IBM Power 7 Systems

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

IBM Power 7Which is the most reliable server hardware and operating system? Well, it turns out that the most reliable piece of hardware out there is the IBM Power 7 system, running AIX, scores at least 99.99% server uptime. This translates to 15 minutes of downtime per year. This is quite amazing. Imagine this was your web hosting provider. It is not surprising that IBM are rock solid amongst other alternatives. IBM, or International Business Machines, has nearly 100 years of history behind their backs. Some think that to succeed you need to be the first company on the market, or the best one. It seems that IBM benefits from both.

There is a lot of buzz around green computing and green data centers. We even mentioned those a couple of times. But what does “Green” mean? If environmental friendly computing translates to efficiency and workload optimization, then there you have it. There are two ways to help the environment while meeting the ever increasing demand for faster performance - make your it equipment run on green energy or make it as efficient as possible. In a perfect world you would have both, but in the most common case scenario we are still firmly attached to the power company and making the most out of the electricity you use, can really pay off. While most servers use 10% of their capacity most of the time, the Power7 series utilize up to 90% of the capacity thanks to their new virtualization capabilities.

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The Uptime Project

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

UptimeThe Uptime Project is the arena for the hardcore enthusiasts to compete against each other by comparing their ... uptime. It is as simple as it sounds. The site holds records for different machines and, of course, their uptime.

The site has been running for over 3 years now. It hosts the uptime of over 2000 machines, but only 500 are online for most of the time. Their goal is to find the machine with the most uptime and the contest is opened to everyone. What you need to enter is simply one of their tools, which can be found on their website. Multiple platforms are supported, including various Linux distribution, Windows, Mac, Sun and I even saw an Android device in the rankings.

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Data & Heat

Posted on October 19th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Cool placeNowadays you can expect to find data centers in the most peculiar places. Cargo containers, old bunkers, at the bottom of a coal mine, even six miles off the coast of Suffolk. One place I would never have thought of is under a cathedral!

Finland did it again. Currently there is an operational data centre beneath the Uspensky Cathedral, in Helsinki. The server rooms are located in a former World War II bomb shelter. Why - one would ask. Well, for a couple of reasons.

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Site Speed - It Matters!

Posted on October 12th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Website speedWe are all obsessed with speed. Just today the elevator in my building got me thinking how often we get nervous with the slightest changes in our every day routines.

It usually takes the elevator around 12-15 seconds to get me up to the 4th floor. All of a sudden, the elevator door began malfunctioning, and as a result it now takes me 15 seconds to get to the 4th floor, and another 5 for the door to open. After a couple of days I began to think that the stairs are not such a bad option. Now, imagine that this is your website. People are used to getting the information they need when they need it. When your site gets slower and it takes 10-20 second for a page to load, people tend to get nervous and find an alternative route to get what they want.

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Quick Tips on Website Maintenance

Posted on October 8th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Website maintenanceWhen are you performing your next website maintenance? It is night time, yes? Well, let us give you a few pointers on how to do it more smoothly.

Any intentional website downtime requires that you consider 4 main parties - your partners, your current and prospective users, and the search engines. Luckily, the tips below cater to all three.

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