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Articles by Lamont Wood
posted in July 2008
A recent report indicates that trusted sites are actually a major source of Web infectionsï¿¼meaning that in too many cases server security has taken a back seat to expediency.
In a small office, there's no escaping a server's noise. In the previous noise-related posting we looked at entry-level servers from Fujitsu and Dell that should not drown out conversation, with decibels outputs of 32 and 38 decibels, respectively. This time we'll look at Hewlett-Packard servers.
True, typically nobody sits in front of a serverï¿¼but that doesn't mean that server ergonomics can be ignored, especially fan noise. In a small office, there is no escaping that noise. But there is little evidence that the vendors take the issue seriously.
A premiere example of cloud serviceï¿¼Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3)ï¿¼was down for eight hours on Sunday, providing another example of why that the cloud cannot do away with the need for servers inside the firewall.
Do you worry about serve security? If your Web server acquired an infection that turned the machines of visitors into remotely controlled zombies, would you be embarrassed? If you answered yes to both questions you are, sadly, ahead of the pack.
Figures from Europe and around the world show that the bulk of IT managers have begun to grapple with server virtualization. Results, meanwhile, can be dramatic.
According to a recently published interview, an official with the Environmental Protection Agency says the EPA will proceed with its plan to extend the Energy Star program to enterprise servers, but it is otherwise not likely to regulate data centers.
Offering cheap, accessible hosting, the cloud would seem to make servers superfluous. On closer inspection, it does no such thing.
Judging from recent vendor announcements, the future of server storage is clearly solid-state drives. But don't expect mechanical drives to simply go away.
What's on your server? Whatever it is, in this day and age, if your data concerns the public, it better be encrypted on your server.