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Rackspace Opens Frankfurt Datacentre

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Rackspace is the next company to expand in Europe-- the managed hosting provider announces plans to open a datacentre in Frankfurt, Germany, to service customers across the DACH region by mid-2017.

Rackspace datacentreBy the time it opens Rackspace will be running 12 datacentres worldwide, in cities including London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dallas, Chicago and Ashburn (near Washington DC).

The facility will be handling of managed private clouds and hosting environments, with a focus on fully managed VMware environments. The announcement follows the appointment of Alex Fuerst as leader of Rackspace operations in DACH, and an in-region team will be taking care of customers wanting help the company's portfolio of multi-cloud environment services.

Mirai Botnet Spreads Across the World

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The Mirai botnet responsible for the recent internet outage of almost 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers is going global-- security firm Flashpoint reports the malware variant has spread to at least 10 other countries.

malware botnetCountries affected by the Mirai variant include the UK, Italy, Ireland, Turkey, Brazil, Iran, Chile, Australia and Argentina and Thailand, as well as Germany. Flashpoint does not know the actual number of infected devices, but some estimates put the number to around 5 million. Either way, as the security company puts it, it makes for a "sizable population."

Mirai first made the news back in October 2016 as the botnet responsible for the DDoS attack big enough to disrupt internet traffic across the US. The malware affects connected devices with weak default passwords, making them easy to infect. A new Mirai strain is responsible for the attack on Deutsche Telekom, specifically through a vulnerability in the SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) services embedded in Zyxel router products.

IGEL intros Next-Gen Universal Desktop Converter

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IGEL Technology announces Universal Desktop Converter 3 (UDC3) featuring the IGEL Linux 10 OS-- a means for customers of all sizes to convert PCs, laptops and thin clients into Linux 10-based thin clients.

IGEL UDC3The software enables organisations to securely administer all endpoint devices from a centralised management console, and eliminates the need to acquire new hardware to support virtualised infrastructures. Linux 10 supports the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), extending UDC3 target platforms to the latest end-user devices, with enhanced 64-bit OS compatibility allowing the addressing of over 4GB of RAM in next-gen devices.

Linux 10 allows hardware-accelerated multimedia content and protocol decoding in devices with supported chipsets, powering "spectacular" performance when using popular communications protocols such as Citrix HDX, VMware Blast and Microsoft RDX. Security is also catered for through regular firmware updates, endpoint tools such as DriveLock and support for two-factor authentication via integrated or external smart card readers or security tokens.

IDC: Server Demand Softens on Q3

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According to IDC global Q3 2016 server revenues are down by -7% Y-o-Y to $12.5 billion in Q3 201-- the result of hyperscale datacentre slowdown and declining high-end server sales.

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In addition, the robust enterprise refresh cycle seen in 2015 makes for difficult Y-o-Y comparisons, leading to shipment declines of 4.6% Y-o-Y to 2.38 million for the quarter. Volume and midrange system revenues declined by -4.9% and -4.1% Y-o-Y to $10.3bn and $1.1bn respectively, while high-end systems revenues dropped by -25.0% Y-o-Y to $1.1bn. The analyst predicts such high-end system revenue declines will continue on the long-term.

HPE Demonstrates Memory-Driven Computing

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HPE makes a major step in the long-running The Machine program with a first demonstration of a proof-of-concept prototype running the concept behind the project, memory-driven computing.

The MachineThe Machine brings together a number of advanced technologies. As well as memory-driven computing it also includes photonics and a new fabric able to handle vast amounts of data. The aforementioned prototype involves compute nodes sharing a pool of fast and permanent Fabric-Attached Memory, operational photonics-based data links and a custom Linux-based OS running on a customised SoC.

According to the company, simulations of the prototype has it improve execution speeds of a variety of workloads by a magnitude of 8000 times, and it hopes to achieve similar results on the actual hardware once it equips the prototype with more nodes and memory. After all, the ultimate aim of The Machine is to bring about nothing less than exascale computing.

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