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...

35 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

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...

68 by Johan De Gelas on 11/3/2011

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

Ask the Experts, Enterprise & Cloud Computing: Answers part 2

Last year we ran a little series called Ask the Experts where you all wrote in your virtualization related questions and we got them answered by experts at Intel...

9 by Johan De Gelas on 7/29/2011

Ask the Experts: Enterprise & Cloud Computing Questions Answered, Part 1

Last year we ran a little series called Ask the Experts where you all wrote in your virtualization related questions and we got them answered by experts at Intel...

14 by Johan De Gelas on 7/28/2011

Details on AMD Bulldozer: Opterons to Feature Configurable TDP

AMD’s new Bulldozer-based CPUs are just around the corner. AMD has said the release of Zambezi CPUs will happen in Q3, which means any time from now. The latest...

62 by Johan De Gelas & Kristian Vättö on 7/15/2011

Infrastructure as a Service: Benchmarking Cloud Computing

Many feel that cloud computing is just old wine in new bottles, but Infrastructure as a Service, the foundation of cloud computing, is a very interesting evolution of the...

28 by Johan De Gelas on 6/2/2011

Westmere-EX: Intel's Flagship Benchmarked

A month ago, Intel introduced its newest quad Xeon E7 series, the successor of the Xeon 7500. We gave you an overview of the Xeon's E7 lineup, but we...

62 by Johan De Gelas on 5/19/2011

Westmere-EX: Intel Improves their Xeon Flagship

Yesterday, Intel announced that their flagship server processor, the Xeon Nehalem-EX, is being succeeded by the Xeon Westmere-EX, a process-shrinking " tick" in Intel's terminology. By shrinking Intel's largest...

33 by Johan De Gelas on 4/6/2011

Ask the experts: Cloud Computing Questions Answered

Last year we ran a little series called Ask the Experts where you all wrote in your virtualization related questions and we got them answered by experts at Intel...

40 by Johan De Gelas on 3/28/2011

Cebit 2011: Some Quick Server Related Impressions

We can not say that we are dazzled by the amount of new products at CeBIT. Most demonstrations we saw and documentation we found of the tier-one OEMs were...

19 by Johan De Gelas on 3/14/2011

Balancing Power, Price, and Performance in the Server CPU World

Our last comprehensive server and server CPU review focused on some of the best and fastest x86 servers on the market. This time, we focus on more humble servers...

40 by Johan De Gelas on 3/3/2011

Opteron "Magny-Cours" Gets a Speedbump

AMD has launched 5 new Opterons yesterday. The fastest "Magny-cours" is now called the Opteron 6180SE and runs now at 2.5 GHz, 200 MHz more than its older brother...

12 by Johan De Gelas on 2/15/2011

10G Ethernet: More Than a Big Pipe

If you are looking to improve your virtualized datacenter, 10Gb Ethernet really deserves your attention. It delivers more than twice as much bandwidth as quad-port gigabit, lower latency, lower...

38 by Johan De Gelas on 11/24/2010

Hybrid Clouds: are we there yet?

Just 9 months ago, almost 1500 out of a total of 3146 readers (46%) told us in a poll that they feel that "Cloud Computing is hot air, it...

26 by Johan De Gelas on 10/18/2010

Server Clash: DELL's Quad Opteron DELL R815 vs HP's DL380 G7 and SGI's Altix UV10

Three totally different servers in one test: the dual Xeon X5670 HP DL380 G7, the quad Xeon X7560 SGI Altix UV10 and the Quad Opteron 6174 Dell R815. Three...

51 by Johan De Gelas on 9/9/2010

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