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As Datacenters Bulge, Switch Maker Claims Record

As Datacenters Bulge, Switch Maker Claims Record

Cloud migrations, big data and mobility are reshaping the datacenter as more servers are linked and bandwidth ...

Docker Gets Upgrade as Container Market Heats Up

Docker Gets Upgrade as Container Market Heats Up

As concerns grow over the slow migration of application container technology beyond backend development, container leader Docker ...

Intel Moves on Blockchain, Self-Driving Cars

Intel Moves on Blockchain, Self-Driving Cars

Chip giant Intel Corp. continues to diversify beyond its x86 roots into emerging markets ranging from autonomous ...

GigaSpaces Orchestrates Cloud Spin-Off

GigaSpaces Orchestrates Cloud Spin-Off

In a bid to sharpen its focus on the booming market for cloud management, in-memory computing specialist ...

Datacenter

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
July 27, 2017(0)
In a bid to sharpen its focus on the booming market for cloud management, in-memory computing specialist GigaSpaces Technologies is spinning off its Cloudify unit into a new company that will concentrate on delivering cloud applications as well as network functions virtualization (NFV). New York-based GigaSpaces said the planned spinoff has been in the works since last year based ... Full article
July 21, 2017(0)
As network bottlenecks mount in datacenters—a hurdle that will only get worse with the deployment of business analytics using machine learning—there is a growing need for networking solutions that can scale to tens of thousands of connections without breaking the bank. As things stand now, only hyper-scale cloud service providers can achieve the economies of scale that make smart ... Full article
July 21, 2017(0)
A second $30 million funding round for U.K. AI chip developer Graphcore sets up the company to go to market with its “intelligent processing unit” (IPU) in 2017 with scale-up production for enterprise datacenters and cloud environments planned in 2018. The company emerged from stealth mode in the fall of 2016 with $30 million in series A funding. Total ... Full article
July 17, 2017(0)
As more stringent data protection rules enter into force, increasing enterprise requirements for encryption, IBM is stepping into the breach with an encryption engine based on its Z Systems mainframe aimed at locking down data across applications, cloud platforms and databases. The "pervasive" encryption capability leverages Z Systems quality of service features like scaling and available, the company stressed. ... Full article
July 17, 2017(0)
The number of data centers has been increasing since 2009, yet this is all about to change. Experts predict that after peaking at roughly 8.6 million data centers in 2017, that number will begin to decline. The driving factor is the migration from smaller, in-house IT centers to data centers operated by larger service providers. Although the number of ... Full article
July 13, 2017(0)
Enterprise software is often maligned as a legacy holdover from a previous age, a low-growth market dominated by stodgy software companies out to milk maintenance streams from hapless victims. But two giants of enterprise software, OpenText and Infor, today showed that even giants can move nimbly when it comes to putting artificial intelligence into the hands of its customers. ... Full article
July 13, 2017(0)
With yesterday’s New York unveiling of the new “Skylake” Xeon Scalable processors, Intel made multiple runs at multiple competitive threats and strategic markets. Skylake will carry Intel's flag in the fight for leadership in the emerging advanced data center encompassing highly demanding network workloads, cloud computing, real time analytics, virtualized infrastructures, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. Most interesting, Skylake ... Full article
July 7, 2017(0)
Datacenters have become so large, complex, costly and strategically important that throughout the enterprise there is a broad ecosystem of datacenter stakeholders – so broad that their priorities can often be in direct contradiction. For datacenter planners and managers, these contradictions can cause much heartache. Take the issue of cooling. The business and operations side hates the cost. The ... Full article
July 6, 2017(0)
Mellanox (NASDAQ: MLNX) today announced Spectrum-2, billed by the interconnect company as the most scalable 200 and 400GB/second Open Ethernet switch, offering 10X scalability while reducing datacenter OPEX via 1.3 times better power efficiency. Spectrum-2 provides Ethernet connectivity for up to 16 ports of 400GbE, 32 ports of 200GbE, 64 ports of 100GbE and 128 ports of 50GbE and ... Full article
July 5, 2017(0)
There were few surprises in Intersect360 Research’s just released report on interconnect use in advanced scale computing. InfiniBand and Ethernet remain the dominant protocols across all segments (system, storage, LAN) and Mellanox and Cisco lead the supplier pack. The big question is when or if Intel’s Omi-Path fabric will break through. Less than one percent of the sites surveyed ... Full article
July 5, 2017(0)
As more distributed applications are delivered via containers, managing them at scale has become a key requirement. That has spurred extensions of container orchestration tools such as Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. In the latter's case, those extensions include new ways to customize services while adding features like persistent container storage. With those requirements in mind, the latest version of ... Full article
July 5, 2017(0)
Today at its developer conference in Beijing, Baidu announced a broadening of its AI partnership with Nvidia, including plans to bring Nvidia’s recently announced 120 TFLOPS Volta GPUs to Baidu Cloud and adoption of Nvidia’s DRIVE PX platform for Baidu’s newly named “Apollo” self-driving car strategy. Although the companies did not disclose financial details, Nvidia stock jumped nearly 4 ... Full article
July 3, 2017(0)
A Swedish data park seeking to attract major datacenter operators is upgrading a five-year-old effort to recover and distribute heat generated by datacenters to a local energy company. Stockholm Data Parks along with power grid provider Ellevio and fiber operator Stokab are expanding efforts to attract datacenter operations based on a heat recovery marketplace called Open District Heating. The ... Full article
June 30, 2017(0)
IOT security today is very much in its infancy. Yet IOT is growing at an explosive rate. Research firm Statista, one of the leading statistics companies on the internet, projects the number of internet connected devices to grow from 17 billion in 2016 to 75 billion by 2025. A nascent security landscape coupled with tremendous growth has the potential ... Full article

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