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Server makers start pushing Opteron 6200 tin

The 16-core "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 processors marched into the x86 server chip war nearly two weeks ago, and Advanced Micro devices made its sales pitch against Intel's Xeon server lineup. The question now is: who is actually making servers selling Opteron 6200 processors? To put it simply, the answer to that question is just …
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AMD revs up server channel for Opteron 6200 push

Chipmaker AMD is getting ready to launch its "Interlagos" line of server processors, which are expected to be called the Opteron 6200s. AMD won't say when the launch is, but it is saying that its server channel is primed and pumped to get peddling. These 16-core Interlagos beasts are really two eight-core chips that share the …

Appro goes to extremes with new Xtreme-X supers

Boutique supercomputer maker Appro International is previewing its third generation of Xtreme-X blade-based supercomputers – but "previewing" is just about all it can do without some help from Intel and AMD. The company has carved out some nice business from the major supercomputer labs in the United States as well as other labs …
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Super Micro revved up for impending Xeons, Opterons

White-box server and motherboard maker Super Micro is champing at the bit for Intel and Advanced Micro Devices to get their next generation of server processors out of the fabs and into its hands. But just the same, the company has done a good job selling it existing Xeon 5600 and Opteron 6100 servers as it waits, one has to …
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SAN-banner scores $25m from ex-Sunner

Khosla Ventures, the private equity fund set up by Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla, is kicking in a hefty chunk of dough in the second round of funding for cloud appliance maker Nutanix. Nutanix was founded in 2009 by file system experts from Aster Data and Google as well as system clustering experts from Oracle, and …
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Greenplum appliances swing both ways

The Greenplum data analytics unit of disk storage giant EMC is tweaking its Data Center Appliances, not only offering a more modular architecture and pricing scheme that lets companies start small and grow their analytics, but also allowing for the mixing of the Greenplum parallel database with Hadoop nodes within the same …
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Intel: You may already be using Xeon E5 without knowing it

IDF 2011 Do you know why Intel hasn't launched the Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5 processor for two-socket servers? Neither do we, but after attending Intel Developer Forum last week, we have some pretty good guesses. Given the relative dearth of processor news at the IDF show, the attendees and vendors that El Reg spoke to at the show had …
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Intel's Xeon E5 server chips due 'early 2012'

IDF 2011 Intel CEO Paul Otellini gave the opening keynote at the company's Developer Forum this morning in San Francisco, and uncharacteristically, he didn't have much to say about servers. That's because contrary to the expectations of many customers, Intel is not ready to launch the Xeon E5 server variants of its "Sandy Bridge" …
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AMD ships 'Interlagos' Opteron 6200 chips

Let the next battle in the x64 server wars begin. Advanced Micro Devices is shipping its 16-core "Interlagos" processors and generating revenue from it, the company announced today. In fact, the Opteron 6200s, as the chips will presumably be called at launch in the fourth quarter, started coming out of the 32 nanometer wafer- …
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Cloud.com goes open source

VMworld After taking control of the CloudStack cloud management framework through its acquisition of Cloud.com back in July, Citrix Systems is now open sourcing the code behind the tool. At the same time, it's adding support for the provisioning of workloads on additional hypervisors and, for the first time, on bare-metal machines. …

Dell retools for the midmarket

Consumers and governments in the United States and Europe are crimping their spending, but businesses of all sizes are still refreshing their servers, storage, and PCs. As a result, Dell was able to come close to meeting Wall Street's revenue expectations in its second quarter. The company even brought more money to the bottom …
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Cloud box does virtualization sans SAN

Cloud-computing appliance maker Nutanix is tackling a problem that has dogged the deployment of virtual servers and desktops: all the key hypervisors require storage area networks and centralized storage. To overcome this limitation, Nutanix has created a virtualized controller that implements a clustered file system and embeds …
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Dell floats Cloud Hadoop clusters

