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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.…




Cisco's servers are stuck in limbo, look likely to stay there

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:57:04 GMT

Sales suffering – should it quit the market?

Comment Cisco has missed out on a blade to rack server shift, sales growth has turned negative, it doesn't sell to cloud providers and it has a small market share. Should it invest to grow or get out of servers altogether?…




Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:51:19 GMT

Zuck's Open Compute Project stole our designs, claims Brit biz

Facebook is set to be dragged before a jury next year to face allegations that its Open Compute Project is built on stolen server and rack technology.…




Pleased HPE clutches two hot Java server cups – but oh dear MultiJVM

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:13:18 GMT

Fell at third x86 benchmark hurdle

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fastest x86 Java server of them all? HPE leads in two categories but lags far behind in another.…




HPE bows to inevitable: Integrity servers get latest Itanium engine and container off-ramp

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:30:13 GMT

Will provide workload transition via Linux containers

HPE is introducing a new generation of its mission-critical Integrity/HP-UX servers and providing a Linux container migration route to x86 server-land.…




Dell EMC World: 14G servers are going to be great and... that's about all we can say

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:07:14 GMT

At least while Intel glowers at us from the corner

Analysis Dell EMC cannot say anything about the upcoming 14G server line because Intel has blasted it with non-disclosure agreements.…




Secret FabricXpress sauce gives X-IO the edge for the edge

Tue, 02 May 2017 16:32:03 GMT

Super-speedy Axellio servers take the fight to the old guard

Fifty microsecond storage access and 12 million IOPS gives X-IO's Axellio server the edge at the edge.…




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

Updated 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.…