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Pentagon Awards Huge Cloud Contract

Pentagon Awards Huge Cloud Contract

Few federal agencies have more stringent security requirements for cloud deployment than the Defense Department, which has ...

AMD Charges Back into the Datacenter and HPC Workflows with EPYC Processor

AMD Charges Back into the Datacenter and HPC Workflows with EPYC Processor

AMD is charging back into the enterprise datacenter and select HPC workflows with its new EPYC 7000 ...

Facebook Expected to Move WhatsApp Off IBM SoftLayer

Facebook Expected to Move WhatsApp Off IBM SoftLayer

In a potential blow to IBM’s efforts to carve out a major share of the intensely competitive ...

Code Modernization: Unlocking Old Code (and Incorporating AI) for Parallel Architectures

Code Modernization: Unlocking Old Code (and Incorporating AI) for Parallel ...

The ways that advanced computing performance depends on more – much more – than the processor take ...

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June 26, 2017(0)
Few federal agencies have more stringent security requirements for cloud deployment than the Defense Department, which has been fighting an uphill battle to move more sensitive workloads to the cloud. The Pentagon signaled this month it is ready to launch a new offensive with the award of a huge U.S. military cloud contract potentially worth half-a-billion dollars. Under an ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
AMD is charging back into the enterprise datacenter and select HPC workflows with its new EPYC 7000 processor line, code-named Naples, announced today at a “global” launch event in Austin TX. In many ways it was a full frontal assault on Intel’s dominance in the x86 datacenter landscape. Claiming performance and cost advantages and supported by statements from key ... Full article
June 15, 2017(0)
Data lake vs. data warehouse: what’s the difference? Are they different? More to the point, what contrasting analytics workloads do they support? While both store massive amounts of data in multiple formats from multiple sources, and though data lake is the newer term of the two, the difference is this, according to MemSQL CMO Gary Orenstein: a data warehouse ... Full article
June 15, 2017(0)
In a potential blow to IBM’s efforts to carve out a major share of the intensely competitive public cloud services market, Facebook is reportedly in the process of moving its chat platform off IBM's SoftLayer cloud. Cable network CNBC cited a source "close to the company" as saying Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) intends shift its WhatsApp messaging service into its ... Full article
June 7, 2017(0)
New data points emerged this week indicating that all-flash storage arrays are beginning to make headway in datacenters as server sales continue to decline. Market researcher Dell'Oro Group reported that all-flash array market revenue grew a healthy 48 percent on an annual basis during the first quarter to more than $1.3 billion. All-flash arrays were the only market segment ... Full article
June 6, 2017(0)
MapR Technologies today announced a major rebranding and repositioning of the data storage layer of its converged data platform. MapR-XD, as the data store is now known, provides the mechanism for customers to build a unified data fabric that stretches from edge devices, into the data center, and out to public clouds. The San Jose company says MapR-XD allows ... Full article
June 2, 2017(0)
A day after announcing lackluster quarterly results as IT hardware demand declines, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and software-defined storage startup Hedvig Inc. announced a hybrid cloud storage platform customized for HPE servers. The partners said Thursday (June 1) they have initially bundled Hedvig's software-defined storage with HPE's Apollo 4200 servers to create a distributed storage platform aimed at enterprises deploying private, ... Full article
June 1, 2017(0)
Slowing demand for servers and related networking hardware cut deeply into Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's quarterly revenues, the company reported this week. The 13 percent decline in revenues for the second quarter ending April 30 was the steepest for the company's enterprise group since its launch in November 2015. Overall, HPE's quarterly revenue totaled $9.9 billion. HPE (NYSE: HPE) and other ... Full article
May 30, 2017(0)
ARM Ltd. joined a growing roster of processor specialists zeroing in on artificial intelligence and machine learning applications with the introduction of two new processor cores, one emphasizing performance, and the other efficiency. The chip intellectual property vendor unveiled its high-end Cortex-A75 paired with its "high-efficiency" Cortex A-55 processors during this week's Computex 2017 event in Taipei, Taiwan. Along ... Full article
May 26, 2017(0)
A day after naming a new CEO, managed cloud specialist Rackspace has moved to beef up its enterprise application delivery capabilities with the acquisition of an application, cloud and infrastructure hosting company. San Antonio-based Rackspace said Thursday (May 25) its acquisition of TriCore Solutions is expected to close in June. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but ... Full article
May 24, 2017(0)
A standards effort driven by LinkedIn that seeks to "redefine" future datacenter infrastructure will initially focus on a common form factor for servers, according to the founding members. Along with LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft NASDAQ: MSFT) last year, other founding members of the Open19 Foundation launched on Tuesday (May 23) are Flex, GE Digital (NYSE: GE) Hewlett ... Full article
May 24, 2017(0)
IDC recently reported that the number of data centers is declining and, at the same time, the total square-feet of raised flooring in data centers is also shrinking. The market research firm attributed this to the consolidation of data centers and the renting of server and storage resources from the public cloud. While no doubt true, a deeper trend ... Full article
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

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