Dell might not own a lot of systems or middleware software a la IBM, Oracle, and Hewlett-Packard, but it wants to sell configured stacks tuned for specific work just like its rivals in the systems racket. The company already peddles pre-configured Ubuntu/Eucalyptus and OpenStack systems for building and managing private clouds, …
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Servers pump up Super Micro

Server and system component maker Super Micro continued to grow in its fiscal fourth quarter ended in June – despite the impending launch of new Xeon and Opteron processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. The appetite that data centers built up for upgrading machines after the forced diet of the Great Recession has not …
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IBM gets fat on Oracle-HP Itanium spat

With Oracle pulling the rug out from underneath Intel's Itanium processor in an effort to undermine rival HP's Unix-server business, two obvious questions arise: What makes Itanium so special that it has roused the disaffections of the software giant? And why hasn't Big Blue's Power Systems platform been tarred with the same …
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Intel readying MIC x64 coprocessor for 2012

ISC'11 Intel doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get its own line of Knights coprocessors for HPC applications into the field, and maybe it doesn't have to be. To be sure, Nvidia is stealing most of the oxygen in the conversation about coprocessors for accelerating supercomputer applications with its Tesla family of GPU accelerators. Most …
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Super Micro says MicroClouds will rain down in July

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro is showing off its first entry into the so-called micro server segment, called the MicroCloud, at the Computex 2011 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan this week. The company had been hinting back in April that the MicroClouds were in the works. The MicroCloud machines, like a number of …
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Server makers wrap iron around Nvidia GPUs

Supercomputer buyers don't want to spend months building hybrid CPU-GPU clusters. They want to buy them pre-integrated and ready to start flopping within a matter In the wake of the announcement of the Nvidia Tesla M2090 GPU coprocessor for servers two weeks ago, Marc Hamilton, vice president of high performance computing at …

Cray XK6 super mates Opterons with Nvidia GPU workhorses

Supercomputer maker Cray has finally jumped on the GPU coprocessor bandwagon, and it looks like someone is going to have to hitch Belgian draft horses to that wagon and reinforce its axles once the XK6 hybrid super starts shipping in the fall. Cray made a name for itself as a provider of vector processors back in the 1970s and …
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Super Micro whiteboxes Ethernet switches

If you're willing to go to whitebox server maker Super Micro for your motherboards and complete systems, then you're probably willing to consider going all the way and get your network adapters and switches from the company as well. That seems to be the thinking at Super Micro, as the company punts three Ethernet switches. More …
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Super Micro preps hopes for 'Sandy Bridge' Xeons

Business was not as smooth as it could have been in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 for Super Micro, a supplier of both motherboards and complete systems, and a bellwether of sorts for the server racket. The reasons for the bumpy ride were many and varied. Some big customers put off server and component purchases. Intel delayed …
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Amax moves from HPC clusters to cloud stacks

Small and medium businesses want to build private compute clouds as much as the larger enterprises that the top-tier server makers are focused on. But many of the pre-integrated cloud stacks coming out of IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and the Acadia partnership – Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware – are overkill for SMBs. And so Amax …
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Brit outfit rolls own virtual server appliances

A British consulting company that specializes in server virtualization was so frustrated by the mismatch between general purpose x64-based servers and what the popular hypervisors from VMware and Citrix Systems required that it has rejigged itself into a hardware vendor pushing what it calls virtual machine appliances. Virtual …
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Huawei to forge big red Itanium iron

Intel has added two more server makers to the roster of those who want to build Itanium-based systems: Huawei Technologies and Inspur. That's a 50 per cent growth rate in the Itanium OEM base. At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing this week, Kirk Skaugen, general manager of the chip maker's Data Center Group, said in his …
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Super Micro uncloaks dense Westmere-EX server

Super Micro, the motherboard and whitebox server maker that is soon going to break through $1bn in sales, wants a bigger piece of the high-end server action. That's why the company has bent some metal into a dense eight-way server design based on Intel's forthcoming Westmere-EX Xeon processors. Intel has not said when it will …
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IDC: Everything but Unix on the rise

