The XNA Team announced today the release of XNA 2.0 with long awaited new features like networking support and support for the non-express versions of Visual Studio 2005. Read up on whats new here, and download the juice here.
Even a small company like mine have a need for many servers. Web servers, file servers, domain controllers, source code repositories… and then there are test and research servers with various operating systems. And most of these must be monitored and backed up regularly. A lot of boxes consuming both space and power.
We are now moving into an era where multicore computers can fit the budget of small companies. Dual core have been around for some time and now we’re seeing
quad-core. Both in servers and workstation machines. To alleviate our “space, power and maintenance” problem, lets put multicore technology to good use.
So recently we acquired a server with two quad-core processors. Easily
the most powerful computer I ever was able to carry around the office
without a forklift. Using virtualization we can now consolidate all our servers into a farm of virtual machines running on this single server. Some instant benefits:
For those of you that love numbers, here’s some machine specs:
…and even some pictures. You can see my Qtek 8500 smartphone on the top for some degree of size comparison