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Dell servers set to get a flash boost from Toshiba

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:25:10 GMT

Just don't mention the memory business malarky

Demonstrating the strength of Toshiba's NAND chips and SSD business, Dell's PowerEdge 13G servers will use Toshiba HK4 SSDs to make them faster and add encryption options.…

Fabric maths: Pure + Cisco = end-to-end NVMe

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:02:13 GMT

FlashStack in pole position

Analysis Pure and Cisco could build an end-to-end NVMe FlashStack using Pure's NVMe-using FlashArray//x and Cisco's NVMe over fabric's Fibre Channel.…

Cisco goes 32 gigging with Fibre Channel and NVMe

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:05:09 GMT

Netzilla adds NVMe over Fibre Channel support on top of 32Gbit/s FC

Networking titan Cisco is adding both NVMe over Fibre Channel and 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel speed to its MDS Director and UCS C-Series server products.…

Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC up M12 big iron

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:34:07 GMT

Flatten that server application load with Oracle and Fujitsu's new big iron

Oracle and Fujitsu have launched Fujitsu’s SPARC M12 server, claiming the world’s fastest per-core performance.…

Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:02:06 GMT

It's a real Peng... win

Sysadmin blog Microsoft now runs a bunch of Windows servers on ARM processors. Apparently, these ARM chips are quite good at their jobs and Microsoft might try converting entire categories of workloads over. All around the world the tech press has speculated on whether or not Windows on ARM will be showing up in on-premises datacenters. In doing so, they've completely missed the point.…

Lenovo gets into server-based storage virtualization with DataCore

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:02:12 GMT

Our server, your software - let's play a SAN symphony together

Lenovo has struck a partnership with DataCore and plans to offer a Storage DX8200D appliance using DataCore software.…

White-box slingers, Chinese server makers now neck-and-neck with US tech giants

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:23:34 GMT

Jade kingdom has massive home advantage

Analysis An analyst poring over IDC’s fourth 2016 quarter server stats has found that Cisco is slipping, and white-box manufacturers and China-based vendors are overtaking the historically dominant US server suppliers.…

Microsoft: Can't wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:23:20 GMT

Redmond fires bullet into WinTel beast's belly

Pic Microsoft today signaled more than half of its cloud data center capacity is set to be powered by 64-bit ARM servers.…

Windows Server ported to Qualcomm's ARM server chip. Repeat, Windows Server ported to ARM server chip

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:47:54 GMT

Et tu, Microsoft? Then fall, Intel

Microsoft has ported its Windows Server operating system to the Qualcomm Centriq – a 64-bit ARM-compatible server-grade system-on-chip.…

AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:35:08 GMT

Claims to be two times faster than Chipzilla's latest data centre processor

In a raid on Intel's x86 server heartland, AMD has unveiled its next shot at server market glory with Naples, a 32-core, 64-thread CPU based on its Zen microarchitecture.…

Why so sad HPE, IBM, Lenovo? Server sales? Let's see... ah. Oh dear

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:57:29 GMT

Tough year for big box shifters as shipments, revenues, hopes, dreams fail

Analysis HPE, IBM and Lenovo each lost their market-share footing in the server box shifting world at the end of 2016, according to Gartner and IDC. Server sales revenues also dropped in the final three months of the year.…

Symbolic IO reveals tech bound to give server old guard the willies

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:58:04 GMT

The new Ferrari of the storage world

Analysis Symbolic IO has rewritten the server hardware and operating system rule book with its its computationally defined storage (CDS) and says apps like database queries run 60 times or more faster on its system. If these claims are real then server suppliers like Cisco, Dell, HPE and others are in for a mighty market shock as one IRIS server could replace five or more standard servers.…

Alleged $17.5m fraudster accused of duping HPE out of 42,000 servers

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:05:10 GMT

Peter Sage was playing the old grey reseller game, claims US tech monster

Peter Sage, the imprisoned "serial entrepreneur" and one-time principal of the company Space Energy, is said to have defrauded Hewlett Packard Enterprise out of tens of thousands of servers in a scam that unfolded over three years.…

Intel reveals Optane will need a 7th-gen core and a PC-centric launch

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:53:31 GMT

You're going to need a whole lot of Intel Inside to make this work

The price and precise performance of Intel's Optane storage-class memory still remain officially obscure, but the company has confirmed the PC version of the product will run only on 7th-generation Core i7, i5 and i3 CPUS nestled into certain motherboards.…

Surprise! HPE says nothing about ProLiant server hardware for SimpliVity OmniCubes

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:39:07 GMT

HCIA startup denied the full makeover for now

Analysis HPE has closed its SimpliVity acquisition and publicised software porting and migration plans but hasn't said anything about SimpliVity hardware moving to a ProLiant server base.…

