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Reddit, Netflix, Flipboard taken down in Amazon cloud failure [UPDATES]

Reddit, Netflix, Flipboard taken down in Amazon cloud failure [UPDATES]

This Monday it became apparent that Amazon's cloud services were knocked out in several sectors, this resulting in downtime for major websites and environments such as Reddit, Github, Minecraft, and Flipboard. Amazon has previously had similar events to these happen to their servers, with overheating and automatic shutdowns being blamed in those cases - now we've not quite got an official statement from the company even after a significant chunk of the day has passed. In other words - Reddit is down, it's not just you.

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Google opens data centers for a virtual tour

Google opens data centers for a virtual tour

Google has thrown open the virtual doors to its data centers, adding behind-the-scenes views of the sprawling, server-filled warehouses in a new "Where the Internet lives" feature. "Our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard" the search giant says, but still allowed photographer Connie Zhou to wander the aisles snapping the hardware and the people responsible for it.

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Synology DiskStation DS213+ 2-bay NAS goes big for small businesses

Synology DiskStation DS213+ 2-bay NAS goes big for small businesses

The next NAS has been revealed by Synology with the DiskStation DS213+, a 2-bay device with full-featured storage for businesses both medium and small. This device is "the first 2013 model" as they say, bringing on a dual-core 1.067 GHz processor to make both reading and writing take on the next generation of file sharing. This device also employs a brand new System Hibernation mode for major reductions in power consumption.

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Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Wikipedia has been around for a long time been and is one of the most popular places for people to learn about all sorts of subject matters. While the content is suspect at times, Wikipedia is generally a friend of students and anyone else searching out information on a particular topic. Last night Wikipedia was off-line for several hours, and the reason for the outage is now known.

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Windows Server 2012 set for just four iterations

Windows Server 2012 set for just four iterations

This time around, Microsoft is not about to get messy with the massive amount of version of their IT-aimed Windows Server software they've had in the past. Where back in 2008, Window Server had twelve, count them, twelve versions of Server 2008 R2, this version focusing on just four different groups which its editions will be ideal for. These versions include Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation, and will be spattered across businesses across the IT landscape before the year is done and over with - will you be jumping aboard?

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Google Compute Engine challenges Amazon with thousands of cores

Google Compute Engine challenges Amazon with thousands of cores

Google has launched Google Compute Engine, an Amazon EC2 rivaling infrastructure-as-a-service that "just works" for scalable virtual machines. App Engine powers over 1m active applications each day, Urs Holze, Google Senior VP of infrastructure, said during the Google IO keynote today, and now developers will be able to harness the power of the search giant's server farm themselves.

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First-gen HP Project Moonshot bypasses ARM for Intel

First-gen HP Project Moonshot bypasses ARM for Intel

If you recall, HP’s Project Moonshot was an attempt ot create an ultra low-power server using ARM’s Calxeda, allowing the company to pack a large number of servers into a single rack unit. Now it looks like HP has decided to move in a different direction, announcing that it will be initially using Intel’s “Centerton” Atom chips instead. HP say they went with Atom due to the 64-bit support, hardware virtualization, low power requirements, and a broader software ecosystem.

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Dell shows off its first ARM-based servers

Dell shows off its first ARM-based servers

Need a server for your small business, but don't want the huge, expensive and power-hungry x86 models that have been all the rage for decades? Then Dell would like a word. Today they've introduced their first server blades built on the ubiquitous ARM platform, better known for smartphones and tablets than enterprise hardware. The Copper-class C500 3U units can fit a dozen into a chassis, and only draw 15 watts of power each.

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