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Monday Facebook’s mobile app server company Parse released statistics on its biggest user growth. Its adoption in Asia has skyrocketed.
If you want to hold onto your Bitcasa infinite-drive data long enough to move it somewhere else, you’ll need to pay Bitcasa $99 for an additional month, according to an order from U.S. District Judge William Alsup at a hearing in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Illumio acts like access management for computing workloads; users can run Illumio to ensure that the right workloads get transmitted to the appropriate servers, whether they are on the cloud or on bare metal.
The draft, authored by Tor’s Jacob Appelbaum and others, aims to standardize a technique called TCP Stealth, for keeping servers safe from mass port-scanning tools like GCHQ’s HACIENDA.
It’s kind of trendy for retailers to start accepting bitcoin. Services like Coinbase are making it easier for them to do so,…
Remember when the number of servers running Google could fit into a human-sized room? Neither do I. But Google SVP Urs Hölzle does and shares his memory of the company’s first 4-digit server order.
The German secure server outfit only set out to raise €500,000, but it ended up with 6 times that amount. Since investors get a cut of future profits, and as Protonet has more than enough to internationalize now, it was time to press pause.
Fusion.io will bolster SanDisk’s data center efforts, while its shareholders will get $11.25 per share in cash.
Cavium is latest company to launch an ARM-based server chip for the data center, but the networking chip specialist is doing so with an entire family of ARM-based chips for compute, storage and networking.
For IT decision-makers and architects, there is enough inexpensive memory capacity on mainstream servers for SQL DBMSs to be optimized around the speed of in-memory data rather than the performance constraints of disk-based data. This new emphasis enables a new DBMS architecture.
Researchers have discovered a serious flaw known as Heartbleed that affects the security software that runs on about two-thirds of the servers on the internet and could expose user data, including passwords. Here’s what you need to know about it
Intel has launched its latest top-of-the-line chips for servers. These are the bruisers that make up the silicon in high performance computing…
IBM(s ibm) is considering a sale of its chip business, according to a report in the Financial Times. The article suggested that…
Facebook might have launched the Open Compute Project to force server vendors to build higher-effiency gear, but it’s having a much greater impact than even Facebook anticipated.
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.
IT giant expects to cut 5,000 additional jobs before October 31, bringing total job loss from restructuring announced in 2012 to 34,000.
ARM server maker Calxeda has hit the skids after raising more than $100 million. The company said it will restructure but news reports have the firm shutting down.
Oracle had another tough quarter in the hardware world but, hey, it could have been worse.
First it was rumors of Google building ARM-based servers, and now a post on the blog dedicated to Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine…
A report says Google is building its own ARM-based custom server chips. This rumor has surfaced a few times in the last few years, but now the economics and technology are right for it to happen.
Organizations have at least seven approaches for addressing the impending end of extended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. Each of these approaches has benefits and challenges.
A Dallas-based startup called Servergy, which makes low-power servers about half the size of traditional servers, has raised a $20 million series…
Electronic Arts is experiencing trouble with its Origin platform again, mistakenly region-locking users’ ISPs to Europe.
Poor IBM numbers hit the company’s stock price hard Thursday and makes you wonder if the company should have sold its server business after all.
In an abrupt change of IT strategy, General Motors (GM) is following the examples of Google and Facebook and building its own mega data centers. Will other Fortune 100 companies follow GM’s lead? And should they?
Oracle, a leader in enterprise software, still hasn’t solved its hardware problem: It claims big margins on what it sells, but revenue continues to fall.
Facebook is working with other designers to break the monolithic server mold and design new open source hardware.
Credit Suisse downgrades IBM stock to underperform and describes it as a “company in decline” as Big Blue furloughs hardware workers. Ouch.
AMD is betting big on ARM chips in the data center because the demands of client computing have changed the way computing and data centers are built and designed.
Dell is plotting to supercharge its server sales as other vendors keep growing. The plan is compelling, but whether it will work on everyone in the market is unclear.
Updated: Will the server market ever come back? IDC research shows worldwide revenue on server sales off nearly 8 percent year over year.
HP and other server vendors lost more ground in the war against lesser known manufacturers in the first quarter of the year, new Gartner figures show.
ComodIT’s “direct install” button allows for quick installation of apps on on-premise or cloud-based servers, and even makes it possible to test-drive apps for free in a ComodIT-sponsored EC2 micro instance.
Buying information technology is complicated and made more so by companies trying to pick the best solution without ever asking themselves what’s best for their business at this point in time.
