21 Aug IBM POWERs Scale Up With Its Newest Servers

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Note: This blog contains contributions from Moor Insights & Strategy principal analyst, Patrick Moorhead IBM has had a string of success in recent quarters with its Systems business lines and last quarter, was the growth driver for the entire company. Part of that can be attributed to Z mainframes but was also driven by the […]

17 Jul Lenovo Launches ThinkAgile CP “Composable Cloud” Platform

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ThinkAgile CP overview LENOVO The market for cloud services and private cloud software is booming based on IT’s desire to simplify and speed up its operations and therefore put more effort into strategic projects and applications. As a former IT practitioner, I cannot tell you how valuable this is, but how difficult it can be to […]

16 Jul What Is Qualcomm Really Doing With Its Server Division?

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Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon talks growth opportunities at CES 2018 Since May, there has been a lot of rumor and speculation on what Qualcomm was going to do with its server division given CEO Steve Mollenkopf’s Wall Street 2018 promise to cut a billion dollars by 2019 expenses.  The news stories and headlines ranged from […]

26 Jun HPE Discover 2018: Livin’ On The Edge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise ’s Discover conference was held in Las Vegas last week and the company was laser-focused on edge computing, cloud computing, and the autonomous datacenter. When it comes to technology conferences, most companies strive to paint an inspiring vision of the future. Oftentimes though, that vision is almost science fiction—no real linkage to […]

20 Jun How Has The AMD EPYC Server Processor Done In Its First Year?

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A beaming Lisa Su, AMD CEO, stands in front of an EPYC-based server rack Advanced Micro Devices, AMD, re-entered the server market with the launch of its EPYC processor one year ago today. This launch was significant and could be described as a very big bet by AMD against a competitor that owns over 99% […]

18 May IBM Extends Its Reach In The Datacenter Through Nutanix

IBM has been making a lot of noise in the datacenter recently. In December of 2017, the company’s POWER9 platforms hit the market with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI). In March of this year, Rackspace and Google gave the first public peak at the Zaius and Barreleye 2 Open Compute platform at the Open […]

13 Jul Lenovo Moves The Datacenter Ball Forward At NYC Transform Event

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Lenovo held their Transform event in NYC This past week I attended the Lenovo Transform event in New York City. During the opening keynote, I literally had a front row to some big Lenovo enterprise announcements. The overarching narrative of the day was that Lenovo wants to move from being a PC company to being a […]

11 Jul Intel’s New Xeon Scalable Processors Are Its Broadest Datacenter And Carrier Play Yet

Intel is a giant in the in the server chip space commanding 99% market share, and in compute for the data plane of datacenter storage and networking, 50 to 75% share. This may lead some to believe the company’s datacenter growth prospects are dim. Not so fast. First off, cloud, HPC and AI are growing […]

30 Jun Has AMD Secured A Spot In The Datacenter?

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When AMD exited the server market back in 2012, it held 10% market share. While not a large chunk of the market, the legacy of Opteron and relationships with OEMs and big datacenter customers translated into market significance. This was important, as this market significance assured broad software ecosystem support when AMD released a new […]

30 Jun Cisco Live Day 3: Leaning Into Security

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Wednesday’s keynote opened with a dramatized video of a police interrogation Today I’ll be wrapping up my analysis of Cisco Live 2017, which I attended this week in Las Vegas. I’ve been busy this week, publishing recaps of both Day 1, and Day 2—today we’ll finish out with Day 3’s security keynote. Many know Cisco […]

28 Jun Cisco Live Day 2: All About Deeper Tech And A Glimpse Into Cisco’s Future

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I’ve been attending Cisco Live this week in Las Vegas—yesterday I published my recap of Day 1’s  opening keynote. On Day 1 we heard more from CEO Chuck Robbins about Cisco Systems’ intent-based network, and Robbins’ overall vision for the company—it was a great kickoff to the event. Today,I’ll be recapping the Technology Vision Keynote […]

27 Jun Cisco Live Day 1: All In On The Network Intuitive

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Cisco’s Chuck Robbins presents at Cisco Live 2017 It’s been a busy few weeks for us analysts, with HPE Discover, the AMD EPYC launch, and Lenovo Transform held last week. No rest for the weary though—this week I’m attending Cisco Live in Las Vegas. Cisco Live is the networking powerhouse’s premier annual event (this year […]

22 Jun HPE Leading The Pack With Support For AMD’s EPYC Datacenter Chip

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HPE President Antonio Neri and AMD CEO Lisa Su at AMD’s EPYC launch Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) made big waves in the industry this week with the launch of its 7000 series high-performance datacenter processors. I attended the pre-brief event in Austin, this past week, and I’ve already written my deep-dive on the launch, and […]

21 Jun AMD EPYC Datacenter Processor Analyses

Forbes: HPE Leading The Pack With Support For AMD’s EPYC Datacenter Chip, by Patrick Moorhead with contributions by MI&S staff Forbes: AMD EPYC Server CPU Launches With Broad OEM, ODM, ISV, IHV Support, by Patrick Moorhead with contributions by Anshel Sag RESEARCH PAPER: Power/Performance Determinism, by John  Fruehe RESEARCH PAPER: SPEC CPU 2017 & Changing Performance, […]

21 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: Power / Performance Determinism

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Today’s demanding workloads and complex environments leave businesses looking for every ounce of available performance from their systems. While CPU vendors strive to deliver the highest level of performance at all times, CPU manufacturing processes leave some variability that prevents vendors from capitalizing on every last drop of performance in an individual CPU. Because CPU […]

21 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: SPEC CPU 2017 & Changing Performance

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Benchmarks help determine the relative performance of different platforms, neutralizing technical differences so IT can better ascertain the actual workload impact. The SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark has helped IT generate a relative performance baseline for CPUs across different platforms for over ten years. But being more than a decade old means the benchmark no longer […]

21 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: AMD EPYC Brings New RAS Capability

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With each new enterprise platform transition, the reliance on technology increases. Today, businesses are looking to strategies like digital transformation to reshape their operations, but these new approaches to business will put more stress and reliance on servers. By digitizing, instrumenting, and capturing untold amounts of data, businesses can get a better handle on their […]

21 Jun AMD EPYC Server CPU Launches With Broad OEM, ODM, ISV, IHV Support

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AMD EPYC processor The server CPU business has never been any easy one for anyone, even for Advanced Micro Devices, who once held 25%-unit share. Many companies have tried and failed to penetrate the enterprise “wall of Intel” the last decade and I have seen one go out of business, one get bought, many cease […]

20 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: Scaling Up To Digital Transformation

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Changing business cycles are driving more uncertainty as IT grapples with digital transformation and infrastructure modernization—keeping companies relevant by building an IT infrastructure for today, which is also adaptable for the future. But existing infrastructures cannot respond well to changes in the environment, scaling poorly to meet new challenges with resources that may not be […]

19 Jun HPE Goes Big With New Gen10 Servers

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HPE Gen10 Family Last week, I attended HPE Discover in Las Vegas and I wrote a pretty lengthy column recapping the main keynote and themes of the show (which you can read here), but today I wanted to go ahead and recap the Gen10 Breakout Session which gave the best overview of the launch. I […]