Friday, March 18, 2011

Facebook Combines Microserver Technology with Server Virtualization

FacebookHere's something interesting for you. Facebook is using a hybrid server virtualization as well as Intel's microserver technology in order to make the continued expansion of the social networking god more cost effective.

According to the Research Lab Director of Facebook Gio Coglitore, "The firm has already been trailing in new microserver technology and is interested in leveraging the benefits of the solution in its substantial data centers."

One of the keys to the popularity of the single-processor server hardware is the fact that it can be packed more densely which offers more processing power per square inch than traditional server solutions.

"We found in our testing that a realized environment brings efficiencies and the ability to scale more effectively," Coglitore said. "If virtualization was the right approach, we would be a virtualized environment."

Coglitore concluded that virtualization was, indeed, an excellent solution but can become very difficult to manage at a very large scale. Intel introduced their microserver technology back in 2009 where it received high praise from fans and users. The technology has also landed some big clients since then including Dell, Seamicro and Tyan.

Source: onestopclick - Facebook mixes server virtualization with microserver technologies
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Latest Version of Oracle GlassFish Server Launched

Oracle has officially launched a new version of Oracle GlassFish Server as well as an update to the Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6 software development kit (SDK)distribution through the latest release of the Java EE 6 Reference Implementation.

Oracle GlassFish Server is based on the company's open source counterpart, GlassFish Server Open Source Edition, which allows customers to have more control over their product deployments via the publicly available roadmap of product features and priorities.

Oracle stated that Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 delivers on the roadmap laid out at JavaOne 2010 with a focus on new highly availability features specifically in load balancing, failover, state management and centralized administration. Key features of Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 include: new features for OSGi Enterprise like support for JDBC and HTTP Service; faster startup/deploy/re-deploy cycle; sophisticated tools integration with NetBeans and Eclipse and increased compatibility with Oracle WebLogic Server 11g.

This new release also features failover as well as load balancing capabilities and even built-in HTTP and Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) state management. High availability messaging with GlassFish MQ is also available. According to Oracle, the new offering's centralized administration enables customers to monitor, and even manage, clusters and standalone servers securely from a single web-based console. This will help decrease operational costs as well as enabling users to respond to change quickly. It even allows centralized policy-driven management of GlassFish Metro Web Services from Oracle Web Services Manager.

Source: CBR - Oracle launches latest version of Orcale GlassFish Server
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