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What system builders need to know about solid state drives

If you are building systems using solid state drives (SSDs), you need rock-solid reliability and performance – and you won't get it from consumer-grade flash. But how do you know if the drives you choose are enterprise-grade? A supplier may say its SSD is enterprise quality but can you be sure this marketing claim is true? You …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2012
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Industry vet Buxton retires from AMD 'not from life'

AMD European channel director Andrew Buxton is planning to grow old disgracefully after retiring from the CPU and GPU maker. For nearly three decades the man has fought the fight against Intel, starting in 1985 as a field sales engineer. "29 years was enough and it is time to work for myself. I am retiring from the IT industry …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014
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Micron embiggens personal SSD for storage-hungry public

Micron has given its M500 personal SSD a kick in the pants upwards with its M550 iteration being faster and holding slightly more data courtesy of a Marvel controller. The M500 – review here – stored up to 960GB of data; this M550 moves up to a 1TB maximum capacity. It is made from the same 20nm Micron NAND but replaces the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014

Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) - which investigates whistleblowers' allegations of organisations and individuals using pirated software - said half of the copyright-infringement claims it dealt with last year that were settled out of court involved Microsoft wares. The federation today disclosed its stats for the …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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Intel releases source code for NAS test app

Intel has discontinued development of, and support for, its NAS Performance Toolkit, an application that measures the performance of small network-attached storage systems. But the software will live on, as Chipzilla has released the source code for the tool. The NASPT, as Intel liked to call it, was not the kind of tool one …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2013
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Future storage tech should KILL all-in-one solutions, says CEO

El Reg had a conversation with DataCore president, CEO and co-founder George Teixeira about what’s likely to happen in 2014 with DataCore. Software-defined storage represents a trend that his company is well-positioned to take advantage of and he reckons DataCore could soar this year. Some of his replies have been edited for …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2014

RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

Education tech supplier RM didn't even test the appetite among rivals or privateer equity firms to buy its flattering PC biz before murdering it because the business was only just keeping its head above water. The long-standing system builder this week quit the business to concentrate on higher margin software and services. …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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Say goodbye to Office 2003, Microsoft tells PC builders

Microsoft is making Office 2007 its default productivity suite for system builders, less than five months after the suite's full-scale launch. Say Goodbye to Office 2003 - logo on Microsoft Small business community blog Microsoft will stop supplying OEM Microsoft Office 2003 from June 30, Microsoft exec Eric Ligman wrote …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jun 2007
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System builders form new alliance

White-box system builders have a new trade group in the US, aimed at promoting contact between themselves and component vendors. The Atlanta-based North American System Builders Association (NASBA) formed this week and aims to give smaller PC assemblers a united voice. It represents independent system builders with 10 to 100 …
Linda Harrison, 02 Jul 1999
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Intel stalks system builders

How times have changed. NOt so long ago Intel's account managers were considered an arrogant bunch, who wouldn't give the time of day to second and third-tier UK system builders. It's different now: One UK player says that he's called every day by Intel and gets an unannounced visit once a week. This isn't a scary on-the-spot …
Robert Blincoe, 15 Jun 2001
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System builders take brunt of Intel PIII shortages

The shortage of Pentium III microprocessors is set to hit system builders worldwide, as more distributors report their February backlog of box processors is being slashed and burnt. Last week, we reported that a major European distributor complained bitterly that it had been told 13,000 boxed units of Pentium IIIs that it …
Mike Magee, 31 Jan 2000
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Interplay games system builders play

California-based company Interplay OEM is to start selling games online to smaller UK system builders next month. Under a new division, bundledirect.com, it will sell pre-packaged bundles of software titles via the Web. The company, which currently has a 350-title catalogue, will target VARs and system integrators, as well as …
Linda Harrison, 24 May 2000
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Two hundred system builders go crazy in Monte Carlo

A flock of system builders are set to descend on Monte Carlo this week to attend the Integrator Forum 2000. The Mediterranean sunshine has attracted 206 PC builders from 26 European countries to this year's event. Also attending will be 66 manufacturers, keen to promote their wares as the champagne flows. Vendors at the …
Linda Harrison, 23 May 2000

