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FileZilla 3.1.0 Final

FileZilla 3.1.0 Final

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. It is a powerful FTP-client for 32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP) for file uploading and downloading to and from your FTP site, server, or host. The program lets y

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Newly Announced Motorola Defy is Rugged and Runs Android 2.1

Newly Announced Motorola Defy is Rugged and Runs Android 2.1

Who said rugged meant a phone had to actually look like a piece of military equipment? With the announcement of the Motorola Defy, Moto brings their second Android handset specced out to resist the elements and keep chugging under even the most hostile conditions. Taking a page from the Motoro

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MIT Nanomesh Paper Towel is the Last Quicker Picker Upper You'll Ever Need [Nano Towels]

MIT Nanomesh Paper Towel is the Last Quicker Picker Upper You'll Ever Need [Nano Towels]

Sorry, Brawny man. Your paper towels were always handy in a pinch for the occasional Coke-on-keyboard spill, but they fall apart when held up against this incredible nanomesh towel from the folks at MIT. Designed with the environmentally unfriendly act of oil spills in mind, this recyclable towel's

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Asus Announces 800MHz 'World's Fastest' Smartphone

Asus Announces 800MHz 'World's Fastest' Smartphone

Asus is laying claim to the title for the fastest smartphone in the world, and there's little reason to doubt them. The news, though, is hollow: P565 with its 800MHz Marvell processor is objectively impressive, but underneath the oppressive, unflattering veil of Windows Mobile 6.1 it's not lik

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Research aims to harness solar energy to purify water

A new project in Saudi Arabi — being spearheaded by IBM and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) — seeks to create a water desalination plant that runs off solar energy. The location of the project is significant, since Saudi Arabia is apparently the largest producer o

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British Club4Climate Nightclub Charges Itself With the Power of Dance [Green Dancing]

British Club4Climate Nightclub Charges Itself With the Power of Dance [Green Dancing]

As the clubbers in Britain's first-ever eco-nightclub rave their little hearts out in the coming months, they'll be doing their part to conserve energy. Well, their feet will be, because the energy that powers 60% of the club is going to be generated by the springy dance floor beneath them. The spri

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Electronic Circuits That Melt Into Your Body

Electronic Circuits That Melt Into Your Body

It makes me nervous too. I'm not so keen on the idea of circuits enveloped in a silk substrate, which melts into your body leaving just nanometers-thick layers of electronics. But it's for the best, trust me on this one. Until now, body-embedded circuitry was very limited. The electronics were ha

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Samsung Launches 32 GB DDR3 RAM Module, Mostly Just Because They Can

Samsung Launches 32 GB DDR3 RAM Module, Mostly Just Because They Can

Samsung yammered back in January about making a 32-gigabyte DDR3 RAM stick, and now they've unveiled the beastly piece of hardware for servers. These new 1.35-volt modules are also 20-percent faster than previous 1.5-volt DDR3 modules. Nice. That said, Mark heard straight from Samsung who said that

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Realtek High Definition Audio Driver R2.29

This is the official driver package for Realtek HD Audio Solutions. It includes all driver files, and the control center for Realtek HD-Audio devices for Windows 2000, XP and Vista . The package includes the 32 and the 64 Bit binaries. Realtek HD Audio Driver is supporting all of Realtek HD Audio Co

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Disposable Paper Laptops

Disposable Paper Laptops

I quite agree with Je Sung Park when he says that disposable cameras and cell phones have gained acceptance, so why don’t we take the next step and bring out a disposable computer. His Recyclable Paper Laptop is quite a raw version and could do with some refinement. It uses recycled paper or pul

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VMware unveils its cloud OS; Wants to be a bridge for the enterprise

VMware on Tuesday will announce its cloud operating system—dubbed vSphere 4—with plans for general availability in the second quarter.

With the effort, VMware is attempting to bridge virtualized data centers—now known as “private clouds”—and growing cloud computing services from the likes of Amazon and others. However, this bridging process is a work in progress due to the lack of standards. VMware’s big pitch is that vSphere can run your data center and allow you to bridge out when external resources are needed.

VMware’s John Gilmartin, director of product marketing at the company, says the company is hoping to ease enterprises into cloud computing without redoing architecture. “There’s a big gap between what most people talk about as cloud and what people are doing today in the enterprise,” said Gilmartin. VMware’s plan is to get cloud providers to use its operating system and then seamlessly hook up to enterprises using vSphere 4.

It’s unclear what happens if a vSphere shop isn’t hooking up to another VMware powered cloud. Gilmartin said the company is working behind the scenes on application swapping among clouds, but didn’t have details or timelines for these standards. It is clear that VMware sees vSphere 4 as a way to thwart both ’s cloud OS, Azure, and its virtualization effort, Hyper-V.

Gilmartin argued that Microsoft’s approach with Azure requires too many architecture changes for enterprises. He also noted that vSphere will support more operating systems.

In the meantime, VMware has packed enough features in vSphere 4 to keep enterprises interested for their own IT as a service plans.

Among the key features:

  • A 30 percent increase in application consolidation ratios;
  • Up to 50 percent in savings by allowing virtual machines to only use as needed;
  • Up to 20 percent additional power and cooling savings;
  • vSphere 4 also scales better with the ability to pool 32 physical servers with up to 2048 processor cores, 1,280 virtual machines, 32 TB of RAM, 16 petabytes of storage and 8,000 network ports.

Here’s the chart detailing vSphere 4 vs. VMware Infrastructure 3 (in the “current” column):

One of the more interesting features of vSphere is a fault tolerance option. Data center managers can keep their most valuable apps running even if the underlying hardware fails. By clicking a box to protect a virtual machine, vSphere 4 creates a shadow copy of the application to take over in the event of a failure. There is a performance hit since you’re allocating computing resources to the shadow application, but Gilmartin notes that only 20 percent to 30 percent of enterprise would have to be fault tolerant.

VMware’s price list for vSphere 4 looks a bit complicated to untrained eyes—notably mine—but here’s the summary.

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