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As a company dedicated to partner success, we realise how important it is for our clients to fully understand new products and technologies before buying them. This is why Boston regularly publish technical whitepapers, giving customers a broader overview of the latest technologies Boston bring to market.

Please use the links below to view our latest white papers.

The future of storage as we know it

Originally released as a version 1 specification by the NVM Express Work Group in March 2011 and through several minor revisions since, NVMe has gone from conception to maturity and is now tipped to be one of the most important storage technologies for both server and client computing in the coming decade and beyond.

Released: 24/03/2017

Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Codename Haswell-EP Launch

It's that time of year again when Intel finally release their latest enterprise processor for the dual processor segment to the eagerly awaiting professional market. Following on in the traditional early September launch time frame, the Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor series, codename Haswell-EP has been officially launched, finally allowing us at Bostonlabs to go through all the exciting details of the processors which we’ve been testing secretly in our labs for some time.

Released: 30/09/2014

Commodity hardware design guide on Boston Limited hardware - Citrix validated solution

This guide, produced by Citrix India, provides high-level design details that describes the architecture for XenDesktop 7.1 Citrix Validated Solution running on Commodity Hardware by Boston. The architecture is based on the fundamentals of how cloud computing works in conjunction with commodity hardware to considerably lower the total cost of ownership for a Citrix XenDesktop environment. This guide has been created through architectural design best practices obtained from Citrix Consulting Services and through lab testing, and is intended to provide guidance for solution evaluation.

Released: 07/07/2014

Cost Efficient VDI on Commodity Hardware Whitepaper - Intel Edition (Citrix Partner Huddle, India)

By partnering with Citrix India and leveraging commodity hardware by Supermicro, Boston Limited has designed and validated a cost-effective yet robust virtual desktop infrastructure that is scalable from 500 – 10,000 users. Following on from the launch of our VDI solution at CeBIT 2014 (below), Boston has developed another Citrix XenDesktop7-based VDI solution to explore the performance benefits of using class-leading Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 series processors.

Released: 24/04/2014

Cost Efficient VDI on Commodity Hardware Whitepaper (CeBIT 2014)

An increasing number of enterprises are looking towards desktop virtualization to help them respond to rising IT costs, security concerns, the user demands of BYOD and mobile working strategies. But can a desktop virtualization solution have a lower or equivalent Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when compared to the traditional approach of procuring physical desktops? Is there a solution which delivers all the benefits of scalability and performance while maintaining a lower TCO? – Leveraging commodity hardware is the answer.

Released: 10/03/2014

The Boston Viridis ARM® Server: Addressing the Power Challenges of Exascale?

At Boston we believe we are at the inflection point within the supercomputing industry. There are powerful economic drivers disrupting the dominance of the x86 server and just as old vector supercomputers were replaced by x86 commodity supercomputers, the ARM platform looks set to become the next disruptive technology in the commodity chain.

Released: 19/11/2012

LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Software Evaluation

LSI® MegaRAID® CacheCade® Pro 2.0 software promises to be the answer to IT managers' serious pain points with storage, those related to random I/O performance. This new functionality is supported on several LSI SAS 6Gb/s RAID controller lines and adds SSD caching functionality to the already impressive feature set to help improve performance and negate some of the pitfalls of traditional hard disk technology. Today it is possible to purchase magnetic hard disks with capacities of up to 3TB for under £300 but they struggle to provide 200 IOPS, while some SSDs easily achieve 50,000 IOPs but cost 5-10 times that for only a few hundred gigabytes of capacity.

Released: 25/06/2012

Revolutionising the data centre with application-specific servers based on ARM® processors

Web giants such as Google and Facebook are inching towards the Arctic Circle, building their latest data centres in countries such as Finland and Sweden to cope with the exponential demand for their Internet services. What was forbidden terrain for agriculture and manufacturing is now home to power hungry server farms that not only need sustainable sources of energy, but an extremely cold climate to chill servers. When Facebook announced that it was building a data centre in Lulea, Sweden which is less than 100km south of the Arctic Circle, the Guardian reported that 'each of Facebook's US data centres is estimated to use the same amount of electricity as 30,000 US homes. Energy consumption of warehouses run by companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, is among the fastest growing sources of global electricity demand.

Released: 15/06/2012

Solid-State Drive Evolution

Solid-state drives are quiet, safe and fast and green. Over the last 60 years, disk drives have seen numerous developments to improve cost, increase performance and minimise power consumption. There have also been significant advances in storage miniaturisation. For example, a modern 2.5 inch 1TB laptop drive fits easily in the palm of your hand. It also holds 200,000 times more than the original IBM 350, a wardrobe-sized disk storage unit. Traditional disk drive users are now looking towards fast chip-based solutions. Over the last five years, the use of flash memory storage has become a viable alternative to hard disk technology.

Released: 30/05/2012

Platform Choices That Can Make Or Break Your Cloud

Cloud computing is more than simply an alternative technology architecture for enterprise IT infrastructure. In today's globally connected business environment, organisations are adopting the cloud because they need rapid, timely interaction with customers, partners, employees and external resources. At the same time, those stakeholders demand more up-to-date information and faster results, all of which increases the pressure to automate enterprise operations. This is not feasible at an affordable cost using traditional enterprise IT infrastructure. Cloud computing becomes the passport to doing business in today's highly connected, faster-paced, modern world.

Released: 03/04/2012

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