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Despite Uncertainty, Cloud Drives IT Spending

Despite Uncertainty, Cloud Drives IT Spending

Global IT spending is forecast to increase by 2.7 percent in 2017, a modest increase that might ...

Is App Container Shakeout Underway?

Is App Container Shakeout Underway?

The unexpected shut down of early application container developer ClusterHQ at the end of 2016 has some ...

Software Development Still Lacks Agility

Software Development Still Lacks Agility

The growing desire to speed the deployment of enterprise software is being hampered by a shortfall in ...

Containers Depart ‘Hype’ Phase in 2016

Containers Depart ‘Hype’ Phase in 2016

Application containers made the jump from prototype to production in 2016 as the distributed application technology began ...

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January 20, 2017(0)
“You can buy your way out of bandwidth problems. But latency is divine.” This sentiment, from Intel Technical Computing Group CTO Mark Seager, seems as old as the Bible, a truth universally acknowledged. Latency will always be with us. It is the devilish delay, the stubborn half-life of the time gap caused by processor and memory operations, that has ... Full article
January 12, 2017(1)
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
January 6, 2017(0)
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
January 5, 2017(1)
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
January 4, 2017(0)
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
January 3, 2017(0)
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
December 19, 2016(0)
Application containers made the jump from prototype to production in 2016 as the distributed application technology began to make headway in hyper-scale IT infrastructure. Along with an expanding ecosystem, the sector is characterized by healthy competition that is driving innovation in areas such as container security and management of computing and storage resources, those competitors note. The latest indication ... Full article
December 16, 2016(0)
Allinea Software, whose cross-platform development and performance analysis tools are used by 80 percent of the world’s top 25 supercomputers, has been acquired by ARM Ltd., which said the move strengthens its HPC offering for both scientific and business computing by extending its portfolio of development tools for the HPC, machine learning and data analytics markets. The acquisition could ... Full article
December 9, 2016(0)
Securing the contents of application containers based on Docker and other platforms has relied heavily on isolating individual containers from one another along with other access control approaches. Now, a data security vendor is proposing an encryption scheme that, for example, extends "data-at-rest" security capabilities to Docker encryption and those access controls. Cyber and data security specialist Thales on ... Full article
December 7, 2016(1)
A flurry of industry surveys have flagged open source and unlicensed software as growing security threats. Moreover, a review released by Flexera Software also found that the very security products designed to protect IT infrastructure are themselves riddled with vulnerabilities embedded in open source software. While agreeing that malware is a growing threat, other observers counter that the culprit ... Full article
November 29, 2016(0)
Among the growing list of security threats expected to expand in the coming year are hackers probing emerging software-defined infrastructure for vulnerabilities. According to a security forecast released this week by Intel Corp.'s (NASDAQ: INTC) McAfee Labs, exploits targeting the embattled Windows operating system will give way to more aggressive attacks against infrastructure and virtualization software. The 2017 threat ... Full article
November 28, 2016(0)
Coming in at less than half the price that it says public clouds charge for flash storage, HPE today announced a new initiative that delivers all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ starting at $0.03 per usable GB per month. HPE also gave the first public demonstration of its much-anticipated “The Machine,” a “memory-driven computing” proof-of-concept prototype under development for several years ... Full article
November 22, 2016(0)
The elevation of Microsoft Corp. to the status of "platinum" member of the Linux Foundation has angered open source advocates who worry the software giant will flex its market muscles and, in the words of one critic, "commercial company interests increasingly are taking over" the open source movement. The Linux Foundation asserted last week that the move underscores Microsoft's ... Full article
November 21, 2016(0)
The assertion that the "API economy" is upon us gained a measure of credence this week with a high-profile investment in a startup behind an open-source API platform designed to connect existing software for emerging applications. San Francisco-based RapidAPI, a marketplace intended to allow developers to find application programming interfaces and manage them in one place, emerged from stealth ... Full article
November 18, 2016(0)
Heptio is the latest application container startup, but it's pedigree runs deeper than most: The startup's founders are two Google veterans who created the Kubernetes container orchestrator that is vying to become an industry standard for emerging micro-services. Kubernetes project founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie unveiled Heptio this week, declaring the startup will deliver the container orchestrator to ... Full article
November 16, 2016(0)
Add machine-learning specialist Wise.io and data ingestion platform vendor Bit Stew Systems to the list of acquisitions by GE Digital, which also this week released an operating system for the industrial Internet designed to extend its Predix technology stack. For starters, the industrial giant (NYSE: GE) announced it was buying Wise.io, the machine learning algorithm developer co-founded by University ... Full article
November 4, 2016(0)
Another batch of management tools targeting application containers emerged this week as vendors continue to plug holes in the emerging micro-services ecosystem while extending the capabilities of leading container platforms. For starters, ClusterHQ said it would beta release a pair of container management tools next week: the first to share and store Docker container volumes; the second, a Linux-based ... Full article
October 27, 2016(0)
Seeking to spot potential security vulnerabilities in systems that increasingly rely on open source software, software license optimization vendor Flexera Software has acquired a specialist in identifying potentially vulnerable software components. Flexera, Itasca, Ill., said Thursday (Oct. 27) it is acquiring San Francisco-based Palamida Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal represents an expansion of Flexera's ... Full article
October 25, 2016(0)
Cloud-native application development is among the drivers of OpenStack production deployments, which more than doubled over the last year, according to a new vendor survey. The survey results released this week by OpenStack leader Red Hat Inc. found that 43 percent of those polled last month said they have deployed the cloud platform in production, up from 16 percent ... Full article
October 21, 2016(0)
Procter & Gamble, the $76 billion consumer packaged goods giant with sales to 5 billion consumers in 180 countries, has lots of data. Four years ago, as the company found itself waist-deep in a rising tide of opaque data, P&G embarked on a voyage of big data discovery, one that provides a series of technology and organizational object lessons ... Full article

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