Erik Ableson reviews FreeNAS Corral. This represents a total rewrite of FreeNAS and its UI, including the underpinning with the latest version of FreeBSD. While there were some bugs to work out (specifically some weird UI business when using Safari), the UI seems to be strong, and there’s direct Docker integration that works well out of the box. Most impressively, FreeNAS now as comprehensive support for UPS integration.
After hearing about it for too long, Intel finally released its first product using 3D XPoint memory, the Optane P4800X. For a cool $1,520, you can buy the 375GB PCIe based SSD.
For anyone who’s even remotely followed Microsoft, the change in the company over the last few years is nothing less than startling. Under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company focused on driving everything toward Windows. Their best software ran on Windows, and they pushed as much as possible to have Windows take over the world. Since this is a proprietary OS, the result was a very monolithic company that tried to lock down everything. Combined with aggressive (and often legally dubious) business practices, Microsoft developed a reputation as the “Evil Empire”. So the change in company culture when current CEO Satya Nadella took over was nothing less than seismic.
ARM-based servers in the data center are a lot like free beer, it always seems like you have to wait until tomorrow. Yet, unlike that mythical pint of the latter, we might be getting closer to the day when the former is a common reality. The first of many steps to make that happen is hardware. We’ve seen a few vendors making serious strides in the space. At the end of 2016, Qualcomm showed off their Centriq 2400-series SoC, with 48 cores on a single socket server. Now AppliedMicro is ready to sample their X-Gene 3 ARM server SOC.
At the Open Compute Summit, AMD went into some more details about it’s high end server CPU, codenamed “Naples”. At one time, the company’s Opteron processors were used in supercomputers. While never the dominant force in the data center, AMD had carved out a niche. The last decade has proven more problematic in the enterprise. AMD thinks Naples is not only competitive with the best from Intel, but will serve as a bulwark against what they describe as the problem of server “incrementalism”.
If you’ve wanted to try running Docker containers natively on Windows Server? Elton Stoneman has a guide to not just get you started, but to walk you all the way through the process. After going through this, you should be able to easily test out a Windows Server 2016 VM to get started with Docker, […]
In this week’s Gestalt Server News:
– Get a look at how Dell EMC is handling their merger in the VxRail division
– Next IT is finding ways to put AI to work
– A New York airport finds out why your should check your server configuration.
Plus, what else can you buy for $8988 instead of Intel’s top of the line Xeon.
Ultimately, no matter how innovative or unique, at some point, any solution still needs to interact with humans, and that’s when they can run into trouble. The Stewart International Airport found that out the hard way. For over a year, a misconfigured backup server was basically open to the public, serving up 11 disk images. This included deemed “sensitive” by Homeland Security, as well as interoffice memos, email, and payroll information.
Much like with storage, the world of container networking is still a relatively emergent space. That being said, the landscape is not completely devoid of tools. Jon Langemak wrote up a look at the Container Networking interface, going over some basic configuration and setup. Somewhat confusingly, this can work with Docker’s Container Network Model, but not out of the box.