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Gigabyte launches new servers with new AMD EPYC 7003 processors
by Paul Hill
Gigabyte Technology has announced over 40 servers and server motherboards that come with or support the new AMD EPYC 7003 Series processors. The firm said that these new servers are exceptional in high-performance computing (HPC), HCI virtualization, cloud, and data analytics and that they’re suitable for on-premises or cloud data centers.
The latest generation of Gigabyte servers have been tested and are ready for AMD’s latest EPYC processors. Gigabyte has several series in their server line-up including the R-series, H-series, G-series, S-series, and M-series. The full list of devices is as follows:
R-series R152-Z30, R152-Z31, R152-Z32, R152-Z33, R162-ZA0, R162-Z10, R162-Z11, R182-Z90, R182-Z91, R182-Z92, R182-Z93, R262-ZA0, R272-Z30, R272-Z31, R272-Z32, R272-Z34, R282-Z90, R282-Z91, R282-Z92, R282-Z93, R282-Z94 H-series H242-Z10, H242-Z11, H252-Z10, H252-Z12, H262-Z61, H262-Z62, H262-Z63, H262-Z66, H262-Z6A, H262-Z6B G-series G242-Z10, G242-Z11, G292-Z20, G292-Z22, G292-Z24, G292-Z40, G292-Z42, G292-Z43, G292-Z44, G492-Z51
S-series S452-Z30 M-series MZ32-AR0, MZ72-HB0 Each of the new products from Gigabyte supports up to 64 cores and 128 threads, up to 4TB of DDR4 memory (up to 3200MHz) can be installed in each socket, and there are 128 to 160 PCIe 4.0 lanes available between the CPU and drives or accelerators.
As part of its offering, Gigabyte provides Gigabyte Management Console (GMC) for BMC server management via a platform accessible through a web browser. Gigabyte Server Management (GSM) software is also available for download and allows you to monitor and manage several servers easily.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft Teams recordings to be stored on OneDrive for Business and SharePoint after March 1
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft Teams recordings typically get stored on Stream, a video management platform the company launched for businesses back in 2017. The firm announced in October 2020 that it would be transitioning storage platforms to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint, and allowed Government Community Cloud (GCC) customers to opt-out as part of a phased rollout. It has now announced firm dates for this process.
Starting from January 11, GCC Teams recordings will be stored on OneDrive for Business and SharePoint unless the setting has been explicitly set to Stream. However, after March 1, no new meeting recording will be stored on Stream, even if customers have set it as their as their preference. Instead, they will be stored on OneDrive for Business and SharePoint, utilizing existing storage quotas that customers purchased for these services. As such, Microsoft has recommended that customers change their preference before March 1, so they have better control over how and where their recordings are being stored.
The Redmond tech giant has also outlined multiple advantages of this transition including easier setting of permissions and access rights, increased quota, faster availability, and support for bring your own key (BYOK), among other things.
However, there are some limitations to consider as well. Transcription for meetings is not available in GCC, with support available for English closed captioning only. Furthermore, there is no way to prevent people with access to the recordings from downloading them. Finally, customers will not receive an automated email when a recording is ready.
The company has outlined several ways to enable and disable the new storage platforms, and has also described in detail the locations at which recordings will be saved. Microsoft has emphasized that Stream will not be deprecated in the near future and current recordings will remain as-is until they are migrated to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at a currently unannounced date.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft reportedly working on its own custom ARM chips for servers and Surface [Update]
by Rich Woods
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Microsoft is working on its own custom ARM chips, which will be used in servers and Surface products. The plan is to rely less on Intel, coming on the heels of the fanfare around Apple's transition to ARM across its entire lineup. However, according to the report, Microsoft is going to be using Arm's designs, which Apple does not do.
Apple actually calls its processors 'Apple Silicon', because they are, in fact, custom-designed. Rather than licensing the actual designs, Apple just licenses the instruction set, making its own designs. What Microsoft would be doing, assuming that this report is accurate, is more similar to what we see from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and so on.
Microsoft has been offering an ARM flavor of Windows since 2017, but to date, it's only run on Qualcomm processors. The first two generations of the product were repurposed smartphone chips, including the Snapdragon 835 and the Snapdragon 845-based Snapdragon 850.
