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One FinServe Company’s Strategy for Feeding the CCAR Beast

October 28th, 2016 Comments Off on One FinServe Company’s Strategy for Feeding the CCAR Beast
Before even addressing the devilish complexity of CCAR simulations, the first problem financial services industry (FSI) firms must solve is finding the compute capacity to run resource hogging CCAR workloads. These are monster jobs run only once a year, ...

Qualcomm to Acquire NXP for “Connected World” Markets

October 27th, 2016 Comments Off on Qualcomm to Acquire NXP for “Connected World” Markets
In the largest deal in the history of the chip industry, wireless industry giant Qualcomm will acquire semiconductor maker NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at $47B, according to Qualcomm. In NXP, Qualcomm is acquiring technology and expertise in ...

Passing Go: Augmented Intelligence and the Improvement, Not Replacement, of Us

October 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Passing Go: Augmented Intelligence and the Improvement, Not Replacement, of Us
Recently I had an interesting exchange about the rise of artificial intelligence and its implications. The discussion was centered around Google's AI-fueled AlphaGo program, which trounced Lee Sedol, the world's best player of the strategic game of Go. Since ...

Cloud Investments & the Future of Cloud Computing

October 24th, 2016 Comments Off on Cloud Investments & the Future of Cloud Computing
The cloud industry is evolving – a point that is made abundantly clear by the scope of industry investments being made today. In the early days of cloud, investments went toward companies that were working to create acceptable usable ...

How P&G Got Hooked on Analytics: ‘High Value Problems People Were Willing to Pay For’

October 21st, 2016 Comments Off on How P&G Got Hooked on Analytics: ‘High Value Problems People Were Willing to Pay For’
Procter & Gamble, the $76 billion consumer packaged goods giant with sales to 5 billion consumers in 180 countries, has lots of data. Four years ago, as the company found itself waist-deep in a rising tide of opaque data, ...

Dell EMC Launches At-Scale All-Flash, Object Storage Products

October 20th, 2016 Comments Off on Dell EMC Launches At-Scale All-Flash, Object Storage Products
The new Dell EMC combination put itself on display this week at Dell EMC World in Austin, and made two announcements that flex the company’s storage muscles: an all-flash array (AFA) offering that Dell EMC said sets new density, ...

Fighting for the ‘Cool Kids’: OpenCAPI Takes on PCIe, Vows 10X Improvement

October 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Fighting for the ‘Cool Kids’: OpenCAPI Takes on PCIe, Vows 10X Improvement
With two major announcements this week, IBM continues to drive the build-out of its advanced scale ecosystem, aligning industry heavies to jointly develop open technologies that tackle the perennial problems of latency, bandwidth and bringing processing power into balance ...

Move It: Gen-Z Consortium Vows New Semantic Fabric for Data Movement at Scale

October 11th, 2016 Comments Off on Move It: Gen-Z Consortium Vows New Semantic Fabric for Data Movement at Scale
Industry powerhouses have joined forces to address an issue that has confounded system architects since the advent of multi-core computing, one that has gained in urgency with the emergence of data analytics: the need to bring balance between processing ...

What I Saw at the Enterprise IT Revolution: Radical Analytics Chic

October 7th, 2016 Comments Off on What I Saw at the Enterprise IT Revolution: Radical Analytics Chic
If "a revolution is an idea that has found its bayonets" (Napoleon) then data analytics is the bayonet driving a revolution now underway in enterprise IT. It’s a revolution not only of technology but of the mind, impacting enterprise ...

Power8 with NVLink Coming to the Nimbix Cloud

October 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Power8 with NVLink Coming to the Nimbix Cloud
Starting later this month, HPC professionals and data scientists wishing to try out NVLink’d Nvidia Pascal P100 GPUs won’t have to spend upwards of $100,000 on NVIDIA’s DGX-1 server or fork over about half that for IBM’s Power8 server ...
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