Calxeda, the startup building ARM-based servers for the scale out data center, has sold 130 systems and expects customers to put its systems into production before the end of the second quarter of 2013. Plus, it’s finding success in a completely new market — storage.
Does your data center compost? This question may become more relevant if an Open Compute Foundation project that’s sponsored by Facebook ends up a success. The goal is to build a biodegradable server chassis to replace existing steel enclosures.
GigaOM has learned that AMD is planning to announce its acquisition of low-power server maker SeaMicro according to industry sources. This would be a huge move for AMD, which has to double down in the server market since it has failed in the mobile market.
ARM said its next generation architecture will offer cores capable of 64-bit computing. The boost from 32-bits to 64-bits will push ARM-based processors over the last big hurdle keeping the chip IP company outside the enterprise and corporate computing market, and pit it squarely against Intel.
Intel is very serious about low power chips, although it won’t have them until 2013. The company showed off the long-rumored Haswell chips at its developer forum on Tuesday, which it says can can run all day and offer a 20x reduction in power.
Dell’s stock took a dive this morning after it said it lowered its revenue estimates of the year citing weak consumer demand, but while it’s server business remained strong there’s no doubt that Michael Dell, the company’s CEO is navigating a fine line
We’ve got another contender for energy efficiency-based disruptor to the server and data center market. Tilera, maker of massively multicore chips that it says can outperform Intel x86-based servers on several efficiency measures, has just gotten a stamp of approval from Facebook. The social media giant tested Tilera’s 64-core specialty chips’ abilities using a common data center application dubbed Memcached, and compared the results to Intel four-core and AMD eight-core based servers. For companies like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Craigslist that use Memcached to speed up responses to data queries by keeping data stored in memory, rather than on hard drives, that’s an important measure of efficiency. While Tilera hasn’t said whether Facebook has been using, or will start buying, its servers based on this newly reported capability, it does serve as an important proving point for the company’s concepts.
Facebook engineers have tested a 64-core chip from Tilera and found it ideal for grabbing data quickly from key value stores. This may galvanize the creation of new benchmarks as the debate of which architecture works best for webscale and cloud computing rages.
SeaMicro, a low-power server maker, has managed to increase the amount of computing power under its hood by 50 percent while decreasing the power consumption of its machines by a quarter. But perhaps most interesting, it has managed three new products in the last year.
We give Intel a lot of flack here at GigaOM for not being mobile enough or low power enough for scale out computing, but the chipmaker is doing all right in the server category. We discussed how well and the future for servers in this video.