Industry News Desk
Virtualization, Silverlight and Verizon
Zmanda's Paling Around with NetApp While Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Should Be Here
Jun. 8, 2008 04:00 PM
Paling Around with NetApp
Moves Desktop Gadgets to Linux
Zmanda, the open source backup and recovery folks, says it’s
integrated NetApp’s Snapshot technology with its own Recovery Manager for
MySQL. It’s supposed to translate into continuous data protection for
mission-critical MySQL databases. With Snapshot, administrators can create
point-in-time copies of file systems for granular recovery.
Google has put out the beginnings of Desktop Gadgets for
Linux and is distributing the source code under the Apache 2.0 license. Gadgets
are mini-applets that form part of the Google Desktop. They’ve only been available
until now for Windows and Mac. The Linux widgetry support both GTK+ and Qt.
Uncle Walt Lauds
Release Candidate 2 of Firefox 3 is out. The final ship date
is still mid-June. Walt Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal’s Petronius Arbiter,
said Thursday that it is “the best web browser out there right now, and that
tops the current versions of both IE and Safari in features, speed and
security.” He warns that the situation may change with the new IE due out later
this year and whatever Apple is doing.
Venture Money Going
It used to be that a VC wouldn’t put his money any further
than the distance it took to drive, put his feet up on the investee’s desk and
tell him how to run the business. Now according to the 2008 Global Venture Capital
Survey, 57% of US venture capitalists are putting money (one out of every five
dollars, something like $9 billion) outside the country, up 11% year-over-year.
Of course the survey includes biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and clean
fuels. The hot spots are China,
India, the UK, Israel,
Germany and Taiwan.
VMware Leverages ODMs
VMware has cozied up with Asus, Gigabyte, Inventec and Tyan
to get more customers for its brand of virtualization by certifying the ODMs’
one-, two- and four-socket servers as well as their blade servers. It’s already
got a deal with Supermicro.
The vendors are certifying their systems for the VMware ESX
and Infrastructure 3-upgradeable ESXi hypervisor; certified systems are
expected to be available in Q3.
It’s supposed to make adoption easier for resellers and get
VMware into SMBs.
Fields Free VMware Utility
Tripwire has a free VMware-blessed utility that’s supposed
to check configurations and improve the security of VMware ESX hypervisor
deployments. ConfigCheck automatically assesses ESX configuration settings,
comparing them against VMware security guidelines, and recommends steps to take
to avoid security threats stemming from misconfigurations, the source of most
Ever See a
Themis has built a 1.2GHz uniprocessor UltraSparc T2 blade
(the Sparc chip with eight cores) that runs Solaris 10 intending to use it in
an IBM BladeCenter chassis along with blades of other species running other
operating systems. The thing is supposed to start shipping in August starting
AMD Expands on Barcelona
AMD is out with three new one-socket quad-core Barcelona chips for
servers and workstations branded the 1300 Series. It said HP and Dell intend to
use them in upcoming models; Cray’s already shipping the gismos in its XT4
systems and upgrading some of the world’s fastest supercomputers with the chips
though AMD fancies them for SMB boxes. They’re available at 2.1GHz, 2.2GHz and
Water System Cools Chips
IBM is thinking that the way to deal with the mounting heat
crisis is to pump water through the MPU. Its researchers in Zurich are doing just that on stacked chips
using hair-like on-board 50 micron pipes. It makes stacking chips for
performance a possibility. Otherwise they’d fry. Figure at least five years to
Meters the Internet
Time Warner Cable is going to try charging for Internet
access like it was a cell phone. It’s running a trial in Texas and will dun customers who upload or
download more than the pre-set amount, which ranges from $30 a month for 5GB on
a 768 kbps connection to $55 for 40GB on 15 mbps connection. Go overboard and
it’ll run a dollar a gigabyte over the limit.
Power Chip Comes Up
Sounding a bit like Apple, Tundra Semiconductor, the
Canadian company that makes system interconnects, has terminated a
nine-month-old product acquisition deal with IBM because IBM can’t deliver a
90nm Power core with the performance promised. Tundra says the performance
shortfall makes the core unsuitable for its intended target applications and
market. While it was at it, Tundra also canceled a deal to put a 65nm Power
chip in an intelligent interconnect based on a review of what IBM thinks it can
Takes Steps To Avoid Windows 7 Foul-Ups
Microsoft has told hardware vendors of all stripes that they
have to start testing their widgetry with the next-generation Windows 7 as soon
as the first beta arrives – or else they won’t be Windows Logo-certified. It’s
to avoid Vista-style compatibility issues
A federal jury has told HP to write Cornell University
a check for $184 million for infringing patents that dramatically increased
supercomputer speed. The school wanted $900 million, claiming HP made $36
billion using its professor’s multitasking breakthrough from 1996-2006. The
inventor was also Intel’s first Academic Research Fellow. The suit was filed in
December 2001. HP plans to appeal.
VMware Security Rated
VMware Infrastructure 3, ESX Server 3.0.2 and VirtualCenter
2.0.2 have been certified as Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance 4 (EAL4+). It
says it’s the only x86 virtualization vendor to be certified.
2 Beta 2 Should Be Here
Silverlight 2 Beta 2, Microsoft’s Flash-aimed cross-platform
browser plug-in for rich Internet applications, should be out by now unless
Bill Gates is a liar. Apparently it adds support for .Net Framework, which
could give it wider appeal.
Verizon Wireless Bulks
Verizon Wireless is buying Alltel for $28.1 billion and
should wind up the largest cell phone outfit in America with 80 million
subscribers, aggravating AT&T, which has about 71.4 million customers and
the iPhone franchise. Two-thirds of AT&T’s network should be 3G-ready by
the end of the month.
Dreams of Free Universal Wireless Internet Access
The Federal Trade Commission may make in incumbent on the
winner of the airwaves that the government is auctioning off to provide free
high-speed wireless Internet access across most of the US. It would
have to reach 50% of the population four years after the license is awarded and
90% in 10 years.