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White boxer is a white racker: Supermicro touts Rack Scale Design

Building servers, switches and storage are a good racket for ODM Supermicro but building Vblock-like rack scale systems is an even better one. It has launched a complete Rack Scale Design system using its server and storage building blocks in standard racks, with multiple rack PODs. Supermicro first talked about its RSD ideas …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

IBM has launched its latest, newest, biggest, baddest mainframe, the z14 system. It features the next generation of IBM's CMOS mainframe chip technology, with 10-core processors using 14nm silicon-on-insulator technology, and running at 5.2GHz, claimed to be the fastest processor in the industry. Each core has hardware …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017
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Huawei servers hitch ride with Intel's Xeon SP

Huawei has announced a Xeon Scalable Processor conversion of its FusionServer portfolio, with a blade server leading the charge. The FusionServers are moving to a v5 generation, powered by Intel’s latest Xeon SP. Huawei’s server portfolio includes: RH modular rack servers X series high-density servers E series blade …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2017

Server vendors board the Xeon SP party bus

As expected when Intel processors power virtually all x86-class servers, the vendors all hopped on the Skylake Xeon SP party bus. They hope to ride the server update into the market better than each other, and get every last upgrade penny they can pocket. Cray Cray's XC50 supercomputers and CS line of cluster supercomputers …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2017
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New Azure servers to pack Intel FPGAs as Microsoft ARM-lessly embraces Xeon

Microsoft may have said ARM servers provide the most value for its cloud services back in March, but today it's given Intel's new Xeons a big ARM-less hug by revealing the hyperscale servers it uses in Azure are ready to roll with Chipzilla's latest silicon and will all use Chipzilla's field programmable gate arrays. Those …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2017

Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

Deep dive Intel has taken its Skylake cores, attached some extra cache and vector processing stuff, throw in various other bits and pieces, and packaged them up as Xeon CPUs codenamed Purley. In an attempt to simplify its server chip family, Chipzilla has decided to rebrand the components as Xeon Scalable Processors, assigning each a …
Chris Williams, 12 Jul 2017
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Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

Cisco's dropped Seagate in the pooh for a mess that's seen some UCS servers released into the wild in configurations susceptible to data loss. The mistake was small and simple: as Cisco's Field Notice explains, “Cisco ships all of their hard drives from manufacturing with drive write cache disabled” because “If a drive on one …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2017

Dell goes swimming in Skylake to source 14G server line

Dell is announcing a set of 14G servers, using new Intel processor chips, and replacing the equivalent 13G server line products. Customers will get better automated server setup and security plus more performance, and more and faster-access storage capacity – Dell being convinced that software-defined and virtual SAN storage …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2017
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Cisco's fifth UCS server generation surfaces

Five new Cisco UCS servers have come to light, courtesy of Storage Review, which temporarily withdrew its story for some reason. Tsk tsk. Early signs are that Cisco appears to be cutting its blade server product line count. Cisco has made no formal announcement yet but we're expecting one in a few hours. All these M5 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2017
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U wot M8? Oracle chip designers quietly work on new SPARC CPU

Oracle engineers are seemingly working on a new SPARC processor: the M8. This is judging from a series of patches submitted by Oracle developer Jose Marchesi to the widely used free-as-in-freedom compiler toolkit GCC. The code "adds support for the SPARC M8 processor to GCC. The SPARC M8 processor implements the Oracle SPARC …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jul 2017

Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

Rackspace was hit by a major worldwide outage this morning, which appeared to last for nearly three hours. According to the firm's service status page, engineers became aware of an issue affecting multiple cloud services and ticketing in all regions at 11am GMT. The firm later identified the root cause of the networking …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2017

In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

Updated Here it is: the official lineup of AMD's Epyc processors, which will go toe to toe with Intel's Xeons that utterly dominate the data center world. Epyc. That's not a typo. AMD's desktop and laptop chips are called Ryzen, and its server-class family is called Epyc. Welcome to the new AyyyyyyyMD. Both Ryzen and Epyc are built …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2017
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EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU

