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harddiskData Domain Inc., a provider of deduplication storage systems, announced Monday the Data Domain DD880, a high-performance inline deduplication storage system for enterprise backup and archive applications.

With aggregate throughput up to 5.4 TB/hour (terabytes-per-hour), faster per controller than conventional virtual tape library (VTL) systems, and single-stream throughput up to 1.2 TB/hour to enable protection of large databases in short backup windows, the DD880 establishes consistently high benchmarks across the spectrum of common data center backup metrics.

A DD880 system supports up to 71 TB (terabytes) of associated addressable, post-RAID (redundant array of independent), pre-deduplication disk storage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mac4Lin Documentation_html_m2ad3b0cfMono—the open-source runtime for .NET applications—is stealing some of the thunder from Java applications for the Linux desktop. Recent Linux distros have featured new .NET consumer applications that run under Mono. Part of the reason is that the distributions contain up-to-date Mono development tools, while their Java tools are obsolete.

“We have seen a real spike in Mono [application] development for the Linux desktop over the last two to three years,” said RedMonk analyst Stephen O’Grady. He cited Mono applications, including the Banshee music player, the GNOME Do desktop search tool, and the tomboy note-taking application as examples of Mono applications that have no Java counterpart equivalent in popularity. Read the rest of this entry »

Hadoop-web-interface-screenshotIt’s named after a stuffed elephant, but the Apache Hadoop project is no toy. It’s designed to handle the largest datasets in the world, as well as perform the double duty of both cluster management and distributed file system. Developers in enterprises around the world have been building such systems from scratch since the dawn of grid computing, and with Hadoop approaching version 1.0,  an alternative is at hand.

That’s not to say that Hadoop is without warts. For the past three years of formal development, the project has consistently broken backward compatibility, and many users have cited security as an ongoing concern. But Hadoop creator Doug Cutting, also an employee of Yahoo, says that both of these issues should see solutions in the next two releases.

Mike Fitzgerald, COO of Adknowledge, said that his company has been using Hadoop for almost a year now. His team runs Hadoop in Amazon’s EC2 cloud, but it uses its own implementation rather than Amazon’s official Hadoop services.

Adknowledge uses its Hadoop cluster to sift through customer data to determine which ads are best suited to which customers. He said that, on average, his team’s Hadoop cluster sifts through approximately 40 terabytes of data at a time in a batch job. Read the rest of this entry »

Adobe coldfusion 8 standardAdobe is updating its ColdFusion application development platform and rolling out a new IDE for the venerable platform. ColdFusion Builder, released today as a public beta, is an Eclipse-based IDE for building ColdFusion applications, dynamic websites and Internet applications. The IDE lets ColdFusion developers integrate more thoroughly with the Flash platform by creating a tight workflow between the two products, said Adam Lehman, Adobe’s product manager for ColdFusion.

ColdFusion Builder, which was previously codenamed “Bolt,” allows for the use of CFML, CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Additionally, there are application debuggers and the ability to do custom code generation.

“One of the things that starts to separate us apart is this idea that ColdFusion Builder ties your servers to your project,” Lehman said.“It understands your servers. We allow you do a little bit of server management with ColdFusion Builder, so I can stop and restart my servers, and load directly into the administrator.”

ColdFusion 9, meanwhile, brings integration with the Hibernate object-relational mapping (ORM) and persistence project to enable developers to create database-independent applications, which can quicken application development and deployment. Read the rest of this entry »

cheetahThe new Seagate Cheetah bumps capacity to 600GB, adds a SAS 6Gbps interface, and spins at a familiar 15,000 RPM. It’s still a 3.5″ drive, though, and the world is wondering how long it will be before the transition to 2.5″.

Seagate Cheetah 15k.7: 3.5″ in an increasingly 2.5″ world. Seagate yesterday announced it is shipping a new hard disk, the Cheetah 15k.7, to OEMs and retailers. Aimed at the server segment, the seventh-generation Cheetah drive brings 600GB capacity, 6Gbps SAS and 4Gbps Fibre Channel, and new power management technology to the 3.5″, 15,000 RPM segment.

1TB disks now cost about $75, making disks one of the cheaper parts of a modern desktop or laptop computer. The HDD market is so commodified that products from competing vendors perform and cost roughly the same; quality differentials between brands are largely a thing of the past. There is, however, one segment of the hard disk market where prices and margins are high: SAS server disks with fast rotational speeds and SCSI interfaces. The current drive, the Cheetah 15k.6, tops out at 450GB for a trifling $500. No price has been announced for the 15k.7, but prior generations of Cheetahs have launched at $600. Read the rest of this entry »

nvidia_new_macIs NVIDIA’s GTX 285 a capable high-end GPU for professional 3D rendering on the Mac Pro? Ars takes a look at how NVIDIA’s gaming monster handles itself at work, and we also check out the performance under Windows, as well.

Real graphics card competition on the Mac is not something that Apple users are accustomed to hearing about, but with the Radeon 4870 and now the NVIDIA GTX 285 available for the Mac Pro, it looks like we’ve got just that. While Mac gaming may not be any more viable than it was a few years ago, the ability to dual-boot Windows has been a huge win for those wanting high-end PC gaming without having to put another box next to their work Mac. With Core Image, CUDA, Snow Leopard and OpenCL just around the corner, a good GPU is becoming more and more of a mainstream need, and the Geforce GTX 285 looks like it has power to spare.

In this short review, we take a look at what the Geforce GTX 285 can do under both Windows and OS X. We even include some Windows gaming benchmarks, though our main focus here is on investigating the GTX 285’s suitability for professional 3D rendering on the Mac.
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gmail-logoThe biggest drawback of Web-based software, including e-mail programs like Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Microsoft’s Hotmail, is that they don’t work when users are offline — say, while on an airplane or on the road without access to a Wi-Fi connection.

On Tuesday evening, Google made Gmail available for offline use, in what the company calls an “experimental feature.”

Google is not the first of the major Web e-mail providers to provide offline access to its service. Yahoo did it last year, though its approach requires users to download a desktop e-mail software program called Zimbra, which Yahoo acquired in 2007. (Zimbra can also be used for offline access to Gmail and AOL Mail.) Microsoft’s Windows Live Mail offers limited offline access. And Zoho, a smaller provider of Web e-mail, has provided offline access since October.

Most Web e-mail services have long allowed users to download their messages to desktop clients like Microsoft Outlook via POP or IMAP technology. Read the rest of this entry »