Synology DiskStation Manager Adds OneDrive And Azure Support

NAS developer Synology is updating its DiskStation Manager (DSM) NAS server management software to enhance its cloud backup capabilities. Version 5.1 of DSM will incorporate the ability to sync to Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and OneDrive cloud storage.


Western Digital Launches '6.xTB' Ae Hard Drives For Cold Storage

Last week, Western Digital announced a new line of hard drives, called “Ae”. Rather than targeting the average consumer, the drives are designed with cold storage in mind — that is, loading the disks with data and slotting them away for the long-haul. Sure, you could grab a bunch of large-capacity HDDs and be done with it, but like most off-the-shelf hardware, they’re not particularly specialised for this type of work, even though they might be “good enough” for most.


Dell PowerEdge 13 Servers Add Hybrid Storage

Dell has upgraded its venerable PowerEdge server line to generation 13. The most notable change in this generation (latest Intel Xeon processors aside)? Hybrid models that let you combine flash and SATA drives in a single server.


VMware Has An Easter Egg In Its Easter Egg

Who says virtualisation can’t be fun? VMware has a neat Easter egg which allows you to play Pong — and even the Pong game has its own Easter egg.


The Challenges In Getting Rid Of Lotus Notes

Lotus Notes was once a dominant platform for database-centred collaboration applications, but these days it feels outdated. Gartner has some useful suggestions on how to make the move if Notes is still in your working life.


What Should Lifehacker Investigate At Data Center World Asia Pacific?

Data Center World is one of our favourite IT industry events, and we’re looking forward to covering the Asia-Pacific Symposium event in Melbourne from 1-3 September. It’s still not too late to register and attend, but if you can’t make it, we’d love to know what data centre issues you’d like to see covered.


Armidale Data Centre Shows The Business Attractions Of The NBN

Last month, we listed Armidale in northern NSW as somewhere that might be worth moving to for its already-in-place National Broadband Network (NBN) access. Similar thinking appears to be behind plans to open a new data centre in the city.


TechEd 2014 Registration Opens, Entry-Level Tracks Dumped

Having outlined plans to split TechEd across two events in Melbourne and Sydney back in May, Microsoft has now opened registration for the October conferences. We’ve also learned how it will cram what used to be a four-day event into just two — by only offering 300- and 400- level content.


Prepare Your Pizza Order Now For SysAdmin Day

July 25 is SysAdmin Day, when the hard work system administrators do behind the scenes is actually acknowledged for once. There will never be a better time to insist that your boss orders you the luxury pizza of your choice for lunch.


Cloud Providers Won't Be Cutting Prices To Reflect A Lack Of Carbon Tax

Australia’s recently-repealed “carbon tax” had a direct impact on power prices, and power is one of the biggest components of data centre operating costs. But if you think that means cloud computing prices are about to fall, think again.