Archive for May, 2011

European Union to Scrutinize the WD-Hitachi and Seagate-Samsung Deals

As many industry observers expected, the two major pending storage deals, Western Digital – Hitachi and Seagate – Samsung are attracting antitrust scrutiny. Regulators in the US are looking at the deals, and now the Europea...


FTC Second Request in Seagate-Samsung, Gigabyte Xeon E3 Boards, Addonics NAS, Tough Mudder

A few bits of this week’s interesting storage news and an update on ServeTheHome including a FTC request in the Seagate-Samsung deal, new Xeon motherboards from Gigabyte, a new USB NAS solution from Addonics, and Patrick ...



Newegg Hitachi Hard Drive Packaging – May 2011 Update

One area where Newegg has had a poor reputation over the past few years has been hard drive packaging. Recently I have picked up a few OEM Hitachi (bulk) drives from NewEgg and have seen first-hand the new packaging. Since Inte...


SanDisk’s Acquisition of Pliant – The First Step?

A week ago SanDisk announced a $327 million deal to acquire Pliant Technology, I believe this is only the first step in SanDisk’s strategy. SanDisk is already well known as a top tier supplier of NAND based memory product...



Folding@home Benchmark Launched

With the sheer number of CPUs and platforms I test for ServeTheHome.com I have been keeping my own records on performance and scaling. Various benchmarks yield very different results under Windows and Linux, but also yield diff...


Supermicro H8DG6-F Dual AMD Socket G34 Motherboard Review

Dual AMD Socket G34 motherboards offer a lot of expandability and high core counts at competitive prices and the Supermicro H8DG6-F is no exception. With AMD’s current Opteron 6100 series Magny-cours socket G34 chips one ...



Low Cost NAS Boxes and Performance over Time

This weekend I got a call from a local business that produces highlight reels from video game footage. Admittedly, I am not a big gamer (my PS3 was purchased at launch and has played games for less than four hours over the year...


Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials: CPU/ Memory Sizing

Over the past few months I have looked at a number of different CPUs including the Intel Atom Pineview D510 platform, the AMD Brazos E-350 platform, and a number of Xeon E3 series CPUs like the Xeon E3-1230. At the same time I ...



EMC and NetApp do Hadoop, Intel Z68/ 22nm Atom, LSI shipping volume, Gluster Appliance

This week saw some very interesting news with LSI announcing new milestones, EMC and NetApp jumping into big data analytics, Intel announcing the Z68 chip set and 22nm Atom, and Gluster announcing a bare metal appliance. EMC an...


Absolute versus Relative Mouse in AMI MegaRAC IPMI 2.0 based KVM-over-IP

One question I get weekly is whether or not one should use Absolute or Relative mouse in the AMI MegaRAC-based IPMI 2.0 KVM-over-IP solutions. The answer is relatively simple: it depends.