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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.…

10x faster servers? Pop a CAPI in your dome

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:42:38 GMT

Not quite sure how the new mechanism works? Mull it over here

HPC Blog How does 10x faster server performance sound to you? Not in five or six years, but in late 2017? Ground breaking things are afoot in the server world. IBM’s new OpenCAPI mechanism, and the accompanying organization, promises to make this vision reality.…

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.…

Hyper-converged hyper-contender ZeroStack starts connecting clouds

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 03:00:03 GMT

Promises ESX-to-KVM-to-AWS and back again without involving architects

HyperConverged HyperContender ZeroStack has started connecting public clouds to its on-premises kit.…

Nutanix scoops Cisco. Everyone's really happy ... but Cisco is strangely quiet about it

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:02:05 GMT

It's a meet-in-the-channel affair for resellers

Nutanix has independently validated Cisco UCS C-Series servers to run its hyper-converged Enterprise Cloud Platform software.…

Qualcomm piqs 'Centriq' as specifiq honorifiq for slicq ARM server chip

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:09 GMT

And shifts its data center processor wing into its own Inq, er, Inc

Qualcomm will today announce it has picked the name Centriq for its forthcoming family of 64-bit ARMv8-compatible server processors.…

Azure clusters use 880 servers. Azure Stack-in-a-box will run on four

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:33:07 GMT

And don't throw out your Cloud Platform System or Azure Pack kit, it will play with the Stack

Microsoft has revealed that its forthcoming Azure Stack will be able to run on as few as four servers and will also be able to play nice with its earlier cloud-in-a-box efforts.…

Samsung NAND flashes its hot measurements: 64L 4G 3D 2C by EY

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:37:16 GMT

Silicon enhanced, too

Samsung will have 64-layer 3D NAND in mass production before Western Digital (WD)/Toshiba and is looking into 3D XPoint memory alternatives.…

HPE promises users Itanium server refresh next year. In Dutch!

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:27:04 GMT

Unix? It's got YEARS left in it

HPE has told a news outlet in The Netherlands that it's pressing ahead with an Itanium refresh for 2017.…

ClusterStor is clearly alive (but Havant's still closing) – Seagate VP

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:58:11 GMT

Ken Claffey clarifies ClusterStor after PR 'no comment' snafu

Seagate's ClusterStor arrays do have a future, despite the company's PR side refusing to answer a direct question about them.…

Seagate to dismount and fsck its ClusterStor?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:53:43 GMT

'We're unable to provide any other information at this time'

Amid the looming closure of its Havant facility in the UK, Seagate has nothing to say about the future of ClusterStor, its HPC disk array product line that was engineered there.…

Qualcomm's China JV licences ARMv8-A for server CPUs

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 01:34:59 GMT

First target is Middle Kingdom's Big Data province and its 2.5 million servers

Huaxintong Semiconductor Technology, the joint venture between Qualcomm and China's Guizhou Province, has advanced its ambition to build ARM-based server silicon by licensing the ARMv-8-A architecture.…

Next big thing after containers? Amazon CTO talks up serverless computing

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:38:05 GMT

'Perhaps we no longer have to think about them'

AWS Summit London Amazon CTO Dr Werner Vogels talked up the value of serverless computing at the AWS (Amazon Web Services) London Summit last week.…

When is a refurbished server not refurbished? Ask this Dell reseller

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:58:09 GMT

Peering into the nooks and crannies of the storage ecosystem

Sysadmin blog What's the difference between a refurbished server and a new one? The term refurbished has a negative connotation, conjuring images of open box returns and non-existent warranties, but in at least one case – Dell's ecosystem – that narrative doesn't quite fit.…

Supermicro's macro Microblade: That chassis is... huge

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:03:05 GMT

Small blades, supersized bodywork

Review Supermicro has a neat new product it calls "Microblades". Supermicro has made blade servers for some time, and Microblades are blade servers, but smaller. Supermicro sent a chassis and a pair of blades over for review.…

ODM for the masses? Facebook's OCP still ain't for you, brother

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:39:09 GMT

The nuts and bolts of the matter

Go to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, and you’ll see a strange contraption cobbled together from commodity motherboards purchased from electronics stores. It’s one of Google’s first production servers, built in 1999 when it didn’t have money to waste on dead-end projects like Wave, NexusQ and Buzz.…

InfiniBand-on-die MIA in Oracle's new 'Sonoma' Sparc S7 processor

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:01:51 GMT

Big Red to tear wraps off scale-out CPU with crypto, analytics acceleration

Oracle's Sparc S7 processor codenamed Sonoma will not feature on-chip InfiniBand interfaces as expected.…

Dell sockets it to 'em with Xeon server upgrades

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:57:06 GMT

New PowerEdges for all you dual-socket fetishists and a new box suggested for Ceph

You know the drill: Intel pops out a new Xeon ( in this case the E5-2600 v4 and over the following weeks all the major kit-makers find ways to put it to work.…

Startup Knupath offers world a new CPU architecture

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 04:03:11 GMT

Sparse matrix architecture advanced as better algo-cruncher than current silicon

A company led by a former NASA boss wants to take tricky and compute-intensive algorithms off general-purpose silicon and has just popped out of stealth mode to show off its first efforts.…

Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:04:31 GMT

Power usage effectiveness score of 1.03 with custom Xeons and cold pipes on chips

Dell is getting into the water-cooled server business for hyperscalers with an offering called “Triton” that it developed for eBay.…

Intel reveals Xeon E7 v4: Is that 24TB in your pocket or are... oh, it is

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:01:05 GMT

New chips longing for a home in next refresh's scale-up servers

As expected, following the announcement of the Xeon E5 v4 server chips, here comes Intel's Xeon E7-8800 and E7-4800 v4 processors.…

Cisco axes unloved M-Series modular servers two years after launch

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 20:03:13 GMT

Nobody wants modules any more, admits Switchzilla

Exclusive Cisco will kill off its M-Series modular server line, citing lack of customer interest.…

Cavium arms ARM bodies for fresh data centre compute charge

Tue, 31 May 2016 23:28:38 GMT

Does new 14nm ThunderX2 pack enough punch to take on Chipzilla?

Cavium has used Computex to push out its next round of ARM server system on chips (SoCs), the ThunderX2.…

Intel's new plan: A circle that starts in your hand and ends in the cloud

Tue, 31 May 2016 11:42:10 GMT

Atom-powered home kit so ISPs can pipe VMs into your house

As predicted by The Register, Intel has created an x86-powered reference platform for home gateways that makes the box you use for broadband services an Atom-powered target for virtual machines delivered by carriers.…

Big Tech's quest to keep enterprises on board

Fri, 27 May 2016 15:11:17 GMT

Commodity kit means catalogue pricing

StorageBod So have you taken my advice and started to build your own storage arrays? I certainly hope so; it’s a lot of fun and could really save your organisation some money.…