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VMware preps Project Serengeti Hadoop virtualizer for biz bods

When you are a server virtualization company, as VMware is, there is no workload that you don't think can't – or shouldn't – be abstracted away from its underlying bare metal, and thereby made more malleable and portable. In this regard, Hadoop is just another thing for VMware to wrap itself around - perhaps make a little money …
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Ex-Yahoo! Hadoopers hoover up $50m into trunks

Wars take money, and the battle between the several distributors that package up Hadoop stacks just got a whole lot more interesting now that Hortonworks, one of two teams that have been built by ex-employees that came out of former search engine giant Yahoo!, has just landed $50m in its second round of funding. Rob Bearden, CEO …

Puppet gooses admin tool performance with Enterprise 3.0

Back in January, system administration tool maker Puppet Labs got a $30m equity injection from VMware, and the company has put some of that money to good use with a major revamp of its commercial-grade Puppet Enterprise tool. With Puppet Enterprise 3.0, Puppet Labs is gutting the innards of the product to make it peppier and …
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Oracle puts database, middleware, Linux on Microsoft Hyper-V, Azure

If you were expecting some dramatic, cloudy news from Oracle and Microsoft, as the companies hinted last week they would reveal, you were likely disappointed by the nuts and bolts nature of what the two companies announced on Monday as part of an extended strategic partnership. No, Oracle is not shutting down its public cloud …
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Eye spy future HP Moonshot server nodes

HP was at the International Super Computing 2013 conference in Leipzig, Germany, last week, showing off its ProLiant rack servers as well as the SL6500 Scalable Systems tray servers that have been used to build some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. And, with no tongue in cheek at all, HP's server geeks were also …
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HPC geeks ponder 100 petafloppers and quantum supercomputers

The next big barrier for supercomputing is punching through 100 petaflops peak performance, which frankly could be done in a heartbeat if someone had a few hundred millions dollars lying around. And now that Google and NASA are monkeying around with a quantum computer, thoughts are turning to how a QC might be deployed to …
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What should replace Linpack for ranking supercomputers?

The Linpack Fortran benchmark, which has been used to gauge the relative performance of workstations and supercomputers for many decades, is looking a little long in the tooth. So, some of the people who love Linpack and know it best are proposing a new benchmark - with the mind-numbing name of High Performance Conjugate …

Cloudera taps new CEO for inevitable IPO push or acquisition

Big-data hotshot Cloudera has a new CEO: Tom Reilly, an industry veteran who has guided other tech firms to profitable acquisitions. But don't automatically assume that the privately held Cloudera is shopping itself around – an IPO is also a real possibility. Judging from some changes among Cloudera's top brass, it looks like …

Nutanix trims down and fattens up server-storage halfbloods

Still not acquired after bragging two months ago of an 80 per cent sequential revenue bump and an $80m annualized run rate as it exited the first quarter, virtual server-storage appliance maker Nutanix is widening its market appeal with new low-end and high-end configurations. The former are aimed at SMBs and remote/branch …

Nvidia stretches CUDA coding to ARM chips

Nvidia's new CUDA 5.5 release aims to overcome the inherent mathematical suckiness of the ARM architecture by unleashing the powers of GPUs working in conjunction with those popular low-power chips – and not just ones from Nvidia. Nvidia is working on its own implementation of a 64-bit ARM processor, code-named Project Denver, …
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HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops

The plain vanilla server racket may have struggled in the first quarter, but sales of machinery aimed at high performance computing workloads -both traditional simulation workloads and new-fangled "Big Data" jobs - bucked the downward trends in the first quarter, according to the latest research from IDC. And, not even remotely …

AMD lifts the veil on Opteron, ARM chip plans for 2014

AMD has unfolded its server-chip roadmap for next year, and the road ahead appears to be a sensible motorway with no hair-rasing hairpin turns or unexpected switchbacks – although there is one bright shiny new vehicle on the road. You can forgive AMD for being somewhat cautious – heck, you should congratulate them for their …
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Intel previews future 'Knights Landing' Xeon Phi x86 coprocessor with integrated memory

