As far as Oracle sees it, Intel's Itanium architecture is yesterday's news. Such was the decision Oracle announced to discontinue all software development for Itanium processors, which Oracle says is in response to Intel's "clear strategic direction to focus on their x86 microprocessor." Oracle also pointed out that Itanium is nearling End-of-Life (EOL) anyway. But is it?
Intel this week made public its processor strategy for competing in the low-power micro server market, which the Santa Clara outfit describes as "an emerging type of shared infrastructure server designed for unique data center workloads where many low-power dense servers may be more efficient than fewer, more robust servers." Included in the roadmap is an Atom processor with a sub-10W TDP slated for 2012.
Intel's 8-core Nehalem-EX will be shoved aside as the chip maker's fastest server chip, conceding the performance crown to Westmere-EX, a 10-core Xeon processor. One of the talking heads at Intel said you can expect Westmere-EX to land in servers sometime in the first half of 2011, PCWorld reports. What isn't yet known is exactly how fast it will come clocked, only that it will outpace Nehalem-EX with two additional cores and improved latency.
AMD's Valentine's Day gift to workstation and server system builders is the addition of five new members to the AMD Opteron 6100 series, all of which are available today, the chip maker announced. The new parts range in clockspeed from 1.8GHz to 2.5GHz and sport 8 or 12 cores. AMD is aiming to attract mostly value minded enterprise and public sector consumers by touting low power and attractive performance-per-dollar-per-watt.
Sans Digital, a provider of high capacity, multi-functional advanced storage solutions, introduced a new series of 64-bit based NAS products on Monday. This represents the company's first foray into 64-bit NAS boxes, whereas previous iterations were all 32-bit. THe new models include a pair of 4-bay towers and a bunch of rackmount models from 1U 4-bay to 8U 50-bay systems. All systems come with Intel inside and simultaneous support for iSCSI and NAS. In addition to moving to 64-bit, Sans Digital pulled another rabbit from its hat.
Most home servers and NAS boxes end up tucked away in the corner of a closet, both for convenience and to maintain your room's decor. But Patriot Memory's put together a storage hub you may not want to hide from view.
Patriot's new Javelin S4 Media Server ships with a curvaceous white exterior that's anything but an eyesore. On the inside you'll find four 3.5-inch drive bays with support for up to 12TB of storage capacity (four 3TB SATA or SAS drives). For redundancy (or performance), the Javelin supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 configurations, as well as a hot-spare drive.
"Media servers are gaining in popularity in households with multiple computers and streaming audio and video devices. With the popularity of digital music and video downloads, a central hub for all digital downloads is the perfect way to distribute media to multiple systems and devices over your home network and the Internet," says Patriot Memory Vice President of Engineering Les Henry.
Henry doesn't have to convince us on the merits of home servers, it's the feature-set and price that need pitching. The Javelin is Windows, Mac, and DLNA compatible and features an integrated iTunes server. Other goodies include UPnP compatibility, Internet sharing capabilities, a mobile phone app for Android and iOS devices, a BitTorrent client, automatic backups, and TimeMachine support.
Look for the Javelin S4 to ship in February 2011 for an as-yet unannounced price.
ARM Holdings’ server ambitions have become more pronounced lately. The company recently announced the server-friendly Cortex A15 processor, which it claims is the “highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen.” Now there are murmurs of the company getting ready to hurl 64-bit processor cores at the server market. According to a report, the British chip designer could announce its first 64-bit processor in the next few weeks, and possibly as early as next week. But the company isn’t willing to comment on its future plans.
ARM CEO Warren East recently told the New York Times that the British chip designer will never be a “$100 billion outfit” like Intel. That humility is no pretense when one takes into account the vast gulf between the two. Moreover, ARM’s business model of licensing chip designs to others is unlikely to help it bridge that gap. The few cents it earns as royalty on every chip based on its design gives it an air of largesse of the kind associated with nonprofits. That said, the threat to Intel rises each time an ARM-based chip makes it into a new device or market.
For many of us, Olive’s ultra high-end audio products fall into “if you to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it” territory. Their latest, the $5,000 Olive O6HD Music Server, is no exception. While it would be easy to dismiss such a high-ticket item as egregious overkill, many of Olive’s earlier products have knocked our socks off. Based on the specs, this new product just might do the same.
You may already be familiar with Dynamite Data through the company's Firefox plugin, which crawls through cyberspace to see if it can locate a better deal on items than the one you're viewing at, say, Newegg for example. The plugin works fast, and to ensure it always will, Dynamite Data has entered an agreement with OCZ to let the latter provide SSDs to boost server performance.
"Disk I/O is the fundamental bottleneck of any data heavy business," delcared Kristopher Kubicki, Chief Architect at Dynamite Data. "We could not scale without reductions in storage latency, and the best way to get that today is with OCZ SSDs."
Dynamite Data says it extracts more than 10,000 webpages per minute, roughly the equivalent of downloading content from 17 million webpages per day. This, the company says, causes considerable disk strain, and using conventional hard drives penalizes the process. By switching to OCZ's SSDs, Dynamite Data says it's able to deliver data processing in real-time without any lag.
If NextComputing sounds familiar, it's because this is the same company that recently unveiled a monster rig consisting of three displays, 11TB of storage, two Xeon processors, and up to 16GB of ECC RAM. Now the company says it plans to use Nvidia's Quadro 6000 Fermi cards (PNY brand) in its line of small form factor workstations and servers.
"NextComputing's high-performance portable systems combine workstation-class performance with laptop-like mobility for users who need to run demanding applications in the field," NextComputing says. "Systems like the Radius can house a fast Intel Core i7 processor, up to 24GB RAM, multiple hard drives with RAID, and the Nvidia Quadro 6000 - all in a transportable system the size of a briefcase, and with or without a high-resolution 17-inch display. The NextDimension series and Vigor series portables add even more computing power with dual enterprise-class Intel Xeon processors, up to 48GB RAM, and further storage and PCI expansion capability, in both commercial and military rugged form-factors."
The Quadro 6000 line provides 448 CUDA processing cores, a 6GB frame buffer with GDDR5 ECC RAM, 1.3 billion triangles per second of raw computing power, and more.