Articles about System Builders

Microsoft's Olympus OCP server design

Microsoft open-sources half-baked Azure servers to boost OCP innovation

Microsoft thinks the Open Compute Project (OCP) moves a bit too slowly, so has tossed out some half-baked server designs in an effort to speed things along. “Project Olympus”, as Microsoft modestly calls its new effort, is both “our next generation hyperscale cloud hardware design and a new model for open source hardware …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2016
Everspin's perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) based ST-MRAM

Non-volatile MRAM coming to servers in early 2017

Non-volatile RAM outfit Everspin says it's almost ready to ship non-volatile 256-megabit DDR3 chips and expects they'll soon find a home in your next server or array. 256 megabits is just 32 megabytes, which doesn't sound worthy of a DIMM slot even if, as Everspin claims, its kit can sustain writes 100,000 times faster than is …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2016
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NBase-T maps out spec ahead of products in 2016

A year after its launch, the NBase-T 2.5 / 5 Gbps Ethernet alliance's 802.3bz IEEE specification is drawing closer to reality. Peter Jones, chair of the alliance (he's also a principal engineer at Cisco, but members of the alliance do so as individuals, not as company reps), told The Register the 2016 agenda will be led by …

NewEgg cracks open Australian shipping scheme

Components and kit retailer NewEgg has fried up an Australian delicacy. The company's previously shipped to Australia from offshore locations but has decided the glamour of air and/or sea travel isn't all it's cracked up to be. As have its customers, who apparently resent shipping costs a bit. The site has therefore addressed …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2015

Avnet TS bemoans slow PC sales and currency for Q4 shrinkage

Avnet Technology Solutions reported a near double-digit decline in revenues to close off Q4, despite selling roughly as many enterprise tech products as it did in the same period a year ago. A financially flattish quarter turned into a declining one, in part when local coinage was converted back into a strong dollar, but …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015
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Seagate flaunts 4TB-ish enterprise SAS flash that can shift 1.8GB/s

Seagate has announced a not-quite 4TB, dual-port SAS SSD technology, built in an alliance with Micron: the drive giant is touting four 1200.2 products defined by their endurance. Micron is using the same tech in its S600DC SSD products. The 1200.2 is the first SSD, Seagate says, to optimize dual-port SAS capability, resulting …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015
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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

EE today said it will be the first UK mobile network to roll out full-blooded next-generation Wi-Fi calling. Subscribers will not need to install any special apps: their phones should be able to seamlessly and automatically send and receive text messages, and make and receive calls, via wireless networks when there is no …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Apr 2015

Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

LinuxCon 2014 It's practically a given that the ARM processor architecture – so beloved by makers of small devices everywhere – will graduate to servers soon. But before ARM servers can ship in any significant volume, a standardized hardware platform that specifically targets the data center is a must. So sayeth Jon Masters, chief ARM …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2014

US giant Avnet plots cost slash fest in EMEA enterprise tech arm

The EMEA wing of enterprise distie Avnet Technology Solutions is again in cost-cutting mode after a double-digit sales dive blighted a growth spurt across the pond as local PC system builders missed out on the XP refresh. Revenues for Q4 of fiscal’14 ended 28 June were $2.73bn, up 0.3 per cent on an organic basis, or 4.2 per …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2014

Supercomputing speed growth hits 'historical low' in new TOP500 list

There be merriment in the Middle Kingdom: the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China's National University of Defense Technology is the most powerful datacruncher on the planet (that we know about) for the third time in a row. The TOP500 list, published every six months, noted that the Chinese system hit 33.86 petaflops on the Linpack …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jun 2014
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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

WD will demo PCIe-connected disk drives at the Computex tech conference in Taipei, using a SATA Express interface. SATA Express has been enabled with partners, and is offered on Intel series-9 chipset motherboards. WD says it provides a route to faster speeds and lower power consumption. SATA revision 3.2 delivers 16Gbit/s. PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

Why not build your own VSAN hardware, asks VMware

When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN), it announced a laundry list of partners it said would be offering tricked-up servers to act as “ready nodes” real soon now. Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu. Supermicro and Inpsur have put up their hands and with “ready nodes”, servers with disk-slots-a-plenty capable of being …
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2014
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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 …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014
Micron M550

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
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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

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
Intel's Next Unit of Computing bare bones PC

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
Singapore DSI's A-Drive

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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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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AMD and Intel extreme desktop CPU workout

Extreme PC Week 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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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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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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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 …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2011
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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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Intel set to reveal Itanium's fate?