X86 processor and now coprocessor maker Intel is determined make possible an exaflops of aggregate computing capacity within a 20-megawatt envelope. "We believe that we have the capability and the responsibility to drive innovation faster and faster," says Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of the Technical Computing Group, which is …
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Intel widens Xeon Phi HPC coprocessor lineup

The pitch that Intel's salespeople have to make to push Xeon Phi x86-based coprocessors just got a little easier and more interesting. And in the same week that a hybrid Xeon-Xeon Phi machine - China's Tianhe-2 - took the title as the fastest supercomputer in the world. And that is going to make life a little bit harder for …
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Top500: Supercomputing sea change incomplete, unpredictable

If you were thinking that coprocessors were going to take over the Top500 supercomputer rankings in one fell swoop, or even three or four, and knock CPU-only systems down to the bottom of the barrel – well, not so fast. While GPU and x86 coprocessors are certainly the main computation engines on some of the largest systems that …
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IBM's $1bn layoffs latest: Now axe swings in US, Canada - reports

Scores of workers have been made redundant at IBM's Systems and Technology Group in the US, according to a union, soon after the tech titan warned of sweeping job cuts worldwide. Following a $400m shortfall in mainframe and software sales in the first quarter of 2013, employees were warned that a "workforce rebalancing" act (a …
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Red Hat: We do clouds at one third the cost of VMware

The annual Red Hat Summit is underway in Boston this week, and the cloud is at the center of everything that Shadowman is doing these days. Like everyone else peddling IT products, Red Hat is hoping to catch its next wave of growth from the move to clouds, but as we all know, there will be more losers than winners in this next …
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Barcelona taps Tesla and Tegra for next-gen hybrid supercomputer

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has been monkeying around with the combination of low-powered processors and relatively low-end graphics chips. Well, BSC is getting ready to take its ceepie-geepie prototyping up another notch by marrying a baby ARM processor aimed at smartphones and tablets with a full-on GPU coprocessor. …
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IBM to port KVM hypervisor to Power-Linux iron

IBM announced at the Red Hat Summit in Boston this Tuesday that it will support the KVM hypervisor on its PowerLinux machines to help boost its competitive position against x86 iron. In addition, since Big Blue wants and needs to sell more Power Systems rack and tower iron as well as their brethren in the PureFlex modular system …
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HP adds 'Haswell' Xeon E3s to entry ProLiant servers

CEO Meg Whitman said last month that HP knew it has some competitive weakness at the low-end of its x86 server line that rivals were exploiting, and at its Discover customer and partner shindig in Las Vegas this week, the company is rolling out three new entry servers that will help the company compete better against a very …
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VMware sucks server and app logs into vCenter control freak

Server virtualization juggernaut and cloud builder and parts supplier VMware is bolting more capabilities onto its vCenter management tools with the launch of a new module called Log Insight. As the name suggests, vCenter Log Insight is designed to ingest and analyze the operational data that is generated by servers, storage …

VMTurbo brings 'invisible hand' to storage, fabrics, and public clouds

Flush with a $7.5m cash infusion back in early May, VMTurbo is taking its economic scheduling engine, inspired by Adam Smith's "invisible hand", to more clouds and more devices. With Operations Manager 4.0, the company is supporting a wider array of hypervisors and cloud controllers, and is branching out to storage arrays and – …

Google boasts of app tuning prowess on 'warehouse scale clusters'

The hot-shot techies at Google are schooling IT shops once again, and this time the company is discussing some tuning and testing it has done to boost the performance of its applications running on multiprocessor servers with non-uniform memory access (NUMA) clustering to lash together two or four processors together into a …
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Enter the Dragon: The Chinese superputer set to win the Top500 crown

The Chinese government can keep a secret probably as well as any organisation on the planet, but pride will get the best of anyone - at least some of the time. And so it is that Xiangke Liao, the professor from the National University of Defense Technology has outed the details of the "Tianhe-2" massively parallel supercomputer …
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Lenovo sets sights on server, storage incumbents

Chinese PC maker and server and storage wannabe Lenovo Group has an appetite to buy itself some market share in the systems racket, say the company's top brass. In fact, it wants to double its market share in this space. That seems like a less ambitious goal than acquiring IBM's System x and BladeCenter x86-based server business …
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IT did its small part for US job creation in May

