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Why Your Digital Transformation Initiative Will Fail

Why Your Digital Transformation Initiative Will Fail

There’s lots of talk about “Digital Transformation” as if it were something new, as if the concept ...

The Week in Cybersecurity: Kaspersky Out in the Cold; Azure Releases ‘Confidential Computing’

The Week in Cybersecurity: Kaspersky Out in the Cold; Azure Releases ‘Con...

Cybersecurity – along with national security and Russian espionage – are very much in the news, and ...

Equifax Ignored Apache Struts Patch For Months

Equifax Ignored Apache Struts Patch For Months

In the aftermath of the second massive security breach at Equifax Inc. in four years, the Apache ...

U of Illinois, NCSA Launch First US Nanomanufacturing Node

U of Illinois, NCSA Launch First US Nanomanufacturing Node

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign together with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have launched ...

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The rise of streaming analytics, and with it ever-greater volumes of big data in motion, is prompting new ways to "transport" data that is increasing ending up in the cloud. With an eye on remote users with limited network access, IBM this week literally rolled out a portable data storage device designed to securely migrate as much as 120 ... Full article
There’s lots of talk about “Digital Transformation” as if it were something new, as if the concept were in its infancy. But in truth, digital transformation has been around for a while, and it’s acting less like a newborn than an awkward teenager with growing pains, giving its parents plenty of trouble. The result: many digital transformation initiatives are ... Full article
Cybersecurity – along with national security and Russian espionage – are very much in the news, and the two concerns came together this week with the announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that federal agencies stop using security products made by Russian software company Kaspersky Lab. The concern: using Kaspersky anti-virus software, under influence from the government ... Full article
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In the aftermath of the second massive security breach at Equifax Inc. in four years, the Apache Foundation confirmed this week the data breach stemmed from the consumer credit reporting agency's failure to install patches to Apache Struts, an open source framework used to build Java web applications. In a statement released Thursday (Sept. 14), the foundation said a ... Full article
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign together with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have launched the United States’s first computational node aimed at the development of nanomanufacturing simulation tools. NanoMFG Node, as the five-year project is called, began on September 1, 2017, funded by a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). As described in ... Full article
The enterprise version of Java has landed at an open source consortium a month after Oracle Corp. revealed it would release the programming language to outside software developers. Oracle announced this week it would turn over Java Enterprise Edition to the Eclipse Foundation, a nonprofit corporation formed in 2004 and an outgrowth of a software project originally created by ... Full article
Startup Heptio announced its latest funding round this week as it seeks to drive application container orchestration deeper into enterprise IT infrastructure by making the technology more accessible to frontline systems engineers. The Seattle-based startup launched last year by ex-Google engineers and Kubernetes project founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie announced Wednesday (Sept. 13) the closing of a $25 ... Full article
Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) streaming service, AppStream 2.0, introduced a new GPU instance called Graphics Design intended to accelerate graphics. The new instance is based on AMD’s FirePro S7150x2 Server GPUs equipped with AMD Multiuser GPU technology. The AWS move is a win for AMD which has been on a roll of late with the launch of ... Full article
Calling it “hyperscale inspired,” Dell EMC today announced a rack scale infrastructure – including compute, storage, networking, power, cooling and open management – aimed at major carriers and service providers, mammoth companies whose IT requirements rank just below those of the major public cloud and web-scale companies (i.e., FANG*). The company said the offering, called DSS 9000 and scalable ... Full article
Responding to what it says is growing customer demand for overseeing multiple clouds at scale, managed services specialist Rackspace said it is acquiring cloud rival Datapipe. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Rackspace said Monday (Sept. 11) that it expects the acquisition to close during the fourth quarter of 2017, pending U.S. and overseas regulatory approvals that ... Full article
Micro-services specialist Mesosphere is bringing the leading container orchestrator to its datacenter operating system as part of its latest release of its flagship platform. Version 1.10 of the company's DC/OS includes a beta version of Kubernetes, the de facto standard application container orchestrator. Mesosphere said the upgrade would allow datacenter operators to offer application developers Kubernetes for Docker container ... Full article
A company backed by GE’s venture capital arm is using NVidia GPUs, deep learning frameworks, and drones to automate the inspection of physical assets in the oil and gas, electrical distribution, and transportation industries. Avitas Systems, owned by GE Ventures, today unveiled a business plan centered on saving industrial firms millions of dollars annually by improving how they inspect ... Full article
Investment continues to flow into artificial intelligence research, especially in key areas such as AI algorithms that promise to move the technology from specialized tasks to broader applications that leverage big data and exploit machine and "continuous" learning capabilities. With those and other goals in mind—including the societal implications of AI—IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced an ... Full article
The Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS), Boston, is at the confluence of major technology trends driving the healthcare industry: AI-based diagnostics of large volumes of medical images, shared among multiple medical institutions, utilizing GPU-based neural networks. Founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and later joined by Brigham & Women’s Hospital, CCDS today announced it has received what it calls ... Full article
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have a reputation for being difficult to program, requiring expertise in specialty languages, like Verilog or VHDL. Easing the programming burden is key to unlocking broader adoption for FPGAs and it’s a prime goal of FPGA vendors, like Intel. Yesterday Intel, which purchased FPGA company Altera in 2015, announced a new set of software ... Full article
Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter ending July 31 despite what it described as continued "commodities cost pressures" related to tighter memory supplies for servers. It also announced a cloud acquisition. The hybrid IT specialist also reported unexpected gains in its server business as it "pivots" beyond the datacenter to greener pastures such as HPC ... Full article
 IBM Research is pairing its Jupyter-based Data Science Experience notebook environment with its cloud-based quantum computer, IBM Q, in hopes of encouraging a new class of entrepreneurial user to solve intractable problems that even exceed the capabilities of the best AI systems. Big Blue has been providing scientists, researchers, and developers with free access to IBM Q processors for ... Full article
 Data is the new gold in our digital society, and the loss of it can cause panic or serious consequences. Recently, I saw an article about the Oakland, CA, police department losing 25 percent of its body cam videos due to someone pushing the wrong button and accidentally deleting files during a software upgrade. The Oakland example is about human ... Full article
Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications giant, is partnering with Microsoft to bring server, database and other enterprise applications to the Huawei cloud. The companies announced the public cloud partnership during a Huawei event in Shanghai. The deal with China's largest networking company gives Microsoft additional momentum in public cloud market currently dominated by (Amazon Web Services NASDAQ: AMZN). The ... Full article
AI alarmism took on a geopolitical cast today as Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that whoever is first to build breakthrough artificial intelligence technology will have world domination. According to a story published by the Associated Press, Putin spoke before a meeting with students in Moscow today and warned that "the one who becomes the leader in this sphere ... Full article
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In order to secure enterprise networks and their far-flung components, everyone needs to be on the same page. That's at least part of the ...
Four companies engaged in a cage fight for leadership in the emerging “advanced data center” market of the 2020s are, despite deep differences in ...
WAKEFIELD, Mass., June 21, 2017 -- NVM Express, Inc., the organization that developed the industry standard NVM Express (NVMe) specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) ...
The rise of streaming analytics, and with it ever-greater volumes of big data in motion, is prompting new ways to "transport" data that is ...
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 21, 2017 -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) (HPE) today announced that it has promoted Antonio Neri to President effective immediately. ...