IBM and HP are in a duel to be the favored enterprise server provider, but there are many other players to keep things interesting. For instance, Dell is a solid No. 3 and Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems should keep the server market interesting. Cisco also aims to be a server player. A recent trend: Creating application optimized servers.
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It's a bit unclear whether there are enough large horses to make ARM servers commonplace in the data center today. If Samsung entered the market either to manufacture processors or launch systems, the game would change.
AMD wants to be more than just an alternative to Intel. It wants to lead ARM's gains in the data center as 2014 shapes up to be a pilot year for hyperscale servers.
There was a story recently that Red Hat would replace MySQL with MariaDB in the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Actually, Red Hat isn't saying yet which DBMS, or any other specific program, will be shipping in RHEL 7.
Big data meet HPC: 76.9 percent of HPC systems were using co-processors and accelerators, up from 28.2 percent in 2011. Intel Xeon Phi and Nvidia GPUs are running for the lead in HPC systems.
Linux has its own built-in hypervisor, KVM, for x86 virtualization, and now IBM is porting it to its Power architecture.
Overall, IDC said that HPC server sales hit $2.5 billion in the first quarter, up 5.3 percent from a year ago.
HP's Project HAVEn rationalizes HP's portfolio while giving businesses a path to total data analysis
HP's new data analytics platform, announced today in Las Vegas, is designed to help organizations overcome the roadblocks to big data success and reap the rewards of data analysis.
TurnKey Linux, the ready-to-run Linux cloud server app company, is now offering 64-bit server apps on Amazon Web Services.
The server, which is designed for companies with less than 10 employees, has a small footprint and sits under a desk.
Lenovo's CEO says the PC maker will be making strides in servers, storage and the smartphone market in the next year.
A special committee argues that Dell shareholders should take the cash and run and that Carl Icahn's leveraged buyout plan will hamper the company too much.
With the newly announced Windows Azure Pack, Microsoft may have found a way to deliver its long-promised private cloud in a box.
Server sales have been whacked by a weak economy and consolidation moves. Cisco, however, is growing rapidly and Dell picked up market share.
Intel's Atom series gets a new quad-core rival in the high-density, low-power microserver market.
Server sales fell in the vast majority of geographical markets during the first quarter of 2013, but Dell still managed to boost the number of units it shipped.