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As Datacenters Bulge, Switch Maker Claims Record

As Datacenters Bulge, Switch Maker Claims Record

Cloud migrations, big data and mobility are reshaping the datacenter as more servers are linked and bandwidth ...

Overcoming SD-WAN FUD

Overcoming SD-WAN FUD

 When a promising new technology emerges, the initial excitement is soon over-shadowed by anxiety about taking on ...

Microsoft Bolsters Azure With Cloud HPC Deal

Microsoft Bolsters Azure With Cloud HPC Deal

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing software vendor Cycle Computing in a move designed to bring orchestration tools ...

Huawei, MapD Join Forces on GPU-Based Servers

Huawei, MapD Join Forces on GPU-Based Servers

Data analytics and visualization specialist MapD Technologies has inked a deal with Huawei, the multinational networking and ...

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August 17, 2017(0)
Cloud migrations, big data and mobility are reshaping the datacenter as more servers are linked and bandwidth capacity joins scaling as essential requirements. Those needs are creating opportunities for network gear vendors as datacenters make the jump to bigger IPv6 pipes. Among them is Chinese switch maker H3C Technologies, which is claiming a record for switch performance in recent ... Full article
August 11, 2017(0)
Data analytics and visualization specialist MapD Technologies has inked a deal with Huawei, the multinational networking and telecommunications giant, to juice the Chinese vendor's server hardware with scalable GPU-supported analytics. The partners announced an agreement this week intended to improve compatibility between Huawei's latest FusionServer and MapD database and visualization platforms. Huawei (SHE: 002502) announced earlier this summer it ... Full article
August 9, 2017(0)
Among the first sectors likely to cash in on the Internet of Things is industrial, which has been in the vanguard of networking the factory floor to achieve efficiencies while collecting and leveraging all the data generated by connected devices and machines. A new study on how to make money on the industrial IoT finds that manufacturers are pursuing ... Full article
August 8, 2017(1)
In order to secure enterprise networks and their far-flung components, everyone needs to be on the same page. That's at least part of the thinking behind a renewed U.S. cyber initiative designed to bring embattled security teams up to speed as threats continue to evolve. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which helps develop a range of ... Full article
August 7, 2017(0)
Responding to a rash of malware attacks on early and vulnerable Internet of Things devices, lawmakers have stepped forward with a proposal to improve weak IoT cyber-security. While attempts at legislating technical specs don't always pan out, four U.S. senators are nevertheless proposing legislation that would attempt to shore up standards for IoT, starting with devices used by government ... Full article
July 31, 2017(0)
Blockchain technology is making inroads in the enterprise, especially among banks and financial services firms handling heavy transaction volumes that require the back-and-forth of much transmitted payment information. While nearly six in 10 companies responding to a recent survey said they are either deploying or testing blockchain platforms, roadblocks such as interoperability and general disruption of traditional business practices ... Full article
July 27, 2017(0)
In a bid to sharpen its focus on the booming market for cloud management, in-memory computing specialist GigaSpaces Technologies is spinning off its Cloudify unit into a new company that will concentrate on delivering cloud applications as well as network functions virtualization (NFV). New York-based GigaSpaces said the planned spinoff has been in the works since last year based ... Full article
July 21, 2017(0)
As network bottlenecks mount in datacenters—a hurdle that will only get worse with the deployment of business analytics using machine learning—there is a growing need for networking solutions that can scale to tens of thousands of connections without breaking the bank. As things stand now, only hyper-scale cloud service providers can achieve the economies of scale that make smart ... Full article
July 20, 2017(0)
Intel has begun rolling out AI hardware previewed last fall with the release of its Movidius Neural Compute Stick, billed as a self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format that requires no network connection. The chipmaker said Thursday (July 20) the device is intended to make deep learning applications more accessible to AI researchers and product developers to they ... Full article
June 27, 2017(0)
Distributed applications must be designed upfront for deployment in the cloud if enterprises hope to achieve the scale necessary for Internet of Things and other hyper-scale projects, cloud-native proponents argue. Industry groups such as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Open Connectivity Foundation have been leading the charge for broader cloud application development. Seeking to put a ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
A huge investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group in an up-and-coming cyber security startup leaves little doubt that enterprises are looking for ways to design more security features into embattled global IT networks. Cybereason announced Wednesday (June 21) that SoftBank (TOKYO: 9984) will invest $100 million in the cyber security firm that specializes in end-point threat detection and ... Full article
June 19, 2017(0)
The outlines of a data-driven connected car market are emerging with the rise of infrastructure and "vehicle-to-everything" communications seen as key drivers of growth, a new analysis concludes. A growing list of established networking vendors also are creating an emerging use case for the Internet of Things, observers note. By 2022, market watcher Juniper Research forecasts that 50 percent ... Full article
June 15, 2017(0)
High-performance networking company Mellanox is announcing a new protocol it’s calling SHIELD, an acronym for “Self Healing Interconnect Enhancement for inteLligent Datacenters.” Enabled within Mellanox’s 100G EDR and 200G HDR InfiniBand solutions, SHIELD improves the ability for switches to exchange real-time information in order to overcome link failures and optimize data flows. The functionality that SHIELD enables has been ... Full article
June 13, 2017(0)
An ambitious astronomy effort designed to peer back to the origins of the universe and map the formation of galaxies is underpinned by an emerging memory technology that seeks to move computing resources closer to huge astronomy data sets. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is an international initiative to build the world's largest radio telescope. A "precursor project" in ... Full article
June 8, 2017(0)
Amazon Web Services has extended its Internet of Things offerings with the launch a new platform designed to boost computing power for devices at the network edge via its public cloud. AWS Greengrass unveiled on Wednesday (June 7) aims to connect local devices to the public cloud service via its Lambda software to provide local computing and other capabilities ... 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 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 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 1, 2017(0)
Hyper-scalers are being forced to become more creative in breaking network bottlenecks as they cope with greater bandwidth demand for storage backup of video and other "rich" content along with growing processing requirements across far-flung datacenters running analytics and machine learning applications. Among the latest efforts to expand datacenter backbones is Facebook's new long-haul network designed to replace its ... Full article
March 28, 2017(0)
As all-flash arrays make inroads in the datacenter, switch makers are coming up with new access approaches leveraging all-flash storage as a way to break through network bottlenecks while adapting to data-driven workloads. With that in mind, networking switch specialist Brocade has upgraded its Fibre Channel switch technology to 32 gigabits per second performance while adding a monitoring feature ... Full article

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