Opera Mini 5 Beta Out– Cranks Up the Mobile Browser Wars

Opera is on a tear recently with the release of Opera 10 and now Opera Mini 5 Beta. Opera Mini 5 is Java-based, so it can run on any phone that supports Java, and it is a solid evolution of the mobile browser. Opera Mini renders web pages on the server side for speed, and has been a good mobile browser since the previous version 4.2.
Opera Mini 5 Beta
Opera Mini 5 cranks things up a notch, with tabbed browsing, speed dial and a password manager.¬† Opera’s goal with the new mobile version was to bring things more on par with the desktop version, and it looks like it has come a long way toward that goal.
To download Opera Mini 5 just visit m.opera.com/next using your mobile browser. You can also download it on your computer.

Why You Should Care About Intel’s New Server Chip

151569Intel (s INTC) today unveiled its latest and greatest Nehalem chip for servers (now known as the Xeon 5500 series), setting off a round of announcements and articles comparing technical specifications across server vendors. And at 2.93 GHz (with certain tweaks it can get up to 3.33 Ghz), indeed, the chip is screamingly fast. Which is all well and good, but if you’re still unclear as to what all the fuss is about, we’ve broken down for you three areas where Intel’s Nehalem chip changes the game. Read More about Why You Should Care About Intel’s New Server Chip

Rackable’s New Servers Like It Hot

cloudrackc2_tray_doubleRackable (s RACK) announced today an update to its CloudRack servers. The CloudRack C2 servers can run at 104 degrees inside the data center, and they offload power supply to the rack to reduce energy wasted in converting AC electricity from the wall to DC electricity used by the box to 1 percent. Since these beasts can pack¬†1,280 cores, or 320 processors, into a rack, they’re not exactly in the power-saving category, but the design ensures that the electricity is going to power the processors rather than lost as heat or waste. Read More about Rackable’s New Servers Like It Hot

How Google Is Influencing Server Design

As the need for fast, large-scale computing to power sites like Facebook or even computing clouds has grown, manufacturers such as Rackable Systems (s RACK) are taking notes on server design from Google (s GOOG), which builds its own systems. The goal of their mimicry is to provide more computing power in a smaller form factor while using less energy.

An article in EEtimes today details the emergence of these Google-inspired servers, which include features such as heat-tolerant processors to save on cooling costs, a focus on motherboards containing 12v-only power supplies for servers, putting two servers on one board and stripping out unnecessary parts.

These are all ways Google apparently modifies its boxes to deliver information faster and more cheaply. Read More about How Google Is Influencing Server Design

IronScale: Not Another Cloud

image001StrataScale, a subsidiary of colocation services provider company RagingWire, is expected to announce on Tuesday the general availability of a managed hosting product called IronScale. Surprisingly, unlike many of the companies that host data center hardware, IronScale is not a cloud, but a managed server offering. In this fog-permeated atmosphere of cloud computing, StrataScale’s choice is both novel and, quite frankly, refreshing in its honesty. Read More about IronScale: Not Another Cloud

SC08: The New Data Center Conference?

sc08blackbackgroundThe folks in charge of the SC 08 conference being held in Austin, Texas, this week have trumpeted the phenomenal growth of the supercomputing show, with attendance up by almost 10 percent from the previous year, but I’m beginning to doubt that high-performance computing is driving this growth as much as the broad changes in the data center world. As Ori Aruj, CEO a GM of switch chipmaker Dune Networks, told me when I asked why he was at the show, “This is no longer about high-performance computing and research. This is now a data center conference.” Read More about SC08: The New Data Center Conference?

HP Weds Cloud and High-performance Computing

While it hasn’t yet decided to offer a cloud computing service, Hewlett-Packard today said it will combine its high-performance computing unit with it’s Web 2.0 and cloud computing infrastructure businesses to create the Scalability Computing Initiative, a name that will refer both to a business unit of HP and a set of hardware, software and services tied to scalable computing.

It also followed its competitors and introduced what HP believes will be the building block for the scalable data center, a new, two-in-one blade server. Like IBM’s iDataPlex, Sun’s Blackbox and Dell’s cloud computing efforts, HP is viewing the noise around cloud computing as a chance to sell more hardware — specialized, HP-built 10u racks of 32 blade servers containing 128 cores, to be exact.

I don’t know how important it is to build out scalable computing efforts with IBM’s iDataPlex or HP’s offerings rather than an array of commodity x86 boxes, but the merging of high-performance computing and cloud computing infrastructure is a triumph of the grid architecture running specialized software. It’s also the same trend that is leading Cray to work with Intel on designing the next generation of supercomputers. Read More about HP Weds Cloud and High-performance Computing

Facebook’s Insatiable Hunger for Hardware

Updated: Facebook these days is doing everything in its power to imitate Google, recruiting the search giant’s sales people, poaching its senior executives and — most importantly — using infrastructure as a competitive advantage. Like Google, Facebook has figured out that the right web infrastructure is the difference between user delight and dismay. And like Google, Facebook is finding out that it isn’t cheap. [digg=http://digg.com/hardware/Facebook_s_Insatiable_Hunger_for_Hardware]

I’ve been trying to get a handle on Facebook’s infrastructure for some time, but so far have been unable to get the company to open up. The last time I reached out to them, back in January, I was hearing that they had between 1,200 and 1,500 servers, along with storage and switches from EMC Corp. and Force 10 Networks respectively. As it turns out, those server numbers weren’t even close to the total servers used by them.

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