Hardware


Over- or Under-size Your Backup Appliance on Purpose

When you're shopping for backup appliances, keep these four scalability parameters in mind.

Windows on Mainframes Due December 16

Windows on the Big Blue's hardware is almost here.

IBM Platform Decisions HPC

With its recent acquisition of Platform Computing, IBM is betting on emerging demand for high-performance computing solutions.

Cisco and Citrix Join Forces for Desktop Virtualization

A new push by partners Cisco and Citrix might encourage IT organizations to take a serious look at desktop virtualization.

Survey Says: Mainframe Revival Has Legs

New workloads account for almost one-third of MIPS growth, and mainframers are as optimistic as ever about the future of Big Iron.

EMC Supercharges Mainframe Tape

How serious is EMC about competing in the mainframe tape space? Take a look at the latest release of its Disk Library for mainframe to see how the company is upping the ante.

Proprietary Mainframe Servers in Decline -- Except for IBM

The use of proprietary mainframe servers continues to decline -- for everybody but IBM. System z, in fact, is doing just fine. The rest of the mainframe field? Not so much.



Data Center Power Use Projections Miss the Mark

Remember all the talk about runaway data center electricity consumption? As it turns out, it might have been overblown -- perhaps even alarmist.

Physical or Virtual ADC: An Either/Or Choice?

Are vADCs a wholesale replacements for pADCs? Can't these application delivery controllers co-exist?

IBM's New z114: A Most Affordable Big Iron Solution

The new zEnterprise really does comprise Big Blue's most mainstream mainframe release to date. At $75,000, it's certainly the cheapest.

Analysis: Do zEnterprise Results Signal a Slowdown for the Mainframe Market?

With another strong quarterly showing for System z, IBM seems to have put its recent run of mainframe woes behind it. Or has it?

Analysis: RSA SecurID Token Vulnerabilities Back in the Spotlight

The other shoe finally dropped in the case of the SecurID data breach at RSA. Could the fallout have been avoided?

IBM Bringing Windows to the Mainframe Later This Year

IT mainframe pros will have to wait until Q4 to get their first look at IBM's Windows-on-zBX offering. Will it be worth the wait?

Analysis: The Oracle-Intel-HP Fallout Revisited

IT pros believe Oracle's move has less to do with cost savings and more to do with a strategy to negatively impact the hardware sales of partner/rival HP.

Mitigating the Limits of Your Data Center

To help data center managers understand how best to employ new energy metrics and tools, we examine five ways to optimize use of available space, cooling capacity, and power.

Does SQL Server PDW Have What It Takes for Very Large Data Warehouses?

When it comes to high-end data warehousing, Microsoft isn't promising something it can't deliver: it's been shipping a special release of its SQL Server 2008 R2 database since November of last year.

Private Clouds: 5 Considerations for Optimizing the Dynamic Data Center

If you’re moving to private clouds, keep these considerations in mind as you plan your migration.

HP's HPC Server Refresh Hints at Exascale Future

Will Enterprise 2020 be hosting a substantial portion of its workloads on GPUs or on other non-traditional architectures?

Using Distributed Computing to Reduce Downtime, Accelerate IT Recovery

Architecture changes and technologies are emerging that enable IT professionals to provide solid infrastructures, eliminate downtime, and deliver applications with consistently high availability.

Blade Server Demand Driving High-Density Zones

High-density zones strike a balance between the power and cooling requirements of different kinds of data center assets. The rub, of course, is that they'll cost you.