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Turnaround Complete, HPE’s Whitman Departs

Turnaround Complete, HPE’s Whitman Departs

Having turned around the aircraft carrier the Silicon Valley icon had become, Meg Whitman is leaving the ...

Nvidia Pushes GPU Access With Containers

Nvidia Pushes GPU Access With Containers

Having migrated its top-of-the-line datacenter GPU to the largest cloud vendors, Nvidia is touting its Volta architecture ...

VMware Buys Networking Specialist VeloCloud

VMware Buys Networking Specialist VeloCloud

VMware has moved deeper into the networking sector with its deal to acquire a startup focused on ...

Software-Defined Storage: Freedom Wrapped in Sheet Metal

Software-Defined Storage: Freedom Wrapped in Sheet Metal

A few months after we started Qumulo in 2012, VMware bought Nicira, a hot software- defined networking ...

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November 22, 2017(0)
Having turned around the aircraft carrier the Silicon Valley icon had become, Meg Whitman is leaving the helm of a restructured Hewlett Packard. Her successor, technologist Antonio Neri will now guide what Whitman asserts is a more "nimble" company through the uncharted waters of unrelenting change and hyper-scale disruption. Whitman, 61, announced Wednesday (Nov. 21) she is resigning as ... Full article
November 14, 2017(0)
Having migrated its top-of-the-line datacenter GPU to the largest cloud vendors, Nvidia is touting its Volta architecture for a range of scientific computing tasks as well as AI development with the addition of a container registry designed to deploy its GPU cloud for everything from visualization to drug discovery. In its drive to expand access to its Volta architecture, ... Full article
October 31, 2017(0)
A few months after we started Qumulo in 2012, VMware bought Nicira, a hot software- defined networking company, for $1.25 billion. As always, whenever a company without products in general availability fetches that kind of money, it attracts attention. Within six months, my good friend, Datrium’s Brian Biles, had refined the nascent Wikipedia entry for software-defined storage (SDS) to ... Full article
October 27, 2017(0)
Intel Corp. reported strong revenue growth during its third quarter as its "data-centric" strategy begins to take hold in key technology sectors like all-flash storage. Meanwhile, it is readying a new AI chip. Intel was among several leading U.S. technology companies reporting strong revenues this week along with Amazon and Google. The chipmaker reported revenue totaling $16.1 billion for ... Full article
October 26, 2017(0)
Imagine a farm without herbicides, insecticides or pesticides; a farm that cuts water consumption by 95 percent; that uses no fertilizer and thus generates no polluting run-off; that has a dozen crop cycles per year instead of the usual three, making it hundreds of times more productive than conventional farms; a farm that can continually experiment with and refine ... Full article
October 13, 2017(0)
Among the ways proposed to secure application containers and micro-services as they proliferate in datacenters is more rigorous oversight of the software supply chain. With those security considerations in mind, Google, IBM and a host of infrastructure partners said this week they are collaborating to address the security challenges faced by developers as micro-services go mainstream and the pace ... Full article
October 12, 2017(0)
Cloud services rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are collaborating on a deep learning library designed to accelerate development of models used to construct neural networks. The open source project dubbed "Gluon" would deliver an API that leverages a collection of neural network components to define machine-learning models. The partners said Thursday (Oct. 12) the Gluon interface will look ... Full article
October 11, 2017(0)
A test fleet of autonomous delivery trucks scheduled for deployment next year will be outfitted with self-driving system based on Nvidia's AI processing technology for autonomous vehicles. The AI car computer called Drive PX will be combined with German automotive supplier ZF's self-driving platform in a fleet test planned by package delivery and logistics vendor Deutsche Post DHL Group ... Full article
October 9, 2017(0)
Bitcoin mining is among the latest threats to public cloud security as hackers breach enterprise computing resources to hunt for the digital currency. Cloud security vendor RedLock reported earlier this month that hackers were using Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) cloud computing resources to mine for bitcoins. The process involves collecting all transactions made during a set period into ... Full article
October 6, 2017(0)
Google Cloud Platform now supports nested virtualization, a feature that allows enterprise users to run multiple virtual machines inside a Linux VM—or as Google describes it, "VMs inside of VMs." The cloud upgrade is aimed at enterprise users who want to run both legacy and cloud-native applications on hybrid IT without modifications. The company noted in a recent blog ... Full article
October 5, 2017(0)
While most of the enterprise computing world – users and vendors – ride CPU and GPU ponies around the data center merry-go-round, the brass ring of ultra-fast processing and lower power consumption would be to bring FPGAs into mainstream frameworks, enabling this thoroughbred racehorse of compute to handle massively parallelized hardware offloading without extensive programming agony. With a view ... Full article
October 2, 2017(0)
Life is a journey, but getting to your data shouldn’t have to be. Data is the lifeblood of most businesses, but many organizations aren’t taking full advantage of their data because it’s complex, globally distributed and hard to access. From high-resolution sensors on the edge to industrial IoT devices, the growth in unstructured data is exploding. There are more ... Full article
September 28, 2017(0)
A host of infrastructure vendors are attempting to broaden their cloud footprint as more enterprises hedge their bets with hybrid and multi-cloud strategies. Among them is software-defined object and cloud storage vendor Scality, which announced this week it is offering a cloud connection tool that extends its object storage beyond Amazon Web Services' (NASDAQ: AMZN) Simple Storage Service, or ... Full article
September 25, 2017(0)
Red Hat continues to expand its ties with major cloud providers with the addition of the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server on its flagship Linux platform. Separately, the open source and cloud infrastructure specialist (NYSE: RHT) announced it would revise its liberal patent policy. The new guidelines are intended to "protect open innovation," the open-source software vendor said ... Full article
September 21, 2017(0)
The world's undergoing digital transformation and it’s all coming together – all of it: all the sensor data, unstructured data, machine data, data produced by humans, everything - every image, item, person, activity, task and process will be pixelated and digitized, and it won’t be long before it’s all analyzed and utilized, increasingly in real time at the edge. ... Full article
September 21, 2017(0)
Google has taken down the notice on its cloud platform website that says Nvidia Tesla P100s are “coming soon.” The search giant announced Thursday (Sept. 21) the beta launch of the high-end P100 Nvidia Tesla GPUs on the Google Cloud Platform as well as general availability of Tesla P80s, which have been in public beta since February. Google (NASDAQ: ... Full article
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

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