Blogrotate #27: Weekly News for System Administrators

Posted in: Technical Track

Good afternoon and welcome to issue 27. The number 27 according to numerology is “the symbol of the divine light” so I’ll try to do that ideal justice. We’re off to a good start, what with me actually getting this out on schedule and such, so let’s get to it while the day is still quiet.

Operating Systems

It’s been two weeks since Ubuntu 10.04 was released. I’m still loving it. If you are on the fence or just curious, Ryan Paul at Ars has an intensive 9 page review of the release. Take a browse over to Lucid dream: Ars reviews Ubuntu 10.04.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned HP’s purchase of Palm and how they would use it to resurrect their woe begotten tablet plans. Andy Patrizio at Enterprise Mobility Today is reporting on rumours that the new tablet is tentatively slated for release in Q3 of this year. Have a look at HP to Release a webOS Mobile Computing Tablet in Q3? for more details and source link.


A follow up to last week’s news about a method of bypassing protection in antivirus software, Microsoft Security Essentials is confirmed to not be affected by the attack. It’s one of the few products that can claim to be immune. See Microsoft: MSE safe from Windows kernel hook attack


Mike Beltzner, the Director of Firefox, presented his vision for the future of Firefox to the Mozilla community this week. Check out Firefox 4: fast, powerful, and empowering for the full release and a slide show. Apparently one of the top 3 goals is to make Firefox “super-duper fast” (possibly in an attempt to beat Chrome which is “super fast” but has yet to reach the “duper” level).


If you were wondering if the Ubuntu cloud server was a good fit, then look no further than the review by Tom Henderson and Brendan Allen of ComputerWorld. In the article they go into the various components of the cloud and their purpose, all the while drawing comparisons to Amazon’s implementation for those who are familiar with it. They found a few things lacking but all in all the review is favourable. Check out Review: Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud for the full details.

A follow up to last week’s item about the looming battle between Red Hat and VMware, this time the VAR Guy weighs in on conflict in the partner front, with Red Hat and HP looking to team up against Oracle-Sun and chatter about VMware being involved in Cisco‘s UCS (Unified Computing System). Red Hat vs. VMware: Is the Data Center War Real? has the full story.

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Amazon Web Services EC2 service as it has experienced four power outages since May 4th. Rich Miller of Data Center Knowledge breaks down what happened and Amazon’s response, including how a car crashing into a utility pole was responsible for the most recent outage. Take a browse on over to Amazon Addresses EC2 Power Outages and then to Car Crash Triggers Amazon Power Outage


This week was EMC World in Boston. Kevin Komiega of InfoStor provides coverage of EMC’s announcement of VPLEX in EMC takes the wraps off VPLEX. There is also coverage of the VPLEX announcement by Paul Shread of Enterprise Storage Forum in EMC Claims Answer for Latency in Global Storage Networks.

Chuck Hollis, VP – Global Marketing CTO at EMC, discusses the range of product offerings announced at EMC World. Check out his blog titled Mid-tier Storage Accelerates.

Drew Robb of Enterprise Storage Forum provides coverage of the EMC World event as well, including some customer reaction to the announcements. Check out Deduplication, Storage Tiering and VPlex Star at EMC World.

That’s all the time we have for this week folks. As always your own stories and comments are welcome. We’ll see you next week.

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About the Author

Brad is just a guy, you know? I fought my way up in the world tooth-and-nail. Starting in broadcasting and music to travel to computer support to development of mid size xBase programs. Finally I settled into the wonderful world of system administration where I have honed my skills doing many diverse tasks. I started using Solaris in the mid 80's and built my first Linux system on a 386 using 30-some floppy disks and never looked back.

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