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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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​Samsung, Micron use 3D to push flash further

​Samsung, Micron use 3D to push flash further

Flash has had a great run, but scaling of conventional planar NAND memory is reaching the end of the road. Fortunately there's a new route. At a chip conference this week Samsung and Micron revealed how 3D NAND has put flash scaling back on track.

February 3, 2016 by in Storage

How can SD cards be faster than SSDs?

How can SD cards be faster than SSDs?

SD cards - postage stamp sized flash cards in your camera - have no internal cache, little internal bandwidth, tiny CPUs, and slow I/O busses. But recent tests found that SD cards could be 200 times faster than an SSD. How???

October 21, 2015 by in Storage

Photos: Dell PowerEdge R815

Photos: Dell PowerEdge R815

The Dell PowerEdge R815's core density is impressive, setting it up neatly for virtualisation duties. Using AMD's 6000 series processors, it hits 48 cores across only four sockets, all in a 2U chassis.

September 2, 2010 by in Servers

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.

November 9, 2009 by in Windows

Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S5

Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S5

This is a well built and very capable 2U rack server from a respected vendor that can be configured to suit a wide variety of applications. It's particularly strong on disk capacity and PCIe expansion.

August 20, 2009 by in Servers

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.

August 20, 2009 by in Servers

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.

August 20, 2009 by in Servers

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.

August 20, 2009 by in Servers

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.

August 18, 2009 by in Servers

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.

October 21, 2008 by in Servers

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.

October 6, 2008 by in Intel

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.

June 2, 2008 by in Servers

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.

May 12, 2008 by in Servers

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.

February 22, 2008 by in Servers

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