Andy Patrizio

Andy Patrizio is a freelance journalist based in southern California who has covered the computer industry for 20 years and has built every x86 PC he’s ever owned, laptops not included.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ITworld, Network World, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Xilinx jumps on the SmartNIC bandwagon

Xilinx jumps on the SmartNIC bandwagon

Alveo U25 SmartNIC is designed to offload network processing tasks such as SDN, AI and NVMe over Fabrics, leaving the CPU to focus on processing data.

Report: Most IoT transactions are not secure

Report: Most IoT transactions are not secure

Data gathered by security provider Zscaler shows that not only are most internet-of-things transactions unsecured, they are also unauthorized as IoT creeps in as shadow-IT devices.

8 reasons to consider hyperconverged infrastructure for your data center

8 reasons to consider hyperconverged infrastructure for your data center

Hyperconvergence offers speed and simplicity compared to the old ways of server configuration.

Intel takes aim at Huawei 5G market presence

Intel takes aim at Huawei 5G market presence

Intel has ambitious plans to grab the 5G base station marketplace, which is still in its infancy.

IDC: Chinese server sales will take a hit due to coronavirus

IDC: Chinese server sales will take a hit due to coronavirus

Major server vendors aren't talking, but IDC says that short-term, supplies of a variety of IT devices will be short due to the coronavirus.

Japanese firm announces potential 80TB hard drives

Japanese firm announces potential 80TB hard drives

Using some very fancy physics for stacking electrons, Showa Denko K.K. plans to quadruple the top end of proposed capacity.

IBM consolidates storage products under a single brand

IBM consolidates storage products under a single brand

Big Blue is the latest to pare down multiple storage products under one umbrella, after HPE did it last summer.

Server sales projected to decline 10% due to coronavirus

Server sales projected to decline 10% due to coronavirus

Demand isn’t tapering off, but China is grinding to a halt under the strain of the pandemic.

VMware licensing increase draws ire but is a logical move

VMware licensing increase draws ire but is a logical move

Under the new VMware licensing pricing model, one CPU license will cover up to 32 cores in a single CPU. If a CPU has more than 32 cores, additional CPU licenses will be required.

Rising sales tide lifts Intel and AMD

Rising sales tide lifts Intel and AMD

Enterprise server sales aren't typically strong in Q4, but Intel and AMD benefited from high demand for server, desktop and notebook processors as 2019 came to a close.

Intel drops work on one of its AI-chip lines in favor of an other

Intel drops work on one of its AI-chip lines in favor of an other

Intel is focusing its efforts around the newly acquired Habana product line and moving to a single hardware architecture and software stack for data center AI acceleration

VMware: Executive churn, some layoffs

VMware: Executive churn, some layoffs

Multiple senior-level departures are often a cause for alarm but in this case, we don’t know why they left.

Private equity firms are gobbling up data centers

Private equity firms are gobbling up data centers

Private equity firms accounted for 80% of all data-center acquisitions in 2019. Is that a good thing?

Intel denies reports of Xeon shortage

Intel denies reports of Xeon shortage

The PC side of Intel's Xeon processor supply remains constrained, but server customers should get their orders this year.

You can now have a Mac Pro in your data center

You can now have a Mac Pro in your data center

The company that once eschewed the enterprise now has a server version of the Mac Pro. Apple's rack-mountable Mac Pro starts at $6,499.

IBM Power-based cloud instances available… from Google

IBM Power-based cloud instances available… from Google

IBM’s high-performance RISC processors are now available to Google Cloud Platform users as a service.

Gartner: Data center spending will inch up this year

Gartner: Data center spending will inch up this year

After a down year in 2019, IT spending will pick up this year, led by enterprise software and the cloud, according to IT research firm Gartner, including an uptick for data center spending that had takend a dip.

Windows Server vulnerability disclosed by NSA; don’t wait to patch

Windows Server vulnerability disclosed by NSA; don’t wait to patch

The National Security Agency warns the Windows vulnerability allows attackers to evade protections and deliver executable code while appearing as legitimate entities.

It’s the end for Windows Server 2008 support

It’s the end for Windows Server 2008 support

Microsoft recommends migrating Server 2008 workloads to Azure cloud services while enterprises modernize their apps for Windows Server 2016 or 2019 deployments.

Google Cloud launches Archive cold storage service

Google Cloud launches Archive cold storage service

Archive will focus on long-term data retention and compete against AWS Glacier, Microsoft Cool Blob Storage, and IBM Cloud Storage.

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