Content tagged with Hardware & Infrastructure
posted in February 2008
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IBM Network Prototype Promises 1-Second Movie Downloads
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The technology uses photons of light, instead of electrons, to transmit information at 8 trillion bits per second.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Launching In Early March
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The space crew will transport a segment of a Japanese laboratory and systems for the International Space Station's robotic arms.
How eBay Manages Its Data Centers
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The company is a third of the way through a major three-year grid computing initiative and is hoping to move toward automatic service level management.
Operation 'Cisco Raider' Nets $76 Million In Fake Gear
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The multiyear effort to curb the flow of counterfeit network hardware into the U.S. and Canada reflects a steady escalation in the war on intellectual property crime.
3Com Reworks Its Huawei, Bain Acquisition Terms
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Shareholders are scheduled to meet again March 7 to address the concerns of a federal government panel.
Guinness World Records Validates Longest Document Scan
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Truper 3600, a low-volume production scanner, processed a continuous single-page document for one hour, 17 minutes, and 22 seconds.
Blu-ray Basics: Using The High-Definition DVD Format On Your PC
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Now that Sony's Blu-ray has won the next-gen DVD war against Toshiba's HD DVD, find out whether it's worth adding to your PC, for entertainment and data storage.
Dell's Profits Hurt By Restructuring Costs
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
EqualLogic and Everdream acquisition costs also hinder Michael Dell's quest to regain the company's one-time position as the world's largest PC maker.
Wyse's Thin Clients Touted For Virtualized Desktops
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company launches new hardware and software in hopes of capturing virtualization and energy-sensitive customers.
IBM Envisions Clustered Modular Storage
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company also plans to introduce in the next couple of quarters solid-state drives that will work alongside hard-disk drives.
Data Center Best Practices
Features  |  2/27/2008  | 
Leading-edge operators and consultants share their tips on building ultraefficient, ultrasecure, and ultrareliable facilities.
Modest Growth In Server Sales Reported For 4Q
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Volume systems, such as x86 Windows and Linux servers, were the catalyst for growth in the server market in the fourth quarter, as well as the full year, IDC said.
Researchers Transmit Optical Data At 16.4 Tbps
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The Bell Labs research, presented at the OFC/NFOEC conference, brings 100 Gbps transmission closer to reality.
Dell Builds Out Web-Hosted Support Services
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Among the services Dell plans to make available are patch management, anti-virus, anti-spam, online backup and recovery, asset discovery, asset tracking, e-mail continuity, e-mail archiving, and image management.
Intel Unveils Processors, Chipset For Embedded Market
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The five 45-nanometer processors carry a seven-year support life cycle, instead of the standard five years.
Students Simulate Mission To Mars
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
A team of researchers in Utah are learning more about the logistical, mechanical, scientific, and e-mail issues Mars explorers are likely to face.
Startup MetaRAM Offers Low-Cost Server Memory
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Servers and workstations with the technology are scheduled for release by the end of March from Appro, Colfax, Rackable, and Verari.
IBM's 64-Processor Quad-Core Mainframe Unveiled
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
The z10 has the processing equivalent of nearly 1,500 x86 servers, with a smaller footprint and lower energy costs, the company claims.
Apple's Mac OS X Vulnerable To Networking Exploit
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
A security researcher at Digit-labs.org posted a proof-of-concept exploit that takes advantage of a flaw in the way the Apple implements IPv6 support.
Apple Introduces Faster MacBook, MacBook Pro
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Mac sales represent Apple's likely source of growth as projected demand for iPods and iPhones weakens, one analyst group predicts.
IBM Boosts Outlook With $15 Billion Stock Buyback
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
As a result of the buyback, IBM said it expects to post earnings per share in 2008 of between $8.25 and $8.30.
Lenovo Launches Ultra-Thin ThinkPad X300 Notebook
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Lenovo isn't expected to sell a lot of the X300s, but it may enhance the company's reputation as an innovator.
12 USB Thumb Drives Keep Your Data Secure
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Keep your important files mobile but safe with these USB thumb drives -- most under $100 -- from Kingston, SanDisk, Lexar, Imation, and more, which offer enhanced protection via encryption, biometrics, and self-destruct mechanisms.
Verizon Wireless To Release Network Specs For Outside Devices
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Version 1.0 of the specs will let others create mobile devices that are compatible with Verizon Wireless' network even if they are not offered directly by the carrier.
Cisco To Include Windows Server With Networking Equipment
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
The new product aims to simplify the challenging task of managing branch IT infrastructure in remote offices.
