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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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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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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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Pogoplug Biz targets business sharing with sober new chassi

Pogoplug Biz targets business sharing with sober new chassi

We were big fans of the second-gen Pogoplug when we reviewed it back in April, and now the company has outed a business-centric version, the Pogoplug Biz.  Ditching the consumer model's hot pink chassis for a more sober, black finish - after all, we wouldn't want employees thinking it was a party in the office - the Pogoplug Biz adds in file tracking stats, custom email addresses and file-sharing pages, multiple user accounts and remote backup.

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Synology DiskStation DS411+ and RackStation RS810+ promise superlative speed

Synology DiskStation DS411+ and RackStation RS810+ promise superlative speed

Synology has announced its latest network-attached storage offerings, the standalone DiskStation DS411+ and the rack-mounted RackStation RS810+ and RS810RP+.  Targeted at high-end home users or SMBs, the new products prioritize speed of data access: Synology reckon owners will see average 112MB/sec read rates and around 106MB/sec write rates in RAID 5 configurations.

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GuruPlug Server Plus doubts: overheating CPU, shonky software

GuruPlug Server Plus doubts: overheating CPU, shonky software

Back in February we gazed with wide-eyed amazement at the GuruPlug Server Plus, a compact SheevaPlug-style embedded computer that managed to squeeze dual gigabit ethernet, eSATA and more into a wall-wart sized box.  Unfortunately, all that squeezing may have left the end result a little less than perfect; owner Willy Tarreau got in touch to let us know that his GuruPlug turned out to be not only running buggy software but, more worryingly, poorly and perhaps even dangerously constructed.

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SeaMicro SM10000 server uses 512 Atom CPUs

SeaMicro SM10000 server uses 512 Atom CPUs

It may look like a regular server, but the SeaMicro SM10000 hides a surprising choice of CPU behind its mesh door.  Rather than the Intel Xeon chip or two you might expect to find, the SM10000 actually gets a full 512 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 chips squeezed into a 10U rack-mount unit.  Capable, SeaMicro reckon, of replacing forty 1U regular servers, the SM10000 also uses one quarter of the power.

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