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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
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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
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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Micron has reportedly withdrawn Phase Change Memory (PCM) products from its portfolio.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
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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
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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

ARM server chip upstart Calxeda bites the dust in its quest for 64-bit glory

Updated ARM server chip designer Calxeda has shut down as one of its executives told The Register: "We simply ran out of money." The plucky company, founded in 2008, had banked $90m in funding during its lifetime, and carried the torch for taking ARM-compatible system-on-chips into servers. But in the past 30 minutes, news broke that it …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013

That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

Analysis Google, Facebook, and likely other major tech firms are investigating ARM-compatible chips to drive low-power servers, which could ultimately shakeup the types of processors that sit inside data centres. We were moved to consider the pros and cons of moving away from trusty x86 into the problem-filled world of ARM after a …
Jack Clark, 16 Dec 2013

Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg

Google is considering new ARM-based designs for its home-brewed servers, according to Bloomberg. The financial newswire's report is sketchy, offering the observation that Google “ is considering designing its own server processors using technology from ARM Holdings Plc” together with a quote from Google spokesdroid Liz Markman …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2013

Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips

Facebook has taken further steps in its quest to run production workloads on ARM-powered servers. The smoking gun for this dramatic shift was a post by Facebook on the Hip Hop Virtual Machine blog on Thursday that indicated the team is implementing ARM processor support in its translation engine, which turns Facebook's PHP code …
Jack Clark, 13 Dec 2013
Synology RS3614xs+

Is it a NAS? Is it a SAN? No. It's Synology's Rackstation 'NASSAN'

Today Synology launches the RackStation RS3614xs+, the latest addition to their XS+ line of devices aimed at SMEs. What sticks out to me is the shift in marketing tone, pitching the RS3614xs+ as "a midpoint between NAS and SAN". Synology pitches the XS+ line as "a storage solution that can grow with a business." The RS3614xs+ is …
Trevor Pott, 10 Dec 2013

Concerning Microsoft's Azure pitch to cloud service providers

Feature Microsoft is advancing non-Microsoft service providers as a core part of its Cloud OS strategy. In part one of this series I looked at what Cloud OS was and why you might care about using it on your own premises. This article will examine how those service providers fit into the equation. To be clear, "service providers" in the …
Trevor Pott, 6 Dec 2013

Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

Storagebod And here we go again, another IT systems failure at RBS. RBS appears to have been having a remarkable run of high-profile core-system failures, but I suspect that it has been rather unlucky or at least everyone else has been lucky. Ross McEwan, the new chief executive of RBS admitted to us in a canned statement that "decades of …
StorageBod, 5 Dec 2013

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 ships, but still no RHEL 7 in sight

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5 has reached general availability following a six-week beta period, making it the first minor release of RHEL 6 to ship since version 6.4 in February. As with previous RHEL 6 point-releases, the update doesn't bring any massive changes to the platform, but it does add support for a few …
Neil McAllister, 22 Nov 2013

Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers

Intel is reporting that server boards and connectors in India and China are suffering from corrosion due to the high levels of smog. The company's Free Press newsletter details a new set of problems that engineers have had to address at server farms in Asia, including unusually high levels of corrosion in wiring and circuit …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013
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Ultra-green Europeans scorn Facebook's data centre blueprint

Facebook’s Open Compute Project has found little overt support in Europe to date, the firm’s data centre boss said today, in part because of those crazy continentals’ obsession with carbon neutrality over efficiency. Tom Furlong, Facebook’s veep of site operations, told the Datacenter Dynamics Conference in London that the …
Joe Fay, 21 Nov 2013
The Eurocomm Pather 5Se Mobile Server supercomputer-class laptop

Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?

The exotic laptop lads at Eurocom have just unleashed another in their series of very peculiar contraptions: the Panther 5SE laptop. Eurocom won't like us calling it a laptop: the official name is “Mobile Server supercomputer-class laptop”. Supercomputer is perhaps a bit over the top, even if the computer can pack a 12-core, 24 …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
Apple Maiden data center storage

Services fuel the next generation data centre

In its basic form, a data centre is just a big room full of cages and cabinets, with highly reliable power, efficient security, fire and flood protection and a variety of internal and external network connectivity. In recent years providers have tried to differentiate their offerings but there is not really that much you can do …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Nov 2013
bug on keyboard

IPMI in Supermicro servers vulnerable says HD Moore

Metasploit's HD Moore is gnawing at the security of the The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) again, this time zeroing in on the firmware implementation from vendor Supermicro. Moore had looked at IPMI in general in July, at which time he pointed to vulnerabilities in Supermicro's uPNP implementation. His latest …

Inside Intel's secret super-chips: If you've got the millions, it's got the magic

Analysis This year, Intel announced a strategic change in its philosophy: if you show it a mountain of cash, it will ship you chips with customized processor instructions or altered clock speeds. Bespoke silicon for the data center is Intel's answer to easily configurable, custom-built ARM-compatible chips: electronics giants are able to …
Jack Clark, 6 Nov 2013

Supercomputer-maker Cray offers cold storage to hungry Big Data boys

Supercomputer supplier Cray is offering archival storage for cold data with automated movement across four storage tiers. The product is a large-scale tiered storage archive solution intended for the HPC and Big Data markets. Cray's Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) offering uses Storage Manager archival software from Versity, in …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2013

HP: Our NonStop servers will be rock solid – even when running on x86

HP has announced that it plans to port its fault-tolerant NonStop server technology to the x86 architecture, in a move that should both reduce price tags in the NonStop product line and help HP further distance itself from Intel's all-but-stagnant Itanium platform. HP is by far the world's leading Itanium vendor, accounting for …
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
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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
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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
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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