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Intel's new Xeon: Easy to switch between dual memory modes? Uh, no

Analysis Intel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips are capable of two different memory modes, but don't expect to switch between them willy-nilly or to have two VMs running on the same box using different modes. As we noted in our deep dive into the innards of Chipzilla's new top-of-the-line x86 server processors, the Xeon E7 v2 series …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2014
HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 server 'DIMM book'

HP busts out new ProLiant rack mount based on Intel's new top o' line server chippery

HP has released a new member of its "scale-up" line of rack-mount servers, the ProLiant DL580 Gen8, powered by Intel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips, and said that "enhancements" for the ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 scale-up x86 servers will be revealed next month. HP ProLiant DL580 Generation 8 (Gen8) rack-mounted 'scale-up' …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2014

Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

Intel's long-reigning top dog in the x86 server market, the Xeon E7 "Westmere-EX" of April 2011, can finally enjoy a well-deserved retirement: its "Ivy Bridge–EX" replacement, prosaically named the Xeon E7 v2 series, has finally arrived. Intel's 15-core 'Ivy Bridge–EX' Xeon E7 v2 die Count the compute cores on this Xeon E7 v2 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Feb 2014
FAS range with FAS8000

FAS flash biz boxen refresher: New boxes fit WHERE exactly?

More FAS info has percolated out through the walls of NetApp's community and we can have a stab at positioning the coming FAS8000s against the existing range - and there's a surprise. FAS Range with FAS8000 Flash is VST (Virtual Storage Tier) flash. Click chart to embiggen it and save your eyes. See our rough positioning …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014

NetApp shows off tech specs of FAS array BIZ BEAST

NetApp's coming FAS8000 is a mid-range array designed for scale-out clustering, with the latter becoming as important if not more important to the firm than having bigger-than-FAS6000 boxes in its product range. Ahead of its launch we managed to get a look at the product's datasheet. It sets the scene by saying: "Traditional …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014

Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX

This week's technology topic everyone knows something about, Flappy Bird, has risen like a Phoenix in a new, massively multiplayer version. Flapmmo.com has resurrected the game and also included multiplayer features that let you see not only your own Flappy Bird but also dozens of other players' efforts to navigate a badly-drawn …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014
The FIDO Alliance's diagram explaining how its authentication scheme works

PayPal 'n' Google's FIDO drops 'simpler, stronger' secure login spec

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has marked its first anniversary with the publication of specifications for technology it hopes will simplify authentication and reduce password headaches. FIDO, which is backed by industry heavyweights such as PayPal, Google and Mastercard, is working hard to address the problems that …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2014
Synology RS3614xs+

SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time

Sysadmin Blog The storage market is in the middle of an evolution. To what, nobody knows, but a whole lot of people expect to get very rich between now and when we've got it all figured out. The only market that matters to most companies is the enterprise, because that's where the big margins are. One sales junket, lots of terabytes sold. …
Trevor Pott, 12 Feb 2014
HP

HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

A week after upsetting the user community with what looked like a “no patches without payment” policy, HP has moved to “clarify” its position. Rumours first emerged in December that ProLiant firmware would only be made available to customers with active support contracts, something confirmed in early February in a customer …
Bandaid

Server tech is BORING these days. Where's all the shiny new goodies?

Blocks and Files Once upon a time, a mere 10 years or so ago, servers had direct-attached disks or network-attached disk arrays. The flash in the arrays – SSDs primarily, but also in the controllers – made data access faster. However multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs have an almost insatiable appetite for data. Any access latency is bad when the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
Steve Furber's ARM SoC Architecture

Dell reveals 'proof-of-concept' ARM microserver

Dell has inched ARM-powered servers a little closer to credibility by revealing it has developed a proof-of-concept microserver it has made available for “testing with select customers”. That customers even want to test it suggests ARM-powered servers are of interest to some Dell buyers. That one of the locations Dell will make …
Satya Nadella

It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

Microsoft’s new CEO is the executive running its $20bn server, tools and cloud computing businesses: Satya Nadella. Forty-six-year-old Nadella will, as earlier reports had suggested, assume the role immediately, Microsoft said on Tuesday. Also, as reported, Bill Gates is stepping down as Microsoft chairman. Gates will stay on …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Feb 2014
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Dell disputes 15k layoff figure: Only a few staffers accepted 'voluntary separations'

Dell has denied it is laying off north of 15,000 people, and told The Register today that our sources' numbers are "inaccurate". Here is Dell Round Rock spokesman David Frink’s email to us in full: Your story this morning reporting that Dell is laying off 15,000 employees this week/imminently is wildly inaccurate. I can confirm …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2014
Bloodbath!

Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

Updated Two sources have told us Dell is starting the expected huge layoff programme this week, claiming numbers will be north of 15,000.* The company is returning to private ownership to restructure its operations in the wake of a falling PC market, a commoditisation of the server market and a perceived need to better serve enterprises …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2014
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Lenovo and IBM's System x biz: It'll be just like 2005's PC buyout

Analysis It was only eight months ago when the industry was rife with rumours that IBM was selling all or part of their x86 business to Lenovo. It took a while, but the deal has gone down and it’s now up to the lawyers and accountants to finalize the paperwork. This deal has turned out to be (way) more comprehensive than anticipated. …
Oracle's next-gen Big Data Appliance

Oracle releases 'lite' virtual Big Data appliance

Oracle has released tool that should make it easier for developers to code applications for its Big Data Appliance. Big Data Lite, as the tool is called, bundles Oracle Linux, Cloudera software, Hadoop and plenty of Oracle's cloud connectors, just about replicating the environment available on Big Red's Big Data Appliance. The …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014
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Hot naked Asian racks in Cali: El Reg snaps Open Compute servers for all

Pic special Manufacturers in Asia are taking Facebook's Open Compute server blueprints, tweaking the designs, and selling the manufactured kit to the masses, The Register has learned. Here at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, California, Facebook has spent two days talking up the benefits of its customizable, low-cost …
Jack Clark, 29 Jan 2014
ARMteaser

ARM lays down law to end Wild West of chip design: New standard for server SoCs touted

Brit processor core designer ARM has forged a specification to smash through a significant barrier to the widespread adoption of its highly customizable chip architecture in data centers. That barrier-smasher? A specification that aims to standardize how ARM system-on-chips (SoCs) interoperate with low-level software, and in …
Jack Clark, 29 Jan 2014
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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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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

AMD today rolled the dice on a risky proposition: enthusiasm for ARM-powered servers in the data center. The announcement fleshes out what the vendor outlined last June. It's an idea that looks high-risk from several angles: the number of server vendors in the word has just shrunk again with Big Blue exiting the x86 server …
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Home-grown server kit saves Facebook 'a BEELLION dollars'

Facebook says it has saved itself more than a billion dollars over the past three years by customizing its data-center hardware. By using gear assembled by the likes of Quanta and Wiwynn, the web giant has saved a significant amount of money, Facebook's veep of hardware engineering Jay Parikh said on Tuesday. The social network …
Jack Clark, 28 Jan 2014
MicrosoftServerDesign

Wanna make your own Azure? Now you can: Microsoft joins Open Compute Project

Microsoft has given away the secrets of its data centers for free by joining Facebook's Open Compute Project. The shock move will be announced at the Open Compute Summit on Tuesday and means that the server designs Microsoft uses to support Bing, Office365, and Windows Azure will be available for cloud-wannabes across the world …
Jack Clark, 27 Jan 2014
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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

Lloyds Banking Group is investigating the cause of a Hewlett-Packard server failure it blames for taking down thousands of its ATMs and crippling cash cards at the weekend. The crash saw thousands of customers unable to withdraw money from their accounts or make payments using debit cards on Sunday afternoon. The outage left …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2014
One of the images describing Microsoft's blade server design

Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Sharp-eyed blogger Kevin Houston has spotted a Microsoft attempt to patent a “Tray and Chassis Blade Server Architecture”. The patent, published last December, offers a chassis design that assumes blades – storage, compute, network switch and hybrid blades all get a mention – will reside in trays and be inserted horizontally. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014

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
Lenovo Yoga

Lenovo shares in trading halt ahead of 'disclosable transaction'

Lenovo has halted trade in its shares, "pending the release of an announcement in respect of a discloseable transaction which constitutes an inside information of the Company." That quote comes from this statement (PDF), the second such document emitted by Lenovo in recent days. The previous statement (PDF) said "the Company is …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
IBMStorage Revenues by quarter

IBM needs to sell its stuttering storage biz lines

Blocks and Files IBM’s storage results are down in the dumps and we’re sure it’s in talks to sell off its server business to Lenovo. Should it sell off its storage business too? Big Blue’s fourth quarter FY2013 results gave it the blues, with the Systems and Technology Group revenues for the quarter down 26 per cent compared to a year ago. The …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2014

AMD starts year, checks watch, hurries out Warsaw Opterons

Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to Facebook's "Open Compute" design. AMD's new 16-core Opteron 6370P AMD's new Opteron 6370P – 16 cores, no waiting (click to enlarge) The new Opteron 6300 chips, code-named Warsaw, were announced by …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014

