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Oracle says SPARCv9 has Spectre CPU bug, patches coming soon

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:11:47 GMT

Big Red finally delivers patches for its x86 boxes – and 230-plus other problems

Oracle has told users of its SPARC-powered platforms that they have the Spectre processor design flaw.…

Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:27:01 GMT

Class-actions start piling up after El Reg blows lid on CPU security cockup

Just days after The Register revealed a serious security hole in its CPU designs, Intel is the target of three different class-action lawsuits in America.…

All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:08:12 GMT

Says X86 doesn't mark the spot... but won't flash its latency numbers

+Comment IBM has claimed its POWER9 gear is better placed to help AIs doing "cognitive" work than your common-or-garden X86 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) kit after tests in New York earlier this month.…

All I want for Christmas is compute: Enterprise server demand rising

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:33:13 GMT

White boxers a constant and growing threat

Slumping enterprise data centre server sales are set to recover in 2018 driven by the Purley refresh cycle and the need for more compute.…

Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:09:40 GMT

Court makes quick work of techie's long-shot appeal

In a not particularly surprising decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, USA, this week ruled that Michael Thomas, in his former role as IT operations manager for web hosting biz ClickMotive, was not authorized to trash company files and infrastructure as he claimed.…

Developers, developers, developers: How 'serverless' crowd dropped ops like it's hot

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:07 GMT

What does it even mean ...and is it a good idea?

What is serverless? Sure, the name serverless sounds stupid, but serverless technologies like AWS Lambda are increasingly being used by developers looking to build applications quickly.…

Server winners and losers: HPE, Dell EMC still sitting pretty at the top, but uh-oh Lenovo

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:32:13 GMT

Beware the 'Others', who now make up 48% of shipments

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell EMC top the league tables for server revenue and sales in Q3, but face rapid growth from its global competition, according to a new Gartner report.…

AI smarts: IBM pushes out 'faster than X86' POWER9 servers

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:57:15 GMT

We'll soon be Xeon the numbers...

IBM has launched its first POWER9 server, the dual-socket AC922, saying it is designed for compute-intensive AI work, speeding frameworks like Chainer, TensorFlow and Caffe.…

Yes sir, no sir, 3 bags NoSQL sir: It's a whizz-bang benchmark ... but WTF does it signify?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:08:04 GMT

Why you should check the load type and other tips

Sometimes fast just isn’t fast enough and in the fast moving world of NoSQL databases, what was considered blindingly fast yesterday can be seen as slow today. For instance, Cassandra has always been thought of as a fast solution for ingesting data into a database cluster, but today upcoming systems such as Aerospike and Scylla are wiping the floor with Cassandra in benchmarks.…

AMD scores EPYC gig powering new Azure instances

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:01:10 GMT

Don't pop the champagne yet: Microsoft's still using Intel in same series

AMD's return to the server market has won it a place in a top tier cloud: the company today revealed that it has won Microsoft's business for the next generation of Azure's L-series instances.…

Big Mike is going to make HPE's life a living Dell: Server sales surge

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 02:57:46 GMT

Box sales overall up 20% in Q3. PS: Was Lenovo's IBM x86 server buy a mistake?

Dell is set to overtake HPE and become the number-one server vendor in terms of revenue and unit shipment numbers, according to IDC. Meanwhile, Lenovo's server shipments are under severe pressure.…

Core blimey: Dell dunks hyperconverged server lines in Skylake

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:55:07 GMT

To the power of 14G

Analysis Dell is increasing the performance of its hyperconverged product lines by adding 14G PowerEdge servers amid triple-digit VxRail revenue growth. Is this just a short-term spurt or something deeper?…

Summit for the readers who are hot for petaFLOPs: Server nodes flashed at SC17

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:09:05 GMT

Oak Ridge Top 500-leading system's innards

Analysis IBM offered HPC fans at SC17 a gawk at the server tray for the upcoming Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee.…

HPE straps AMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:07:13 GMT

DL385 blasts SPEC benchmark

HPE has upgraded its Opteron-using DL385p server with AMD Epyc processors and used it to notch up a pair of record SPEC benchmarks.…

First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:38:12 GMT

Storage-class memory Nirvana 1.0 could be a 2019 event, says our man

Analysis Storage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen?…

HPE's Apollo 'Skylaked', will get ARM-wrestling little brother next year

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:43:07 GMT

More Apollo 2000 and 4510 power with wee Apollo 70 entering stage

Some of HPE's supercomputer Apollo servers are Skylaked and can now say hello to an ARM-powered infant sibling.…

Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:53:56 GMT

RHEL now ready for power-efficient server-grade chips

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM reached general availability Monday, underscoring the growing competition confronted by Intel's x86-64 platform in the data center.…

Microsoft, Intel cook kit to secure firmware in servers and beyond

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:31:04 GMT

Because everything has firmware and it survives reboots. PLUS: Redmond details HPE-killing cloud servers

Microsoft's revealed it is working with Intel on a “cryptographic microcontroller” to secure its cloud servers and the many firmware-using components within.…

Superdome X gets pumped on Skylake to become Superdome Flex

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:17:06 GMT

HPE's big honking server and memory box

HPE has upgraded its Superdome X server to use Skylake CPUs, bragging that it's the world's most scalable and modular in-memory computing platform.…

Isilon-owning Dell OEMs Isilon rival Elastifile's flash 'n' trash NAS

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:10:13 GMT

PowerEdge software deal 'purely fulfilment'. U ok hun?

Isilon-owning Dell has sealed a deal with Isilon competitor Elastifile to supply the Israeli startup's software, meaning its server agents, Cloud File System and CloudConnect data moving software come bundled with Dell PowerEdge servers.…

Hyperconverged infrastructure gets a Hyperbenchmark

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 02:01:09 GMT

VMware, Nutanix and even Oracle played nice to cook up TPCx-HCI

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has released a benchmark for hyperconverged infrastructure.…

HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:33:52 GMT

Company also plans 'consolidation' of product lines, locations and languages

HPE has quit the business of providing custom servers to big cloud operators.…

Huawei dunks server triplets in Skylake for a v5 refresh

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:58:09 GMT

Fifth version server threesome pops up

Huawei has refreshed three third generation modular rack server products from older Xeons to Skylake processors with a v5 refresh giving them updated networking and storage options.…

HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 05:36:04 GMT

Do not install July Service Pack for ProLiant on ESXi unless you want free replacements

Here's a fantastic fail: HPE's July ServicePack for ProLiant servers bricked some network adapters so badly they “must be replaced.”…

Oracle softly increments SPARC M7 to M8, then whispers: We'll still love you, Solaris, to 2034

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:18:25 GMT

And possibly beyond

With little fanfare, Oracle formally tore the wraps off its SPARC M8 data-center-class processors and servers on Monday.…

Servers sales are up. Nope, you read that right

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:02:07 GMT

But HPE, IBM, Cisco and Dell weren't the major beneficiaries... Chinese ODMs were

In the server sales growth stakes the big Chinese brands appear to be winning the war against their US rivals, at least if Gartner’s latest stats covering calendar Q2 are to be believed.…

Geepers, Huawei: New AI-tastic G series servers to hold up 'intelligent cloud'

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:12:10 GMT

GPU-accelerated for AI and video analytics, Atlas cloud

Huawei has added two G-series boxen with GPU acceleration to its server portfolio, with a focus on AI-type work and video analytics, saying they are going to be used to build a cloud hardware platform.…

Hitachi rack servers get VMware Cloud treatment

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:02:31 GMT

Plus Xeon SPification for their hyperconverged systems

There's some new wine in Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform of converged and hyperconverged server bottles – specifically VMware Cloud Foundation software added to its converged rack-scale (RS) product and Xeon SP processors to its hyperconverged systems.…

Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:41:06 GMT

Cloud cost rises, growth pushes staff demand up again

Research has found businesses need to hire more server staff – but they're in limited supply.…

HPE memory options rising by double digits... from today

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:13:05 GMT

Meanwhile, DRAM makers toasting record sales hauls

HPE is hiking server memory prices by up to 20 per cent from today, according to communications with the channel, seen by us.…

White boxer is a white racker: Supermicro touts Rack Scale Design

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:04:08 GMT

VBlock-like converged systems

Building servers, switches and storage are a good racket for ODM Supermicro but building Vblock-like rack scale systems is an even better one.…

Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:20:13 GMT

Secure shelter under expanded cryptographic umbrella

IBM has launched its latest, newest, biggest, baddest mainframe, the z14 system.…

Huawei servers hitch ride with Intel's Xeon SP

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:20:48 GMT

Blade server initiates server portfolio conversion

Huawei has announced a Xeon Scalable Processor conversion of its FusionServer portfolio, with a blade server leading the charge.…

Server vendors board the Xeon SP party bus

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:40:49 GMT

Who'll get all the hotties? Who'll mope in the corner thinking about EPYC?