The US economy has now created more jobs than economists had projected for the fourth month in a row, according to the Department of Labor, calling into question the wisdom of those economists as much as the mixed signals coming out of various economic indicators in recent weeks. The latest jobs report out of the Bureau of Labor …
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Calxeda lines up ODM partners for EnergyCore ARM server chips

Upstart ARM server chip maker Calxeda has lined up three new ODM partners to make web servers and storage servers using its 32-bit, quad-core EnergyCore processors. Calxeda says the fact that Gigabyte, Foxconn, and Aaeon have lined up to use the current 32-bit parts in machines they have crafted proves there is demand. Data …
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AMD chalks up Opteron X design win on HP Moonshot hyperscale system

Hewlett-Packard is making no promises about when it will be delivered, but the company is showing off a multiple-node server cartridge for its "Redstone" Moonshot 1500 chassis using the "Kyoto" Opteron X processor from Advanced Micro Devices. More precisely, Andrew Feldman, general manager of the server business unit at AMD, has …
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Cloudera brings Hadoop to the masses with Solr search

Commercial Hadoop supplier Cloudera is adding more methods to extract data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System by rolling up the Solr search engine and hooking it into its CDH distro. The company is also banging the drum that we are entering a new era of computing, one in which old-style relational databases will still …
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Dell rejigs Active System stacks, wraps up HPC cluster for life sciences

Dell is finally getting around to updating its vStart virtual machine stacks, converting them to Active Infrastructure converged systems while at the same time cooking up a new stack aimed specifically at high performance computing customers. They go by many names, but rack-level preconfigured systems with servers, storage, and …
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Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

It is refreshing to see that someone pays attention in the server racket. It is also annoying that it has taken a top-tier server maker so long to get a true system out the door that is suitable for small and midrange businesses. But Dell may have finally done it with its PowerEdge VRTX. A typical branch or SMB data closet A …

Big Blue blows big green in SoftLayer public cloud gobble

So much for that whole strategy that cloud biz SoftLayer came up with (of building its own cloud controller and basing its server fleet entirely on Super Micro iron): because Big Blue bought SoftLayer today for an undisclosed sum. Rumors were going around back in March that both IBM and EMC were sniffing around SoftLayer - a …

Haswell Xeons bring brawn to microservers, media servers, more

There are a lot of different ways that Intel could have deployed its 22-nanometer wafer-baking process to cook up the "Haswell" variants of the Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors, but the tactic they chose was to bring the low-power benefits inherent in the Haswell design to bear for entry servers, workstations, and the emerging media- …
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Microsoft: Our clouds don't bleed you to death

The battle in the data center a few years back was VMware's ESXi hypervisor and its vCenter console versus Microsoft's Hyper-V and cloudy add-ons to its System Center control freak. And now, the battle is moving out into the cloud. Microsoft has deep pockets and a vast installed base of Windows Server shops to leverage: …

Microsoft buys InRelease for app building toolbox

Not entirely satisfied with its application lifecycle management (ALM) tools, Microsoft has paid an undisclosed sum to buy software deployment tools from InCycle Software. The announcement was made at the TechEd 2013 customer and partner event that Microsoft is hosting in New Orleans this week. Redmond also teased a bit about …

Microsoft opens kimono on Server 2012 R2 at steamy Orleans bash

Microsoft is hosting its annual TechEd developer and partner conference in a sticky* New Orleans this week, with a coming out party for the refresh of the Windows Server stack due later this year. In the opening keynote on Monday, Redmond will be showing off Windows Server 2012 R2, an update to the flagship server operating …

Mellanox forges fun-sized 40Gb/sec Ethernet switch

Mellanox Technologies is trying to milk its switch-hitting, hybrid Ethernet-InfiniBand SwitchX-2 chips for every dollar possible, and has just cooked up a baby switch that can run at 40Gb/sec or 56Gb/sec using the Ethernet protocol. The SX1012 is a half-width switch that has a dozen ports in a 1U rack form factor, which means …

