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IBM and HP continue their duel to be the favored enterprise server provider, but there are many other players - including Dell, Oracle, and Cisco. Meanwhile, public clouds and virtualization should keep the server market interesting.

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Hot Chips embraces cool ARM

Hot Chips embraces cool ARM

Now in its 26th year, Hot Chips has always been about the big, power-hungry chips that power the world’s fastest servers. But this year ARM crashed the party.

published August 15, 2014 by

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When Haswell met Xeon

Intel's new Xeon E5 v3 family of server and workstation CPUs, based on the 22nm Haswell architecture, runs the gamut from budget 6-core chips to an 18-core behemoth. We outline what's new and look at some...

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How committed is Nvidia to ARM for HPC?

How committed is Nvidia to ARM for HPC?

Nvidia believes that on their own ARM processors lack the muscle to run HPC workloads, that its Tesla GPUs how the key to giving ARM more power, but that overall the industry will continue to rely on x86 processors and alternative architectures like POWER.

published June 24, 2014 by

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Ten Unsung Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

Ten Unsung Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

For the past few months, Microsoft has been touting the same handful of new Windows Server 2008 R2 features: DirectAccess, BranchCache and live migration with Hyper-V. But there are more than 100 new features in this 'minor' update to Windows Server. Here are 10 that IT pros might not know about -- but should.

published November 9, 2009 by

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CA's virus zoo reaches melting point

Software vendor CA plans to move its Melbourne-based antivirus labs to a new facility after exhausting the space and energy resources at its current location -- by consuming as much power as an average metal-welding factory.CA's antivirus lab currently looks, in the words of the company's vice president, development, Eugene Dozortsev, like a "scene from Space Odyssey 2001".

published June 26, 2007 by

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Sun says its blades are sharper

John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president of systems, made his case that the new generation of Sun blade servers can now truly outdo rack servers. He made his pitch Wednesday to analysts and reporters in Washington, D.C.

published June 6, 2007 by

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Dell shows off new technology

At a press event in San Francisco May 17, Dell CTO Kevin Kettler and Jay Parker, head of the company's server business, showed recent and upcoming technologies that they hope will beat out competitors in the business computing market. Among the offerings was a cooling system for PCs and a new product called Project Hybrid.

published May 17, 2007 by

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Time to throw away your servers?

David Berlind, executive editor at ZDNet, discusses the cost benefits of outsourcing servers to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a pay-as-you-go service that allows you to control servers virtually through APIs.

published March 14, 2007 by

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Dell PowerEdge R710

Dell PowerEdge R710

Dell continues to chip away at HP's dominance of the industry-standard server market, and the 2U PowerEdge R710 is an excellent choice, although its internal storage capacity is limited.

published August 20, 2009 by

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Sun Fire X4270/4275

Sun Fire X4270/4275

Better known for its RISC-based servers, Sun's Xeon 5500-based Sun Fire X4270 and X4275 look set to give the competition a good run for its money.

published August 20, 2009 by

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IBM System x3650 M2

IBM System x3650 M2

IBM remains a solid choice of server vendor, and this IBM/Lenovo server is a good rack-mount platform, albeit not quite as good as some of the competition.

published August 20, 2009 by

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Asus RS700-E6/RS4

Asus RS700-E6/RS4

The RS700-E6/RS4 1RU bare-bones server, features dual-socket Xeon 5500 series support and 12 DDR3 1066/1333 sockets for a maximum 96GB RAM. You'll need to bring your own components to fit these though, depending on your needs.

published August 18, 2009 by

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Windows Small Business Server 2008

Windows Small Business Server 2008

This is an impressive update to Microsoft's Small Business Server that packs a big punch. However, it may be overkill for a lot of companies and isn't quite as easy to manage as it first appears.

published November 12, 2008 by

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VMware ESX Server 3i

VMware ESX Server 3i

ESX Server 3i is the easiest hypervisor to install and use. It's based on VMware's ESX Server code, making it among the most stable and mature virtualisation options available.

published October 21, 2008 by

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Asus TS500-E5 tower server

Asus TS500-E5 tower server

Asus' TS500 offers reliability, speed and efficiency at a low price for a mid-range tower server. However, case design is not ideal, and the system strangely requires a PS2 keyboard and mouse.

published October 6, 2008 by

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Stratus ftServer 6200

Stratus ftServer 6200

The ftServer 6200 VMware bundle makes an excellent platform for hosting virtual machines. As VMware servers cannot be clustered, the Stratus offering is about the only option for organisations requiring extreme high availability from their ESX Server environments.

published June 2, 2008 by

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Raritan Dominion PX8

Raritan Dominion PX8

The Raritan Dominion PX keeps track of power consumption, and records temperature and humidity data from sensors placed amongst your servers. When combined with an un-interruptible power supply, we think it will keep your servers safe and happy.

published May 12, 2008 by

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Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is easier to install and manage than previous versions, and has many new and improved features that should encourage organisations to upgrade.

published February 26, 2008 by

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HP BladeSystem c3000

HP BladeSystem c3000

HP's BladeSystem c3000 is a compact blade server chassis designed for small businesses and remote office deployments. It delivers all the advantages of HP's high-end blade system in a smaller chassis.

published February 22, 2008 by

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Acer Altos R520

Acer Altos R520

Acer has taken standard Intel OEM components to put together a highly configurable and very scalable 1U server, capable of handling a variety of tasks. It's more than a match for similar products from the big-name vendors.

published May 16, 2007 by

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