The 10 million "comatose" servers that deliver no data or services represent $30 billion in wasted infrastructure capital, according to researchers.
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At the OpenStack Summit, the companies show a cluster of servers powered by Cavium's ThunderX SoCs running OpenStack, Ubuntu and various workloads.
Company officials say the newest PowerEdge server will give organizations an alternative to Unix servers from the likes of HP, IBM and Oracle.
The vendor said faster SPARC64 X+ chips will help the M10-1 and M10-4 servers, jointly developed with Oracle, increase performance by 30 percent.
Cavium officials say supporting Tesla accelerators in their ThunderX SoCs will benefit such markets as HPC and data analytics.
The demonstration will show the maturity of the ecosystem around the 64-bit ARM architecture as it moves into the data center.
From competition to changing workloads to tensions with China, significant changes are coming to data centers, the analysts say.
The processor eventually will join two other 64-bit Atom-based SoCs aimed at dense data center environments, a segment also being targeted by ARM.
The company, which is investing $1 billion in its cloud initiative, is continuing to grow the services offered under the Helion umbrella.
The company launches a partner program with ARM, AMD and others to develop a common platform for servers powered by ARM-based chips.
The Chinese government's anti-monopoly agency approves the $2.3 billion deal, which is still getting reviewed by U.S. regulators.
CEO Yang Yuanging said that despite U.S. security worries, its $2.3 billion proposal to buy IBM's server business will be approved by regulators.
The country will develop its own ARM-based server processors, with the first chips scheduled to launch in 2015.
The Intel-powered X4-4 and X4-8 include Oracle's elastic computing capabilities to dynamically adapt to workload needs.
The new system, powered by Intel chips and small enough to fit in closets, comes as Lenovo works to close the deal for IBM's x86 server business.
Jen-Hsun Huang says the mobile chip, which was introduced at CES in January, is generating some interest from server makers.
The company has begun sampling its "Seattle" SoC, a key part of its "ambidextrous computing" effort.
The chip maker is looking to show the strength of the software ecosystem around heterogeneous computing processing.
Government officials reportedly are worried that buying servers from a Chinese company may endanger national security.
Advanced Micro Devices is progressing on its plans to move all of its North American data centers into a single 153,000-square-foot facility near Atlanta.
Lenovo looks to assure striking Chinese workers that the company will not slash wages or benefits once it takes over IBM's x86 server business.
IBM, which is selling its x86 server unit to Lenovo, saw large declines in both server revenue and shipments, the analyst firm says.
The high-end systems are designed to tackle data-intensive workloads like big data, business intelligence and analytics and to challenge RISC systems.
The group aims to extend the reach of IBM's Power architecture by licensing the chip design to companies for servers and storage systems.
Only those customers with systems under warranty will get access to firmware updates, which had been offered for free.