Here come the Dell cuts

Looks like the axe is about to fall. The company is weighing cuts of up to 20 percent in the U.S. and even more in EMEA, according to The Register.

FWIW, Mark Hurd squelches Dell rumors

Oracle co-president Mark Hurd, in response to a question, indicates zero interest in becoming Dell CEO. Blackstone Group reportedly had Hurd on its short list of prospective picks should it win the Dell deal.

Calxeda finds a new market in storage

Calxeda, the startup building ARM-based servers for the scale out data center, has sold 130 systems and expects customers to put its systems into production before the end of the second quarter of 2013. Plus, it’s finding success in a completely new market — storage.

Why AMD must embrace ARM to stay alive

AMD said last week it would lay off 15 percent of its workers, but we hope next week it will announce an ARM license for use in servers. Such a move looks like AMD’s last chance for relevance as the chip world experiences a huge upheaval.


Continuous delivery and the world of devops

This paper explains the world of continuous delivery and its underlying philosophy, devops. Continuous delivery is an automated pipeline constructed with various technologies that allows you to ensure that your code is always ready to be released. It does not mean that you have to release every change you implement: That is a business decision. It does mean that when you choose to release, your code is ready, fully functional, and fully tested.

Like Netflix, Facebook is boosting its edge network

Facebook is boosting its edge network with its own servers to speed the delivery of its photos according to Frank Frankovsky, a VP at the social networking company. Frankovsky outed his plans onstage at the structure 2012 event and explained how he hopes to scale.

Cores in the cloud: Does brawny or wimpy win?

The number of servers in the cloud continues to grow, but should those servers use brawny cores filled with raw power or lightweight wimpy cores? Infrastructure planning requires both, says Jason Waxman from Intel: As the cloud to evolves, a wide range of chips are needed.

Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy and DevOps 2.0

Building an enterprise app has radically changed in the last few years thanks to the DevOps movement and cloud computing. They’ve taken an incredibly manual process and translated it into reproducible code. But like in the Star Trek transporter, everything still has to go just right.

What can system data tell you about your app? Everything.

Web companies like Google and Facebook invest incredible resources in making sure they know everything about their infrastructures and how server-level issues are affecting the applications that comprise their lifeblood. The rest of the business world is now catching on.

Cisco’s servers now tuned for Hadoop

Cisco and EMC have come up with a reference architecture featuring Cisco UCS server gear that’s designed to run the EMC Greenplum MR software, the company’s “enterprise-class” Hadoop distribution that features technology it OEMs from Hadoop startup MapR.

With SeaMicro buy, AMD to double down on servers

GigaOM has learned that AMD is planning to announce its acquisition of low-power server maker SeaMicro according to industry sources. This would be a huge move for AMD, which has to double down in the server market since it has failed in the mobile market.

Facebook dives into storage

Facebook, the social networking giant that’s already made big waves with its open-source server plans, is now taking on storage in a very big way, according to a published report. The hardware will help Facebook keep up with the exploding demand of its 840 million users.


What converged infrastructure means for the future of the data center staff

As more large data centers move to converged infrastructure — which is offered by Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other vendors — most of the chatter has been about this slick, new hardware and how it melds compute, networking and storage capability into fewer boxes that are more powerful yet more efficient. Less has been said about what that trend means for enterprise data center staffing, recruiting and hiring. Suffice it to say, it means a lot, both for the employees themselves and the CIOs and managers that must retrain them — or do away with them altogether.

Intel and Micron prep for 128GB storage

Are you ready for 128 GB memory cards and solid state drives art more reasonable prices? Intel and Micron have teamed up to deliver a 128 GB multicell flash memory chip that will make incredibly dense memory a reality for tablets, cell phones and yes, servers.

ARM’s new IP lets AppliedMicro make cloud servers

Cell phone chips just became more appropriate for server workloads, as ARM released a 64-bit version of its low energy processor. And the first company to take advantage of the new design looks to be AppliedMicro, which will build servers for webscale environments.

The ARM v. Intel fight just got good

ARM said its next generation architecture will offer cores capable of 64-bit computing. The boost from 32-bits to 64-bits will push ARM-based processors over the last big hurdle keeping the chip IP company outside the enterprise and corporate computing market, and pit it squarely against Intel.

The curious case of Hadoop in HPC

SGI and Cloudera have entered into a reseller agreement, but the most interesting part of the deal is that it’s yet another example of a vendor pushing Hadoop products at mainstream customers while keeping the custom stuff targeted at HPC.