Rackspace floats virty router and firewall into its clouds

Moving to clouds should mean breaking free of all kinds of specific hardware devices and running as much software as possible on generic virtual machines – which is why Rackspace Hosting is partnering with Brocade Communications to bring its Vyatta vRouter software to its public and private clouds. Brocade has been gradually …
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Server racket 'challenging' in Q1, says IDC

It is not a fun time to be peddling servers, but it is probably a great time to be buying them, according to the box-counting wizards at IDC. Both server revenues and shipments were down in the first quarter, marking the fifth of the past six quarters where revenues took a dip. There are so many different kinds of transitions …
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China rumored to rule impending Top500 supers list with 50-plus petaflopper

It looks like China is getting ready to scare the wits out of – or maybe some life into – the US and European supercomputing establishments and their sugardaddy governments once again by taking the top slot in the June rankings of the Top500 supercomputers in the world. And this time, it will be with an all-Intel ceepie-phibie …

Cisco gobbles cloud power meter biz JouleX for $107m

The cash-laden and ever-acquisitive Cisco Systems is at it again, and has snapped up JouleX, which has created a set of cloudy software tools to monitor and manage power consumption in the data center. Cisco is shelling out $107m to acquire JouleX, and said in a statement that this price included cash and retention-based …
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AMD takes on Atom S server chips with 'Kyoto' Opteron Xs

Given its full name, Advanced Micro Devices should be dominating in microservers, those densely packed, wimpy-cored machines that are good for all kinds of data center jobs. And with the launch of its "Kyoto" Opteron X processors, AMD is hoping to get the jump on Intel and its Atom S1200 Series chips, also aimed at microservers …
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ODMs and DIYs chomp x86 server racket

If the server market is an indicator of the health – or lack thereof – of the global economy, then we're not quite out of the woods of the Great Recession, despite the exuberance on the global stock markets. According to the box counters at Gartner, server revenue worldwide were down 5 points to $11.83bn in the first quarter …
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SoftLayer sticks with Super Micro servers, ponders Open Compute

Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are in a class all by themselves when it comes to the size and scope of their data center infrastructure, but hosting and cloud provider SoftLayer is no slouch, either. The company has created its own control freak and is not about to reflexively jump on the OpenStack or Open …
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HP, Dell stack up back-end iron for XenDesktop 7 virty PCs

Companies whose staffers work from tablets and smartphones don't have to buy Microsoft's Surface tablets or Windows Phones to enable them to use the firm's Windows applications. Businesses can instead slice up a bunch of servers into virtual PCs and stream them out to workers' fondleslabs or smartphones using either VMware View …
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SAP shuffles execs to chase cloud success

It is time for musical chairs at SAP, and the desire to ramp-up products that run on the cloud and sell more of them is calling the tune to which the executives are dancing. The German software giant said in a statement that Lars Dalgaard, head of its entire cloud operations and the founder and CEO of SuccessFactors, was leaving …

Joyent cuts prices on cloudy infrastructure

Joyent, one of the upstart cloudy infrastructure providers that is taking a custom software stack to market to peddle virty server and storage, has done a major revamp of the way it carves up slices on its Joyent Compute Service cloud. With the rejiggering of its cloud, Joyent is not only cutting prices, it is also forging …

Google slashes App Engine NoSQL data storage prices by 25 per cent

Amazon doesn't care much about profits and both Google and Microsoft have monopolies that give them deep pockets. And so it is no surprise that the three companies will be engaged in a cloud price war that will very likely leave a lot of smaller cloud providers dead by the side of the road in the coming years. Google launched …
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HP: Hey, it could easily have been so much worse

If you were expecting HP to bring good news to the IT industry when it reported its financial results for the fiscal second quarter, you are no doubt sorely disappointed. Well, unless you consider that in terms of profit declines it could have been a lot worse. In the quarter ended April 30, HP was down on all fronts, and CEO …

Citrix halfway to Avalon with XenDesktop 7 desktop and app virtualizer

Citrix Systems is just as eager to cloudify its installed base of customers as is VMware. And so it has taken one step closer to accomplishing that goal with the launch of XenDesktop 7 at its Synergy customer and partner event in Anaheim. Both companies have vast installed bases: VMware has 500,000 customers with around 38 …