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Mm, what's that smell, Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Yes, it's death

Microsoft is once again warning administrators that the end-of-life date for SQL Server 2005 is now just six months away. Redmond on Tuesday sent out a reminder to companies that its 2005 database server edition will officially be considered out of support on April 12, 2016. This means SQL Server 2005 systems will no longer be …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2015

175 MILLION websites still powered by Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 support ended a month ago today, but there are still 175 million websites on the public internet – about one in five – that are powered by the operating system. Plenty of the machines also run Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, a version of Redmond's web server that has primitive security compared …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2015
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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

The third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 is here, and with it, Microsoft takes another step forward into the much-hyped world of cloud native computing. Most importantly, this build gives us our first look at Windows Server Containers, which were conspicuously absent from the previous build that shipped in May. …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015

China and the cloud sink their teeth into server sales

China and the cloud are wreaking havoc on Dell, HP and Lenovo server sales, with Chinese and Taiwan ODMs benefitting. Why should this change? Gartner says second quarter 2015 server shipments rose 8 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) but only Cisco among the tier-1 vendors benefitted from the rise, with the others seeing falling …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015
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Not quite Facebook but need scale? Dell has a DSS server for you

Dell has launched four specialised DSS servers. In August Dell said it had found a new niche between ordinary scale data centres and the hyperscalers like Facebook, eBay, Amazon and their hyper-ilk. This not-quite-hyperscale customer base would be sold to by a new DSS organisation with its own special server-based products. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015
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Google adds Windows Server to Cloud Platform

Google's Cloud Platform has offered any operating system you want, so long as it's Linux. But as of this week you can also run Windows Server in the company's cloud. The company's spinning the addition as a hybrid cloud play, writing that many of its customers “ deploy and operate diverse sets of technologies in mixed Linux …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2015
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Pro-tip: Steal a TARDIS to survive Windows Server preview death

Microsoft's decision to deliver the next version of Windows Server in 2016 has created an odd problem: the current tech preview of the new OS will expire before it ships the next pre-beta build. This state of affairs has come about because Microsoft released the first tech preview way back in October 2014, with a six-month …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2015
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Microsoft sounds 100-day DOOM KLAXON for Windows Server 2003

Microsoft's sounded the 100-day warning bell for Windows Server 2003, which exits supported status on July 14th. Redmond's rolling out the usual arguments for making the move to anything other than Server 2003: you're going to be insecure; you're missing out on the joy of virtualisation and automation, and the savings they …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2015

Squeaky bum time for server makers: Dollar dashes buyers' budgets

A currency noose hanging around the neck of customers’ budgets in Europe looks set to throttle server spending, according to IDC. Appreciation of the US dollar has forced American tech makers to increase their prices this year on several occasions, and this disrupting impact is tipped to worsen as the unsettled economic and …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2015
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HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon

Hewlett-Packard is gunning for Amazon's corporate cloud business, with fully backed Windows Server on its cloud. HP is now running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 on its Helion OpenStack cloud, with full support from Microsoft. Redmond will provide technical support for customers through its …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2015

ODMs getting fatter in Brit server space as big boys fight over scraps

Taiwanese ODMs are making some headway – albeit from a relatively small base – in the battle for the hearts and wallets of Brit server buyers, official sales statistics show. The whitebox community, which already custom builds boxes for the world’s largest service providers from Google to Facebook in North America, grew UK …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2015
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CONFIRMED: Tiny Windows Server is on the way

Microsoft's plans to decompose Windows Server into a far lighter and leaner beast are real. On Monday we reported on the emergence of a Microsoft slide deck outlining a “Nano” version of Windows Server aimed at the cloud. Microsoft's now pointed to an earlier statement about just what it plans. The pointer came in a Tweet from …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2015

Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

Exclusive One in every five public-sector health and emergency services organisations in the UK will still be running Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends extended support today. A Reg investigation of 33 hospitals, ambulance trusts, police and fire and rescue services found that many are still running Windows Server 2003 on a lot …
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Booked that expensive holiday yet Mr Server Maker? Maybe just a day trip for now

The EMEA server market is on fire, but not in a good way – both shipments and factory revenues declined in Q2 amid the currency issue and uncertain business climate. Unit sales dropped 5.6 per cent year-on-year to 523,800 servers, and the money coughed for them dipped 2.3 per cent to $3.1bn, abacus fondlers at Gartner have …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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SQL Server 2005 end of life is coming, run to the hills...

