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Azure Joins AWS in Space

Azure Joins AWS in Space

The public cloud competition is heading into Earth orbit. As more satellite constellations are launched to provide ...

AI Demands Are Fueling Hardware Acceleration

AI Demands Are Fueling Hardware Acceleration

As Moore’s law chip scaling reaches the point of diminishing returns, processor architectures are evolving to accelerate ...

With Optane Gaining, Intel Exits NAND Flash

With Optane Gaining, Intel Exits NAND Flash

In a sign that its 3D XPoint memory technology is gaining traction, Intel Corp. is departing the ...

Sonic Boom: Net OS Touted as Next Linux

Sonic Boom: Net OS Touted as Next Linux

An industry consensus is emerging around the network operating system called Sonic. A growing list of enterprise ...

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October 23, 2020
When working with business executives, the biggest pitfalls in data science boil down to errors in communication. For true success, data scientists must be bilingual to effectively accomplish their work. This means being equally versed in technological jargon as well as being able to communicate with business stakeholders. When we look at where data science fails, it’s usually in ... Full article
October 21, 2020
The public cloud competition is heading into Earth orbit. As more satellite constellations are launched to provide space-based broadband connections, public cloud vendors are ramping up plans to launch cloud computing services that circle high above our planet. Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) gained regulatory approval earlier this year for its $10 billion Project Kuiper, a constellation of 3,236 ... Full article
October 21, 2020
As Moore’s law chip scaling reaches the point of diminishing returns, processor architectures are evolving to accelerate everything from AI model training and inference, data centers that support those demanding workloads, and sprawling edge computing deployments as well. Those chip design trends were a focus of this week’s Linley Fall Processor Conference, during which principle analyst Linley Gwennap made ... Full article
October 20, 2020
In a sign that its 3D XPoint memory technology is gaining traction, Intel Corp. is departing the NAND flash memory and storage market with the sale of its manufacturing base in China to SK Hynix of South Korea. The $9 billion transaction announced early Tuesday (Oct. 20) does not include Intel’s Optane persistent memory technology. The chip maker (NASDAQ: ... Full article
October 14, 2020
Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of the former Sun Microsystems and a longtime technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and IT sage, makes billions of dollars betting on new technologies. Khosla shared some of his technology and investment thoughts at a recent tech conference about the future of AI in business, AI chip design and quantum computing -- and even gave some ... Full article
October 14, 2020
AMD announced expanded datacenter partnerships with server maker Lenovo and Nutanix Inc. that will use the chip makers Epyc processor to deliver hyperconverged and virtualized infrastructure. The expanded ecosystem also pulls in Nutanix partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise and another server leader, Dell Technologies. The company (NASDAQ: AMD) said Wednesday (Oct. 14) Lenovo will use its flagship processor in its ... Full article
October 13, 2020
As the OpenShift platform becomes the centerpiece of IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy, the company’s Red Hat unit is integrating its Ansible automation suite into OpenShift to help combine cloud-native and legacy infrastructure. The idea is to preserve existing infrastructure while allowing customers to upgrade to cloud-based delivery of distributed applications and other hybrid cloud services. Red Hat, which acquired ... Full article
October 9, 2020
In April, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna emphasized the company’s hybrid cloud offerings upgraded through its 2018 acquisition of Red Hat and its OpenShift platform. Hybrid cloud was among the few bright spots in the company’s quarterly financial results. The company (NYSE: IBM) restructured this week, announcing it is doubling down on its AI-driven hybrid cloud strategy by spinning off ... Full article
October 9, 2020
In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community -- promotions, new hires and accolades: Heather Adams Heather Adams joins e-commerce AI vendor, Octane AI, as its new vice president of marketing. Adams comes from DigitalOcean, where she held the role of head of global B2B & Partner ... Full article
October 8, 2020
In anticipation of closing its landmark deal to acquire chip IP vendor Arm Ltd., Nvidia is highlighting its partner ecosystem as it seeks to extend its considerable reach beyond personal computing and AI to HPC and the network edge. Not surprisingly, those platform alliances all use Arm-based architectures in their server processors while eyeing exascale and edge applications. Speaking ... Full article
October 7, 2020
AI Hardware Summit – With more than 80 AI accelerator chip companies battling for elusive market share around the world, it’s no longer enough for upstart AI chip makers to simply develop and build powerful and innovative chips. What nascent AI chip makers must do to gain standout design wins is to directly meet and exceed the specialized requirements ... Full article
October 6, 2020
Arm Dev Summit -- The CEOs of Nvidia and Arm made the case this week for regulatory approval of a proposed mega-merger, arguing the combined chip maker would preserve the IP vendor’s business model since the acquisition is “complementary” and would drive AI-inspired innovation. Nvidia, which announced its game-changing $40 billion deal for Arm last month, faces stiff regulatory ... Full article
October 5, 2020
Nvidia GTC 2020 – Nvidia kicked off its GTC 2020 GPU Technology Conference with a wide range of intriguing AI announcements, from the introduction of its latest Bluefield-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) models to the unveiling of an all-new data-center-on-a-chip (DOCA) architecture designed to bring major enhancements for networking, storage and security. Also announced was Nvidia’s DGX SuperPOD modular ... Full article
October 2, 2020
Intel Corp. unveiled a batch of 5G networking components this week, joining a growing list of chip and hardware vendors targeting the estimated $25 billion silicon market for next-generation wireless equipment. The chip maker said Thursday (Oct. 1) it 5G lineup includes components for the radio access network, including a “dedicated accelerator” for its virtualized RAN as well as ... Full article
October 1, 2020
A trusted supply chain initiative launched this week by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise addresses growing demand for domestically manufactured and secure servers. HPE announced Thursday (Oct. 1) it has shipped the first ProLiant DL380T servers manufactured in a secure facility and integrating advanced security features. The company said its secure servers and the supply chain that delivers them meet growing U.S. ... Full article
September 29, 2020
VMworld 2020 -- In a move designed to make it easier for any enterprise to use and integrate deep AI capabilities in their business operations, VMware and Nvidia are bringing their core technologies together through new development and network partnerships. The first initiative integrates a collection of Nvidia’s broad AI software with VMware’s vSphere, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware ... Full article
September 29, 2020
The shift to hardware accelerators used to boost the performance of AI, machine learning and cloud-native applications is also having the unintended consequence of adding complexity for already overworked development teams. In response, a group of vendors led by VMware has launched an initiative to reboot hybrid cloud architectures to confront the partitioning of DevOps teams while preserving application ... Full article
September 23, 2020
Organizations that need to process large amounts of data in real time will be the big winners of the emerging “big memory” era, says Charles Fan, the CEO and co-founder of MemVerge, which today unveiled new software designed to lower the barrier of entry to big memory systems. Emerging use cases, particularly around streaming analytics and machine learning, are ... Full article
September 23, 2020
All-new Intel Atom e6000E and 11th Generation Intel Core processors aimed at AI, IoT and industrial uses were launched Sept. 23 at the company’s Intel Industrial Summit 2020 virtual event. Built to expand and solidify Intel’s market share in the growing IoT, edge and industrial markets, the new products feature designs and architectures aimed to meet the needs of ... Full article
September 23, 2020
The faster Kubernetes deployments are scaled, the bigger a target they become for hackers probing for security vulnerabilities. With security incidents rising sharply, Kubernetes-native container security platform vendor StackRox reports that 44 percent of respondents to a recent poll are delaying Kubernetes deployments. That pause has allowed time to launch DevSecOps initiatives for securing application containers and cluster orchestrator ... Full article

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