Posts Tagged server
Last week, HP announced the ProLiant Gen8 server line and the overarching Project Voyager initiative (see Wikibon and SiliconAngle’s full coverage here). While HP is the #1 server vendor, with over fifty percent marketshare, it has been under attack from Cisco’s UCS and converged solutions (through partnerships with NetApp and EMC/VCE). Convergence is about driving greater efficiency and application integration. HP spent over two years and $300M of investment on Project Voyager and this delivers on a broad range of enhancements that position HP well in the battle for convergence.
A couple of weeks ago, we showed you pictures of some of the most artfully organized cables we could find. Today, we’re taking the opposite approach. We’ve all been guilty of the disorganized cable and wire heap, and frankly, it is a crime to be ashamed of. Most of us respectful citizens will clean up our act sooner or later, however, some others don’t. These serial tanglers have earned a notorious reputation because of their unrivaled skill at creating clutter. We’ve tracked down some of the worst cases of cable abuse and narrowed it down to the ten worst. Think you have cable clutter worse than these? Let us know in the comments!
I could get so much material from this one hour video from Microsoft’s Build 2011 on the Channel9 MSDN blog.
This session will introduce the next release of Windows Server, code-named Windows Server “8”. We will talk about the engineering investments we have done in this release along with their benefits. We will also point out opportunities for developers and hardware partners to expand on the new capabilities in the product. This session will include lots of demos illustrating how Windows Server 8 lets our customers and partners move beyond virtualization and embrace a truly cloud optimized OS.
One of Cisco’s biggest strengths – it’s size – leads to one of its greatest challenges, how to keep growing. CEO John Chambers explained Cisco’s strategy in his keynote at Cisco Live – see a replay of his keynote here (Chambers starts 14 min into the video).. While Cisco is a dominant force in networking, HP’s efforts to commoditize the networking market and the rise of innovators such as Juniper, Arista and others threaten the company’s core business. The key question remains, will Cisco’s moves into adjacent markets, which will take years to materialize, be worth opening new competitive fronts against the likes of IBM, HP and even Apple?
What is the best protocol for virtualized environments? For years we’ve been hearing arguments for NFS, iSCSI and FC (and more recently FCoE). This week HP sent a strong message with their Virtual Connect Flex Fabric launch that the answer is YES! In the new BladeSystem G7, customers can Wire Once and support NFS, iSCSI, FCoE or FC. This is an industry first for a switch module which can dynamically support FC and Ethernet.
There is a great write-up of the new BladeSystem G7 on Kevin Houston’s Blades Made Simple blog (the photo above is also from his site).
My name is Stuart Miniman – you can call me Stu – and I am a new Principal Research Contributor here at Wikibon. I have worked in high-tech my entire career. Most recently, ten years at EMC, focused on storage networking and virtualization technologies. See my LinkedIn profile for more on my background.