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Even at a glance, it's easy to see why IBM (NYSE: IBM) has the nickname Big Blue. The 100-year-old tech company has at various times been associated with everything from typewriters to mainframes to the PC, and now cloud computing.

IBM's server portfolio has undergone many makeovers since the company's first modular mainframe, the System/360, was unveiled in 1964. The System/360 was a departure from IBM's uncustomizable mainframe and is not so different from today's product families. Software and peripheral equipment were interchangeable, giving organizations a choice of five processors and 19 combinations of power, speed and memory.

Since then, IBM's server lines have undergone many changes. Today, IBM's servers are divided into three main product families: System z, System x and Power Systems. With System z, IBM offers several mainframes from which to choose. The two main flavors are the zEnterprise, which is designed to be a "System of Systems," integrating various IBM technologies to improve productivity in multi-architecture data centers and private clouds, and the IBM System z10, which takes a traditional mainframe approach.

At the other end of the spectrum is System x, IBM's x86-based server line. System x servers are available in all standard form factors -- racks, towers and blades -- with Intel or AMD processors and supporting Windows, Linux, Solaris or VMware. IBM also offers various "System x solutions," such as the IBM Express Servers and Storage for midsize businesses, which bundles together various server components. This category is the largest in terms of product choices.

IBM's Unix systems comprise its Power Systems. As the name implies, the Power processor (IBM POWER6 and POWER6+ for the latest batch of servers) is powering the box. Traditionally aimed at midrange computing environments, these servers support a host of operating systems including AIX, IBM i and Linux.

Although not entirely its own category, it would be a mistake to overlook BladeCenter, IBM's blade server offering. BladeCenter products are available for all three categories with a wide variety of chassis to meet a given set of needs.

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Spotlight on IBM Servers
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IBM Gearing Up for New Power8 Servers

IBM's first quarter 2014 results show a continued decline in hardware revenue, but Big Blue has a plan and new technology in the works.

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Lenovo Deal for IBM's Servers Getting Close U.S. Scrutiny

Government officials reportedly are worried that buying servers from a Chinese company may endanger national security.

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Oracle Server Business Shows Signs of Growth

Larry Ellison claims he's regularly beating IBM for big server deals as Oracle Engineered Systems take off.

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Lenovo: No Pay Cuts After IBM Server Deal Closes

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.

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eWEEK at 30: Intel, ARM Ramping Up Rivalry in Mobile, Server Markets

eWEEK 30: Intel is playing catch-up in the low-power mobile device market where ARM is its strongest rival. Now ARM is taking aim at Intel's bread-and-butter data center server market.

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HP Tops Slow-Growing Server Market in Q4 2013: Gartner

IBM, which is selling its x86 server unit to Lenovo, saw large declines in both server revenue and shipments, the analyst firm says.

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Samsung Joins IBM's OpenPower Foundation

The group aims to extend the reach of IBM's Power architecture by licensing the chip design to companies for servers and storage systems.

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HP Ending Free Firmware Updates for X86 ProLiant Servers

Only those customers with systems under warranty will get access to firmware updates, which had been offered for free.

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IBM Sells Server Business to Lenovo for $2.3 Billion

After another disappointing year of hardware sales, IBM throws in the towel on its low-end server business.

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IBM Adopts Flash DIMMs for New X Series Servers

Big Blue turns up the heat in the enterprise server market with DIMM-based flash tech from a devilish storage partner.

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Dell Sets Different Cloud Path Than HP, IBM

At Dell World, the vendor announces partnerships with Red Hat, Microsoft and Google, eschewing building its own public cloud.

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Server Revenues Continue to Decline in 3Q13

UNIX continues to decline as Linux rises, according to third quarter 2013 data from IDC and Gartner.

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IBM Pledges $1 Billion for Linux on Power

In an effort to help bolster its sagging Power Server Systems architecture, IBM once again bets big on Linux.

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Lenovo Looking to Strengthen Server Market Position

The hardware manufacturer is taking on the likes of Dell, HP and IBM in an effort to become a major player in the x86 server market.

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HP, IBM Lead High Performance Computing Server Market: IDC

During the first half of 2013, the HPC technical server market grew 6.2 percent, with an increase of 26 percent in unit shipments, compared to 2012.

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Intel Unveils New Xeon Chips for More Dynamic Data Center

The Xeon E5-2600 v2 lineup includes almost two-dozen chips for not only servers but also storage and networking systems.

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IBM, HP Lead Weak Worldwide Server Market: Gartner

Worldwide server shipments grew 4 percent year-on-year, while revenue declined 3.8 percent from the second quarter of 2012.

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IBM Opens Up Its Power Technology

Big Blue is looking to make a big move in the cloud data center market with a pair of strategic announcements.