Microsoft has reminded folk selling and managing IT that another support expiry deadline is looming — SQL Server 2005 goes end of life in roughly twelve months. As of 12 April 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide updates or any form of support unless a business is willing to pay, and those types of arrangements are never cheap …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2015

Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

Microsoft has let it be known that it has a preview of Exchange Server 2016 ready to see the sun at its May Ignite conference. Along the way it's also said that the on-premises version of Exchange isn't getting much more than stuff it's already built for, and proved in, the cloud version of the server. Here's what the company …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2015
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WOW! BOOM! The Brit server market is back ... in a way, sort of

Brit businesses and local public sector organs are spending on servers again, but it's Dell and Cisco who are mopping up most of this organic goodness. Gartner’s numbers for Q1 are out: shipments grew a little over five per cent year-on-year to around 80k units, and the value of those boxes climbed ten per cent to $549m. This …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2015
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Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016

While it's looking like the final version of Windows 10 for client PCs could ship before the end of the year, it seems data center admins needn't hold their breaths. Microsoft confirmed on Friday that the next version of Windows Server won't arrive until 2016. "As we continue to advance the development of these products, we …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015

Windows Server 2003 and the industry refresh that never was

Tight budgets and the cloud were among the reasons companies didn’t sign off migration projects for Windows Server 2003 in their droves, as customers ignored big vendors' security scare tactics. So say some of the largest tech suppliers in the market, who had estimated a bit of a server sales bump both before and after …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2015
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Hey Amazon, why so expensive for SQL Server in your cloud?

Licensing Microsoft’s SQL Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS) costs much more than it does on other cloud platforms, according to a customer who has researched the options. A SQL Server licence typically costs more than the VM (Virtual Machine) on which it is hosted, so it is significant when evaluating cloud providers ( …
Tim Anderson, 02 Feb 2015
The Black Knight, defeated

Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

Updated Microsoft has taken wraps off its latest tools for the modern data center, including a new application container tech for Windows and a micro-sized version of Windows Server that's tailored for cloud deployments. We first heard rumors of Microsoft's so-called Nano Server in March, when a leaked slide deck suggested that …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2015
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Pull on your dancing shoes, the server market's ALLLLIVE

It looks like execs behind the biggest server-makers can dust off those dancing boots and get jiggy with it again – the market is expanding in both box shipments and the value of them. The second half of last year proved to be a turning point for what had become a shrinking sector, with Gartner reporting prelim numbers showing …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2015
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Server market grew at its fastest rate since 2010, say Gartner's mystics

Hard-pressed server slingers have finally got some news they want to report – sales are growing at the fastest rate since 2010 and the value of them is up by double digits too. Has the world gone mad? The worldwide market expanded by almost 18 per cent in calendar Q1 to $13.39bn, as unit shipments bounced 13 per cent to 2.66 …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2015
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Official: Whiteboxer Super Micro is a $2bn server company

+Comment Commodity server vendor Super Micro has reached a $2bn run rate with its latest quarter's results. In Q2 fiscal 2015, the three months that ended 31 Decemer 2014, revenues jumped 41 per cent year-on-year to $503m, as profits grew to $31.24m, 134 per cent up the same period in fiscal '13. Super_Micro_Quarterly_Revs_to_Q2_fy2015 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

More than half of companies are now expected to miss the deadline to quit Windows Server 2003 before Microsoft’s 14 July end-of-extended-support cut-off point. Many will seek security cover through Microsoft Custom Support Agreements (CSAs) charged at $600 per server, or reckon on having in place their own plans for coping. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015

