Articles about Super Micro

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HP battles back against white-box with Foxconn-built Cloudline servers

Open Compute Summit HP has made its bid for relevance in the modern data center with a new line of servers aimed at "rack scale" and "cloud scale" deployments. The HP Cloudline servers, unveiled at the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California this week, are the fruit of a collaboration between HP and Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn …
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2015
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Official: Whiteboxer Super Micro is a $2bn server company

+Comment Commodity server vendor Super Micro has reached a $2bn run rate with its latest quarter's results. In Q2 fiscal 2015, the three months that ended 31 Decemer 2014, revenues jumped 41 per cent year-on-year to $503m, as profits grew to $31.24m, 134 per cent up the same period in fiscal '13. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
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Let... the SAN shine: 2013 – the year of virtual storage area networks

Sysadmin blog Converged infrastructure – the trend of using one piece of kit for some pretty varied tasks, including networking, computing and storage, software and automation – really took off in 2013, mostly thanks to a group of robust virtual SAN players entering the market. Barring an unexpected new entrant, 2014's big names in the vSAN …
Trevor Pott, 24 Dec 2013
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IBM forges NextScale servers for HPC and hyperscale cheapskates

IDF13 Concurrent with Intel's launch of the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors in San Francisco today, Big Blue trotted out its most vanity-free machines to date, the NextScale line. The new systems are designed specifically to compete with low-cost, stripped down alternatives from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Silicon Graphics, and …
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Intel shows off 'disaggregated' rack of servers, storage, and networking

At the "Avoton" Atom C2000 chip launch on Wednesday in San Francisco, Intel showed off several of the components of its Rack Scale Architecture working in concert and also announced a partnership with Microsoft to push the idea on its Windows platforms for data centers and on the Windows Azure public cloud. Intel has already …
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Intel chases network gear and cold storage with Avoton Atoms

The "Avoton" Atoms for servers and storage arrays and their "Rangeley" variants for networking devices are out and Intel is ramping up the features and carving up the SKUs to try to chase the low end of servers, storage, and networking to take some business away from other chip makers. Does Intel have what it takes to upset …
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Super Micro closes out record year, eager to cross Ivy Bridge

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro Computer has just closed out a bumper fiscal 2013, despite issues from hard-drive shortages, an uncertain European economy, and having to ramp up its factories in the Netherlands and Taiwan. Having outgrown the server market by a factor of three in the prior twelve months, …
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IBM gooses Flex modular systems with Power7+, double-stuffed Xeon E5

Big Blue is hoping to compete better with the very dense blade and modular server designs available from HP, Dell, Silicon Graphics, Super Micro, and a few others with a new twin Flex System node that sandwiches two servers into a single slot. In addition, IBM is rolling out new Power7+ nodes for the Flex System, addressing …

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 …
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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 …

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 …
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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 …

Fat boxes keep Super Micro from slumping

Super Micro – king of the whitebox server makers – turned in a pretty good quarter ended in March, the third quarter of its fiscal 2013, not by pushing more iron, but by peddling a smaller amount of much heftier iron. In the quarter, sales were down a bit sequentially – which was no surprise at all, given the traditional bump …
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Nvidia gets into the server biz with Visual Computing Appliance

GTC 2013 If you want to virtualize workstations and run them on shared infrastructure, or build a giant renderfarm to make the next blockbuster movie or video game, then Nvidia has a server for you. It's called the Visual Computing Appliance, and as the name suggests, it is aimed at important workloads such as running Crysis, at least …
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Fujitsu makes Windows Server 2012 see double

Small and medium-sized businesses want high availability (HA) capability for their core applications, just like the largest enterprises do. But server clustering can be intimidating and expensive, so Fujitsu has rejiggered some of its Primergy hyperscale dense servers to support the clustering of Windows-based servers inside of …
Super Micro's 8-node FatTwin server

Review: Supermicro FatTwin

My testlab has a new arrival: a Supermicro FatTwin™ F617R2-F73. As always when something lands in my lab, I will valiantly kick the crap out of it on behalf of El Reg's discerning readership. There are already a few different systems in my testlab - let's see how this thing stacks up. I'd like to kick off this review by …
Trevor Pott, 08 Mar 2013
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Company you never heard of builds 3.4 petaflops super for DOE

Nature abhors a vacuum as well as an oligopoly, which is why upstart supercomputer maker Atipa Technologies may find itself having an easier time getting its foot into the data center door now that Cray has eaten supercomputer-maker Appro International. The company you've never heard of is Atipa, a division of PC and server …

AMD to get dense about servers – but in a good way

Maybe SeaMicro, the upstart maker of low-power microservers that dragged Intel kicking and screaming into the market, should have bought AMD instead of the other way around. Or maybe after the AMD transformation is all done some years hence, it will look like that is what happened anyway so the difference will be moot. There's …
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Embiggened x86 servers help Super Micro set revenue records

Last year was not an easy one for whitebox king Super Micro, which makes a living selling x86 servers as well as the components for those who want to compete with it. But the latest record-breaking revenues and improving profit picture shows the company has overcome its setbacks. Last fiscal year, the company was hurt when …

