Microsoft adds Windows 7 clustering to HPC Beta 2

Dave Bailey

Microsoft has launched a second beta version of Windows High Performance Computing (HPC) Server 2008 R2.

The beta 2 release adds features that could interest firms with spare or underused Windows 7 systems, or that use the Office productivity application Excel as the basis for high-performance computing.

One of Microsofts aims is to boost HPC’s presence among the worlds most powerful supercomputers, which would help to drive uptake of the platform. However, the November 2009 list on the The Top 500 Supercomputer Sites website showed Microsofts HPC system installed on just one per cent of high-performance systems, with over 85 per cent of supercomputers running some blend of Linux.

High-performance computing systems are designed to address complex computing challenges, such as those thrown up by aerospace engineering, drug design and weather forecasting.

Read the full article at Yahoo! News

Developing a Vulnerability Management Habit the Easy Way

Overview: Listen to Core Security, Jacadis and Qualys discuss how you can bring potent vulnerability management into your organization. Simon Herring, founder and CTO of Jacadis, shares his insights on how you can develop and maintain a vulnerability management program that provides ongoing protection against hacking, spear phishing, and other IS threats. In this webcast, you’ll also see security testing tools that allow you to:

  • Identify network weaknesses and safely prove their exploitability
  • Evaluate end-user response to social engineering attacks
  • Test and tune defensive applications such as IPS, IDS and firewalls
  • Validate patches and other vulnerability fixes
  • Establish a comprehensive, in-house VM methodology

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Will economic conditions trigger a cloud computing avalanche?

April 7th, 2010 – Posted by Joe McKendrick @ 8:28 pm

We know economics drives interest in cloud computing, but how deep does this go? It may represent a generational shift in information technology — for both small and large organizations.

In a new Webcast, “The Economics of Cloud Computing,” I joined Chandar Pattabhiram to explore the value proposition cloud offers to enterprises, and explore strategies for making cloud a reality. The economics of the cloud are a compelling force, especially since we are in one of those times when organizations are anxiously seeking more cost-effective ways to automate and leverage their information resources.

Cloud computing represents one of those paradigm shifts fueled by the recent economic downturn, just as the PC revolution was fueled by the early 1980s downturn and economic restructuring. For those who weren’t of age at the time, it’s an era when we went from steel production to word processing. The North American industrial economy essentially collapsed, and wealth generation shifted to the information economy.

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Parallels unveils Windows 7 upgrade tool

April 8, 2010 12:01 AM PDT by Ina Fried

Parallels is indeed coming out with a product that uses virtualization to help ease the transition to Windows 7.

The software, the existence of which was first reported by CNET on Wednesday, takes one’s files and programs from a Windows XP or Vista PC and packages them up to be used on either a new PC or an existing one upgraded to Windows 7. If the programs are not compatible with Windows 7, Parallels uses its virtualization technology to allow the applications to run in the newer operating system.

Parallels Desktop Upgrade to Windows 7, as the product will be called, will go on sale next month with a suggested price of $49, including a high-speed USB cable, or $39 for a version without the cable.


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