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Comment how do you reboot it ? (Score 2, Informative) 285

For all the people who are wondering how do you remotely reboot a server once it BSOD. In the last century or so, there have been these little things called remote cards, or out-of-band management cards, or ILO (HP) or RSA (IBM) or whatever. You can do all kinds of magic with them cards, like remote reboots, connecting remotely to the servers mouse/keyboard/screen, hardware diagnostics, turning on the little light on the server so you can find it once you get to the data room.... Makes me wonder about the median slashdot user's IT background ...
Sun Microsystems

Oracle Buys Sun 906

bruunb writes "Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt. 'We expect this acquisition to be accretive to Oracle's earnings by at least 15 cents on a non-GAAP basis in the first full year after closing. We estimate that the acquired business will contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle's non-GAAP operating profit in the first year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year. This would make the Sun acquisition more profitable in per share contribution in the first year than we had planned for the acquisitions of BEA, PeopleSoft and Siebel combined,' said Oracle President Safra Catz."

Comment HCL for VMWare ESX , ESXi (Score 1) 272

Here is a compatibility list for ESXi. If you pull it off then add a second machine and build yourself an ESXi cluster ;). You need to pay attention to the SATA controller. This way you are not only getting experience with your line of work applications but also with the VM software most datacenters use. VMWare Server/MS Virtual Server are nice alternatives when you don't have ESX/ESXi compatible hardware, but eat much more HW resources and ESXi takes just 3 minutes to install and you don't have to patch the operating system every other week :).

Comment Re:I'm guessing VMWare isn't that worried (Score 2, Informative) 259

VMWare is the only vendor that has never disappointed as far as support goes. If you have one of them gold/platinum (whatever) contracts and you open a high priority issue with them, you WILL get a knowledgeable support person on the other end of the line in less than 10 minutes. Having problems with a VMWare (or other vendor) cluster is equivalent to having a few racks of physical servers on fire. Knowledgeable, efficient support is the only thing saving your ass.
The Internet

Virtual Earth Exposes Nuclear Sub's Secret 355

NewsCloud alerts us to a story a few months old that has been getting a lot of play recently. A Seattle blogger, Dan Twohig, was browsing in Microsoft's Virtual Earth when he accidentally came across a photo of a nuclear sub in dry-dock. Its propeller is clearly visible — this was a major no-no on the part of someone at the Bangor Sub Base. The designs of such stealth propellers have been secret for decades. Twohig blogged about the find and linked to the Virtual Earth photo on July 2. The debate about security vs. Net-accessible aerial photography has been building ever since. The story was picked up on on Aug. 17 — poetic justice for the Chinese sub photo that had embarrassed them a month before. On Aug. 20 the Navy Times published the article that most mainstream media have picked up in their more recent coverage. Twohig's blog is the best source to follow the ongoing debate. No one has asked Microsoft, Google, or anyone else to blur the photo in question. Kind of late now.

Submission + - Offshoring Overblown - Newsweek

sniperu writes: "Recent research shows that only a small percentage of mass American layoffs could be attributed to jobs going overseas. A survey on "mass layoffs" from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see how many stemmed from offshoring. The answer: 4 percent. That included both manufacturing and service jobs."

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