Digest: Server shipments up; Amazon security clearance

August 31, 2014
network servers
Server shipments up in second quarter

Worldwide shipments of computer networking gear known as servers grew 1.3 percent year-over-year, while revenue grew 2.8 percent, according to a new report.

Hewlett-Packard led the market in the second quarter, according to the research firm Gartner — it had just over 25 percent of market share, though the company’s shipments declined 2.9 percent compared with the same quarter one year ago. HP shipped almost 570,000 units in the second quarter, taking in about $3.2 billion in server revenue.

Dell, which shipped the second-largest number of units and captured 17.4 percent of the market, saw an 11.4 percent decline in unit sales compared with the same quarter one year ago. Overall, the quarter saw “relatively weak growth on a global level,” Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement.

— Mohana Ravindranath

Cloud computing
Amazon wins Web security clearance

Amazon Web Services has achieved a Defense Department security clearance that would allow more government and defense agencies to use its Internet cloud services, the company revealed in a blog post last week.

The Defense Information Systems Agency has authorized Amazon Web Services for sensitive workloads, AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in the blog post.

This certification — for the higher-security impact levels 3 to 5 — builds on Amazon’s original certification for levels 1 and 2, which it obtained in March.

Government customers would be able to use services such as AWS Direct Connect, which lets users privately connect to data centers from offices, as well as card-based authentication systems.

Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.

— Mohana Ravindranath

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