It is not an easy time to be a Unix server vendor, but at least it has stopped getting harder. According to the latest statistics from the box counters at IDC, worldwide sales of Unix servers was flat as a pancake, growing four-tenths of a percent to hit $3.8bn in revenues. That drops Unix from about half of revenues a decade …
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IBM reclaims server crown from HP

IBM has stolen the server crown back from rival Hewlett-Packard. For the past five decades, Big Blue was the top systems seller based on revenues. But then along came the Great Recession, hitting at the same time as transitions in the Power Systems and System z product lines, allowing HP to reach down and steal the crown away. …
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Acer launches server biz in the US

Does the server racket in the United States need another competitor? Acer and its channel partners think so. The Taiwanese PC maker, which ate rival PC makers Packard Bell and Gateway a little more than three years ago to take the number four position in the market, came out swinging last March in the European server racket …
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Dell talks shopping in Davos

Everybody wants to know what Dell is going to do to build up its business through acquisitions, but founder Michael Dell is only talking in vagaries, as is the norm at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Dell – the man – was on hand for the Forum, and took the opportunity to take a swipe at rival HP while at the same …
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Super Micro rides server upgrade wave

Server and system component maker Super Micro is coming out of the Great Recession riding a pent-up server upgrade cycle where plenty of customers are still looking to save a little bit more money on their iron. Many buyers are looking to Super Micro and its resellers to make them kit instead of Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, or …

Supercomputers take efficiency up another notch

SC10 More than the hand-wringing over parallel computing, the mounting electricity bill is the limiting factor holding back the growth of petascale systems. The recurring joke at the SC10 supercomputing conference last week was that we cannot build exascale systems that require their own nuclear power plant to juice them up. And that …
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ScaleMP shared memory clusters tuned for Xeon 7500s

If you bought ScaleMP's shared memory clustering software to create a virtual symmetric multiprocessing system out of machines using Intel's eight-core "Nehalem-EX" Xeon 7500 processors, you might want to think about upgrading to the new 3.5 release of vSMP Foundation, which ships today. The reason, says Shai Fultheim, the …
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Super Micro cranks server sales

Because Super Micro is a motherboard baker as well as a server maker, it is a bellwhether of sorts for the whitebox server racket. And it looks like business is pretty good, if Super Micro's first quarter of fiscal 2011 is any sign. In the quarter ended September 30, Super Micro reported sales of $207.2m, up 39.5 per cent and up …

AMD says it is definitely, really not for sale

Maybe Larry Ellison's killing of Opteron-based servers from Oracle's Sun Fire x64 server lineup earlier this year was a love touch instead of a bitchslap for Advanced Micro Devices? Two weeks go, as Ellison ended a securities analyst meeting in the wake of its OpenWorld extravaganza, the company's co-founder and chief executive …
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ScaleMP, IBM bond to fluff x64 systems

Starting Tuesday, middleware-maker ScaleMP's Versatile SMP Foundation software is certified to run on IBM's System x3850 X5 servers — and that makes Big Blue the Cupertino, California company's best friend. It is a wonder that ScaleMP, whose middleware glues multiple x64 systems together into fatter shared memory systems, has …
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HP sprinkles GPU chips on new cookie sheet servers

Hewlett-Packard jumps into the CPU-GPU fray today from Barcelona, Spain, where it is launching its second generation of cookie sheet servers, the SL6500 Scalable System. The cookie sheet servers are designed by HP for hyperscale customers who need more density than standard rack-based servers can deliver, but who are also …
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Dell launches Opteron 4100s into Boxes-o-Cloud

With a substantial portion of Dell's server business based on custom and quasi-custom designs that shrink server sizes and offer better performance per watt than the standard PowerEdge machines, the server maker cannot rest on its laurels or play favorites with Intel as it did in days gone by. Sometimes, companies want a machine …

