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IBM Re-Ups with U.S. Army for $62M Cloud Deal

IBM Re-Ups with U.S. Army for $62M Cloud Deal

IBM has announced its second major cloud win in three months, signing a $62 million, five-year deal ...

“Why Aren’t My Security Tools Working?” A Unified Cyber Defense Battle Plan

“Why Aren’t My Security Tools Working?” A Unified Cyber Defense Battl...

Threat actors are getting better, faster, and more efficient at compromising networks, taking only minutes or less ...

Spurred by Global Ambitions, Inspur in Joint HPC Deal with DDN

Spurred by Global Ambitions, Inspur in Joint HPC Deal with DDN

Inspur, the fast-growth cloud computing and server vendor from China, and DDN, a leader in high-end storage, ...

Shared Economy Start-up Uses AI-based Compatibility Testing for Online Rental Marketplace

Shared Economy Start-up Uses AI-based Compatibility Testing for Online Rent...

Seeking the next big idea in the “shared economy” pioneered by Uber and Airbnb – while also ...

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Making use of the "dry powder" accumulated via the spin off of its software business last year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is acquiring hyper-converged infrastructure specialist Simplivity Corp. to expand its hybrid IT offerings. The buyer (NYSE: HPE) said Tuesday (Jan. 17) said it would pay $650 million in cash for the converged systems vendor based in Westborough, Mass. Rumors ... Full article
IBM has announced its second major cloud win in three months, signing a $62 million, five-year deal with the United States Army to build and manage a cloud solution for the Army’s Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Ala., part of the Army’s long-term private cloud enterprise program. Two months ago, Big Blue and American Airlines announced that IBM had been ... Full article
Threat actors are getting better, faster, and more efficient at compromising networks, taking only minutes or less to breach systems. Unfortunately, organizations are taking weeks, if not longer, to discover these breaches. In fact, over the last decade the “detection deficit” – the time it takes adversaries to compromise networks vs. the time it takes those organizations to discover ... Full article
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The storage sector continues to attract investment as more vendors emerge to help enterprises cope with the demands of storage and quickly accessing more data. Earlier this month, a pair of storage startups announced significant late-round funding: all-flash storage vendor Kaminario said it raised $75 million while hybrid cloud storage specialist Panzura announced a $32 million funding round. Panzura, ... Full article
Inspur, the fast-growth cloud computing and server vendor from China, and DDN, a leader in high-end storage, have announced a joint sales and marketing agreement to produce solutions based on DDN storage platforms integrated with servers, networking, software and services from Inspur, which has several systems on the current Top500 supercomputers list. The two companies said they will jointly ... Full article
While encouraging a secure and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT), the U.S. will work to provide spectrum and other infrastructure assets while promoting global interoperability standards and technology innovation, a Commerce Department report stresses. The report released Thursday (Jan. 12) by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration aims to formulate a national IoT strategy. Among other responsibilities, the Commerce ... Full article
Seeking the next big idea in the “shared economy” pioneered by Uber and Airbnb – while also incorporating compatibility matching capabilities of dating and social media sites – an AI newbie has put forth an online business model based on renting items many of us own – party supplies, power tools, wheelchairs, lawn equipment, video gear – to those ... Full article
Global IT spending is forecast to increase by 2.7 percent in 2017, a modest increase that might be higher if not for "political uncertainty in global markets," according to a new Gartner Inc. forecast that also predicts strong annual server sales driven by cloud rollouts. Garter (NYSE: IT) reported Thursday (Jan. 12) that worldwide IT spending projected to total ... Full article
The combined market value of blockchain-based technologies, such as cryptocurrencies, is measured in the billions of US dollars. With cryptocurrency gaining legitimacy, it’s worth knowing what security measures are used to “cover your assets” — as well as what the issues are — before you join in the gold rush. Mining & Proof In order to prevent fraud, including ... Full article
Responding to growing concerns about cloud security and data governance across different platforms, Google is expanding its cloud security options with the release of encryption key management service. The Cloud Key Management Service is intended to broaden encryption options on the Google Cloud Platform as the shift to multi-tenant cloud services expands. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) said Wednesday (Jan. 11) ... Full article