Lenovo exec: Yes we can get IBM's server biz out of the crapper

Interview Lenovo Europe president Eric Cador is banking on a major overhaul of its enterprise supply chain – among other things – to help the x86 business it acquired from IBM “recover” lost ground. In the UK alone, IBM’s revenue share slumped to $31m by Q4 ’14 from $61m in the prior year’s quarter, caused by the uncertainty surrounding …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015
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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

Microsoft is officially charging customers at least $600 per server to safely run Windows Server 2003 after its July 14 support cut-off date. The number has come to light from Microsoft licensing expert Paul DeGroot of Pica Communications, who told The Reg he knows customers who’ve been quoted this figure. The price is for the …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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Staff at stumbling server storage supplier QLogic brace for big layoffs

QLogic, swaying in the doorway with a tatty photocopy of its lousy prelim results in hand, has warned staff they will be axed to cut costs. A couple of weeks ago, the server-storage connectivity card vendor signaled poor first fiscal 2016 quarter results were coming: sales will be up to $19m lower than the most optimistic …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015

Right, we've bagged IBM’s X86 server biz... now what? – Lenovo

Now that Lenovo has IBM’s X86 server business, it’s able to freely participate in partnerships with storage suppliers. Does it view storage as a market into which it can expand? Although not a storage vendor in the mainstream array sense Lenovo does have a number of storage product lines: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015

Microsoft's message for Win Server 2003 users: FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES

With 160 days to go before extended support for Windows Server 2003 reaches the end of the line, Microsoft has popped up with some scaremongering tactics helpful advice. Come 14 July, any businesses running the 12-year-old OS will need to cough a princely sum to receive custom support from Microsoft as no more security patches …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2015
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Huawei and Inspur Electronics challenge Q3 server status quo

The server status quo was shaken up in the third quarter of 2014, with Asian intruders mopping up growth and making their presence felt. Huawei and Inspur Electronics are expected to be non-existent on revenue, but should grow fastest in terms of products shipped, according to Gartner’s latest data estimates. Hewlett-Packard …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Dec 2014
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IDC says server-based storage sales are soaring – and Dell's pwning the market

IDC’s latest quarterly storage tracker shows EMC clawing back some lost ground, HP growing, IBM overtaking NetApp – and Dell selling the most storage capacity of all. IDC_storage_tracker_Q2_2015 IDC Storage Tracker, Q2, 2015 The research house tracks vendor and original design manufacturer (ODM) storage market shares based …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015

Insight: Have you heard about Windows Server 2003 support?

As organisations using Windows Server 2003 march - perhaps with ill-found confidence - toward the expiry date for Microsoft support, Insight Enterprises has scare stories galore warnings for them. The software licence and box slinger reckons it has identified five “key problems” that will give sysadmins sleepless nights and …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015

Latest Gartner wololo: Win Server 2003 refresh might be off the cards

Price hikes caused by the robust dollar could result in European server customers deferring purchases for at least the first half of this year, potentially translating into another period of stagnating revenues. With Microsoft ending support for Windows Server 2003 and Intel refreshing Xeon – which made vendors respond with …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015

Handing over emails in an Irish server to the FBI will spark a global free-for-all, warns Microsoft

Microsoft has warned a US appeals court that forcing it to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland would demolish internet user privacy worldwide in a “global free-for-all”. At the heart of the matter is a row over whether the Redmond giant should cough up messages held in an Irish data center – messages belonging to …

Microsoft rolls up more Windows Server 2012 R2 updates

Microsoft has issued a new “rollup” of enhancements and fixes to Windows Server 2012 R2. The new rollup is the third for the OS and, as is described here, offers downloads for more than 40 issues. Perhaps the most notable addition is the Office 365 management pack, as it gives Windows Server admins the chance to “monitor the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014

Microsoft improves Azure SQL Server cloud service, simultaneously makes it worse

Microsoft has announced improvements to its Azure SQL Database service, which offers a managed SQL Server database with patching and operating system maintenance handled automatically by the cloud service. At the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) summit currently under way in Seattle, Microsoft Data Platform VP T.K …
Tim Anderson, 06 Nov 2014

Lenovo: We now OWN IBM's shrinking Euro server biz. It's OURS!