IBM to launch cheap 'n' cheerful Power server for i and AIX userbase

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:05:08 GMT

Doctor Blue says a little of what you like does you good

IBM's i and AIX customer bases can buy a cheaper box; its latest Power S812 server comes with just one socket and a single or quad-core processor.…

Next Superdome CPU chips amble into HPE

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:01:10 GMT

Intel shipping Kittson samples into Itanium-land

There have been reports that Intel has already started shipping its latest, Kittson version, Itanium processor chip.…

Talking to Tintri's Alexa speechbot might not actually be all that crazy

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:31:05 GMT

Users can do more as management goes automatic

Interview Tintri's Alexa speechbot is no piece of eye-candy gimmickry. CTO and founder Dr Kieran Harty says it will enable users to do more with less hassle as system management gets automated. We quizzed Harty on the how-and-why of its development.…

Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:34:06 GMT

Four paws bad! Time to break the emotional attachment

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, others all telling us to move server loads to the cloud. Most of us with on-premise servers haven't designed things in a cloud friendly way and - call us old sentimentalists - have heaped time, love and workloads on our tin.…

Dublin court to decide EU's future relationship with Trump's America

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:32:08 GMT

Three-week hearing expected, and yes, it is about the NSA's mass surveillance activities

The future of the relationship between the European Union and President Trump's United States is being decided in a Dublin court hearing which is expected to continue for the next three weeks.…

Supermicro boasts of secret super server Silicon Valley win

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:28:08 GMT

30,000+ into a single 'valley data centre - but whose is it?

Supermicro says it has shipped 30,000-plus servers into a "Fortune 100" company’s Silicon Valley data centre.…

Supermicro sockets it to Skylake rivals

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:48:09 GMT

Word to your motherboard

Comment Supermicro will have more Skylake CPU server motherboard products out faster than competitors because its engineering smarts better equip it for Skylake fastening complexities.…

Stop replying! pleads NetApp customer stuck in reply-allpocalypse

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:33:05 GMT

Get me the f**k off this mailing list, hundreds scream

Hundreds of NetApp customers were peeved to find they had accidentally been added to the CC field of an email, resulting in a spamaggeddon of messages.…

This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:47:29 GMT

Jobs created, jobs lost – and we're not talking Steve

Apple boss Tim Cook and US president-elect Donald Trump aren’t exactly best buds. However, the iPhone maker could soon land the honor of a congratulatory tweet from the jumped-up telly celeb – after it revealed it is expanding its manufacturing in America.…

Huawei says its NVMe arrays with NVMe drives will be out in 2017

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:02:11 GMT

Chinese chaps see these drives and fabric their own way

Interview Huawei is a believer in the use of NVMe drives and fabric. Yet it thinks that shared array controller software and hardware will need upgrading to take full advantage of NVMe drives.…

What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:30:06 GMT

Centriq 2400 now sampling, due to beat Chipzilla by a year

Qualcomm says it has started shipping to customers samples of the Centriq 2400, its 10nm 64-bit ARMv8-A general-purpose server-grade system-on-chip.…

Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:30:55 GMT

Avago refuses to beam 64-bit CPU aboard, sources claim

Broadcom is shutting down efforts to develop its own server-class 64-bit ARM system-on-chip, multiple sources within the semiconductor industry have told The Register.…

Server market slumps as everyone stops buying

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:54:06 GMT

Clouds, boffins, businesses all keep hands in pockets. And ARMs are nowhere

Abacus-shuffler IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for the year's third quarter makes for ugly reading: the firm says just about all categories of server sales have stalled.…

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:26:05 GMT

UEFI scramble for frozen boxes

Lenovo server admins should disable Windows Update and apply a UEFI fix to avoid Microsoft’s November security patches freezing their systems.…

It's sooo much more than a data warehouse! Microsoft beams over new appliance update

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:04:13 GMT

Analytics Platform System made generally available

Microsoft has made its latest appliance update generally available, reminding users that PolyBase exists and that SQL Server isn't just a boring old data warehouse.…

Gartner: It's tough out there for server-sellers

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:27:09 GMT

There's HPE, Dell and two rampant Chinese server dragons chasing them

Gartner's number-crunchers say the server market declined in the third quarter, with only Cisco and the Others supplier category showing revenue growth.…

A closer look at HPE's 'The Machine'

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:31:14 GMT

It's supposed to be a server design rule shakeup. Here's what we know so far

Analysis HPE is undertaking the single most determined and ambitious architectural redesign of a server’s architecture in recent history in the shape of The Machine.…