System builders prep monster 19in SLI notebooks

Two more system builders have announced AMD-based widescreen notebooks with 19in displays driven by twin high-end Nvidia mobile graphics chips almost certainly operating in SLI mode. Well, what would be the point otherwise? Step forward AJP and Eurocom, who announced their new offerings yesterday, a week after WidowPC informed …
Tony Smith, 16 Feb 2006
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Seagate trumpets whitebooks for PC builders

It's desperate times indeed for the system builder which has to consider assembling its own notebooks. Yes, notebooks are more profitable than desktops, but they are more complicated to make and they are much more likely to go wrong. And then there is the price competition - is the local notebook maker really able to compete …
Drew Cullen, 30 Nov 2004
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WD wants to talk direct to UK system builders

Western Digital has set up a channel scheme for UK system builders, based up on an existing programme operating in the US, Germany and France. The Select WD Partner programme gives system builders the opportunity to talk directly to the HDD vendor. On offer is: "access to a dedicated WD marketing team, listing on the WD …
Team Register, 31 May 2001
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Chelsio box-o-SSDs does 1.1 million IOPS

Chelsio, a network adapter card supplier, will demo a 1.1 million IOPS SAN array at SNW Dallas. They make it sound easy. All you stuff is stuff four Micron P320h PCIe SSDs in a box, add a Chelsio 10GbitE T4 unified wire adapter, and its Unified Storage Server (USS) software running, presumably, on an X86 processor. This is the …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2012
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Roll up for the System Builders Summit – in Monaco (hurrah!)

The fourth annual Integrators Forum (now called System Builders Summit Europe) takes place on May 16-19 in Monte Carlo. This will gather the top 200 system builders in Europe from 26 countries, representing more than 30 per cent of the European market. Microsoft, AMD, Seagate, Pioneer, ATI, Hitachi Avenet, and Nvidia have …
Drew Cullen, 26 Apr 2001
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Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs

Intel has launched the first unit in a range of bare bones mini-PCs it says will first appeal to system integrators creating digital signage solutions and then eventually excite businesses of almost any size. The new device is part of Chipzilla's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) range. Intel currently plans three NUC devices, each …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2012
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MS pushes system builders back to distribution by withholding CDs

Microsoft plans to stop providing operating system CDs to direct OEMs. From January 2000, OEMs buying software direct from Microsoft will either have to put a back up of the system on the customer's hard drive, or provide an OEM branded recovery CD that is BIOS locked to run only on individual customer systems. This will apply …
Linda Harrison, 18 Oct 1999
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First UK system builders release 1.1GHz Athlon prices

AMD's monster 1.1GHz chip will be available from 28 August and the first British system builders have released their pricing. Evesham.com plans to launch six versions of its Origin 1100 1.1GHz PC models. They will range from £1249 ex VAT - with 128MB SDRAM, 15GB hard drive and 17in monitor, to £1999 ex VAT - 256Mb, 40GB, 19in …
Linda Harrison, 22 Aug 2000
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US system builder groups merge

The North American System Builders Association has merged with rival lobby group IntegratorsOnly.com. The enlarged group has 6,500 members. The merger makes sense - originally NASBA was set up to represent the top 200 so-called white- box builders, while IntegratorsOnly.com looked after the smaller players. But manufacturers …
Drew Cullen, 17 Sep 2001
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Windows Home Server 2011 signed off

Microsoft has announced that Windows Home Server 2011 has been signed off for release. With system builders now working on specific form factors, WHS 2011 solutions are expected to hit the stores in May. An evaluation version will be offered this month to MSDN and TechNet members. Aimed at home users with large pirated content …
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Systems builders must avoid complacency, says Microsoft

Delegates at the European integrators forum in Monte Carlo were issued with a stern warning from Microsoft that they must not miss out on NT workstations or the Internet if they want to survive. Laurent Delaporte, Microsoft OEM European marketing director, told system builders that customers were getting smarter and had higher …
Linda Harrison, 24 Jun 1999
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System builders back Athlon 850

Carrera, Evesham Micros, Mesh and Time Computers will be among PC builders launching machines with AMD's 850MHz Athlon chip. Carrera is adding an 850MHz machine to its existing Octan range of Athlon machines from the chip's launch date of 14 February. Carrera's PC will have 128MB memory, 20GB hard drive, 19in monitor and will …
Linda Harrison, 09 May 2000
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System builders back Athlon 850

