IBM Blu Acceleration – Fast and Easy

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IBM Blu - Very Fast - Very Easy - Very Cool When I was first asked “Have you heard of IBM Blu?”, I immediately thought that was a redundant statement. Everyone knows that IBM is also known as “Big Blue”, so I was a little caught off guard. But, after doing a little digging and holding a call with the product managers, it became clear to me that IBM Blu is paving the way toward fast database analytics and access. What do I mean by fast? Well, Handelsbanken, a Swedish bank providing universal banking services, saw a 100X improvement when implementing Blu in their data systems. What do I m...
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HP Eats Own Dog Food to Prove Moonshot

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During the keynote at HP Discover 2014, Meg Whitman goes on to tell the story about HP Moonshot.  The hp.com website receives a staggering 300M hits per day.  In order to run at that scale, it took 25 cabinets of servers to handle those requests. Enter Moonshot.  HP claims that using Moonshot servers uses 89% less energy, 80% less space, and 97% less complex.  However, those claims are hard to swallow, so they set out to prove it.  They migrated their entire web farm to Moonshot servers, decreasing their datacenter footprint from 25 cabinets down to 3 cabinets, and, as HP put it in the keyn...
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HP Announces New High-Performance Compute Platform

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All day, near the High-Performance booth at HP Discover 2014, there is a shrouded case wrapped with a big red ribbon, similar to what you would see on the "new car" gifts in movies that never happens. "Wait until the Keynote" says everyone. During the Keynote, a quick video (less than a minute) was played showing the new system on a platform while new-age fenced arms slowly expanded out, displaying inches of the new system every second.  Lots of drama, music, and cinematography as you would see in a Sci-Fi movie. Apollo.  The new system for re-defining high-performancing computer in a...
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Nashville Has a New Datacenter

On Wednesday, I toured Nashville’s newest datacenter, with Ryan Burtch, a Sr. Solutions Consultant for Windstreams. Located in Franklin, TN, Windstreams Hosted Solutions just finished building a 21,000 sq foot Tier-III facility with the services of Compass Datacenters. Services include co-location, public cloud, and multi-tenant storage services, along with a 24/7 NOC and ad-hoc help. Windstreams, who is no stranger to datacenters with 19 other locations across the US, opened this datacenter last week (the week of June 10th), expanding their co-location presence in the country. The most un...
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Servers aren’t for big business anymore

When people talk about servers, they visualize either the massive boxes with tons of processors, or a large chassis with many individual servers. Servers for small businesses usually mean a large desktop or workstation with large drives. Until now. During HP Discover, Dave Donatelli showcased HP’s line of SMB servers to help them use a solid and stable hardware platform at an affordable price. One of the servers is so small and affordable, Donatelli referred to it as “baby’s first datacenter”, implying you can buy it for your children. The HP MicroServer is small and quiet enough to fit on...
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Do you have Cloud Credibility?

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Google+, and noticed that the Nashville VMUG community was posting various things to a site called "Cloud Credibility".  Of course, I get a little curious, and click on the link.  No, I was not transported to a virtual world where I would only have to take the red pill and do cool moves (sigh).  But, I did reach a site that was pretty cool. VMware recently published a site called "Cloud Credibility".  It's a social task site, built to get you familiar with current cloud concepts and technologies.  At the same time, it gives y...
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Add a drive to an existing Linux LVM

Had a problem where I ran out of disk space, and needed to increase it on a Linux server.  Now, I'm not a Linux engineer, but I have used it for some time.  As far as I know, there are 2 ways to extend a drive that is built using LVM (Logical Volume Manager). Add an additional drive, add it to LVM, and expand the data to use the new drive. (physical and VMware) Expand the drive in VMware, then expand the LVM (VMware only) I'm going to discuss option 1, since it can be used for both physical and virtual. First off, let's see what we have to work with, shall ...
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Installing HP iMC with remote SQL Server

When installing HP Intelligent Management Center, you have a choice on where to store your data. If you are on a Windows system, your options are SQL Server or Oracle. When installing on a Linux system, your options are MySQL or Oracle. Initially, my install was on a Linux system (CentOS), for reasons beyond the scope of this post. I installed MySQL and setup all the configurations as defined in HP’s “MySQL 5.5 Installation and Configuration Guide (for Linux)” guide. Everything worked great. MySQL server was up and running, and I was able to connect to it with other tools. But, iMC would n...
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HP Gen8 Proliant Servers

The HP Proliant servers never cease to amaze me, on each generation they release. Many moons ago, the Proliant’s were just like other servers. People chose them, because of their stability and support, but, they didn’t really impress me. They had SCSI arrays, like everyone else. Advanced memory and faster bus speeds like other servers were common. To me, the Proliant’s were only competing in doing what the “other guys”, were doing, just better. Fast forward to today. The Proliant Generation 8 servers are nothing less than phenomenal. Now, a small disclaimer here. I’m not a “Server Guy”, in...
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Make your own Terminal Access Server

I recently wrote up an article on creating your own terminal server.  I'm building my home lab to study, and, while I have a Cisco 2500 router to use as a terminal server, I didn't want to spend the money on the octal cable.  So, since I'm already using my Linux box as a Dynagen server, I figured I can set it up as my console server as well, for a much cheaper price.  Create your own serial terminal server If you ever find the need to be able to console into multiple devices in a cheap way, using SER2NET on a Linux-based system is a good way to go!
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