As expected when Intel processors power virtually all x86-class servers, the vendors all hopped on the Skylake Xeon SP party bus.…

New Azure servers to pack Intel FPGAs as Microsoft ARM-lessly embraces Xeon

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:56:12 GMT

'Intel Xeon Scalable Processor' hailed as 'cornerstone for new platform' with servers customised for different roles

Microsoft may have said ARM servers provide the most value for its cloud services back in March, but today it's given Intel's new Xeons a big ARM-less hug by revealing the hyperscale servers it uses in Azure are ready to roll with Chipzilla's latest silicon and will all use Chipzilla's field programmable gate arrays.…

Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 03:19:27 GMT

Inside Chipzilla's new security measures

Deep dive Intel has taken its Skylake cores, attached some extra cache and vector processing stuff, throw in various other bits and pieces, and packaged them up as Xeon CPUs codenamed Purley.…

Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 02:27:12 GMT

Disks shipped with the wrong write cache settings and found their way into UCS boxen

Cisco's dropped Seagate in the pooh for a mess that's seen some UCS servers released into the wild in configurations susceptible to data loss.…

Dell goes swimming in Skylake to source 14G server line

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:17:09 GMT

Blasts out 7 new PowerEdge products with better stuff inside

Dell is announcing a set of 14G servers, using new Intel processor chips, and replacing the equivalent 13G server line products.…

Cisco's fifth UCS server generation surfaces

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:50:53 GMT

Processor black hole waiting for Intel announcement

Five new Cisco UCS servers have come to light, courtesy of Storage Review, which temporarily withdrew its story for some reason. Tsk tsk. Early signs are that Cisco appears to be cutting its blade server product line count.…

U wot M8? Oracle chip designers quietly work on new SPARC CPU

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:00:28 GMT

Would be the first M-line server processor since 2015's M7

Oracle engineers are seemingly working on a new SPARC processor: the M8.…

Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:24:25 GMT

Total Inability To Support Users' Packets

Rackspace was hit by a major worldwide outage this morning, which appeared to last for nearly three hours.…

In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:00:13 GMT

And a quick look at the chips' encrypted RAM tech

Updated Here it is: the official lineup of AMD's Epyc processors, which will go toe to toe with Intel's Xeons that utterly dominate the data center world.…

EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:56:12 GMT

Specs and performance deets in the wild

Media site VideoCardz has leaked two AMD EPYC 7000 server CPU slides revealing core, thread and clock details.…

Component makers have their server chums by the short and curlies

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:37:07 GMT

And the squeeze ain't looking like it'll stop any time soon

Pressure is set to intensify on server makers caught in the vice-like grip of rising components costs and stiff competition for new business.…

Windows Server to get twice-yearly updates, plus stable and fast-moving branches

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:58:12 GMT

Nano Server to go containers-only, Server Core pushed for all other workloads

Poll Windows Server and System Center will soon receive twice-yearly updates and come in two “channels”, one for the latest stuff and another less-frequently-updated channel.…

Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:50:33 GMT

Only Dell EMC manages to expand its waistline in Q1

Sales stats for the server market are out for the first three months of the year and they are bad – bad meaning bad, not bad meaning good.…

HPE's cloud server wasting away on low calorie Microsoft sales

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:54:51 GMT

'Tier-one' customer cools off

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's joint venture with Foxconn to build lower cost servers to order for the world's biggest service providers is under threat because of its over reliance on shrinking sales to its one major customer, reportedly Microsoft.…

Dell flexes PC production muscle for server biz

Tue, 30 May 2017 09:07:12 GMT

No more standing on sidelines as ODMs hoover up service provider punters

Analysis Dell EMC’s Server business unit is receiving help from Dell’s Client Solutions Group as it aims to take on the original design manufacturers (ODMs) in the Far East, company insiders have told The Reg.…

ARM talks up fresh CPUs and a GPU, all tuned for AI

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:01:03 GMT

Cortex-A75, A55, and Mali-G72 coming next year

Chip designer ARM on Monday plans to announce its first set of processors based on its DynamIQ microprocessor architecture, in conjunction with a revised GPU chip.…

Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:04:04 GMT

Big Blue's big iron to be loaded with Hitachi's OS software

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software.…