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It has been a while since I have done any major Apple news and while I was feeling the beginnings of withdrawals I found a blurb on Apple's plans to build a new data center in North Carolina.
It seems that North Carolina passed a bill to give Apple a nice $46 million state tax credit. The new site will only have around 50 full time employees but for some reason NC is claiming it will create 250-300 jobs in the region. I am not sure what math they are using but that sounds a little off to me.
No matter the data center will be good for the local economy, I just wonder if it will actually help the consumer, after all it won't be in place to prevent another iPhone upgrade fiasco that is sure to happen when iPhone 3.0 hits. But maybe just maybe it will impact iPhone 4.5
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IChanges in the tax laws were not without opponents. Last week when the House voted in favor of the tax credit by a vote of 80-34, House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Stam was clearly upset with the incentives.
"They're playing us," Stam said. "And they're going to keep playing us as long as you agree to be played. They'll either come or they won't come, but whether they come I can virtually assure you it will not depend upon whether you pass this bill."
North Carolina said the Apple server farm will have about 50 full-time employees. One of the regulations that Apple has to follow is that the average wage in the facility exceed the wage standard in the county where it's located.
As we have talked about the home is becoming more like the enterprise these days. We see PoE (Power over Ethernet) Home Servers, IP cameras, and complex wired and wireless networks.
Dell and HP already have Home Server products based on Microsoft's Home Serve Operating system and now Acer has one of their own.
The new system is called the easyStore Home Server and features a nice combination of features and expandability. With a price tag of $400 Acer is going to offer storage of up to 7 terabytes (1 TB built in and 3 extra 3.5-Inch bays, an Atom 230 CPU, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM.
This is not a bad way to enter the market if you ask me.
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Acer's entering the home server market, and its first entry's gonna be the easyStore AH340-UA230N with built-in Windows Home Server. It's juiced up with Intel Atom 230 processor and 2GB DDR2 RAM, and in addition to 1TB of storage, you've got three 3.5-inch hot swappable bays for a possible total of 7TB of storage.
Via may have finally found a steady home for its Nano CPU. Dell is looking to make a new classification of server and wants to put the Via Nano under the hood.
The new servers should sell under the product name of XS11-VX8. They are not intended for high performance but for light server loads and should show up with a 1.3GHz Nano. No word on when they will hit the streets or other specs but pricing should be around $400.
Not too bad for a light duty server
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VIA got a break from the all-mighty silicon gods as the world's second-largest computer seller, Dell, has decided on using its Nano processors for a new series of servers. Before making it into Dell's offer, the Nano has found its way into the Samsung NC20, a 12-inch notebook. Dubbed XS11-VX8, the new Nano-powered machines are designed for light server workloads and put the emphasis on low power consumption, lower cooling requirements and compact size.
There may be good news in VistaVille, It looks like the 2nd Service Pack for the much maligned OS has gone RTM (Release to Manufacturer).
Although there is not a firm release schedule quite yet the RTM stage means that the new update is finalized and ready to go. One nice improvement over previous SPs is a single installer for both Vista and Server 2008 making distribution easier.
Fixes in the new pack include full support for Via's 64 Bit CPU, ability to record directly to BluRay media and other improvements for performance and compatibility.
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The rumor mill has spit out a number of tidbits about the release schedule for Windows Vista's second service pack lately, but we'd heard very little in the way of official news. Well, Microsoft has now remedied that. Company blogger Brandon LeBlanc wrote a long post on the Windows Vista Team Blog to say Vista SP2 has hit release-to-manufacturing status.
That means the software is complete, and Microsoft is effectively just waiting to unleash it upon the public. LeBlanc doesn't mention a precise release time frame, though-he just says the software will be out some time this quarter. (Recent reports suggest the service pack may launch at the TechEd 2009 conference in mid-May.) To make the roll-out process easier for enterprise IT staff, Microsoft will provide a single installer for both Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2.
There is nothing like compatibility; unless you are Windows Home Server, then well...you just don't need it.
According to reports on the internet Windows Home Server is not compatible with Linux or Mac systems on your network. Systems such as remote backup, remote file sharing and monitoring are simply not available to MAC and Linux users at this time.
Maybe MS will add something in later, but I just can't see it with the "I'm a PC" ads out there.
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However if you have Linux systems in your house or anything fruit flavoured you might as well forget it.
Microsoft is also making WHS available for free to software developers who subscribe to its MSDN or Technet networks. This is so that developers will write software add-ons for the thing.
Not included in Power Pack 2 is the ability to do automated backup and monitoring of Mac OS and Linux PCs in the network.
The RC's are the same build that were released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers last week.
A single 32-bit installer is available for Vista and Server 2008, however there are two installers for 64-bit OS's: one for Itanium architectures and one for x64 architectures.
