Articles about Power Systems

Google: We look forward to running non-Intel processors in our cloud

Google has gently increased pressure on Intel – its main source for data-center processors – by saying it is "looking forward" to using chips from IBM and other semiconductor rivals. The web advertising giant said it hopes to use a mix of "architectures within our cloud" in the future. Back in April, Google revealed it had …
Chris Williams, 15 Oct 2016

Commvault and pals should score when tape-ditching stampede arrives - analyst

Commvault’s data protection and management software has been enhanced and is going to support HyperFlex, Cisco’s hyper-converged infrastructure appliance built with OEM’d Springpath software. CommVault Data Platform product news includes: Expanded capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS) beyond virtual machines to include …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2016

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Canonical’s OpenStack spin has landed on IBM’s Power hardware as part of zSystems' Linux stack. The Ubuntu shop’s cloud has been released for IBM’s zSeries IBM LinuxOne and on IBM Power Systems. Canonical’s cloud will run on IBM’s planned LC servers, announced in April. The servers run OpenPOWER – from the group building …
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US Dept of Energy lobs out $34m for bright ideas on securing grids

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $34m in funding to pay for 12 programs aimed at improving the security of the US power grid. The DOE said that the projects (pending approval from Congress) would be given out to both university researchers and commercial companies and would look to cover basic issues related to …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2016
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Tesla spends $2.6bn on solar

Tesla Motors has announced it is to buy SolarCity, an American energy company that installs solar power systems. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, made his intention to merge both companies clear in his Master Plan, Part Deux blog post. Musk wants solar panels on the roof of all Tesla cars in order to achieve sustainable energy …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Aug 2016

Big Blue's boxes: No IBM storage numbers, but it's a drop

+Comment The storage hardware portion of IBM's quarterly revenues continued its long-term decline, with a 13 per cent annual drop. It's a nice welcome for incoming storage boss Ed Walsh with the storage hardware decline glaringly obvious. We don't know the storage software numbers within IBM's systems segment, and nor do we know …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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Ubuntu comes to SoftLayer

IBM's SoftLayer cloud now offers Ubuntu VMs. Big Blue's cloudy bit barns have gained Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud Partner status, so are permitted to offer cloudy concoctions based on Canonical's spawn. Punters can do so in the knowledge that OS updates will flow in a timely fashion. Importantly, Ubuntu runs on Power systems …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2016
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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

Amazon Web Services has explained the extended outage its Sydney services suffered last weekend, attributing downtime to a combination of power problems and a “latent bug in our instance management software”. Sydney recorded over 150mm of rain on last weekend. On Sunday the 5th the city copped 93 mm alone, plus winds gusting …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jun 2016

Storage array firmware bug caused Salesforce data loss has revealed that a bug in the firmware of its storage arrays was behind last week's data loss incident. The mess started in the company's Washington data centre on May 9th, when admins noticed “a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power into the data center had failed.” “The team engaged the circuit …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016

Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

Three years ago few people other than hardcore gamers and those working in specialist industrial fields were still talking about VR. It was a gimmicky technology cursed by the “P” word (“potential”) and huge, ungainly headsets that generated a flurry of interest in the late 1990s that quickly evaporated. Today, it’s big news …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 May 2016
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

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. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …
Chris Williams, 07 Apr 2016
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IBM, SAP in cloud deal

Those big old lumbering tech organs SAP and IBM are working together to combine Big Blue’s cognitive wares, cloud and power systems with the German enterprise vendor’s software and cloud platform. The companies plan to co-locate resources in Germany and the east coast of the US, and will also work on on-premise tech. News …
Paul Kunert, 06 Apr 2016
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2015 server sales hit all-time record of 9.7m machines

The global server industry is in rude health, clocking up a record 9.7 million shipments in 2015 and hauling US$55.1 billion through the door along the way. That's eight per cent more revenue and 4.9 per cent more shipments than recorded in 2014, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Cloud is …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2016

Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

Big Money has poisoned the utopia of the sharing economy, says the millionaire supermodel and “social entrepreneur” Lily Cole. Once upon a time, unicorns grazed innocently over websites like Cole’s own, the “gift economy” website that was powered only by love (and a gift from taxpayers). Contributors were happy …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2016

IBM storage revenues are very reliable. Four years of steady decline and counting

Analysis For IBM, storage value is moving to software, with object storage and flash growing while legacy disk and tape products see revenue falls. In Big Blue’s fourth 2016 quarter overall revenues dropped nine per cent but storage hardware revenues fared worse, dropping 11.1 per cent, with no end in sight. This continues a trend …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

A major eruption from the surface of the Sun could give a spectacular display of the aurora borealis in time for New Year's festivities. At 1245 UTC (0445 PT) on 28 December our star belched out a coronal mass ejection from the surface in our direction. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that a …
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2015

Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

UK internet hub Telecity on Thursday plans its third shot at fixing a power systems problem that fried customers' servers. According to an email seen by The Reg, Telecity’s chiefs have scheduled a three-hour window between 01.00 – 04.00 GMT on 26 November to fix wonky power phasing at the firm's Sovereign House data centre. …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015

Telecity fails with car park net rescue plan. In fact, things got worse. Again

Internet hub Telecity has failed to overcome the recent power fault responsible for frying computer hardware and denting UK internet traffic. The data centre and colocation centre provider's plan was to employ a static transfer switch to transfer load to a mobile DR system installed especially in the Sovereign House car park, …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015

Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

Updated Telecity engineers will tonight make a second attempt to fix broken power systems at its critical Sovereign House internet facility. They will be working 24 hours after their first efforts failed and resulted in a second power outage. The internet service giant had planned to repair and fully fix the power supply in the early …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2015

Old, not obsolete: IBM takes Linux mainframes back to the future

IBM introduced several significant new elements for its Linux server stack last month: support for KVM on its z Systems mainframes, Linux-only models in both the z Systems and Power Systems ranges, and a new purchasing model. The most technically interesting new development is mainframe support for KVM, the Linux kernel’s …
Liam Proven, 02 Nov 2015

Intel and Oracle push into big data, label IBM and SAP cloud clowns

Larry Ellison has dismissed his two historic competitors, IBM and SAP as "nowhere in the cloud," and used Sunday night's OpenWorld keynote to show off products and services designed to bury Big Blue and the HANA heroes. "We compete with Amazon in cloud infrastructure and never, ever see IBM - this is how much our world has …
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2015
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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Review Google’s latest Nexus smartphones, the 5X and the 6P, were announced last month, and while there's a lot to be said for the upgrades, there's some unfortunate omissions. It has been five years since the first Nexus smartphone was unveiled, and since then the Chocolate Factory (and assorted hardware partners) has used the brand …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015
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Analytics are better with shared storage and not scale-out, says IBM

IBM has a packaged IBM Data Engine for Analytics – Power Systems Edition, a cluster that includes the integrated servers, parallel file system storage, network switches, and software needed to run MapReduce-based workloads. It is described as a technical-computing architecture that supports running Big Data-related workloads …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015

India follows up Mars orbiter with successful space observatory launch

India's space agency has successfully launched the country's first space observatory, the long-awaited ASTROSAT. The satellite was the main payload for a mission by the country's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-30, along with four US satellites, one from Canada, and one from Indonesia. The multi-wavelength observatory …

Slip-streaming Tesla, Oz battery-maker plots home-biz launch

Australian battery researcher and manufacturer Redflow is hoping to get a jump on Tesla, prepping its own entry into the residential battery market. The news puts yet another player into what used to be regarded as a tight niche. Home storage was strictly a matter for the off-grid user, and it wasn't until recently that the …
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Oracle confirms David Donatelli hired to head hardware unit

