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Future View of HPC on Wall Street: Machine-Time Analytics

Future View of HPC on Wall Street: Machine-Time Analytics

We’ve all heard futuristic debates about artificial intelligence that are, by turn, alarming or optimistic. One side ...

Machine Learning Takes Aim at Digital Transformation Drudgery

Machine Learning Takes Aim at Digital Transformation Drudgery

There’s a paradox in the world of digital transformation: the goal is hyper-acceleration of applications and automation ...

Lighten ‘Data Gravity,’ Ease Public Cloud Data Transfer for Analytics Workloads

Lighten ‘Data Gravity,’ Ease Public Cloud Data Transfer for Analytics W...

Big data is opening a lot of doors for companies, providing real insights for those that want ...

Object Storage is Latest Front in Cloud Price Wars

Object Storage is Latest Front in Cloud Price Wars

Storage, not computing resources, has emerged as the latest battleground in the public cloud price wars, according ...

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We’ve all heard futuristic debates about artificial intelligence that are, by turn, alarming or optimistic. One side portrays a dystopian, tech-noir world where machines have grown so smart and so fast that we become relatively unintelligent, obsolete and unemployed. Not to worry, counter AI advocates, the alarmists don’t understand the true role of AI as a “recommendation engine” that ... Full article
OpenStack proponents said their latest user survey shows that the open-source cloud-computing platform has emerged as a mature infrastructure technology with broader enterprise adoption and more deployments in production. The latest OpenStack user study reveals that two-thirds of deployments are handling production workloads while most are adopting infrastructure services such as Nova (computing), Cinder (block storage) and Neutron (networking). ... Full article
There’s a paradox in the world of digital transformation: the goal is hyper-acceleration of applications and automation of processes across the enterprise through advanced technologies, yet creating sleek new data and process flows typically condemns the developer to a funereal procession of tasks that meanders from tedium to apathy, with an occasional side trip to monotony, mortal combat with ... Full article
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Big data is opening a lot of doors for companies, providing real insights for those that want to understand their customers better and identify new products and services to offer. But big data has a big problem: managing and storing all of that data. When Apache Hadoop arrived, it was considered an on-site storage panacea. But then came the ... Full article
Storage, not computing resources, has emerged as the latest battleground in the public cloud price wars, according to an industry index. Market tracker 451 Research said this week the cloud storage battle lines were drawn during the third quarter of 2016 when it detected a reduction in object storage prices offered by IBM SoftLayer. Rivals Amazon Web Services, Google ... Full article
Oracle's databases and developer tools can now be pulled as images from a Docker container registry as the partners look to speed development of cloud-native database applications. Oracle becomes the latest enterprise IT vendor to jump on the Docker container bandwagon as it seeks to expand its reach in the public cloud market. Among the container-based application, middleware and ... Full article
From its F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., today, Facebook announced Caffe2, a new open-source, cross-platform framework for deep learning. Caffe2 is the successor to Caffe, the deep learning framework developed by Berkeley AI Research and community contributors. Caffe2’s GitHub page describes it as “an experimental refactoring of Caffe allows a more flexible way to organize computation.” The first ... Full article
HPC cloud specialist Rescale is partnering with Intel and HPC resource provider R Systems to offer first-ever cloud access to Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” processors. The infrastructure is based on the 68-core Knights Landing chip with integrated Omni-Path fabric (the 7250F Xeon Phi). “It is a three-way joint initiative,” Tyler Smith, head of partnerships at Rescale told HPCwire. R Systems ... Full article
Application container technology continues to mature at an accelerating pace as it expands beyond cloud native deployments to address emerging platforms such as the Internet of Things while building blocks emerge to scale the existing container ecosystem. What that in mind, container pioneer Docker rolled out a pair of open source projects this week at the nascent industry sector's ... Full article
Intel Developer Forum 2017 in San Francisco has been canceled, as have all future IDF events. In a message to the community on its website, posted yesterday, April 17, Intel writes: “Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number ... Full article