Google Buys Into Undersea Cable
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Google will join with five other companies to invest in a 10,000 km trans-Pacific submarine cable to carry data to and from Asia.
Best Buy Drops Xbox HD DVD Player Price To $50
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Most consumers have shunned high-definition DVDs and players to avoid being on the losing end of the format war.
Sun Reportedly Leaked Info On Intel's Dunnington, Nehalem
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The processor code-named Dunnington is expected to be comprised of three integrated dual-core chips and will ship in the second half of the year.
Starring In Ultra-Short Films, Electrons Captured In Motion
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Scientists hope seeing how an individual electron rides on a light wave after just having been detached from its atom will help them decipher other atomic and sub-atomic objects.
Photo-Sharing Startup Expanding Internationally
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Tiny Pictures received $7.2 million in investment funding to build its Radar Gallery service, which allows instant sharing of pictures and videos taken with camera phones and camcorders.
Military Says Spy Satellite Was Destroyed By Missile
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Military officials are tracking fewer than 3,000 pieces of debris and all are smaller than a football.
Cisco Unveils 40-Core Networking Semiconductor
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The QuantumFlow Processor includes a programmable chipset and can perform up to 160 simultaneous processes.
Dell Updates AMD-Based Optiplex Business PC
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Dell's desktop models are available with some of AMD's latest Athlon dual-core chips; it also offers as an option the more powerful AMD Athlon 64 X2 chips.
Cell Phone Spy Extracts Deleted Texts, Data
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
BrickHouse Security sells a small, portable SIM card reader that it says can retrieve deleted messages and data from cell phones.
Nokia Uses Nano Tech For 'Morph' Concept Cell Phone
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The research could lead to mobile devices that use transparent materials, repel dirt and fingerprints, and use solar energy to charge up.
After Deal Collapses, Huawei Says Normal Business With 3Com Will Continue
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The complex deal was frowned upon by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., and the three deal participants withdrew their application before CFIUS formally nixed the acquisition.
Microsoft Kills Xbox 360's HD DVD Drive
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Microsoft said it will discontinue selling an external Xbox 360 drive that supports the HD DVD high-definition movie format.
'Exaflop' Supercomputer Planning Begins
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
Backed by $7.4 million in funding, computer scientists aim to narrow the gap between theoretical peak performance and actual performance through new architectures.
Aussie Researchers Build GiFi, A Tiny Chip With Big Wireless Capabilities
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
The GiFi chip can transmit data wirelessly at 5 Gbps over a distance of nearly 11 yards, which could have a major impact on consumer electronics.
EMC Buys Pi To Boost 'Cloud Computing' Infrastructure
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
EMC also gains Pi chief executive Paul Maritz, a former senior executive of Microsoft, who will head EMC's newly formed Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division.
Atom Needs 2 Billion Times Less Force To Move Than A Penny, IBM Discovers
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
Understanding the amount of energy required to move an atom is crucial if scientists are to continue to make advances in atomic scale computing and other nanotechnology applications.
Google, X Prize Foundation Attract 10 Teams For Moon Race
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
The contest offers $30 million in prizes to put on the moon a machine that will send video and other images and data back to Earth.
Database Pioneer Rethinks The Best Way To Organize Data
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
Vertica Systems' Stonebraker says "column" design can speed data warehouse performance.
Server Shipments Up Despite Fears Of Economic Slowdown
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
Of the top five vendors, IBM continued to lead in terms of revenue with a 31.1% share.
Cold Boot Attack Defeats Disk Encryption Software
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
If the chips are kept at low temperatures, residual data can easily be recovered, researchers found.
Nvidia Launches GeForce 9 Series With Midrange Graphics Card
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
It's the first time the company has chosen not to launch a new line with the highest-end product first.
Microsoft Lets Xbox 360 Users Build And Share Games
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
At the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft said it hopes the effort will lead to an explosion in the number of titles available for its game console.
SIM Card Lets International Travelers Avoid Roaming Charges
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
Long Distance Post's prepaid international cell phone service is targeted to travelers and companies that manage fleets of phones overseas.
Google Makes Big Play For Online Video Advertising
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
AdSense for video allows advertisers to run ads under YouTube videos; video creators will share ad revenue.
Clear Winners Unlikely In Motorola -- RIM Patent Fight
News  |  2/21/2008  | 
In a conflict stemming from the failure to renegotiate a cross-licensing agreement that expired in 2003, the two companies traded lawsuits in U.S. district court last weekend.
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