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IBM x86 sale will disrupt customers and the channel, shrieks Fujitsu

Channel partners and customers of IBM's x86 biz should brace themselves for a period of uncertainty and unpredictability as Lenovo prepares to wolf down the division, rival server maker Fujitsu is warning. The Chinese firm stumped up $2.3bn for the Intel-based volume server unit last month, although the deal is awaiting …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014
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IBM to shutter Greenock x86 line after sale to Lenovo - reports

Mystery still surrounds one of the UK's last server production outposts in the Silicon Glen amid reports of IBM shuttering the Greenock site when Lenovo acquires its x86 division. According to local newspaper Greenock Telegraph, workers at the plant are bracing themselves for closure with manufacturing set to move to China once …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

The volume of noise from anxious biz customers and some channel types over Lenovo's buy of IBM's x86 server biz is deafening the ears of those gentle folk at HP. At least that is what Bill Veghte, global boss of HP's enterprise biz, told us, and given rivals' efforts to highlight HP's slips in recent years who can blame him for …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2014

Lenovo chops up biz groups after gobbling IBM x86 servers

Enterprise tech wannabe Lenovo has carved its business into four divisions just a week after it coughed $2.3bn for IBM's x86 server biz, a deal which is awaiting approval from regulators. The Chinese firm created PC, Mobile, and Enterprise Groups as well as the slightly bizarrely named Ecosystem and Cloud Services unit, it …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014
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Microsoft claims x86 hypervisor market lead

With Windows 8 struggling to win fans and Windows Phone failing to set the world alight, Microsoft takes its wins where it can these days. Little wonder then that Redmond is keen to point out that it has become the number one hypervisor vendor on x86 … in Latin American during the third quarter of 2013. Redmond's source for …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2014

HP: Our NonStop servers will be rock solid – even when running on x86

HP has announced that it plans to port its fault-tolerant NonStop server technology to the x86 architecture, in a move that should both reduce price tags in the NonStop product line and help HP further distance itself from Intel's all-but-stagnant Itanium platform. HP is by far the world's leading Itanium vendor, accounting for …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013
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Report: IBM, Lenovo x86 server deal hits the skids

Only late last week, the scuttlebutt was that IBM and Lenovo Group were moving along at a rapid pace so Big Blue could offload all or part of its System x x86 server business to the Chinese builder. Now, the latest word is that the deal has stalled as the two companies are haggling about the price. The first rumors about a …
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Slideshow: A History of Intel x86 in 20 CPUs

Would there have been a PC revolution had Intel decided in the late 1960s to stick to making memory chips and turn its back on microprocessors? Almost certainly, but the company did get into CPUs and IBM chose its 8088 chip to build into its first Personal Computer, the 5150. The 8088 and its sibling, the 8086, evolved from the …
Hard Reg, 12 Nov 2012

IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

There are rumors swirling around, again, that IBM is looking to sell off all or a portion of its x86 server business to Chinese PC maker and server partner Lenovo Group. US channel mag CRN caught wind of something going down between IBM and Lenovo on Thursday and referenced an anonymous source with knowledge of the talks now …
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Lenovo deal to buy IBM x86 server biz moving along fast

It is becoming increasingly clear that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is annoyed with the performance of the company's systems business. Annoyed enough to spin off all or part of its System x server business to China's Lenovo Group, according to rumors that surfaced last week. The US channel trade rag CRN broke the story of an impending …

UK's non-x86 server sales dive off cliff, vendors take a hit

Growth in the UK server market evaporated in Q2 as x86 platform sales dipped and the already dwindling base of non-x86 machines collapsed. According to abacus stroker IDC, UK factory revenues declined 14 per cent year-on-year to $481m and shipments fell three per cent to 73,000 units. In terms of market value, x86 sales …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012
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DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside

Spanish startup Geeksphone has announced that its next smartphone model will be its first to be powered by an Intel mobile processor. The upcoming Geeksphone Revolution, which the company has been teasing since November, will be based on an Intel Atom Z2560, part of Chipzilla's "Clover Trail+" line, Geeksphone said in an …
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2013
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ODMs and DIYs chomp x86 server racket

If the server market is an indicator of the health – or lack thereof – of the global economy, then we're not quite out of the woods of the Great Recession, despite the exuberance on the global stock markets. According to the box counters at Gartner, server revenue worldwide were down 5 points to $11.83bn in the first quarter …

Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

With new CEO Brian Krzanich and new president Renée James in control of Intel, all kinds of changes are very likely in store: the chip giant wants to expand beyond its dominance in PCs (a declining market) and servers (one that is profitable but not growing very much) to other aspects of the computing landscape. And one such …

Cheeky Boston fires up x86-to-ARM porting cloud for server apps

If you are a developer and you want to get a jump on the ARM server wave and port your applications from an x86 processor or another chip architecture – hey, the latter could happen – getting your hands on some of the nifty new server iron can be problematic. An ARM server is not exactly a volume product, and neither are …
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How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market

