Server Snapshots: Vendors in the Spotlight

This regularly updated feature looks at the latest offerings and trends from the server OEMs.

Cisco UCS Servers Turn 5

Project California has transformed Cisco into a major server player.

Dell Unveils Proof-of-Concept ARM-Based Server

Company officials say they expect the microserver will help fuel the expansion of the ecosystem around ARM-based servers.

Recapping the World of Server Virtualization in 2013

The virtualization space has seen significant changes over the past twelve months, but one key factor remains the same as we turn our attention to what 2014 might bring.

Cisco UCS Buyer's Guide

Cisco entered the server market in 2009 with its Unified Computing System, a series of blades and a chassis designed to simplify deployment, particularly for virtualized environments. See how its offerings compare to those of the more established players.

Dell Continues to Rise

Server Snapshot: Dell has pushed Sun out of the No. 3 server spot. Given the OEM's new array of products, will it be long before Dell's ascendancy places it at IBM's and HP's backs?

Penguin's HPC Waddle

Server Snapshot: Penguin Computing has always, as its name implies, focused on developing best practices for Linux-based systems, software and services, particularly in the HPC space.

Appro: Bringing HPC to the Mainstream Enterprise

Server Snapshot: Appro has always been about HPC. But HPC is not what it used to be, and Appro has changed to meet the needs of more mainstream enterprises with its revamped product lines built around a Scalable Unit architecture.

Verari Expands Its Blade Server Repertoire

Server Snapshot: Verari continues to feature x86 high-density blade configurations, but its offerings now include storage blades and a data-center-in-a-box for IT shops on the move.

Lenovo Server Stable Growing

Server Snapshot: In the past year, Lenovo launched its second generation of ThinkServers, equipped with more memory and storage capacity, the latest Intel processors, and virtualization capabilities. Yet the company remains in the "other" category in the various server measurement surveys.

System X Marks the Spot

Server Snapshot: IBM's innovation isn't limited to its POWER-based servers. A host of new System x and BladeCenter offerings are poised to bring Big Blue to the top volume spot.

Power and the Mainframe

Server Snapshots: Think x86 servers are the only ones worth looking at? IBM's mainframe (System z) and Power Systems (the combination of Systems p and i) may not be "standard," but they're powerful enough for pretty much any task thrown at them.

With Dell, Egenera Seeks to Generate More Than Buzz

Server Snapshot: If you thought Egenera was just a niche player in the blades market, it's time to take a closer look. Its BladeFrame line may be its primary hardware, but a partnership with Dell aims to bring the heart of its offering -- PAN Manager software -- to the masses.

Fujitsu, More Than Just the Status Quo

Server Snapshot: Everything may seem the same on the surface, but recent incremental changes and discontinued offerings reveal much activity under the hood from Fujitsu.

How NEC Beats IBM, HP

Server Snapshot: NEC may not have a big market presence in the United States, but for enterprises seeking high fault tolerance at a relatively low price, it's worthy of being a serious candidate.

Dell Hones in on Blade Market

Server Snapshot: For much of the past year, rather than attempting a winner-take-all strategy against IBM and HP, Dell has been targeting specific segments of the blade market with its M-series offerings.

HP Sharpens Server Offerings With a Focus on Blades

HP Server Snapshot: Out with old, in with new was a running theme for HP's server lines in 2008. The emphasis is now on blades, and a two-in-one 'twin blade' and a virtualization-optimized blades are among the highlights.

Lenovo Server Snapshot: Here's Looking at You, SMB

Hard-Core Hardware: Lenovo's new ThinkServer server line is aimed squarely at SMBs. With its single and dual-core offerings aimed at the lower end of the server marketplace, the jury is still out on whether the OEM will be a game changer or a niche player.

IBM BladeCenter Close Up

Hard-Core Hardware: IBM has sharpened its BladeCenter offerings in recent months. Drew Robb looks at whether these new blades will catapult Big Blue to the top spot.

IBM Server Snapshot: Big Changes at Big Blue

Hard-Core Hardware: A new mainframe offering, and the consolidation and launch of sever lines are but some of the big changes at Big Blue in the past six months.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Stratus

The OEM may be best known for its fault-tolerant servers, but it's also putting much innovation into the software side of the business.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Sun Microsystems

Sun is duking it out with Dell for the No. 3 slot. Will the architectural advances it is bringing to its systems win customers over?

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on HP

For HP, the x86 ProLiant line is where most of the action is, but don't count the Itanium-based Integrity line out just yet.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Fujitsu

If Unix is on the way out, no one told Fujitsu. In 2007, the vendor launched a new line of Unix servers it co-developed with Sun, as well as made incremental updates across the board.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Unisys

Move over ES7000 and ES3000. Unisys' focus for 2007 has been on its ClearPath mainframe line.

Server Snapshot: Spotlight on Dell

Dell is all about the future as it revamps its server lines to combine AMD and Intel quad-core processors. Will that be enough to makeover its somewhat tarnished image?

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Gateway

The Gateway brand may soon be no more, but its products will live on. What steps should server customers take before its acquisition is complete?

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Sun Microsystems

A new blade system, faster processors, and the first fruits of its alliance with Fujitsu Computer Systems has made for a busy year for the Santa Clara systems vendor.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on IBM

IBM has exhibited much growth in both revenue and product offerings since its previous appearance in the Server Snapshot spotlight.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on HP

Incremental upgrades are hardly dramatic, but they are key to keeping up with the feverish pace of technology. HP's addition of quad-core chips to its ProLiant line and dual-core chips to its Integrity line are prime examples of this.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Appro International

High-performance computing is becoming increasingly mainstream. Appro International offers a variety of solutions aimed at this space. Does it have what it takes to compete against the better-known and established mainstays?