The Windows Blog announced today that Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has hit the Release Client milestone.
As of now, the RC is only available to download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, but the team says that the service pack will be available to everyone in the very near future.
Service Pack 2 will include include many updates that have not been delievered since SP1 hit, and it will also support new types of hardware and emerging standards. As of now, the team is looking to release the service pack for both operating systems in 2Q 2009.
SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include updates that have been delivered since the release of SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging standards. As we've described since we first talked about SP2, we've taken your feedback into account when developing SP2. Specifically, we expect SP2 to continue the security benefits of both products and simplify deployment for our customers.
Looks like Citrix has found a new way to compete with VMWare; they are going to give XenSever 5.0 away for free.
Of course the Express Version has been free for a long time, but Citrix is claiming that the enterprise version is also now free. The problem is one of features. According to Roger Klorese "the new free XenServer does not include high availability, advanced StorageLink storage integration, persistent performance management, or monitoring -- which continue in Enterprise Edition and Platinum Edition -- or dynamic provisioning services -- which continue in Platinum Edition."
Citrix is a new comer in the Virtualization market, but have scored a big win by partnering up with Microsoft and getting a great Interoperability deal between their XenServer product and MS' Hyper-V.
True Citrix's new Free XenServer has its issues and limitations, including missing many enterprise class features, but to get an enterprise class virtualization product for free is still a good thing.
If you are more of a VMWare fan you can grab VMware's ESXi server for free also.
Read more here at Roger Klorese's Blog.
XenServer, our enterprise virtual infrastructure platform is now free (including resource pooling and live relo), and we have announced Citrix Essentials for XenServer, and Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V as our virtualization management portfolio that offers a rich set of automated functions that drive the compatible virtualization layers beneath - the free Hyper-V hypervisor from Microsoft, and the free XenServer Enterprise virtual infrastructure platform from Citrix. Finally, and most importanly, we announced a powerful go-to-market roadmap with Microsoft.
Response to our announcements has been extremely positive, from our partner Microsoft to our channel partners and resellers, and many many customers and users. There are the expected nay-sayers too, but someone had to drink the only thing that you get free from our competitor - VMware koolaid.
With CES out of the way, Thecus Technology has announced some of their plans for the upcomming CeBIT in Hannover. First up are their new N7700 and N8800 NAS servers. The N7700 houses 7 SATA drives for massive storage and can be stacked with an additional five N7700's. If you have room for the NAS in the rack, the N8800 comes in a 2U form factor and ups the ante a bit with an eigth drive. Both support iSCSI making it easy to centrally manage and deploy storage for an entire network.
Thecus will also have several new units on display. First up is the N5500. This 5-bay NAS is a follow up to the N5200PRO and comes with an Intel Celeron processor and 1GB of DDR2. It also supports iSCSI and multiple file systems including XFS, Ext3, and ZFS. Home users will get the new N0204. It has two drive bays for RAID 0/1/JBOD support and also functions as an iTunes, media, and photo server. Rounding off their full range of NAS units will be the multimedia-friendly M3800 and N3200PRO. The M3800 is a revamped N4100PRO and the N3200 is powered by the AMD Geode.
"As the demand for storage capacity continues to grow, businesses are requiring greater integration of storage into their environments," said Seth Bobroff, general manager, Intel Server Platforms Group - Storage. "Using Intel® architecture allows Thecus to deliver the performance, features, expandability and reliability to satisfy these increasing customer requirements."
"This year's CeBIT is going to be sensational as Thecus® kicks off the New Year with some of our most exciting products,"
said Thecus® General Manager Florence Shih. "I look forward to meeting some of our most valued partners as well as some Thecus® fans at CeBIT 2009. See you at the show!"
It looks like there is a new Bug in SQL server that can allow for remote detonation of the server. Well ok not detonation but this newly discovered flaw can allow for remote execution of code.
According to MSA (Microsoft Security Advisory)961040, the flaw affects SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005 (with SP 2 or lower) SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, MSDE 2000, WMSDE, and Windows Internal Database.
SQL 7.0 With SP4, 2005 with SP3 and SQL Server 2008 are not affected.
Read more here.
Customers who believe that they have been attacked can obtain security support at Get security support and should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country. Customers in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at 1-866-PCSAFETY. Additionally, customers in the United States should contact their local FBI office or report their situation at Internet Crime Complaint Center.
This issue does not affect supported editions of Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 4, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
This vulnerability is not exposed anonymously. An attacker would need to either authenticate to exploit the vulnerability or take advantage of a SQL injection vulnerability in a Web application that is able to authenticate.
By default, MSDE 2000 and SQL Server 2005 Express do not allow remote connections. An authenticated attacker would need to initiate the attack locally to exploit the vulnerability.