New Dell PCs – Predictable Evolution and…

The concept of “law” means different things to different people. For some, laws are rules defining conventional/unconventional behavior. For others, they are immutable strictures or even barriers begging to be tested. But I’d argue that the most important (and, ironically, the least discussed) aspect of law is its predictability. That is, laws clearly delineate expectable outcomes with certain events or behaviors. You “can’t drive ‘55”? Don’t be surprised by a traffic ticket and hefty fine when you’re caught. Feel like scamming strangers, neighbors or family members? Maybe a change of scenery for the next 5-10 years would do you good. Rush hour traffic frustrations might make road rage seem reasonable. But in real life with the cops on hand? Not so much. Which brings me to Moore’s Law—the best remembered contribution Intel co-founder Dr. Gordon Moore made to his company and industry. As with more prosaic laws, some in IT considered Moore’s observation to be somehow immutable even though he himself, along with Arthur Rock, understood that economic reality would eventually overtake and erode its value. But the larger benefits of Moore’s Law were found in the predictable insights it provided semiconductor partners and resellers, as well as potential buyers. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new PC or system, how do today’s products match what you can reasonably expect in 12 to 18 months? Do you really need latest/greatest features and performance? Are those qualities needed by a select few or are they important to mainstream users, too? Those points are reflected in Dell’s latest PCs based on Intel’s latest 8th generation “Coffee Lake-H” Core processors. Interestingly, the new solutions’ benefits are designed to touch a wide range of mobile PC customers, including consumers, business people and gamers. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Moore’s Law Is Golden

The lead-up to the 50th anniversary of Moore’s law resulted in a deluge of news stories, reminiscences and analysis. Was that necessary or even appropriate? Actually, yes, especially as you realize the broad influence of technology on private and public sector organizations and individuals in virtually every corner of the globe. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Death, Taxes And Moore’s Law
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Death, Taxes And Moore’s Law

Of the fundamental certainties in life – death, taxes, my sports teams losing and Moore’s Law – only one can eagerly anticipated, like Grantley-EP, the code name for the newest member of Intel’s server chip family. Up to three times the performance of its predecessors, the Xeon E5-2600 v3 – available in 26 models – was officially launched this week, along with servers from the likes of Dell, IBM, Lenovo, and Supermicro. HP jumped the gun 10 days earlier, and Cisco made its server announcements  last week, but essentially, the gang’s all here. While server revenues were up 2.8% last quarter, according to Gartner, shipments were down for the top three vendors (HP – 22.9% market share, down 2.9%; Dell – 19.6%, down 11.4% and IBM – 7.7%, down 9%). x86 servers inched up 1.4% in units, but jumped 8.1% in revenue. IDC’s findings were similar, but noted that demand for servers in the public cloud continues to be a major driving force for market growth. “While many of the largest of these companies have already undergone periodic datacenter expansions over the past year, public cloud demand for new servers will continue to outpace the general market in the immediate future,” stated IDC’s Kuba Stolarski, Research Manager, Enterprise Servers. Cloud is just one of the megatrends driving the server market, Brian Payne, Executive Director of Server Solutions, Dell, told IT Trends & Analysis. His company does ongoing research with 5,000 customers, and also partnered recently with Intel to find out that customers are investing heavily in megatrends like Big Data and software-defined everything. “Over 80% of IT decision makers had key investments … dedicated to these megatrends”, he said. And 60% of them are running some mix of traditional apps with new apps. “It means we’re in the midst of a big change… [but] at the end of the day… our customers are talking about how can I deliver business results.” The other key trend plays to a traditional Dell strength, reducing complexity. “Over 90% of the organizations we talk to are looking for some kind of simplified system management.” Businesses are in the midst of facing disruptive forces such as hybrid cloud computing, mobility, big data and software defined data centers while balancing initiatives that deliver exponential enhancements towards IT operational efficiency, said Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, in a prepared statement. “Dell’s new PowerEdge servers help instill confidence with IT decision makers as they invest in a broad spectrum of infrastructure to efficiently run current workloads, embrace application modernization and successfully navigate emerging architectural designs.” Payne said the core foundation of the 13th PowerEdge generation...

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Microsoft’s Project Catapult Puts Custom Chips in the Cloud

Microsoft is testing a new server technology with Project Catapult that is likely to play an important role in future cloud computing environments—a server technology that can dramatically increase the performance of some data center workloads and breathe fresh life into Moore’s Law, all without significantly increasing server cost or power consumption. Microsoft Research’s Project Catapult pairs Intel Xeon CPUs with high-performance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors configured to perform a set of predefined, resource-intensive calculations that are the core of the Bing search engine page-ranking service. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Intel’s…: Why You should Still Care about Moore’s Law

At a media and analyst event in Santa Clara, CA, Intel executives, including Rani Borkar, VP of the Product Development group, Mark Bohr, Intel senior fellow, Technology and Manufacturing group and director, Process Architecture and Integration, and Stephan Jourdan, Intel fellow, Platform Engineering group, detailed the company’s new “Broadwell” microarchitecture and optimizations made possible by Intel’s 14nm manufacturing processes. These included: For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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