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Alex Woodie

Alex Woodie has written about IT as a technology journalist for more than a decade. He brings extensive experience from the IBM midrange marketplace, including topics such as servers, ERP applications, programming, databases, security, high availability, storage, business intelligence, cloud, and mobile enablement. He resides in the San Diego area.

Nvidia To Use Virtual Reality for Autonomous Vehicle Testing

March 28th, 2018 Comments Off on Nvidia To Use Virtual Reality for Autonomous Vehicle Testing
Nvidia today revealed how it’s planning to use virtual reality technology to accelerate the testing of autonomous vehicles. The new offering, dubbed Drive Constellation, could dramatically improve the capability to test certain driving conditions, such as snow or blinding ...

Inside JetBlue’s Silo-Busting Customer 360 Initiative

November 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Inside JetBlue’s Silo-Busting Customer 360 Initiative
Who are you when you fly? It may sound like a silly question, but airlines find that it’s remarkably difficult to get a clear answer in real time. It’s also at the center of a new silo-busting Customer 360 ...

Challengers Arise to S3 Storage Dominance

September 21st, 2017 Comments Off on Challengers Arise to S3 Storage Dominance
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 ...

TigerGraph Emerges with Native Parallel Graph Database

September 20th, 2017 Comments Off on TigerGraph Emerges with Native Parallel Graph Database
A startup named TigerGraph emerged from stealth today with a new native parallel graph database that its founder thinks can shake up the analytics market. With $31 million in venture funding and several high-profile customers, he might just be ...

Drones and GPUs Provide AI Boost for Inspection Firm

September 7th, 2017 Comments Off on Drones and GPUs Provide AI Boost for Inspection Firm
A company backed by GE’s venture capital arm is using NVidia GPUs, deep learning frameworks, and drones to automate the inspection of physical assets in the oil and gas, electrical distribution, and transportation industries. Avitas Systems, owned by GE ...

IBM Enables Quantum Computing Experimentation

September 5th, 2017 Comments Off on IBM Enables Quantum Computing Experimentation
 IBM Research is pairing its Jupyter-based Data Science Experience notebook environment with its cloud-based quantum computer, IBM Q, in hopes of encouraging a new class of entrepreneurial user to solve intractable problems that even exceed the capabilities of the ...

AI Makes Inroads into Enterprise Software

July 13th, 2017 Comments Off on AI Makes Inroads into Enterprise Software
Enterprise software is often maligned as a legacy holdover from a previous age, a low-growth market dominated by stodgy software companies out to milk maintenance streams from hapless victims. But two giants of enterprise software, OpenText and Infor, today ...

MapR Rebrands Around Converged Data Fabric

June 6th, 2017 Comments Off on MapR Rebrands Around Converged Data Fabric
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 ...

How Uber Uses Big Data to Optimize Customer Experience

October 6th, 2015 Comments Off on How Uber Uses Big Data to Optimize Customer Experience
If you’ve ever used Uber, you’re aware of how ridiculously simple the process is. You press a button, a car shows up, you go for a ride, and you press another button to pay the driver. But there’s a ...

Unravelling Hadoop Performance Mysteries

November 20th, 2014 Comments Off on Unravelling Hadoop Performance Mysteries
Despite the fact that it runs on plain vanilla X86 servers and 64-bit operating systems, Hadoop is a complex beast that's prone to bottlenecks and performance issues. Getting Hadoop to run well isn't easy and typically requires a lot ...
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