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Overcoming SD-WAN FUD

Overcoming SD-WAN FUD

 When a promising new technology emerges, the initial excitement is soon over-shadowed by anxiety about taking on ...

Microsoft Bolsters Azure With Cloud HPC Deal

Microsoft Bolsters Azure With Cloud HPC Deal

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing software vendor Cycle Computing in a move designed to bring orchestration tools ...

‘IoT for Puppies’ and AI Help Identify Guide Dog Trainees with the Right Stuff

‘IoT for Puppies’ and AI Help Identify Guide Dog Trainees with the Righ...

The bond between dogs and people extends back before our pre-history and couldn’t be more natural. Artificial ...

Intel Moves on Blockchain, Self-Driving Cars

Intel Moves on Blockchain, Self-Driving Cars

Chip giant Intel Corp. continues to diversify beyond its x86 roots into emerging markets ranging from autonomous ...

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 When a promising new technology emerges, the initial excitement is soon over-shadowed by anxiety about taking on something new. SD-WAN is one such technology that has many CIOs on the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) fence. Yet, viewed within Gartner Group’s “Hype Cycle,” SD-WAN is expected to reach the “Plateau of Productivity” in only a few years. Forward looking enterprises ... Full article
Microsoft has acquired cloud computing software vendor Cycle Computing in a move designed to bring orchestration tools along with high-end computing access capabilities to the cloud. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to the web site Crunchbase, a Microsoft investment arm previously provided Cycle Computing with "non-equity assistance." Microsoft said Tuesday (Aug. 15) the deal would advance ... Full article
As enterprises accelerate the shift to a hybrid private/public cloud model, a growing list of data analytics vendors are stepping up to offer cloud monitoring and other tools designed to ease cloud migrations that are expected to consume the lion's share of IT budgets over the next year and a half. Among them is Splunk Inc., which this week ... Full article
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The bond between dogs and people extends back before our pre-history and couldn’t be more natural. Artificial intelligence and IoT-generated machine data are now extending into a revered form of this bond – the relationship of the visually impaired and their service dogs. Looked at one way, guide eye dogs have providing augmented reality to blind people for a ... Full article
Data analytics and visualization specialist MapD Technologies has inked a deal with Huawei, the multinational networking and telecommunications giant, to juice the Chinese vendor's server hardware with scalable GPU-supported analytics. The partners announced an agreement this week intended to improve compatibility between Huawei's latest FusionServer and MapD database and visualization platforms. Huawei (SHE: 002502) announced earlier this summer it ... Full article
Chip giant Intel Corp. continues to diversify beyond its x86 roots into emerging markets ranging from autonomous vehicles to blockchain technology. It announced initiatives this week covering both, including a partnership with Microsoft to provide hardware and joint software development for a planned enterprise blockchain service. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced Thursday (Aug. 10) they are ... Full article
David Friend comes across as a modest, unassuming fellow who talks about his start-up storage company, Wasabi, and its technology in an understated, commonsensical kind of way. But make no mistake, Friend is pursuing a grand ambition that takes dead aim at a big target: the public cloud storage market, which Wasabi intends to turn on its head. Last ... Full article
Among the first sectors likely to cash in on the Internet of Things is industrial, which has been in the vanguard of networking the factory floor to achieve efficiencies while collecting and leveraging all the data generated by connected devices and machines. A new study on how to make money on the industrial IoT finds that manufacturers are pursuing ... Full article
You may be familiar with the cliché that data is the new oil and analytics is the combustion engines that will power enterprises to corporate nirvana with all manner of game-changing insights. But the problem is that for most large businesses, enterprise data is like the tar sands. It’s there and everyone believes in its huge potential, but it’s ... Full article
IBM announced today an enhancement to its PowerAI software platform aimed at scaling AI models on today’s fastest GPUs. Scaling to 256 GPUs with its new distributed deep learning (DDL) library, IBM reported it has bested previous scaling records set by Google and Facebook on two well-known image recognition workloads. “This is one of the bigger breakthroughs I have ... Full article
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 thinking behind a renewed U.S. cyber initiative designed to bring embattled security teams up to speed as threats continue to evolve. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which helps develop a range of ... Full article
Responding to a rash of malware attacks on early and vulnerable Internet of Things devices, lawmakers have stepped forward with a proposal to improve weak IoT cyber-security. While attempts at legislating technical specs don't always pan out, four U.S. senators are nevertheless proposing legislation that would attempt to shore up standards for IoT, starting with devices used by government ... Full article
Solarflare, well-established on Wall Street for its low latency networking trading platforms, is moving beyond the financial services industry with a general-purpose hardware server firewall that has some data center security experts taking notice. The company has announced SolarSecure, the first server firewall technology to be based in the network interface controller (NIC), enabling IT managers to detect threats ... Full article
IBM has announced a new record for magnetic tape storage that it says will keep tape storage density on a Moore’s Law-like path far into the next decade. In collaboration with Sony, IBM scientists recorded 201 gigabits on one square inch of prototype magnetic tape, achieving a 20x improvement over the areal density used in current state of the ... Full article
Stock prices of airline companies – starting with Southwest and Hawaiian airlines – that have embraced AI look like the flight path of a plane just after take-off: steady ascent. In fact, a growing divide is emerging between airlines that have, and have not, applied predictive analytics and learning algorithms to ticketing, maintenance, scheduling, pricing and other operations, one ... Full article
The hardheaded folks who advise investors on what technologies show promise and which are mostly smoke and mirrors are beginning to weigh in on much-hyped approaches such as machine learning. While venture capital keeps flowing into machine learning startups, some technology consultants note that the investment craze around AI is slowing as deployments come up against market realities such ... Full article
The low-code approach to enterprise software development is gathering momentum as companies leverage the platforms for cloud and other digital initiatives along with process automation, according to an industry report. Forrester Consulting forecasts in a survey commissioned by low-code specialist Appian that the market segment will soar to $10 billion in revenue by 2019. Among the reasons for expected ... Full article
 High performance storage is the strongest growth sector in the advanced scale computing realm – we see this in analyst reports and in last week’s moved by Cray toward acquiring Seagate’s ClusterStor high end storage line. Storing the tsunami of new data in cost effective ways, and accessing it in manageable ways, is the imperative of the moment for ... Full article
 Historically, end users have been responsible for their own information governance.  Even as organizations implemented and communicated information governance policies, it was still up to the end user to decide which documents needed to be retained, and then to follow through and move the document(s) someplace for safekeeping and long-term management. This usually happened when IT advised you were ... Full article
Open source leader Red Hat continued its buying spree with the acquisition of a data compression software specialist focused on cloud storage. Red Hat said this week its acquisition of Permabit Technology Corp. would add data deduplication and compression capabilities to its mainstay enterprise Linux platform along with its hybrid could offerings. Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) said it would ... 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 ...
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 16, 2017 -- From home offices to server rooms, demands of accessing data are rising at light speed while budgets are tightly controlled. ...
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 19, 2017 -- Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) has announced that Mark Pastor, director of archive and technical workflow solutions, will present at the ...
One week after a ransomware attack cut a swathe across Europe and China, a range of after-action analyses have emerged as to how the ...
Occasionally we hear about predictive data modeling aimed at gaining psychological insight that at first blush seems – even to tech sophisticates who pooh-pooh ...