Oracle has confirmed its rumoured hire of former EMC and HP man David Donatelli, and given him the job of running its converged infrastructure business. The exec actually landed at Oracle at the end of March, though the company refused to acknowledge his presence back then - it’s always nicer to work out if the face fits …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2015
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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

A dodgy software installation that deleted vital files caused last month's Airbus 400M transport plane crash in which four people died, it is claimed. On May 9, a test flight of the A400M, intended to replace the aging Hercules as a mainstay of NATO's air mobility fleet, crashed in Spain, killing four of the six crew. …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2015
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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

Billionaire biz baron Elon Musk has revealed Tesla's long-expected battery products and claimed they put an end to humanity's production of carbon dioxide as a by-product of energy generation. “No incremental CO2 is the future we need to have,” Musk said, during the battery packs' launch, advocating that charging his new …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2015

Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

Japanese scientists have claimed a breakthrough in beaming energy wirelessly, after they used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power though the air to a receiver a short distance away. That amount of power is enough to run an electric kettle, researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) enthused. "This …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2015
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IBM's Softlayer cloud to tout bare-metal Power8 boxes by the summer

If you're dying to boot up bare-metal Power8-powered servers hosted in the cloud, today's your lucky day, and not in a I've-got-a-winning-lottery-ticket-outta-here sorta way. On Wednesday IBM will announce that its Softlayer public cloud will offer bare-metal Power8 servers as part of its ongoing OpenPower push. If you really …
Chris Williams, 04 Mar 2015
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IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems

Red Hat has announced that its Enterprise Virtualization product now works on IBM's Power systems. The move's not a colossal surprise: last week Red Hat revealed a beta of Red Hat Linux 7.1 and it included a version running on IBM's recently-revealed POWER8 platform. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Power is a KVM-derived …
Darren Pauli, 17 Dec 2014

'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

+Analysis Sixty-six heavyweight boffins active in the field of biodiversity conservation have pleaded with the world's greens to get over their objections to nuclear power, pointing out that renewable energy means terrible losses of endangered animals and plants. "Biodiversity is not only threatened by climate disruption arising largely …
Lewis Page, 16 Dec 2014

Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

Analysis It has been more than 100 years since the first wireless power systems were demonstrated and the principles are about as well-known as any in the technology field. While wireless networking has been the norm for over a decade, wireless power is still very much in its infancy and is years away from mass adoption. Last week, …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2014

IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!

HPC Blog So, it looks like IBM has moved its chipworks over to Globalfoundries, as described by Reg hack Tim Worstall here. But what are the implications for IBM's systems business? I agree that the brutal and implacable economics of the chip business forced IBM’s hand here. Manufacturing microprocessors is a hugely capital intensive …
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IBM leaps aboard the software-defined stuff bandwagon

IBM storage is getting software-defined, with IBM seeing that concept as a way of better integrating its storage hardware and software assets. Big Blue's Storage and Software-defined Systems general manager Jamie Thomas outlined a new storage deal at IBM's Enterprise event in Las Vegas, claiming the "new model will provide …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2014
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Server sales show signs of slight surge

Server sales continue to rise, according to IDC's new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, which suggests the long-term outlook for servers might even be half-way decent. The market-watcher says “factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 2.5% year over year to US$12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14 …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014

Apple wins patent on charging iThings THROUGH THIN AIR

A patent newly granted to Apple points to a future in which Cupertinian kit will charge over the air, without the need for cables. The company's US Patent 8,796,885 describes a near-field magnetic resonance (NFMR) system that would be able to wirelessly charge multiple nearby devices from a single base station (such as a …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Aug 2014
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IBM hails open POWER8 servers

Promo In this webcast; Doug Balog, General Manager IBM Power Systems, heralds the first generation of Power servers built on an open server platform and designed to optimise clients Big Data and Analytics workloads. Learn how IBM is challenging Intel in the server market with their new POWER8-based systems. In this webcast you will …
David Gordon, 21 Jul 2014
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Days since IBM last reported revenue growth: About 810

