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  • Can HP, IBM and Dell survive the cloud?

    A few big server hardware vendors ruled the world of enterprise IT for years. Now, virtualization and cloud computing have changed the game and hardware is increasingly commoditized. Do HP, IBM and Dell still have the clout they used to?


  • microserver

    A microserver, also known as a server appliance, is a compact, less expensive, modular hardware platform designed to make installation and maintenance simpler than traditional enterprise-class rack servers. 

  • multi-core processor

    A multi-core processor is an integrated circuit (IC) to which two or more processors have been attached for enhanced performance, reduced power consumption, and more efficient simultaneous processing of multiple tasks. 

  • out-of-order execution (OoOE)

    Out-of-order execution (OoOE) is an approach to processing that allows instructions for high-performance microprocessors to begin execution as soon as their operands are ready. 

  • single point of failure (SPOF)

    A single point of failure (SPOF) is a potential risk posed by a flaw in the design, implementation or configuration of a circuit or system in which one fault or malfunction causes an entire system to stop operating. 

  • motherboard tattoo

    A motherboard tattoo is a unique code that can be written in the basic input/output system (BIOS) of a computer to ensure that system restore or diagnostic compact discs (CDs) will work only on the machine or line of machines with which the CDs are s... 

  • hot/cold aisle

    Hot aisle/cold aisle is a layout design for server racks and other computing equipment in a data center. The goal of a hot aisle/cold aisle configuration is to conserve energy and lower cooling costs by managing air flow. 

  • power usage effectiveness (PUE)

    Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is a metric used to determine the energy efficiency of a data center. PUE is determined by dividing the amount of power entering a data center by the power used to run the computer infrastructure within it. (Continued.... 

  • server sprawl

    Server sprawl is a situation in which multiple, under-utilized servers take up more space and consume more resources than can be justified by their workload. 

  • IBM Roadrunner

    Roadrunner is the fastest supercomputer in the world, twice as fast as Blue Gene and six times as fast as any of the other current supercomputers. IBM developed Roadrunner for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. (Continued...) 

  • zinc whiskers

    Zinc whiskers are tiny growths of elemental zinc that form on the surfaces of objects that are electroplated, or galvanized, with zinc. 

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  • Facebook tour reveals Open Compute Project in action

    Facebook's North Carolina data center is warm and humid, which is fine for the thousands of OCP servers working there. Check out the exclusive video. 

  • The past, present and future of top data center components

    Data centers have come a long way, and we still have pretty far to go. Take a look through data centers then and now, and see what's ahead. 

  • Top data center equipment trends

    IT pros named leading data center equipment, virtualization and cloud hosting vendors in the TechTarget Data Center & Readers' Choice 2013 survey. 

  • Using 2U, 4U servers vs. smaller-form factors

    2U and 4U servers can be a better fit for companies that need more computing power than 1U servers provide. 

  • Inside a Dell server

    In this video, you’ll get an in-depth look at the Dell PowerEdge R415 1U rack server, including a walk-through of the specs, interior and exterior of the system. 

  • Choosing a server: Overview and key factors

    In this video, you’ll get an introduction to our Server Month video series and an overview of the key factors you need to consider before purchasing 1U rackmount servers. 

  • Inside an HP server

    In this video, you’ll get an in-depth look at the HP ProLiant DL360 G7 rack server, including a walk-through of the specs, interior and exterior of the system. 

  • Inside a Fujitsu server

    The Fujitsu Primergy RX200 S6 has features similar to other 1U servers in its class, but there are several unique aspects to its interior design that are noteworthy. 

  • Inside a Super Micro server

    Take a look at which interior and exterior features of the Super Micro 1026T-6RFT 1U server provoked the most discussion in this video. 

  • Inside an SGI server

    The SGI Rackable C1001-TY2 server is examined inside and out for its notable features and capabilities, all of which are discussed in this video. 

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