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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
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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 …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2015
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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 …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2015
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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, 02 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, 01 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 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 Tech Reckoning. Here are the details: (1:00) Back …
Team Register, 04 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, 03 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, 02 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
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Isilon software on Dell hardware – could it really be true?

El Reg was kindly sent a note about an EMC virtual event plus a Commtech session in Ireland, suggesting that scale-out filer Isilon array functionality could be available as software-only running on Dell servers. There is an Expand the Data Lake virtual event to be run by EMC on 10 November. You will find a teaser video on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015

Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

Analysis Oracle insists it really is going to sell computers powered by Sparc M7 processors – the same chips it started talking about in 2014. On Monday, Big Red breathlessly unveiled hardware powered by the beefy microprocessor, and on Tuesday, its supremo Larry Ellison lauded the 64-bit CPU's security defenses. One of these defenses …
Chris Williams, 28 Oct 2015
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Deutsche Bank's creaking IT systems nervously eyeing bins

Deutsche Bank is the latest financial institution to announce plans to rip out its creaking IT, according to reports. According to the Financial Times, John Cryan, the new boss of Deutsche Bank, is determined to overhaul the creaking computer systems that he blames for its woes. It follows a major management restructure last …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2015
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NEC chasing global deal for app-specific Oracle DB appliance bundles

The Australian limb of NEC has cooked up an application-specific bundle based on Oracle database appliances and hopes to expand the concept and take it global. NEC Australia's calling its efforts the “OneBox Appliances”. Inside you'll find an Oracle database appliance and Oracle apps. First appliance off the rank is one …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2015
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Not quite Facebook but need scale? Dell has a DSS server for you

Dell has launched four specialised DSS servers. In August Dell said it had found a new niche between ordinary scale data centres and the hyperscalers like Facebook, eBay, Amazon and their hyper-ilk. This not-quite-hyperscale customer base would be sold to by a new DSS organisation with its own special server-based products. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

Temperature of Hell drops a few degrees – Microsoft emits SSH-for-Windows source code

Microsoft has published early source code for its OpenSSH-for-Windows port for developers to pick apart and improve. In a blog post on Monday, Steve Lee – the PowerShell team's principal software engineer manager – said Redmond has finished early work on a Windows port of OpenSSH 7.1, built in a joint-effort with remote-access …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2015
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Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center

Analysis Heat has traditionally been the sysadmin's enemy. We may have turned technology to our advantage and chipped away at heat's wasteful nature over the years, but our old foe has remained. From turning data centers into walk-in fridges, and hot/cold aisle separation to cold aisle containment and positive pressure, we've tried …
Tom Baines, 19 Oct 2015
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EMC customers show distinct lack of Dell delight – research

EMC customers are far from delighted regarding the proposed Dell takeover, according to the 451 research house. Its research report found 43 per cent of EMC-only customers typically see Dell as a PC supplier, and 42 per cent thought it was out of tune with their enterprise IT concerns. Amongst the EMC-only customers, some 13 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2015
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Dell buying EMC: Is this the end times, or the road to salvation?

Sysadmin Blog: Dell bought EMC. The internet promptly lost its mind. Make no mistake, the Dell-EMC merger is a pretty big deal. Everyone has news, thoughts and analysis on the subject. While I feel The Register's coverage has been pretty neutral so far, the internet at large has posted rather a lot of doom and gloom. The most common phrase …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2015
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Dell-EMC merger could leave Lenovo out in the cold – analysts

+Comment Head PC seller and x86 server shifter Lenovo has a storage reselling deal with EMC which could well be toast with Dell’s takeover of EMC, according to analysts. Lenovo’s storage product lines include: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video surveillance arrays, basically RAID-protected filers with Atom-powered processors and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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US taxman slammed: Half of the IRS's servers still run doomed Windows Server 2003

Half of America's Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) servers are running Windows Server 2003, despite extended support for it ending in July. That's according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General that took a look at the IRS' $139m upgrade program. The report is distinctly unimpressed and notes that the IRS "did not …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Oct 2015

Speaking in Tech: Laugh it up, Dell/EMC cloud guys... while you can

Podcast It's another episode of our weekly techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week it's a full house to talk about Dell and EMC, but there was also news from AWS re:Invent, Safe Harbor and Apple. Our special guests this week are Stu Miniman, senior analyst at Wikibon and Brian Gracely, Wikibon …
Team Register, 14 Oct 2015

Double blow for AMD as CPU brainiac jumps ship to rival Nvidia

AMD guru Phil Rogers has joined rival Nvidia. His move comes after AMD's top microprocessor architect Jim Keller quit in September, and another 500 staff at the company are facing the chop. Rogers left AMD this month to become Nvidia's compute server architect in Austin, Texas. He was with graphics chip biz ATI from October …
Chris Williams, 14 Oct 2015

