AMD’s Q1’15 earnings announcement just came out a bit ago, and while we’re still waiting for the analyst call to take place to get more details, there is one item we want to get to right away, and that’s the fate of AMD’s dense server business. As part of today’s earnings release, AMD has announced that they’re existing the dense server system business – operating under the SeaMicro brand – effective immediately. AMD initially acquired SeaMicro back in 2012 for $334 million as part of their larger play into being an agile company, aiming to take a big chunk of what was expected to be a fast-growing market micro/dense server market. In the microserver model, servers are built using very large numbers of lower performance...

VMware announces vSphere

VMware takes its first official steps into true Cloud Computing territory; let's have a closer look at what to expect.

11 by Liz van Dijk on 4/22/2009

The Best Server CPUs part 2: the Intel "Nehalem" Xeon X5570

Better hardware virtualization, a vastly improved server platform, and eight logical cores per CPU: it's no secret that the Xeon "Nehalem" X5570 is the Formula One car among the...

44 by Johan De Gelas on 3/30/2009

SSD versus Enterprise SAS and SATA disks

We compare RAID configurations of up to 16 SATA drives, up to eight SAS drives, and up to eight Intel X25-E SLC SSDs in different situations and try to...

66 by Johan De Gelas on 3/20/2009

The Best Server CPUs Compared, Part 1

This article is different from the previous ones, as we have changed the methodology we use to evaluate a server CPU. Read on, and find out why we feel...

29 by Johan De Gelas on 12/22/2008

AMD Shanghai Launch - Database Testing

AMD's new 45nm Shanghai CPU launches today and we ran tests using database workloads. What changes, and what remains the same?

31 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 11/13/2008

An Introduction to Virtualization

For those readers finding our in-depth studies of various technologies a bit too daunting, we've created an introductory piece that should allow anyone an easy entry into the fascinating...

16 by Liz van Dijk on 10/28/2008

Intel Xeon 7460: Six Cores to Bulldoze Opteron

Despite the huge die size and 1.9 billion (!) transistors, the six-core Xeon 74xx is a wallflower, for both the public as Intel's marketing. If you've invested in a...

36 by Johan De Gelas on 9/23/2008

Container-Based OS Virtualization

Taking a dive into the inner workings of another form of virtualization: Container-based OS virtualization.

1 by Liz van Dijk on 7/8/2008

Sixteen Cores, Four Sockets

The quad-socket market is extremely interesting and exciting as AMD's quad-core Opteron and Intel's quad-core Xeon MP are well matched. We show you our first sixteen core benchmarks.

0 by Johan De Gelas on 6/17/2008

Sun Fire X4450: Challenging the HP and IBM bastion

Sun challenges market leaders IBM and HP by claiming that the Sun Fire X4450 can deliver the performance and the functionality of their best 16-core 4U servers in a...

0 by Johan De Gelas on 5/25/2008

Hardware Virtualization: the Nuts and Bolts

If you like to understand how binary translation, paravirtualization, and hardware virtualization work, this article is for you. We delve deep into the heart of VMware ESX, Intel VT-x...

1 by Johan De Gelas on 3/17/2008

The IT view of CeBIT 2008

We look at the newest AMD and Intel servers and some of the newer storage devices presented at the CeBIT 2008 show.

0 by Johan De Gelas on 3/13/2008

VMworld Europe 2008 Coverage

Bits and pieces of what we learned about virtualization at VMworld Europe 2008, which took place in Cannes around the end of February.

0 by Liz van Dijk on 3/10/2008

Application Virtualization

We provide an introductory look at a versatile answer to safe software deployment and distribution. We have a short overview of the different approaches, and we'll check out some...

11 by Liz van Dijk on 2/25/2008

The Google Mini - A look at Google's entry-level search appliance

Google's Mini laid bare: we take a closer look at its functionality and put its performance to the test.

19 by Liz van Dijk on 12/21/2007

AMD's 3rd generation Opteron versus Intel's 45nm Xeon: a closer look

The new Xeon 45nm (or Xeon 54xx series) arrived in the lab weeks ago, so a server CPU benchmark update is overdue. However, there is another reason we decided...

43 by Johan De Gelas on 11/27/2007

Affordable storage for the SME, part one

This is the first article of series of articles in which we explore the world of Storage Area Networks (SANs) in search of affordable storage solutions for SMEs. We...

21 by Johan De Gelas on 11/7/2007

Intel "Harpertown" Xeon vs. AMD "Barcelona" Opteron

Intel and AMD release new-and-improved quads: AMD ships Barcelona and Intel tweaks the current Xeon. We see how the two stack up against each other in the IT world.

77 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 9/18/2007

Low Power Server CPU Redux: Quad-Core Comes to Play

We take a look at the latest low voltage G-stepping quad-core Xeon and compare it to AMD's current low voltage offering.

36 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 9/13/2007

AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona: Defending New Territory

Today AMD's third generation Opterons launches - only at 2GHz, but packed with many clever tricks to improve the IPC and with a surprise update coming in the near...

46 by Johan De Gelas on 9/10/2007

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