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Daily Digest: July 23, 2009

Workshare Partners With Safend to Protect Enterprise Data
Data Security Leaders to Integrate Offerings to Create Comprehensive Security Solution for the Legal Industry

Messaging & Collaboration

RSA Announces New RSA SecurID Software Token for iPhone
Latest Authentication Innovation from EMC's Security Division Helps Enterprises Lower Costs and Increase User Confidence

GWAVA Releases Retain 1.7 with Free Stubbing Edition
GWAVA's Latest Version of Retain Supports Stubbing and Offers Free Edition

MX Logic Makes Cloud Messaging Security Even Easier, More Efficient
Redesigned Control Console and Several Service Enhancements Make Message Security Set-it-and-forget-it Simple

Ochsner Health System Relies on Trend Micro Enterprise Security for Immediate Protection and Lower Complexity
OfficeScan 10 Prevents Web Threats from Infecting Endpoints

Unified Communications For The RIM Blackberry
Esnatech launches Mobile Client software for the RIM Blackberry at the Blackberry App World!

MindTouch Adds Trio of Powerful Features to MindTouch 2009
Minneopa Release Adds Collaborative Video, Application Packaging and Content Staging to the World's Most Popular Open Source Enterprise Collaboration Platform

City of Lakewood Upgrades Internet Filtering Solution to St. Bernard's iPrism Web Filter
iPrism provides superior reporting, user-friendly management capabilities and greater ROI

City of Bradenton Moves E-mail Technology Forward with Elephant Outlook to create Efficiencies through Innovation  

EasyLink Services International Corporation Provides Solutions to Leading Pharmaceutical Services Provider
Desktop and Production Messaging Services Deployed to Support Clinical Trials and Reporting to Offices in Over Thirty-Five Countries

Tungle Brings Easy Scheduling to the over 7.5 Million Members of the XING Business Network
Tungle.me, a first in click-to-meet technology, gives social networks the ability to provide easy scheduling directly from a user's profile

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Microsoft Windows Now Scales Up and Out with a Vengeance

The latest versions of Windows allow for far greater scalability. Here's why.

There are basically three ways to improve the compute performance of an IT platform:

  • Increase the clock speed of the processor.
  • Increase the number of processors--"scale up."
  • Increase the number of computers (processor/s + memory pairs)--"scale out."

The above, of course, assumes that there is sufficient memory (RAM) to keep the processor/s busy, and sufficient I/O bandwidth to keep memory full. The former is the reason that the next release of Windows Server (Windows Server 2008 R2) will be available only in 64-bit versions.

As we discussed in an earlier posting (A Subtle Change to Microsoft Server Pricing), increasing clock speed is no longer a practical possibility, because doing so requires too much power and generates too much heat.

Processor manufacturers have responded to this limitation by increasing the number of processors that fit on a processor chip (scaling up), and this is a trend that will continue. Hardware system manufacturers have responded by increasing the number of processor chips (CPU packages) that can be plugged into a system (scaling up). This is relatively cheap to achieve when only a small number (2-4) of processor chips plug directly into a motherboard, but becomes much more expensive once a larger number of processor chips need to be supported.

Unfortunately, figuring out how to support a large number of processors at the hardware level and preventing contention for memory (RAM) from massively degrading performance deals with only part of the problem. Unless the OS can keep a large number of threads active, the expense of assembling systems with a large number of processors would be wasted. Historically, OSs have had difficulty doing this, largely because of their need to sequentialize access to data structures. It is often the case that a large number of processors are idle while waiting to access a dispatcher (thread to processor binder) data structure.

In Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft has achieved a major breakthrough: It has developed a lock-less dispatcher. This does not at a stroke eliminate lock contention (for example, to a database record, etc.), but it does mean that contention will not now occur at the most basic level of the OS. It is for this reason that we feel comfortable stating that Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 will "scale up" with a vengeance.

If systems can "scale up," why bother to "scale out"? The answer is cost. A "scaled out" cluster of inexpensive computers is much, much cheaper than a single massively (>16 processors) "scaled up" system. What is more, systems can "scale out" from a hardware standpoint, effectively without limit, while "scale up" hardware is always restricted in the maximum number processors that a particular configuration can support. So what's the catch?

The answer is software. In general, applications can only be "scaled out" when they can be broken up into an unlimited number of instances that run without interaction with each other--a so-called "shared nothing" application. A good example is an application that serves up Web content, either static or dynamic. Another, rather surprising application, is an Oracle database cluster. Neither Microsoft's SQL Server nor IBM's DB2 (UDB variant) are "shared nothing" systems, and are therefore, not amenable to "scaled out" deployment.

... Nick Shelness


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