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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.…

VCE boss Chad Sakac bets he'll win the hyperconverged market

Fri, 20 May 2016 06:02:04 GMT

Cisco to stay in vBlocks and Microsoft detente coming

VCE's new VxRail hyperconverged appliance sold 146 units in its first 44 days on sale and the EMC server unit's new leader Chad Sakac says that impressive start means he's betting the outfit will become the leading hyperconverged systems vendor by the end of 2016.…

Whip out your blades: All-flash Isilon scale-out bruiser coming

Fri, 06 May 2016 13:03:10 GMT

Project Nitro turns Isilon into unstructured data dragster

EMC has an all-flash, bladed Isilon Nitro project to boost its scale-out file performance to 250,000 IOPS per node and 400+ nodes.…

EMC re-engineers its VNX flashy boxen, puts Unity on the label

Tue, 03 May 2016 13:24:11 GMT

Takes better advantage of flash and has sub-$10k starting price

EMC's mid-range VNX/VNXe arrays have been re-engineered to make better use of flash, producing the Unity array with a starting price of less than $10,000.…

Unisys releases its ClearPath MCP OS for VMs or x86

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:02:09 GMT

End of a long era as mainframe-sourced OSes will no longer require companion hardware

Unisys has announced that its ClearPath MCP “operating environment” can now be run without having to also buy Unisys hardware. The company also plans to do the same for its OS 2200 product.…

Filer funfest: HDS buffs up its VSP product on four fronts at once

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:38:12 GMT

Adds native NAS, VVOLs, analytics and cloud tiering to big iron array

HDS has added native NAS, VVOLs, analytics and cloud tiering to its big iron VSP G-series array.…

Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:13:13 GMT

Mini-Chipzilla licenses CPU tech to Chinese manufacturer – and the crowd goes wild

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working.…

Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 02:02:12 GMT

7th version of database appliance lands with 22-core Xeons and 8TB drive support

Oracle is preparing an on-premises version of its new Exadata cloud service.…

Intel preps Knights Landing 'Ninja' dev boxes

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:26:05 GMT

Got US$5k to spare? And that's the the liquid-cooled entry-level version. The rack's $20k

Intel's fulfilling its 2015 promise to let developers get their hands on a Knights Landing developer platform before the 14 nm HPC silicon reaches general availability.…

Storage-class memory just got big – 256Mbit big, at least

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:01:08 GMT

Everspin ships 256Mb MRAM samples, says 1GB kit due by year's end

Persistent storage that's just about as fast as RAM is widely held to be a year or three away from giving the server and storage industries a generational shakeup, and that change is now rather closer after US outfit Everspin started shipping samples of 256Mb Magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM).…

Texas Attorney General charged in 32-bit 'eco-friendly server scam'

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:34:01 GMT

Servergy CEO also hauled over coals after system claims

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the CEO of Texas server manufacturer Servergy, one of its board members, and the state's Attorney General with fraud over claims of revolutionary low-powered computer hardware.…

India starts to pull its weight as an enterprise IT buyer

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:02:06 GMT

Share of global server sales closes on on GDP share

India's modernising at a frantic rate and has justifiably earned a reputation as one of the planet's top sources of technology talent. But as a market to sell into? It's getting interesting now.…

Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:28:05 GMT

The CPU arch that refuses to die

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today.…

Google, Rackspace to together unfurl DIY Power9 server designs

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:00:17 GMT

Web giant loves to keep its options open ... right, Intel?

OpenPower Summit Google and Rackspace are working together on blueprints for servers that use IBM’s Power9 processors. The designs will be shared publicly via the Open Compute Project, it is hoped.…

Samsung kind of cracks the 10nm barrier with new 8GB DDR4 slabs

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 06:58:03 GMT

Re-write your RAM cram plan, server scalers, there's 128GB modules on the way

Samsung Electronics has announced it's started baking RAM using a “10-nanometer (nm) class*” process and says the 8GB chips it's emitting are the first in the world to be manufactured in this way.…

Dell joins Java jumpers with updated server admin tool

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 03:58:05 GMT


It's a small change but it speaks volumes about what sysadmins want: Dell has added HTML 5 support to its integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) server management tool.…

Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:30:12 GMT

New instructions, transactions, virtualization features and more

Intel today officially pulls the wraps off its mildly delayed Xeon E5 v4 server processors.…