Rumble in the off-the-shelf server jungle: HPE comes out swinging

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:44:07 GMT

5 processor types, 4 basic form factors in server gallimaufry

Backgrounder HPE has the biggest cojones in the server business, bending tin, designing silicon and pushing photonics, all the while mixing it in the rough and tumble of the COTS jungle.…

Huawei hots up its high-density server line

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:01:05 GMT

Faster Xeons and DIMMs make these servers fly faster

Huawei has a new X6000 model in its FusionServer line of server cartridges stacked inside a rack chassis.…

HPE OneView's automated on-ramp is easy on the admin

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:32:07 GMT

Sets up DL rack servers using profile data – bare metal becomes usable system

HPE OneView's system on-ramp automates the setting up of ProLiant DL servers as well as HPE's BladeSystem.…

Microsoft open-sources half-baked Azure servers to boost OCP innovation

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 01:19:17 GMT

Redmond reckons open source hardware needs Alphas to fork with, just like open source code

Microsoft thinks the Open Compute Project (OCP) moves a bit too slowly, so has tossed out some half-baked server designs in an effort to speed things along.…

AMD will sell server CPUs at Happy Meal prices so you can supersize servers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:29:06 GMT

ARM vs. x86 can wait as first decent Xeon alternatives in ages pressure Chipzilla

AMD has deployed a team of folks to charm enterprise server users ahead of the debut of its Zen designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture and the message they're sending is that the new silicon represents a chance to supersize servers.…

Want to use 3D XPoint DIMMs with Intel Purley Xeons? Wait a couple of years for second-gen

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:21:06 GMT

Not first-gen Purley in 2017 as we were sorta promised

Intel will fab Xeon processors that support 3D XPoint DIMMs in two years, its CEO signaled to analysts on a conference call this month.…

SUSE: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:05:38 GMT

We win! Boo-yeah! First place out of three?

ARM TechCon SUSE is claiming victory over Red Hat by announcing – and these caveats are all crucial – "the first commercial enterprise Linux distribution optimized for ARM AArch64 architecture servers."…

Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:07:11 GMT

Soz, you'll just have to get in your car and pick up a basket

Asda customers were bereft of their weekend deliveries after a server glitch cancelled 15 per cent of online orders.…

EMC moves into Dell house: Where'd I put the spoons?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:05:09 GMT

Check the Org chart, will you

Comment We've learnt how the EMC organisation has been fitted into its new Dell house, at least at a top exec and product level, and here is an org chart set to show what we believe we know.…

EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:41:07 GMT

Fast follower meets fast reacter

Comment Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect?…

VxRack and VxRail systems feel the Edge of Power

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:08:40 GMT

EMC's HCI gear gets a Dell server invasion

EMC's VxRail and VxRack hyper-converged infrastructure systems are getting wholesale Dell PowerEdge server transplants.…

Lenovo grabs spotlight, hunts for sales uplift after server build shift

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:01:04 GMT

If it wasn't for those bloody cloud people, we'd be quids in, says data centre exec

Lenovo claimed it has yet to feel the commercial benefit of putting local server assembly into the hands of a contract manufacturer in Europe because the market has “tanked” - the cloud saw to that, an exec has said.…

Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 06:28:09 GMT

Hyper-converged version has 192 servers in 3U

Kaleao is a startup developing ARM-based servers and hyper-converged appliances under a KMAX brand. Its marketing-speak says it has a “true convergence” approach, it involves “physicalization” and there is a “microvisor” – oh dear, what does this mean?…

Surprise! Leading 4-socket server vendor isn’t Dell or HPE

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:18:20 GMT

Chinese market is growing fast

Gartner gave the 4-socket server market lead to a surprising vendor in its recent worldwide server market report*.…

Cisco re-commits to VCE with a very public display of affection

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:58:13 GMT

Oi, Dell! Robbins! Get a room, will you please?

Dell EMC CEO Michael Dell and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins have indulged in a very public display of affection for each other, at least so far as the two companies' collaboration in the VCE converged infrastructure company is concerned.…

IDC: Those servers numbers just keep on tumbling

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:34:00 GMT

Pesky no name ODMs beat down the big brands

The latest server sales figures for Europe, Middle East and Africa show the continued march of no name server makers as enterprises and big data centres increasingly buy hardware directly from ODMs fron the Far East.…

Cloud pause slows server revenues amid price war rumours

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 02:29:13 GMT

Server shipments are up but the money isn't flowing

Server sales are continuing to rise, but that's not translating into bulging bank accounts.…

Dell overtakes HPE in server shipments as worldwide sales shrink

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:46:13 GMT

x86, is it?

Worldwide server revenue is down 0.8 per cent while shipments are up by two per cent, according to Gartner, and Dell has pipped HPE to the top spot for shipments.…