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‘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 ...

IoT Reality Check Projects ‘Trough of Disillusionment’

IoT Reality Check Projects ‘Trough of Disillusionment’

In an attempt to rise above the hype and examine the hard economic and technical data about ...

SAP HANA 2 Stresses Micro-Services, Analytics

SAP HANA 2 Stresses Micro-Services, Analytics

The second generation of SAP's HANA platform jumps on the micro-services bandwagon by emphasizing upgrades to the ...

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December 1, 2016(0)
"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
November 10, 2016(0)
The European Union is expanding its efforts to promote energy-efficient computing with funding for hardware research aimed at next-generation high-end processors. "The European Commission wants Europe to avail of a new family of processors with a significantly better energy/performance ratio compared to current offerings, specifically tailored for high-performance, low-power server-side applications," Sandro D’Elia of the European Commission, told ... Full article
November 9, 2016(0)
In an attempt to rise above the hype and examine the hard economic and technical data about the Internet of Things (IoT), a new study released by a venture capital firm finds that "grassroots entrepreneurial activity still appears moderately healthy" despite signs of a slowdown while the industrial IoT continues to forge ahead. The IoT State of the Union ... Full article
November 8, 2016(0)
The second generation of SAP's HANA platform jumps on the micro-services bandwagon by emphasizing upgrades to the in-memory platform that speed development and deployment of distributed applications while adding data and workload management tools to streamline IT operations. In a twist, the company also said it would work with a European reinsurer to leverage satellite data to mitigate the ... Full article
November 4, 2016(0)
Chain restaurants have a paradoxical mission: grow a mass customer base, but do so based on one successful customer experience at a time. Big data, analytics, interactive customer relationship management and, in the case of one SaaS provider, Open Source software, play a critical role in helping regional and national restaurant brands create the ties that bind customers to ... Full article
October 27, 2016(0)
In the largest deal in the history of the chip industry, wireless industry giant Qualcomm will acquire semiconductor maker NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at $47B, according to Qualcomm. In NXP, Qualcomm is acquiring technology and expertise in mixed-signal semiconductor electronics with major implications for emerging IoT markets. NXP has more than 25,000 customers and claims solutions designed ... Full article
October 27, 2016(0)
In a show of strength in Europe before heading to SC16 next month, IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation today unveiled several new European initiatives and European-developed solutions at the first OpenPOWER Summit Europe being held this week at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The shotgun release of so many efforts, argue IBM and OpenPOWER, demonstrates the hungry appetite for and ... Full article
October 21, 2016(0)
While skeptics question how long it will take for emerging blockchain technology to make a dent in the financial technology market, high-profile backers of the decentralized secure transaction platform claim it is poised to "rewire" financial markets. Among the promoters is IBM (NYSE: IBM), which argues in a recent report that a group of early adopters are driving blockchain ... Full article
October 20, 2016(0)
Editor’s Note: In this guest commentary, Bob Sorensen, research vice president in IDC's High Performance Computing group, argues that high performance computing is undergoing basic changes in how we should think about it and define it. Advanced scale computing was once mostly the domain of government labs and large academic research centers. Today, the HPC universe is expanding, to use ... Full article
October 19, 2016(0)
Improved weather forecasting and climate change analysis are among the emerging applications for the combination of exascale computing, data analytics and the storage demands each places on data management tasks. European forecasters have been at the forefront of leveraging these technologies. The latest example comes from the U.K.'s national weather service, the Met Office, which announced this week it ... Full article
October 18, 2016(0)
AI imbued throughout the enterprise is the major technology trend for 2017, according industry watcher Gartner Group. The company announced its prognostications today at the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. "Gartner's top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017 set the stage for the Intelligent Digital Mesh," said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "The first three embrace 'Intelligence ... Full article

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