Tag : RAM

An end to memory hogging with Chrome 55!

chromeChrome 55 is set for release on December 6th of this year, and promises to reduce the usage of memory for major websites such as Reddit. YouTube and the Times. Sites like these will consume 50 percent less RAM than in the most current version of Chrome. This change will occur due to the reduction of background memory consumption. Currently Chrome pre-loads websites in the background, but does not release the memory used once loading is complete.

Using a memory visualization tool, programmers working on the V8 JavaScript project discovered that “the background parser would keep an entire zone alive long after the code was already compiled,” according to a blog post. “By immediately freeing the zone after compilation, we reduced the lifetime of zones significantly which resulted in reduced average and peak memory usage.”

A year ago Google announced that coders had began streamline processes to clean up Chrome’s background loading, and had changed Chrome to identify when a website was no longer busy, using that time to clean unused memory. A few months later Microsoft announced that the Edge browser was more power-efficient than Chrome.

Seems as if Chrome isn’t afraid of a challenge. Chrome 55 release date is December 6th.

 


 

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Windows Anniversary Update – Increased RAM Requirement

According to Microsoft, the Windows Anniversary Update will double the amount of RAM needed in order to run, which could be problematic for anyone using an older machine or running on a very small hard drive. Windows 10, 8, and 7, required only 1GB of RAM. The 32-bit Windows Anniversary update will increase this requirement to 2GB of RAM. The RAM required for the 64-bit systems will not increase but rather stay at the already required 2GB of RAM. All other requirements remain unchanged. You still need 1GHz processor, 16GB of free storage for the 32-bit version and 20GB free storage for the 64-bit version, as well as DirectX 9 support. For those that have cut corners on RAM, or have a “vintage” machine, you will most likely encounter problems trying to meet the new requirements. If you have recently invested in increased RAM or purchased a new machine in the past few years, Windows Anniversary update should give you no trouble. RAM is a fairly inexpensive upgrade and should prolong the life and quality of your machine.  As a reminder, the Windows Anniversary Update launches on July 29th of this year, with an improved Cortana and Hello login feature.

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BVA Cloud Offering – Virtual Servers – Cloud Servers

For about 2 years now BVA has developed and tested an offering that allows organization the opportunity to move their physical servers off-site into the cloud.  There are several advantages with this type of architecture that really helps business grow and increase their overall up-time and satisfaction.  This offering is important for BVA as well as organization here in the valley.  The days of replacing physical servers are over for the small to medium size businesses.  It’s important to reevaluate your long term strategy so that it falls in line with what is going on in the technology world.  Too many times do we see organization’s continue with the old-line of technology due to inexperience and lack of confidence in change.  This offering that BVA has decided to adopt, truly leverages virtualization in a very robust and redundant infrastructure.  This offering is housed at a local data-center that is a tier 1 facility.  The virtual cluster/farm is roughly 40 physical servers hosts leveraging the VMware virtualization platform.  This offering can provide a public and private cloud solution. Both solutions are very reliable and offer a 100% SLA on hardware up-time which is quite beneficial and worth the cost associated for this type of infrastructure architecture.  This environment has redundant switches, firewalls, power, and bandwidth.  There are three different ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) which allow true redundancy when it comes to back-bone connectivity.

The biggest difference between the two offerings is pretty straight forward:

  • Public Cloud Server – a host environment that is a 40 physical server environment that is not dedicated to your organization
  • Private Cloud Server – a host environment that is a 3 physical server environment that is dedicated to your organization

The cost is really aggressive and I feel its realistic for a small to medium size business looking for advanced IT solutions.  Here is a great example of the cost structure because it is varied depending on the specifications needed via physical server.

  • 2 Processors, 2GB of RAM, 250GB of 15k rpm Disks = $350/Month
  • 4 Processors, 8GB of RAM, 250GB of 15k rpm Disks = $610/Month
  • 4 Processors, 16GB of RAM, 350GB of 15k rpm Disks = $950/Month