Lenovo haggling with IBM over price of System X... AGAIN

High-flying PC maker Lenovo has confirmed it has re-taken a seat at the negotiating table with an unnamed server vendor, widely believed to be IBM. That Big Blue is committed to offloading its System X unit - the x86 division that was the subject of sale talks with Lenovo last year - would come as no surprise to anyone involved …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014
ULLtradIMM Latency

Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise

Blocks and Files SanDisk has an excellent chance of making it as an enterprise flash storage supply because it’s pursuing a SMART strategy that is (wait for it, wait for it) ULL-tra bright. What it’s managed to do is corner an area of the server application acceleration market that looks to be brand new and full of potential. And it’s done it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
IBM Selectric Golfball

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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IBM plays with its Lego, hits upon System X server redesign brainwave

IBM's new range of System X servers are built like Lego, but rather than letting you build castles or spacecraft, Big Blue hopes they'll become the foundation of fat databases with tough input-output requirements. The sixth generation of the x86 servers were announced by IBM on Thursday and, as previously reported by El Reg, …
Jack Clark, 17 Jan 2014
PCM Schematic

Micron: Hot DRAM. We don't need no steenkin' PCM

Micron has reportedly withdrawn Phase Change Memory (PCM) products from its portfolio. Electronics360 says Micron has removed “128-Mbit 90nm serial and parallel NOR pin-out PCM devices from the products listed on its website". Sure enough we couldn’t find them there. Micron once supplied 45nm 1-Gbit PCM chips to Nokia for use …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2014

Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

Microsoft is unlikely to use ARM-compatible processors in a meaningful way in its data centers – unless there is a huge change in the software ecosystem around the non-x86 chips, a top Redmond bod told The Reg. Though Microsoft is closely watching developments in the ARM world, it's unlikely that the Windows giant will be one of …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014

You... (Sigh). You store our financials in a 'Clowds4U' account?

More than 80 per cent of employees use software that has not been signed off on for use by their employer, according to a new survey. Stratecast and Frost & Sullivan asked 300 IT staff and 300 "line of business" (LoB) employees at large companies that employ at least 1,000 people in the UK, North America, Australia and New …
OUT-LAW.COM, 9 Jan 2014
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Google tickled with TINY fine from French privacy watchdog

Google's failure to comply with France's data protection law over the ad giant's 2012 privacy policy tweak has landed it with a minuscule fine of just €150,000. In September, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) warned Google that it would face a monetary penalty after it refused to comply with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Jan 2014

Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

Exclusive In the last days of 2013, Calxeda, the ambitious startup that hoped to design ARM processors for data-center servers, imploded. Now El Reg has sifted its ashes, and pulled out some advice for the silicon upstart's contemporaries. The demise of Calxeda caused many to ponder the viability of general-purpose ARM-powered computing …
Jack Clark, 8 Jan 2014
Larry Ellison

Oracle swallows Corente, hopes to kick rivals in software networking bits

Oracle is buying software defined networking specialist Corente, upping the stakes in telecoms and cloud. Corente makes software to manage and provision applications and services regardless of IP network, transport type, access, security or provider over a wide area. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Jan 2014
Imation 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive

Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

CES 2014 CES wouldn’t be CES without thumbdrive nonsense and it doesn’t disappoint this year, with one device modelled after a rocking toy and another whose USB stick has no cap for you to lose. LaCie Culbuto LaCie Culbuto The flash drive fussiness from French company LaCie comes in the form of Culbuto, named after a traditional …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jan 2014
Tintri

VM-herder? Tintri's hybrids '60 times' easier to manage than trad dual controller arrays

Sixty times easier to manage: that’s the Taneja Group’s judgment of Tintri hybrid arrays compared to a traditional dual-controller array. Hybrid array maker and startup Tintri relies on its system software being closely integrated with VMware to separate it out from mainstream array vendors and give it a sustainable advantage so …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jan 2014
Violinist

Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?

Analysis Is flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability? Violin Memory is in a dreadful situation, making heavy and growing losses - $34m and counting - that dwarf its slower-growing revenues, and with impatient …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jan 2014

HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

Exclusive Hewlett-Packard will start restricting who is allowed to fix its ProLiant servers starting in the new year. HP is changing the way it delivers firmware updates for ProLiant systems from January, The Reg had learned, so only HP or HP-authorised partners are allowed to receive and install the patches. According to a leaked …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Dec 2013