Just over a year ago, NVIDIA announced its intentions to acquire Mellanox, a leading datacenter networking and interconnect provider. And, after going through some prolonged regulatory hurdles, including approval by the Chinese government as well as a waiting period in the United States, NVIDIA has now closed on the deal as of this morning. All told, NVIDIA is pricing the final acquisition at a cool 7 billion dollars, all in cash.
Overall, in the intervening year, NVIDIA’s reasoning for acquiring the networking provider has not changed: the company believes that a more vertically integrated product stack that includes high-speed networking hardware will allow them to further grow their business, especially as GPU-powered supercomputers and other HPC clusters get more prominent. To that end, it’s hard...
If you like to understand how binary translation, paravirtualization, and hardware virtualization work, this article is for you. We delve deep into the heart of VMware ESX, Intel VT-x...
Johan De Gelas on 3/17/2008
We look at the newest AMD and Intel servers and some of the newer storage devices presented at the CeBIT 2008 show.
Johan De Gelas on 3/13/2008
Bits and pieces of what we learned about virtualization at VMworld Europe 2008, which took place in Cannes around the end of February.
Liz van Dijk on 3/10/2008
We provide an introductory look at a versatile answer to safe software deployment and distribution. We have a short overview of the different approaches, and we'll check out some...
Liz van Dijk on 2/25/2008
Google's Mini laid bare: we take a closer look at its functionality and put its performance to the test.
Liz van Dijk on 12/21/2007
The new Xeon 45nm (or Xeon 54xx series) arrived in the lab weeks ago, so a server CPU benchmark update is overdue. However, there is another reason we decided...
Johan De Gelas on 11/27/2007
This is the first article of series of articles in which we explore the world of Storage Area Networks (SANs) in search of affordable storage solutions for SMEs. We...
Johan De Gelas on 11/7/2007
Intel and AMD release new-and-improved quads: AMD ships Barcelona and Intel tweaks the current Xeon. We see how the two stack up against each other in the IT world.
Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 9/18/2007
We take a look at the latest low voltage G-stepping quad-core Xeon and compare it to AMD's current low voltage offering.
Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 9/13/2007
Today AMD's third generation Opterons launches - only at 2GHz, but packed with many clever tricks to improve the IPC and with a surprise update coming in the near...
Johan De Gelas on 9/10/2007
AMD launches four new Opterons, two at 3GHz and two at 3.2GHz. How do they perform compared to the Intel alternatives? What about performance per watt? Well find out...
Johan De Gelas on 8/6/2007
It's 2007, and a serious attempt on the life of the PC is in the works. Shockingly, the murder is planned by nobody less than the "parents" of the...
Johan De Gelas on 7/19/2007
We take a look at two nearly identical systems and compare the low power server processor offerings from AMD and Intel.
Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 7/17/2007
Low electricity bills, very high processing power, and all at an attractive price - the newest Supermicro server promises a lot. Find out if the promises also materialize as...
Johan De Gelas on 5/28/2007
Intel shows what a non-native quad core product can deliver, beating rival AMD's quad core solution to market.
Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 3/30/2007
We take a look at a 12 drive SAS chassis from Promise and compare SAS, SATA and SCSI while taking a stroll down memory lane.
Jason Clark & Dave Muysson on 2/2/2007
With four cores in one package, the new Xeon 53xx might be able to offer the performance of a quad socket server in a much cheaper dual socket machine...
Johan De Gelas on 12/27/2006
We take a look at two nearly identical systems, with the chief difference being the CPUs used: one uses AMD Socket-F Opteron and the other Intel Woodcrest.
Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 12/18/2006
We confront Intel newest server based on the Xeon MP 7130M with the HP DL585, the popular and well-regarded ProLiant Quad Opteron server that gave HP a major edge...
Johan De Gelas on 11/10/2006