IBM, HP share top spot in cooling server market
The worldwide server market grew a modest year-over-year 4.2% year in the third quarter of 2011, the slowest growth rate in seven quarters, IDC reported in its Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. During that time, IBM wrested sole ownership for the number one position for factory revenue share from Hewlett-Packard, with the vendors tied at 29.8%. IDC attributed that shift to strong demand for IBM Power Systems (up 3.5%) with weakened demand for HP Itanium-based Integrity systems.
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Other highlights of the report were strong growth of the blade server market, which outpaced the market as a whole with 16.4% year over year growth, and 16% of overall revenue. 89% of that revenue is driven by x86 blades, and HP leads the market with 51% of revenue share, trailed distantly by IBM 18.5%, Cisco (10.7%) and Dell (7.2%).
IDC also began tracking a server form factor, so-called Hyper-Scale Servers, designed for the density, performance and energy efficiency of large scale-out data centers with parallelized workloads. IDC said demand for hyper-scale servers grew 8.7% year over year in 3Q11, and they now represent 3.4% of revenue and 5.7% of all shipments.
Platform Computing promises reusable cloud templates
Cluster, grid and cloud management software provider Platform Computing launched version 3.0 of its Platform ISF software. The new version includes a Cloud Application Designer for creating reusable templates of cloud-based applications. It also features a revamped user interface, support for Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) and VMware vSphere 5, improved application and service-level management capabilities, and a self-service portal. The product is currently in beta.
BMC Control-M automates the cloud
BMC’s venerable Control-M is expanding its reach. The workload automation platform for mainframe and distributed environments now automate workloads running on clouds based on BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management, VMware or Amazon EC2. Users can control those workloads from a role-based, self-service app for iPad or iPhone devices. Control-M now also supports Cognos’ Business Intelligence tools, and includes a new wizard conversion toolset for consolidating on to a single workload automation tool. Available now, pricing starts at $75,000.
Monitoring tool spans internal, external systems
A new version of Circonus Unified Monitoring, a performance monitoring tool that works with internal and external physical and virtual assets, is now available. Available as a hosted or on-premise software-as-a-service, Circonus provides dashboarding, trending, correlation, fault detection and notification. The latest version adds host templating capabilities, plus the ability to include notes on metrics and alerts. The software is available as a free thirty day trial and pricing for Circonus Unified Monitoring starts at $15 per host per month.