IBM, which recently extended support for the Anaconda data science platform to its open source mainframe, takes another step this week by offering the data platform on its Cognitive Systems platform in collaboration with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics. IBM (NYSE: IBM) also announced on Monday (April 17) the formation of a machine learning work group within the OpenPOWER Foundation. ... Full article
The state of AI today reminds us of the old observation about teenagers and sex: there’s more curiosity than knowledge, more talk than action, more failed attempts than actual achievement. Also, it’s been around a long time, but each generation has to learn it anew. As Forrester Research observes in its new report "Artificial Intelligence Technologies, Q1 2017," AI ... Full article
Calling itself the first collaborative cloud-based platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing industry, the Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks (C2NET) consortium was announced today in Europe. C2NET has the characteristics of an “industry cloud,” a trend covered recently here (see “Industry Clouds: An At-Scale Grass Roots Movement Changing IT Life within Sectors,” EnterpriseTech, March 18, 2017), ... Full article
Looking at the industry today, you’d think scale-out architectures are the only way to deliver application performance and availability at low-cost. Major technology companies, such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook, use scale out, so it must be the right way for everyone to do enterprise applications, right? Not necessarily. There are other models to be considered. When you need ... Full article
One week after selling its cloud operations to a European cloud-hosting provider, VMware Inc. said it is acquiring a cloud application monitoring service provider as IT micro-services move deeper into enterprises. Terms of VMware's (NYSE: VMW) deal to buy Wavefront, Palo Alto, Calif., were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of June. The deal ... Full article
The number of companies fitting the description of "hyperscale" now accounts for 68 percent of the cloud infrastructure services market, a researcher found. Synergy Research Group said this week is has identified 24 companies that meet it definition of hyperscale operators. Those companies offer infrastructure, platform and private hosted cloud services. An additional 59 percent offer software services. In ... Full article
Advanced-scale storage specialist DataDirect Networks (DDN), whose solutions populate the upper-rung of the Top500 supercomputing list, today announced new “cross-region” features to its WOS object storage platform that support multi-site AWS connectivity as well as new data protection and disaster recovery capabilities. According to DDN, Extended ObjectAssure offers low-cost data protection along with control for local-only rebuilds the company ... Full article
The vibrant storage sector is churning out a steady stream of products, tools and network platforms as datacenter operators struggle to keep up with and secure torrents of terabytes. Much of the focus in storage technology development focuses on hyper-converged infrastructure as datacenter operators look to cut costs while boosting performance. Baked-in security and new management tools also are ... Full article
Last week, Google reported that its custom ASIC Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) was 15-30x faster for inferencing workloads than Nvidia’s K80 GPU (see our coverage, Google Pulls Back the Covers on Its First Machine Learning Chip), and it didn’t take Nvidia long to respond. Unlike the semi-contentious back-and-forth between Nvidia and Intel over benchmarking methodology (see Nvidia Cries Foul on Intel ... Full article
Global IT spending faces "headwinds" that include a rising U.S. dollar and a continuing slowdown in the server market as potential customers flock to the cloud. All this is reflected in anemic forecast for datacenter and over IT spending by market analyst Gartner Inc. In its quarterly forecast, Garter (NYSE: IT) pegged global IT spending at $3.46 billion this ... Full article
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A new infrastructure vulnerability study confirms what became apparent late last year: botnets are exploiting inherent security weaknesses in Internet of Things (IoT) devices. ...
Promising stronger and faster security for application containers in production, a startup has unveiled a new continuous security approach based on adaptive behavioral learning. ...
One of life’s hazards is becoming so immersed in our own way of doing business that a major disruptive force develops all around us ...
Cloud security remains "complex and chaotic" and the Internet of Things threatens to increase cloud security risks, warns a survey of IT security managers ...
We’ve all heard futuristic debates about artificial intelligence that are, by turn, alarming or optimistic. One side portrays a dystopian, tech-noir world where machines ...