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Supermicro praying for Nasdaq time

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:03:12 GMT

Delayed reports getting delayed some more as loan finance extension sought

Supermicro, under threat of Nasdaq delisting for not filing recent quarterly reports on time, is negotiating fresh loan financing.…

Server sales dead? No sir, not in Q4

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:56:07 GMT

Branded vendors made hay while sun shone

Gartner's Q4 server sales count has confirmed a shipment boom took place as hyperscalers, cloud buyers and on-premise all dug deep to freshen their infrastructure.…

Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:30:13 GMT

CityFibre applies for review, says ASA is failing consumers

CityFibre has applied to take the Advertising Standards Authority's to court over its decision to approve the continued use of the term "fibre" to describe services delivered over copper-based networks.…

Want ScaleIO virtual SAN software? You'll need to buy Dell servers

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:34:54 GMT

Integral part of VxRack FLEX hyperconverged kit henceforth

Dell will only sell its hugely scalable ScaleIO virtual SAN software product inside its VxRAck FLEX hyperconverged system from now on – the software-only version has been canned.…

AMD lures Cisco's server CTO into Epyc new data center gig

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:33:09 GMT

He's also a player on the Transaction Processing Performance Council

Exclusive AMD's push into servers has accelerated just a little after the chip-designer wooed Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS servers to join its ranks.…

Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:04:11 GMT

We're supposed to sift through this without a tool?

Comment Ah, the good old days of server benchmarks, when CPU variations were few and clock rates ruled the roost. Now we have four different Xeon SP CPU families, one with two model lines, and each family has its own set of CPUs with differing core counts, threads and clock rates.…

Big Blue levels up server sextet with POWER9 for IBM i, AIX, HANA, Linux

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:37:08 GMT

Fighting the Xeon SP tide

IBM is bashing out a set of go-faster POWER9 servers in the face of mounting competition from Xeon SP systems.…

How back of server pack rat Inspur has sailed into the top-three slot

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:59:13 GMT

Chinese firm blows past costly Cisco and Lenovo

Analysis Behind the numbers in Gartner's third 2017 quarter server tracker are some startling revelations concerning Cisco's server pricing and Inspur's arrival as a top-three supplier.…

Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:00:13 GMT

Xeon D-2100 a coincidence, Chipzilla assures us

Intel will today add the D-2100 x86-64 system-on-chip to its lineup of Xeon D x86-64 processors, billing it as its "fastest low-power edge processor."…

Dell goes on Epyc server journey with AMD

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:49:13 GMT

Rackmount server competition for PowerEdge 14G Xeon SP rackers

Dell is producing one- and two-socket rackmount servers using AMD Epyc processors alongside its Xeon SP server family.…

Ex-Chipzilla exec Arms biz to SoC it to Intel in the data centre

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:53:08 GMT

Ampere Computing serving against reigning champ using reheated X-Gene tech

Carlyle Group-backed Ampere Computing, run by ex-Intel president Renée James, has launched a server-grade Arm system-on-a-chip to take on Chipzilla.…

Tower ProLiants on the warpath: HPE takes on Dell 'n' white-box gang in SMB space

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:59:09 GMT

Promises lower prices and faster shipping

HPE has taken on Dell and the white boxers in the desktop and tower server space with promises of special, low-priced deals and faster ships.…

Deep sigh... Servers get teaser trailers now

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 03:59:13 GMT

Dell’s soft-spruiking ‘PowerEdge MX’ – sounds like composable successor to modular FX series

Dell’s proven that even servers can now be the subject of meaningless teaser trailers.…

Supermicro is, like, totally harnessing green energy sources to churn out servers, dude

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:28:08 GMT

Fuel cell tech generates cleaner power for San Jose plant

Supermicro has said it will start building servers and storage boxes at a new facility that can make 600 racks per month, powered by a 3MW fuel cell system to cut greenhouse gas emissions.…

DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:29:11 GMT

Faces up to AWS, Google with future per-second billing plan

Faced with a customer base being lured away by cheaper cloud compute services at its competitors, DigitalOcean has cut prices and increased RAM and SSD storage for its users.…

Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:36:11 GMT

Microcode mitigations trigger system wobbles, penguinistas warn

Techies are scratching their heads after Red Hat pulled a CPU microcode update that was supposed to mitigate variant two of the Spectre design flaw in Intel and AMD processors.…

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.…