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Intel details microserver play: sub-10W chips in 2012

Intel details microserver play: sub-10W chips in 2012

If ARM and AMD thought they could sneak up on Intel and snatch the burgeoning micro-server market out from under the chip giant, they'll be sorely disappointed. Intel has detailed its roadmap [pdf link] for low-power processors, with two new sub-45W TDP Xeon chips already in production and the promise an even more frugal Sandy Bridge based CPU later this year and a new Atom for servers in 2012.

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ARM server chips taking on Intel with 480 core clusters

ARM server chips taking on Intel with 480 core clusters

Microsoft isn't the only company looking to many lower-powered chips to replace a few high-powered CPUs in modern servers; ARM's first server processor has been detailed by Calxeda, a quad-core chip squeezing up to 480 cores in a 2U chassis. According to Computer World, the new ARM processors will be based on Cortex A9 cores - the same family as used in NVIDIA's Tegra 2 - and have an onboard interconnect fabric for communication between the nodes.

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SeaMicro SM10000-64 grabs 256 64-bit Atom CPUs for distinctive server

SeaMicro SM10000-64 grabs 256 64-bit Atom CPUs for distinctive server

Intel's Atom N570 processor isn't just to be found inside Lenovo's IdeaPad S100; server manufacturer SeaMicro has followed up its first Atom-based model, the SM10000, with a new version boasting 64-bit support. The SeaMicro SM10000-64 answers the main criticism of the first, Z530 based server, running enterprise-friendly 64-bit software with no modifications required. The dual-core chips also mean that the SM10000-64 requires just half the processors of its predecessor, though that doesn't make it necessarily cheap

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Drobo B1200i 12-bay business system takes on enterprise

Drobo B1200i 12-bay business system takes on enterprise

Data Robotics has announced its play for the business backup and server market, introducing the new 12-bay Drobo B1200i expected to ship in Q2 2011. Using the same BeyondRAID intelligent drive array system as the existing Drobo units, the B1200i joins the 8-bay DroboElite and 8-bay SAN iSCSI arrays available now.

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QNAP Turbo NAS TS-112, TS-212 and TS-412 home/SOHO servers outed

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-112, TS-212 and TS-412 home/SOHO servers outed

QNAP has outed its newest range of Turbo NAS servers, the TS-x12 line-up, consisting of 1-, 2- and 4-bay models for a total of up to 12TB storage. The QNAP Turbo NAS TS-112, TS-212 and TS-412 each use a Marvell 1.2GHz processor and 256MB of RAM, and offer local and remote file and media access with remote iPhone and Android streaming using the QMobile app.

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Apple Xserve axed today

Apple Xserve axed today

Server admins take note; today's the last day to pick up Apple's Xserve rack-mount server, which faces the chop at the end of January. As confirmed back in November, Xserve is being phased out and replaced with a new Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server SKU. Rather than a regular 1U model, the new Mac Pro server option fits two units to a 12U space.

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Microsoft pushing for 16-core Atom CPUs

Microsoft pushing for 16-core Atom CPUs

Microsoft is reportedly pestering Intel for a 16-core version of its Atom processor, which would provide a low-power alternative to mainstream chips for use in data servers. Dileep Bhandarkar, an engineer at Microsoft's Global Foundation Services, suggested that higher-power Intel chips more commonly positioned for servers, such as the Xeon, demand too much power and active cooling in return for their higher clock speeds, PC World reports, and that there is a "huge opportunity" for a different strategy to data center processing.

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Microsoft server chief axed as Ballmer disappointed by growth plans

Microsoft server chief axed as Ballmer disappointed by growth plans

Microsoft has shed another exec, this time server and tools division president Robert Muglia. A 24-year Microsoft veteran, Muglia is to be replaced - according to an internal letter sent by Steve Ballmer but seen by the WSJ - after discussions over the "overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth" seemingly failed to satisfy the CEO.

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Apple Xserve No Longer Available Beginning January 31st, Mac Pro Server Introduced

Apple Xserve No Longer Available Beginning January 31st, Mac Pro Server Introduced

Apple has been busy this Friday morning. Not only has the company officially announced that they are no longer making the Xserve available past January 31st, 2011, but they've also managed to sneak in a brand new Mac Pro Server onto the Apple Store. No surprise that Apple is already ahead of the guessing game as to how they would replace Xserve, even if the replacement isn't getting much of a release announcement (so far).

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ARM Cortex A15 “Eagle” detailed: 2.5GHz quadcore chip

ARM Cortex A15 “Eagle” detailed: 2.5GHz quadcore chip

ARM has been muttering about their upcoming Eagle processor for some time, and now the chip has made its official debut.  Confirmed as the ARM Cortex A15, it's a quad-core processor running at up to 2.5GHz and offers, ARM reckon, five times the performance of current generation smartphone chipsets.

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AMD announces Opteron 6000 series servers are shipping from IBM

AMD announces Opteron 6000 series servers are shipping from IBM

AMD has announced that there are several partners that are now shipping new 4P servers using the new Opteron 6000 series processors. IBM has joined the other firms already offering 4P Opteron 6000-based servers.

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Smooth-Stone ARM server chips get $48m funding to take on Intel

Smooth-Stone ARM server chips get $48m funding to take on Intel

While ARM processors are generally to be found in ultraportable devices like smartphones, a significant round of investment in power-frugal ARM-based server chip producer Smooth-Stone could signal an impending shift.  The company - which promises to bring "ultra‐low power mobile phone technology to the datacenter" - has secured $48m in new funding, which it will use to finalize its chip technology that uses many low-power processors rather than, as with Intel-based servers, a few high-power chips.

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