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Startup Pulumi Rolls Cloud-Native Tools

Startup Pulumi Rolls Cloud-Native Tools

A new programming platform designed to accelerate cloud-native application development is jumping on the multi-cloud bandwagon to ...

‘AI Camera’ Combines Machine Vision, Deep Learning

‘AI Camera’ Combines Machine Vision, Deep Learning

Is it any wonder there are cameras everywhere imaging nearly everything? One reason is chip scaling, with ...

IBM, Lenovo Bring Watson to Call Centers

IBM, Lenovo Bring Watson to Call Centers

IBM and Lenovo continue to expand their ongoing relationship beyond computing to include the automation of mundane ...

Tech Industry Giant Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dies at 65

Tech Industry Giant Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dies at 65

A giant of the tech world, Paul Allen, has died of cancer at 65. Co-founder of Microsoft ...

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October 23, 2018(0)
A new programming platform designed to accelerate cloud-native application development is jumping on the multi-cloud bandwagon to deploy code quickly to the cloud in order to deliver container and serverless applications. Pulumi Corp., which was launched in June by a pair of veteran tool developers, also this week announced early-round venture financing totaling $15 million. The Series A funding ... Full article
October 19, 2018(0)
Is it any wonder there are cameras everywhere imaging nearly everything? One reason is chip scaling, with key components from semiconductor makers allowing equipment manufacturers to fabricate quarter-size cameras that are becoming ubiquitous in agricultural, automotive and industrial markets. Now, inspection camera manufacturers are adding smarts in the form of image processing that according to one vendor brings “AI ... Full article
October 18, 2018(0)
IBM and Lenovo continue to expand their ongoing relationship beyond computing to include the automation of mundane but revenue-saving call centers and other customer support services. While the enterprise applications covered in the agreement are decidedly back-office, the estimated size of the multi-year deal is substantial: $240 million. IBM did not specify the exact length of the services agreement. ... Full article
October 16, 2018(0)
A giant of the tech world, Paul Allen, has died of cancer at 65. Co-founder of Microsoft Corp. with Bill Gates in 1975, Allen left the company in 1983 to pursue a prominent career in philanthropy that emphasized scientific discovery and ownership of major professional sports teams in Seattle. His death was announced by his investment holding company, Vulcan ... Full article
October 16, 2018(0)
With upwards of 85 percent of companies using more than one cloud provider, the shift to multi-cloud deployments driven by emerging open-source platforms has prompted infrastructure vendors to begin offering management tools for migrating and integrating private and public cloud applications with on-premise systems. Among them is IBM, which this week rolled out a cloud management suite based on ... Full article
October 11, 2018(0)
Oracle is collaborating with Nvidia to bring the GPU leader’s unified AI and HPC platform to the public cloud for accelerating analytics and machine learning workloads. The move makes Oracle the first public cloud vendor to support Nvidia’s HGX-2 platform, the partners said this week. The Oracle cloud will support both bare-metal and virtual machine instances of the HGX-2, ... Full article
October 10, 2018(0)
GPU leader Nvidia, generally associated with deep learning, autonomous vehicles and other higher-end AI-related workloads (and gaming, of course), is mounting an open source end-to-end GPU acceleration platform and ecosystem directed at machine learning and data analytics, domains heretofore within the CPU realm. GPUs operate in the analytics space, of course – examples include Kinetica’s GPU-accelerated database and OmniSci’s ... Full article
October 9, 2018(0)
The enterprise shift away from web server applications towards APIs and microservices is spawning new platforms where web applications are developed on networks rather than servers requiring more management while presenting scaling challenges. The move to replace web servers with “application delivery networks” is also attracting investors. This week, San Francisco-based startup Netlify disclosed a $30 million funding round ... Full article
October 4, 2018(0)
Continuing the roll-out of the A3I (Accelerated, Any-Scale AI) storage strategy kicked off in June, DDN today announced a new set of solutions that combine the A3I platform with Nvidia DGX-1 AI servers in a validated, pre-configured solution available from a number of channel partners. In a first for the company, DDN is launching a reference architecture that combines ... Full article