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Penguin Computing

Penguin Computing's initial focus was Linux on Opteron. Now, it meets a wide array of high-performance computing needs through its three server lines.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Stratus

If high availability is critical to your enterprise, a fault-tolerant server is an investment to consider. Stratus is one OEM specialized in x86-based fault-tolerant systems.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Fujitsu

Can the No. 5 server vendor rise in the ranks? Fujitsu aims to. It has refreshed all three of its server lines in recent months and incorporated dual-core and virtualization technology into many of its models.

Server Snapshots: Spotlight on Gateway

From a design overhaul to AMD and dual-core chips, it's been a year of relentless change for Gateway servers.

Hardware Today: Apple Server Snapshot

Apple simplified its server line and made less equal more.

Hardware Today: Dell Server Snapshot

Performance, price/performance and price per watt is the latest mantra out of Round Rock, Texas.

Hardware Today: IBM Server Snapshot

What's in, what's out? From name changes to new processors, the changes throughout IBM's server portfolio have been plentiful in the past year.

Hardware Today: SGI Server Snapshot

Is standardization the solution for SGI? The product line has shifted from proprietary Unix to Linux on Itanium 2.

Hardware Today: Fujitsu Server Snapshot

Fujitsu is getting ready to bid adieu to PrimePower and make the volume market its prime number. Will Primergy and PrimeQuest fit the bill?

Hardware Today: Unisys Server Snapshot

Streamlined server lines, 64-bit support, and Linux compatibility have enabled this server pioneer to keep pace with the times.

Hardware Today: Gateway Server Snapshot

In the seven months since Hardware Today last looked at Gateway, the OEM released a new server, added a dual-core Xeon option to various products, and upgraded its storage offerings.

Hardware Today: Apple Server Snapshot

Apple adds new software and storage capabilities to today's Xserve line. Tomorrow will bring a move from the G5 to the Intel Core Duo processor.

Hardware Today: Dell Server Snapshot

Dell continues to gain ground while holding fast to its Intel ties.

Hardware Today: Sun Server Snapshot

New chips and servers have made for a busy few months for Sun.

Hardware Today: HP Server Snapshot

Much of HP's efforts the past six months have been spent rolling out dual-core servers and streamlining server platforms, specifically its NonStop line from PA-RISC to Itanium 2 on Integrity.

Hardware Today: SGI Server Snapshot

Despite a smattering of entry-level offerings, SGI remains focused on meeting the needs of high-end users. Nowhere is this more clear than in its growing Altix line.

Hardware Today: IBM Server Snapshot

IBM may be No. 1, but it's not content to rest on its laurels. From blades to its mainframes, big changes are afoot.

Hardware Today: Gateway Server Snapshot

Gateway may be leaving the large-scale enterprise market to the Big Four and concentrating on the lower end, but its latest offerings are state-of-the-art enough to warrant a closer look.

Hardware Today: Fujitsu Server Snapshot

Fujitsu continues to refresh its Primepower and Primergy lines, but the big news is its Powerquest servers. Built for Linux and Windows environments, the new products are designed to scale database and high-performance computing applications.

Hardware Today: Unisys Server Snapshot

Last week, Unisys unveiled its Real Time Capacity server series. What has else has the vendor been up to since its last Server Snapshot?

Hardware Today: Sun Microsystems Server Snapshot

The No. 3 server vendor is working hard to keep its server lines fresh as it surfs the crest of the server technology wave.

Hardware Today: HP Server Snapshot

HP continues to streamline its server lines, consigning the HP 9000 and AlphaServers to history in favor of a future filled with ProLiant, Integrity, and NonStop servers.

Hardware Today: IBM Server Snapshot

In an effort to meet desired utilization rates and consolidation concerns, IBM's latest additions to its eServer product family are POWER5-based offerings sporting Virtualization Engine technology.

Hardware Today: Apple Server Snapshot

Is Apple's Xserve taking a bite out of the Wintel market?

Hardware Today: SGI Server Snapshot

A high performance, low footprint Linux-Itanium 2 combo gives SGI an edge in the high performance technical computing marketplace.

Hardware Today: Fujitsu Server Snapshot

Between souping up its x86 and Sparc lines and adding a new cooling system with the latest Xeon processors to its rack and tower servers, 2004 has been busy year for Fujitsu Computer Systems. Will 2005 be the year it leaps from the Other category into the Top Five?

Hardware Today: Unisys Server Snapshot

Although Unisys is one of the longest-standing players in the server market, its hardware revenue has largely given way to that of services. We examine the vendor's latest server changes and consider its place in the server market as a whole.

Hardware Today — Dell Server Snapshot

We once thought Dell might be too low-end for its own good as well as fuzzy on its blade strategy, but the company continues to add value to its entry-level servers while it sharpens its blade focus. However, we do wonder if it will ever give AMD a chance.

Hardware Today — Sun Microsystems Server Snapshot

Will 2004 be the decisive year for Sun? We look at what the vendor's been up to since we last profiled it to determine whether the future merits sun screen or a slicker.

Hardware Today — HP Server Snapshot

In the past six months, HP has shifted its processor strategy, introduced a variety of new products, and is now weathering rumors of a split. Our latest Server Snapshot examines what the vendor's been up to and what's in the cards.