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Nvidia Aligns with Colo Partners in AI Democratization Push

Nvidia Aligns with Colo Partners in AI Democratization Push

 AI is all the rage and so is AI democratization. Having developed an AI stack only science-level ...

Azure Gains in Multi-Cloud Shift, But Complexity Grows

Azure Gains in Multi-Cloud Shift, But Complexity Grows

Microsoft Azure is benefitting most from the growing adoption of multiple cloud vendors, according to recent surveys ...

Digital Investments Seen Climbing in 2019

Digital Investments Seen Climbing in 2019

Despite growing economic uncertainties, growth in investments and adoption of digital technologies such as AI, machine learning ...

2019 Data Center Drivers: Kubernetes, Cloud, ML, File System Storage

2019 Data Center Drivers: Kubernetes, Cloud, ML, File System Storage

If 2019 is anything like the previous year, there will be a renewed push for modernization in ...

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February 1, 2019(0)
 AI is all the rage and so is AI democratization. Having developed an AI stack only science-level technologists could love, vendors are now courting customers with integrated hardware that would otherwise require a computer scientist and enormous data center investment, and with software that automates data science tasks. In the thick of AI democratization is GPU leader and AI ... Full article
January 24, 2019(0)
Microsoft Azure is benefitting most from the growing adoption of multiple cloud vendors, according to recent surveys of enterprise cloud managers. Perhaps the most revealing is an Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) user report released this week that found 35 percent of those surveyed said their organization “actively uses” the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) cloud along with AWS. Twenty-four percent ... Full article
January 15, 2019(0)
Despite growing economic uncertainties, growth in investments and adoption of digital technologies such as AI, machine learning and cloid computing are expected to reach double digits in the coming year, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit survey commissioned by an IT services vendor. Fully 83 percent of companies surveyed by the Economist unit said they expect to increase digital investments ... Full article
January 10, 2019(0)
If 2019 is anything like the previous year, there will be a renewed push for modernization in the data center to alleviate the management complexity, handle the scalability requirements and achieve an improved ROI. We will see storage systems improve to handle the rise in containerized environments, an uptick in software-defined storage solutions and a return to a tried-and-true ... Full article
January 7, 2019(0)
Momentum around ARM’s breakout into mainstream computing continued today as Huawei unveiled what the Chinese tech giant touted is the industry’s highest performing ARM-based CPU, targeting big data, distributed storage and ARM-native application scenarios. Called Kunpeng 920, the Huawei-designed 7nm-process chip is based on the ARMv8 architecture license. At typical frequency, it scores more than 930 in the SPECint ... Full article
January 4, 2019(0)
Among the featured speakers at the largest consumer electronics show next week in Las Vegas is the CEO of a a major enterprise IT vendor not generally associated with the whizzy world of gadgetry: Ginni Rometty, who also serves as IBM’s chairwoman and president. Rometty’s keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday (Jan. 8) illustrates how far ... Full article
December 20, 2018(0)
Years ago, the future was much more opaque. Now, it’s tangible, visible, it’s rising up all around us. A favorite quote from 2018: “I don’t predict the future, I observe it” (futurist Gerd Leonhard). That’s the thing: you can see it taking shape, seemingly in real time. The future, of course, is AI in all its aspects. AI is ... Full article
December 19, 2018(0)
The unclogging of datacenter networks is taking a decidedly open approach that is permeating down to the level of network operating systems and high-capacity optical switches. The latest example of this trend is a deal between networking software specialist Cumulus Networks and FS.COM Inc., a datacenter communications integrator. The partners said this week that FS would integrate a Linux-based ... Full article
December 6, 2018(0)
Networking vendors are steadily adding new services to the emerging Istio service mesh used to link Kubernetes-based application components. That latest approach called a “universal service mesh” seeks to move beyond containers to include monolithic applications running on virtual machines and bare metal as well as micro-services infrastructure. Avi Networks this week unveiled new “gateway services” to the Istio ... Full article
November 30, 2018(0)
Add high-performance computing to the ever-growing list of enterprise (fill-in-the-blank) as-a-service offerings. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) and HPC partner Advania Data Centers (ADC) have put their own spin on HPC-as-a-service with a hybrid approach that underpins an HPC cloud platform. The goal of the new HPC is “hybrid delivery to HPC users,” the partners said. The combination would ... Full article
November 29, 2018(0)
IBM and log data management startup LogDNA are collaborating on a new cloud service designed to help developers spot faults and debug code in data stored in the IBM cloud. Among the goals is reducing downtime and the resulting revenue loss. The partners said Thursday (Nov. 29) the collaboration would combine IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) log analysis tool with LogDNA features ... Full article
November 29, 2018(0)
Is BeeGFS – the parallel file system with European roots – on a path to compete with Lustre and Spectrum Scale worldwide? Frank Herold’s unsurprising answer is yes. Herold is CEO of ThinkParQ, the company created in 2014 to commercialize BeeGFS. You may remember that BeeGFS got its start as an in-house project (2005) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) and ... Full article
November 27, 2018(0)
With its acquisition by IBM not expected to close until the second half of 2019, Red Hat continues to snap up cloud startups as it builds its hybrid cloud management portfolio. On Tuesday (Nov. 27), Red Hat announced its acquisition of software startup NooBaa, which specializes in managing data storage services across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. The acquisition along ... Full article
November 26, 2018(0)
Video and rich media content is growing exponentially. Video now constitutes 50 percent of all data, and a rich media explosion is driving performance and capacity gains across countless markets. This content enhances the capabilities of businesses across the globe. So, what’s the issue? The lack of infrastructure and management tools for video and rich media creates major performance ... Full article
November 19, 2018(0)
Applications containers and other microservices are handling production workloads at an increasing rate, but several studies emphasize that container security lags. The latest concludes that risks around runtime attacks and misconfigurations highlight the reality that container security strategies remain “woefully low in maturity,” warns a survey released by container and Kubernetes security specialist StackRox. Half of container adopters said ... Full article
November 16, 2018(0)
Oracle has moved to add bandwidth and security to its cloud portfolio with the acquisition of Talari Networks, a software-defined networking specialist. Terms of the acquisition announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) were not disclosed. Oracle expects the deal to close by the end of this year. Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) said the acquisition would complement its network management infrastructure as ... Full article
November 14, 2018(0)
Cloud usage is surging in Asia, led by the adoption of cloud-native technologies such as Kubernetes across the region but particularly in the booming Chinese technology sector, a new survey finds. The poll released this week by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) found that cloud usage across Asia has jumped 135 percent since March 2018 as datacenter operators ... Full article
November 9, 2018(0)
Microsoft announced last summer it is ending support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2019, with support for Windows SQL server expiring six months later. That has prompted the release of several options for migrating Windows virtual machines and legacy applications to the cloud. Microsoft is of course encouraging customers to rehost on Windows 2008 workloads on Azure, extending ... Full article
November 2, 2018(0)
An open source version of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator is intended to package and deploy cloud-native applications to restricted, on-premise infrastructure such as government clouds. Gravitational, which was founded by Rackspace veterans in 2015, said its aptly named Gravity open-source Kubernetes packaging tool emphasizes secure cloud-native application deployments. It also allows users to take a snapshot of their Kubernetes ... Full article
October 19, 2018(0)
AI stands before the HPC industry as a beacon of great expectations, yet market research repeatedly shows that AI adoption is commonly stuck in the talking phase, on the near side of a difficult chasm to cross. In response, many vendors have built integrations of their server and storage platforms with AI hardware – usually Nvidia GPUs – designed ... Full article

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