The Intel Xeon E5 v4 Review: Testing Broadwell-EP With Demanding Server Workloads

Fifteen months after first reaching consumers, Broadwell has finally arrived in the server space with Broadwell-EP. Premiering with the Xeon E5 v4 family, Intel is now offering server processors...

105 by Johan De Gelas on 3/31/2016

The Silver Lining of the Late AMD Opteron A1100 Arrival

AMD announced their ARM server SoC plans at the end of 2012. At the beginning of 2014, AMD was ready "to accelerate the ARM Server Ecosystem with the first...

37 by Johan De Gelas on 1/14/2016

The IBM POWER8 Review: Challenging the Intel Xeon

We recently got our hands on a S822L, an dual socket OpenPOWER server. IBM claims that this is an affordable, high performance and highly expandable alternative to the typical...

145 by Johan De Gelas on 11/6/2015

The Intel Xeon D Review: Performance Per Watt Server SoC Champion?

Eight 14nm Broadwell cores, a shared L3-cache, dual 10 gigabit MAC, a PCIe 3.0 root with 24 lanes and a lot more find a home in Intel's most powerful...

90 by Johan De Gelas on 6/23/2015

IBM Pairs Xilinx FPGAs to POWER8 to Create an Education Cloud Service

Today IBM has announced "SuperVessel", an OpenStack based cloud service that enables students and developers to develop applications on a POWER 8 based infrastructure. What makes this cloud service...

4 by Johan De Gelas on 6/10/2015

Xeon E3-1200 V4 launch: only with GPU integrated

Intel's server CPU portfolio just got more diversified and complex with the launch of the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V4 at Computex 2015. It is basically the same chip...

55 by Johan De Gelas on 6/3/2015

The Intel Xeon E7-8800 v3 Review: The POWER8 Killer?

The story behind the high-end Xeon has been the same for the past 5 years: Intel's most expensive beats the Oracle alternative in every way you can look at...

146 by Johan De Gelas on 5/8/2015

X-Gene 1, Atom C2000 and Xeon E3: Exploring the Scale-Out Server World

Most of our attention with servers has gone to the midrange (Xeon E5, Opteron 6300) and high-end (Xeon E7) platforms. But the low-end and micro server market is where...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 3/9/2015

ARM Challenging Intel in the Server Market: An Overview

Calxeda is no more, but many ARM licensees are preparing to storm the server market. Do they have a have fighting chance? Is the server ARMada capable of competing...

78 by Johan De Gelas on 12/16/2014

Intel Xeon E5 Version 3: Up to 18 Haswell EP Cores

Intel's new Xeon is here, and once again it has impressive specs. The 662 mm² die supports up to eighteen cores, contains two integrated memory controllers, and comes with...

84 by Johan De Gelas on 9/8/2014

Advatronix Cirrus 1200: a Storage Server Under Your Desk

The Advatronix Cirrus 1200 tries to distinguish itself from the average tower server offering with a cube shaped desktop that has many hot pluggable hard disk bays. Will the...

44 by Johan De Gelas on 6/6/2014

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 Review: Quad Socket, Up to 60 Cores/120 Threads

Meet the new Xeon E7 v2, codenamed "Ivy Bridge EX". We've had the new processors in our labs for the past few weeks putting them to the test, using...

125 by Johan De Gelas on 2/21/2014

Free Cooling: the Server Side of the Story

Servers that support higher inlet temperatures could significantly reduce or even eliminate the cooling costs of the data center. We received the 2U supermicro 6027R-73DARF that supports the latest...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 2/11/2014

ARM and Partners Deliver First ARM Server Platform Standard

The demise of innovator Calxeda and the excellent performance per watt of the new Intel Avoton server were certainly not good omens for the ARM server market. However, there...

15 by Johan De Gelas on 1/29/2014

Server Buying Decisions: Memory

We reviewed several types of server memory back in August 2012. You still have the same three choices—LRDIMMs, RDIMMs and UDIMMs—but the situation has significantly changed now. The introduction...

26 by Johan De Gelas on 12/19/2013

The Next Generation of Micro Server SoCs: ECX-2000 vs Atom 2000

Calxeda has announced its second generation SoC, the ARM Cortex™ A15 based EnergyCore™ ECX-2000. We try to estimate how this new Server SoC compares to the latest Intel Atom...

45 by Johan De Gelas on 10/29/2013

Intel's Xeon E5-2600 V2: 12-core Ivy Bridge EP for Servers

The core architecture inside the latest Xeon is typically a step behind what you find inside the latest desktop and notebook chips. A longer and more thorough validation is...

72 by Johan De Gelas on 9/17/2013

The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on the Professional Storage Market

Over the past couple of decades, the server market has evolved from closed, proprietary, and most importantly extremely expensive mainframe and proprietary RISC servers into today's highly competitive x86...

60 by Johan De Gelas on 8/5/2013

Intel re-architecting the datacenter

This week, Intel is hosting a datacenter event in San Francisco. The basic message is that the datacenter should be much more flexible and that the datacenter should be...

18 by Johan De Gelas on 7/22/2013

AMD Evolving Fast to Survive in the Server Market Jungle

There are two important trends in the server market: it is growing and it is evolving fast. It is growing fast as the number of client devices is exploding...

80 by Johan De Gelas on 6/18/2013

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