Rackspace to build custom servers, storage for cloud biz

Open Compute 2013 Rackspace Hosting is getting into custom server design, and it is working with manufacturing partners with the Open Compute Project to get its tweaked versions of servers, storage arrays, and racks created by Facebook to run the social network manufactured by multiple suppliers. The hosting giant and cloud contender has made …

AMD+friends forge 'Roadrunner' Open Compute server mobo

Open Compute 2013 Struggling server processor and chipset maker Advanced Micro Devices is getting some friendly help from the Open Compute Project, the open-source hardware effort started by Facebook in April 2011. Or, conversely, AMD is being friendly with the Open Compute Project to try to boost sales of its latest Opteron 6300s now that the …
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Nutanix server-storage half-bloods armed with Xeon E5s

Nutanix, which uncloaked last year peddling a virtualisation-driven all-in-one compute-and-storage appliance, is updating its server iron to keep pace with the rest of the tier-one players while also tweaking its underlying systems software. And the startup hopes to tweak its NX series of converged appliances to cope with a …

Server revenues decline in the third quarter

The server racket continues to be impacted by issues throughout the global economy and intense competition between incumbent players, upstarts, and those making their own hyperscale boxes. Shipment growth is anemic, revenues were down, and it is very likely that profits were down even further, according to the latest data. In …
The new HP SL4500 big data server

HP forges hyperscale ProLiants aimed at big data

Big data doesn't fit in normal servers, and so HP's engineers have gone back to the whiteboards and designed a new line of hyperscale machines called the ProLiant SL4500s. Google designed its own servers not just because it has some serious motorheads in charge, but because the boxes available from the tier one server makers …

Red Hat to mash up KVM hypervisor and Gluster file system

Red Hat bought its way into server virtualization by acquiring Qumranet and gave the world the KVM hypervisor, commercialized as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Several years later, it bought its way into clustered file systems by eating Gluster and commercializing its eponymous file system as Red Hat Storage Server. And now …
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Swiss boffins slap together homegrown zBox4 supercomputer

Students and a few wandering professors at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich had a perfect weekend when they scraped together the funds to buy the parts for their zBox4 homegrown supercomputer and assembled the two-rack beast. This is the fourth generation of homegrown machines that the ITP …
Super Micro's 4-node FatTwin server

Super Micro bends metal for Super Hadooper data munchers

King of the whiteboxers Super Micro, which is also one of the dominant suppliers of raw system components to other whiteboxers, has launched a line of clusters preconfigured to run the Hadoop big data muncher at the same time that it has reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 ended in September. …
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HP test pilots fly secret four-socket Xeon E5 blade in public

Hewlett-Packard has yet to announce a blade server based on Intel's latest Xeon E5-4600 processors for four-socket servers - but that hasn't stopped it bragging about their performance. In an article on its website, HP let the cat out of the bag that it was working on the ProLiant BL660c Gen8 blade server, which is a full- …
Super Micro's 4-node FatTwin server

Super Micro to Sandy Bridge buyers: Go forth and multiply our profit

After nearly a year of foot-tapping by whitebox system and component maker Super Micro, it looks like its "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 server rollout is finally under way. All of the Xeon E5 processors have been launched by Intel, and therefore customers have begun buying either components or whole systems. In the final quarter of …
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Dimension Data puffs up cloud partners

South Africa systems integrator Dimension Data launched a wide array of cloudy infrastructure services back in February, and now it is enlisting a service providers to help push the products. Dimension Data, which sports around $5.8bn a year in annual revenues, was acquired for $3.2bn by Nippon Telephone & Telegraph in July …
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Storage top dog EMC shows off swollen Q2 profits

Networked storage appears to have given EMC a boost, after the storage giant declared another solid set of results, with revenues and profit in its second 2012 quarter increasing on both an annual and a sequential basis. There was no visible sign of any wider economic issues restricting the company's performance. Revenues were …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2012
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Super Micro misses target in June quarter

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro pre-announced its financial results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ending in June, and it looks like it's not going to make its numbers. In a statement, Super Micro said that it would book revenues of approximately $275m, which is just under the range of $280m to $310m …
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Quanta taps Mellanox for snappy interconnects

Quanta QCT, the server and storage manufacturing arm of $37bn Taiwanese giant Quanta Computer, is teaming up with Mellanox Technologies to weave its network gadgetry into its various wares as it takes on the whitebox incumbents here in the United States. In case you don't know it, Quanta is one of the people the hyperscale …
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Boston flexes its own ARM server muscle

Pics UK IT supplier Boston is not waiting for ARM-powered servers to take off before jumping into the racket - instead it's getting out there on the bleeding edge and will within weeks start shipping the first of its "Viridis" energy-efficient servers. Viridis is a Latin-ish name that is derived from "green" and is meant to signify …
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Super Micro fattens up Xeon E5 nodes with FatTwins

The chassis is the new rack, at least for customers who want cheap server nodes and none of that fancy schmancy management software that comes in blade servers, but who do want the density and shared power. So Super Micro, an early maker of half-width motherboards that allowed servers to be double- and quadruple-stuffed with …
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Fusion-io gives Cisco blade servers some flash

