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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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Panamax Debuts VT4315 Pro at CEDIA 2016

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Panamax Debuts VT4315 Pro at CEDIA 2016

CEDIA 2016 sees Panamax present the VT4315 Pro-- the first full-featured, vertically-mounted, IP-enabled power conditioner from the company offering a new angle on the M4315-PRO BlueBOLT-enabled power conditioner.

The VT4315 Pro mounts vertically on the back of equipment, and leverages on BlueBOLT IP control technology to control 12 outlets in 8 banks (4 individually controlled outlets and 8 in paired duplex banks). As Panamax puts it, such a configuration enables remote monitoring and reboot in either real-time or via scheduled commands from the connected equipment in the rack.

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IDC: Server Revenues Flat as High-End Servers Decline

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IDC: Server Revenues Flat as High-End Servers Decline

According to IDC global server revenues reach $13.4 billion in Q2 2016-- a -0.4% Y-o-Y decline caused by a pause in hyperscale datacentre expansion and a drop in high-end server sales.

In addition, the robust enterprise refresh cycle of 2015 makes for difficult Y-o-Y comparisons, even as Q2 2016 server shipments increase by 2.6% Y-o-Y to 2.4 million units.

Volume system revenues are up by 5.3% and midrange system demand is up by 12.7%, to $10.6bn and $1.3bn respectively. Enterprise investment in scalable systems for virtualisation and consolidation helps midrange systems, together with increases in x86-based mission critical systems. However the quarter sees declining high-end system revenues (by -31.4% Y-o-Y to $1.6bn) due to a difficult compare to the prior year.

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