Carrera, Evesham Micros, Mesh and Time Computers will be among PC builders launching machines with AMD's 850MHz Athlon chip. Carrera is adding an 850MHz machine to its existing Octan range of Athlon machines from the chip's launch date of 14 February. Carrera's PC will have 128MB memory, 20GB hard drive, 19in monitor and will …
Linda Harrison, 04 Feb 2000
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AMD and Intel extreme desktop CPU workout

Extreme PC Week Comparing high-end desktop processors that use the latest architecture from AMD and Intel these days, is a bit like comparing apples to walnuts. To pimp up a PC, there is only one company that really offers extreme processing power, and that’s Intel. But it’ll cost ya. In the extreme arena, AMD gave up arm …
Simon Crisp, 06 Jun 2012
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Crucial calcs system builder memory needs

Crucial.com, Micron's online retail subsidiary, has launched an online memory calculator for system builders. This is designed to help PC makers work out how much memory their systems need to optimise performance. Crucial bases its recommendations upon the results of tests carried out in its performance labs on 120+ system …
Drew Cullen, 31 Jul 2001
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PC builders have to sell 20% more kit to stand still

UK system builders have to sell 20 per cent more kit than they did last year just to stand still. This is the view of Rafi Razzak, MD of Centerprise, the company which builds Dixons' Advent brand PCs. Razzak made the observation at the Personal Computer Association annual conference where he acted as chairman. He was trying to …
Robert Blincoe, 14 Sep 2001
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Yorks PC maker goes titsup owing £1m+

West Yorkshire-based Cube Enterprises has gone under owing more than £1.2m to trade and expense creditors, the Reg has learned. The Wetherby firm went down in May, but a director's report presented to creditors at a meeting on 9 June revealed creditors were unlikely to recoup monies owed, resulting in anguished howls from the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2011
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Singapore gov think tank plots SSD takedown

The Data Storage Institute (DSI), one of the many research groups at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and research (A*STAR), has taken the wraps off a hybrid disk drive said to consume less power than a comparable solid state disk while also being small and light enough enough to satisfy Intel's specs for use in …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2012
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Seagate seeks system builder support for 100GB notebook drive

Seagate has begun shipping the 100GB 2.5in notebook hard drive it launched back in June and is pitching the part at system builders keen to enter the mobile market using barebone laptops. The Momentus 5400.2 runs its two 50GB platters at 5400rpm to help conserve power. Indeed, the company claims the drive uses up the same …
Tony Smith, 29 Sep 2004
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System builders fear Intel's wrath as K7 launches

The AMD K7 chip, aka Athlon, looks set to enter the market with a bang this August, though many PC builders fear Intel's wrath should they choose to use it. Among those launching Athlonian PCs are Compaq and Bolton-based reseller Dabs Direct. Dell, Viglen and Tiny Computers all told The Register they will stay 100 per cent loyal …
Linda Harrison, 08 Jul 1999
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1GHz Intel shortages hit tier-two PC builders

UK system builders are losing Intel business to tier-one rivals due to 1GHz chip shortages. Despite Intel declaring that its 1GHz chips would not be available in volume in Europe until Q3, some UK customers feel they can't wait that long to get these monsters inside their systems. But this leaves many tier-two PC builders unable …
Linda Harrison, 08 May 2000
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PC builders nurse ‘heavy losses’ on DRAM stocks

Falling DRAM prices don't just harm the manufacturers - they also harm what AsiaBiztech calls "White box or non-brand" PC makers in the United States and Europe. Why? Here is AsiaBiztech's argument: system builders "suffered sluggish sales during the end of last year, and they still have parts in stock. Since the drop in DRAM …
Drew Cullen, 04 Feb 2001
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LSI: Flash is just another thing, not a miracle in your pants

LSI will be a major flash player because it's treating flash as just another business extension and not a dramatic, kick-the-bucket, start-over, start-up fantasy. What LSI, a supplier of silicon to the disk drive, storage and communications markets, has seen is that it can pump flash extensions of its existing products through …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2012
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Fusion-io flies into flash SAN space

It's flash SAN marketing war: Fusion-io has expanded upwards from its PCIe server flash card base into networked flash SAN storage, taking on Violin Memory, Pure Storage and all the other all-flash array players via OEMs and system builders who combine Fusion's flash hardware and SAN software with server systems. Fusion's ION …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2012
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EC disposal rules whack small PC builders

In coming months, the member countries of the EU will enact waste disposal laws conforming with the European Commission's Waste from Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) directive. The new regime, coupled with more disposal regulations coming down the line will hit smaller PC makers hardest, according to Gartner. Waste disposal …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jul 2002
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PC builders – or garbage collectors?

