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AWS Embraces FPGAs, ‘Elastic’ GPUs

AWS Embraces FPGAs, ‘Elastic’ GPUs

A new instance type rolled out this week by Amazon Web Services is based on customizable field ...

SUSE Acquires HPE’s OpenStack, Cloud Foundry Assets

SUSE Acquires HPE’s OpenStack, Cloud Foundry Assets

Hewlett Packard Enterprise continued the selloff of its enterprise software assets this week in an expanded deal ...

IT ‘Sprawl’ Spawning Security Gaps, Survey Finds

IT ‘Sprawl’ Spawning Security Gaps, Survey Finds

The steady shift toward purchasing IT "as a service" is accelerating the decentralization of infrastructure management, fostering ...

Four Must-Knows Before Adopting Cloud Technology

Four Must-Knows Before Adopting Cloud Technology

The cloud is the future of enterprise IT. According to a study by Rightscale, 88 percent of ...

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December 1, 2016(0)
A new instance type rolled out this week by Amazon Web Services is based on customizable field programmable gate arrays that promise to strike a balance between performance and cost as emerging workloads create requirements often unmet by general-purpose processors. The public cloud giant (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced the new "F1" instance along with a separate GPU service on Wednesday ... Full article
December 1, 2016(0)
Big data, meet your big rig. Amazon Web Services took containerization technology to new levels yesterday when it unveiled plans to use 45-foot trailers equipped with scads of disk and fast fiber optic connections to help customers upload 100 petabytes of data into the cloud. AWS CEO Andy Jassy introduced the new big data big rig, dubbed Snowmobile, yesterday ... Full article
December 1, 2016(0)
By any measure, Amazon Web Services is already a monster in the field of analytics via pre-built Hadoop, Redshift, Kinesis, and deep learning services. With today’s unveiling of its new Amazon AI offering and a new ad-hoc query mechanism for data stored in S3 called Athena, the company is extending its considerable lead. According to AWS CEO Andy Jassy, ... Full article
November 30, 2016(0)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise continued the selloff of its enterprise software assets this week in an expanded deal with open source specialist SUSE to acquire its OpenStack and Cloud Foundry technologies. SUSE said Wednesday (Nov. 30) it is acquiring "technology and talent" connected with HPE's (NYSE: HPE) OpenStack infrastructure service along with its Cloud Foundry platform services. Terms were not ... Full article
November 29, 2016(0)
American Airlines has selected IBM Cloud as its public cloud services provider to develop, among other enterprise systems, what IBM said will be the industry’s first PCI-compliant ecommerce solution on a shared cloud platform. The multi-year deal builds on a relationship between the two companies that extends back to IBM’s development in the 1950’s of American’s first centralized electronic ... Full article
November 29, 2016(0)
A cynic might conclude that “image” has more than a little to do with the phenomenal interest in containers and microservices right now. But just like the security required beyond the “image,” container technology is now beginning to offer far more to the agile enterprise. Nearly two decades ago containers, as we call them today, began as methods to ... Full article
November 17, 2016(0)
The steady shift toward purchasing IT "as a service" is accelerating the decentralization of infrastructure management, fostering growing security concerns as more enterprises shift operations to the cloud, according to study commissioned by VMware Inc. The company (NYSE: VMW) pointed to growing concerns about IT fragmentation and the resulting security gaps to pitch its "cross-cloud architecture" designed to help ... Full article
November 7, 2016(0)
Microsoft moved this week to expand its Azure cloud container service with the release of extended native support for the Kubernetes cloud orchestrator along with upgraded support for Mesosphere datacenter operating system (DC/OS). The software giant (NASDAQ: MSFT) rolled out the cloud-native container initiatives during a conference in Seattle this week sponsored by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The ... Full article
November 2, 2016(0)
Microsoft Corp. launched an open source initiative aimed at forging future hyperscale cloud hardware designs and a development template for open datacenter servers. However, its power specifications differ from other members of the Open Compute Project (OCP). The company (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced a datacenter server effort this week called Project Olympus in conjunction with OCP. The effort builds on ... Full article
November 1, 2016(0)
