How To Avoid Server Sprawl With Docker

When virtualisation was first mainstreamed, it changed the way we managed the server room. We saved money by consolidating servers into larger virtual hosts. Hardware-related downtime dropped because we could afford to spend money on redundancy and quality. Even mundane issues such as rack space and datacenter air conditioning became less of an expense. As system administrators, we could suddenly “create” a new server out of thin air.


The Number Of Data Centres In Australia Is Shrinking

Data centre equipment in Australia is a $2.5 billion a year business, but it ain’t the business it once was. Growing demand for cloud rather than building your own data centre means that we’re seeing a decline in building activity, especially for larger centres.


Why You Should Give Your Servers Strange Names

When you’re setting up any kind of server, it can be tempting to give the machine a functional or descriptive name. However, for security purposes it often makes sense to be more obtuse.


Building A 3000-Cabinet Data Centre Will Cost You At Least $97 Million

Building data centres is expensive. Equinix has announced plans to construct its fifth Australian data centre, and the price tag is a cool $97 million. No wonder we’re all heading to the cloud.


Why Only Three Web Server Platforms Matter

The market for web server software doesn’t show a lot of variation these days. If you name a popular site, there’s roughly a 50 per cent chance it will be using Apache.


Gallery: Raijin, NCI's Petaflop Supercomputer

Raijin is the supercomputer run by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), and used for a wide range of scientific research projects. Here’s an inside look at the computing and cooling gear that drives it.


SharePoint Server 2016 Will Actually Come Out In 2016

Years in software names are rarely reliable. Office 2016 will be out well before 2016 itself rolls around. But SharePoint Server 2016, the next version of Microsoft’s venerable intranet platform, actually will make its official appearance in 2016.


Here's The Docker Client For Windows

Good news for software containerisation fans: the official Windows client for Docker has been released in preview.


VirtualBox Is Back From The Dead With Major 5.0 Update

For a while it appeared development on Oracle’s virtualisation product, VirtualBox, had all but ceased. The start of April however has seen it given a new lease on life, with the company releasing a beta version of 5.0, packed with new features and improvements.


Do You Have A Style Guide For Network Cabling?

We’ve all seen network cabinets that should be renamed “Spaghetti Junction”, with a tangle of cables that is destined to ruin someone’s weekend in the near future. One way to avoid that issue is to actually adopt a style guide for all network cabling.