The European Commission (EC) proposed a Directive yesterday aimed at making PC builders responsible for paying to recycle returned kit. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive could take a year to get through the European Parliament. It may have an uphill struggle as it has already been subjected to …
Linda Harrison, 15 Jun 2000
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UK Channel insolvency rates soar to nine-year high

Insolvency rates in the UK channel are at the highest level seen since the dotcom bubble burst, official figures have confirmed. The UK economy is looking shaky: inflation is rising, government is forging ahead with harsh public sector cuts and High Street retailers are going into meltdown; parts of the channel are also showing …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2011
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JVC buys BIOS-based system testing tool

JVC has licensed Ultra-X's UltraPost embedded system diagnostics technology into its upcoming Interlink sub-notebook family. Pitched at system builders and OEMs, UltraPost resides in the host PC's BIOS - it takes up just 32KB - ready to be triggered at start-up. According to Ultra-X, the software runs "professional-level" tests …
Team Register, 30 Jun 2004
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Toshiba sets its sights on system builders’ business

A range of white box PCs due to be launched early next month, will see Toshiba competing directly with SME-friendly system builders. The move, planned only for the US at present, will target the SME market, which is currently largely supplied by smaller, independent system builders. This is a change of tack for Toshiba, which …
Linda Harrison, 28 May 1999
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Microsoft details small biz server release dates and prices

Microsoft confirmed yesterday that its Aurora software will, as expected, be named Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011. The company will release three products via its server licensing house. Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which carried the Aurora codename, is aimed at small businesses with up to 25 users and has been …
Team Register, 03 Nov 2010
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Microsoft gives XP another four months to live

Microsoft just can't quit you, Windows XP. The final shipment date of Microsoft's aged, yet distinctively non-Vista operating system has been extended yet again. System builders can now obtain Windows XP until May 30, 2009. Windows XP was originally scheduled for OEM extinction on January 31, 2009. That deadline was given once …
Austin Modine, 22 Dec 2008
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Why wouldn't a system builder want to cut supports costs?

Software vendor Bigfix is searching for an alternative way to sell its technology, an application which searches for and identifies PC problems, to UK system builders. Its usual sales pitch is that the software can cut support costs. The software checks a users PC for problems and also communicates with the user when viruses …
Robert Blincoe, 17 May 2001
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Athlon XP pricing is killing some system builder support

The prices AMD is setting for its Athlon XP processors is turning at least one system builder away from the chip. Having lost Gateway and Tiny from its roster of system builders, AMD must be concerned about losing more. We've got an email from one decent sized player saying: "I am VERY disappointed. Their prices are well over …
Robert Blincoe, 01 Oct 2001
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AMD's 'Magny-Cours' Opterons surface on eBay

If you can't wait until the end of March or so to get your hands on the dozen-core "ys" Opteron 6100 processors due from Advanced Micro Devices, then some cagey system builders have a deal for you out on eBay. Oakville Mehlville Services, a service provider based in St Louis, Missouri, has put four of the Socket G34 processors …
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Intel trials downloadable CPU upgrades

Intel is trialling a processor that can be made to run faster - if you cough up extra cash. The chip is the little known Pentium G6951. It's currently being offered to a "limited number" system builders in the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Spain on a "pilot" basis, but presumably Intel will widen availability if the scheme …
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2010
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AMD punts sub-$100 quad-core desktop CPU

You can now buy a quad-core x85 processor for less than $100 (£61/€68). It's the AMD Athon II X4 620. The 45nm part is being pitched at system builders planning to put together PCs for Windows 7, AMD said. It will offer the chip with its 785G integrated chipset, which, AMD claimed, has all the graphical oomph punters need for a …
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2009
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WinXP system builder blues

Windows XP is causing UK system builders a great deal of misery. Pre-loading the software is a pain, and Microsoft has not managed to resolve compatibility issues between the OS and the WorksSuite Money 2001 module, which means that Money does not work. The MD of one major UK system builder, who asked not to be named, said: " …
Robert Blincoe, 08 Nov 2001