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Hand in hand, TSMC, ARM head to 7nm server chip land

ARM and TSMC today announced they are working together to make chips featuring 7nm FinFETs a reality. This follows on from their work on 16nm and 10nm FinFETs. Taiwan-based TSMC describes itself as "the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry," and it churns out chips for the likes of Nvidia, AMD, Qualcomm, Apple, …
Chris Williams, 15 Mar 2016
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ODMs feast on server sales bonanza as IT buyers ignore price rises

The march of Far East Original Design Manufacturers into a server industry traditionally dominated by the big brands continued in Q4, official stats revealed today. According to abacus fondler Gartner, global server sales climbed by 8.2 per cent year-on-year to $15.13bn on the back of a 9.2 per cent spike in shipments to 2. …
Paul Kunert, 9 Mar 2016

HPE's CloudLine gains some weight – blows up from 72TB to 640TB

Nonupled? Yes, nonupled: HPE has nonupled* the capacity of its Foxconn-made CloudLine server products with a 640TB CL5200, which has nine times greater capacity** than the 72TB CL2200. HPE is also updating its Altoline switches for service providers and has a Helion private cloud reference architecture for OpenStack Swift. …
Chris Mellor, 9 Mar 2016
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EMC’s DSSD all-flash array hits the streets, boasting 10m IOPS

+Comment EMC has launched its all-flash, rack-scale DSSD D5 array* offering 10 million IOPS and 144TB in 5U of rack space. Other headline numbers for what EMC calls its rack-scale flash array are 100 microsecond latency and 100GB/sec bandwidth. Consider the D5 product as being suited for “emerging next-generation applications based on …
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2016
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Netlist NVDIMMS shine bright in SuperMicro's flashy boxen

Applications will run faster when SuperMicro servers are fitted with Netlist NV4 non-volatile DIMMs, the firm says. The two suppliers showed a speed increase with NoSQL Key-Value store application data stored in these NVDIMMs, thus avoiding disk, SSD or PCIe flashcard data accesses. In fact the NVDIM system was 200 percent …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2016
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Penguinistas slide into a big, blue mainframe ocean

The Open Mainframe Project, launched in August 2015, has announced its development goals for 2016. The Linux Foundation collaboration is designed to help Tux get its flippers around big iron. When it was launched at LinuxCon in Seattle last year, its backers included IBM, CA, CompuWare, BMC, SUSE and others. Apart from the …
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Dell shows off new rack-scale rigs, another overlap with EMC

EMC spent the early part of this week fleshing out its converged systems range. And Dell will spend next week doing the same. The company's teased something new called the DSS 9000. The blurb says it's “a flexible, modular rack-level infrastructure that will offer compute and storage sleds, built-in networking, shared power & …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2016

Ah, that new 'baby' mainframe smell: IBM shows off z13s

IBM’s new entry-level mainframe, the z13s, makes its debut next month and the company’s press blurb makes for instructive reading, not least because it has very little to say about the actual spec. Instead, there is much enthusiasm about the security features and services assembled for the z Systems server family. The server …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2016
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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Review Dell is a company with many arms: it does servers, laptops, desktops and like its competitors, tries to have those arms positioned in as many different areas of IT as possible. The server arm has extended us a Poweredge R730 2U server to review and it has served as a good reminder of why Dell servers are so popular. The …
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RSA awards 7-year infrastructure overhaul deal to Wipro

RSA, one of Britain's oldest insurance firms, has awarded a seven-year IT infrastructure transformation deal to software company Wipro. Wipro will assume responsibility for RSA’s data centres, cloud, and end-user services, plus a multi-lingual service desk in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. The value of the deal was not …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Feb 2016

Google licks its lips at sight of Qualcomm's 64-bit server ARM chips

Google is reportedly about to give a conditional thumbs up to Qualcomm's 64-bit ARM chips for servers. San Diego-headquartered Qualy showed off prototype 24-core ARMv8 processors in October. At the time, Qualcomm's Anand Chandrasekher said the chips will try to balance "performance, acceptable power-compute density, and cost …
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ioSafe releases x86 server for the 'we don't have a geek with a screwdriver' crowd

Review ioSafe, which you may remember from a delightful prior experiment in which I set one of its storage units on fire has launched a new product. This delightful new device, the BDR 515, is based on a dual core Intel i5 platform with 16GB of RAM and runs a full version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. BDR in this case can be …
Trevor Pott, 3 Feb 2016
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'VxRail' looks like EMC's next-gen hyper-converged appliance

EMC and VMware are making more noise about a hyper-converged launch this month. The Register's virtualisation desk is willing to go out on a limb and say that among the announcements will be a hardware product called VxRail. Here's our logic. EMC used its annual results call to reveal it has new hyper-converged kit on the way …
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EMC Federation to reveal new hyper-hyper converged appliances

