Feeds

Fabric7 ripped apart

x86 SMP dream dies again

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Exclusive Big Opteron metal start-up Fabric7 has shut down, The Register can reveal.

Fabric7 appeared in late 2005, hoping to throw Linux (and Windows) and Opteron at the highest-end data centers tasks. It shipped eight-socket and fourteen-socket systems inside a chassis packed full of networking gear. Selling the flashy systems, however, proved tough for the young company.

The company's board decided to close up shop, according to a source, and laid off all employees last week. We were unable to reach Fabric7 officials for confirmation.

A number of x86 players have tried to hammer away at the SMP market with limited success. The vendors have looked to pull customers away from Unix on RISC systems, claiming that Linux and Windows are ready to meet the high-end challenge.

Sales of eight-socket and above x86 boxes make up just a fraction of the overall market.

We liked Fabric7's technology and were impressed with the company's executives. But the x86 SMP play still seems too immature for the market. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything
Enter credit card details if you want that system you bought to actually be useful
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down
Get it right, EMC, or there'll be STORAGE CIVIL WAR. Mark my words
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?