Dell’s golden opportunity isn’t in servers

Dell-bashing is a fairly common pastime these days, but I actually think Dell has a golden opportunity to reposition itself as IT visionary if it treats hardware it as what it really is: a delivery mechanism for software and services.

5 things I learned at VMworld

VMworld can be a lot to digest, but it also can be a good barometer of where IT is and where it’s going. A couple days removed from the show, I gave some thought to the interesting trends I noticed and the insightful discussions I had.

Dell is stuck between an Apple and a hard place

Dell’s stock took a dive this morning after it said it lowered its revenue estimates of the year citing weak consumer demand, but while it’s server business remained strong there’s no doubt that Michael Dell, the company’s CEO is navigating a fine line

Dell tunes Crowbar tool to Cloud Foundry

Dell’s Crowbar installation-and-configuration tool now works VMware’s Cloud Foundry. With servers fast becoming low-margin commodities thanks to the push toward micro servers, Dell is doing its best to make deploying the software that inspired the new generation of servers a breeze.

SeaMicro’s new servers keep on coming

SeaMicro, a low-power server maker, has managed to increase the amount of computing power under its hood by 50 percent while decreasing the power consumption of its machines by a quarter. But perhaps most interesting, it has managed three new products in the last year.

Real-Status builds a bird’s eye view of a cloud

Behind the cloud are thousands of servers, switches, appliances both physical and virtual, and any number of complicating bits of machinery and software all just waiting to cause a problem. Understanding and monitoring that massive infrastructure is the world of LaunchPad finalist Real-Status.

What cell phones can teach us about energy efficiency

Cell phones can teach us a lot about energy efficiency. New energy technologies that have commonly been introduced first in cell phones are now being mimicked across other industries, leading to information technology and transportation that is more energy-efficient.

Big buyers embrace Facebook’s Open Compute servers

After launching an open server and data center design in April, Facebook is prepping for version 2.0 of its hardware, and huge server buyers are playing along. From Rackspace to major financial services companies, big hardware buyers are getting into Open Compute.

Power is a problem. Cloud is the answer

The majority of data center operators are relying on server virtualization, hot and cold aisle containment and power monitoring software to make their operations more energy-efficient, according to data released today by an industry research group. And many data center operators are eying the cloud.

How to Ensure Business Continuity in the Cloud

After years of hype, the IT industry finally had a rude awakening this spring that reminded us that cloud computing infrastructures are vulnerable to the same genetic IT flaw that plagues traditional data center operations: Everything fails sooner or later. Here’s how to build around that.

Cloud Computing and the 10X Effect

As a rule of thumb, systems can grow ten times under their current architecture or paradigm, and then they must be re-architected. This 10X effect causes old technologies to become obsolete, new ones to emerge and underlies the massive shift to cloud computing.

Is Cisco on the Outs With EMC, VMware?

Yesterday, Cisco and NetApp announced more than 150 customers have adopted their joint FlexPod converged infrastructure architecture, a sign that might point to a falling out between Cisco and its VCE partners, EMC and VMware. Rumor has it Cisco isn’t happy with that arrangement.

HP Pairs With Nvidia for New GPU Servers

Compute giant Hewlett-Packard has teamed up with Nvidia to make a server containing up to eight graphics processors designed for the high performance computing market. The two have built the world’s “Greenest Production Supercomputer” together, and the machine using Nvidia’s latest GPUs offers more performance.

Watch A Server Get Dunked In Oil

Watch Green Revolution Cooling’s liquid-cooled server tech, which involves dunking servers in mineral oil. The benefits are more efficient — read less expensive — cooling for data center operators.

How Facebook Changed Technology in One Day

The biggest deal about Facebook’s open compute project isn’t the project, it’s the wave of innovation this can bring forward at the systems level — which will affect everyone from the chipmakers to the giant systems vendors and data center operators.

Facebook: This Is What Webscale Looks Like

Do you have any idea what your incessant status updates require Facebook to do on the back end? Supporting 100 million photo uploads each day and as many as 18,000 comments requires the social network to perform 24 billion calculations a second at peak times.

Facebook Open Sources Its Servers and Data Centers

Facebook has shared the details of its server and data center design, taking its commitment to openness to a new level for the industry by sharing its infrastructure secrets like it has shared its software code.And that data center? It has a PUE of 1.07.

Dell’s $1B Cloud Efforts Pit it Against Cisco and Amazon

Dell is undertaking a sweeping effort to improve its place in the cloud computing market with several new data centers, services and a converged infrastructure system to compete with Cisco’s Unified Computing System. It’s a pretty significant change of pace for Dell, although not necessarily surprising.