Peer 1 launches GPU compute cloud

Peer 1 Hosting, an IT service provider that does traditional hosting as well as selling virtual, cloudy infrastructure, is claiming to be the first to fluff up a CPU-GPU hybrid cloud that supports supercomputing workloads. The company announced its GPU Cloud service at the annual Siggraph International Conference in Los Angeles …
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Egenera bags another Fujitsu OEM deal

Just because Fujitsu has its own blade servers and systems management software doesn't mean it can't try to make some money selling someone else's stuff. And thus, Egenera, one of the pioneers in the blade server racket that has been trying to convert itself into a Switzerland for converged server and networking infrastructure, …
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AMD's Opteron 4100s march into x64 price war

The big guns are already on the field in the x64 server processor war, and the troops are finally going all in with today's launch by Advanced Micro Devices of its entry "Lisbon" Opteron 4100s. The Opteron 4100s are similar in many respects to the "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100s that entered the battle against Intel's "Westmere-EP" …
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Nuke lab tests flashy HPC server cluster

It's Flashturbation of a different kind. US nuke lab Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has tapped longtime HPC cluster partner Appro International to custom-build a 100 TB flash-based storage system for its Hyperion x64 testbed cluster. Project Hyperion was all the talk at the SC08 supercomputing show a year and a half ago …
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AMD shoots low and wide with Opteron 4100s

The x64 server chip refresh cycle may feel done, but there's still one more to go to finish the work that Intel and Advanced Micro Devices started in March. AMD is getting ready to launch its "Lisbon" Opteron 4100 processors, which are slated for delivery sometime in the third quarter. When the twelve-core "Magny-Cours" Opteron …
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IBM freshens up System x servers

IBM continued to tweak its System x lineup Tuesday when it announced more machines supporting the latest Intel Xeons, and allowed Nvidia Tesla GPU coprocessors into the systems. Big Blue also bent some metal in its iDataPlex rackish blade servers - or bladish rack servers, depending on how you want to look at . The moves make …
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Xsigo scales down server I/O virtualizer

The rack is becoming the new chassis for IT infrastructure, despite the best efforts of the major blade server providers to have their own blade enclosures (incompatible with others' tools and form factors) become the unit of control for a bunch of servers and their switches. Which is why upstart server I/O virtualizer Xsigo …

Nvidia's Fermi hits flop-hungry challengers

Nvidia's Fermi graphics coprocessors have begun shipping through its OEM partner channel with a slew of tier-two players hoping the flop-happy GPUs give them a competitive edge against established players in the HPC server racket. The Fermi graphics cards and GPU coprocessors that are based on them were both previewed last …
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Egenera spans more iron with PAN Manager 6.0

Egenera was one of the pioneers not only in blade computing, but also in what we have come to now call unified computing. And while the company, which was spawned from the IT bowels of banking bad boy Goldman Sachs, doesn't make as big a splash now as it did a few years back, it's business is growing again, three years and one …
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HP: last Itanium man standing

Comment Make no mistake: If Hewlett-Packard had not coerced chip maker Intel into making Itanium into something it never should have been, the point we have come to in the history of the server business would have got here a hell of a lot sooner than it has. But the flip side is that a whole slew of chip innovation outside of Intel …
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AMD: Our best competitive server position in years

Comment If you were thinking that Advanced Micro Devices was going to report killer server processor sales in its first quarter 2010 financial results, you were bound to be disappointed. The company is in the middle of two product transitions and is lagging behind its rival by several weeks and a certain amount of OEM enthusiasm. But …
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Super Micro goes platinum

Super Micro, the king of the whitebox server makers, has launched a new platinum series of server platforms that feature super-efficient power supplies. Although the power supply is arguably the most boring part of a server, over the long haul having an efficient power supply can save more money than it costs to buy one. In …
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Server makers prepping for Opteron 6100s

In direct response to a story published earlier this week by The Register regarding the OEM support for the upcoming dozen-core "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100s and related chipsets, Advanced Micro Devices has been compelled to blog that there are indeed tier one server makers working away on servers that will use the new chip. AMD …