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Communities of Communities: The Next Era of Open Source Software

Communities of Communities: The Next Era of Open Source Software

We are now about 20 years into the open source software era. You might think that open ...

‘Strategies in Biomedical Data Science’ Advances IT-Research Synergies

‘Strategies in Biomedical Data Science’ Advances IT-Research Synergies

“Strategies in Biomedical Data Science: Driving Force for Innovation” by Jay A. Etchings (John Wiley & Sons, ...

‘De-Blackboxing’ AI: Bias in Learning Machines

‘De-Blackboxing’ AI: Bias in Learning Machines

We humans like to think of ourselves as rational creatures who make decisions with clear, objective and ...

Intersect360 on 2016 Top Performers and Trends

Intersect360 on 2016 Top Performers and Trends

HPC supplier consolidation in 2016 is showing up on market watcher scorecards with Dell EMC (15.7 percent) ...

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February 22, 2017(0)
Confusion abounds that DevOps and development automation are synonymous. An online search for implementing DevOps practices leads to lists of tools meant to automate everything from development to QA to deployment. While automation is certainly a key aspect of DevOps, the two are not identical in practice. Businesses that misunderstand that concept are often faced with less optimized workflows, ... Full article
February 8, 2017(0)
We humans like to think of ourselves as rational creatures who make decisions with clear, objective and unbiased minds. Many decision making processes have been predicated on this assumption. But back in the late 60’s two psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, after decades of research, proved we are not what we think we are. We have both known ... Full article
February 1, 2017(0)
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that bars citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations -- Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen -- entry to the United States for at least 90 days, kicking off a swift and strong reaction from the science and technology community. High-profile tech companies, Apple, Google, HPE and others, have issued statements ... Full article
January 31, 2017(0)
HPC supplier consolidation in 2016 is showing up on market watcher scorecards with Dell EMC (15.7 percent) slipping ahead of HPE (14.7 percent) as the top HPC systems supplier according Intersect360 Research’s just released report, Top of All Things in HPC, 2016. Once HPE absorbs SGI (7.3 percent) this year, it will likely edge back into first. Lenovo (10.1 ... Full article
January 19, 2017(0)
US-based publishing and investment firm International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) will be acquired by a pair of Chinese investors, China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. and IDG Capital, the companies announced today (Thursday). The official announcement comes after months of speculation with Reuters reporting in November that the parties were in “advanced discussions.” Tech analyst outfit International Data Corporation (IDC), a wholly-owned ... Full article
December 16, 2016(0)
We caught up with Addison Snell, CEO of HPC industry watcher Intersect360, at SC16 last month, and Snell had his expected, extensive list of insights into trends driving advanced-scale technology in both the commercial and research sectors. Possibly the most significant trend is what Snell calls “technology disaggregation,” the proliferation of alternative processing architectures along with an array of ... Full article
November 5, 2016(0)
HPC has always been a fountain of innovations that eventually become mainstream. These innovations have been both technological as well as in business models. HPC’s long history of fostering entrepreneurship and creating new markets is well established. What we see now is a growing opportunity for HPC practitioners to lead the new wave of products, applications, and services. The ... Full article
October 26, 2016(0)
Recently I had an interesting exchange about the rise of artificial intelligence and its implications. The discussion was centered around Google's AI-fueled AlphaGo program, which trounced Lee Sedol, the world's best player of the strategic game of Go. Since AI can now dominate Go, can we extrapolate that algorithms will be able to make critical business decisions and that ... Full article
February 2, 2016(0)
If you’re stymied by the prospect of deploying Spark for the first time, Craig Lukasic, senior solution architect at Zaloni, offers tips and insights for overcoming some of the common misperceptions and barriers to successful Spark implementations. Below is an excerpt from an article that appears in full here at our sister publication Datanami. Clients are often confused about ... Full article
November 24, 2015(0)
Composable infrastructure is all about making IT truly programmable in order to get the infrastructure that is needed through a single line of code, the author argues. Full article
November 12, 2015(3)
The success of closed-source companies (like Microsoft in the early days of the digital revolution) made it easy to write off open source as a niche movement with little real-world relevance. But the concept of open source is almost as old as software itself — it has been, and continues to be, a viable option. The rise of Linux proved as much, and ... Full article
September 21, 2015(0)
Microsoft is leading the way to the future of the enterprise business model. This might be hard to believe considering the company’s track record of locking users into its stack by creating a strong affinity between those users and its products. However, several months ago, the tech juggernaut announced its Cloud Storage Partner Program, which allows third-party providers to ... Full article
June 8, 2015(0)
The world’s largest and most influential businesses are rethinking how they handle data so they can increase business agility, develop stronger customer relationships, and spur more product or service innovation. A key requirement is to integrate data across different boundaries, including system, departmental, and company boundaries. But the increased use of SaaS applications has accelerated the pace of application ... Full article
June 2, 2015(0)
With hurricane season upon us, state and federal agencies are teaming up to prepare for worst-case scenarios. But what about you? If a sudden disruption threatens your organization's continuous operations, you may already have a disaster recovery plan in place and, if not, you will have at least thought about how to maintain operations. But even if your facilities ... Full article
May 19, 2015(1)
When Amazon revealed its much-conjectured earnings and growth for its public cloud service, Amazon Web Services (AWS), it disclosed some surprising information in its quarterly earnings report. Indeed, AWS pulled in a significant profit, boasting a 16.9 percent operating margin and surpassing the $5-billion revenue mark for the prior 12 months. Amazon’s strong operating margin for AWS confirms what ScienceLogic ... Full article
May 18, 2015(0)
Data is the most valuable asset for any company in any industry today, yet management of data is often reactive, under-funded and – frankly – haphazard. File data tends to be the highest growth and least managed category of data, but it contains tremendously valuable information about customers, products, and business processes. Firms often let data pile up in ... Full article
May 8, 2015(2)
Traditional spinning hard disk drives (HDDs) have dominated datacenters since their inception, primarily due to lower upfront cost per gigabytes ($/GB) and the lack of other feasible storage options. This has begun to change in the last decade, since the cost of solid state drives (SSDs) started dropping. Considering the demands of modern datacenters, which typically are dominated by ... Full article
May 5, 2015(1)
Today, the United States Postal Service is on its third generation of supercomputers, with each generation more capable than its predecessor. IDC believes the USPS embrace of HPC exemplifies an important, accelerating IT trend: Leading organizations in the private and public sectors are increasingly turning to high-performance computing to tackle challenging big data analytics workloads that traditional enterprise IT ... Full article
April 27, 2015(0)
Enterprises risk losing almost $2 trillion due to downtime and data loss but the vast majority of organizations remain unprepared to mitigate this costly damage. A recent study found enterprises suffered a collective $1.7 trillion loss due to downtime and data loss in 2014 alone. The research indicated that although there has been a decrease in the overall number ... Full article
April 13, 2015(0)
The rapid and continuing rise of the U.S. dollar against most currencies will put a dent in global IT spending during 2015, a new forecast concludes. Market researcher Gartner called the rapid and largely unexpected rise of the dollar a "currency shock" that would reduce worldwide IT spending by 1.3 percent this year to $3.66 trillion. The forecast reflects ... Full article

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