06 Jan INVESTOR CORNER: ARM-based Microservers are Dead; Long Live ARM-based Servers

Moor Insights & Strategy “Investor Corner” is content specifically written for the professional investment community.  This analysis was written by Steven Eliscu as part of Investor Corner, L-sq Advisors, January 5, 2013.  See important disclosures and disclaimers below. In the world of server processors, especially the ~$2.5bn (2013) opportunity for those x86 processors used in the cloud, the […]

12 Dec Why Web Giants Buy Dell Infrastructure

There is no Santa Claus. It’s crushing as a 7 year old to come to that realization after years of believing in the narrative. But the jolly man in a red suit isn’t the only myth being exposed these days. Also, the supply chain for some of the world’s largest cloud data centers isn’t necessarily […]

12 Dec Dell Executing Cloud Flanking Move With Red Hat

When Dell backed away from developing their own public cloud a few months back, some were thinking Dell would essentially exit the cloud services business. Today at Dell World in Austin, TX, Dell made some announcements that clearly showed it’s very much doing what it takes to become a cloud player.  What I consider to […]

12 Dec RESEARCH PAPER: Dell and Red Hat Collaborate to Deliver OpenStack for Enterprise

Highlights of the Dell – Red Hat Joint Announcement on 12/12/2013 Dell and Red Hat will expand their collaboration to co-engineer enterprise-grade OpenStack for private clouds. Dell is the first company to “OEM” Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) OpenStack Platform, containing RHEL, KVM, and OpenStack. Dell has joined the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner […]

12 Dec RESEARCH PAPER: Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS), a Strong Alternative to DIY in Hyperscale

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Over the last decade, large search engine, social media, and cloud providers have built giant datacenter capacity to power their internet services, and they have found themselves needing a new type of server to support their massive scale. For these organizations, their IT infrastructure is the cost of goods sold for the services they provide. […]

03 Nov New Lenovo Servers Won’t Drive Significant Market Share Shift

Last month, I wrote an overview of the Lenovo Group server business outlining their opportunities, strengths, weakness, and threats. I offered recommendations for Lenovo Group to break out of their current market share position in the “other” category and make a serious play in the server market. At last week’s Lenovo’s server announcement, I was hoping to see something very different, but […]

03 Nov POSITION PAPER: Lenovo ThinkServer RD540 and RD640- Small Steps Forward

In September, 2013, Moor Insights & Strategy published an overview analysis of Lenovo’s server offering entitled, “Understanding Lenovo’s Server Position”, and stated that there was an opportunity for Lenovo to break out of their current market share position in the “other” category and make a serious play in the server market. With Lenovo’s latest server […]

14 Oct Network Virtualization Versus Next Generation Servers: Who Wins?

Virtualization on standardized hardware is a key IT trend that began in the late 1990’s with the consolidation and virtualization of storage using SAN and NAS technology.  Costs plummeted, customers had greater control and deploying/re-provisioning became a more seamless and agile process.  Then in the early 2000’s, compute became virtualized on x86-based platforms, bringing those […]

14 Oct RESEARCH NOTE: Software Defined Networking and Emerging Server Form Factors

Does the answer to network complexity live in network virtualization or rethinking the server chassis? Virtualization on standardized hardware is a key IT trend that began in the late 1990’s with the consolidation and virtualization of storage using SAN and NAS technology.  Costs plummeted, customers had greater control and deploying/ reprovisioning became a more seamless […]

09 Oct Are Frustrated Cisco End Users Now Driving The SDN Agenda?

Unbeknownst to many, there will be a very important meeting tonight that could have a significant impact on SDN’s (Software Defined Networking) future. Tonight, the ONUG (Open Networking Users Group) board of directors, including executives from Bank Of America, Citigroup, Fidelity Investments, GAP Inc, JP Morgan Chase, and UBS will meet with the leaders who are defining SDN standard.  While I’m […]

03 Oct RESEARCH NOTE: Understanding Lenovo’s Server Position

In today’s server market, there is much focus on the big three, Dell, HP and IBM, who collectively hold approximately 70% of the unit shipments (68.4% in Q2 2013 according to IDC).  The top two, Dell and HP truly control the market volume with IBM holding a very distant third, having declined over the last […]

30 Sep Can Lenovo Repeat What They’ve Done With PCs In Datacenter Servers?

Lenovo has been on quite a roll lately in PCs and phones.  They recently took the #1 global PC spot from Hewlett-Packard and have the #2 smartphone share in China.  As a company, Lenovo is very interested in driving revenue beyond the PC, and while its smartphone business has received a lot of attention, their server […]

25 Sep Dell’s Oracle OpenWorld Announcement Portends To A Very Close Future

Today, Michael Dell announced in San Francisco at Oracle OpenWorld that Dell and Oracle are once again deepening their business relationship.  I will outline what these announcements are below, but the most interesting thing about today’s announcement is about what this could mean in the future.  It seems that with every successive Dell-Oracle announcement, the relationship gets deeper and wider.  Oracle and […]

09 Sep VMware NSX: A ‘Slam Dunk’, Really?

When the Chicago Bulls ruled the court in the 1990’s they had two big weapons: Michael Jordan, and an extremely solid team behind him, because basketball is a team sport.  Two weeks ago VMware hit the court with their new network virtualization product VMware NSX, and while this may potentially be a star, it is not clear that all of other pieces […]

07 Sep VMware NSX: Is it too Soon to Claim Victory?

This past week VMware made their new virtual networking product, VMware NSX, the star of VMworld, their premier North America event. But as VMware flexes its muscle at VMworld both excitement and apprehension surround the announcements and their plans for future leadership in network virtualization. We believe that those who claim VMware delivered a solid […]

28 Aug ARM-Based Processors In Storage Servers: Why Would Anyone Do That?

If you’re listening to VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger at VMWorld yesterday, the question of whether ARM-based processors might fit well into storage servers boils down to a straight-up processor performance and drivercompatibility issue.  As reported yesterday, Gelsinger reportedly says, “Even if you reduced the power consumption of ARM CPUs to zero,” x86 will still win”.  First, is […]

28 Aug RESEARCH NOTE: Are Wimpy Cores Good for Brawny Storage?

When could “wimpy” cores beat brawny ones? They have potential to do so in large-scale distributed storage deployments. This paper explores performance and resiliency tradeoffs enabled by using Calxeda’s ARM-based EnergyCore processors and their fabric-based system level architecture as the underpinning for a Ceph distributed object store implementation. Calxeda, Inktank, and Penguin announced a partnership […]

27 Aug The Battle of SDN vs. NFV

For the past 20 years there has been a slow, methodical pace of change in networking where each set of new technologies arrives, surpassing the previous generation in an orderly fashion. But today, two new technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are poised to truly disrupt that pace by changing networking […]

27 Aug RESEARCH PAPER: The Battle of SDN vs. NFV

For the past 20 years there has been a slow, methodical pace of change in networking where each set of new technologies arrives, surpassing the previous generation in an orderly fashion. But today, two new technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), are poised to truly disrupt that pace by changing networking […]

25 Aug Dell’s Oracle OpenWorld Announcement Portends To A Very Close Future

Today, Michael Dell announced in San Francisco at Oracle OpenWorld that Dell and Oracle are once again deepening their business relationship.  I will outline what these announcements are below, but the most interesting thing about today’s announcement is about what this could mean in the future.  It seems that with every successive Dell-Oracle announcement, the relationship gets deeper and wider.  Oracle and […]