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Google's data centre in Hamina, Finland

Google lobs another €450m at cool Finnish data centre

Google has said that it's planning to spend an extra €450m ($607m, £380m) on its data centre in Finland over the next few years. Google's data centre in Hamina, Finland “As demand grows for our products, from YouTube to Gmail, we’re investing hundreds of millions of euros in expanding our European data centres,” Anni Rokainen …
Facebook data center - interior, lit up

Want a unified data centre? Don't forget to defrag the admins

An effective data centre is more than just some racks of servers with a bit of networking and storage attached. It needs to be versatile, easy and quick to flex and reconfigure, both manually and automatically, and it needs to keep up with the demands of the applications that run there. Historically, though, many of the …

HP wants to help you mount a Moonshot

ARM TechCon HP is aggressively playing matchmaker for hardware vendors, software developers, and a broad range of customers as it seeks to establish its "make of it what you will" Moonshot hyperscale server architecture. "We're turning the development model upside-down, and we're starting with the solution," John Gromala, the director of …
Rik Myslewski, 2 Nov 2013
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

RICON West 2013 If you're building systems to run at a large scale, then rather than waste time and money trying to avoid any failure, you need to suck it up and accept that faults will happen – and make sure you've got enough cheap gear to recover. So says Salesforce, which argued that this strategy can save you a bunch of cash you'd otherwise …
Jack Clark, 29 Oct 2013
Calxeda EnergyCore chip

Calxeda unsheathes Midway ARM server steel to split Intel's Atom

ARM server upstart Calxeda has 'fessed up about the innards of its next wave of low-power server chips – but should Intel be worried? The "Midway" processor family, aka the ECX-2000, was announced today, and succeeds the ARM Cortex-A9-based ECX-1000 range. Calxeda has refined its system-on-a-chip (SoC) design so that it can hit …
Jack Clark, 28 Oct 2013
Twitter Storm, credit Wikimedia

Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

Cisco is tackling another email storm today, just weeks after its servers were deluged with millions of "reply-all" messages being sent by the networking giant's staff - with many requesting they be removed from the list. The Register has heard from Cisco workers who are currently in the, er, eye of the storm, which is …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2013

Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia

Yahoo! has been ordered by a US judge to get on with the rollout of Microsoft Search in Hong Kong and Taiwan as per their partnership deal. The Purple Palace had tried to delay the deployment of Microsoft's search tech in the markets, claiming that chief exec Marissa Mayer was keen to discuss things with the successor to …

Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012

Review New Windows client, new Windows server seems to be the pattern; and October 18, 2013 saw the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as Windows 8.1. The R2 release is a paid-for upgrade, but uses the same CALs (Client Access Licenses) as Server 2012, mitigating the cost of transition. Microsoft calls Server 2012 a Cloud OS, by …
Tim Anderson, 22 Oct 2013
Dark Blue Window - detail of Windows Server logo

No plans for Friday night? There's a pile o' Windows Server ISOs feeling lonely

Now that Windows 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's client OS, is safely out the door, Redmond has turned its attention to its server family: Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the new Windows Intune all reached general availability on Friday. The October 18 release date should come as no surprise to Windows …
Neil McAllister, 18 Oct 2013
IT Crowd. Source: Channel 4 / 2entertain

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2: Quick start guide for sysadmins

Sysadmin blog Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now officially available. New shiny toys for the kids, but how does a sysadmin license these new products? This post assumes you're already up and running with Windows 8 and Server 2012, but I'll quickly go over the basic requirements: You'll need to obtain your Server Key Management …
Adam Fowler, 18 Oct 2013
cloud

Gasp! Facebook's hardware king joins board of ARM server biz Calxeda

Facebook's head of hardware design and supply chain operations has joined the board of directors of Calxeda, a company that specializes in building servers out of ARM processors. The strategic appointment was announced on Thursday and will see the man in charge of one of the biggest buyers of modern chips, and leader of the " …
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013
Sepaton S2100-ES3

Sepaton launches super-duper big data-slurping deduper

Sepaton has updated its 16-node deduping disk-to-disk backup mill with hybrid dedupe methods and has planned a capacity jump to 16 petabytes. The S2100-ES2 generation is being followed by this new VirtuoSO product, which keeps the clustered node limit of 16 dedupe heads front-ending a disk drive array but bumps up the processing …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
Violin array flash cards

Violin gangs up with Microsoft: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

Flash array front runner Violin Memory can now run Windows Server inside its high-end arrays, giving the server OS access to up to 64TB of NAND with the ability to run all Windows enterprise applications in solid state storage. Violin and Microsoft have partnered to make Windows Server 2012 R2 use Violin flash better. Microsoft …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
Zombie cloud

Reselling mutant cloud parts from IBM? There's now an app for that

IBM is pitching new software and server gear for use in public, private and public-private hybrid cloud computing environments. The tech titan has announced PureSystem updates plus stuff about Power, System x and technical computing. Big Blue thinks mutant clouds will pick up in popularity; it quotes Gartner as saying that " …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2013