Lenovo has finally got its hands on IBM’s volume server business in Europe months after the transaction closed in the rest of the world, and the comparatively hard work now begins in earnest. The transfer of the System X division to the new Chinese owners happened for most last October but was delayed in the fragmented European …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jan 2015

Windows Server 2003 support deadline is TOMORROW – but thousands don't care

Tomorrow marks the end of support for Windows Server 2003 but plenty of customers, of all shapes and sizes, weighed up the cost versus the risk factors and will continue to make do with their dusty old boxes. From 14 July, Microsoft will not issue any further security patches or firmware upgrades, and buying custom support is …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2015
Wile E. Coyote goes over the edge again

Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

Windows XP is officially gone but its server companions Windows Server 2003 and Server 2003 R2 live – just not for much longer. Mainstream support for the server duo ended on 13 July 2010 but the expiration of extended support is now just three months away: 14 July 2015. The date is critical as that’s when security updates and …
Tim Anderson, 07 Apr 2015

Alcatel-Lucent buries EDGE routers in x86 server fleet

Alcatel-Lucent is the latest firm to announce that it's turning its entire routing code base into a virtual router to run on x86 server platforms. The VSR (Virtualized Service Router) is described by the company as a “suite of software applications” based on the company's non-stop routing code, and the company's planning a …

Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations

Microsoft has started issuing increasingly stern warnings to move from the soon-to-be-unsupported Windows Server 2003, but has also just found an obstacle to migrations away from the operating system. The problem manifests when users run Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers serving the same domain. …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014

Migration skills shortage looms as Server 2003 DEATH DATE approaches

A channel-wide migration skills shortage is a real danger this summer as stragglers strain available resources by making an eleventh hour dash to flee Windows Server 2003, distributor veterans are warning. Public and private sector organisation have 176 days to escape the software before extended support expires on 14 July, …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2015

400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

Businesses of Britain are still running Windows Server 2003 on hundreds of thousands of physical boxes ahead of a certain important deadline on 14 July next year. According to HP, there are 900,000 instances of the eleven year-old software out in the wilds and 400,000 physical boxes, with 218 days to go before Microsoft pulls …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2014

It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 will pass out of Microsoft support on July 14, 2015. Different organisations report different numbers, but all agree that there are millions of Server 2003 servers still running in the wild. Microsoft says there are 11 million Server 2003 servers still running. Gartner says eight million. Several internet …
Trevor Pott, 18 May 2015

UK server market is BACK... to business as usual

Call it a slide, a slump - whatever the preferred adjective - it was back to business as usual for the downbeat UK server market in Q2 as those dratted big iron systems tumbled off the edge of a cliff again. Not every vendor had a tough time, but overall factory revenues declined eight per cent year-on-year in dollar terms to $ …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2014
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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

A fifth of those running Windows Server 2003 are currently expected to miss Microsoft’s deadline to move before it terminates support next year. That number will likely increase as Windows Server 2003 migration projects that are underway hit snags and delays. That’s according to Avanade, which reckons there's a hard core of …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2014
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Don't panic as Server 2003 rushes towards end of life

It is time to upgrade. In about a month Server 2003 will receive its farewell set of patches and reach the end of its officially supported life. You have been putting off the upgrades. I have been putting off the upgrades. With the weekends left to do this quickly evaporating, what's the checklist? Making a single checklist for …
Trevor Pott, 08 May 2015
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Server sales show signs of slight surge

Server sales continue to rise, according to IDC's new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, which suggests the long-term outlook for servers might even be half-way decent. The market-watcher says “factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 2.5% year over year to US$12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14 …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014


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