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Data Center Management Spotlight

The server operating system is the engine behind the applications running on the server. Whether you choose Windows Server 2008 R2, Ubuntu server or a proprietary Unix server, it's important to know what's under the hood. Keep up with the latest news and trends, and find some tips to give your server a tune-up, here.

Can vCloud Air Compete Against Cloud Heavyweights AWS and Azure?

How can VMware's vCloud Air contend in the cloud scene when AWS and Azure are able to offer more for less?

Windows Server 2016 Does Containers

Microsoft's latest server OS signals a whole new way of thinking for Microsoft, highlighted by the incorporation of open source projects like Docker via Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers.

Intel Accelerates Server Performance with New Xeon E7 Processor

The Xeon E7-8894 v4 arrives as Intel's new performance champion.

Docker Secures Container Secrets in Datacenter Update

Docker releases updated versions of its open-source and commercial container platforms, adding new security features to help safeguard privileged access information.

vSphere 6.5 Seeks to Solve the Virtual Machine Encryption Conundrum

Encryption within a virtual machine has never really taken off due to the negative performance impact it inevitably has. Has VMware solved this performance dilemma in vSphere 6.5?

Oracle Powers New Exadata SL6 with SPARC Linux

After nearly a decade of x86 powered Exadata database machines, Oracle announces a new system powered by SPARC T7-2 processors.

Amazon Web Services Continues to Grow as Servers Move to the Cloud

There is perhaps no better leading indicator of how much server revenue is headed to the cloud than AWS' latest earnings.

CoreOS Drives Container Management Forward with Tectonic 1.5

New release of the commercially supported Kubernetes distribution delivers updates with improved storage and network configuration options.

AD Key Health Checks, Part 3: Designating Bridgehead Servers

Our latest Server Tutorial reveals why it's imperative to avoid designating manual bridgehead servers in a large Active Directory production environment and how to easily check for this issue.

Oracle Officially Migrates Solaris to Continuous Delivery Approach

If you've been anxiously awaiting a Solaris 12 release, don't bother, as there won't be one arriving anytime soon.

Operator, Operator: My Stateful App Is on the Kubernetes Line

CoreOS steps in with new open-source Operators tools to help scale and manage stateful applications on top of Kubernetes while protecting against data loss or unavailability.

Linkerd Project Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Open-source service mesh technology becomes an official CNCF project, helping to advance the state of containers.

IBM Mainframe Revenue Growing as Overall Systems Revenue Decline

IBM reports full year fiscal 2016 revenue of $79.9B, as several emerging markets help offset a period of transition for IBM Power Systems.

Docker 1.13 Prunes Containers, Improves Security

The Docker 1.13 release introduces multiple new commands including prune and squash, which can help containers to use disk space more efficiently.

Opengear Expands Remote Site Gateway Capabilities

New Remote Site Gateway devices debut, providing zero-touch provisioning option for infrastructure.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 Improves Storage

New release of Red Hat's enterprise-grade container platform is based on the recent Kubernetes 1.4 milestone, adding new dynamic storage capabilities and an enhanced dashboard.

HPE Acquires SimpliVity for $650M

HPE picks up software-defined converged infrastructure vendor in an effort to expand converged management capabilities.

Server Review: Opengear IM7200 Infrastructure Manager

The Opengear IM7200 Infrastructure Manager takes out-of-band remote connectivity to new heights.

Top 10 Linux Server Distributions of 2017

The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability.

Citrix to Launch Virtual Windows 10 Desktops Through Microsoft's Cloud

At its annual Citrix Summit conference the company announced XenDesktop Essentials, a service that uses Microsoft Azure to deliver Windows 10 workspaces to devices. 

Container Revenue Will Grow to $2.7B by 2020

451 Research forecasts rapid growth for the container market.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 Hits Beta

RHEL 6.9 introduces a new base image and extends TLS 1.2 security support for all system components.

Snappy vs. Flatpak: Unified Linux Packaging Systems

[VIDEO] Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, details his ideas around Snappy and why it matters.

Why Kubernetes Is All-Conquering

It may not be the only horse in the container management system race, but Kubernetes sure appears to be rapidly pulling away from the rest of the competitors.