IBM revenues have overall declined, year on year, for the ninth quarter in a row as the company struggles to adjust to a cruel world increasingly led by lower-cost competitors. The venerable tech company reported second quarter of 2014 financials on Thursday. Revenues for the period were $24.4bn, down two per cent on the $24. …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2014
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BLAM! IBM drags its NetApp OEM deal horse outside, gunshot heard

IBM has formally sundered its OEM relationship with NetApp, as we earlier suggested it would. Spokesperson Michael Zimmerman provided a statement, saying: Cloud and the explosion of data associated with social and mobile are increasing the demand for flexible storage solutions. This is driving a shift towards software delivery …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
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China ponders ban on IBM servers

The dispute between China and the USA over backdoor-riddled information technology equipment has just heated up, with Bloomberg reporting Chinese authorities are wondering whether the time has come for local banks to ditch their IBM servers. The newswire's report mentions “high-end” servers and suggests Chinese authorities “ …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2014
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Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

Plans for an “Airbus of chips” – aimed at doubling the number of processors made across Europe by 2020 – will be unveiled next month. A group of 11 tech sector chiefs commissioned by the EU will publish a detailed roadmap designed to expand the block’s manufacturing between 2020 and 2025. The goal is for European technology …
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2014
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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

Geek's Guide to Britain Would you like to work in a cross between Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley? For a small selection of IBMers, that’s the only way to describe their working environment, although the place we’re talking about is officially called Hursley Park. You can get there by turning off the M3 and rattling through some pretty English …
Joe Fay, 10 Apr 2014
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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

Intel has offered another reason it doesn't think ARM processors pose an enormous threat to its high-end chip business: software isn't written to run across multiple CPUs. That's the opinion Gordon Graylish, Chipzilla's general manager for enterprise solution sales, shared with The Reg yesterday at the Australian launch of the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
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Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

Feature In a world where data centre duties are increasingly relocated to lower cost territories in the East and beyond, why would anyone want to set up shop in the heart of London? Even if there was a requirement for your data to be UK-based, surely a location in the shires where rents are lower would make sense. City Lifeline …
Bob Dormon, 21 Feb 2014

Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

We’re not even out of January yet and already the UK's tech channel has possibly seen its biggest story of 2014 after IBM sold its low-end server business to Lenovo. The two companies have history, of course, with IBM offloading its profitable-but-not-for-long PC business to the Chinese firm back in 2005. Lenovo did rather well …

My other supercomputer is a Lenovo: What IBM System x sale means for HPC

HPC blog Back in May 2013, when IBM was first rumoured to be selling part of its System x division to Lenovo, I wrote a story looking at how this might impact IBM’s position in the HPC market. It’s a good time to revisit that analysis and see what the picture looks like now. As I noted in the prior story, it’s damned hard to get solid …

Google requests hush-hush radar tests

Google has asked the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to conduct radio tests in the 76-77 GHz bands, probably as part of its ongoing autonomous vehicles research. Mountain View's application to the FCC has been published here, and was turned up by sharp-eyed Google-watcher Steven Crowley. …
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So you want to build the next Google. Who ya gonna call? Er, Big Blue?

Analysis IBM has announced a new version of its Platform Resource Scheduler (PRS), which lines up jobs and resources in mammoth OpenStack Havana environments. In doing so, Big Blue hopes to give enterprises a shot at achieving the same levels of efficiency as Google's highly tuned servers. Though the tech competes against VMware's …
Jack Clark, 09 Jan 2014
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2013: A Space Odyssey - a cosmological review of the year

Year in Review Space this year was dominated by space rocks big and small - whether we want to dodge 'em, mine 'em, or watch 'em explode near the Sun, we sure do love those asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites. 2013 was also another year in Earthlings' continued obsession with all things Martian. We want to go there and we want to live …