Unplug ghost servers, save a bundle

By |May 30th, 2014|Categories: IT Industry, Networking, Tech News|

Users who decommission equipment quantify savings for Uptime Institute

May 9, 2014


The Uptime Institute estimates that 20% of all racked IT equipment has no earthly function other than to warm the planet. But for data centers that do manage to unplug equipment, the savings are significant.

To draw attention to the issue of what are sometimes called “ghost servers,” Uptime held a contest, inviting data center managers to submit their own efficiency efforts. The results are impressive.

Barclays, the top performer in Uptime’s ranking, removed 9,124 physical servers last year. Those servers, in total, consumed 2.5 megawatts (MW) of power and could fill 588 server racks. The company’s power bill would be $4.5 million higher if the systems were still running.

Moreover, Barclays saved $1.3 million on legacy hardware maintenance costs and freed up more than 20,000 network ports and 3,000 SAN ports.

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Cisco will lead SDN and win IT, Chambers says

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Networking, Tech News|

IDG News Service – There’s a big showdown coming in IT pitting no-name hardware with overlaid software against purpose-built architectures that stretch from data centers to the edges of networks, Cisco CEO John Chambers said.

Most of today’s top IT vendors won’t be around in a meaningful way in 10 years, with Cisco left standing, Chambers told a packed house at his keynote address at the Cisco Live conference in San Francisco.

“You’re going to see a brutal, brutal consolidation of the IT industry,” he said. Many other industries will also consolidate, and enterprises will have to transform themselves and adopt end-to-end architectures like Cisco’s to stay competitive, he said.

The company is directly taking on SDN (software-defined networking) in the form of so-called “white box” networking hardware with an overlay of software such as the OpenFlow open-source protocol or VMware’s NSX. Cisco will win with a combination of its ACI (Application Centric […]

Unisys unveils invisibility cloak for network traffic

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: IT Industry, Networking, Networking – Wired & Wireless, Tech News|Tags: , |

Network World – If you are ultra paranoid, what could be better than hiding your network traffic in such a way that no one could possibly intercept it? This is what Unisys is offering with its new Stealth appliance, which could make man-in-the-middle attacks and keylogger exploits obsolete, or at least more difficult to mount.

Stealth has been around since 2005, when it was developed exclusively for the Defense Department, which remains one of its largest customers. Several years ago Unisys took it to commercial enterprises and has paid for various independent tests to try to compromise the system, all of which have failed.

This is because Stealth uses four layers of security: each packet is encrypted with AES256, then split into three separate pieces and dispersed across the network, destined for a particular group of users that have to be running its protocols.

To deploy Stealth, you create virtual “communities […]

DOJ: Court didn’t abuse power by appointing Apple monitor

By |January 24th, 2014|Categories: Networking|

(Credit: CNET)

The US Department of Justice on Friday argued that a US court didn’t abuse its power by naming an external monitor to oversee Apple’s compliance with antitrust law and that an appeals court should deny Apple’s motions to get rid of the monitor.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday had granted Apple’s motion to hold off on having an external monitor to make sure it complies with antitrust laws, saying it would give Apple a reprieve until a panel can examine the issue.

The government, in an opposition filing Friday, said the court acted within its power to appoint a monitor. The lawyers said that Apple must show it will suffer “irreparable harm” if the monitorship isn’t put on hold, and that a stay is in the public interest. However, the Justice Department argued that Apple can’t show that the monitor behaved improperly, and if Apple could show that, the […]

Rose gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to Verizon

By |January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Networking|

Big Red will soon offer the plus-sized smartphone in a pink gold.

January 22, 2014 10:08 AM PST

Verizon dials up a new look for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.(Credit: Samsung)

Samsung quietly announced that Verizon will be the only US carrier to offer the Galaxy Note 3 in a new color. A short mention on the hardware maker’s Web site confirms Verizon will carry the 5.7-inch smartphone in Rose Gold.

Unfortunately, the phone’s exact availability isn’t clear, but we can assume it’ll cost the same as the Jet Black and Classic White versions — $299.99 on contract. And, while Samsung does have Rose Gold accents for both black and white body colors, it appears Verizon may only carry the white and rose gold version.

In addition to the this accent shade, Samsung also recently introduced a Merlot Red version for the global market.


Samsung Galaxy S5 could have the look of Windows Phone

By |January 21st, 2014|Categories: Networking|

This could be the home screen for the Galaxy S5.

(Credit: Twitter/evleaks)

Samsung wants ours to be a world full of widgets, if what we saw at CES and the latest leaks of the purported Galaxy S5 home screen are any indication.

Prolific leaker Evleaks posted the below images on Twitter of an apparent new home screen design that borrows from both the tiled look of Windows 8 and the constantly updating “cards” of relevant data that Google Now users will find familiar.

More from that Samsung home screen.

— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 19, 2014

Evleaks has a pretty good track record, but these should still be viewed with skepticism. The columns of image-heavy cards also bear a resemblance to the new “Magazine UX” that Samsung introduced on its new Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro enterprise-level tablets at CES. The […]

Verizon cuts upgrade wait from six months to 30 days

By |January 19th, 2014|Categories: Networking|

Company decides to change its Edge payment plan — this only a couple of weeks after rival T-Mobile says it will pay early-termination fees for customers when they trade in their devices.

January 19, 2014 9:26 AM PST

In the latest tit-for-tat in the escalating jockeying between carriers, Verizon has modified its Edge payment and early upgrade plan. Until now, customers had to wait six months to upgrade. Now they can do it after 30 days.

Verizon_Wireless_storeA Verizon Wireless store in Arlington, Texas.

(Credit: Verizon Wireless)

The move comes shortly after rival T-Mobile announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it would pay customers looking to switch from AT&T Mobility, Sprint or Verizon up to $650 in early termination fees.

Verizon said that eligibility will require news customers to pass credit checks. What’s more, it said that prepaid accounts are not eligible for […]

GOP Wants FCC to Ditch Net Neutrality Rules

By |January 1st, 1970|Categories: Networking, Tech News|

GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker Boehner, said net neutrality rules would be “counterproductive.”

Net Neutrality

House Republicans on Wednesday penned a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, which urged him to back off any sort of net neutrality regulation.

“We are writing to respectfully urge you to halt your consideration of any plan to impose antiquated regulation on the Internet, and to warn that implementation of such a plan will needlessly inhibit the creation of American private sector jobs, limit economic freedom and innovation, and threaten to derail one of our economy’s most vibrant sectors,” reads the letter, which was signed by House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The lawmakers said net neutrality rules would be “counterproductive,” as they “would only serve to deter investment and stifle one […]