EMC, VMware and VCE will soon announce a new range of hyper-converged appliances that EMC II CEO David Goulden says are game-changers. “For the last several months EMC and VMware partnered very closely to develop a new next-generation hyper-converged appliance family that uniquely leverages technology from EMC, VMware and VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2016

Facebook brings European cats' snaps closer to home with £151m Irish data centre

Facebook is to open its second data centre in Europe, this time in the corporation tax-lite Republic of Ireland. The data centre is being built on a 220 acre site at a reported cost of €200m (£151m). The ad platform said the facility will support the sharing of thousands of cat, food and baby images on Facebook, Messenger and …
Kat Hall, 25 Jan 2016
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RAM, bam, thank you Ma'am! Samsung fires up fastest-ever memory

Samsung says it has started making a new and faster form of DRAM. The Korean colossus says the wheels are turning and pistons pumping at plants churning out High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) DRAM. HBM2 was only signed off as a standard on January 12th, when electronics industry standards group JEDEC (founded as the Joint Electron …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2016

Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Last week we brought you news of a server decommissioned after eighteen years and ten months of continuous operation. Readers have since suggested to us that the machine was a mere infant. “Randy” wrote to tell us he's familiar with a site where over 150 Digital Equipment Corporation Adec400xP Application Servers have been …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2016
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Qualcomm forms JV with Chinese province to design server chipsets

Qualcomm has struck a US$280 million joint venture with the government of China's Guizhou Province that will see the two organisations design server chips in China. Qualcomm took the wraps off an ARM-powered server CPU last October. On Sunday it advanced its plans by revealing “a strategic cooperation agreement and joint …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2016

Evil OpenSSH servers can steal your private login keys to other systems – patch now

Malicious OpenSSH servers can silently steal people's private SSH keys as they try to login, it emerged today. This means criminals who compromise one server can secretly grab keys needed to log into other systems from a user's computer – allowing crooks to jump from server to server. The security cockup, present in the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2016

AMD's 64-bit ARM server chip Seattle finally flies the coop ... but where will it call home?

AMD is at last officially shipping its 64-bit ARM-based server chip, the Opteron A1100 aka Seattle. This wee beastie packs a load of networking and storage interfaces, and is seemingly eyeing up hyper-converged boxes in data centers. We've gone into plenty of detail on the processor in the past, but to recap: it's a quad or …
Chris Williams, 14 Jan 2016

Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

The Register has learned, thanks to a post to a semi-private mailing list, of a server that has just been decommissioned after running without replacement parts since 1997. The post, made by a chap named Ross, says he “Just switched off our longest running server.” Ross says the box was “Built and brought into service in …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jan 2016
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Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks

Someone's palm is digging a hole into their face at Cisco, which has just admitted it shipped a bunch of servers with the wrong default password. “A number of C-Series servers have shipped to customers with a non-standard default password which prevents access to the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) unless the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2016
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Converged systems market cracks $10bn a year says IDC

Revenue for converged systems has cracked the US$10 billion dollar barrier over the last 12 months, according to the box-and-cash-counting experts at analyst firm IDC. The firm's new Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker for 2015's third quarter found revenue up 6.2 per cent year over year to $2.5 billion, and 1,261 …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2015
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Microsoft reveals Azure Stack hardware specs

Microsoft has revealed the hardware required to run the preview of Azure Stack, its on-premises and ever-so-hybrid version of the cloud Azure operating environment. Azure Stack was announced in May at Microsoft's Ignite conference, but hasn't said much about it since other than to re-iterate it's all about bringing the elastic …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2015
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Here at last: That big data benchmark from TPC

After steady pre-release publicity, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has released new Big Data and virtualisation benchmarks. The TPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry. It …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2015
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Exablox shows off its ring, adds variable-length NAS dedupe

Exablox is adding variable-length deduplication to its fixed-length, inline data reduction functions to make its object-based NAS arrays more efficient. An on-premises management facility is also available. Variable-length uses a sliding window to determine the optimal boundaries for deduplication. These two selectable …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2015

Rack servers drive $120bn data centre infrastructure market

How many rack servers are there in the world? Umm … we can tell you this: about $10bn-worth were sold in Q3 this year or 34 per cent of a global data center infrastructure market worth $29bn in the quarter. So says Synergy Research Group, which compiled the numbers: its definition of data center infrastructure includes servers …
Drew Cullen, 14 Dec 2015
Lenovo's HX series of hyperconverged appliances

Lenovo reveals its Nutanix hyper-spawn

Lenovo's relationship with Nutanix has been consumated, with the Chinese kit-maker revealing its hyperconverged boxen running the latter's software. There are three models in the “HX Series” of hyperconverged appliances. The HX3500 is a “compute-heavy” appliance aimed at desktop virtualisation and smaller virtual machine …
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Per-core licences coming to Windows Server and System Center 2016

