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Tech Giants Ally to Bring Coherence to Data Center Workloads

Tech Giants Ally to Bring Coherence to Data Center Workloads

Overcoming one of the most vexing technical problems hampering performance in the data center - “cache incoherence,” ...

Lenovo, Nutanix Team on Converged IT Platform

Lenovo, Nutanix Team on Converged IT Platform

Looking to expand the market for its server and hyper-converged infrastructure offerings, Lenovo and virtualization and storage ...

Scale-Out Platform Emerges With Foxconn Backing

Scale-Out Platform Emerges With Foxconn Backing

Chinese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn is among the early investors in the enterprise infrastructure platform developer DriveScale ...

Google-Like IT Push Gets Google Backing

Google-Like IT Push Gets Google Backing

The scrappy startup CoreOs appears to be the application container platform of choice for delivering Google-like cloud ...

Datacenter

May 24, 2016(0)
Looking to expand the market for its server and hyper-converged infrastructure offerings, Lenovo and virtualization and storage integration partner Nutanix rolled out a new series of appliances this week aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises. Lenovo (HKSE: 992) said Tuesday (May 24) its hyper-converged platform, dubbed the HX2000 series, incorporates the Nutanix Xpress software package designed to allow the ... Full article
May 19, 2016(0)
Chinese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn is among the early investors in the enterprise infrastructure platform developer DriveScale Inc. Emerging from stealth mode this week, DriveScale Inc. announced a $15 million Series A funding round while releasing a "rack-scale" platform targeting big data workloads. The architecture is designed to help datacenter operators run data analytics applications with 100 to 1,000-plus ... Full article
May 9, 2016(0)
The scrappy startup CoreOs appears to be the application container platform of choice for delivering Google-like cloud infrastructure to enterprises. San Francisco-based CoreOS, developer of an application container platform based on Google's Kubernetes container cluster manager and its own Linux stack, announced a $28 million funding round on Monday (May 9) led by GV, formerly Google Ventures. Existing investors ... Full article
May 6, 2016(0)
It's all coming together in the datacenter, according to a new industry forecast detailing what it calls hyperconverged integrated systems, or HCIS. Market research Gartner Inc. predicts the booming HCIS market will reach $5 billion by 2019, making it the fastest growing segment of the global market for integrated IT systems. That, the analyst adds, will make hyperconverged systems ... Full article
April 19, 2016(0)
The datacenter operating system movement continues to gather momentum with the announcement by Apache Mesos developer Mesosphere of a broad alliance backing the beta release of an all-encompassing platform for building and scaling enterprise applications. The new platform, dubbed DC/OS, is based on Mesosphere's datacenter operation system tool. The initial release of DC/OS announced on Tuesday (4/19) expands earlier ... Full article
April 7, 2016(0)
IT automation specialist Puppet Labs is expanding its operations, launching the latest version of its flagship platform and shortening its name: Puppet Labs is now known simply as Puppet. The privately held company this week announced the name change, a key executive hire, and a new version of its Puppet Enterprise platform designed to automate the delivery and updating ... Full article
April 6, 2016(0)
OpenPOWER Foundation, the mostly IBM-driven effort to create an alternative architecture to Intel x86, took a major step forward today with the announcement of a joint effort by Google and Rackspace to co-develop an open data center server architecture design specification based on IBM’s new POWER9 CPU. Google said the server supports its work with the Facebook-led Open Compute ... Full article
March 31, 2016(0)
Intel has talked publicly for more than a year about its next-gen Scalable System Framework (SSF), an integrated compilation of processor, fabric, storage and memory technologies Intel says will deliver more balanced high-performance systems and serve as the platform for exascale levels of computing. With the unveiling last summer of the Omni-Path Fabric interconnect, SSF started to take tangible ... Full article
March 24, 2016(0)
Mesosphere, the datacenter operating system startup working at the nexus of hyper-scale application development and cloud-based delivery of micro-services, announced a $73.5 million "strategic" investment round led by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and joined by new investor Microsoft Corp. San Francisco-based Mesosphere also on Thursday (March 24) released the latest version of its Marathon container orchestration tool and a new ... Full article
March 23, 2016(0)
Intel Corp.'s plan to combine its next Xeon processor with a batch of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) along with ongoing collaboration with Facebook aims to accelerate a growing array of datacenter workloads, the partners said. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) announced plans during the recent Open Compute Project (OCP) summit to deliver libraries based on the combination of its next-generation ... Full article
March 17, 2016(0)
ARM Ltd., the U.K. chip design and licensing vendor, is targeting datacenters and processors intended for high-performance computing in a chip process technology deal with the world's largest chip foundry. ARM (LSE: ARM, NASDAQ: ARMH) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (NYSE: TSM) announced a multiyear agreement this week to collaborate on leading-edge 7-nanometer FinFET process technology. (FinFET stands for ... Full article
March 16, 2016(0)
Storage specialist Pivot3, which recently acquired flash array startup NexGen Storage Inc., said this week it has completed a $55 million funding round as it rolls out an expanded portfolio of hyper-converged and flash storage options. Pivot3 said Tuesday (March 15) that Argonaut Private Equity and S3 Ventures provided equity financing. As part of the funding round, the company ... Full article
March 11, 2016(0)
Facebook executives touted the advantages of its datacenter "building blocks" approach during the Open Compute Project (OCP) summit as a way to achieve flexibility and faster scaling. Meanwhile, it also detailed datacenter processing and storage projects with chipmaker Intel Corp. Jay Parikh, Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB) vice president of engineering and infrastructure, noted during the OCP summit this week in ... Full article
March 9, 2016(0)
As it seeks to boost global demand for servers, especially in the nascent Asian market, Lenovo announced a "global strategic partnership" this week with networking specialist Juniper Networks aimed at the next generation of hyper-converged datacenters. Lenovo (HKSE:992), which is attempting to expand server demand across Asia, also said the partnership would seek to "develop joint go-to-market plans and ... Full article
March 8, 2016(0)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) continues to open up its cloud infrastructure offerings with the release of a new storage server line as its targets the datacenter shift to specialized infrastructure and open source cloud computing platforms like OpenStack. HPE is banking on the steady shift to open infrastructure as a way to manage cloud-scale datacenters. Along with enhancements ... Full article
February 23, 2016(0)
Directly addressing concerns about its readiness for production, application container leader Docker is rolling out "container-as-a-service" platform designed to ease application development and management at scale. The Docker Datacenter unveiled Tuesday (Feb. 23) seeks to combine the inherent agility of application containers with greater control and security as enterprises attempt to scale container technology. Aiming to deliver on its ... Full article
February 17, 2016(0)
In announcing its acquisition of NICE, the Italy-based software-as-a-service provider for high performance and technical computing, Amazon and AWS not only acquire technology for optimizing customers’ HPC, cloud and visualization resources and tools for distributed workforces using mobile devices, it also acquires access to NICE’s global customer “A List” in aerospace, life sciences , energy and automotive, among other ... Full article
February 9, 2016(0)
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
February 8, 2016(0)
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
January 15, 2016(0)
Data center outsourcing means forecasting power requirements for the duration of a contract, which typically lasts five to 10 years. With the pace of change in IT, changing business conditions for individual companies and the overall economy, the volatility of energy prices, and the fact that power comprises the majority of data center fees, this is like playing poker ... Full article

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