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Object Storage is Latest Front in Cloud Price Wars

Object Storage is Latest Front in Cloud Price Wars

Storage, not computing resources, has emerged as the latest battleground in the public cloud price wars, according ...

Container Projects Expand as Ecosystem Matures

Container Projects Expand as Ecosystem Matures

Application container technology continues to mature at an accelerating pace as it expands beyond cloud native deployments ...

Hyperscalers Emerging From ‘Hype Phase’

Hyperscalers Emerging From ‘Hype Phase’

The number of companies fitting the description of "hyperscale" now accounts for 68 percent of the cloud ...

Storage Security Emerges Along With Flash

Storage Security Emerges Along With Flash

The vibrant storage sector is churning out a steady stream of products, tools and network platforms as ...

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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
April 5, 2017(0)
VMware is selling its cloud operations to a European cloud-hosting provider that is aggressively expanding its U.S. operations. French cloud provider OVH will acquire VMware's vCloud Air business in a deal expected to close by the end of June. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. After completion of the acquisiton, OVH said it would operate the service as ... Full article
March 29, 2017(0)
At Tabor Communications’ Leverage Big Data + EnterpriseHPC Summit in Florida last week, esteemed HPC professional Jay Boisseau, chief HPC technology strategist at Dell EMC, engaged the audience with his presentation, “Big Computing, Big Data, Big Trends, Big Results.” Trends around big computing and big data are converging in powerful ways, including the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence ... Full article
March 20, 2017(0)
Intel Corp. has begun shipping new storage drives based on its 3-D XPoint non-volatile memory technology as it targets data-driven workloads. Intel's new Optane solid-state drives, designated P4800X, seek to combine the attributes of memory and storage in the same device. The result is a new "data storage tier" intended to overcome growing storage bottlenecks in datacenters. Intel said ... Full article
March 17, 2017(0)
While improvements in processors and software solutions have catalyzed major advances in high performance computing, the need for customizable performance is an ever-present challenge for organizations that rely on HPC systems. The latest generation of HPC-optimized processors have delivered major advances in supercomputing performance. And although Moore’s Law continues to define how new generations of processors exceed its predecessors’, ... Full article
March 13, 2017(0)
Intel Corp. continued its foray into the autonomous vehicle sector this week with the acquisition of computer vision and machine-learning specialist Mobileye for about $15 billion in cash. Betting that autonomous vehicles are emerging as "data centers on wheels," the chipmaker (NASDAQ: INTC) said Monday (March 13) the acquisition that also includes data analytics as well as mapping and ... Full article
March 10, 2017(0)
No matter what study you look at, it’s clear that cloud adoption is growing rapidly – and increasingly workloads are being shifted from the data center to clouds. Key considerations for planning successful cloud migrations start with a full understanding of the different kinds of workloads that will move and the implications for each. The workload migration planning process ... Full article
March 9, 2017(0)
Facebook unveiled new compute and storage servers this week along with custom training server platform as part of a server "refresh." Along with its Bryce Canyon storage server and Yosemite v2 and Tioga Pass compute servers, the social media giant announced its Big Basin server used to improve the training of neural networks. The next-generation GPU-based server would allow ... Full article
March 8, 2017(0)
A new front in the heretofore Intel-dominated battle to deliver processing power to the datacenter opened this week when Microsoft and Cavium Inc., the ARM server processor specialist, announced they are collaborating on running Azure cloud workloads on Cavium's ARM-based server processor. Separately, Microsoft said Wednesday (March 8) it is also collaborating with mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) ... Full article
February 22, 2017(0)
One can envision Iceland – an island country so remote it makes you wonder at the navigational prowess of the 9th century mariners who settled there, a place of exotic natural wonders and harsh natural elements, that at times (most recently, during the economic collapse of 2008) has suffered economic hardship – coming into its own as a global ... Full article
February 9, 2017(0)
Cramming more data into memory is a permanent objective for technology strategists seeking to satisfy the surging demand for real-time big data analytics. With the ultimate goal of reducing data center "server sprawl," memory technology specialist Diablo and server maker Inspur announced last July a collaborative effort to expand in-memory computing for Apache Spark workloads. Now the two companies ... Full article
February 2, 2017(0)
A new vendor-sponsored survey finds that the vast majority of datacenter operators doubt IT infrastructure matches their digital business strategy while many remain concerned about public cloud security. The IT optimization survey conducted by IDG Research and sponsored by IT vendor Datalink Corp., Eden Prairie, Minn., found that less than 10 percent of the more than 100 executives surveyed ... Full article
January 19, 2017(0)
Infrastructure refresh projects centering on datacenter hyper-convergence are planned over the next 12 months by nearly half of respondents to an industry survey, underscoring the conclusion that virtualized infrastructure is entering the mainstream. The survey of datacenter buying preferences released this week by converged IT vendor Maxta Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., also found that "general purpose infrastructure" upgrades ... Full article
January 17, 2017(0)
Inspur, the fast-growth cloud computing and server vendor from China, and DDN, a leader in high-end storage, have announced a joint sales and marketing agreement to produce solutions based on DDN storage platforms integrated with servers, networking, software and services from Inspur, which has several systems on the current Top500 supercomputers list. The two companies said they will jointly ... Full article

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