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At ISC – Goh on Go: Humans Can’t Scale, the Data-Centric Learning Machine Can

At ISC – Goh on Go: Humans Can’t Scale, the Data-Centric Learning Machi...

I've seen the future this week at ISC, it’s on display in prototype and Powerpoint form, and ...

AMD Charges Back into the Datacenter and HPC Workflows with EPYC Processor

AMD Charges Back into the Datacenter and HPC Workflows with EPYC Processor

AMD is charging back into the enterprise datacenter and select HPC workflows with its new EPYC 7000 ...

Intersect 360 at ISC: HPC Industry at $44B by 2021

Intersect 360 at ISC: HPC Industry at $44B by 2021

The care, feeding and sustained growth of the HPC industry increasingly is in the hands of the ...

Hyperion: Deep Learning, AI Helping Drive Healthy HPC Industry Growth

Hyperion: Deep Learning, AI Helping Drive Healthy HPC Industry Growth

To be at the ISC conference in Frankfurt this week is to experience deep immersion in deep ...

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How to Finance a SaaS Solution

The way clients order and pay for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions continues to evolve. While many SaaS offerings are available on a month-to-month basis, most enterprise deals offer adiscount for pre-paid multi-year contracts. This practice, which is now ubiquitous in the industry, offers clients an opportunity to lock in much lower prices if they can come with the cash/funds to pay for it.  IBM has devised an innovative way to balance the customer’s need to manage cash flow with the desire for the best possible per-seat pricing on SaaS.

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It's best to get your ducks in a row before moving the company jewels to the cloud, a migration study advises. As hybrid cloud strategies gain momentum, the migration survey commissioned by management services specialist CloudHealth Technologies stresses that cloud computing is not a one-size-fits-all solution. "Multiple cloud deployment types are needed to best handle different workloads," concludes a ... Full article
The latest release of a non-volatile memory interface and storage protocol emphasizes the enterprise shift to analytics, virtualization and other data-intensive workloads while riding the coat tails of the robust solid-state storage sector. NVM Express 1.3 unveiled this week adds new virtualization and "streams" features along with a "native" capability for erasing data from a solid-state drive, creating options ... Full article
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I've seen the future this week at ISC, it’s on display in prototype and Powerpoint form, and it’s going to dumbfound you. The future is an AI neural network designed to emulate and compete with the human brain. In this game, the brain doesn’t stand a chance. Scoff at such talk as farfetched or far off in a hazy ... Full article
AMD is charging back into the enterprise datacenter and select HPC workflows with its new EPYC 7000 processor line, code-named Naples, announced today at a “global” launch event in Austin TX. In many ways it was a full frontal assault on Intel’s dominance in the x86 datacenter landscape. Claiming performance and cost advantages and supported by statements from key ... Full article
A huge investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group in an up-and-coming cyber security startup leaves little doubt that enterprises are looking for ways to design more security features into embattled global IT networks. Cybereason announced Wednesday (June 21) that SoftBank (TOKYO: 9984) will invest $100 million in the cyber security firm that specializes in end-point threat detection and ... Full article
The care, feeding and sustained growth of the HPC industry increasingly is in the hands of the commercial market sector – in particular, it’s the hyperscale companies and their embrace of AI and deep learning – that will drive healthy and stable, if not spectacular, expansion of the market through 2021 and beyond. Those are some of the top-line ... Full article
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To be at the ISC conference in Frankfurt this week is to experience deep immersion in deep learning. Users want to learn about it, vendors want to talk about it, analysts and journalists want to report on it. Deep learning undergirds Hyperion Research’s optimistic HPC market forecast, with the former IDC HPC analyst team noting that deep learning (and ... Full article
The outlines of a data-driven connected car market are emerging with the rise of infrastructure and "vehicle-to-everything" communications seen as key drivers of growth, a new analysis concludes. A growing list of established networking vendors also are creating an emerging use case for the Internet of Things, observers note. By 2022, market watcher Juniper Research forecasts that 50 percent ... Full article
Deep Learning Day, an all-day series of sessions at ISC this week in Frankfurt, looks to offer some of the conference’s most compelling discussions for the excellent reason that deep learning itself is one of – if not the – most compelling applications of advanced scale computing, pushing the frontiers of technological capabilities for both the industrial/commercial and traditional ... Full article
Deep learning is the latest and most compelling technology strategy to take aim at the decades-old “drowning in data/starving for insight” problem. But contrary to the commonly held notion, deep learning is more than a big data problem per se. Delivering on deep learning’s potential – and achieving its anticipated 50 percent annual growth rate market opportunity – involves ... Full article
While most mission-critical enterprise data and applications remain on-premise, these workloads are inexorably moving to the cloud. Forrester Research estimates global cloud services are growing at an annual rate of 30 percent. As the enterprise shift to the cloud gathers momentum—Forrester forecasts the global cloud services market will reach $236 billion by 2020—the cloud security market is also expanding ... Full article
Data lake vs. data warehouse: what’s the difference? Are they different? More to the point, what contrasting analytics workloads do they support? While both store massive amounts of data in multiple formats from multiple sources, and though data lake is the newer term of the two, the difference is this, according to MemSQL CMO Gary Orenstein: a data warehouse ... Full article
High-performance networking company Mellanox is announcing a new protocol it’s calling SHIELD, an acronym for “Self Healing Interconnect Enhancement for inteLligent Datacenters.” Enabled within Mellanox’s 100G EDR and 200G HDR InfiniBand solutions, SHIELD improves the ability for switches to exchange real-time information in order to overcome link failures and optimize data flows. The functionality that SHIELD enables has been ... Full article
In a potential blow to IBM’s efforts to carve out a major share of the intensely competitive public cloud services market, Facebook is reportedly in the process of moving its chat platform off IBM's SoftLayer cloud. Cable network CNBC cited a source "close to the company" as saying Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) intends shift its WhatsApp messaging service into its ... Full article
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For each front-line combat soldier there are 10 soldiers laboring behind the lines on logistics and supplies, so goes the military axiom; similarly, it’s been observed that for every salesperson pushing product for a manufacturing company there’s a field service technician maintaining those products in the field. For “asset intensive” industries, maintaining equipment is a hugely complex operational challenge ... Full article
An ambitious astronomy effort designed to peer back to the origins of the universe and map the formation of galaxies is underpinned by an emerging memory technology that seeks to move computing resources closer to huge astronomy data sets. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is an international initiative to build the world's largest radio telescope. A "precursor project" in ... Full article
As deputy chair of Industrial Day at ISC next week, my goal is to help bring clarity to the key opportunities and challenges afforded by HPC-scale technologies, including the specific barriers commercial companies are likely to encounter as they deploy new solutions or upgrade existing ones. Our Industrial Day agenda will focus on choosing infrastructure products and services that ... Full article
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At Tabor Communications’ Leverage Big Data + EnterpriseHPC Summit in Florida last week, esteemed HPC professional Jay Boisseau, chief HPC technology strategist at Dell ...