October 3, 2018(0)
Xilinx, the outspoken champion of FPGA technology, is having an active Open Compute Project Summit this week in Amsterdam. The company has drawn battle lines with that other major force for accelerated server throughput, the GPU, announcing that Xilinx’s new line of Alveo FPGA accelerator cards deliver four times the performance for sub-two-millisecond low-latency applications versus high-end GPUs – ... Full article
October 2, 2018(0)
Last week, the top U.S. Congressional subcommittee on IT weighed in on AI with a new report - Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence and its Growing Impact on U.S. Policy. It's a 15-page fast read, focused on policy, not technology or specific legislation; that said, where there's a government report, sometimes funding and programs follow. The report is the ... Full article
October 2, 2018(0)
Inspur, the no. 3 server vendor in the world (Gartner) is taking aim at the biggest, shiniest golden ring in the entire data center server marketplace: hyperscale and AI infrastructure for tier one social media and cloud services providers – companies whose server purchasing decisions move markets and mountains of money. The China-based company, which already has a server ... Full article
October 1, 2018(0)
Security and stability were the watchwords with the most recent release of Kubernetes, the third version of the production container orchestrator so far this year. The accelerating release cycle for the de facto standard cluster orchestrator illustrates its growing popularity and rapid maturation, backers noted last week. Version 1.12 includes stability features along with greater security for application containers ... Full article
September 28, 2018(0)
Something is materially broken with web application security and, as a result, critical attacks are being missed. According to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, 73 percent of corporate network breaches in 2017 were achieved via vulnerable web applications. There are a variety of factors contributing to the problem: resource constraints, concerns over false positives and the sheer volume ... Full article
September 25, 2018(0)
One in four companies in a new vendor survey said they rely on multiple cloud providers, twice as many as two years ago, with Microsoft Azure benefitting the most from the steady shift to hybrid cloud deployments. That shift also is reflected the enterprise embrace of application containers and microservices that can run alongside so-called “monolithic” apps such data ... Full article
September 21, 2018(0)
The ability to scale applications and get products and services out the door faster are the primary reasons DevOps teams are embracing microservices, a new survey finds. Microservices are the foundation of an agile architecture on which applications are built as a collection of different smaller services rather than an entire application. Among the emerging challenges is determining the ... Full article
September 19, 2018(0)
As the Internet of Things matures, IoT application development is moving center stage with frameworks designed to accelerate deployment of devices along with platforms to handle data management. Meanwhile, IoT infrastructure players like Arm Ltd. continue to focus on networking and security tools needed to build out enterprise deployments of connected sensors and devices. Among the emerging IoT tools ... Full article
September 19, 2018(0)
HPC (or big compute)-in-the-cloud platform provider Rescale has formalized the work it’s been doing in partnership with public cloud vendors by announcing its Powered by Rescale program – with IBM as its first named partner – essentially an OEM turnkey capability supporting access to HPC hardware, software and administration capabilities under the partner’s label. The Powered by Rescale program ... Full article
September 18, 2018(0)
Hybrid cloud specialist NetApp claims to have pulled together the components for a multi-cloud application container orchestration platform with its acquisition of StackPointCloud, developer of a Kubernetes cluster orchestration service for multiple clouds. The acquisition announced Tuesday (Sept. 18) is the latest example of how IT vendors are embracing Kubernetes container orchestration services as more enterprises hedge their bets ... Full article
September 13, 2018(0)
Nvidia is bringing AI inference to the datacenter with a new platform consisting of an inference accelerator chip--the new Turing-based T4 GPU--and a refresh of its inference server software packaged as a container-based microservice. The GPU leader also this week announced a new robotics effort centered around an AI platform for autonomous machines along with rollout of a new ... Full article

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