Lenovo has inked a deal to buy IBM's x86 server business, taking Big Blue's Intel-based hardware division off its hands for $2.3bn. The two companies will also kick off a strategic relationship that will see Lenovo act as a reseller for certain IBM products, including enterprise storage systems and various software packages; IBM will still keep its fingers in the server pie, however, developing Windows and Linux software for x86 models.
ARM server startup and Intel threat Calxeda has unexpectedly shut down, after running out of cash before it could convince the enterprise that lots of smaller chips made better sense. The company had intended to steal server marketshare from under Intel's nose by piecing together hundreds of ARM-based chips in a single system, rather than following the more traditional route of a few, high-power x86 processors. However, the financing ran down before Calxeda could meet its roadmap.
Microsoft has issued a service alert informing the Xbox Live gaming community that social and gaming for Xbox One is down. As of this moment and until further notice from Xbox, you will not be able to join online games with other members. The alert was issued a little after noon Central Time today.
Battlefield 4 gamers have had a rough time over the last few days, with a string of DDoS attacks having taken place over the weekend. The PC game took a hit, and the problem rolled over into various crashes and issues affecting PlayStation 4 gamers. The attackers are yet unknown, but they went after EA's Origin servers, which initiated the round of problems.
The folks at MacStadium have officially made public their intent to bring the 2013 edition of the Mac Pro into the server fold. This means you'll see arrays like what they've presented in the hero image of this article complete with the side-standing airflow they're implying might be best. The first setup suggested by the company here well before the Mac Pro's newest edition is made available is a 270 Mac Pro server rack.
AMD has revealed its new "Seattle" chips, processors headed to power-dense servers, and using for the first time ARM architecture as commonly found in smartphones and tablets, rather than x86. AMD Seattle, which is expected to show up in systems from the second half of 2014, will initially offer eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores running at at least 2GHz, with 16-core versions headed to market after that. According to AMD, there'll be big advantages over traditional server chips.
It's been roughly nine years since the time that IBM sold off its consumer PC business to Lenovo, and now it looks like IBM's server business is the next to go for the company. It's reported that IBM and Lenovo are in talks to make a deal that would see Lenovo buy IBM's x86 server business for at least $2.5 billion.
HP is looking to make a splash in the enterprise industry again with the announcement of the company's new line of Moonshot servers running Intel Atom chips. These new servers are a part of a multi-year plan by HP to cut down on space and power needs when it comes to big data storage. The company says that these new Moonshot servers will help with that initiative.