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Doug Black

A Low-maintenance, Software-driven Private Cloud from ZeroStack

March 11th, 2016 Comments Off on A Low-maintenance, Software-driven Private Cloud from ZeroStack
The stampede to the cloud is on. Renting cycles if only for workload bursts is by now commonplace. Statistical and anecdotal evidence validates that at least partial adoption of the cloud has become so widespread that it doesn’t takes ...

First 10 GB/s SSD Flash Drive Coming This Summer – And It’s OCP-Compliant

March 8th, 2016 Comments Off on First 10 GB/s SSD Flash Drive Coming This Summer – And It’s OCP-Compliant
Seagate Technology today unveiled what it said is the fastest single flash-based solid-state drive (SSD), with throughput performance of 10 GB/s. Targeting hyperscale data centers, data-intensive enterprises and HPC, the company said the unit – scheduled for release this ...

15X Spark Speed-ups Coming to the Open Source Community, Say HPE and Hortonworks

March 6th, 2016 Comments Off on 15X Spark Speed-ups Coming to the Open Source Community, Say HPE and Hortonworks
Hortonworks and HPE this week announced a collaboration to enable enterprise-wide Apache Spark implementation, an effort based on work done to the Spark kernel by HPE Labs that the companies say could improve shuffle engine performance by 15x and ...

GPU-driven Mobile Device for Medical Diagnostics – at Scale, at the Edge, at ‘the Roof of the World’

March 3rd, 2016 Comments Off on GPU-driven Mobile Device for Medical Diagnostics – at Scale, at the Edge, at ‘the Roof of the World’
By bringing to India, Bangladesh and Nepal a low-cost, GPU-driven mobile device trained to recognize chronic disease “signatures” in medical images, a healthcare start-up is building a distributed cognitive computing capability that provides advanced diagnostics to a resource-poor, population-dense ...

100 Million IOPS: Brocade’s New Gen 6 Fibre Channel Switch

March 1st, 2016 Comments Off on 100 Million IOPS: Brocade’s New Gen 6 Fibre Channel Switch
Fibre Channel market leader Brocade today announced the G620 Switch, which the company says is the industry’s first Gen 6 fixed port Fibre Channel SAN switch designed to support the explosion in in storage networks. Nearly 100 percent of ...

Open Source Evolution: From Making Better Code to Making Better Business

February 29th, 2016 (1)
In the 13 years since I founded an open source software company, both the movement and industry have gone mainstream, and software development has undergone profound methodological and structural change. Back in the day, waterfall software development ruled. Software ...

HPC and Code Modernization May Deliver Car ‘Super Engine’

February 26th, 2016 Comments Off on HPC and Code Modernization May Deliver Car ‘Super Engine’
With 53 miles-per-gallon CAFE requirements bearing down on the auto industry for 2025, car makers are investigating any number of new engine designs – electric, hybrid and alternative fuel, among others – that will enable them to comply with ...

‘Composable Infrastructure’ and the Hole in My Back Yard

February 25th, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Composable Infrastructure’ and the Hole in My Back Yard
The restoration of my 1910 Craftsman bungalow means the house is effectively being torn down and rebuilt from the inside out. This includes a scale model in my back yard of the Mariana Trench, a.k.a. our new foundation. It’s ...

Spreading Spark Enterprise-wide

February 23rd, 2016 Comments Off on Spreading Spark Enterprise-wide
Spark is in in the spotlight. Companies with big data analytics needs are increasingly looking at the open source framework for lightning quick in-memory performance – reputedly up to 100X faster than Hadoop MapReduce (according to http://spark.apache.org/). As the ...

When the Going Gets Tough, the Smart Optimize

February 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on When the Going Gets Tough, the Smart Optimize
IT departments are always asked to do more with less. But it is much easier to buy shiny new toys in a good economy than a bad one, which is one of the reasons why the all flash array ...
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