Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees, new study shows – Techworld.com

After stripping out unnecessary licensing Office licenses, organisations were left with a hybrid environment, part cloud, part desktop Office. via Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees, new study shows – Techworld.com. The Center IT outfit I work for is dumping as much on premise Exchange Mailbox hosting as it can. However we are… Continue reading Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees, new study shows – Techworld.com

Corning Announces Availability of USB 3.Optical Cables

Currently available in lengths of 10 meters, Corning will also be releasing USB 3.Optical cables of 15 and 30 meters later this year.  These cables can be purchased online at Amazon and Accu-Tech. via Corning Announces Availability of USB 3.Optical Cables. As I’ve had to deal with using webcams stretched across very long distances in… Continue reading Corning Announces Availability of USB 3.Optical Cables

AMD Launches First ARM-based Server CPU | EE Times

In addition, AMD is planning to contribute to the Open Compute Project with a new micro-server design that utilizes the Opteron A-series, along with other architecture specifications for motherboards that Facebook helped developed called “Group Hug,” an agnostic server board design that can support traditional x86 processors, as well as ARM chips. via AMD Launches… Continue reading AMD Launches First ARM-based Server CPU | EE Times

Seagates LaCie touts a 25TB not a typo box o disks for your DESK • The Register

Seagate subsidiary LaCie has launched a set of external storage boxes using a 5TB Seagate hard drive – even though disk maker Seagate hasn’t officially launched a 5TB part. via Seagates LaCie touts a 25TB not a typo box o disks for your DESK • The Register. There isn’t a whole lot in the way… Continue reading Seagates LaCie touts a 25TB not a typo box o disks for your DESK • The Register

Group Forms to Drive NVDIMM Adoption | EE Times

As NAND flash is supplemented over the next few years by new technologies with improved durability and the same performance as system memory, “we’ll be able to start thinking about building systems where memory and storage are combined into one entity,” he said. “This is the megachange to computer architecture that SNIA is looking at… Continue reading Group Forms to Drive NVDIMM Adoption | EE Times

Leaked Intel roadmap’ promises… er, gear that could die after 7 months [Chris Mellor for theregister.com]

  Chris Mellor – The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/09/intel_ssd_roadmappery/   Chris does a quick write-up of a leaked SSD roadmap from Intel. Seems like we’re now in a performance plateau on the consumer/business end of the scale for SATA based SSD drives. I haven’t seen an uptick in Read/Write performance in a long time. Back in the… Continue reading Leaked Intel roadmap’ promises… er, gear that could die after 7 months [Chris Mellor for theregister.com]

All-flash IBM V7000 smashes Oracle/Sun ZFS box • The Register

What would happen if we replaced those 16 disk-based V7000s with all-flash V7000s? Each of the disk-based ones delivered 32,502.7 IOPS. Let’s substitute them with 16 all-flash V7000s, like the one above, and, extrapolate linearly; we would get 1,927,877.4 SPC-1 IOPS – nearly 2 million IOPS. Come on IBM: go for it. via All-flash IBM… Continue reading All-flash IBM V7000 smashes Oracle/Sun ZFS box • The Register

Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash • The Register

Does Fusion-io have a sustainable competitive advantage or will it get blown away by a hurricane of other PCIe flash card vendors attacking the market, such as EMC, Intel, Micron, OCZ, TMS, and many others?  via Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash • The Register. More updates on the data center uptake… Continue reading Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash • The Register

Facebook Opens Up Hardware World With Magic Hinge | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Codenamed “Knox,” Facebook’s storage prototype holds 30 hard drives in two separate trays, and it fits into a nearly 8-foot-tall data center rack, also designed by Facebook.The trick is that even if Knox sits at the top of the rack — above your head — you can easily add and remove drives. You can slide… Continue reading Facebook Opens Up Hardware World With Magic Hinge | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Fusion-ios flash drill threatens to burst Violins pipes • The Register

NoSQL database supplier Couchbase says it is tweaking its key-value storage server to hook into Fusion-ios PCIe flash ioMemory products – caching the hottest data in RAM and storing lukewarm info in flash. Couchbase will use the ioMemory SDK to bypass the host operating systems IO subsystems and buffers to drill straight into the flash… Continue reading Fusion-ios flash drill threatens to burst Violins pipes • The Register