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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
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Emulex to QLogic: Adapter biz is shrinking, but we're still swimming

Emulex's latest results show it overtaking QLogic in the traditional server storage connectivity market – despite the fact that the pie which they're divvying up is becoming increasingly smaller. The fourth fiscal 2013 Emulex quarter finished at the end of June and saw revenues of $120.4m – showing the usual seasonal fourth …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2013

Speaking in Tech: So you wanna take on Amazon in the cloud. Here's how

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Our weekly Speaking in Tech podcast is back with Greg Knieriemen - and for this week's episode, special guest Rodney Rogers. Greg's co-hosts Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela are away, so we welcome Rodney, a serial entrepreneur and chairman and CEO of Virtustream, who is gently …
Team Register, 14 Aug 2013
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EMC's million-IOPS VNX2 monster to arrive NEXT MONTH

The Register expects EMC to launch VNX2 very soon, possibly as soon as a few weeks from now. We caught wind of the changes when we noticed VNX2 was mentioned in forthcoming seminars and where it was described as "delivering the next evolution in disaster recovery technology". The VNX2 is EMC’s newest hybrid storage platform. …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013
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DARPA calls Big Data boffins: Help us lock up everyone's privates

The American military is looking for number-crunching wizards able to tackle the national security threat posed by, erm... publicly available data. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is searching for boffins to "measure the national security impact of public data and to defend against the malicious use of …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Aug 2013
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New 64TiB Violin byte bucket is a load of Tosh: 19nm flash in a 3U box

Violin Memory has unveiled its highest capacity array, the 6264, that packs 64TiB of flash into a 3U box - and it uses 19nm MLC NAND chips from investor and manufacturer Toshiba. The new array can apparently hit 750,000 mixed read/write 4096-byte IOPS; the earlier 6232 (which stores 32TiB) does 500,000. In other respects the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013

Deutsche Telekom launches 'NSA-busting' encrypted email service

Deutsche Telekom and United Internet have launched a super-secure German email service that they claim defeats the data-sniffing shenanigans of the likes of the NSA. The partners announced that they were starting an initiative for "secure email communication across Germany". "Germans are deeply unsettled by the latest reports …
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MS gets you hooked on Server 2012 Datacenter, jacks up the price for R2

Microsoft is cranking up the price of its Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2012 for the forthcoming R2 release – it's up a whopping 28 per cent on today's price tag. The Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition, which offers unlimited virtualisation rights, will cost $6,155, according to the new licensing data sheet [PDF]. …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Aug 2013
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Flash angel Fusion-io flies too close to Facebook, Apple, plummets to Earth

Analysis Flash memory biz Fusion-io's latest results show ever-deepening losses, with management talking of OEM channel conflict to be sorted out. Can this once high-flying server flash supplier take off and fly again? When low-hanging fruit pickers come down to Earth they rarely fly so high again. Look at sTec, OCZ and Nexsan. Their …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2013

It's now or never for old sysadmins to learn new tricks

Sysadmin blog In most fields of human endeavour the complete invalidation of a person's formal training and skillset generally takes decades, if not generations. Within IT the tools, applications, operating systems and cloud services learned at the beginning of a bachelor's degree can already be defunct before that degree is completed. I …
Trevor Pott, 9 Aug 2013

Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

Lavabit, the security-conscious email provider that was the preferred email service of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, has closed its doors, citing US government interference. "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by …

Unisys to forge new Xeon iron with homegrown s-Par partitioning

Mainframe maker Unisys is going to take another run at being an x86 system provider, and has just announced a partnership with Intel to bring some of its ClearPath mainframe goodies to a line of Xeon servers that will be launched later this year. Unisys was formed decades ago from the merger of mainframe makers Sperry and …
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SGI backs away from public clouds, chases HPC and big data

Supercomputer and high-density server maker Silicon Graphics is still not back on track to profitability, but CEO Jorge Titinger says he knows what to do: Back away from the knife fight of providing infrastructure to public cloud providers and focus on commercial HPC systems, related big data systems, and the storage that sits …

Speaking in Tech: You shouldn't EVER store data off-premises

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In the latest Speaking in Tech podcast, your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch talk about folk who still mend their own servers, sometimes with the help of a nifty rack-mounted flashlight-cum-laser pointer. Get with the programme, bumpkins: pay to inhale some cloud. Oh, …
Team Register, 7 Aug 2013
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Super Micro closes out record year, eager to cross Ivy Bridge