As application containers move steadily to production, vendors are stressing the ability to securely transfer workloads across multiple clouds while at the same time managing both cloud-native and legacy applications. That pitch in addition to expanded integration features with leading public cloud container services is being made this week by container management platform specialist Apcera Inc. Following up on ... Full article
October 26, 2016(0)
Based on the assumption that cloud adopters will use multiple platforms from multiple vendors, a growing number of OpenStack vendors have been targeting interoperability across different clouds to boost flexibility as well as cloud security. Hence, the meshing of different OpenStack distributions was a key topic for cloud vendors during an industry summit this week in Barcelona, Spain. No ... Full article
October 25, 2016(0)
As more companies are moving applications and other workloads to the cloud, the market for cloud-based data analytics appears to be gaining momentum as cloud infrastructure vendors invest in application monitoring services. Among the emerging cloud monitoring services attracting investors is Wavefront, an analytics tool vendor that helps software-as-a-service vendors boost their DevOps functions. The three-year-old startup said Tuesday ... Full article
October 20, 2016(0)
The OpenStack cloud platform has had plenty of teething problems, none the least of which are its complexity in deployments and a steep learning curve before users reap a return on the investment. Key vendors such as Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) and Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) have responded with managed services designed to make the cloud platform easier to deploy ... Full article
October 17, 2016(0)
Docker Inc. has tapped into the emerging high-volume Chinese cloud market in a deal to provide a range of application container services to the cloud-computing arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA). Meanwhile, rival CoreOS has acquired a container startup that develops software for managing the Kubernetes container orchestrator. Docker said it would provide Alibaba Cloud with ... Full article
October 14, 2016(0)
The hybrid cloud market just got far more competitive with an alliance between the leading public cloud vendor and an entrenched datacenter supplier. Along with preserving existing datacenter investments, the alliance also is seen as targeting big data workloads while raising new questions about cloud security. The partnership between Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) and datacenter stalwart VMware (NYSE: ... Full article
October 12, 2016(0)
Security remains the greatest barrier to cloud adoption as more mobile applications are hosted by outside software and infrastructure service providers, according to a new survey. The vendor poll released this week also found that only 10 percent of cloud migrations have been completed as enterprises struggle with a host of security issues. The digital transformation survey released Wednesday ... Full article
October 11, 2016(0)
U.S. government agencies' slog to the cloud, a journey that has lately been complicated by a new set of security requirements designed to fend off an outbreak of "nation-state" cyber attacks, registered some modest progress this week when another cloud services provider announced it had achieved "ready status" under a federal cloud security initiative. CloudPassage Inc., a security platform ... Full article
October 10, 2016(0)
The latest version of the OpenStack cloud platform emphasizes scale and automation tools with a batch of new features that include a container cluster orchestration manager, a new container-networking project along with a bare metal provisioning service. OpenStack Newton released last week continues the momentum toward pushing lightweight container infrastructure into production via a cluster manager dubbed "Magnum," a ... Full article
September 29, 2016(0)
SAP completed it acquisition of big data analytics startup Altiscale Inc. this week, saying it would fold Altiscale's data cloud and Hadoop services into its existing SAP HANA cloud and emerging analytics efforts. Reports that SAP (NYSE: SAP) was pursuing Altiscale, based in Palo Alto, Calif., began surfacing in August. SAP did not disclose details of the acquisition, but ... Full article
September 27, 2016(0)
IBM’s aggressive push into the data analytics market continued today with the announcement of Project DataWorks, a Watson initiative that IBM said is the first cloud-based data and analytics platform to integrate all types of data and enable AI-powered decision-making. Project DataWorks is designed to lower the complexity for business managers and data professionals to collect, organize, govern, secure ... Full article

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