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TriCore Deal Boosts Rackspace’s Apps Offerings

TriCore Deal Boosts Rackspace’s Apps Offerings

A day after naming a new CEO, managed cloud specialist Rackspace has moved to beef up its ...

Red Hat Sharpens DevOps Focus with Codenvy Deal

Red Hat Sharpens DevOps Focus with Codenvy Deal

Red Hat has acquired another DevOps startup, this one focused on cloud-native development tools for container-based applications. ...

LinkedIn Spearheads Common Server Effort

LinkedIn Spearheads Common Server Effort

A standards effort driven by LinkedIn that seeks to "redefine" future datacenter infrastructure will initially focus on ...

Distributed Systems and the Economic Power of Commoditization

Distributed Systems and the Economic Power of Commoditization

IDC recently reported that the number of data centers is declining and, at the same time, the ...

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May 26, 2017(0)
A day after naming a new CEO, managed cloud specialist Rackspace has moved to beef up its enterprise application delivery capabilities with the acquisition of an application, cloud and infrastructure hosting company. San Antonio-based Rackspace said Thursday (May 25) its acquisition of TriCore Solutions is expected to close in June. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but ... Full article
May 25, 2017(0)
Red Hat has acquired another DevOps startup, this one focused on cloud-native development tools for container-based applications. The company announced this week it is acquiring Codenvy, which was founded in 2013 to develop an enterprise version of the open source Eclipse Che framework, a cloud-native integrated development environment (IDE). Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) said Thursday (May 25) it plans ... Full article
May 24, 2017(0)
A standards effort driven by LinkedIn that seeks to "redefine" future datacenter infrastructure will initially focus on a common form factor for servers, according to the founding members. Along with LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft NASDAQ: MSFT) last year, other founding members of the Open19 Foundation launched on Tuesday (May 23) are Flex, GE Digital (NYSE: GE) Hewlett ... Full article
May 24, 2017(0)
IDC recently reported that the number of data centers is declining and, at the same time, the total square-feet of raised flooring in data centers is also shrinking. The market research firm attributed this to the consolidation of data centers and the renting of server and storage resources from the public cloud. While no doubt true, a deeper trend ... Full article
May 23, 2017(0)
The shift to cloud-native platforms and faster delivery of distributed applications via containers is driving efforts to automate not only app development but also management of hybrid infrastructure and compliance requirements. With that in mind, DevOps specialist Chef released a batch of new tools this week aimed at application and compliance automation while extending partnerships with leading infrastructure and ... Full article
May 22, 2017(0)
As the federal government struggles to make the transition to the cloud, lessons learned during the relatively smooth transfer executed by U.S. intelligence agencies are slowly being applied to sprawling bureaucracies like the Defense Department. In an attempt to fix its hidebound procurement system, Pentagon leaders have over the last 18 months embraced practices perfected in Silicon Valley. Among ... Full article
May 17, 2017(0)
IBM said this week it has built and tested a pair of quantum computing processors, including a prototype of a commercial version. That progress follows an announcement earlier this week that commercial quantum computer developer D-Wave Systems has garnered venture funding that could total up to $50 million to build it next-generation machine with up to 2,000 qubits. Meanwhile, ... Full article
May 16, 2017(0)
Targeting AI, machine learning and other big data workloads, IBM and Nutanix will join forces to deliver the enterprise cloud vendor's software via Power servers. The deal is Nutanix's first non-Intel x86 offering, and is aimed at bringing software-defined hyper-converged infrastructure to emerging cognitive workloads while helping enterprises shift those computing-intensive jobs to the cloud. The partners said Tuesday ... Full article
May 15, 2017(0)
As the embrace of multi-cloud strategies gathers steam and enterprises struggle to decide how to spread IT assets across the cloud and their own datacenters, new tools are emerging to help connect multi- and hybrid cloud installations. Market watchers have noted that the rise of multi-cloud strategies in which assets are distributed among on-premise and cloud platforms along with ... Full article
May 14, 2017(0)
Billionaire investor Warren Buffet made a media splash last week with statements concerning continually rising healthcare costs in the United States, including: "If you talk about the world competitiveness of American industry, (health costs are) the biggest single variable where we keep getting more and more out of whack with the rest of the world.” Advanced scale technologies are ... Full article
May 11, 2017(0)
GPU powerhouse Nvidia's entry into the cloud market is differentiated from public cloud leaders by its focus on delivering development tools for training artificial intelligence models and running AI workloads using application containers. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the "GPU-accelerated cloud platform optimized for deep learning" during the company's annual technology conference on Wednesday (May 10). Its AI development ... Full article
May 10, 2017(0)
While more enterprises are moving workloads to the public cloud, a datacenter survey finds that the percentage of workloads residing in on-premise or co-location datacenters has remained stable since 2014. The Uptime Institute's annual survey found that the percentage of workloads running in enterprise-owned or operated datacenters has remained at 65 percent over the last three years. "The takeaway ... Full article
May 8, 2017(0)
Today, enterprise finance professionals are looking to blockchain as the next key disruptor in payments technology, making headlines for its benefits in eliminating redundancies in cost reconciliation and closing the books faster. However, many CFOs are still struggling to understand exactly how blockchain can be used in the enterprise to unlock the full potential of investments. With the World Economic ... Full article
May 5, 2017(0)
Oracle Corp. made a batch of partnership and expansion announcements this week as it digs in to compete in the cloud infrastructure wars. The company (NYSE: ORCL) said Thursday (May 4) it was collaborating with VMware (NYSE: VMW) to develop new security and management features for enterprise applications running on Oracle's mobile cloud service. Those tools would be provided ... Full article
May 3, 2017(0)
Rubrik, the cloud data management startup and cash magnet, said this week it has completed its latest funding round, generating a hefty $180 million and raising its venture capital haul to $292 million in four funding rounds. Founded in early 2014 by veteran engineers from Data Domain, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and VMware (NYSE: VMW), the startup ... Full article
May 3, 2017(0)
A revolution in public cloud storage price/performance could be in the offing as two storage industry veterans with a track record of disruption today launched a new company that they say cuts pricing for storage in the AWS compute environment by 80 percent with a 6X performance jump. The new company, Wasabi, targets S3, the storage tier within public ... Full article
May 2, 2017(0)
Red Hat and Amazon Web Services are extending their partnership to allow customers to deploy AWS services from within Red Hat's OpenShift container platform. The partners announced the new hybrid cloud collaboration during this week's Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) annual summit in Boston. Red Hat also released a batch of developer tools as customers' container platforms move steadily into ... Full article
April 28, 2017(0)
Partners HealthCare and Persistent Systems have announced a collaboration that has the earmarks of a shared-resource industry cloud (aka, vertical cloud) – what the companies describe as an industry-wide open-source platform for knowledge exchange across health care providers and for development of decision support apps in the clinical environment. With the goal of supporting digital transformation to clinical care, ... Full article
April 28, 2017(0)
Just under a year after acquiring API management specialist 3scale, Red Hat rolled out a "containerized" platform for managing APIs in the datacenter. Separately, Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) released the latest version of its JBoss messaging platform designed to leverage "reactive programming" to build distributed applications. The new JBoss AMQ platform is based on two Apache open source projects ... Full article
April 26, 2017(0)
In network technology circles there’s a joke about “never underestimating the bandwidth capacity of a station wagon full of tapes driving down the highway.” In the same vein, at re:Invent last fall, Amazon Web Services announced with fanfare – and some humor – a service for transferring up to 100PB of data to AWS in a 45-foot long shipping ... Full article

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