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Articles tagged with: information systems

FlashSoft Raises $3 Million In Funding

Flashsoft, a company founded in November 2009, provides software that allows data center administrators to direct data from a server, to a flash-based solid state drive. The transition to solid state drives allow the data to move closer to the processor, and with the Flashsoft software, applications are able to run faster.

The software is similar to what memcached does for web servers. Flashsoft has recently raised $3 million in funding led by Thomvest Ventures.

Google Health And Google PowerMeter Both Perish

Google will discontinue two of its products, Google Health and Google PowerMeter, since neither platform every really took off. Google Health was launched in May 2008 and was intended to be a service that catered to health and wellness as an information resource.

Users were also able to import their medical records, lab results, prescription information, and immunization histories to google.com/health under an individual account.

Tilera Announces 100-Core Processor, Draws 45 Watts Of Power

Tilera on Tuesday had announced a new CPU with 100 processing cores, which the company aims to break the duopoly in the processing market, dominated by Intel and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). The new low-power 100-core TileGX 3100 chip was designed to handle large volumes of Internet transactions.

The chips operate at speeds between 1GHz and 1.5 GHz, drawing 48 watts of power. These chips are superior to Intel server chips because they can execute more transactions per cycle while using less power.

Samsung Rolls Out Dual-Platter 1TB HDD

Samsung has recently introduced a new 1TB hard drive in a 2.5″ form-factor. Now, there are already quite a few of these capacity hard drives in a similar form factor, but Samsung is the first to do it a 9mm, as opposed to the usual 12.5mm design.

The extra-thin hard drive platters allow for a more efficient two platter design instead of 3, allowing Samsung to do more with less space. If the computer manufacturer decided to go with a larger hard drive, it could have enabled a much larger capacity on the drive.

Buffalo’s Powerful 512GB SATA III SSD

Buffalo has just rolled out a brand new 512GB SATA III solid state drive this week, set to launch in the Japanese market. The SSD-N512S/MC400 is capable of read speeds up to 405MB per second. The company is also set to launch a 256GB version of the SSD called the SSD-N256S/MC400.

The 256GB version will be priced just under $900 USD, with the 512GB version around $1,600. No word yet on whether or not there will be availability, worldwide, but do realize that these are state-of-the-art (pun intended), solid state drives.

Sony Pictures Gets Hacked: 1 Million Passwords Exposed

The same group of hackers that targeted the PBS website not too long ago, claim they have hacked into a Sony website. The hackers call themselves LulzSec or the Lulz Boat and claim that they’ve exploited the Sony Pictures website through a SQL injection attack.

The hackers claim, “We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts…

Sony’s Last Words Before Court Hearing

CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Kazuo Hirai offered an explanation for the Sony attacks less than a week before Sony’s June 2nd court date. Hirai undoubtedly pins the attacks to the Anonymous group who made a number of threats against Sony, immediately after Sony decided to pursue George Hotz for teaching others how to pirate. Let me also remind you that a file was found deep in Sony’s network that carried the slogan of the Anonymous group, “We are Legion” and the file was called “Anonymous.” Assuming Anonymous isn’t being framed by some rival hacking group (if there is one), all fingers point to them.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Gets Updated

Red Hat Linux has just released its latest server business operating system called Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1. This will be the first major update to the platform since November 2010. The new version features optimized KVM virtualization, new hardware support, improved operational efficiency and high availability improvements. KVM stands for Kernel-based Virtual Machine and it allows users to gain better performance than when using virtual machine systems that rely on user-space drivers.

Obama Reserves Right To Bomb Hackers

Has our President been hanging around with George Bush a bit much lately? One may guess that based on what Obama has recently said. In a personal foreword (link to webpage with PDF) to document International Strategy for Cyberspace, the President claimed that the country would preserve the character of cyberspace and reduce the threats faced. President O-bomb-a reserves the right to take military action against cyber-terrorists who attempt to hack into the U.S. government.

Facebook Shares Server Information With The World

Facebook is opening its datacenter design and sharing everything from the manufacturer, make, and model of the servers that keep Facebook online and available 24/7 to how the datacenter is powered and cooled to keep those servers running smoothly. Facebook’s initiative is to give fans a clear picture of what it takes to run the servers as well as giving people who work in corporate IT an idea of the kind of power it takes to run a massive website such as Facebook. Given CEO Zuckerberg’s relationship with President Obama, we can speculate that Obama had some influence in regards to transparency.