Intel should have made a stronger statement than it did about its Itanium processor at this week's launch of the "Westmere-EX" Xeon E7 high-end server processors, considering the bashing that Oracle has given the chip in recent weeks. However – for whatever reason – Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, …
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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 …
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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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Nvidia forges ARM chip for PCs and servers

CES 2011 The ARM race for the data center just got a whole lot more interesting. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia announced that it is indeed working on a CPU and that the chip is based on the ARM RISC architecture that's wickedly popular in smartphones and tablets. In other words, it's not a low-powered x64 chip. …
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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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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'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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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 …
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2009
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AMD Phenom II Socket AM3 processor

Review The first two models of AMD’s Phenom II processor showed that the move from 65nm to 45nm was thoroughly good news. It reduced power draw and waste heat while allowing AMD to increase clock speeds, which is very jubbly indeed. Now it’s time for the other half of the story, as AMD unveils Socket AM3 with its support for 1333MHz …
Leo Waldock, 09 Feb 2009
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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 …
Austin Modine, 22 Dec 2008
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Microsoft slings Windows Home Server in OEM bargain bin

Microsoft has slashed the OEM price of its Windows Home Server software by 30 per cent. The firm said on Friday that the channel would get more “value” out of the system builder version, the pricing for which changed on 1 November. Of course, many will wonder – in these head-in-the-cloud days – why such a product is desirable …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Nov 2008

Asus alleged to be readying Eee mobos

We thought Asus' Eee family was all about making computing easy for the non-technical, but Asus apparently no longer does, if claims it's preparing a line of Eee-branded motherboards are to be believed. So far as we can see, Asus itself hasn't made any comment on the claim, spoken by unnamed industry sources and relayed by …
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2008

AMD releases revamped model number scheme for 45nm Phenoms

AMD's plan to offer Phenom X4 quad-core processors based on its Socket AM2+ interconnect in Q4 then follow them with Socket AM3 models in Q1 2009, is well known. Until now, though, we didn't know the model numbers. According to motherboard moles cited by Chinese-language site HKEPC, the AM2+ parts will be called the 20350 and …
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2008
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Enta wins Intel channel badge

Enta has picked up official distribution rights for Intel, making it the chip vendor's sixth distie in the UK. Sounds like over-supply? That is the distributors' problem, not the dealers and system builders, who will welcome a fresh source of credit to tap. Besides, Enta reckons it has carved a niche for itself with smaller …
Team Register, 12 Sep 2008
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Best Buy removes craplets for $30

Best Buy, America's biggest electronics retailer, will remove the preloaded rubbish software installed with new PCs, for $30. Best Buy sells billions of dollars of PCs a year, so this could be a game changer. Margins in the the PC industry are skinny, and fees from software makers for pre-installing craplets on consumer-" …
Team Register, 28 Aug 2008
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Microtronica sticks band-aid on UK ops

Here's a weird thing. The computer components distie Microtronica doesn't want to be a distributor anymore. Not in the UK, at any rate, where it has told PC builders that they must go to Scan Computers, the computer retailer, for their supplies. In other words, Scan will be a sub-distributor, saving Microtronica logistic …
Team Register, 01 Aug 2008

AMD to release low-end Radeon HD 4000s early?

AMD will release its 'RV710' and 'RV730' chips early - at least two months ahead of schedule, it has been claimed. The two GPUs are, respectively, the chip maker's upcoming entry-level and mid-range graphics chips, likely to debut as the Radeon HD 4400 and 4600 series, sitting beneath the Radeon HD 4800 line AMD announced last …
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008
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Microsoft says ‘hasta la vista XP’ - well, kinda

Microsoft yesterday sent customers a letter reaffirming its plans to kill off Windows XP sales at the end of June and that system builders can continue to ship machines loaded with the OS until early 2009. That widely-known caveat has been viewed by many as a considerable insurance policy for the software giant, which has …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2008
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Canonical rejiggers Ubuntu for laptots

Canonical, the corporate sugar-daddy of Ubuntu, is unveiling a new version of the operating system designed specifically for the now en vogue market of ultra low-cost laptops. Although Ubuntu Netbook Remix isn't yet widely available to system builders, Canonical is showing a demonstration of the trimmed-down OS at the Computex …
Austin Modine, 04 Jun 2008

AMD turns to exclamation mark to rally gamers to cause

AMD has begun pitching its processors, graphics engines and chipsets as the ideal foundation for gaming PCs. The AMD Game! initiative takes in two specs: the regular Game! PC and the Game! Ultra PC. The latter requires a four-core Phenom X4 9500 processor and ATI Radeon HD graphics in CrossFire configuration, all sitting on a …
Tony Smith, 19 May 2008

Intel rolls out Skulltrail high-end gaming mobo

Intel has formally launched 'Skulltrail', its two-CPU gaming motherboard that's ready for both AMD's CrossFire and Nvidia's SLI multi-GPU technologies. Skulltrail - which Register Hardware reviewed last month - can take two quad-core 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors - essentially a pair of server-oriented Xeon CPUs with …
Tony Smith, 20 Feb 2008

Intel launches modular server platform for SMBs

Intel is punting a new modular server kit that's based on standardized parts for system builders and OEMs who cater to small and mid-sized businesses. The platform, dubbed Intel Modular Server, uses blade server specifications announced by the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) organization last July. The gist is, when …
Austin Modine, 11 Jan 2008

AMD's CrossFire X to enable integrated, discrete GPU co-operation

AMD announced in May year that its upcoming M780 laptop chipset will allow the user to switch between a discrete graphics chip and an integrated one on the fly. The technology is expected to be included in desktop chipsets too, but not for power saving. Instead, it'll use both GPUs at once. So claim Taiwanese motherboard maker …
Tony Smith, 13 Dec 2007