To a large degree IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have done what they said they would – assembling a substantial and growing ecosystem and bringing Power-based products to market, all in about three years. Now, says Ken King, general manager, OpenPOWER, for IBM Systems Group, it’s time for all that organizational and technology rubber to hit the road and ... Full article
As more evidence emerges regarding enterprise adoption of application containers in production, a market analyst finds that the micro-services are among the fastest growing technologies used to implement cloud infrastructure. New York-based 451 Research estimated this week the application container segment reached a robust $762 million in 2016 and is forecast to grow at a 40-percent compound rate over ... Full article
Someone recently asked for my thoughts on smart manufacturing, or the so-called IT revolution in the factory. They couldn’t believe I didn’t see it as the salvation of American manufacturing. Don’t misunderstand. Smart manufacturing has a place in reviving American manufacturing. I have a smart factory. We employ the latest in pick-to-light systems that use light displays to direct ... Full article
The unexpected shut down of early application container developer ClusterHQ at the end of 2016 has some observers predicting that a shakeout in underway in the container sector as critics question whether sales to date justify skyrocketing valuations for container startups. In late December, San Francisco-based ClusterHQ announced it was shutting down operations after just over two years of ... Full article
Bio-processor developer Edico Genome is collaborating with storage specialist Dell EMC to bundle computing and storage platform for analyzing gene-sequencing data. The partners said this week the platform will be based on Edico Genome's DRAGEN processor that uses an FPGA for hardware acceleration. That processor will be integrated with a Dell 4130 server for souped up genome analysis along ... Full article
As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at Gartner Group. Because the types of data ingested by analytics packages are evolving from structured to hybrid data–containing text, objects and other formats– the market will respond to that transition by offering packaged applications that ... Full article
Nvidia with Mercedes-Benz and Intel with BMW made major autonomous vehicle announcements this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, with Nvidia/Mercedes vowing the release a driverless car by the end of the year and Intel/BMW saying that approximately 40 test vehicles will be on the road in the U.S. and Europe during the second half of 2017. The Nvidia/Mercedes ... Full article
The growing desire to speed the deployment of enterprise software is being hampered by a shortfall in automation skills and "fragmented" testing processes. Lack of training and tools along with unclear testing processes were most often cited as obstacles to faster deployments, according to new software testing survey released this week. Continuous software delivery is a growing enterprise requirement, ... Full article
The traditional way IT conducts performance analysis and capacity management for their infrastructure is, officially, a dinosaur. From the most advanced scale HPC architectures to commodity hardware and software based distributed environments to proprietary platforms, the standard approaches are increasingly irrelevant and incapable of realizing the required efficiencies and performance. First, a quick review of what performance analysis and ... Full article
Some years quietly sneak by. 2016, not so much. It’s safe to say there are always forces reshaping the HPC landscape but this year’s bunch seemed like a noisy lot. Among the noisemakers: TaihuLight, DGX-1/Pascal, Dell EMC & HPE-SGI et al., KNL to market, OPA-IB chest thumping, Fujitsu-ARM, new U.S. President-elect, BREXIT, JR’s Intel Exit, Exascale (whatever that means ... Full article
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As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at ...
At first blush, and maybe second blush too, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) purchase of SGI seems like an unambiguous win-win. SGI’s advanced shared memory ...
A flurry of industry surveys have flagged open source and unlicensed software as growing security threats. Moreover, a review released by Flexera Software also ...
"Traditional" enterprises, a label attached to established companies struggling to make the transition to cloud and other digital platforms, get a failing grade when ...
The U.S. requires a national strategy to coordinate private sector efforts to deploy the Internet of Things (IoT) that includes data security and interoperability ...