Media site VideoCardz has leaked two AMD EPYC 7000 server CPU slides revealing core, thread and clock details. EPYC, the renamed Naples, is AMD's forthcoming server CPU design, to be followed by updates codenamed Rome and Milan. It features: Up to 32 Zen cores 8 DDR4 Channels/CPU – up to 2,666 MHz Up to 2TB Memory per CPU …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017

Component makers have their server chums by the short and curlies

Pressure is set to intensify on server makers caught in the vice-like grip of rising components costs and stiff competition for new business. DRAMeXchange, a unit of researcher TrendForce, said the average contract price of server DRAM modules shot up in the first and second quarters of 2017 by 40 and 10 per cent respectively …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2017
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Windows Server to get twice-yearly updates, plus stable and fast-moving branches

Poll Windows Server and System Center will soon receive twice-yearly updates and come in two “channels”, one for the latest stuff and another less-frequently-updated channel. Microsoft's explanation suggests the new arrangement represents “cloud cadence” while its announcement says this is all about enabling faster innovation while …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2017
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Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone

Sales stats for the server market are out for the first three months of the year and they are bad – bad meaning bad, not bad meaning good. According to Gartner’s estimations for calendar Q1, vendors’ global revenues slipped 4.5 per cent to $12.5bn, and shipments were 4.2 per cent lower than the prior year period at 2,601,600 …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2017

HPE's cloud server wasting away on low calorie Microsoft sales

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's joint venture with Foxconn to build lower cost servers to order for the world's biggest service providers is under threat because of its over reliance on shrinking sales to its one major customer, reportedly Microsoft. The two-year-old tie-up between the pair was created to compete with Chinese …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2017
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Dell flexes PC production muscle for server biz

Analysis Dell EMC’s Server business unit is receiving help from Dell’s Client Solutions Group as it aims to take on the original design manufacturers (ODMs) in the Far East, company insiders have told The Reg. Servers are a massive-scale volume business, following PCs and notebooks in that regard, and Dell doesn't want to keep losing …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2017
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ARM talks up fresh CPUs and a GPU, all tuned for AI

Chip designer ARM on Monday plans to announce its first set of processors based on its DynamIQ microprocessor architecture, in conjunction with a revised GPU chip. DynamIQ, explained ARM product marketing head John Ronco in a phone interview with The Register, represents "a new way of combining CPUs together and giving more …
Thomas Claburn, 29 May 2017
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Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software. Hitachi has been in the mainframe business for 50 years and currently its AP series of systems are sold to major organisations across Japan. Hitachi Data Systems used to sell Hitachi-made IBM plug- …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017

Cisco's servers are stuck in limbo, look likely to stay there

Comment Cisco has missed out on a blade to rack server shift, sales growth has turned negative, it doesn't sell to cloud providers and it has a small market share. Should it invest to grow or get out of servers altogether? Cisco's third fiscal 2017 quarter results were disappointing, with a 1 per cent decline in revenue year-on-year …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2017
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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

Facebook is set to be dragged before a jury next year to face allegations that its Open Compute Project is built on stolen server and rack technology. In a California district court, Judge Edward Davila today laid out a timeline for the legal battle between the social network and UK data center specialist BladeRoom. The latter …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2017
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Pleased HPE clutches two hot Java server cups – but oh dear MultiJVM

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fastest x86 Java server of them all? HPE leads in two categories but lags far behind in another. The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) says: "The SPECjbb2015 benchmark has been developed from the ground up to measure performance based on the latest Java application …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017
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HPE bows to inevitable: Integrity servers get latest Itanium engine and container off-ramp

HPE is introducing a new generation of its mission-critical Integrity/HP-UX servers and providing a Linux container migration route to x86 server-land. The Integrity i6 models represent an entire refresh of the Integrity server line, and use Intel Itanium 9700 series processors, otherwise known as the Kittson line. These …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017
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Dell EMC World: 14G servers are going to be great and... that's about all we can say

Analysis Dell EMC cannot say anything about the upcoming 14G server line because Intel has blasted it with non-disclosure agreements. Server division president Ashley Gorakhpurwalla told us that he and other product area presidents in Dell EMC all know about the new 14G technologies but can't tell anyone. That tells us a few things, …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2017
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Secret FabricXpress sauce gives X-IO the edge for the edge

