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Challengers Arise to S3 Storage Dominance

Challengers Arise to S3 Storage Dominance

When it comes to storing data, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) is a runaway success. With trillions ...

IBM Goes ‘Retro’ For Cloud Data Migration

IBM Goes ‘Retro’ For Cloud Data Migration

The rise of streaming analytics, and with it ever-greater volumes of big data in motion, is prompting ...

Why Your Digital Transformation Initiative Will Fail

Why Your Digital Transformation Initiative Will Fail

There’s lots of talk about “Digital Transformation” as if it were something new, as if the concept ...

HPE Reports Q3 Gains Along With Cloud Deal

HPE Reports Q3 Gains Along With Cloud Deal

Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter ending July 31 despite what it described ...

Storage

September 21, 2017(0)
When it comes to storing data, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) is a runaway success. With trillions of files under management spanning many exabytes worth of data, S3 is the largest digital storage system in the known universe. But things rarely stay the same for long in the IT business, and S3’s outright dominance is spawning attacks from several ... Full article
September 19, 2017(0)
In an overt attempt to overtake – or at least enter the arena with – the Big Three public cloud services providers, Oracle today unveiled new public cloud offerings that it says will transform how cloud services are bought and consumed. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s splashy webinar announcement today is straight out of the Business 101 Playbook: when you’re ... Full article
September 18, 2017(0)
The rise of streaming analytics, and with it ever-greater volumes of big data in motion, is prompting new ways to "transport" data that is increasing ending up in the cloud. With an eye on remote users with limited network access, IBM this week literally rolled out a portable data storage device designed to securely migrate as much as 120 ... Full article
September 13, 2017(0)
Startup Heptio announced its latest funding round this week as it seeks to drive application container orchestration deeper into enterprise IT infrastructure by making the technology more accessible to frontline systems engineers. The Seattle-based startup launched last year by ex-Google engineers and Kubernetes project founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie announced Wednesday (Sept. 13) the closing of a $25 ... Full article
September 6, 2017(0)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter ending July 31 despite what it described as continued "commodities cost pressures" related to tighter memory supplies for servers. It also announced a cloud acquisition. The hybrid IT specialist also reported unexpected gains in its server business as it "pivots" beyond the datacenter to greener pastures such as HPC ... Full article
September 5, 2017(0)
 Data is the new gold in our digital society, and the loss of it can cause panic or serious consequences. Recently, I saw an article about the Oakland, CA, police department losing 25 percent of its body cam videos due to someone pushing the wrong button and accidentally deleting files during a software upgrade. The Oakland example is about human ... Full article
August 30, 2017(0)
Consolidation in the enterprise storage sector continues with Western Digital Corp.'s acquisition of Tegile Systems, a provider of flash and persistent memory storage in datacenters. The deal announced Tuesday (Aug. 29) is expected to close during the week of Sept. 4. Others terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) currently offers a range of storage ... Full article
August 29, 2017(0)
Pivot3, the hyper-converged infrastructure specialist, and a trio of partners are joining forces to add workload encryption and other capabilities to its software-defined platform for datacenters. The startup based in Austin, Texas, said this week it is collaborating with security specialist HyTrust Inc. to add modular "workload-centric" encryption to its Acuity hyper-converged platform. The partners said the combination of ... Full article
August 10, 2017(0)
David Friend comes across as a modest, unassuming fellow who talks about his start-up storage company, Wasabi, and its technology in an understated, commonsensical kind of way. But make no mistake, Friend is pursuing a grand ambition that takes dead aim at a big target: the public cloud storage market, which Wasabi intends to turn on its head. Last ... Full article
August 4, 2017(0)
IBM has announced a new record for magnetic tape storage that it says will keep tape storage density on a Moore’s Law-like path far into the next decade. In collaboration with Sony, IBM scientists recorded 201 gigabits on one square inch of prototype magnetic tape, achieving a 20x improvement over the areal density used in current state of the ... Full article
August 1, 2017(0)
 High performance storage is the strongest growth sector in the advanced scale computing realm – we see this in analyst reports and in last week’s moved by Cray toward acquiring Seagate’s ClusterStor high end storage line. Storing the tsunami of new data in cost effective ways, and accessing it in manageable ways, is the imperative of the moment for ... Full article
August 1, 2017(0)
Open source leader Red Hat continued its buying spree with the acquisition of a data compression software specialist focused on cloud storage. Red Hat said this week its acquisition of Permabit Technology Corp. would add data deduplication and compression capabilities to its mainstay enterprise Linux platform along with its hybrid could offerings. Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) said it would ... Full article
July 28, 2017(0)
This week Cray announced that it is picking up Seagate's ClusterStor HPC array business for an undisclosed sum as part of a "strategic deal and partnership." "In short we're effectively transitioning the bulk of the ClusterStor product line to Cray," said CEO Peter Ungaro on the company's Q2 investor call yesterday. Cray will be taking over development, support, manufacturing ... Full article
July 5, 2017(0)
There were few surprises in Intersect360 Research’s just released report on interconnect use in advanced scale computing. InfiniBand and Ethernet remain the dominant protocols across all segments (system, storage, LAN) and Mellanox and Cisco lead the supplier pack. The big question is when or if Intel’s Omi-Path fabric will break through. Less than one percent of the sites surveyed ... Full article
July 5, 2017(0)
As more distributed applications are delivered via containers, managing them at scale has become a key requirement. That has spurred extensions of container orchestration tools such as Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. In the latter's case, those extensions include new ways to customize services while adding features like persistent container storage. With those requirements in mind, the latest version of ... Full article
June 22, 2017(0)
The latest release of a non-volatile memory interface and storage protocol emphasizes the enterprise shift to analytics, virtualization and other data-intensive workloads while riding the coat tails of the robust solid-state storage sector. NVM Express 1.3 unveiled this week adds new virtualization and "streams" features along with a "native" capability for erasing data from a solid-state drive, creating options ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
The care, feeding and sustained growth of the HPC industry increasingly is in the hands of the commercial market sector – in particular, it’s the hyperscale companies and their embrace of AI and deep learning – that will drive healthy and stable, if not spectacular, expansion of the market through 2021 and beyond. Those are some of the top-line ... Full article
June 19, 2017(0)
To be at the ISC conference in Frankfurt this week is to experience deep immersion in deep learning. Users want to learn about it, vendors want to talk about it, analysts and journalists want to report on it. Deep learning undergirds Hyperion Research’s optimistic HPC market forecast, with the former IDC HPC analyst team noting that deep learning (and ... 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 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

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