Inside Advanced Scale Challenges|Thursday, July 27, 2017
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AI Makes Inroads into Enterprise Software

AI Makes Inroads into Enterprise Software

Enterprise software is often maligned as a legacy holdover from a previous age, a low-growth market dominated ...

Intersect360 Survey Shows Continued InfiniBand Dominance

Intersect360 Survey Shows Continued InfiniBand Dominance

There were few surprises in Intersect360 Research’s just released report on interconnect use in advanced scale computing. ...

Kubernetes Gets Storage, Security Upgrades

Kubernetes Gets Storage, Security Upgrades

As more distributed applications are delivered via containers, managing them at scale has become a key requirement. ...

Latest NVM Express Spec Stresses Data

Latest NVM Express Spec Stresses Data

The latest release of a non-volatile memory interface and storage protocol emphasizes the enterprise shift to analytics, ...

Storage

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
June 7, 2017(0)
New data points emerged this week indicating that all-flash storage arrays are beginning to make headway in datacenters as server sales continue to decline. Market researcher Dell'Oro Group reported that all-flash array market revenue grew a healthy 48 percent on an annual basis during the first quarter to more than $1.3 billion. All-flash arrays were the only market segment ... Full article
June 6, 2017(0)
As storage costs decline on a Moore's Law curve, technology vendors seeking to drive storage capacity and enterprises leveraging that stored data for new applications agree that we have plenty of data available but remain woefully short on wisdom. As more connected devices fuel the data explosion, a growing problem for storage and analytics providers is figuring out how ... Full article
June 6, 2017(0)
MapR Technologies today announced a major rebranding and repositioning of the data storage layer of its converged data platform. MapR-XD, as the data store is now known, provides the mechanism for customers to build a unified data fabric that stretches from edge devices, into the data center, and out to public clouds. The San Jose company says MapR-XD allows ... Full article
June 2, 2017(0)
A day after announcing lackluster quarterly results as IT hardware demand declines, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and software-defined storage startup Hedvig Inc. announced a hybrid cloud storage platform customized for HPE servers. The partners said Thursday (June 1) they have initially bundled Hedvig's software-defined storage with HPE's Apollo 4200 servers to create a distributed storage platform aimed at enterprises deploying private, ... 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 26, 2017(0)
If advanced scale computing were a high school, machine learning would be the coolest kid at the cool kid lunch table, and that kid’s name would be Nvidia. Already a Wall Street sweetheart coming into 2017, Nvidia stock has gone into orbit this month with earnings far in excess of expectations and the revelation that SoftBank has amassed a ... 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 9, 2017(0)
As flash based storage makes inroads in the datacenter, a growing list of IT infrastructure vendors are embracing networking technologies like Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, as a way to leverage low-latency flash solid-state drives. Among the converts are networking specialist Cavium Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), which announced support this week for NVMe over fabrics as a way to scale ... Full article
April 26, 2017(0)
In network technology circles there’s a joke about “never underestimating the bandwidth capacity of a station wagon full of tapes driving down the highway.” In the same vein, at re:Invent last fall, Amazon Web Services announced with fanfare – and some humor – a service for transferring up to 100PB of data to AWS in a 45-foot long shipping ... Full article
April 26, 2017(0)
The clock is ticking on new data privacy regulations set to enter into force next year, prompting enterprise data management vendors to issue dire warnings about mandatory regulatory compliance and—not coincidentally--offering turnkey solutions. Enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to begin on May 25, 2018, replacing a 1995 directive. Approved by the EU ... Full article
April 24, 2017(0)
The healthcare sector along with the explosion of connected devices are driving the big data storage market, according to a new survey of the global storage market that pegs annual growth over the next decade at more than 20 percent. The storage surge also is prompting more vendors to integrate predictive analytics with software-based storage options while moving storage ... Full article
April 20, 2017(0)
Big data is opening a lot of doors for companies, providing real insights for those that want to understand their customers better and identify new products and services to offer. But big data has a big problem: managing and storing all of that data. When Apache Hadoop arrived, it was considered an on-site storage panacea. But then came the ... Full article
April 20, 2017(0)
Storage, not computing resources, has emerged as the latest battleground in the public cloud price wars, according to an industry index. Market tracker 451 Research said this week the cloud storage battle lines were drawn during the third quarter of 2016 when it detected a reduction in object storage prices offered by IBM SoftLayer. Rivals Amazon Web Services, Google ... Full article

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