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IBM Flexes New Server Muscle for POWER Cloud

Big Blue is expanding its Flex Server lineup with three new POWER 7+ server designs as well as  a new double-density x86 Flex System server.

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IBM Brings More POWER to Linux

Big Blue's new 7R4 system brings 4-socket, 32-core architecture to Linux.

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IBM Sheds Light on Software-Defined Environments Strategy

Big Blue is looking to create a more cohesive 'software-defined everything' world, largely by centering on OpenStack.

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IBM Debuts Entry-Level Mainframe for Linux

New zBC12 mainframe is powered by up to 18 microprocessors.

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IBM AS/400 Turns 25: Will It Last Another 25 Years?

IBM's System I isn't just a relic of the past and neither is RPG IV. Where are they going from here?

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What's Next for IBM Power? [VIDEO]

IBM Server Chief talks about Linux and takes aim at Oracle SPARC.

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China's Tianhe-2 Shatters Records with 33.86 Petaflop Supercomputer

Once again, a new champion reigns supreme in the latest supercomputer rankings.

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IBM PureSystems Turning One and Tackling Big Data

A year ago IBM entered the engineered server systems space - where are they now?

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Big Blue Strikes Back Against Oracle SPARC Power Claims

Whose systems are faster: Oracle's SPARC or IBM's Power?

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IBM Opens Up to OpenStack for Enterprise Cloud Foundation

Big Blue tabs the open source cloud platform as the base for all of its cloud computing offerings.

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IBM Powers Up Server Lineup

IBM debuts new entry-level POWER servers for AIX and Linux.

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IBM Rolls Out New PureSystems Data Servers

Oracle isn't the only company going after in-memory data, with a little help from Linux.

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IBM Targets Clouds, Analytics with Its Latest System z Mainframe

Big Blue is out to prove that big iron can float secure clouds and make quick work out of data analytics workloads.

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The U.S. Is Super #1 Again

Sequoia supercomputer takes the crown as the fastest computer in the world.

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Global Server Revenues Decline in 1Q12

The latest global server reports are out from both IDC and Gartner, and despite a few bright spots, overall the news isn't good.

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IBM System z (Mainframe) Buying Guide

While IBM last introduced a major new zEnterprise System in 2010, the company certainly hasn't been resting on its mainframe laurels since then.  Our latest Buyer's Guide explores the recent additions and innovations to the company's mainframe line.

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IBM Offers New PowerLinux Servers and Business Apps

Two new PowerLinux Servers help IBM address customers’ Linux application needs.

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IBM PureSystems Melds Hardware and Software Patterns

Big Blue wants to make it easier to get systems up with enterprise application pattern approach.

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IBM System x Server Buying Guide

When Intel releases a new processor, the OEMs typically race to refresh their wares. IBM is often the exception to this. Its most recent System x change up was well worth the few weeks wait.

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IBM Power Systems Server Buying Guide

When it comes to Unix servers, IBM's Power Systems are the market leaders. Do they have what it takes to empower your server infrastructure?

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IBM Power Systems

The Unix server market may be in decline, but you'd never know it from the growth in IBM's Power Systems line. From its low-end and midrange Power Express to its higher-end Power Enterprise offerings, Big Blue has a strong and ever-increasing presence in this space.

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IBM BladeCenter

With both x86- and Power-based blades, IBM's BladeCenter portfolio offers numerous options for enterprises looking to take a small but mighty approach to their IT infrastructure.

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IBM Servers

IBM's servers fall into three main product families, System z, System x and Power Systems, that run the gamut from industry standard offerings to high-end proprietary mainframes.

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The 7 Best Servers for Linux

Shopping for a new Linux server isn't as easy as you might think. Here's a round-up of what's available for those of you who want to dance with the penguin.

7 Blade Server Solutions to Transform Your Data Center

Boost your virtualization, private cloud or database-backed computing with these new blade servers. You'll save space, power and deployment headaches with high-density blade servers from your favorite manufacturers.

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IDC: Worldwide Server Revenues Sluggish but Still Up

The third quarter marked the slowest quarterly growth rate for servers worldwide since the first quarter of 2010, according to IDC. Among global vendors, IBM was the big winner, picking up enough share to pull even with HP.

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Gartner: Server Shipments, Revenue Up in Third Quarter

The research firm says worldwide server shipments and revenues were up in the third quarter of 2011, driven primarily by Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe.

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IBM Brings Windows to Mainframes

What do you get when you cross Windows and a mainframe?

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IDC Reports Strong Server Sales

IDC says server sales, especially for non-x86 platforms, continued to grow but how long can it keep up?

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Happy Birthday, IBM: Big Blue Turns 100 in June

IBM becomes a centenarian this month, a rare feat in an industry riddled with one-hit wonders and decade-old vendors that are considered venerable. How has this longstanding industry standard bearer kept pace with the times?

