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Gartner on the 7 Myths of Hyperconverged Integrated Systems

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Gartner on the 7 Myths of Hyperconverged Integrated Systems

Certain assumptions and hype can lead to poor decisions, Gartner reports-- and such is the case with hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS), bringing about a list of 7 myths on the market.

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OpenPower Shows Off at European Summit

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OpenPower Shows Off at European Summit

The IBM-led OpenPower consortium heads to Europe with a first summit held in the continent-- one revealing collaborations in France, Germany, Spain and Turkey, as well as the launch of Supervessel Europe.

Held in Barcelona, Spain, the inaugural summit hosted the unveiling of OpenPower-based offerings designed to improve the performance of workloads including AI, deep learning, analytics and high-performance computing (HPC). It also detailed efforts to ensure IBM hardware is not the only alternative to Intel in the datacentre. These include the CAPI SNAP Framework (a co-development designed to make the implementation of FPGA acceleration technology easier, now available in beta) and a demo of OpenPower-ready FPGA accelerator boards by UK-based Alpha Data.

"Commodity platforms are proving ineffective when it comes to ingesting and making sense of the 2.5 billion GBs of data being created daily," OpenPower Foundation president Calista Redmond says. "With today's announcements by our European members, the OpenPower Foundation expands its reach, bringing open-source, high-performing, flexible and scalable solutions to organizations worldwide."

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Industry Gets Together in OpenCAPI Standard

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Industry Gets Together in OpenCAPI Standard

A number of big names in the datacentre industry get together to form the OpenCAPI Consortium, an organisation pushing an open specification designed to accelerate datacentre server performance.

Industry stalwarts forming the consortium include AMD, Dell EMC, Google, HPE, IBM, Mellanox, Micron, Nvidia and Xilinx. Their work on the OpenCAPI standard spans the entire datacentre, since it covers advanced memory, accelerators, networking and storage through a high-bandwidth, low latency open interface design promising data rates reaching up to 25Gbps, higher than the current PCIe specification's 16Gbps.

It joins CCIX and Gen-Z as a next generation of datacentres, and the 3 standards having the backing of over 30 top IT companies. OpenCAPI should appear in a number of upcoming products, such as IBM Power9-based servers, a Google-Rackspace server design codenamed "Zaius," Mellanox interconnect solutions and Xilinx FPGAs.

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IHS: Rack Density Remains Low, But Will Increase (Eventually)

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IHS: Rack Density Remains Low, But Will Increase (Eventually)

According to IHS Markit rack PDUs with power ratings in the 5-10kW range account for 41% of 2015 global rack PDU revenue-- an improvement from 38% in 2013, and proof a shift is taking place.

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IDC: Converged System Revenues Up by 12% in Q2

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IDC: Converged System Revenues Up by 12% in Q2

According to IDC global Q2 2016 converged system revenues are up by 12.1% Y-o-Y to $2.9 billion, with the new storage capacity generated by shipments reaching 1693 petabytes, a 31.8% increase over the same period in 2015.

IDC divides converged systems in 4 categories-- Integrated Systems (pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems), Certified Reference Systems (pre-integrated systems designed with hardware from multiple vendors), Integrated Platforms (integrated systems sold with additional pre-integrated packaged systems and custom engineering) and Hyperconverged Systems (a single highly virtualised system combining core storage and compute functionality).

Integrated Infrastructure and Certified Reference System revenues total $1.6bn in Q2 2016, a 4.7% Y-o-Y increase, making 54.8% of total market revenue. EMC is the largest supplier of the combined Certified Reference System and Integrated Infrastructure categories, with revenues worth $699.58 million and 43% market share.

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