Red Hat Wins Big with OpenShift in 3Q17

Red Hat reports third quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $615 million, with some large OpenShift deals helping to power the company forward.

Global Server Market Declines to $12.5B in 3Q16

Both IDC and Gartner report negative growth for the server market.

IBM OpenWhisk Serverless Platform Now Generally Available

Amazon's Lamda isn't the only event-driven serverless platform that's production-ready.

Oracle Aiming for the Clouds, Reports 2Q17 Revenue of $9B

Once again, cloud is the key area of growth for Oracle, though engineered server systems are also doing well.

Amazon Launches New Cloud Region in the UK

New AWS Europe (London) Region expands Amazon's cloud footprint in Europe to Three Regions.

CoreOS Linux Rebranded as Container Linux, as Kubernetes Goes Self-Service

CoreOS updates its Tectonic platform with ideas already proven in its Managed Linux product.

Keeping Active Directory Running Smoothly - Key Health Checks, Part 2

Discover how and why it's vital to ensure your OS and Active Directory files are stored on separate storage spindles and your domain controllers are not running low on disk space.

Top 10 Enterprise Database Systems of 2016

Got data, big or small? Need a database server, on-premises or in the cloud? Chances are you'll be considering at least one of these leading enterprise database systems to meet your needs.

GoDaddy Expands Global Footprint, Boosts WordPress Support

$1.8B deal will see GoDaddy acquire Host Europe Group, as the hosting provider seeks to add new security and WordPress capabilities.

Equinix Buying 24 Verizon Data Centers for $3.6B

Equinix picks up new data centers in 15 metro locations, including key Miami NOTA.

Docker Deals with Canonical, Debuts Public Beta on AWS

Docker continues to push forward with new commercial partnerships.

VMware's 'Friendship Strategy' Making Strides as It Launches vSphere 6.5

VMware's flagship server virtualization platform arrives as the company continues to make valuable friends amidst tackling the twin threats of containerization and the cloud.

Vapor Brings Compute Capacity to the Edge

Vapor IO's newly announced Vapor Edge platform aims to put cloud computing capabilities at the edge of the network.

Fedora 25 Adds Some Rust to Linux

New release of Red Hat's community Linux distribution debuts with desktop, server and developer tools.

Docker Joins Eclipse, Updates Commercial Platform

Docker continues to build momentum with both developers and enterprises.

Kubernetes 1.4 Aims to Address Complexity Concerns

While Kubernetes has earned a reputation as being particularly difficult to get up and running with as a container and cluster management system, Kubernetes 1.4 looks to change that in a big way.

CoreOS Debuts Tectonic 1.4 for Enterprise Kubernetes

CoreOS updates its flagship commercial Kubernetes server platform and introduces new Operators concept.

Minimalist Windows Server 2016 Means Nano Server

Windows Nano Server represents the future of where Microsoft wants to go with their server OS platform, especially for heavily virtualized environments. Discover what the minimalist server operating system has to offer, both in terms of benefits and shortcomings.

OpenStack Puts Interoperability to the Challenge at OpenStack Summit

[VIDEO] The Executive Director and COO of OpenStack Foundation provides a behind-the-scenes look at how a 16-vendor interoperability challenge at last week's OpenStack Summit worked.

Why You Need to Reboot Your Domain Controllers Monthly

The optimal performance and security of your Active Directory domain controllers requires regular maintenance. Our latest Server Tutorial will help ensure your domain controllers are serving authentication and authorization requests as efficiently as possible.

Consider Consolidating Your Servers with a New Dell or HPE 4U Workhorse

If you have server or workload consolidation projects on tap, opting for one of the latest server systems from Dell or HPE could lead to significant cost savings.

The World Runs on OpenStack

From banks to the largest science project on Earth, OpenStack is making its mark.

Microsoft Bringing Security via Virtualization to Web Browsing

Who would have thought ten years ago that virtualization technology would move out of the data center and onto the desktop right inside Windows?

Dell EMC Brings PowerEdge Servers to VxRail, VxRack

Combining the servers with the hyperconverged infrastructure offerings from EMC enables the company to offer more configurations and drive down costs.

