Archive for March, 2010

Intel New Chipset 5600 series

Posted on March 27th, 2010 in Hardware, Industry News, Server, Tips | 2 Comments »

Intel had launched the latest chipset 5600 series recently. Original I was thought that all the new chipset should come with 6 cores per physical CPU. Luckily I did my research just now and found that not all Intel 5600 series will come with 6 cores. Only specified model will have 6 cores in place. I attach the picture as a reference for you all. Have fun

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Extend the Life of Legacy Applications with Windows 7 Support

Posted on March 23rd, 2010 in Virtualization | No Comments »

With Windows 7 slowly getting more acceptance, many of us want to get a hand on it. As a geek myself we often too excited & quickly upgrade from the faithful XP after years of surviving guide without considering whether some of our loyal application can run on Windows 7?

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Is Malaysia ready for Cloud?

Posted on March 23rd, 2010 in Virtualization | 4 Comments »

With the current new buzz word in town every IT vendor from network switches, storage, server, software & the list go on and on …….is talking about “Cloud”. It is getting very “cloudy” to me & it seems going to rain.  I just wonder how many of our local ISV know about it & getting their piece of software to ready for cloud.  What about our SME & Enterprise? In January 15, 2010 Gartner conducted a survey

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High Consolidation ratio in Virtualization

Posted on March 21st, 2010 in Operating Systems, Server, Virtualization | 5 Comments »

Recently I had gone through a lot of posts from the internet as well as some discussion I had with the persons I met, some of them are concerns about the increasing number of virtual machines into a single physical host which generally putting too much eggs in 1 bucket. They could be right in certain extend, but I will not say they are absolutely correct. They are few missing items that they had forgotten how the IT suppose to run before the virtualization came in to the market with all the capabilities they demostrated VS traditional physical systems.

You may have 30 to 50 VMs into single host today due to high density server with more CPU core or more memory per single system. In the next second, you may face the hardware failure on 1 of the host, there will be around 50 VMs down at 1 time and require another 20 mins before all the virtual machine could be successful restarted on the surviving host. Some of them may consider this is high impact, therefore you decide to restrict the number of virtual machine in single host around 10 to 20 VM per ESX. What happen next, the TCO is high, and ROI is not efficient.  Is a tough point for most administrators to choose in this scenario. I will urge you to backward a little bit and look at the scenerio again. Before Virtualization, all the business system that only invested with standalone server without physical clustering, they do not entitle any HA as the aware off. If they want a HA in physical system, they will had to invest extra CAPEX and OPEX to maintain a same set of hardware and operating system, just for failover purpose. Again, even the operating system clustering does not provide 100% uptime.

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Intel Launched 6 cores CPU to replace Intel 5500 series

Posted on March 17th, 2010 in Announcement, Data Center, Hardware | No Comments »

Intel had officially announced the new product series of Intel 6 cores base on 5600 series which will be the successors of Intel Nahelemn 5500 family. The new product series code name Westmere. We will be getting more and more powerful processors in the 2 way servers today which will be good for virtualization and consolidation project. The market are expecting the server vendor like Cisco, DELL, IBM, HP, Fujitsu and etc will launch the server model which support Intel 5600 series very soon. The new Intel 5600 are fully compatible with the existing Intel 5500 sockets from the hardware perspective according to the reliable news. Please view the full story from here.

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