One company peddling products that keep servers cool in liquid, Green Revolution Cooling, expects two webscale companies to make announcements soon about production-scale plans. The company’s chief executive sees wider adoption down the line.
Web performance and security startup CloudFlare isn’t as big as Google or Facebook, but it does handle a lot of traffic. And now, like its larger peers, the company is designing its own gear to solve it own unique brand of problems.
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.
In the server business, Taiwanese hardware company Quanta has shifted from an original-design manufacturer to much more of a direct seller. It wants to extend the trend and sell other products, too.
Worldwide IT spending finished out 2012 with a growth rate of 3.8 percent over 2011, the lowest growth rate since 2009. Fourth-quarter…
Lesser known server makers reported bigger revenue growth for another quarter, as Facebook and other webscale companies keep buying custom servers.
Are Facebook friends a better way to find stuff? Open Compute spawns a sweet new server, but Netflix Open Connect is not sweet for Time Warner Cable.
Rackspace’s bet on Open Compute has been taken to a new level as the hosting provider has decided to build its own servers — a move it hopes will save it up to 30 percent in costs.
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.
As startups race to become the next big thing, they often downplay the successes and sales of those they hope to replace. But large companies spend billions on old technology because they don’t have the resources to try something new.
Facebook’s hackathons have generated some cool ideas. Facebook shared the top hacks from 2012 that range from silly (3-D printed globes showing where and how people use Facebook) to serious (calendar views for you upcoming events on the site).
Texas Instruments will join the slew of chipmakers using cell-phone cores in servers. But it has two twists with its KeyStone architecture — integrated 10 gigabit Ethernet networking and TI’s digital signal processing cores to aid in performing complex math.
Does your data center compost? This question may become more relevant if an Open Compute Foundation project that’s sponsored by Facebook ends up a success. The goal is to build a biodegradable server chassis to replace existing steel enclosures.
ARM has introduced two next-generation processor cores aimed at spanning the continuum of compute needs today — from mobile clients to the racks of servers supporting our web services. The new A-50 family of cores will appear in devices in 2014 and 2015.
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.
Calxeda, a company making dense, low-power servers using the same ARM chip architecture found in cell phones, has raised $55 million to take on Intel as well as the myriad other vendors that want to take ARM’s low power chips and cram them into servers,
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.
In the first announcement since SeaMicro was acquired by AMD, AMD has detailed its new server tech, which is optimized for big data and cloud computing. The new platform improves performance by moving storage closer to the computing center.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook is rethinking how it does networking, as Wired reports, but it’s actually rethinking the entire composition of the data center. Its plans will destroy the servers, switches and storage boxes vendors sell today in an effort to operate efficiently at web scale.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
Keeping a data center online is a highly complex and often underestimated task, but one that provides the bedrock of any public cloud availability. Patrick Baillie of CloudSigma explains why he thinks public IaaS cloud service providers shouldn’t run their own data centers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intel is very serious about low power chips, although it won’t have them until 2013. The company showed off the long-rumored Haswell chips at its developer forum on Tuesday, which it says can can run all day and offer a 20x reduction in power.
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.
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’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’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.
Facebook engineers have tested a 64-core chip from Tilera and found it ideal for grabbing data quickly from key value stores. This may galvanize the creation of new benchmarks as the debate of which architecture works best for webscale and cloud computing rages.
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.
We give Intel a lot of flack here at GigaOM for not being mobile enough or low power enough for scale out computing, but the chipmaker is doing all right in the server category. We discussed how well and the future for servers in this video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cisco is having a rough time — announcing a restructuring, layoffs and lowering its revenue forecast — but the server market is a bright spot for the networking giant. Yesterday, Cisco said it’s set to hit a run rate of $900 million in its server business.
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.
Last week, Facebook opened to the world the details of its energy efficient data center in Prineville, Ore., complete with custom-built servers, power delivery and backup, and cooling system. What’s the mix-and-match potential?
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nvidia, the graphics chipmaker, today announced Project Denver, a plan to use the same chip architecture found in cell phones in servers. The move broadens Nvidia’s relationship with ARM, expands its market and puts Nvidia in even more competition with Intel.
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, 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.
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.
As Liam argued yesterday, Apple is aiming for the consumer market these days, which is why it should come as no surprise that it would discontinue its Xserve enterprise server. The rack-mountable Xserve will no longer be available as of Jan. 31.
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.
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.
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.
A cluster of recent announcements, launches and other maneuvers indicate that energy-efficient ARM chips could be headed from mobile devices to the data center.
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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.
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