The Snapdragon 8cx was the first one that was designed from the ground up for PCs, and it was developed by Qualcomm in close collaboration with Microsoft. Later, a slightly modified version of the Snapdragon 8cx shipped in the Surface Pro X, but this time, the chipset had Microsoft branding. The 'SQ' in Microsoft SQ1 stood for Surface-Qualcomm.
Making an ARM chip for Surface is something that really wouldn't make much sense for Microsoft, especially since it would be using the same kind of ARM license that Qualcomm uses, and also since Qualcomm's PC chipsets are already developed in such close collaboration with Microsoft. Microsoft wanting to distance itself from Intel is obvious, but it's unclear why the Redmond firm would be distancing itself from Qualcomm at this point.
Making an ARM chip for servers, on the other hand, makes a lot more sense. Microsoft announced in the past that it had plans to optimize Windows Server for ARM, and Qualcomm isn't as strong of a player in the server chipset market. The company could also use them in its Azure datacenters, and it would be a means of keeping one more thing in-house.
The chip design division inside of Microsoft reports to Jason Zander, who's in charge of Azure, so this should give you an idea on which of the two ideas the team is focused on, servers. If it was a focus on Windows and Surface, the project would fall under Windows and devices lead Panos Panay. Of course, it wouldn't be the first time a product crossed the bridge between Azure and Windows.
The report cited sources that didn't want to be named, and it did not say when we can expect to see these products.
Update: Microsoft has responded to our request for comment with a statement from communications head Frank X Shaw.
"Because silicon is a foundational building block for technology, we’re continuing to invest in our own capabilities in areas like design, manufacturing and tools, while also fostering and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip providers."
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by Razvan Serea
Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console or mobile phone) on your connected home network. Serviio works with many devices from your connected home (TV, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox 360, smart phones, tablets, etc.). It supports profiles for particular devices so that it can be tuned to maximise the device's potential and/or minimize lack of media format playback support (via transcoding). Serviio is based on Java technology and therefore runs on most platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux (incl. embedded systems, e.g. NAS).
There is also a paid Pro edition which further enhances the possibilities of sharing content in your connected household. Free vs Pro comparison.
streams audio, video (SD & HD) and image files in their native format or transcoded in real-time streams content from online sources, like RSS feeds, live audio/video streams, web page content includes a plugin system to support streaming from non-trivial online sources supports most known playlist formats supports subtitles automatically updates the media library when you add/update/remove a media file or a metadata file supports RAW camera images wide array of localized library browsing options supports different editable renderer profiles supports automatic renderer detection and per-IP profile assignment extracts metadata of your media files the way you want it, incl. embedded metadata tags, local metadata files, online metadata sources (in preferred language), XBMC, Swisscenter, MyMovies supports video thumbnails, CD covers, DVD posters, etc. categorizes video files into movie and/or series and marks last viewed episodes of a series integrates with trakt.tv Supported renderers:
Samsung TVs and Bluray players (supports additional features, e.g. subtitles) Sony TVs and Bluray players Panasonic TVs Playstation 3, Playstation 4 Xbox 360, Xbox One LG TVs and Bluray players Toshiba TVs Sharp TVs Philips TVs WDTV Live (supports subtitles) Oppo BDP-83 MusicPal DirecTV DVR Pure Flow devices ROKU Android phones, iOS phones ... and many more Serviio 2.1 changelog:
hide genres and series which are not available for the user; ticket #1125
added support for serving some TrueHD formats without transcoding; ticket #1110
added support for .m4b files; ticket #1133
added profile for Samsung N series; ticket #1122
introduced user.vmoptions file to keep user system properties intact during upgrade (Windows); ticket #1137
fixed not being able to update a user on a renderer; ticket #1121
fixed icon sizes on the MediaBrowser landing page; ticket #1126
fixed null/null in some video titles (requires metadata re-scan); ticket #1132
fixed online feed identifiers overflowing for some large libraries; ticket #1128
fixed looking up movies by year on TheMovieDb.org; ticket #1123
updated Java to OpenJDK 1.8_242
Download: Serviio 2.1 | 124.0 MB (Freeware, paid upgrade available)
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