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Algorithms at War

Algorithms at War

There are few enterprises accumulating more sensor and video data than the U.S. Department of Defense. For ...

Startup Puts Container Security in a Container

Startup Puts Container Security in a Container

Among the emerging solutions for securing application containers in production is an application layer security tool that ...

Software-Defined Storage: Freedom Wrapped in Sheet Metal

Software-Defined Storage: Freedom Wrapped in Sheet Metal

A few months after we started Qumulo in 2012, VMware bought Nicira, a hot software- defined networking ...

Red Hat Rolls ‘Container-Native’ Storage

Red Hat Rolls ‘Container-Native’ Storage

Cloud-native applications being delivered via application containers now have the option of using what open-source leader Red ...

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October 31, 2017(0)
A few months after we started Qumulo in 2012, VMware bought Nicira, a hot software- defined networking company, for $1.25 billion. As always, whenever a company without products in general availability fetches that kind of money, it attracts attention. Within six months, my good friend, Datrium’s Brian Biles, had refined the nascent Wikipedia entry for software-defined storage (SDS) to ... Full article
October 27, 2017(0)
More evidence is emerging of the inexorable shift of analytics and related workloads to the cloud, with adopters feeling more confident about hybrid infrastructure in their search for ways to become more agile, a new cloud study finds. While a sizeable number of executives remain skeptical that proprietary data will remain secure in the cloud, the Google-sponsored survey released ... Full article
October 18, 2017(0)
The powerhouse team of Apple and General Electric are joining forces to offer predictive data and analytics industrial apps from Predix, GE’s IIoT platform, to Apple iPhones and iPads. Today, the two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s iOS, tools for developers to make their own industrial IoT apps. The companies said Predix SDK ... Full article
October 5, 2017(0)
Cloud-native applications being delivered via application containers now have the option of using what open-source leader Red Hat calls "container-native" storage integrated with the latest version of its RedShift container platform. Red Hat released an update to its container platform this week as the latest version of its Kubernetes-based container application platform unveiled in August. That was preceded late ... Full article
September 26, 2017(0)
If the AI hype cycle were a dial setting on a washing machine, it would now be in the spin cycle phase. It’s intense. The talk and hopes for AI are so exciting, there’s so much potential, we wait breathlessly for an incredible new age of smart systems that will revolutionize not just IT but, like, the whole world, ... Full article
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

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