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Intel Introduces Ice Lake | Gestalt IT Rundown: April 07, 2021

Intel finally released its next-generation server platform, Ice Lake, yesterday. We discuss this story and much more with special guest host Calvin Hendryx-Parker on this week’s Rundown.

Google Saves Us From Software Patents | 0:41 

You may have heard of Google and Oracle and that they have been long locked in a legal battle over the public API of Java. This dates back to before Java was even part of Oracle. Android as a platform was created in the mid-2000s and Google based its mobile operating system on it to make it more approachable by developers. They got a bit of a punch in the face when Oracle acquired Sun and was promptly sued for infringing on Sun’s copyrights. Lot’s of back and forth, but we finally have a ruling by the Supreme Court and Google has come out on top.

Read More: ZDNet: Google beats Oracle in biggest programming copyright Supreme Court case ever

Global Chip Shortages Impact Everyone | 2:49 

Global Chip Shortages Impact EveryoneIt seems strange, but you might not be able to buy a new car right now and it’s not because of a shortage of steel. Instead, automakers can’t source the silicon chips they need due to a global supply crunch. The same is true of many enterprise IT products, and we expect this to impact the cost of everything from phones to laptops.

Read More: ARS Technica: Chip shortage shows no signs of abating, may drag into 2022

Apple Committing to “Grid-Scale” Energy Storage | 6:12

It may not be the 1.21 gigawatts needed to power your time machine, but Apple has announce a commitment to store 240 megawatt-hours of energy. The better new might actually be that 110 of its manufacturing partners to use 100% renewable energy. This is all part of making Apple’s supply chain and products carbon neutral by 2030.

Read More: ARS Technica: Apple commits to build “grid-scale” energy storage in California

VAST Data Gets Out of the Hardware Business | 7:48 

Familiar Tech Field Day presenter VAST Data just announced that they’re going to stop making hardware. This isn’t because they’re out of business, far from it; Instead they’re going to focus on delivering software as a subscription, with others providing the hardware.

Read More: Blocks and Files: VAST Data exits hardware business, pivots to software subscriptions

Intel Introduces Ice Lake | 10:48 

Frequent viewers of the Gestalt IT Rundown known that we’ve been waiting with bated breath to learn the details of Intel’s next-generation server platform, code name Ice Lake, for years. The company finally released these next-generation server CPUs yesterday, and they address most of the concerns we’ve had with Intel’s server chips, namely more cores, more memory, and PCIe 4.0. But Ice Lake is a lot more than a new chip.

Read More: Intel: Welcome to How Wonderful Gets Done 2021

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.