Students schlep from afar to join the quest for international HPC glory

SCC'13 Three teams of students will be jetting in from overseas to enter this year's Student Cluster Competition, due to kick off on November 18 at the annual SC13 Supercomputing Conference.</p? The teams will be competing in the Big Iron division where undergraduate students design, build, and tune their very own HPC clusters. They’ll …

Facebook throws servers on their back in HOT TUBS of OIL

Exclusive Facebook is dunking its servers in gloop in a salt shed in Oregon so it can overclock their processors, The Register has learned. The experimental, brutal "immersion cooling" scheme was revealed to us by Facebook hardware design and supply chain bigwig Frank Frankovsky on Friday. Though Facebook had tested out an immersion …
Jack Clark, 14 Oct 2013
Sentinel DS6100 Index

WD Sentinel DS 6100: What does a disk-peddler know about servers?

Exclusive review Western Digital (WD) has revamped its SMB NAS lineup with a Server 2012 Essentials system that I find hard to hate. I have never been comfortable with the idea of WD entering into the server space; it's a disk-peddler, what could it possibly know about servers? This is the second generation of these units I've had in for review …
Trevor Pott, 10 Oct 2013

NASty boy of storage WD now flogging servers too

Question: is WD in the storage business or the server business? Answer: Er, yes. Western Digital has just introduced a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – with up to 16TB of direct-attached WD Se drive storage – that can run "thousands of Windows applications" and support up to 25 users. There are two models: the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013
Memristor

HP: Classic storage? Nah. They'll eat glommed store+serve gloop in '14

At its San Francisco analyst day event, HP CEO Meg Whitman laid out the main points of the tech giant's storage strategy – and it looks like "traditional" storage is no longer a priority. 3PAR (StoreServ) StoreOnce deduping arrays StoreAll object storage The 3PAR product line is HP's now largest storage contributor, according …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013
The AMD SeaMicro SM15000 server-storage cluster

AMD's SeaMicro: 'We're the mystery vendor behind Verizon's cloud'

Verizon's ambitious new cloud services sit on an undisclosed number of 512-core SeaMicro appliances from AMD, casting doubt on the conventional belief that clouds can only be made of pizzabox servers provided by low-cost suppliers. AMD announced the collaboration on the SM15000 appliances on Monday, and the partnership …
Jack Clark, 7 Oct 2013
HP

HP unleashes OneView admin tool on lazy, uncooperative servers

IT admins, polish up those online gaming skills because HP is coming for your job. Again. The new OneView management platform for HP BladeSystems, and Proliant Generation 8 and 7 servers was announced by HP on Wednesday with bold claims of dramatically shortened provisioning times and easier management than ever before. The …
Jack Clark, 25 Sep 2013
Oracle engineered systems

Oracle halves cost of ExaLogic middleware platform

Oracle has halved the cost of its Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS), an offering it says is “the unique set of software components, tools, and documentation required to make the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Hardware functional and usable as a platform for Oracle's Fusion Middleware and business applications.” Announced in a blog …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2013
Safely inside of servers, switches, and storage....

Server hack heads up the stack for a new challenge

It has been five years to the day since I started working at The Register, and for once, just that once right there, I will use the proper name of the publication that has supported myself and my family, and give it the respect it deserves. I came to El Reg as the Great Recession was opening its gaping maw, and was offered a …

Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account

The eBay auction of a server formerly used by WikiLeaks has ended with a closing bid of more than $30,000, but the 17-year-old winner will not receive his goods because he bid on the equipment using his father's eBay account without his permission. The youth, whose name has been withheld, bid eight times during the ten-day …
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013

What's in it for server buyers now that Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v2 is here?

Autumn is on its way and Intel has released the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 server processors just in time to get in line for a chunk of the remaining 2013 IT budget at the data centers of the world. So how are these new processors going to stack up to the existing "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v1 chips, and what can …

Canonical adds ARM servers to Landscape control freak

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical is jumping out ahead of the pack again, and has updated its Landscape management tool for its Ubuntu Server distribution so it can manage instances of Linux running on ARM-based systems as well as the X86 iron it already supports. With Landscape support, Canonical is getting into position …

Unisys cranks Xeon mainframe oomph above legacy CMOS iron

Mainframe maker Unisys has finally done it, pushing the performance of its Xeon-based mainframes in the ClearPath Libra family, which runs its MCP operating system, above the CMOS-based legacy Libra machines, and it won't be long before its Dorado family of OS 2200 mainframes are faster on Xeon iron than on native CMOS …

Intel carves up Xeon E5-2600 v2 chips for two-socket boxes

IDF13 Companies with workloads that like to ride on lots of threads and cores are going to be able to get a lot more bang for a two-socket box thanks to the launch of the "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors by Intel. Those with pesky applications that like faster clocks to get more work done, well, the process shrink is giving …
The demo Rack Scale system mixes Atom and Xeon servers with storage and a new switch