Salesforce slaps down $100m fund for cloudy European upstarts

Profitless software-as-a-service pusher Salesforce has opened a $100m (£66m) investment fund for European startups under its Salesforce Ventures vehicle. It said the fund is intended to "fuel cloud innovation" in the region. The investment vehicle has been going since 2009 but its 150 investments have mainly been US companies …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015
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EMC+Dell: Firm made a $2bn bed-hopping proposal

EMC-Dell deal Not content with its $67bn (£44bn) offer from Dell, EMC has said it will pay the firm a $2bn (£1.5bn) "break fee" if it receives a "superior offer" before the deal is officially "consummated." On Tuesday the company said, in a statement uploaded to the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, that its agreement to be …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015
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What next for the DellEMC behemoth as sales slowdown looms?

Comment Michael Dell gets EMC in the bag, short of any go-shop competition, and the dust is settling ... revealing massive product overlaps and potential winners and losers amongst them. Front and centre must be Dell’s two SAN arrays, the SC (Compellent) and PS (EqualLogic) products, facing EMC's popular VNX unified file and block …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2015
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VMware sees BILLION-DOLLAR upside in Dell buy

EMC/Dell deal VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has welcomed Dell's purchase of EMC, saying it should add a billion dollars a year to Virtzilla's bottom line “over the next several years”. Speaking on a conference call staged by EMC, Gelsinger said he “could not be more excited about todays announcement” which he rated “very positive”. Which of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015

Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

EMC/Dell deal Dell has confirmed it is buying storage giant and virtualisation player EMC in a deal valued at $67bn, as we reported earlier today. Privately-owned Dell is scooping up the publicly listed EMC in the industry’s biggest ever tech buyout. The buyout breaks the record established by the $25bn Hewlett-Packard-Compaq deal in 2001 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2015
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Google uses humans as Matrix-style ‘data batteries’ – Open Xchange CEO

OX Summit 2015 If any Americans are in doubt about what European technology business thinks of Silicon Valley’s data-slurping giants, it wouldn’t take them long to find out from a gathering in Berlin of European companies who look after personal data. The audience applauded wildly (and it was the only applause of a sober keynote) when Rafael …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Oct 2015

Smartmobe brain maker Qualcomm teases 64-bit ARM server chip secrets

Qualcomm, the maker of processors for Nexus smartphones and other mobes and tablets, has revealed early specifications for its upcoming server chips. The California company is best known for designing the brains in handheld devices, networking kit, and other embedded gear. Now, in the past few minutes, it's unveiled a pre- …
Chris Williams, 08 Oct 2015
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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

US presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has boasted that HP sold the NSA servers that allowed the agency to build a system for mass surveillance. Servers originally earmarked for retail customers were shipped to the NSA instead, to power a warrantless surveillance programme codenamed “Stellar Wind”, approved by then-president …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2015
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Elephant-sized Infinidat array gets calf that starts small, grows BIG

Moshe Yanai's Infinidat high-end enterprise array is getting added file support, better disaster recovery and an entry-level system. The InfiniBox F2000 entry-level box is an 18U rack enclosure with 250TB of usable capacity with 3TB disk drives or 330TB with 4TB drives. The original and ongoing InfiniBox F6000 offers up to 2PB …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015
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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular look at the messes readers find themselves confronting when asked to go to help out their clients. This week, reader Matt brings us a tale from the time “I was working in a tiny system-integrator firm that has some big clients.” One of those clients was a substantial farm and food …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2015
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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 2

Feature Last week, I explained the reasoning behind setting up your own mailserver, and the choice of software that I'll be using for it. This week, it's time to get hands on and show you how to do it. One word of advice, though: this is my configuration, and there are lots of options for tweaking, not to mention different ways to do it …
Nigel Whitfield, 19 Sep 2015
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EMC releases yet ANOTHER rack-scale server SAN

EMC's ScaleIO Node is a super-scalable server SAN that presents EMC and its users with interesting product positioning decisions compared to EVO: SDDC (EVO: RACK that was), VxRack, VMAX, VNX, VSAN, and VSPEX Blue. Joe Tucci's company, which wants to reduce internal product competition, says its ScaleIO Node scale-out server …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

Pro tip: Servers belong in dry server rooms, not wet cloakrooms

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular look at the things your fellow readers find when they're asked to go out and fix things. This week we hear about the time that “Stuart” was handed an unusual assignment: his boss asked him to visit his employer's solicitor. “They felt they had been ripped off by their IT contractor,” …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2015

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