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Early Container Deployments at Risk, Survey Finds

Early Container Deployments at Risk, Survey Finds

The enterprise embrace of application containers brings with it agility, scaling, rapid response to continuous change and ...

The Future of Data Center Management: From DCIM to DMaaS

The Future of Data Center Management: From DCIM to DMaaS

The parable of the four blind men describing an elephant could be applied to data center management, ...

Hybrid Cloud Adopters Playing Catchup on DevOps

Hybrid Cloud Adopters Playing Catchup on DevOps

Hybrid cloud management issues are moving to the fore as more enterprise cloud consumers establish “direct” links ...

Microsoft Launches Submersible Datacenter

Microsoft Launches Submersible Datacenter

The hotspots and energy hogs that are enterprise datacenters are increasingly located in northern climes. As demand ...

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June 19, 2018(0)
On the heels of an over-subscribed $93M series D funding round announced two weeks ago,  high performance file storage specialist Qumulo today launched a new product series that it says breathes new life into what typically is cold, hard-to-access archival data, making historical data more visible, performant and usable for operational and high performance analytics workloads. Qumulo’s Nearline Archive ... Full article
June 18, 2018(0)
The enterprise embrace of application containers brings with it agility, scaling, rapid response to continuous change and new requirements for securing production workloads in public clouds. As with most infrastructure advances, the scaling of application containers in production is exposing previously unforeseen consequences, especially security risks. Among them, according to research by cloud security specialist Lacework, are an explosion ... Full article
June 15, 2018(0)
The parable of the four blind men describing an elephant could be applied to data center management, as can the proverb about divide-and-conquer: too often, disparate constituencies monitor data center performance through the limited prism of their own operational area. Not often enough is there holistic, overarching visibility into all facets of the operation, from monitoring to asset change ... Full article
June 12, 2018(0)
Hybrid cloud management issues are moving to the fore as more enterprise cloud consumers establish “direct” links to public clouds that ease the transition but leave them with little visibility into DevOps functions and how in-demand capabilities such as microservices are actually being delivered. Those are among the central conclusions of a cloud management survey released this week that ... Full article
June 7, 2018(0)
The hotspots and energy hogs that are enterprise datacenters are increasingly located in northern climes. As demand for cooling intensifies, and datacenter power usage maxes out, some have even proposed floating datacenters that can tap sea water for cooling. Now, Microsoft Research is floating a green concept for a “self-sustaining underwater datacenter” as a way to conserve energy while ... Full article
June 5, 2018(0)
HPE announced several storage networking-related products today, along with the global expansion of its “Complete” reseller model for virtually engineered third-party solutions. Designed to support multiple network protocols and multiple vendor partners, the combined announcements encompass some of the data storage industry’s leading lights, including Qumulo, Cohesity, Cloudian and Hedvig – along with HPE’s own Nimble Storage and Simplivity ... Full article
June 1, 2018(0)
Pop Quiz:  What type of building is essential to the daily operations of a global business, is nearly a million square feet in size, but has only a few dozen cars in its employee parking lot? A data center of course. In this case, we’re talking about Facebook’s plan to build the mother of all data centers, a 970,000-square-foot ... Full article
May 30, 2018(0)
In the evolving world of cybersecurity, enterprises need access to cyber insurance that accurately reflects their current security posture and that covers both direct and indirect expenses. The same challenge, of course, applies to the insurers issuing the policies. Unfortunately, the evolving threat landscape and rising incidents of attacks has created difficulty in matching packages with premiums, and as ... Full article
May 30, 2018(0)
Nvidia’s latest cloud server platform is intended as a “building block,” in the reference design sense, to support AI training and inference along with HPC workloads such as simulations. The GPU vendor (NASDAQ: NVDA) introduced its latest server platform dubbed HGX-2 on Wednesday (May 30) during a company roadshow in Taipei, Taiwan. Nvidia said the cloud server can be ... Full article
