Hardware

Intel Tying Server Chips to Fabric for Cloud Computing

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Agam Shah.

Intel on Monday said it is developing high-performance server chips that in the future will serve up faster results from cloud services or data-intensive applications like analytics, all while cutting electricity bills in data centers.

The chip maker will integrate a converged fabric controller inside future server chips, which will make server communication faster while helping data centers operate at peak efficiency, said Raj Hazra, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group. Fabric virtualizes I/O and ties together storage and networking in data centers, and an integrated controller will provide a wider pipe to scale performance across distributed computing environments...

Huawei and Intel team up on server, cloud products

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jon Yeomans.

Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Intel, signalling the two companies' intention to work together in a number of fields.

The firms will collaborate on new server, datacentre, storage and cloud computing products, with a view to selling them in Huawei's home market of China and elsewhere, the pair announced on Thursday. No further details on the new products were given...

IBM Unveils zEnterprise EC12, a Highly Secure System for Cloud Computing and Enterprise Data

Grazed from EETimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the zEnterprise® EC12 mainframe server, the most powerful and technologically advanced version of an IBM system that has been the linchpin of enterprise computing for 48 years. The new enterprise system features technologies that demonstrate IBM's ongoing commitment to meet the growing need to secure and manage critical information with the System z mainframe.

Mainframes support significant portions of the data environment at most large enterprises. As these enterprises grapple with the well-documented growth of data, they are looking for new ways to secure and gain insights from such critical information as financial, customer and enterprise resource data that will enable them to provide their clients with new services. The new zEC12 offers industry-leading security and robust support for operational analytics that can help clients efficiently sift through large volumes of raw data and transform it to gain knowledge that can be used for competitive advantage. For example, a retailer managing online transactions on zEC12 can gain insights from client information that will enable it to provide clients with a more customized shopping experience...

Broadcom Extends Leadership with New StrataXGS Trident II Switch Series Optimized for Cloud-Scale Data Center Networks

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced the StrataXGS® Trident II Series, a new line of Ethernet switching solutions optimized to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of cloud networking environments and mega data centers. Visit www.broadcom.com to learn more.

Based on Broadcom's award winning StrataXGS architecture, the new 10/40 GbE series is the first to deliver more than 100 10GbE ports, a 4X increase in network virtualization scale and a 2X increase in forwarding and classification tables, enabling a significant return on investment on private and multi-tenant public cloud computing infrastructure connectivity...

Cloud Computing: Cisco Dominates Fast-Growing Ethernet Switch Market: IDC

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Cisco Systems continues to be the dominant player in a growing Ethernet switch market that is being fueled by such trends as cloud computing, virtualization and mobility, according to IDC analysts.

In the second quarter, revenue for Ethernet switches worldwide jumped 8.5 percent, to $5.5 billion, while 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch sales increased 22.9 percent from the same period last year. In addition, 10GbE port shipments hit a record 3 million in the quarter, leading the overall market growth.

The strong performance of Ethernet switches—which saw revenue increases in every region, including economically troubled Europe—is an indication that networking continues to play a key role in new IT infrastructure deployments, according to Rohit Mehra, director of the Enterprises Communications Infrastructure business at IDC...

Ferroelectric materials could bring down cost of cloud computing and electronic devices

Grazed from Phys.org. Author: Editorial Staff.

A new class of organic materials developed at Northwestern University boasts a very attractive but elusive property: ferroelectricity. The crystalline materials also have a great memory, which could be very useful in computer and cellphone memory applications, including cloud computing.

A team of organic chemists discovered they could create very long crystals with desirable properties using just two small organic molecules that are extremely attracted to each other. The attraction between the two molecules causes them to self assemble into an ordered network -- order that is needed for a material to be ferroelectric...

Cloud Computing: NetApp brings Fusion-io server flash storage into the fold

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

NetApp is working with Fusion-io to make server-side flash a resource for storing “hot” data. The company said its Flash Accel software can boost application performance up to 90 percent in some cases.

NetApp, a leading maker of storage appliances, now wants to manage third-party storage, including server-side flash from Fusion-io. And that’s what it’s doing with its new Flash Accel software.

This is just the latest push by storage makers to reach out beyond their own islands of data center hardware to manage and administer third party products in a more holistic fashion...

IBM moves mainframe into business continuity cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Robert L. Mitchell.

Would you entrust your mainframe to the cloud? Perhaps not for production, but IBM is hoping to gain customers for its cloud-based disaster recovery services by offering support for virtual mainframes. Currently, IBM offers cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services for the AIX, Windows and Linux platforms.

"We’re moving away from just backup to a replication environment in the cloud for all critical servers" -- including the mainframe, said Rich Cocchiara, distinguished engineer and chief technology officer for Business Continuity Recovery Services, during a recent one-on-one meeting at Computerworld's offices. "What cloud is doing is bringing the price down," perhaps to the point where more organizations may be willing to give up building or owning their own backup data centers. Instead of paying the capital expense of creating a backup data center, IT pays for access to virtual machines, as well as for the data backups and storage of the information...

Cloud Computing: Optimum User Experience, High Performance and Minimum TCO with IGEL Thin Clients and 2X ApplicationServer XG

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

2X Software, a global leader in desktop virtualization and application delivery, today announced full compatibility with IGEL Linux thin clients. The company’s 2X ApplicationServer XG is now available on IGEL Linux thin clients with the "Advanced" firmware package, including the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) software.

2X Software offer a wide variety of cloud computing solutions via 2X ApplicationServer XG, the leading application and desktop delivery solution that allows administrators to publish applications and virtual desktops from an all-in-one platform. IGEL thin client solutions complement 2X features, with the aim of IGEL’s Universal Desktop Strategy being high customer performance with secure, yet flexible, access to the private and public IT cloud...

Cloud Computing: IBM buys into flash craze with Texas Memory acquisition

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

IBM is buying Texas Memory Systems, a privately held flash memory maker. Houston-based TMS is known for its RamSan rack-mount flash storage line.. IBM already offered SSD from third parties in some of its storage systems and servers, although a spokesman said TMS was not one of those sources.

There is no doubt that flash or solid-state memory is a hot commodity with industry giants like IBM and EMC buying up expertise. EMC purchased XTremeIO last spring for a reported $430 million...