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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 ...

For IBM/OpenPOWER: Success in 2017 = (Volume) Sales

For IBM/OpenPOWER: Success in 2017 = (Volume) Sales

To a large degree IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have done what they said they would – ...

‘Digital Transformation’ Uneven, Survey Finds

‘Digital Transformation’ Uneven, Survey Finds

"Traditional" enterprises, a label attached to established companies struggling to make the transition to cloud and other ...

EU Launches Low-Power Chip Effort

EU Launches Low-Power Chip Effort

The European Union is expanding its efforts to promote energy-efficient computing with funding for hardware research aimed ...

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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
January 12, 2017(0)
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 11, 2017(0)
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
December 22, 2016(0)
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
December 21, 2016(0)
Nimbix is a public cloud services provider with a twist: the Richardson, TX, company offers HPC capabilities in the cloud. It’s also a company that embraces a vision of a diversified processor architectural landscape of the future according to job requirements – a processor for every workload and a workload for every processor. We sat down with Nimbix CEO ... Full article
December 20, 2016(0)
“Where Do We Come From? What Are We?” Not only Paul Gauguin (see picture) but most of humanity has been vexed by these questions since… well, since the dawn of humanity. “If the means were available,” observed science fiction writer Clifford Simak, “we could trace our ancestry – yours and mine – back to the first blob of life-like ... Full article
December 13, 2016(1)
At the AMD Tech Summit in Sonoma, Calif., last week (Dec. 7-9), CEO Lisa Su unveiled the company’s vision to accelerate machine intelligence over the next five to ten years with an open and heterogeneous computing approach and a new suite of hardware and open-source software offerings. The roots for this strategy can be traced back to the company’s acquisition of ... Full article
December 9, 2016(0)
At the beating heart of the mobile advertising industry is what Ellen DeGeneres calls “our ADD culture.” It’s predicated on delivering up-to-date content in real time while people are doing, or trying to do, something else: checking a stock quote, reading a news headline, looking at Facebook messages. Mobile ad campaigns be fast, responsive and personalized. Lag time means ... 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 6, 2016(0)
Who is Dell EMC and why should you care? Glad you asked, is Jim Ganthier’s quick response. Ganthier is SVP for validated solutions and high performance computing for the new (even bigger) technology giant Dell EMC following the September completion of Dell’s acquisition of EMC, announced last year (the largest in the history of the technology industry). Ganthier says ... Full article
December 1, 2016(1)
"Traditional" enterprises, a label attached to established companies struggling to make the transition to cloud and other digital platforms, get a failing grade when it comes to upgrading their IT infrastructure when compared to so-called "digital natives". According to yet another vendor survey on the state of digital transformation, this one released Thursday (Dec. 1) by Red Hat (NYSE: ... Full article
November 30, 2016(0)
Citing conservative global spending, easy access to virtual machines and a need for reinvigorated vendor value propositions, industry watcher Gartner Group reported today that worldwide server revenues declined 5.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016 year over year, with shipments down 2.6 percent. Among the top five vendors, only Cisco increased revenue in the third quarter, while Huawei ... 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 23, 2016(0)
Creating the make-believe world of Disney Animation is no doubt the result of arduous work. Still, it’s harder than you might think, consuming Top500-class supercomputing resources that produce an eye popping level of detail (400,000 hairs on the rendering of a field mouse), which comes together to deliver a convincing sense of reality-based fantasy that has driven the creation ... Full article
November 22, 2016(0)
Last week at SC16, Intel revealed its product roadmap for embedding its processors with key capabilities and attributes needed to take artificial intelligence (AI) to the next level. It also used its Intel AI Day event in San Francisco on November 17, as a platform to reveal the code-names of two projects that will result in new silicon rolling out ... Full article
November 22, 2016(1)
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 technology, its popular UV product line (HANA), deep vertical market expertise, and services-led go-to-market capability all give HPE a leg up in its drive to remake itself. Bear in mind HPE came into existence just ... Full article
November 18, 2016(0)
Looming behind the excitement at SC16 around new digital enterprise strategies is the growing menace of cyber-attacks. But in spite of these worries, the state of cybersecurity readiness at too many companies is woefully inadequate. That’s the finding of Bob Sorensen, research vice president, HPC Group, at industry watcher IDC delivered at the analyst group’s annual HPC Update breakfast at ... Full article
November 17, 2016(0)
The cloud is the future of enterprise IT. According to a study by Rightscale, 88 percent of enterprise organizations are using public cloud and 63 percent are using private cloud – and estimates show that these numbers will continue to grow larger every year. But with so many companies ready to invest, there is still some confusion around how ... Full article
November 16, 2016(0)
The rapid growth in technology that can be trained, that infers, that continually learns from information contained in enormous data sets, all the while generating strong ROI on strategic initiatives, dominated ICD’s annual HPC market report presented yesterday at SC16 in Salt Lake City. “High performance data analytics (HPDA) is where Big Data and HPC come together,” said Earl ... Full article
November 11, 2016(0)
The rapid emergence AI and machine learning within the HPC and advance scale computing industries looks to be a dominant topic – from vendor product announcements to analyst market forecasts to end user presentations – at next week’s SC16 conference in Salt Lake City. The AI theme starts with the keynote address from former IBM Watson executive Dr. Katharine ... Full article

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