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro Computer has just closed out a bumper fiscal 2013, despite issues from hard-drive shortages, an uncertain European economy, and having to ramp up its factories in the Netherlands and Taiwan. Having outgrown the server market by a factor of three in the prior twelve months, …
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IBM gooses Flex modular systems with Power7+, double-stuffed Xeon E5

Big Blue is hoping to compete better with the very dense blade and modular server designs available from HP, Dell, Silicon Graphics, Super Micro, and a few others with a new twin Flex System node that sandwiches two servers into a single slot. In addition, IBM is rolling out new Power7+ nodes for the Flex System, addressing the …
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IBM opens up Power chips, ARM-style, to take on Chipzilla

With its embedded Power chip business under assault from makers of ARM and x86 processors – and to a lesser extent MIPS chips – and having lost the game console business to AMD, IBM had to do something dramatic to expand the addressable market for its Power processors. And that something, which Big Blue has just rolled out, is …
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IBM CEO doesn't forget Parris in Power and Mainframe top job lob

Back in April, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty switched the roles of her chief strategist and the head of Systems and Technology Group, and the changes are now rippling through the various IBM server divisions. Four months ago, long-time IBMers Tom Rosamilia and Rod Adkins switched desks. Adkins had been running Systems and Technology …

Oracle forging Exa server virtualization appliance

It looks like Oracle is getting ready to roll out another in its line of so-called "engineered systems" – stacks of hardware and software tuned for very specific workloads. This one, which Oracle is getting set to announce in a webcast on August 13, will be aimed at "enterprise virtualization." Presumably it will have a name …

Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

It started on the server, became the desktop, it's still there in Windows 8 today, and it just turned 20 years old: Happy birthday, Windows NT. Windows NT 3.1 was released to computer manufacturers on 26 July, 1993, and initial sales of Microsoft’s debut server operating system were modest – fewer than 500,000 units sold in the …
Tim Anderson, 1 Aug 2013
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Microsoft morphs HPC efforts into 'Big Compute'

A few years back, Microsoft was all gung-ho to try to take on Linux in the high performance computing market, and did a pretty good job with Windows Server 2008 in drawing to performance parity on traditional HPC workloads. But now, in the wake of the massive reorganization by CEO Steve Ballmer, the HPC efforts are being rolled …
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IBM expands Penguin-loving Power server lineup

Big Blue is adding to its Linux-only Power Systems server line, including a four-socket machine based on its Power7+ processors. These PowerLinux machines have a lower cost than plain vanilla Power Systems machines that are capable of also running its AIX Unix or IBM i proprietary operating system as well as Linux. IBM is also …
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All-flash Hitachi array grabs silver in benchmark race - by a whisker

An all-flash build of Hitachi's VSP array has claimed the second-highest SPC-1 benchmark, the highest for a traditional storage array. The SPC-1 benchmark tests the performance of storage arrays doing random read and write I/O operations typical of business-critical applications. An all-flash VSP, using Hitachi's Accelerated …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013
Intel cloud GM Jason Waxman shows off a three-node server chassis with virtualized I/O

Intel wants to reconstruct whole data centers with its chips and pipes

Analysis If Intel really wanted to, it could build your entire data center infrastructure with just about all of the components necessary excepting disk drives, main memory, and operating systems for the servers, storage, and switches. And with a stretch, its Wind River Linux could probably cover that last bit. But that is not the …
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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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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

Microsoft has vowed Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 will be the “best” platform for running Linux in the cloud. Microsoft shops departing from the faith and running Linux will get a “consistent” experience on a par with its beloved Windows, Redmond promised. The software giant made the pledge to persuade cloud- …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2013
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Flash slab lab blab: NVMe-friendly PCIe spotted on HGST's cards

Blocks and Files Samsung and Micron have announced NVMe-compatible PCIe flash storage cards - and now hardware from WD subsidiary HGST has been certified as conformant to the specification. The emergence of the three products signals that new tech spec NVMe is becoming the standard way for software to control and efficiently access PCIe- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013
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Dear diary, new twirling models, $630m from WD, v. good day - Seagate

Seagate has announced its 2.5-inch enterprise drive with added flash steroids is now available to all. IBM uses this hybrid disk in its System x servers. Meanwhile, Seagate has also won $630m from rival Western Digital in a battle over allegations WD misused Seagate's trade secrets: an arbitrator awarded Seagate the nine-figure …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
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IBM gooses 'business class' mainframes with z12 engines