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10 Server Companies That Make You Think 'Buy,' 'Sell' or 'Hold'

Innovation makes companies memorable. Which of these companies will you remember tomorrow?

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Sun Shines on Oracle as Server Market Rebounds

IDC reports 'meaningful' enterprise server refresh cycle as first quarter server revenues hit $11.9 billion

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IBM System z

Mainframes may have been around since the 1940s, but, at least in the case IBM's System z, their capabilities are well suited for the 21st Century.

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IBM System x

If you're looking for an x86-based server from IBM, you'll find it in the system x server line. More than a dozen racks, towers and server blades sporting both AMD and Intel processors comprise the System x server family.

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What's Hot (and What's Not) for Servers

x86 servers are still in, but brand loyalty is out. Dell satisfies, while Oracle disappoints. Gabriel Consulting Group's third annual data center survey reveals the latest server trends and differentiators.

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Global Server Market Continues Rebound: IDC

Latest figures on global server shipments and sales underscore continuing rebound in the sector, with each measure posting double-digit annual growth.

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IBM DB2, Novell Partner for Linux Software Appliances

Linux software appliance builders now can leverage IBM's DB2 database in SUSE Studio as part of a new deal announced today between IBM and Novell.

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Still Think Linux Is Just for Start-Ups?

The London Stock Exchange switches to Suse Linux, and the Financial Times asks if this is indicative of a bellwether trend. A case of stalwart paper being behind the time, or do some enterprises truly believe Linux is just for start ups?

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White Box Server Market Evolves Past Commodity Status

White box vendors were once known for being an inexpensive source for hardware. Today, with IBM, Dell and HP selling commodity servers at similar, and sometimes lower, price points, these companies must find an underserved niche if they are to survive. Electronics Nexus is one company that has been able to this by selling high-end custom servers and GPU supercomputers to SMBs.

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Big Box Appliance Buyer's Guide

2010 was the year of the big box appliance. Oracle Exadata II, Oracle Exalogic and EMC Greenplum are but a few examples. IT historians, of course, will point out that this market was begun by such firms as Netezza and Teradata.

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10 Server Hardware Highlights of 2010

From Oracle's acquisition of Sun to Cisco releasing blade servers to SSDs going mainstream, 2010 was an eventful year for server hardware. Revisit the 10 most notable milestones.

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Server Hardware Revenue Growth Strongest in a Decade

Worldwide server hardware revenue in the latest quarter increased 13.2 percent from 2009, according to IDC. The research firm also reports HP and IBM remain in a tight race for bragging rights to the leading share of revenue.

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IBM Power Systems Buyer's Guide

IBM's release of the Power7 processor and a corresponding refresh of Power-based servers earlier this year has steadily breathed new life into what some believed was a stagnant product family. If you're in the market for a Unix server, here's what Big Blue has to offer.

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IBM System z Buyer's Guide

Despite some assertions, mainframe technology is still alive and kicking. Those in the market for one of these high-end boxes will be hard-pressed to avoid IBM's System z. The mainframe family strives to be innovative and cutting edge while remaining true to its legacy.

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IBM's New Unix Server Sports 256 Cores

Big Blue Releases its biggest Unix Server yet, a Power7 system that boasts record transaction performance.

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IBM in EU Antitrust Probe Over Mainframes

Regulators to question IBM over allegations of misbehavior in the tiny market for high-powered workhorses.

IBM Mainframe Boosts Data Center Management

The IBM zEnterprise System may change how data centers are managed.

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IBM Launches Massive New Mainframe Systems

The mainframe supports a major upgrade that reflects a structural change at IBM.

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Canonical Offers Cloud Computing Based Virtual DB2 Appliance for Ubuntu

Expanded partnership will deliver a cloud computing version of IBM's database running on Ubuntu Linux.

Canonical, IBM to Bring DB2 to Ubuntu 10.04 Server Edition

Canonical believes that a basic database certified for Ubuntu on EC2 is key to having IT shops deploy Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.

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IBM, HP Bring Unix Server Wares Front and Center

The Unix server world was abuzz last week with IBM kicking off the public beta of AIX 7, and HP launching a no holds barred offense to persuade former Sun customers to abandon SPARC/Solaris environments in favor of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on ProLiant servers.

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Now With Server Virtualization Capabilities -- IBM Launches Open Beta for AIX 7

High-end Unix systems aren't usually given the beta treatment, but IBM is betting on a wide test for some new virtualization capabilities.

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IBM's in Hot Water to Cool Servers

The latest idea in supercomputer cooling is to let the machines operate at something warmer than meat locker temperatures.

