Server hardware strategy

  • October 04, 2010 04 Oct'10

    AMD battles for server CPU cred

    Historically, AMD processors have been a force to be reckoned with in data centers. But some IT managers have questioned the platform’s longevity.

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    The new mainframes: BladeSystem Matrix, Vblock, Exadata and Exalogic

    Converged infrastructure platforms like Oracle‘s Exadata offer companies increased performance, but at the cost of vendor lock-in, causing some to dub these the new mainframes.

  • September 28, 2010 28 Sep'10

    IBM buys Blade Network Technologies: News in brief

    While IBM scooped up Blade, Hewlett-Packard bolstered its Integrity platform and Stratus unveiled an Intel Westmere-based fault-tolerant server.

  • September 22, 2010 22 Sep'10

    Oracle placates Sun shops with SPARC T3

    Oracle gave the nod to the Web-serving side of the Sun hardware business by announcing the successor to UltraSPARC processor, and new servers built on top of it.

  • September 20, 2010 20 Sep'10

    SSD technology helps reduce server sprawl

    Solid-state drives are still more expensive than spinning disks, but SSD technology can improve I/O performance, reducing the number of servers and storage arrays you need.

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    IT pros unsure Oracle can cut it as a hardware power

    Oracle faces big challenges selling Sun data center appliances; stemming server defections.

  • September 15, 2010 15 Sep'10

    Cisco slots new blade into UCS portfolio

    Cisco's new blade server seems to offer the best of all worlds: compute power, thanks to Nehalem EX, plenty of memory capacity, and a half-width form factor.

  • August 26, 2010 26 Aug'10

    Sun server sales swoon

    Things aren't going well after Oracle's acquisition of the independent Sun Microsystems. Despite Oracle's best, early efforts, Sun server sales fell in Q2 while rivals Dell, HP, Fujitsu did well.

  • August 24, 2010 24 Aug'10

    HP customers report server shipping delays

    After the economic slowdown comes a server shipping slowdown, HP customers say. Many are experiencing delays in receiving rackmount and blade form ProLiant servers, although the cause and extent of the problem are unclear.

  • August 18, 2010 18 Aug'10

    Oracle's OpenSolaris move sparks outrage in Sun shops

    Holding back updates to OpenSolaris may hurt Oracle's software and hardware business, data center pros warn. Some shops are already in the process of switching vendors.

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    Oracle takes Sun hardware renewals direct

    IT pros debate pros and cons of sourcing Sun hardware renewals and maintenance from Oracle or third parties.

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    With new Power systems, IBM welcomes Oracle/Sun refugees

    A combination of strong server offerings and a beleagured competitor in Oralce/Sun appears to be working to IBM's advantage.

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    VMware and server OEMs: Frenemies forever?

    IT managers have little control over the complicated dance between VMware and its hardware partners. But when making strategic buying decisions, IT shops need to keep it in mind.

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    Oracle mum on OpenSolaris, Sparc plans

    Sun shops have many questions about Oracle's plans for OpenSolaris and Sparc-based Exadata.

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    Oracle pulls about face on Solaris support

    Data center pros hope that Oracle's decision to support Solaris on Dell and HP hardware means flexibility.