Inside Advanced Scale Challenges|Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Nvidia Releases a Batch of Open Source Tools for AI

Nvidia Releases a Batch of Open Source Tools for AI

Graphics processors increasingly used as hardware accelerators for deep learning applications are also being deployed with the ...

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 ...

Mind the Gap: Coping with Big Data’s Big Costs

Mind the Gap: Coping with Big Data’s Big Costs

In an increasingly data-driven world, with flourishing data volumes and improvements to technological infrastructure, big data promises ...

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, ...

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June 19, 2018(0)
Graphics processors increasingly used as hardware accelerators for deep learning applications are also being deployed with the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator as another way to accelerate the scaling of training and inference for deep learning models. The two-front approach includes Nvidia’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) release to developers this week of a Kubernetes on GPU capability aimed at enterprises training models on multi-cloud ... 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 18, 2018(0)
In an increasingly data-driven world, with flourishing data volumes and improvements to technological infrastructure, big data promises to benefit businesses in nearly every industry. A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that companies leveraging advanced analytics will, on average, experience profit gains and operational improvements between 5 and 6 percent higher than their competitors. By 2020, the ... 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 13, 2018(0)
Microsoft’s reassurances notwithstanding, the software giant’s acquisition of GitHub, the project collaboration platform, has raised concerns about the future direction of open-source software development. Skeptics are taking a wait-and-see approach toward the deal to determine whether the software giant makes good on its promise to promote open-source development while raising the status of developers within technology and scientific organizations. ... Full article
June 13, 2018(0)
Ideally, data would be the foundation of every business decision: for optimizing operational processes, for analytical insights and for competitive advantage. But a recent TDWI survey exposes a very different reality. According to the report, only 11 percent of respondents said that they were very satisfied with their companies' investments in data and analytics projects to meet strategic goals ... Full article
June 7, 2018(0)
Any enterprise that got its start before the dawn of the internet era comes equipped with a legacy in its systems of records that are several decades old.  These systems have been through multiple patch and upgrade cycles over time, making them inflexible to change. Simply put, these systems may create more problems than they solve. And yet Gartner ... Full article
June 6, 2018(0)
As the low-code approach to rapid application development gathers steam, new investors are pumping huge sums into the sector designed to speed delivery of distributed applications with minimum hand coding or upfront investment in training. The latest example came this week when Wall Street powerhouses Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and KKR (NYSE: KKR) committed a whopping $360 million in ... Full article
June 5, 2018(0)
In a world of cars that drive themselves and robots that do back flips, the fully automated industrial operation remains an aspiration. Limitations in real-time computing, AI and robotics slow progress, regardless of how advanced a company is or the size of its data science team. Even Elon Musk, who has some of the biggest ambitions out there, can ... Full article
June 4, 2018(0)
GitHub, the well-heeled and vibrant project collaboration platform for programmers, is being acquired by Microsoft as the software giant seeks to push deeper into enterprise software development. Microsoft said Monday (June 4) the all-stock deal for GitHub, which is currently used by more than 1.5 million companies, is valued at $7.5 billion. The acquisition is expected to close by ... Full article
May 31, 2018(0)
Enterprise advanced scale computing – or HPC in the enterprise – is an entity unto itself, situated between (and with characteristics of) conventional enterprise IT, on one side, and traditional HPC at supercomputing centers, on the other. When these three groups rub against each other, conflict is natural – conflict in outlook, requirements, aspirations and methods. Such is the ... Full article
May 24, 2018(0)
Data has been declared the world’s most valuable commodity, the new oil of the global economy, the new gold, the new diamonds and rubies, and this holds particularly true in healthcare, where data and AI are combining to save operational and treatment costs, and – oh yes – lives. At the recent World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston, AI ... 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)
In the IoT era unfolding before us, the next frontier is vision applications, applying ML and DL techniques for real-time/near-time analytics of video data from cameras at the edge.  It’s a way to monitor reality, with use cases across industrial sectors as far as the eye can see: in manufacturing (finding product defects on assembly lines), retail (inventory oversight, ... 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 10, 2018(0)
Intel Corp.’s venture capital arm unveiled a dozen new investments in startups this week spanning AI, cloud, Internet of Things and semiconductor technologies. Intel Capital announced the new investments totaling $72 million Tuesday (May 8) during a company summit. The chip maker said the new investments bring its total for 2018 to more than $115 million. Intel Capital also ... Full article
May 9, 2018(0)
At Tabor Communications' annual Advanced Scale Forum (ASF) held this week in Austin, the focus was on enterprise adoption of HPC-class technologies and high performance data analytics (HPDA). It’s a confab that brings together end users (CIOs, IT planners, department heads) and vendors and encourages group discussion and debate to go along with presentations and panel discussions. As it ... Full article
May 9, 2018(0)
At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, AI is one of tech’s hottest buzzwords these days. The hype is impossible to escape. Of course, some trends become the focus of intense attention legitimately, because they really are once-in-a-generation game changers. And AI is one of them. In its B2B applications, AI offers staggering promise of deeper, real-time insights, ... 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)
Microservices, the web-scale application architecture, is making serious headway in production, according to a vendor survey, but the tradeoff for more agile application delivery is a new set of operational challenges that include identifying and resolving performance issues. The inherent agility of the lightweight microservices architecture is among the attributes driving adoption, reports application performance management specialist LightStep, along ... Full article

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