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  • CEO and Chairman Meg Whitman said that HP is going to redouble its efforts to turn around its enterprise services business.

  • A rule change that would allow a federal judge to issue warrants for "remote access" searches would raise "monumental" concerns, the company warns.

  • The system maker is creating prototype servers running on Cavium's ThunderX SoC for a U.K. research organization.

  • Unisys' newest integrated computing models also use the latest Intel Xeon chips, with the enhancements improving performance and automation.

  • It was five years ago that Oracle finally closed its controversial $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Among all the talk about Solaris, MySQL and Java, the future of Sun's hardware business was hotly debated by industry observers. Why would then-CEO Larry Ellison, who built Oracle's fortune through enterprise software, keep a Sun hardware business that was struggling against the onslaught of x86-based servers? The skepticism continued even as Ellison repeatedly said he intended to keep—and invest in—Sun's SPARC/Solaris server technologies, with the goal of creating highly integrated systems optimized to run Oracle's enterprise applications. Five years on, Oracle has done just that, offering a growing lineup of Engineered Systems for everything from databases to analytics to the cloud, as well as building on the SPARC- and x86-based servers inherited from Sun. It hasn't always been pretty—for much of that time, the hardware business has been a drag on Oracle's financial numbers—but Ellison has persevered. In the last fiscal quarter, Oracle's hardware systems revenue was up 1 percent, to $1.3 billion, and last month, the company rolled out the next generation of Engineered Systems—the X5 line—which were aggressively priced to go after such rivals as Cisco Systems and VCE. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the systems in Oracle's hardware lineup.

  • Looking for a bit of mystery from your Linux distribution? 4MLinux delivers just that—and much more. In fact, the four M's in its name stand for maintenance, miniserver, multimedia and mystery—the four elements that the distribution delivers. The "mystery" actually refers to gaming, which is a component of 4MLinux. This is not your average Linux distribution in other areas as well. Many Linux distributions in the market today are based on larger community Linux distributions. For example, many distributions use Ubuntu as a base, and Ubuntu itself is based on the upstream Debian Linux project. That's not the case with 4MLinux, however, as it's not based on another Linux distribution. Many Linux distributions also tend to favor GNOME or KDE as the default desktop, but not 4MLinux. 4MLinux leverages Joe's Window Manager (JWM) as its default desktop environment. 4MLinux is available in several editions, including an Allinone Edition and 4MRescueKit, which focuses on the maintenance capabilities. 4MLinux 11.0 Allinone and 4MRescueKit were released on Jan. 24, while 4MLinux 11.1 beta Allinone was released on Feb. 1. In this slide show, eWEEK examines the key features in the new 4MLinux 11.1 Allinone update.

  • VCE integrates VMware's NSX SDN solution into an appliance, while EMC rolls out VSPEX Blue for hybrid cloud environments.

  • Their data analytics and cloud platforms for industrial workloads are helping scientists to cure diseases and examine the beginning of the universe.

  • The vendors are combining Lenovo's Flex Systems with EMC's VSPEX storage hardware to create solutions for private cloud and VDI environments.

  • In its first year, the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community created to leverage IBM's POWER processor, went from zero to 80—figuratively and literally. After its formation in December 2013, the foundation now has more than 80 members across the full hardware and software stack from 20 different countries. The foundation offers open access to IBM's POWER processor, making POWER intellectual property and member technologies licensable to other companies for open development. The result is an open ecosystem that draws deeper collaboration and more compelling innovation, enabling its members to share expertise, investment and server-class IP to address the evolving needs of today's customers and technology industry. "Developers now have access to an expanded and open set of server technologies for the first time. This type of 'collaborative development' model will change the way data center hardware is designed and deployed," Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Software and Systems unit, said in a statement. What follows are key moments from 2014 and a look at what's ahead.

  • IBM's new z13 mainframe is built to support mobile, cloud and analytics workloads, establishing a renewed relevance for the mainframe system.

  • The company now offers an Azure Data Center Migration Solution and expands support of its Migration Accelerator to include Linux servers and virtual machines.

  • Particularly strong for enterprise Linux, 2014 offered a rare confluence of release timing calendars. The three major enterprise Linux vendors delivered milestone updates in 2014. On April 17, Ubuntu 14.04, code-named Trusty Tahr, was released as a long-term support (LTS) version of Ubuntu. (Ubuntu issues new LTS releases every two years; each LTS has up to five years of support.) Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL) came out June 10, marking the first major RHEL update for Red Hat since 2010. Red Hat supports its enterprise releases for 10 years. On Oct. 27, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 was released, marking the first major update to SUSE's flagship enterprise Linux platform since 2009. Big enterprise Linux releases were not the only updates during the year, Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution delivered Fedora 21 Dec. 9, providing server-, cloud- and workstation-focused editions. Ubuntu 14.10, code-named the Utopic Unicorn, which debuted Oct. 23, provides new big data capabilities. Also out in 2014, Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) 1.0 Linux distribution provides a new privacy-focused OS choice. In this slide show, eWEEK looks back at key Linux events of 2014.

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