Fifty microsecond storage access and 12 million IOPS gives X-IO's Axellio server the edge at the edge. Server innovation is now focussed on anywhere but the commodity CPU and memory, giving non-server vendors the opportunity to take on the incumbents, and storage company X-IO is a case in point with its Axellio product. Its …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017
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Dell servers set to get a flash boost from Toshiba

Demonstrating the strength of Toshiba's NAND chips and SSD business, Dell's PowerEdge 13G servers will use Toshiba HK4 SSDs to make them faster and add encryption options. The HK4 is a 2.5-inch, 6 Gbps SATA SSD announced just over a year ago. It uses 15nm NAND lithography with an MLC (2 bits/cell) layout and is delivered in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2017
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Fabric maths: Pure + Cisco = end-to-end NVMe

Analysis Pure and Cisco could build an end-to-end NVMe FlashStack using Pure's NVMe-using FlashArray//x and Cisco's NVMe over fabric's Fibre Channel. There are three ingredients contributing to this window of opportunity: Pure's FlashArray//x, which uses NVMe-accessed DirectFlash modules and an NVMe-tuned //X70 controller Cisco's …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2017
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Cisco goes 32 gigging with Fibre Channel and NVMe

Networking titan Cisco is adding both NVMe over Fibre Channel and 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel speed to its MDS Director and UCS C-Series server products. Fibre Channel speeds are doubling from 16Gbit/s to 32Gbit/s, what Brocade calls Gen 6 Fibre Channel. That company launched its 32Gbit/s Director product last July – a Director …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017
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Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC up M12 big iron

Updated Oracle and Fujitsu have launched Fujitsu’s SPARC M12 server, claiming the world’s fastest per-core performance. It is the follow-on to the existing M10 server line, which topped out with the Fujitsu M10-4S server which scaled up to 64 processors and 64 TB of memory. The largest M12 configuration is 32 processors and 32TB of …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2017
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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

Sysadmin blog Microsoft now runs a bunch of Windows servers on ARM processors. Apparently, these ARM chips are quite good at their jobs and Microsoft might try converting entire categories of workloads over. All around the world the tech press has speculated on whether or not Windows on ARM will be showing up in on-premises datacenters. In …
Trevor Pott, 20 Mar 2017
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Lenovo gets into server-based storage virtualization with DataCore

Lenovo has struck a partnership with DataCore and plans to offer a Storage DX8200D appliance using DataCore software. The two have history with their set of SPC-1 benchmark results showing how parallel IO-processing DataCore software running on simple Lenovo servers apparently equals that of multi-million dollar storage array …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2017

White-box slingers, Chinese server makers now neck-and-neck with US tech giants

Analysis An analyst poring over IDC’s fourth 2016 quarter server stats has found that Cisco is slipping, and white-box manufacturers and China-based vendors are overtaking the historically dominant US server suppliers. Here is a server shipment market share snapshot in the fourth 2016 quarter using IDC numbers: Dell – 21 per cent. …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2017

Microsoft: Can't wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!

Pic Microsoft today signaled more than half of its cloud data center capacity is set to be powered by 64-bit ARM servers. In a briefing to techies at this year's OCP Summit in Silicon Valley, top Azure engineer Leendert van Doorn flashed up the above slide: it lays out Redmond's desire, over the next few years, to see the majority …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2017

Windows Server ported to Qualcomm's ARM server chip. Repeat, Windows Server ported to ARM server chip

Microsoft has ported its Windows Server operating system to the Qualcomm Centriq – a 64-bit ARM-compatible server-grade system-on-chip. In a move that will pile further pressure on Intel – which dominates the data center market but is already unnerved by AMD's Naples server processor – Qualcomm and Microsoft will today show …
Chris Williams, 08 Mar 2017
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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

In a raid on Intel's x86 server heartland, AMD has unveiled its next shot at server market glory with Naples, a 32-core, 64-thread CPU based on its Zen microarchitecture. Naples targets the high-performance server market and confirms AMD wants to be a significant data centre CPU player. It features: Scalable, 32-core System …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2017

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