A Sneak Peek At Calxeda’s ARM-Based Servers

Calxeda, the company building servers out of clusters of cell phone chips, to optimize power efficiency, has briefed analysts about its upcoming products. The results look compelling according to Forrester analyst Richard Fichera, who recommends that IT pros consider ARM servers in their strategic technology plans.

AMD Goes on the Defensive in the Cloud

The move toward cloud computing and webscale computing has helped Intel drive its earnings higher, while, a number of startups clearly see an opportunity to redesign servers and try new chip archiectures to deliver more power efficient performance for different workloads. But where is AMD?

The Dawn of the Super Server

We’re in the midst of a computing implosion: a re-centralization of resources driven by virtualization, many-core CPUs, GPU computing, flash memory, and high-speed networking. We have a lot to watch over the next few years: what I like to call the coming of the Super Server.

Dissecting the New SGI’s Plan for Profitability

After hemorrhaging cash for the better part of a decade and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy twice in three years, it looks like storied server and supercomputer maker SGI might actually turn a profit again. It’s plan involves everything from diversification to, unfortunately, cutting personnel costs.

Cisco Claims 4,000 Server Customers

Shortly after its second-quarter earnings statement revealed a rapidly growing server business, Cisco this revealed Tuesday morning its server-customer count was nearing 4,000 as of Jan. 29. That’s an impressive number considering that Cisco’s Unified Computing System server business has only been shipping since September 2009.

How Far Can Servers Carry Cisco?

Cisco’s second-quarter earnings have investors worried, but Cisco might be able to hang some of its hopes on servers. While high-end switches are losing ground, Cisco’s server revenue grew 700 percent year over year and now has an annual run rate of $650 million.

Will Retiring Xserve Boost Apple’s Data Center Prowess?

Apple officially stopped producing and selling its Xserve servers today, but that doesn’t mean the consumer-centric company is done in the data center. Mac OS X as a guest operating system atop VMware is an intriguing notion should Apple decide to pursue it.

Dec. 17: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

There are two sides to every story: cloud computing might be a problem or a solution; the responsibility for online privacy might lie with web sites or the government; the ideal server might be either underpowered or overclocked; and Oracle might or might not ruin Java.

Smooth-Stone Gets New Name; Promises 10x Efficiency Gains

Smooth-Stone, the company building servers using chips used in today’s cell phones changed its name to Calxeda, hired some executives and made one of the first public statements about what it plans to deliver in terms of energy efficiency for the data center: a 10x improvement.

The Economics of Servers Could Soon Change

Marvell said today that it has built a chip designed for servers that uses the same architecture as chips inside cell phones. As vendors release ARM-based server chips, and challenge Intel and AMD’s dominance it opens the server market to more competition and innovation.

IBM Extends Cloud Presence Beyond IBM Servers

IBM today increased the scope of its internal cloud-computing portfolio with three new CloudBurst offerings. The most important of the bunch might be IBM’s Service Delivery Manager software, which has been decoupled so that it can run atop any standard x86- or Power-based servers.

Can Open Converged Infrastructure Compete?

Conventional wisdom suggests buying into the convenience and performance of converged infrastructure means buying into the dreaded vendor lock-in problem. As it turns out, however, that doesn’t have to be the case — Dell and Egenera are two players leading the charge for open converged infrastructure.

For Greener Data Centers, Give Servers An Oil Bath

Dunking servers in a bath of oil sounds like the fastest way to break some very expensive hardware. But not for startup Green Revolution Cooling, which builds energy efficient liquid-cooled servers and its first customer collocation firm Midas Networks will implement the technology later this year.


Will Storage Go the Way of The Server?

The storage industry is on the cusp of the biggest structural change since networked storage began to substitute for direct-attached storage a decade ago. Despite being one of the fastest growing technology sectors in terms of capacity, the economics for many participants are deteriorating. Several major technology shifts will radically redefine the economics of the industry leading to slimmer margins for all but the most innovative, software-driven players. In essence, the future of storage is about storage software that increasingly absorbs intelligence that used to be hard-wired in a proprietary storage controller and array, which in turn is increasingly becoming an abundant pool of commodity disks. It is the pace of this transition that is at issue. In this report, we show how the different customer segments and associated workloads will evolve at different paces, and examine the associated opportunities for both incumbents and new market entrants.

New Xserve at MacWorld?

My engineering sources say to look for an announcement of a new Xserve sporting Intel’s Tulsa processor at MacWorld Expo next week.…