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Docker as a High-Performance Enabler for Cloud Storage

Docker as a High-Performance Enabler for Cloud Storage

The container-based service Docker is gaining massive momentum in the industry, and for many good reasons. The ...

HPE to OEM SGI UV 8-Socket Technology for In-Memory Processing of Linux Workloads

HPE to OEM SGI UV 8-Socket Technology for In-Memory Processing of Linux Wor...

An 8-socket server with in-memory of 6TB for running enterprise decision support Linux supply chain, ERP and ...

Detecting ‘Multi-Stage’ Cloud Cyber-Attacks from the Start

Detecting ‘Multi-Stage’ Cloud Cyber-Attacks from the Start

From small, hardly noticeable beginnings the biggest cloud cyber-attacks grow. Called multi-stage intrusion attacks, it’s how hackers ...

Lifting the Fog of Spark Adoption

Lifting the Fog of Spark Adoption

If you’re stymied by the prospect of deploying Spark for the first time, Craig Lukasic, senior solution ...


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A growing list of cyber attacks targeting U.S. government employees has prompted the Obama administration to launch a high-profile cyber security effort that among others things will target Internet "utilities" such as open source software. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan announced by the White House on Tuesday (Feb. 9) as part of its annual budget submission to Congress gives ... Full article
The container-based service Docker is gaining massive momentum in the industry, and for many good reasons. The current appeal of Docker stems from issues associated with running VMs, namely that each one has to be provided with virtualized memory and storage resources.  Containers make it far easier to run enterprise-grade services and address concerns for data portability, scaling, processing, ... Full article
Software is defining and redefining everything from datacenters to the energy infrastructure delivering the power to run IT infrastructure. Software-defined power distribution that also incorporates predictive analytics to forecast future demand debuted late last year when the Dutch company Eneco Group rolled out what it claims is the first software-driven power plant. Teamed with AutoGrid Systems, an analytics provider ... Full article
An 8-socket server with in-memory of 6TB for running enterprise decision support Linux supply chain, ERP and CRP workloads in real time or near real-time: that’s the strategy behind a new partnership in which Hewlett Packard Enterprise will OEM SGI’s UV in-memory server technology. In so doing, HPE fleshes out its “mission critical” line of enterprise compute platforms, filling ... Full article
As datacenter managers seek to harmonize computing, storage and networking infrastructure, a market watcher forecasts that enterprise investments in this converged infrastructure along with servers will jump during the coming year. Nearly 80 percent of enterprises surveyed by 451 Research said they expect to increase spending on converged infrastructure in 2016. The market researcher also found that 60 percent ... Full article
From small, hardly noticeable beginnings the biggest cloud cyber-attacks grow. Called multi-stage intrusion attacks, it’s how hackers create a virtual machine in a public cloud to penetrate the on-prem portion of companies’ hybrid cloud environments. Multi-stage intrusions are responsible for some of the most notorious cyber-attacks in the retail, banking and entertainment industries, such as those at VTech Holdings ... Full article
Application container rivals CoreOS and Docker each released "production ready" versions of their platforms this week as the expanding container ecosystem moves to button down secure distribution of enterprise applications at scale. Industry leader Docker released the latest version of its application container platform on Thursday (Feb. 4) focusing on across-the-board container orchestration and improved networking capabilities along with ... Full article
As the pharmaceutical industry moves from the era of “blockbuster” drug discovery (developing a single drug that targets large numbers of people with a particular disease) to the era of personalized medicine (tailoring drugs to the unique physiology of individual patients), so too has come growth in the use of big data analytics and digital drug design by the ... Full article
IBM is expanding its Bluemix cloud development platform with a heavy dose of data analytics tools designed to integrate data services into a growing number of hybrid cloud deployments. The new services that include a open source graph database service also reflect IBM's investment in other open source analytics tools like Apache Spark. Along with new graph database and ... Full article
The most powerful computer systems in the world reside in the public sector – principally, at federally funded supercomputer centers. Yet some of the most demanding workload requirements reside in the private sector. Bridging the gap between the two – finding better ways to get advanced scale computing into the hands of commercial organizations – is the focus of ... Full article
It didn't take long for dents to appear in the proposed E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield. The trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement designed to replaced a 15-year-old Safe Harbor arrangement struck down last fall drew immediate criticism on both sides of the pond. European Union officials announced the deal on Tuesday (Feb. 2), days after negotiators missed an earlier deadline. The tentative ... Full article
If you’re stymied by the prospect of deploying Spark for the first time, Craig Lukasic, senior solution architect at Zaloni, offers tips and insights for overcoming some of the common misperceptions and barriers to successful Spark implementations. Below is an excerpt from an article that appears in full here at our sister publication Datanami. Clients are often confused about ... Full article
European regulators announced a framework agreement on Tuesday (Feb. 2) on trans-Atlantic data transfers that would require U.S. companies importing personal data from Europe to "commit to robust obligations on how personal data is processed and individual rights are guaranteed." Despite the breakthrough Safe Harbor deal after months of haggling, legal challenges are expected. Moreover, the 28 members of the ... Full article
Video streaming and emerging concepts like the Internet of Things (IoT) are beginning to overwhelm datacenters. For networking providers, that's proving to be a good thing as growing demand for data services are lighting up "dark" fiber optic lines installed over the last decade. Indeed, a telecommunications industry forecast notes that cloud computing, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and big data ... Full article
Targeting large in-memory Java computing implementations, Sunnyvale-based Azul Systems is releasing a new version of Zing, its scalable Java Virtual Machine for enterprise applications that includes a whopping in-memory heap size of 2TBs per Java instance, which Azul claims leads other Java runtime solutions. Whether it’s real-time data analytics, high frequency trading or a travel reservations e-commerce platform, Howard ... Full article
Microsoft is zeroing in on the steady shift to hybrid cloud deployments with an Azure cloud-based platform that would allow customers to deliver Azure services from their own datacenters. The company (NASDAQ: MSFT) unveiled a technical preview of its Microsoft Azure Stack this week, calling it the "next phase of its hybrid cloud strategy." (The preview was scheduled to ... Full article
If you’ve blown through the limitations of a cluster that can’t handle your modeling workloads, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan system is the stuff dreams are made of. Number two on the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, Titan is a Cray XK7 system equipped with tens of thousands of AMD Opteron CPUs and NVIDIA Kepler GPUs, ... Full article
Corporations are often looking for ways to automate their operations to save money as a way to "lower overhead." Software, rather than hiring another worker, is usually seen as the most cost-effective way to run an organization. According to a new report, that approach is increasingly a waste of money. The report released this week by software license optimization ... Full article
The convergence of the hyper-convergers continues with infrastructure specialist Pivot3's deal to acquire flash array startup NexGen Storage Inc. Privately held NexGen, Louisville, Colo., was spun out a year ago from SanDisk Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The boards of both companies approved the acquisition, which is expected to close next month. Pivot3, Austin, Texas, said ... Full article
Aiming to augment its virtualized platform for cyber defense with what it calls an "intelligence-led approach" to cyber security, FireEye Inc. has completed its acquisition of privately-held iSight Partners, a leading provider of cyber threat intelligence. The acquisition announced last week also combines the expertise of Mandiant, a unit of FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE), with iSight's more than 250 cyber ... Full article





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