Server and server computer-related technology were one of the fastest moving sectors in information technology earlier this year. Here are five of the most exciting developments.
Transcend release a 32 GB DDR3 LRDIMM which will make massive amounts of system RAM possible
Superseding current registered dual in-line memory module (RDIMM) technology, Transcend’s new 32 GB Load-Reduced DIMM (LRDIMM) will make use of a buffer to reduce the load imposed on a system’s memory bus.
Current RDIMM technology, which offers no buffer, is designed so that the system’s memory bus leads directly to the DRAM chip. This places a substantial electrical load on the memory bus, reducing a system’s memory speeds.
The buffer incorporated into Transcend’s LRDIMM's will act as a conduit between the memory controller and the DRAM memory. The design of which is to reduce the electrical load imposed upon the serial bus and, therefore, make a system capable of offering a larger storage capacity that doesn’t impact upon performance.
The upshot to your systems capabilities is that with the use of Transcend’s 32 GB DDR3 LRDIMMs, it will be possible to incorporate 768 GB of system memory on a motherboard with 24 memory slots – an increase of 50% on Current RDIMM technology.
ASRock exhibited a new, hybrid approach to storage
ASRock have proudly displayed their new Barebone server with hybrid technology at the CeBIT exhibition. Although the server makes use of ASRock’s excellent EP2C602-2T2OS6/D16 motherboard, this is not the main selling point of the device.
The main development is the chassis ASRock have designed to house the server, which offers increased options for storage. The unique aspect of the design is that the chassis makes use of double-sided hybrid storage that incorporates twelve 3.5” drives at the front and six 2.5” drives on the rear.
The double-sided design of the server allows for the operating system, cache and virtual machines to be run off the 2.5” drives on the rear, so that all the storage is taken care by the 3.5” drives at the front, maximising its performance.
The manufacturers of cooling modules for laptops migrated to server cooling
Chaun-Choung, a technology firm that specialises in the production of heat sinks and cooling modules is gearing up to produce more units specially designed for use in servers.
In a report by published by DigiTimes, the reason for this shift is accounted for by the steady decline in the laptop industry and the exponential growth in demand for servers. The extra demand for servers is because of the increased use of cloud computing; online services and companies obtaining unprecedented amounts of big data.
All-out bidding war over Dell
Carl Icahn and Michael Dell battled for months over the future of the company in a tense, fraught story.
The struggle between the pair has centred on the desire of Michael Dell to take the company private. Icahn is opposing this move on the behalf of Dell’s large investors, who are of the opinion that Dell is worth more.
The possible repercussion for the server industry is that Michael Dell is believed to want to realign the Dell’s focus to manufacturing datacentre equipment and software for corporations, rather than desktops and PCs. This, of course, is a reaction to the lessening of the desktop industry which is set to decline yet again in 2013 and Dell’s desire to grab a slice of the flourishing server industry.
AMD have produced the world’s first fabric-based computer servers to receive CDH4 certification
AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 ranges of servers have become the first that uses fabric based computing has become the first to receive Cloudera’s certificate for distribution, which includes Apache Hadoop Version 4 (CDH4).
The AMD fabric technology enables the use of massive bandwidth capabilities and scalable storage solutions that make it ideal for allowing companies to make use of the big data explosion. Whilst, the CHD4 certification gives customers the confidence to know that the hardware has been subjected to the most rigorous set of tests to ensure its capabilities and durability.
These five examples represent just a handful of developments in the burgeoning server industry, with demand for the features found within newer servers set to grow.
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