Intel shows off 'disaggregated' rack of servers, storage, and networking

At the "Avoton" Atom C2000 chip launch on Wednesday in San Francisco, Intel showed off several of the components of its Rack Scale Architecture working in concert and also announced a partnership with Microsoft to push the idea on its Windows platforms for data centers and on the Windows Azure public cloud. Intel has already …
Data Center GM Diane Bryant and an Avoton microserver

Intel chases network gear and cold storage with Avoton Atoms

The "Avoton" Atoms for servers and storage arrays and their "Rangeley" variants for networking devices are out and Intel is ramping up the features and carving up the SKUs to try to chase the low end of servers, storage, and networking to take some business away from other chip makers. Does Intel have what it takes to upset the …
ARM versus Atom

Intel's Avoton Atoms give microservers muscle – and Xeon-class features

With the launch of the "Avoton" Atom C2000 server chips, Intel is putting its second-generation of 64-bit, server-class Atom processors into the field - and what is arguably the first such Atom that is truly designed for modern server workloads. The C2000 has enough computing oomph, enough memory capacity, and integrated memory …
ARM versus Atom

Intel readies server-grade Atom for microserver ARM wrestling

If you were expecting Chipzilla to keep its server-chip powder dry until its Intel Developer Forum next week, surprise! It looks like Intel is going to jump the gun and get its "Avoton" Atom server chips into the field this Wednesday, as you can see from this announcement preview that Intel sent out to press and analysts over …
Assange

WikiLeaks' Cablegate server touted on eBay for $3k-plus by Swedes

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has attacked a former ally after one of the servers used to host the infamous Cablegate material was put up for auction on eBay. The document-leaking operation – headed by Julian Assange™ – slammed Bahnhof, a Swedish internet service provider, for flogging the once-rented Dell Poweredge R410 …
Jasper Hamill, 3 Sep 2013

Fujitsu to push 28 nanometer limits with Sparc64 X+

Hot Chips Fujitsu wants to squeeze more performance out of its homegrown Sparc64 X processor for commercial and supercomputing workloads, and it can't wait until Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp, its foundry partner, gets 20 nanometer processes into the field and ramped. So the engineers at Fujitsu have gone back over the design …

Oracle revs up Sparc M6 chip for seriously big iron

Hot Chips The new Sparc M6 processor, unveiled at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University this week, makes a bold statement about Oracle's intent to invest in very serious big iron and go after Big Blue in a big way. Oracle's move is something that the systems market desperately needs, particularly for customers where large main …
Rackgo systems include servers, storage, switching, and batteries

Server sales continue decline – time to bargain hard with your supplier

These are not easy days to be a server maker – and it very likely it'll never be easy again, so we had better get used to it. In the short run, there has probably not been a better time to wrestle with your server vendors on price since the dot-com bust. That said, the confluence of many factors is putting tremendous pressure on …
IBM's Power8 processor

You won't find this in your phone: A 4GHz 12-core Power8 for badass boxes

Hot Chips Big iron sales are still generating $6bn to $7bn a year for IBM - which is enough to justify designing its own Power processors and building its own wafer baker. At the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University on Monday, some of the chief architects behind the Power8 electronics were on hand to show off the feeds and speeds …
HP CEO Meg Whitman at Discover 2012

HP hammered in servers, storage, and PCs in fiscal Q3

Remember a long time ago, how Compaq put the squeeze on its supply chain, dropped the boom on PC prices, and essentially made it impossible for IBM, the former market leader, to stay in the PC business? Well, Dell and other competitors in the PC, server, and storage rackets are trying to do the same thing to HP now, and its …
A rack of Primergy servers in a prefab data center at Yahoo! Japan

Yahoo! Japan drops UPS systems, crams batteries into servers

Yahoo! Japan, the partnership between American search engine and internet media giant Yahoo! and Japanese telecom and internet service provider Softbank, have let server maker Fujitsu brag a little bit about some modified servers it has cooked up for the company. And we mean a little bit. The details are a bit sketchy and …
Dell logo

Dell aligns Foglight management tools with VMware stack

Dell bought a slew of software companies to build out its infrastructure and cloud management tools, and has made no secret of its aspirations in the software arena. And that's why Dell is getting out in front of the impending launch of VMware's ESXi 5.5 hypervisor and related vSphere 5.5 management extensions, widely expected …

Nutanix adds memory and flash de-dupe on server-storage halfbloods

There are few things in the world more difficult than starting up a new systems business. Cisco did it four years ago, and now it looks Nutanix might make it out of the starting gate, as well. The company is beginning to get traction in very large enterprises and taking down big deals, and it continues to add new features to the …

Taiwanese spill on Zuck's racks: Servers powering Facebook REVEALED

Facebook runs on four different server designs, each created to fulfil a specialist task, according to Mike Yang, a general manager and vice president of Taiwanese OEM Quanta. Quanta makes about a quarter of the world's laptop computers and has, of late, branched out into custom servers for big operators like Facebook. Speaking …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2013