Unix Apps . . . IBM Mashup Center to Offer Online Trials . . . Enterprises Are Judged by the Measure of IT Performance . . . IBM Says SOA Deployments Will Rise in 2008, But What About SMBs? . . .


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