At WWDC this year, Apple announced iCloud Drive to compete with the cloud storage offerings of other companies. Previous to this, iCloud did not offer the file and folder sync capabilities of other cloud storage competitors, and Apple is hoping iCloud Drive will be the answer. It is a very competitive market right now though, with some pretty major price cuts by the major players this year including Dropbox, Microsoft, and Google. Apple has now announced the full pricing structure for iCloud Drive which is more competitive than before. Just a few months ago, Apple only offered up to 50 GB in iCloud, and charged $100 USD per year for it. Google Drive at the time offered 100 GB for only $24 USD per year...

The Intel SSD DC S3700: Intel's 3rd Generation Controller Analyzed

Today Intel is announcing its first SSD based on its own custom 6Gbps SATA controller. This new controller completely abandons the architecture of the old X25-M/320/710 SSDs and adopts...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/5/2012

Inside the Titan Supercomputer: 299K AMD x86 Cores and 18.6K NVIDIA GPUs

Earlier this month I drove out to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to pay a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). I'd never been to a national lab before...

130 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2012

ARM's Cortex A57 and Cortex A53: The First 64-bit ARMv8 CPU Cores

Yesterday AMD revealed that in 2014 it would begin production of its first ARMv8 based 64-bit Opteron CPUs. At the time we didn't know what core AMD would use...

117 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/30/2012

AMD Will Build 64-bit ARM based Opteron CPUs for Servers, Production in 2014

Last year AMD officially became an ARM licensee, although the deal wasn't publicized at the time. Fast forward to June 2012 and we saw the first fruits of that...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2012

Making Sense of the Intel Haswell Transactional Synchronization eXtensions

Intel has released additional information regarding the Transactional Synchronization technology (TSX) inside their upcoming Haswell processor; it's basically an instruction set architecture (ISA) extension to make hardware accelerated transactional...

29 by Johan De Gelas on 9/20/2012

Intel's Xeon Phi in 10 Petaflops supercomputer

Intel announced the Xeon Phi ("Knights Corner") a few months ago and bought the Qlogic infiniband team and Cray fabric team to bolster its HPC efforts. A clear signal...

15 by Johan De Gelas on 9/11/2012

AMD Introduces SeaMicro SM15000 with Piledriver and Ivy Bridge Compute Cards

In its first major announcement since the acquisition by AMD, SeaMicro unveiled its SM15000 server. This is an updated version of the standard 10U SeaMicro chassis with 64 compute...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Johan De Gelas on 9/10/2012

LRDIMMs, RDIMMs, and Supermicro's Latest Twin

Most of the servers in the datacenter, especially the ones running virtualization, database, and some HPC applications, are more memory limited than anything else. There are several server memory...

26 by Johan De Gelas on 8/3/2012

The Bulldozer Aftermath: Delving Even Deeper

It has been months since AMD's Bulldozer architecture surprised the hardware enthusiast community with performance all over the place. The opinions vary wildly from “server benchmarks are here, and...

83 by Johan De Gelas on 5/30/2012

The Xeon E5-2600: Dual Sandy Bridge for Servers

Eight improved cores, 16 threads, integrated 40 lane PCIe 3.0: the new socket 2011 Xeon E5-2660 manages to package it all in a very modest power envelope of 95W...

65 by Johan De Gelas on 3/6/2012

Virtualized or Not? We've Got Numbers

We have had epic discussions with quite a few readers about the importance of virtualization in our reviews. In our six-core Opteron review we wrote: "Let there be no misunderstanding...

34 by Johan De Gelas on 2/15/2012

The Opteron 6276: a closer look

When we first looked at the Opteron 6276, our time was limited and we were only able to run our virtualization, compression, encryption, and rendering benchmarks. Most servers capable...

52 by Johan De Gelas on 2/9/2012

Acer Unveils the Thinnest Ultrabook, a 15" Ultrabook, a 1080p Tablet and AcerCloud

It technically doesn't start for another day, but CES is in full swing in Las Vegas. As part of the fun, Acer is bringing us the thinnest Ultrabook yet...

7 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/8/2012

Quick update: more Interlagos testing

As promised in our last Opteron "Interlagos" review, we have been taking the time to deepen our understanding of AMD's newest Interlagos server platform and the "Bulldozer" architecture. Server...

30 by Johan De Gelas on 12/8/2011

Bulldozer for Servers: Testing AMD's "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 Series

Last month, AMD launched their Bulldozer architecture on desktops, and the result was rather underwhelming; however, there are plenty of indications that Bulldozer simply wasn't architected to excel at...

113 by Johan De Gelas on 11/15/2011

Facebook's "Open Compute" Server tested

Facebook had 22 Million active users in the middle of 2007; fast forward to 2011 and the site now has 800 Million active users, with 400 million of them...

63 by Johan De Gelas on 11/3/2011

iCloud, iOS 5, iTunes 10.5, and OS X 10.7.2 Released

In accordance with last week's keynote, Apple users have some downloading to do: iOS 5, iTunes 10.5, and Mac OS X 10.7.2 have all been released. These updates collectively...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/12/2011

Canonical Releases Windows Client for Ubuntu One Cloud Storage Service

Ubuntu One, the cloud storage service available for Ubuntu versions 9.04 and higher, now has an official Windows client. Previously available as a beta, Ubuntu One for Windows gives...

10 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/30/2011

Rendering and HPC Benchmark Session Using Our Best Servers

Each time we publish a new server platform review, several of our readers inquire about HPC and rendering benchmarks. We're always willing to accommodate reasonable requests, so we're going...

52 by Johan De Gelas on 9/30/2011

Hybrid Cloud Computing gets real

Public Cloud Computing services are growing fast despite the fact that a lot of people do not fully trust them. Just look at the number of launched Amazon EC2...

24 by Johan De Gelas on 9/18/2011

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