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Rackspace Expands Cloud Services With Datapipe Deal

Rackspace Expands Cloud Services With Datapipe Deal

Responding to what it says is growing customer demand for overseeing multiple clouds at scale, managed services ...

Mesosphere Adds Kubernetes in Platform Upgrade

Mesosphere Adds Kubernetes in Platform Upgrade

Micro-services specialist Mesosphere is bringing the leading container orchestrator to its datacenter operating system as part of ...

Intel Intros Tools to Ease FPGA Adoption in the Datacenter

Intel Intros Tools to Ease FPGA Adoption in the Datacenter

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have a reputation for being difficult to program, requiring expertise in specialty ...

HPE Reports Q3 Gains Along With Cloud Deal

HPE Reports Q3 Gains Along With Cloud Deal

Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter ending July 31 despite what it described ...

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September 15, 2017(0)
Cybersecurity – along with national security and Russian espionage – are very much in the news, and the two concerns came together this week with the announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that federal agencies stop using security products made by Russian software company Kaspersky Lab. The concern: using Kaspersky anti-virus software, under influence from the government ... Full article
September 12, 2017(0)
Calling it “hyperscale inspired,” Dell EMC today announced a rack scale infrastructure – including compute, storage, networking, power, cooling and open management – aimed at major carriers and service providers, mammoth companies whose IT requirements rank just below those of the major public cloud and web-scale companies (i.e., FANG*). The company said the offering, called DSS 9000 and scalable ... Full article
September 11, 2017(0)
Responding to what it says is growing customer demand for overseeing multiple clouds at scale, managed services specialist Rackspace said it is acquiring cloud rival Datapipe. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Rackspace said Monday (Sept. 11) that it expects the acquisition to close during the fourth quarter of 2017, pending U.S. and overseas regulatory approvals that ... Full article
September 8, 2017(0)
Micro-services specialist Mesosphere is bringing the leading container orchestrator to its datacenter operating system as part of its latest release of its flagship platform. Version 1.10 of the company's DC/OS includes a beta version of Kubernetes, the de facto standard application container orchestrator. Mesosphere said the upgrade would allow datacenter operators to offer application developers Kubernetes for Docker container ... Full article
September 6, 2017(0)
The Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS), Boston, is at the confluence of major technology trends driving the healthcare industry: AI-based diagnostics of large volumes of medical images, shared among multiple medical institutions, utilizing GPU-based neural networks. Founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and later joined by Brigham & Women’s Hospital, CCDS today announced it has received what it calls ... Full article
September 6, 2017(0)
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have a reputation for being difficult to program, requiring expertise in specialty languages, like Verilog or VHDL. Easing the programming burden is key to unlocking broader adoption for FPGAs and it’s a prime goal of FPGA vendors, like Intel. Yesterday Intel, which purchased FPGA company Altera in 2015, announced a new set of software ... Full article
September 6, 2017(0)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter ending July 31 despite what it described as continued "commodities cost pressures" related to tighter memory supplies for servers. It also announced a cloud acquisition. The hybrid IT specialist also reported unexpected gains in its server business as it "pivots" beyond the datacenter to greener pastures such as HPC ... Full article
August 30, 2017(0)
Driven by digital transformation, the data landscape is evolving from four sectors into two. The macro forces driving this shift range from IoT to machine learning and AI. Technology forces behind the change stem from requirements to ingest data quickly, analyze data in real time, and accommodate massive new data streams. These capabilities help businesses derive actionable insights rapidly, ... Full article
August 30, 2017(0)
Consolidation in the enterprise storage sector continues with Western Digital Corp.'s acquisition of Tegile Systems, a provider of flash and persistent memory storage in datacenters. The deal announced Tuesday (Aug. 29) is expected to close during the week of Sept. 4. Others terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) currently offers a range of storage ... Full article
August 29, 2017(0)
Pivot3, the hyper-converged infrastructure specialist, and a trio of partners are joining forces to add workload encryption and other capabilities to its software-defined platform for datacenters. The startup based in Austin, Texas, said this week it is collaborating with security specialist HyTrust Inc. to add modular "workload-centric" encryption to its Acuity hyper-converged platform. The partners said the combination of ... Full article
August 29, 2017(0)
Intel today introduced the Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Unit (VPU) which Intel is calling the first vision processing system-on-a-chip (SoC) with a dedicated neural compute engine to accelerate deep neural network inferencing at the network edge. You may recall Intel acquired Movidius roughly a year ago for its visualization processing expertise. Introduction of the SoC closely follows release ... Full article
August 23, 2017(0)
As the server market stalls, processor makers continue to search for greener pastures. Among the most promising is the booming Chinese datacenter market, where processor maker Advanced Micro Devices announced expanded partnerships this week with a trio of hyperscale providers along with Lenovo, which has vowed to cultivate the Asian server market since acquiring IBM's server business in 2014. ... Full article
August 22, 2017(0)
Tightening global supplies of DRAM chips are beginning to bite with reports surfacing this week about rising server memory prices as chipmakers struggle to meet growing demand. Among the first signs of tighter DRAM supplies and rising prices was a quarterly report by a memory market tracker issued on Aug. 14. DRAMeXchange reported that total server DRAM revenues for ... Full article
August 19, 2017(1)
Four companies engaged in a cage fight for leadership in the emerging “advanced data center” market of the 2020s are, despite deep differences in some areas, in violent agreement on at least one thing: the power consumption and latency penalties of data movement is Public Enemy No. 1. If we are to realize the promise of exascale computing for ... Full article
August 17, 2017(0)
Cloud migrations, big data and mobility are reshaping the datacenter as more servers are linked and bandwidth capacity joins scaling as essential requirements. Those needs are creating opportunities for network gear vendors as datacenters make the jump to bigger IPv6 pipes. Among them is Chinese switch maker H3C Technologies, which is claiming a record for switch performance in recent ... Full article
August 15, 2017(0)
 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
August 10, 2017(0)
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
August 9, 2017(0)
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
August 4, 2017(0)
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
August 4, 2017(0)
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

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