You can’t fault departing Intel CEO Paul Otellini by claiming he didn't spot the way personal computing was becoming more mobile. He certainly did. But you can argue that his strategy for adapting the chip maker to the trend really wasn’t the right one. But as a 40-year Intel veteran it was never very likely he would reject one …
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2012
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x86 chips squeeze out a growth in Q4

The PC market might have stalled as 2011 came to an end, but chip makers peddling x86 chips for PCs, workstations, and servers still managed to eke out some growth in the fourth quarter and for the full year, according to the latest stats from market-watcher IDC. The chip counters at IDC believe that worldwide microprocessor …
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NEC tag teams with HP on high-end x86 servers

Japanese IT supplier NEC has expanded its technology alliance with HP to cover its future Project Odyssey x86 systems, and also to kick in a little help with the development and testing efforts. That's no surprise. Like HP, NEC still has a business peddling Itanium-based servers running the HP-UX variant of Unix, but it needs to …
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AMD helping Android fans port to x86

A team of developers working privately to port the next version of Android to the x86 platform has been receiving a lot of support from AMD, but less from other key players. The project is seeking to port the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) android-4.0.1_r1 release build to the x86 platform, and Chih-Wei Huang, one of the enthusiasts …
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2011
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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 Intel …
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Intel previews future 'Knights Landing' Xeon Phi x86 coprocessor with integrated memory

X86 processor and now coprocessor maker Intel is determined make possible an exaflops of aggregate computing capacity within a 20-megawatt envelope. "We believe that we have the capability and the responsibility to drive innovation faster and faster," says Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of the Technical Computing Group, which is …
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Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon

Life is what happens when you are trying to do other things, as the old saying goes. Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia has been perfectly honest about the fact that the graphics chip maker didn't intend to get into the supercomputing business. Rather, it was founded by a bunch of gamers who wanted better graphics …
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Intel Xeon Phi battles GPUs, defends x86 in supercomputers

Intel's Xeon Phi might have started out with the goal of creating an x86-based graphics engine, but it ended up defending the x86 architecture's hegemony in high-performance computing against the onslaught of GPU coprocessors from Nvidia and AMD. However, it ends up being a battle among GPUs anyway – but in a different market …

It was inevitable: Lenovo stumps up $2.3bn for IBM System x server biz

IBM has offloaded its failing x86 biz to Lenovo for $2.3bn, albeit a day later than our sources had predicted. The pair have entered into a definitive agreement - days after talks were confirmed - which includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2014
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IBM renews attempts to offload server biz: report

IBM is trying to offload its “low-end” server business, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal's report suggests Dell hasn't turned up its nose in disgust at the idea of buying Big Blue's server unit and that Lenovo could also be sniffing around. IBM's motivation for selling off low end servers is not clear, nor is …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014
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Don't touch my trunk! Intel is $740m lighter after Cloudera cash shot

Intel has shoveled $740m into Hadoop company Cloudera, giving the chipmaker an 18 per cent stake in the data analysis firm. The mammoth funding was announced on Monday following the news last week of a major strategic partnership between the x86 goliath and the software upstart, which itself followed a separate funding round of …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014

Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM support for x86 apps

Despite prior hints – and a Redmond developer conference that was all about app compatibility – Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky has said that software for x86 Windows 8 systems will not run on ARM architecture. For months, Redmond has promised that any code that ran on Windows 7 would run on Windows 8, with the expectation for many …
Iain Thomson, 15 Sep 2011
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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days. The Linux company made the availability announcement of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, codenamed "Trusty Tahr" on Tuesday, coincidentally alongside chief rival Red Hat holding its Red Hat Summit in San Francisco …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
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HP still NOT porting HP-UX to x86?

The Oracle and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit over the fate of Oracle's software support for Itanium processors, and therefore HP's HP-UX Unix variant, is under way in the Santa Clara County courts. New HP CEO Meg Whitman is making the rounds in the press and making her case to HP customers and partners at the Discover 2012 shindig in …
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The pain and promise of x86 servers

Advances in x86 server technology have been relentless. Year-on-year improvements in price-performance and advances in power efficiency have driven down the costs of commodity-based infrastructure. At the other end of the spectrum, you can now pretty much build your own virtual supercomputer or mainframe with modern x86 clusters …
Dale Vile, 10 Aug 2010
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Scality slips its Ring around Kinetic drives

Scality is developing its RING object storage system to use Seagate’s Kinetic drives. These drives implement an on-board key/value store and are directly accessed over Ethernet using Get and Put requests. Each drive has two 1Gbit/s Ethernet ports. Scality’s RING storage uses scale-out nodes that can grow to multi-petabyte …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014

We saw you admire that rack: UK server sales are finally recovering

Crack open the champers, suppliers - the UK server market actually GREW in Q2, ending five consecutive quarters of misery for those left brushing the dust off their systems. Factory revenues went up four per cent in calendar Q2 to $501m as legacy systems rebounded due to increased project work that followed mainframe product …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2013

