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1. Editor's Note: Second Life's Data Center Secrets Exposed
2. Today's Top Story
- The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part Three
- Seven Windows Vista Features That Depend On Longhorn Server
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- Inside Second Life's Data Centers
- The Next Round Of Microsoft Vs. Linux: Health Care
- VMware Accuses Microsoft Of Restricting Its Customers
- HP Touch-Screen Computer Sparks Debate
- Down To Business: Talent Shortage? Employers Must Take Some Of The Rap
- It's The End Of The Business Intelligence World As We Know It
- Palm Speculation Builds As Its Share Price Rises
- Computer Trading Snags Put Wall Street On Edge
- AMD Unlikely To Meet First-Quarter Revenue Target
- Death And (Telecom) Taxes Are Certain, And Some Are Rising
- RIM Expects Accounting Errors To Reduce Stated Earnings By $250 Million
- Microsoft Boosts Size Of Xbox Memory Unit
- American Airlines Outsources HR To IBM
- Z Corp. Unveils More Affordable 3-D Printer
- HP Sharpens Its Blades
- Mobile Devices Need Updates, Too
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- Windows Vista Diary: Caught In A Vicious Update Cycle
- Microsoft Declines Ad-Supported Enterprise Software
- Join The Windows Vista Roundtable
- Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
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- Five Key Business Intelligence Tactics
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1. Editor's Note: Second Life's Data Center Secrets Exposed
Today InformationWeek undresses Second Life and leaves it naked and trembling. We lift up its skirts and peer at its naughty bits. In other words, we go inside the data centers and describe some of the server and software technology that keeps the virtual world running.
For those of you who are too hot and bothered to read the complete article, here are some highlights: The software architecture is an extension of the virtual world metaphor of Second Life. Each instantiation of the server architecture of Second Life controls a specific area of virtual real estate and is assigned to a specific server or a specific processor on a larger server. The server software -- called "simulators," or "sims" -- moves around, based on server crashes or downtimes. Still, at any time, it's possible to walk into one of Second Life's two data centers, pat one of the rack-mounted servers, and say that particular server is running virtual New York or San Francisco or ancient
Linden Lab, which develops and maintains Second Life, runs 2,000 Intel- and AMD-based servers in two co-location facilities in San Francisco and Dallas.
Read the article for more on Linden Lab's open source plans (although not too much more -- it's not saying much) and how Linden Lab is coping with the explosive growth of Second Life.
What else would you like to know about Second Life technology? Do you know any Second Life secrets you'd like to share with our readers? Let us know on the InformationWeek Blog.
Inside Second Life's Data Centers
As Second Life strains to keep up with recent popularity, InformationWeek looks at the real-world technology foundations of the make-believe world and developer Linden Lab's plans to stay on top of growth.
Palm Speculation Builds As Its Share Price Rises
Treo smartphone maker Palm Inc. could bring a buyer a decade's worth of digital assistant design and mobile phone know-how, but at a hefty price for a company no longer viewed as cutting edge.
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Microsoft Declines Ad-Supported Enterprise Software
Microsoft's slowly getting into the ad-supported software game for consumers and small businesses with its Live services. That might be a necessary strategy in the Google era, but chief software architect Ray Ozzie says software for big business is a whole different ballgame.
Join The Windows Vista Roundtable
Have you heard enough about Windows Vista yet? Unless you still use an Underwood typewriter to produce your daily reports, you've no doubt been bombarded with analysts, journalists, bloggers, and other pundits who have offered their opinion and advice about Microsoft's new operating system. But what about the people out there in the trenches -- the ones who will actually have to install, implement, and support Vista?
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered By Microsoft
Microsoft said it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site. Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.
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