IBM to Buy BigFix for Smarter IT, Data Center Management

IBM has announced plans to acquire smarter systems management provider BigFix.

IBM Denies Server Ponzi Scheme Allegations

Devon IT appears to be suing IBM over failed virtual PC server projects.

IBM Cuts Cord on Old Hardware

IBM last week announced it was cutting support for several legacy systems. Customers have a year a half before they are left in a lurch.

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Blade Servers Buyer's Guide, x86 Edition

Looking to buy x86 blade servers? Here's what HP, IBM, Dell and Fujitsu have to offer.

IBM Announces New Server and Storage Products

The new System x3620 M3 Express runs on Intel's latest Xeon multicore processors and is optimized for storage-intensive workloads.

New IBM POWER7 Blades, Systems Software, Services Cut IT Costs, Pave Way for New Workloads for Customers

POWER7 Systems Set Benchmark Records; Cut Software Licensing by up to 80%

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Worldwide Server Hardware Shipments Up 23 Percent: Gartner

After a year of free-falling, server hardware sales are finally starting to rebound. While the numbers are good now, the industry is coming off a drop in sales in previous quarters. Which parts of the server industry are headed in the right direction?

Storage Software with System x Servers

The position of IBM is covered here with regards to the Oracle/Sun deal, and the alliance between EMC,Cisco and VMware.

IBM Server Designed for Nvidia's Tesla

IBM's half-depth Xeon server will ogffer space for Nvidias Fermi technology.

New Line of IBM Servers Lifts Performance, Efficiency To Allow New Levels of Consolidation

The new System x M3 and Blade Center systems include: Two new rack servers, the x3650 M3 and the x3550 M3 deliver 50% more memory capacity and 60% more internal storage than the previous IBM generation. The x3650 M3 is also 50% more power-efficient than the previous generation, which was the industry leader in power efficiency.

POWER Overload

This blog posting looks at the new blade servers built on IBM’s POWER7

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IBM System x Server Buyer's Guide

IBM has taken to the road with the message that Intel's Nehalem EX processors coupled with Big Blue's system engineering talents has resulted in a platform well-suited for virtualization, consolidation and mission-critical applications. Does the server hardware live up to the praise?

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Cloud Computing Is About Portability: Interop

Skeptical about cloud computing? Despite the hype, there are some real reasons why a cloud infrastructure can deliver ROI.

2 IBM servers equipped with the NEW Intel Xeon 5600 series

Check out what the latest Intel processors means to IBM server performance.

Dell, IBM Boast High-End Server Offerings

Dell may have got to the market first with Xeon 7500-based servers, but IBM boasts more than 200 customers in the first quarter.

IBM Unveils eX5 Servers

All-new class of x86 systems break constraints of 30-year technology design; can slash costs by reducing server sprawl

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IBM Adopts Novell's Linux OS for Lotus, Websphere Appliances

Under the terms of the deal, IBM will use Novell's SUSE Linux OS technology to build appliances for collaboration and business analytics applications.

IBM Expands Power 7 Line to Entry-Level and Mid-Range Blade Servers

New processors allow for expandability and improved power efficiency compared to the previous generation.

IBM Uses Open-source Server Technology to Test Cloud

IBM has selected Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as a platform in its new cloud computing service for development and test.

IBM Ends QS21 Cell Blade Servers

The second generation of QS21 Cell blades sold by IBM were first announced back in August 2007.

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Big Blue Bets Big on Red Hat's Virtualization Technology

Virtually Speaking: In the next battleground for the cloud, IBM's choice of Red Hat's virtualization technology may be changing the landscape, but don't count VMware out just yet.

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IBM Adopts Red Hat's Virtualization Technologies for Cloud Computing

Red Hat extends its cloud computing technology to IBM. But what does it take to actually win a cloud deployment bid?

IBM Cuts Power-based Server Prices

Big Blue has cut prices for upgrading from prior generations of 570 and 595 machines for the current Power 595 machines.

IBM eX5 Improves Virtualization Environments, Reduces Server Sprawl

IBM's eX5 servers offer a number of attractive features for highly virtualized environments.

IBM Innovates Servers Again

IBM has returned to the world of x86 server innovation with eX5 line.

Novell's Hedge Fund Offer Could Start a Bidding War

Novell confirmed that it has received an unsolicited, conditional proposal from Elliott Associates.

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x86 Servers Lead Nascent Global Server Sales Resurgence

After a year of spiraling toward the ground, server sales may be pulling out of the dive, with x86 servers leading the pack. Revenue continued to fall, yet it's still progress.

Lenovo Reveals New TS200v Server

The TS200v is for small to mid-sized business and boasts multiple options of customization.

HP Cloud Services a Step Above IBM

HP is set to expand its consulting by offering private cloud design services.