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Virtual ‘Workplace’ Aims to Speed Fed Cloud

Virtual ‘Workplace’ Aims to Speed Fed Cloud

As the federal government struggles to make the transition to the cloud, lessons learned during the relatively ...

IBM-Nutanix Deal Moves Power Servers to Datacenters

IBM-Nutanix Deal Moves Power Servers to Datacenters

Targeting AI, machine learning and other big data workloads, IBM and Nutanix will join forces to deliver ...

Multi-Cloud Network Targets Bottlenecks

Multi-Cloud Network Targets Bottlenecks

As the embrace of multi-cloud strategies gathers steam and enterprises struggle to decide how to spread IT ...

Shift to Cloud is Measured, IT Survey Finds

Shift to Cloud is Measured, IT Survey Finds

While more enterprises are moving workloads to the public cloud, a datacenter survey finds that the percentage ...

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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 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)
Ultra-low latency requirements in the High Performance Computing (HPC) industry continue to drive interconnect considerations for the world’s most powerful supercomputers. In the enterprise world, it’s also apparent that the speed paradigm in networking and application performance is shifting rapidly. Improvements in the CPU’s computational horsepower have reduced analysis runtimes, thus broadening the scope of analyses. In parallel, the ... 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)
At Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC17) in San Jose, Calif., this morning, CEO Jensen Huang announced the company’s much-anticipated Volta architecture and flagship high-end GPU, the Tesla V100, noting that it took several thousand engineers several years to create, at an approximate development cost of $3 billion. One thing is undeniable about the Volta V100: it is a giant chip, 33 ... 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 9, 2017(0)
Bright Computing, long a prominent provider of cluster management tools for HPC, today released version 8.0 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack. The release includes major and minor new features such as a completely rebuilt and now web-based administration interface, the addition of bursting capability to Microsoft Azure, expanded container handling, and updated machine learning tools. Like many ... Full article
May 9, 2017(0)
As flash based storage makes inroads in the datacenter, a growing list of IT infrastructure vendors are embracing networking technologies like Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, as a way to leverage low-latency flash solid-state drives. Among the converts are networking specialist Cavium Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), which announced support this week for NVMe over fabrics as a way to scale ... Full article
May 5, 2017(0)
Diane Bryant, EVP and GM of Intel’s Data Center Group and a prominent industry figure (SC15 keynote speaker, e.g.), is taking an extended leave of absence from Intel “to tend to a personal family matter,” according to Intel. Navin Shenoy, most recently GM of the Client Computing Group, will take over DCG (fiscal 2016 revenue: $17 billion). “Given the ... 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 1, 2017(0)
Hyper-scalers are being forced to become more creative in breaking network bottlenecks as they cope with greater bandwidth demand for storage backup of video and other "rich" content along with growing processing requirements across far-flung datacenters running analytics and machine learning applications. Among the latest efforts to expand datacenter backbones is Facebook's new long-haul network designed to replace its ... 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
April 20, 2017(0)
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
April 18, 2017(0)
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
April 13, 2017(0)
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
April 12, 2017(0)
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
April 11, 2017(0)
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
April 10, 2017(0)
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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