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CEO Whitman to chair HP's board

Two days after Hewlett-Packard said its chairman had resigned due to ill health, the company has named a replacement: President and CEO Meg Whitman.

By James Niccolai | 18 July, 2014 07:25

Tags: business issues, personnel, servers, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Hewlett-Packard

HP chairman resigns due to ill health

Ralph Whitworth, who'd been chairman of Hewlett-Packard for just over a year, is resigning from his job for health reasons, HP said on Tuesday.

By James Niccolai | 16 July, 2014 04:57

Tags: business issues, personnel, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Hewlett-Packard

Google looks to the day when it can quit building its own servers

Google is well-known for building its own server hardware to meet the unique needs of its massive compute network, but that won't always be the case, according to the head of its infrastructure team.

By James Niccolai | 19 June, 2014 08:09

Tags: advertising, Internet-based applications and services, Google, servers, hardware systems, internet, Low-end servers

Intel expands custom chip work for big cloud providers

Intel is stepping up its efforts to build custom chips for online giants like eBay and Facebook, giving them a boost in performance and, Intel hopes, another reason to keep buying its microprocessors.

By James Niccolai | 19 June, 2014 04:50

Tags: Components, intel, processors

Amazon CTO says business unaffected by Snowden revelations

Breaking with other players in the IT industry, Amazon's CTO has downplayed any impact of the Edward Snowden revelations on its international business.

By James Niccolai | 19 June, 2014 03:47

Tags: services, amazon.com, security, Access control and authentication, encryption, Computing services, Application services, data protection

Dell executive says HP's new Machine architecture is 'laughable'

Hewlett-Packard's attempt to come up with a new architecture for computers is "laughable" and would make trillions of dollars in software investment obsolete, according to a top Dell executive.

By James Niccolai | 13 June, 2014 05:55

Tags: Dell, servers, hardware systems, Components, Hewlett-Packard, memory

HP says 'The Machine' will supercharge Android phones to 100TB

Hewlett-Packard has kicked off an ambitious project that aims at nothing less than reinventing the basic architecture of computers. It looks like servers are its initial target, but HP is also working on an Android version that it says could lead to smartphones with 100TB of storage.

By James Niccolai | 12 June, 2014 12:43

Tags: hardware systems, Components, memory, Hewlett-Packard

HP's 'Machine' is a big bet on the future of server hardware

Hewlett-Packard is reportedly developing a powerful new type of computer that draws on technologies under development at HP Labs, including memristors and silicon photonics.

By James Niccolai | 12 June, 2014 03:13

Tags: servers, hardware systems, Components, memory, Hewlett-Packard

HP enters supercomputing market with water-cooled Apollo system

Hewlett-Packard has entered the market for supercomputers with a new Apollo family of systems, including a high-end machine that has a novel water-based system to keep it cool.

By James Niccolai | 10 June, 2014 08:53

Tags: supercomputers, High performance, hardware systems, Hewlett-Packard

Mesosphere aims Twitter clustering tool at the enterprise

Apache Mesos, a software package for managing large compute clusters that's been credited with helping Twitter to kill its Fail Whale, is being primed for use in the enterprise.

By James Niccolai | 09 June, 2014 16:49

Tags: Mesosphere, open source, Green data center, twitter, software, system management, environment

Mesosphere aims Twitter clustering tool at the enterprise

Apache Mesos, a software package for managing large compute clusters that's been credited with helping Twitter to kill its Fail Whale, is being primed for use in the enterprise.

By James Niccolai | 09 June, 2014 16:49

Tags: Mesosphere, open source, Green data center, twitter, software, system management, environment

Cavium packs 48 cores into ThunderX ARM chips

Cavium will begin sampling a family of 64-bit ARM server processors later this year that pack up to 48 cores on a chip and are optimized for particular workloads.

By James Niccolai | 03 June, 2014 16:51

Tags: computex, Components, Cavium, processors

Apple's Yosemite OS brings new interaction between Mac and iPhone

The next version of Mac OS X, called Yosemite, will bring new levels of interaction between Macintosh computers and other Apple devices when it's made available for free early in the fourth quarter, Apple said on Monday.

By James Niccolai | 03 June, 2014 04:52

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones, iPhone, entertainment

HP reports higher profit but cuts up to 16,000 more jobs

Hewlett-Packard has reported increased profits as its PC business turned in a strong quarter, but the company will slash thousands more jobs to reduce costs.

By James Niccolai | 23 May, 2014 06:59

Tags: business issues, hardware systems, financial results, Hewlett-Packard

How Netflix streams movies to your TV

At peak times, Netflix accounts for around a third of the consumer Internet traffic in North America. This week, one of its senior engineers described how it gets all those movies to your screen.

By James Niccolai | 22 May, 2014 06:13

Tags: netflix, entertainment

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