IBM's System z mainframe business has recovered somewhat after stalling and not meeting expectations in the first quarter, and Big Blue is going to try to build some momentum by shipping a new line of midrange-class mainframes that sport lower prices than the current top-end zEnterprise EC12 machines announced last summer. The …
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Intel lifts veil on future 14nm Xeon, Atom server chips

Intel owns the data center, ­ or at least a large portion of it when it comes to servers - and wants to not only keep it that way. Chipzilla also wants big chunks of the adjacent networking and storage businesses. The company therefore hosted a day-long shindig with press and analysts today, complete with all the top brass from …
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IBM taps ex-Lenovo and services exec to run PureSystems server biz

Several weeks ago, El Reg told you that Andy Monshaw, the long-time head of IBM's Storage Systems Division and more recently the general manager of the PureSystems modular systems business, had left Big Blue. Due to the Independence Day holiday in the United States, IBM was unable to confirm Monshaw's departure, but late last …

Intel's server chip biz holds steady ahead of Ivy Bridge Xeons

Analysis You might think that Intel would have been talking a bit more excitedly about the Xeon server chip lineup when it walked through its numbers for the second quarter yesterday. Particularly with the PC business on the skids. The workhorse "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 v2 processors are slated for launch in the third quarter and the …

Dragged-out Lenovo server deal whacks IBM's earnings for 2013?

IBM has never admitted that it has been trying to sell its System x and BladeCenter server business to Chinese PC and system maker Lenovo, which also took its venerable and usually unprofitable PC business over at the end of 2004. But in a conference call with Wall Street analysts going over Big Blue's second quarter financial …
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Oracle gooses Exalytics in-memory appliance with flash, fat DDR3 sticks

Apparently the "speed of thought" that Oracle cofounder and CEO Larry Ellison was bragging about when Big Red launched its Exalytics in-memory applianceback in October 2011 is no longer fast enough. And so Oracle is gussying it up with a memory upgrade and a flash card boost until it can get a new "Ivy Bridge-EX" version of the …
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Graphical front ends for PowerShell? Here's a couple for you

Sysadmin blog For many sysadmins Hyper-V Server is an area where Microsoft's TCO and ROI documents - built around the "Hyper-V Server is free" market-speak - fails to align with reality. If you're a PowerShell guru – or willing and able to use Windows 8 – then Hyper-V server mostly lines up with the Microsoft pitch. If you're a PowerShell …
Trevor Pott, 15 Jul 2013
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Sysadmin Day free give away

Sysadmin blog It's that time of year again: Sysadmin Day is upon us! July 26, 2013 is the international day of recognition for all those who toil in datacenter obscurity, fighting off cyber-ninjas so that videos of my cats flow unhindered through the tubes. As is typical, contests are popping up like weeds to attract the valuable eyeballs of …
Trevor Pott, 13 Jul 2013

Unisys doubles up midrange mainframes for fault tolerance

If you are "truly paranoid" about system uptime and are running the MCP operating system on a Burroughs-class, midrange-sized mainframe from Unisys, then the system maker has a new Libra 4200 that has your name on it. Last fall, Unisys refreshed its ClearPath mainframes with Intel's Xeon E5 processors, and is getting closer and …

Chin up, Intel heads - you can still lop legs off ARM's data-centre dash

Analysis A new CEO – Brian Krzanich – and president – Renee James – have taken the helm at chip giant Intel, although they have yet to articulate a grand vision for Chipzilla for the next decade. But it looks like we may be getting some sense of Intel's long-term plans in the data centre at an event that the company is hosting on 22 …
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Brit server maker Avantek puts its back into ARM servers

Tony Lees, managing director of Avantek Computer Limited, wants to sell you your first and then your next hundred ARM servers. "This is our current plan: to take over the world with ARM," Lees tells El Reg with a laugh. At the same time, however, Avantek is dead serious about joining the ARM army and fighting against the …
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Microsoft's cloud leaves manual transmission behind

When you write technology blogs for a living you end up sitting through a lot of WebExes, watching a lot of training videos and going to a lot of conferences. A growing trend that emerges from all these presentations is the importance of autodeployment, something that has far bigger implications than a mere installation method …
Trevor Pott, 5 Jul 2013