AMD touts LRDIMM memory for x86 servers

It looks like Advanced Micro Devices is first to market with support for load reduced DIMM DDR3 main memory for x86 and quite possibly all kinds of servers, and is trotting out Inphi, the maker of the isolation memory buffer chip that is at the heart of this technology. With LRDIMM memory, you take out the register on a DDR3 …
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Intel teaches Xeon Phi x86 coprocessor snappy new tricks

It took fifteen years for Intel to shrink the computing power of the teraflops-busting ASCI Red massively parallel Pentium II supercomputer down to something that fits inside of a PCI-Express coprocessor card – and the Xeon Phi coprocessor is only the first step in a long journey with coprocessor sidekicks riding posse with CPUs …

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

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 …

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch. "We've reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy," said AMD CEO Rory Read, using the company's term for its two-fisted x86 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014
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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

Symantec has stumbled across a worm that exploits various vulnerabilities in PHP to infect Intel x86-powered Linux devices. The security biz says the malware threatens to compromise home broadband routers and similar equipment. However, home internet kit with x86 chips are few and far between – most network-connected embedded …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Nov 2013

Arista juices switch with x86 server, FPGA, atomic clock

Upstart switch-maker Arista Networks, founded by serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim, is at it again, mashing up new kinds of iron to tackle problems in the data center. This time, Arista is bundling an atomic clock, a baby x86 server, flash memory, and field programmable gate arrays into its Ethernet switches to create what …
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HP started then spiked HP-UX on x86 project

As part of the ongoing lawsuit about whether or not Oracle had committed itself to supporting its software on Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-based servers, the software giant did a core dump of very interesting documents that show what many of us suspected: that HP did indeed mull acquiring the Sparc/Solaris business and that HP did …

Hey IBM – Lenovo here. Sort your server factory strike out, will you?

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has shrugged its shoulders at a strike in a server factory in China, saying that it's up to IBM to sort out the dispute before its server business transfers to Lenovo later this year. Yet Lenovo has said that it will keep the same salaries and benefits in place for Big Blue employees moving across. More …
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IBM's bailed out of the server market - will they dump Storwize next?

January's not even ended yet and already we have an interesting technology market happening; IBM’s withdrawal from the x86 server market does lead to a number of questions. Not only the future of IBM is under the spotlight, but also what IBM execs feel the future of the market is. Could this be yet another sector they withdraw …
StorageBod, 29 Jan 2014
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A server bonanza is for Christmas, not for life: Xmas boost hides slump

One sequential bounce in EMEA server shipments and revenues doesn't a recovery make, but last year's Chrimbo quarter may have cheered hard-pressed suppliers, judging by the figures. The latest IDC data shows some 606,000 systems were sold across the region in the final three months of 2013, up 13.2 per cent on the previous …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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Speaking in Tech: We hope your VDI job doesn't suck so bad you want to quit every day

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In this week's podcast, the whole Speaking in Tech gang are here to talk you through the past seven days in enterprise IT: Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela drill into lighter side of technology, from Daft Punk to Big Blue punting its x86 server biz to Lenovo. …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2014
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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

ARM servers look tantalising. Various CPU vendors offer multi-core silicon at a price that makes Intel go weak at the knees. Those CPUs also slurp so little power that by the time a senior manager reads about them in an in-flight magazine you'll be asked why you're not using them yet. Throw in the fact that Dell and AMD have …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
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What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits. IBM's total revenues for the quarter were $22.5bn, down four per cent on an annual basis and earnings-per-share are $2.54. This represented the eight consecutive quarter of declining …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
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Sod Bitcoin - solving graph problems is the new GPU-flogger

These GTC conferences, the annual GPU-fest sponsored by NVIDIA, are my favorite events of the year. Why? It’s how the event is organized. At GTC, real-world researchers, analysts, and other customers present the vast majority of sessions, not corporate mouthpieces. They talk about their projects, the challenges they’ve dealt …

Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg

Google is considering new ARM-based designs for its home-brewed servers, according to Bloomberg. The financial newswire's report is sketchy, offering the observation that Google “ is considering designing its own server processors using technology from ARM Holdings Plc” together with a quote from Google spokesdroid Liz Markman …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2013

IBM fires Power-powered Penguins at x86's weak spots

Big Blue has not made any huge proclamations to date, but it is not exactly a secret that the people in charge of IBM's Systems and Software Group want the Power7 processor and its follow-ons to grab a larger share of the systems racket. To that end, Big Blue is reviving a Linux-only variant of its Power Systems lineup with …

IBM to offload System x this week: Our sources spill the beans

Smart bets are being placed on IBM offloading its System x division this week, amid suggestions that staffers are braced for a grandiose announcement on Wednesday. Word of buy talks reached the desk of El Chan late last week and over the weekend the Wall Street Journal speculated that Big Blue execs may have re-opened talks with …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Tough times in the server market, even though more iron moved in '13

The market dynamics were all wrong for folk building and supplying server boxes in 2013 - in the year that shipments reached a record nine million milestone, factory revenues tumbled. IDC is the second beancountery in as many days to publish less than flattering stats, with unit sales rising 3.2 per cent on calendar '12 but the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2014