As Pink Floyd so memorably wondered, "Is there anybody out there?" In this weeks cover story, scientists at CERN are asking, "Is there anything out there?" And theyre using the worlds largest scientific computing grid to find out.
Maybe your company doesnt have to analyze and store petabytes of data per year, but CERNs grid—which leverages the power of 100,000 computers to gain information about new particles in the universe, among other things—offers some important lessons about running and managing a 10G-bps network. Senior Editor Paula Musichs eWeek Road Map, which tracks the hows and whys of CERNs grid journey, begins on Page 25.
On Page 41, Advanced Technologies Analyst Jason Brooks reviews Beta 3 of Microsofts "Longhorn" Server, whose name was revealed last week to be, unsurprisingly, Windows Server 2008. (The name change was announced after the review went to press.)
Jason said in his review that he was im—pressed with many of the new server operating systems features but mostly with the way in which Microsoft has limited the platforms attack surface.
One way Microsoft does this is with the new Server Core configuration, in which the server runs only with the binaries required to perform core tasks. Sound familiar? It should—Linux has had this capability for, well, forever (in Linux time, anyway).
I asked Jason about Windows Servers newfound security: "The first time I heard about this new feature," he said, "I thought it was clearly a response to Linux. Its a cool feature—theres no reason why you shouldnt be able to deploy just what you need in Windows."
Microsoft, in fact, has just acknowledged that some of Windows Server 2008s features were added to bring Windows Server up to par with Linux, as Senior Editor Peter Galli reports in his story at eweek.com.
Windows Server 2008 isnt quite there yet, according to Jasons tests. "Theres plenty of more work to be done," he said. In other news, eWeek is proud to announce the finalists in our seventh annual Excellence Awards program. The complete list of finalists is at eweek.com