Virtualised Server Hosting

6 Aug

Nowadays the term virtual server has grow to be popular in the online hosting world. The technology is nothing brand new, because the notion has been around since at least the 1980’s, produced by the big computing companies at the time on the Unix system (IBM, DEC, etc.).

Virtual Private Server Software

VPS HostingVirtual server software (also known as VPS software), is actually a system that divides real computing components into several virtual hardware containers which each run their own OS, independent of one another. Such VPS are used for many reasons like:

  • Roaming computer’s desktop substitution
  • Running sets of lower intensity software
  • Delivering hardware independent hosting platforms
  • Optimising hardware resource usage

There are various virtual technologies available today, for example:

  • OpenVZ
  • KVM
  • XEN
  • VMware

Each have their pros and cons, but basically perform the same function, which is to generate a virtual hardware environment as a way to run an independent operating system.

Leased VPS

A lot of hosting companies provide virtual hosting solutions as a way to eliminate the need for clients to set up any server equipment whatsoever. Instead a client simply leases a VPS on the hosting company’s infrastructure and therefore removes the requirement to buy any hardware whatsoever. More people are now virtualising their online services due to the current economic climate. Many organisations and individuals have saved large sums of money by not needing to deploy their own physical servers.

In addition, the use of a UK VPS often leads to increased uptime for the client, as they are less affected by hardware failures. Most VPS virtual server hosting companies will be able to move the VPS to another physical server in the event of a hardware failure occurring on the server physical server currently hosting your VPS.


The Future Of Television Using Ubuntu

12 Jan

Canonical is actually pitching a TV-of-the-future idea maximising its touch-based Linux distro and Ubuntu cloud.

Preview Ubuntu TV

The Ubuntu company utilised the spotlight of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) during Mon in which to preview Ubuntu Television, a project percolating within Canonical that got a burst of publicity late not too long ago via Mark Shuttleworth.Ubuntu

The notion driving Ubuntu Television, Canonical claims, will be to supply Television as it had been intended: simply no wires, boxes or problems.

Canonical director of communications Gerry Car blogged this: “The goal is to uncomplicate television for the average viewer while delivering to him or her all the services and options that they are becoming used to.”

Ubuntu had been closely linked with Computer systems and servers – although Canonical recently shifted into cloud services because of the unveiling of their Ubuntu One service.

Linux For Human Beings?

Canonical’s historical rallying cry was initially “Linux for human beings”. The slogan for Ubuntu TV is “TV for human beings”.

The Ubuntu TV concept shadows and expands improvements within the combination of Television, computing and internet. It also creates the Ubuntu media cloud – using Ubuntu 1 for the “web hub” of everything.

We’re told Ubuntu TV will give users a chance to pause as well as view programs on several Television sets along with other products, such as smartphones.

The enabler for this appears to be Ubuntu One, Canonical’s cloud storage and also data-synching service, which presently means that you can stream music and gain access to content on various devices. You are able to currently stream tracks in Ubuntu One to iPhone, iPad and Android gadgets.

Numerous IBM Patents Sold To Google

7 Jan

Google LogoGoogle today revealed that they’ve already obtained about 200 additional US patents from IBM in an effort to safeguard itself from possible legal cases with regards its present-day and coming products and services.

The patents deal with several aspects and technologies, including:

  • Databases
  • Cell phones
  • Server infrastructure
  • Wireless telephony
  • Near-field communications (NFC)

Motorola Patents Also Bought

These patents come in addition to the pre-existing 2,053 bought via IBM by Google in the past 12 months. IBM aren’t the sole benefactors of Google’s increasing patents acquisitions, seeing that Motorola Mobility also have traded around 17,000 patents and 7000 patents pending, adding up to $12.5 billion US (£7.7 billion). The acquisitions are currently being evaluated by competition regulators. Google has additionally attempted to acquire an additional 6000 telecommunications relevant patents from Nortel, but was unsuccessful in their bid.

Patents For Google+

Amongst one of the newest patents is one exclusively dealing with “identifying common interests between users of the communication network”, which is believed may play a future role in Google+. Google’s ever-increasing patents purchases came about in an attempt to safeguard itself against its competition, which in turn Google accuses of buying up what it has called “bogus patents” to try to slow up the progression of Google’s mobile operating-system, Android.

Google currently have numerous legal disputes open with the likes of Oracle, Microsoft and Apple concerning a number of the technologies used inside Android. Oracle are presently in dispute with Google for possible Andriod patent infringements.

Huge Patent Competition

Right now there is currently massive competition out there with regards various OS’s, particularly mobile variants. In an additional technology patents associated lawsuit early on recently AT&T were required to compensate TiVo US$215 million, plus an additional undisclosed monthly licensing fee. Currently its expected that we now will witness a lot more of these patents, software purchases and legal cases from the big players within the technology industry over the coming months. No conditions were presented from both Google or IBM with regards to these most recent patents exchanges.