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As sharks circle, IBM prepares its x86 exit

Once IBM completes its x86 server line sale to Lenovo, the latter will immediately take a solid third place ranking in worldwide revenues in the market.
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AppliedMicro's 64-core chip could spark off ARM core war

A decade-old race to crank up core counts in x86 chips may have lulled, but the competition has just started picking up in ARM processors.

Oracle's Sparc M7 chip to supercharge in-memory computing

Oracle has given the first peek at its upcoming Sparc M7 processor, promising big performance gains for customers who use the in-memory compute features of its 12C database.

SAP makes it cheaper, easier for customers to use Hana in certain scenarios

SAP has relaxed hardware requirements for using its Hana in-memory database platform for development and testing, in a move that could make existing Hana customers' operations easier and less expensive while also generating more Hana sales.

AMD mulls custom ARM 64-bit server chips

Advanced Micro Devices may be willing to make custom ARM server chips for customers, much like it made custom chips for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.

Atos' $830M bid for Bull is approved

Atos's offer to acquire servers and services specialist Bull has been approved, making it possible for the company to beef up its security and cloud computing offerings.

AMD's 64-bit ARM board points toward x86 coexistence

Advanced Micro Devices is moving closer to a motherboard design that will accept both x86 and ARM chips with the shipment of its first 64-bit ARM board.

Intel's Haswell coming to Xeon E5 chips this quarter

Intel has started shipping Xeon E5 chips based on the Haswell microarchitecture to server makers, and the chip will be in servers this quarter.

IBM wants to make its Watson supercomputer as small as a pizza box

IBM researchers are pursuing an ambitious project to deliver supercomputers that can be held in the palm of your hand.

ARM 64-bit chips move beyond iPhone into servers

Breaking from the cocoon of the iPhone 5S, 64-bit ARM processors will start delivering breakthrough performance in servers, aided by graphics cards used in some of the world's fastest computers.

Servers In Depth

Dell PowerEdge VRTX hits the high notes

Dell's four-blade, 32-drive, 'cluster in a box' packs high performance, high availability, and high-end management in a tidy package

IT Industry Undergoing an Epic Transition

CEO Michael Friedenberg reads the signs of an enterprise tech industry that is unraveling before our eyes. But as one computing era ends, a new one (which IDC calls the third platform) is just beginning.

Some data center operators take their chances with floods

Even most of those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy are hardening their facilities instead of moving them entirely. In the storm-prone South, however, it's a different story.

From virtual reality to non-conductive liquids, data centers innovate

Google I/O is getting most of the attention this week, but a conference at the other end of Silicon Valley showed there's plenty of innovation going on in the word of data centers, too.

CIOs Must Manage the Risk of the Status Quo

One of a CIO's greatest risks is not moving fast enough, says columnist Adam Hartung. To avoid out-of-date thinking, ask futuristic questions like "What if in five years smartphones and tablets totally replace laptops?"

Set up Windows 8 as a home server

If you have multiple PCs in your home or small office, you can save time and look professional by storing your documents and media on one PC and using network sharing to access them across all your computers and devices. This prevents you from having to store duplicate copies of files and reduces confusion when trying to find which PC a file is stored on. Additionally, you only reallyA need to worry about backing up one PC (though for safety's sake you shouldA alwaysA back up everything on a regular basis.)

Windows Server 2012 Release Preview: Compelling new features

Windows Server 2012 Release Preview features a better virtual desktop experience, much easier DirectAccess deployment and a full-scale file-classification and access control system.

Dell simplifies the blade server

Dell's PowerEdge C6220 squeezes four two-socket servers into 2RU, delivering blade server density at a rack-mount price. Insider (registration required)

Blade servers: Big power for small businesses

Many small businesses with larger server needs are turning to blade servers to pack big power into a small space. But what exactly is a blade server, and how do you know if it's right for your small business?

New Dell PowerEdge: More power, deeper management

First look: 12-gen, 2U Dell PowerEdge R720xd pairs hardware heft with first-rate remote management tools