IBM knows the business areas it wants to focus on going forward. The company also knows that job cuts are inevitable as it attempts to "rebalance its workforce" to the fit the direction it's headed, though exactly how many employees will be receiving pink slips hasn't yet been determined, at least not officially. Unofficially, IBM may reduce the number of workers in its Systems and Technology group by up to 25 percent.
Things are looking up in the server market, and at the same time, they're looking down as well. Say what? According to market research firm Gartner, worldwide server shipments grew 3.2 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013, though overall revenue dipped 6.6 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012. Likewise, server shipments for all of 2013 rose 2.1 percent while revenue declined 4.5 percent.
Safety and security updates will remain free to all of HP's server customers
Hewlett-Packard ruffled a few feathers on Friday when Mary McCoy, Vice President of HP Servers - Support Technology Services stated in a blog post that HP would only provide future firmware updates to customers with a valid warranty, Care Pack Service, or support agreement. The policy was to go into effect beginning February 19, 2014, but as that date draws near -- and the rumblings grow louder -- McCoy today took to the blogosphere to explain the decision and clarify HP's stance on safety and security updates.
Asus and Google are quickly becoming BFFs. As you already know, Asus is the one that builds Google's 7-inch Nexus tablet, and earlier this week, Asus announced plans to release a Chromebox starting at $179 in March. Google has now taken the higher end version -- the one with a Core i7 processor -- and is targeting businesses with a Chromebox bundle that's supposed to make videoconferencing easy.
AMD's foray into ARM-based server SoCs begins with the Opteron A Series
A milestone has been reached in Sunnyvale less than a month into 2014. Chip designer AMD formally introduced its first 64-bit ARM-based server system-on-chip (SoC) previously codenamed "Seattle" and now called Opteron A1100. The chip is fabricated using a 28-nanometer process technology and is the first of its kind from an established server vendor. Along with the new SoC, AMD also unveiled a new development platform intended to make software design on the Opteron A1100 Series quick and easy.
In November, cloud backup firm Backblaze posted some detailed data on the life expectancy of hard drives based on the company's experience with over 25,000 HDDs. One thing Backblaze found was that evaluating such a thing is bit tricky for a number of reasons, though it was able to make some observations. As a followup, Backblaze has posted another blog that examines how reliable enterprise drives are compared to consumer drives, and the results are surprising.
Market research firm Gartner forecasts that worldwide IT spending will climb to $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.6 percent increase from 2013, though it's not just the numbers that have IT leaders excited, it's also the "opportunities of a digital world." Gartner's calling it a new era, one that it's dubbed the "Digital Industrial Economy" to reflect the growing number of connected devices, and on a broader scale, the people and businesses using them.
One of the wonders of the human body is that it heals itself. The damage might be self-inflicted, like an accidental fall, or it could be caused by an attacker. Either way, the human body is tremendously adept at repairing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other ailments. HP is taking that same concept and applying it to the PC's Basic Input/Output System, otherwise known as the BIOS.
Flash storage is sexy right now, so it's really not all that surprising that Western Digital went and scooped up Virident Systems, a provider of server-side flash storage solutions, for $685 million in cash. Virident will be integrated into HGST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital, the two companies announced today. In doing so, HGST becomes a player in enterprise solid state drives (SSDs), a market that's predicted to be worth $7 billion by 2017, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
Seagate on Tuesday said it has begun shipping what it claims to be the world's speediest enterprise-class hard drive, the Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD. In addition to being the fastest enterprise HDD around, supposedly it's also the first enterprise-class solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), which combines the low cost and high capacity of traditional HDD storage with the speed and performance of solid state flash.