Microsoft looks to be moving to per-core licences, rather than per-CPU licences, for Windows Server 2016. "Directions on Microsoft" chap Wes Miller tweeted links to a "Pricing and licensing FAQ" for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Standard and Datacenter Editions. Dated December 2015, the meat of the document offers …
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Gartner: EMEA server market is two-horse race between Dell and HPE

The EMEA server market looks to be a two-horse race between Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell, according to Gartner. There was a relative spike in demand during calendar Q3 as shipments went up 1.4 per cent to 533,106 units and the value of those sales increased 3.7 per cent to an estimated $3bn - this followed a shrinking …
Paul Kunert, 2 Dec 2015
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Big Blue boosts Spectrum Scale, polishes the parallel file systems

Comment There was a refresh release of Spectrum Scale earlier in November, and the ability of IBM to keep on pushing improvements into the scalable enterprise storage solution is impressive and underlines the task facing startups such as Rozo in building new scale-out file systems. It also underlines how Spectrum Scale will not simply …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2015
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Protection at last: Operation Emergency UPS succeeds for Telecity

UK internet hub Telecity has successfully completed emergency maintenance on power equipment at its Sovereign House facility. It was Telecity’s third shot at repair work in a week. Telecity has now, The Reg understands from sources, installed systems allowing for the safe switch-over of customers’ servers and storage to …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015
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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly wander through readers' recollections of their ramblings to customer sites after being called out to fix stuff. This week, reader Tim shares a tale from “About 7 years ago when I was working for a software-as-a-service company based in the UK.” Things were going well and the company was …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
Samsung's 128GB DDR4 DIMM

128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Samsung's started volume production of 128GB DDR4 RDIMMS. You read that right – a single registered dual inline memory module packing 36 individual 4GB chunks of 3D TSV DDR4 DRAM, for a total of 128GB, can now be yours. The Register is aware of servers with 96 DIMM slots, which means … WOAH! … 12.2 terabytes of RAM in a …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015

X-Gene 3 in 2016 – no, not a superhero movie. It's a 16nm FinFET 64-bit ARM chip for servers

In-brief Applied Micro has vowed to unleash upon the world the X-Gene 3, a 64-bit ARM-compatible server processor made using FinFET gates. The 32-core ARMv8-compatible chips will be manufactured by TSMC using a 16nm process, can be clocked up to 3GHz, and will feature eight DDR4-2667 memory channels and 42 PCIe 3 lanes, if all goes to …
Chris Williams, 16 Nov 2015

The ETERNUS dance: Fujitsu extends backup and archive box range

Fujitsu has updated two of its backup and archiving appliance products; the ETERNUS CS200c and CS800. Both of these use OEM'd software and provide deduped backup to disk. They have been given a hardware refresh with faster CPUs, which speeds dedupe. The CS200c S2 all-in-one backup and archiving product embeds Commvault …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2015
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Making movies: Sucking up on-prem files for cloud burst compute

Avere has won another movie special FX house as a customer. No surprise there, but this one uses Avere in the cloud to suck up data from on-premises Isilon filers to feed EC2 compute instances running the rendering work. ILP, or Important Looking Pirates, a Swedish animation and digital effects studio, has renderable and other …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2015

Speaking in Tech: Larry Ellison pipes up on EMC/Dell – it's all yours Michael

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly tech podcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Eddie is wandering around Germany while Sarah and Greg talk about Australia, Oracle, Microsoft's limited storage and Twitter hearts. Our special guest this week is John Troyer of …
Team Register, 4 Nov 2015
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Enterprise Storage in Flash: A real world story

Live Regcast SSDs are now firmly established in enterprise storage. In many organisations they are now being deployed to support an expanding range of workloads, not just one or two specialist services such as high performance analytics or desktop virtualisation. But adopting SSD/Flash storage has an impact on IT processes, so are the ways …
David Gordon, 3 Nov 2015

Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Hewlett Packard became two companies on 1 November, splitting enterprise from consumer. Founded by David Packard and William Hewlett, number one in PCs and in servers, one the granddaddies of Silicon Valley, the massive corporation has undergone a massive change. Personal computers and printers have now been set adrift onto …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Nov 2015
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Have a Plan A, and Plan B – just don't go down with the ship

When planning for disaster recovery, our natural inclination is to focus on the technical design. We work to strike the perfect balance between controlling infrastructure spend and the required capacity. Technical considerations are of course paramount – replication schedules based on delta changes and available bandwidth, the …
Tom Baines, 30 Oct 2015
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How to get the fun stuff back in your data centre

The cloud is a fabulous concept. If you want to try something out, or prototype your latest idea, or give yourself a relatively inexpensive disaster recovery setup, get in there and run up a cloud-based installation. There's something that the cloud lacks, though: it's just not fun or cool. Lists of virtual machines in the …
Dave Cartwright, 29 Oct 2015