May 29, 2018(0)
Real-world assessments about the adoption of Docker application containers in production are surfacing as users deploy the technology to boost utilization of datacenter resources and accelerate delivery of a range of enterprise applications. According to a Docker usage report released this week, the median number of containers per server has jumped 50 percent to 15 over the past year. ... Full article
May 22, 2018(0)
Chip makers continue to gear designs toward AI and other demanding cloud workloads that take advantage of datacenter flash storage capacity. To that end, memory specialist Micron Technology Inc. began shipping compact solid-state drives this week based on its quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology that addresses enterprise markets currently relying on hard-disk storage. Separately, Micron and Intel Corp. announced ... Full article
May 21, 2018(0)
While blockchain is currently one of the most trumpeted technologies, some dismiss it as a fad related to cryptocurrency. The reality, however, is that companies across industries are looking at how blockchain can address major business issues, particularly with respect to speeding supply chain and reducing friction. Ignoring enterprise applications of this technology could damage your organization’s competitive position. ... Full article
May 18, 2018(0)
Much as race cars are to the automobile industry, high performance computing (HPC) has long been the proving ground for technologies that later end up in mainstream computing. Indeed, today’s cloud systems and hyperscale implementations owe a considerable tip of the cap to HPC pioneers who drove the development of vanity free hardware, load balancing file systems and open ... Full article
May 15, 2018(0)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is broadening its software-defined infrastructure offerings with its acquisition of hyperconverged networking specialist Plexxi. Concurrently, Plexxi released a new version of its networking tool for software-defined datacenters designed to boost server and storage utilization. HPE did not disclose terms of its deal for Plexxi but did say Tuesday (May 15) it expects to close the acquisition ... Full article
May 15, 2018(0)
Anything as immense, impactful and powerful as public cloud computing is bound to be variegated, encompassing the good, the bad and the ugly. As AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and the other platforms gain more market adoption – usually in tandem with an on-prem data center – the benefits and landmines of cloud computing for compute- and data-intensive ... Full article
May 9, 2018(0)
ARM Holding’s efforts to break Intel Corp.’s grip on the server chip market and dominance in the datacenter has apparently taken another hit with a report that Qualcomm Inc. is dropping its effort to offer processors for datacenter servers based on an ARM design. Qualcomm, which recently fended off a takeover bid by Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO) after the ... Full article
May 7, 2018(0)
Demand for capabilities like machine learning and distributed databases are attracting investors looking to cash in on the shift to micro- and other exascale services running on hybrid cloud infrastructure. Mesosphere, the five-year-old datacenter pioneer built upon the Apache Mesos cluster manager, provided more evidence this week that its datacenter operating system approach is maturing, announcing a $125 million ... Full article
May 3, 2018(0)
The most powerful supercomputer in commercial use, multinational energy company Eni’s Nvidia GPU-powered HPC4, simulates 15 year’s worth of oil reservoir production in an astounding average of 28 minutes, according to an announcement from Eni. The Milan-based company uses Stone Ridge Technology’s Echelon, a high-performance petroleum reservoir simulation software on HPC4, which has 3,200 Nvidia Tesla GPUs. The 18.6 ... Full article
May 2, 2018(0)
At its annual Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas this week, the company launched new PowerEdge four-socket servers featuring FPGA support along with AI and IoT partnerships with Intel and Microsoft. Dell EMC’s new PowerEdge R940xa and PowerEdge R840 (both available May 22) offer up to 112 Intel Xeon Scalable processor cores and up to 6TB of memory ... Full article
April 27, 2018(0)
Advanced Micro Devices appears to making market share headway at the expense of long-time rival Intel Corp. based on quarterly results released this week. AMD reported quarterly revenue totaling $1.65 billion, up 40 percent from the same quarter last year. The big gains prompted observers to suggest AMD has grabbed market share from Intel, which also reported strong quarterly ... Full article

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