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Nvidia Adds ‘Parker’ CPU to ‘Brain of Autonomous Vehicles’

Nvidia Adds ‘Parker’ CPU to ‘Brain of Autonomous Vehicles’

Nvidia’s autonomous vehicle strategy took a step forward this week with the announcement of a new mobile ...

Bullish Hadoop Forecast Despite Spark Hype

Bullish Hadoop Forecast Despite Spark Hype

Despite major market inroads being made by Apache Spark, a new forecast estimates the global market for ...

Data Lakes and Overcoming the Waste of ‘Data Janitor’ Duties

Data Lakes and Overcoming the Waste of ‘Data Janitor’ Duties

Data lakes solve a lot of problems in today's big data world. When properly designed, they serve ...

NVIDIA Cries Foul on Intel Phi AI Benchmarks

NVIDIA Cries Foul on Intel Phi AI Benchmarks

This week saw the eruption of a vendor spat when NVIDIA, developer of GPUs widely used in ...


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Despite major market inroads being made by Apache Spark, a new forecast estimates the global market for the Hadoop big data framework will continue to grow at a healthy clip through 2021, fueled in part by growing enterprise demand for Hadoop services. According to a market forecast released this week by Allied Market Research, the Hadoop market is expected ... Full article
Companies, especially U.S. companies, investing the most in servers and other infrastructure also are investing more in IT managers, a new salary survey found. The DevOps salary report released Wednesday (Aug. 24) by IT automation software specialist Puppet also found that U.S. enterprises with mature DevOps practices typically pay IT "practitioners"—defined variously as system administrators and DevOps engineers—at least ... Full article
Seeking to bridge the gap between IT and developers, VMware Inc. announced a series of alliances designed to speed deployment of an enterprise version of the Internet of Things (IoT). The company (NYSE: VMW) said Tuesday (Aug. 23) it would work with Bayshore Networks, Dell, Intwine Connect, Deliotte Digital, PTC and V5 Systems to deploy and scale IoT platforms. ... Full article
Leading purveyors of application container infrastructure are downplaying a recent analysis that identifies a resource management feature in the Linux kernel as a potential "performance killer." LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) released an application container analysis last week after conducting several months of internal "pressure testing" of container infrastructure. It found that many container projects running on Docker or rival CoreOS ... Full article
The shift from traditional datacenters to cloud infrastructure is exponentially expanding server workloads, thereby increasing enterprises' "attackable surface area" and, with it, security risks, a new vendor survey warns. CloudPassage Inc., a security platform vendor focusing on shielding servers running in datacenter and cloud infrastructure, polled attendees at the recent Black Hat security conference. In findings released Friday (Aug. ... Full article
With early adopters of application container technology completing early testing in multi-tenant settings, potential performance issues are beginning to surface. Among them, according to hyper-scaler LinkedIn, is a Linux kernel feature called "control groups" used with most containers to assign resources. In an analysis based on several months of "pressure testing," Zhenyun Zhuang, a software engineer at LinkedIn (NYSE: ... Full article
When it comes to enterprise-level customer care, machine learning enables Virtual Assistant solutions to automate tasks that used to require a live agent: password resets; address and complex information collection; even sales support. Integrating machine learning into customer care opens doors to more flexible automated solutions. It also frees up live agents to focus on handling complex or revenue-generating ... Full article
In an attempt to keep pace with its cloud rivals, Google has acquired a cloud enterprise services startup and its platform for buying and selling enterprise software in the cloud. Orbitera's platform helps independent software vendors and systems integrators distribute services on the cloud. At the time the acquisition was announced, the Los Angeles-based startup listed itself as a ... Full article
Blockchain and other "crypto-currency" technologies are gathering momentum as investors continue to pour money into digital transaction approaches while banks shift from pilot projects to production deployments. According to estimates by U.K. market analyst Juniper Research, venture capitalists invested $290 million in blockchain technologies and Bitcoin companies during the first six months of this year. The researcher said more ... Full article
Micron Technology Inc. used last week's Flash Memory Summit to roll out its new line of 3-D XPoint memory technology jointly developed with Intel Corp. while demonstrating the technology in solid-state drives. Micron (NASDAQ: MU) claimed its Quantx line delivers PCI Express (PCIe) SSD performance with read latencies at less than 10 microseconds and writes at less than 20 ... Full article
The Obama administration has released a new federal open-source policy for improving access to software developed by or for federal agencies. The new policy released this week by Tony Scott, the Obama administration's CIO, "requires new custom-developed source code developed specifically by or for the federal government to be made available for sharing and re-use across all federal agencies." ... Full article
A Google-backed startup emerging from stealth mode this week is pitching a concept called the "real world web," a cloud-based platform designed to capitalize on emerging virtual reality technology to deliver "mixed reality." Big league ballparks are among the early adopters. Xperiel emerged Thursday (Aug. 11) to announce a $7 million initial funding round that includes several Google (NASDAQ: ... Full article
The latest release of a network virtualization overlay is designed to connect multiple OpenStack cloud implementations while providing a software-defined networking (SDN) approach to emerging container orchestration engines making their way into production. San Francisco-based network virtualization specialist Midokura said Wednesday (Aug. 10) the latest release of its enterprise "MidoNet" would allow container orchestration engines such as the Google-backed ... Full article
With security threats growing more sophisticated, the market for information security products is expected to boom over the next five years, led by security testing, IT outsourcing and data loss prevention offerings. Market watcher Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) said this week the IT security market would top $81 billion this year, a 7.9 percent annual growth rate that is ... Full article
By hook, crook, negligence or equipment malfunction, $40 billion worth of goods pass through checkout lanes at retail stores around the world each year without being scanned. Be it the fault of consumers (using self-checkout machines) or employees using POS systems, non-scanning cuts into retail’s thin margins, particularly those in the grocery sector. Everseen, of Cork, Ireland, is emerging ... Full article
Among the array of sensors being incorporated in Internet of Things architectures are fleets of drones being used to deliver cloud-based data such as hyper-local weather reports. The Weather Company, a cloud-based weather data platform acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM) last October, said this week it would work with AirMap, a provider of "airspace management services" for unmanned aircraft ... Full article
The manufacturing sector that is leading the way in factory automation and the leading edge of the Internet of Things, the so-called industrial IoT, is increasingly relying on statistical data to develop simulation tools that could be used for new automated manufacturing processes. Case in point is a collaborative effort between Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and university researchers in ... Full article
The scaling of machine intelligence technology in the enterprise continues apace with another successful venture funding round reported by a cognitive computing startup. CognitiveScale of Austin, Texas, said Tuesday (Aug. 2) that Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners led a Series B funding round that garnered $21.8 million. The startup launched nearly two years ago by IBM (NYSE: IBM) ... Full article
The data center has become associated with complexity as traditional storage is struggling to keep pace with workload demands. To address these challenges, industry experts anticipate Software Defined Storage (SDS) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) will be significant areas for investment in 2016 and beyond as organizations seek to manage their rising storage and compute requirements, especially those hindered by a ... Full article
Growing deployment of distributed applications on scale-out and cloud databases has, vendors claim, fueled the need to protect critical application data, resulting in data governance standards that mandate backup and recovery capabilities as part of the application stack. Those requirements prompted database recovery software specialist Data IO to forge a partnership with public cloud giant Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ:AMZN) ... Full article




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