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Dell CEO Michael Dell, who says tech spending is improving, climbed on a stage in New York Wednesday claiming that his proprietary RISC rivals might as well roll over because the industry is at another one of those world famous inflection points and this one is where the enterprise, the most robust, mission-critical applications, go whole hog to industry standard machines and Dell's gonna be there to dip his bread in the gravy. Michael, who means to accelerate the process, expects the experience to tip the scale and make Dell, already number one in servers in the US, China and Japan, the number one server vendor worldwide. To prove Michael's point, SAP CEO Henning Kagermann turned up - and SAP is as closely identified with the data center as any - to lend his support. IDC, it seems, has found that half of SAP's 70,000 sites are currently transitioning to standard syst... (more)

Why FCoE Is a Good Thing…

This is a tongue in cheek video that I took in one of my labs showing why, for no other reason but fabric reduction, that CEE/DCE/FCoE is a valuable thing for ANY IT infrastructure. A couple of things you’ll notice here are: a.) it’s loud. Sorry about that…this lab is in a thermal chamber and it gets crazy loud. b.) I’m running Qlogic 2562 HBAs (fibre channel) and Qlogic 5802V switching (more switches are coming) c.) My GigE switches are, in a word, terrible (with the distinct difference being the Foundry/Brocade switching which is good). d.) I copt a TERRIBLE NorthEastern accent…I... (more)

Oracle Fusion Middleware Delivers World Record Single-Node Result

Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, running Oracle Linux on a HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server, together with Oracle Database 11g, achieved a world record single-node result with the SPECjAppServer2004 industry standard benchmark(1). This achievement adds to Oracle WebLogic Server's current SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark records including world record results in multi-node(2) and dual-node(3) categories; the highest performance ever achieved running a clustered database(4); and the highest performance per core(5) of any result ever published. Benchmark... (more)

Ceph Day Amsterdam 2012 (Object and Cloud Storage)

Recently while I was in Europe presenting some sessions at conferences and doing some seminars, I was invited by Ed Saipetch (@edsai) of to attend the first Ceph Day in Amsterdam. As luck or fate would turn out, I was in Nijkerk which is about an hour train ride from Amsterdam central station plus a free day in my schedule. After a morning train ride and nice walk from Amsterdam Central I arrived at the Tobacco Theatre (a former tobacco trading venue) where Ceph Day was underway, and in time for lunch of Krokettens sandwich. Let's take a quick step back and address ... (more)

Dell: "The World's Largest Startup"

"Welcome to the world's largest startup!" Thus tweeted Dell Chairman CEO Michael Dell on taking the company private. Almost 70% of shareholders approved the $25 billion leveraged buyout proposed by Michael, including more than half of shareholders who are not associated with the company. Carl Icahn, politely referred to as an "activist investor" in many accounts, had tried to wrest the company away from Dell, opining in the Wall Street Journal that "the Dell board for years presided over the loss of tens of billions of dollars in market value at the hands of CEO Michael Dell. Ins... (more)

Dell Loses PC Numbers Game

HP and Dell might have statistically tied for first place in the 9.8 million PCs they each shipped worldwide in Q3, but according to IDC Dell limped along with only 3.6% growth, while HP grew 15.1%. Actually HP was ahead by 28,000 units the way IDC counts. Gartner, which has its own set of numbers and clearly gave HP first place - ahead by 110,000 units - called it the slowest year-over-year growth in Dell's history. HP hasn't overtaken Dell in three years. In the US, Dell might have been number one with 5.2 million units shipped, claiming 31% of the market, but the figure represen... (more)