Upstart server maker Cisco Systems has tapped server flash-drive maker Fusion-io to be its OEM supplier for flash storage in its "California" Unified Computing System blade severs. With this deal, Fusion-io has wrapped up OEM deals with HP, Dell, and IBM, the top server makers in terms of shipments, as well as with Super Micro …
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HP-Oracle Itanium smackdown starts

Jury selection is underway in the trial that pitting server maker HP against its formerly strong software partner Oracle as they argue about the future of a technology that neither one of them controls: Intel's Itanium processor. Well, given that HP has been making payments to Intel to continue to develop the Itanium chips, at …

Super Micro grows despite Xeon E5 delay, disk shortages

Motherboard and system maker Super Micro has been anticipating the bump in revenues from Intel's "Sandy Bridge" family of Xeon E5 chips and their related "Romley" server designs for nearly a year, and finally the Romley romp has begun. In the company's third quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in March, revenues rose by 2.5 per cent …
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Intel reels in Cray's supercomputer interconnect biz

Intel really is taking networking and system interconnects very seriously, and is buying the interconnect hardware business from massively parallel supercomputer maker Cray for $140m. The move is something of a surprise to us outside of Cray, Intel, and the government supercomputer labs that pay the bills at the supercomputer …
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SoftLayer tailors HPC clouds with GPU lining

Hosting and cloud computing service provider SoftLayer is getting into the modern hybrid supercomputer racket with the launch of GPU-enhanced server instances. SoftLayer, which is based in Dallas, was founded in 2005 and merged with hosting rival The Planet before being bought up by GI Partners, in 2010. GI Partners is a …
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Intel penetrates PCIe flash biz with long-lasting hardness

A little while after its competitors, Intel has come up with its own PCIe flash card, the SSD 910. It is not a speed king, but boy, does it last: five years at 10 full writes a day. The SSD 910 caps out Intel's 300 and 700 SSD ranges. It is a half-height, half-length PCIe gen 2 x8 card storing 400GB or 800GB of 25nm MLC flash …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2012
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AMD plots an end run round Intel with SeaMicro's 'Freedom'

Analysis As last week was winding down, Advanced Micro Devices took control of upstart server maker SeaMicro, and guess what? AMD is still not getting into the box building business, even if it does support SeaMicro's customers for the foreseeable future out of necessity. Further: Even if AMD doesn't have aspirations to build boxes, the …
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AMD doubles down on existing Opteron server sockets

As El Reg anticipated earlier this week, the new upper management at AMD has come to its senses and figured out that moving to a new core and two new sockets for its Opteron line in 2012 was not a particularly good idea for its own finances, or those of the server makers who it wants to peddle Opteron-based iron. And so, that …

Intel brings bigger guns to AMD server chip war

Analysis If you want to get into the server processor racket, here's some advice: Don't bring a knife to a gun fight. And when you whip out your guns, you better have a piece stashed in each of your boots, maybe another high-caliber rifle on your back, and a few knives while you are at it for price-cutting when the bullets run out. …
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Super Micro awaits the Xeon E5 launch

The shortages of disk drives due to flooding in Thailand continues to take its toll on IT suppliers, with motherboard and whitebox system maker Super Micro joining the club of companies adversely impacted by the shortages. In the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in December, Super Micro's sales were $249.9m. This is up 3.8 …
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Coraid schmoozes Euro Nexenta distie sextet

Six European Nexenta disties are setting up EraStor to sell pre-built Nexenta/Super Micro storage servers, and there is a Coraid Ethernet storage array connection. EraStor, the new European Reseller Alliance, is composed of six independent system integrators/Nexenta resellers: zStor (Germany); E4 Computer Engineering (Italy); …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2012
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Super Micro server biz whacked by disk shortages

Motherboard and whitebox server-maker Super Micro has warned Wall Street that its second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in December is not going to be as rosy as it expected. In a statement, the company said that sales in the quarter would fall between $249m and $250m, significantly lower than the $260m to $280m it had been …
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SGI books $90m in ICE X super orders

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics just lost its president and CEO, Mark Barrenechea, to enterprise content management software supplier OpenText, and therefore it needs to talk up the business while its board looks for a replacement. The good news coming out of SGI today is that its Xeon E5-based ICE X servers are being well …
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Netlist puffs HyperCloud DDR3 memory to 32GB

Boutique server memory maker Netlist has embiggened its HyperCloud DDR3 memory sticks to 32GB, ganging up cheap and low-capacity DDR3 memory chips with a register and virtual memory controller that allows the HyperCloud memory to break out of server memory constraints and do so with cheaper chips. As El Reg explained in detail …
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Intel readies Xeon E5 mobo assault

Cast your mind way back to when Intel was more or less content to be a server CPU maker and let the system makers adopting its Pentium, Xeon, and Itanium processors decide the defining characteristics of the computers that used those x86 and IA-64 processors. Not so any more. Intel may not call itself a server-maker, but for all …