VMware Ushers in Large Number of Product Updates

Support for containers is something for which a great number of VMware enterprise admins around the world have been waiting.

Canonical Yaks about Ubuntu 16.10

The Yakkety Yak milestone of Ubuntu Linux is now generally available.

ZeroStack Serving Up Killer Enterprise Features for OpenStack Customers

ZeroStack has come a long way since its launch just over a year ago. But are its plans to make an OpenStack-based hybrid cloud product that's accessible to everyone working?

FreeBSD 11 Updates Open-Source Server Operating System

FreeBSD expands architecture support and improves features throughout the system.

Fedora 25 Linux Enters Beta Release

New server, security and desktop capabilities land in Red Hat's community Linux distribution.

Microsoft Lowers Azure VM Prices

The company lowered the cost of spinning up Azure virtual machines and announced the general availability of encryption at rest for its cloud disaster recovery solution.

OpenStack Newton Debuts With Improved Container Features

The latest release of widely deployed open-source cloud platform improves security, virtualization and networking.

Docker Debuts Infrakit Open Source Toolkit for Self-Healing Infrastructure

The Docker libmachete effort gets renamed as Docker Inc continues its mission to provide tools that simplify operations.

ClusterGX Brings Container Management to Big Data Apps

Containers have become increasingly popular for big data applications, and companies like Galactic Exchange are now emerging with tools to make those implementations considerably easier to set up and manage.

Canonical Launches Commercial Support for Kubernetes

Canonical jumps into the Kubernetes market with an upstream-based release as well as a commercial-support option based on the Ubuntu Advantage program.

Microsoft Launches Windows Server 2016 at Ignite

Among the highlights, Microsoft officially launches the server software during its Ignite conference and scores a major new cloud partner.

Docker Doubles Down on Microsoft Windows Server

Docker for Windows debuts alongside a new commercial support relationship with Microsoft.

Red Hat Growing Million Dollar OpenStack Deals

Red Hat reports second quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $600 million.

HPE's HC 380 Serves Up Secret Sauce for Hyper-Converged

HPE's OVIO tool in the new HPE Hyper Converged 380 takes the complexity out of cluster installation and makes it cookie-cutter simple.

Red Hat Prepares for OpenStack Newton Improvements

The next major release of OpenStack is coming in early October.

2Q16 Global Server Revenues Decline to $13.4B

HPE continues to lead the server market in terms of revenue.

Security in the World of Virtual Machines and Containers

Running an app in a VM in a public cloud may indeed be more secure than running the same app in a container, but that doesn't always mean you can sleep well at night knowing your apps and data are secure.

IBM Brings More Power to Power8 Linux Server Lineup

NVIDIA NVlink technology arrives on POWER8 and delivers a 5x improvement in terms of bandwidth.

Keeping Active Directory Running Smoothly with Key Health Checks

A healthy Active Directory environment keeps all other services running effectively. As a result, it pays to stay up to speed on important Active Directory health check items that help ensure Active Directory is optimally providing required services.

What 23,000 Attendees Took Away From VMworld 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS: Perhaps the biggest news at the conference was that IBM Cloud became the first partner to use and help sell VMware's Cross-Cloud Architecture.

VMware Expands Photon Platform for Cloud-Native Deployments

VMware's Photon Controller Linux operating system effort for containers has opened up for public consumption.

Cisco Gets Into Containers With ContainerX Acquisition

The tech vendor buys the early-stage startup, whose technology makes it easier for enterprises to manage containers across cloud and data centers.

VMware Previews Cross-Cloud Services at VMworld

VMware takes aim at helping organizations to manage policies and deployments across disparate cloud services.

LinuxCon: How Facebook Monitors Hundreds of Thousands of Servers with Netconsole

By looking at the lowest level of data traffic, Facebook is able to identify potential server problems before they become outages.

Why Rackspace Is Bringing POWER to Its Data Centers

[VIDEO] John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, discusses the opportunities the OpenPOWER architecture brings.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Buying SGI for $275M

Move brings additional High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data technology to HPE.

Aqua to the Container Security Rescue?

The Israeli security startup believes it can not only deliver the security lacking in Docker, but also that there's an opportunity for containers to be made more secure than monolithic apps can ever be.

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