Microsoft offers VMware in baremetal Azure

Microsoft‘s Azure blog has posted an announcement (Transforming your VMware environment with Microsoft Azure) about how they are managing VMware elements with Azure tools, as well as a full VMware stack deployment on bare-metal servers in the Azure environment. Microsoft is announcing Azure Migrate, a service to cluster VMware based applications, and understand the group-level…

New secure Quad9 DNS service supports IPv6

Quad9 is a new DNS service that prevents against malware. Previously I would have recommended OpenDNS to provide this service. But OpenDNS doesn’t support IPv6 with the malware protection. It only has an IPv6 resolver. Quad9 supports both IPv6 and protects against malware domains. Quad9 is the result of a partnership between IBM (who provided…

Dropbox deploys IPv6 at the edge

Dropbox‘s blog has a post from Haowei Yuan and colleagues, about engineering the Dropbox network to support IPv6 at the edge. Dropbox is serving about 15% of their requests via IPv6 each day. With IPv4 addresses no longer available, they need to support IPv6 to support the growth of their service in areas which are…

Qualcomm ships Centriq 2400 ARM server processor

Qualcomm has announced that its new ARM-based server chip is available for commercial shipment. The Centriq 2400 is an ARMv8 64 bit CPU, with 48 cores running at upto 2.6Ghz. Using Samsung‘s 10nm FinFET process for its construction, able to access up to 768GB of memory, a 268Gb/s ring bus links the 48 cores. Centriq…

Azure Data Box is Microsoft’s Snowball and Azure’s sneakernet

Microsoft‘s Azure platform is gaining a portable hard disk import capability. The shippable disk transfer device will bring them into line with Google‘s Transfer Appliance and Amazon‘s AWS Snowball (but not quite their Snowmobile). The Azure Data Box does what it says on the tin. It is a box into which you can place data.…