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Hyper-Converged IT Making Inroads in Datacenters

Hyper-Converged IT Making Inroads in Datacenters

Infrastructure refresh projects centering on datacenter hyper-convergence are planned over the next 12 months by nearly half ...

Treat Your Databases as Cattle, not Pets

Treat Your Databases as Cattle, not Pets

Today, databases have to be treated like pets. Each is special and receives individualized care and attention. ...

HPE Rolls Out ‘Micro’ Datacenter

HPE Rolls Out ‘Micro’ Datacenter

The evolution of Hewlett Packard Enterprise as an infrastructure software vendor advanced this week with the release ...

Sweden Cuts Tax on Datacenter Power

Sweden Cuts Tax on Datacenter Power

As the data continues to pile up, so too does the stiffening competition to store and manage ...

Datacenter

January 19, 2017(0)
Infrastructure refresh projects centering on datacenter hyper-convergence are planned over the next 12 months by nearly half of respondents to an industry survey, underscoring the conclusion that virtualized infrastructure is entering the mainstream. The survey of datacenter buying preferences released this week by converged IT vendor Maxta Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., also found that "general purpose infrastructure" upgrades ... Full article
January 17, 2017(0)
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
December 15, 2016(0)
OpenIO has announced a new object storage appliance that combines its open source storage software with an ARM-based Marvell chassis that OpenIO said is priced at a fraction of x86-based storage technologies. Aimed at cloud and telco service providers, media companies and large government organizations, the SLS-4U96 costs $0.008/Gb/month for a 96X8TB box, well below average pricing of around ... Full article
December 12, 2016(0)
Today, databases have to be treated like pets. Each is special and receives individualized care and attention. At scale, and with the need for greater agility, the issue of maintaining large numbers of pet databases becomes a problem. This raises the question: what if databases could be treated more like cattle – as a herd rather than with special ... Full article
December 8, 2016(0)
Claiming no less than a reshaping of the future of Intel-dominated datacenter computing, Qualcomm Technologies, the market leader in smartphone chips, announced the forthcoming availability of what it says is the world’s first 10nm processor for servers, based on ARM Holding’s chip designs. The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series has up to 48-cores, is built on the 10nm FinFET multi-gate ... Full article
December 5, 2016(0)
The evolution of Hewlett Packard Enterprise as an infrastructure software vendor advanced this week with the release of a "micro datacenter" offering that targets exponential data growth and the rise of hybrid cloud adoption. HPE (NYSE: HPE) said Monday (Dec. 5) that its converged IT and "facilities" platform combines management control with datacenter computing, storage and networking with an ... Full article
November 28, 2016(0)
As the data continues to pile up, so too does the stiffening competition to store and manage it. The latest gambit comes from energy-efficient Sweden, where the Scandinavian nation's parliament has approved a tax measure designed to attract datacenter construction: Beginning January 1, 2017, Sweden will substantially lower the electricity tax rate as a complement to its strategy of ... Full article
November 14, 2016(0)
Last year at SC15, IBM offered its vision of an accelerator-assisted computing paradigm enabled by the OpenPOWER ecosystem of diverse partners and focused on cognitive computing as the key application driver. Since then, Big Blue has been busily productizing the vision and today announced PowerAI, a suite of artificial intelligence (AI) tools optimized for IBM’s high-end server (S822LC for ... Full article
November 14, 2016(0)
Nimbix is the latest HPC cloud vendor to collaborate with FPGA pioneer Xilinx Inc. to accelerate cloud datacenter workflows that increasingly include computing-intensive data analytics, machine learning and video processing workloads. The partners announced the availability Monday (Nov. 14) of a software-defined Xilinx development platform for deploying workflows accelerated by FPGAs in the Nimbix cloud. The deal coincides with ... Full article
October 18, 2016(0)
Faster server provisioning and consolidation along with long-term cost savings remain the key benefits of virtualization, according to a new vendor survey, with virtual machines keeping pace with trendy application infrastructure such as Linux containers and hybrid cloud computing. In a survey of enterprise IT managers and system architects released on Monday (Oct. 17), open source software leader Red ... Full article
October 11, 2016(0)
Industry powerhouses have joined forces to address an issue that has confounded system architects since the advent of multi-core computing, one that has gained in urgency with the emergence of data analytics: the need to bring balance between processing power and data access. The Gen-Z Consortium has set out to create a scalable, open, high-performance semantic fabric interconnect aimed ... Full article
October 6, 2016(0)
Cloud services and data governance vendors are moving swiftly to comply with a new U.S.-European Union privacy regime that imposes stricter requirements on U.S. companies for protecting the personal data. As major cloud providers expand datacenter capacity in Europe to comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, other U.S. vendors are gaining certification from the U.S. Commerce Department to ... Full article
September 27, 2016(0)
The booming big data market along with growing demand for automated datacenter operations are spurring adoption of management and other services offered by software-defined datacenters, according to a new report that also forecasts a 32-percent annual growth rate for virtualized computing, networking and storage. In a report released this week, Allied Market Research pegs the software-defined datacenter market at ... Full article
September 14, 2016(0)
DataDirect Networks (DDN) today introduced a third member to its WOS object storage product line, the WOS 8460, aimed at active archive and collaboration use cases. Object storage, once mainly restricted to ‘cold’ archives for large quantities of unstructured data – think content delivery networks (CDN) used in conjunction with the web – has been slowly expanding its footprint ... Full article
September 13, 2016(0)
Already entrenched in the deep learning community for neural net training, Nvidia wants to secure its place as the go-to chipmaker for datacenter inferencing. At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Beijing today (Tuesday), Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the latest additions to the Tesla line, Pascal-based P4 and P40 GPU accelerators, as well as new software all aimed at improving ... Full article
September 2, 2016(0)
Fans of “The Social Network,” a movie about the early days of Facebook, (and one that, last we heard, Mark Zuckerberg has never seen), will remember the scene when the Eduardo Saverin character intentionally closes a bank account with funds that keep Facebook online. The outraged Zuckerberg character tells him: “Okay, let me tell you the difference between Facebook ... Full article
August 3, 2016(1)
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
August 1, 2016(0)
In a bid to jumpstart what it calls a "Container 2.0" movement, application container pioneer Mesosphere announced partnerships with big data vendors designed to push distributed application technology to the next level. Mesosphere said Monday (Aug. 1) it is working with a trio of new partners to advance its datacenter operating center approach to container orchestration: DataStax, the Cassandra-based ... Full article
July 19, 2016(1)
Efforts to lock down security in datacenters continue to expand as operators seek to assure enterprise customers they can meet increasingly strict regulatory and other data governance rules even as operations are scaled. That requirement is generating interest among investors as security threats grow. Among the growing number of internal datacenter security specialists is Guardicore, which announced a $20 ... Full article
June 16, 2016(0)
The rapid emergence of Flash-based storage into the mainstream technology is a primary factor in the embrace of advanced scale computing in the enterprise – particularly big data analytics projects. That’s a key finding of a new survey of more than 1,000 IT managers worldwide from industry watcher 451 Research, which reported that enterprises are quickly transitioning to a ... Full article

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