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COVID Hurts Overall IT Spending, Cloud Benefits

COVID Hurts Overall IT Spending, Cloud Benefits

The pandemic was expected to slow global IT spending. The only questions being by how much and ...

Dell Integrates Bitfusion for vHPC, GPU ‘Pools’

Dell Integrates Bitfusion for vHPC, GPU ‘Pools’

Dell Technologies advanced its hardware virtualization strategy to AI workloads this week with the introduction of capabilities ...

New Chip Approaches Seek to Keep Up with AI

New Chip Approaches Seek to Keep Up with AI

Exploding data sets and complex software have made it harder for single-purpose platforms like ASICs to keep ...

10nm, 7nm, 5nm…. Should the Chip Nanometer Metric Be Replaced?

10nm, 7nm, 5nm…. Should the Chip Nanometer Metric Be Replaced?

The biggest cool factor in server chips is the nanometer. AMD beating Intel to a CPU built ...

Datacenter

June 3, 2020
The pandemic was expected to slow global IT spending. The only questions being by how much and for how long. Hard numbers for the beginning of this year are coming in, with declines from a year ago approaching double digits along with tempering of cloud and colocation investments. Among the most closely watched results are from Gartner Inc., which ... Full article
June 2, 2020
Dell Technologies advanced its hardware virtualization strategy to AI workloads this week with the introduction of capabilities aimed at expanding access to GPU and HPC services via its EMC, VMware and recently acquired Bitfusion units. The result would be an “AI anywhere” capability in which machine learning and other workloads could scale on hybrid cloud infrastructure designed to support ... Full article
June 1, 2020
Exploding data sets and complex software have made it harder for single-purpose platforms like ASICs to keep up with the growing demands of enterprise datacenters. Heavy investments in chip design and development therefore run the risk of obsolescence by the time they are deployed. In response, an ecosystem is emerging around greater programmability that promises to optimize hardware while ... Full article
May 29, 2020
The biggest cool factor in server chips is the nanometer. AMD beating Intel to a CPU built on a 7nm process node* – with 5nm and 3nm on the way – has been instrumental to AMD’s data center market resurgence. Nanometer cachet is incalculable: on it, companies, careers and fortunes are made and lost. But that cachet is coming ... Full article
May 29, 2020
Zscaler Inc. is doubling down in its drive to dominate the market for “zero trust” security frameworks with its second acquisition in about six weeks. The cloud security specialist said Thursday (May 28) it is acquiring Edgewise Networks, a four-year-old Boston area startup focused on securing communications among applications running in cloud and datacenter networks. Terms of the deal ... Full article
May 27, 2020
If your company is like most, it has multi-cloud or hybrid cloud aspirations. But how do you manage all your data in a secure and cohesive manner when it’s spread across multiple systems and locations? That’s a topic that is garnering intense interest across multiple sectors. The cloud is nearly ubiquitous at this point. Almost 90 percent of enterprises ... Full article
May 22, 2020
Nvidia’s seemingly endless roll continued in the first quarter with the company announcing blockbuster earnings that exceeded Wall Street expectations. Nvidia said revenues for the period ended April 26 were up 39 percent YoY to $3.08 billion, ahead of its own forecast of between $2.94-$3.06 billion, which included a $100 million impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Net income was ... Full article
May 20, 2020
All those huge data sets swirling around datacenters for running more AI and machine learning workloads are proving to be a boon for network adaptor equipment vendors. For example, the Ethernet adapter market reached $1.7 billion in 2019, marking the first time that demand for equipment with speeds of 25 gigabits or higher has breached $1 billion, according to ... Full article
May 20, 2020
AMD continues to make inroads into the data center with its second-generation Epyc “Rome” processor, which last week scored a win with Nvidia’s announcement that its new Ampere-based DGX system would rely on AMD rather than Intel CPUs. However, Nvidia partners — OEMs and hyperscalers — can still opt for Intel CPUs when building Ampere-based HGX servers, using the ... Full article
May 19, 2020
Enterprises of all types are ramping up AI and machine learning projects, but realizing their true potential requires overcoming significant technology barriers. While compute infrastructure is often the focus, storage is equally important. Here are three key reasons why object storage — rather than file or block storage — is uniquely suited for AI and ML workloads: 1. Scalability ... Full article
May 15, 2020
Google continues to expand its hybrid cloud partnership with VMware designed to ease migration of enterprise workloads to the cloud while preserving existing infrastructure. Google Cloud this week unveiled additional support for migrating and running virtualized workloads in the cloud via a new VMware engine. The managed service delivers VMware’s Cloud Foundation stack, including the vSphere server virtualization, virtual ... Full article
May 14, 2020
Extending latency-sensitive AI workloads to the edge is the objective of two new products from Nvidia, announced today at the company’s annual (virtual) GPU Technology Conference (GTC), based on its new Ampere GPU architecture and built to run on Nvidia’s EGX Edge AI platform announced last October. Converged with Nvidia Mellanox’s new ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNIC over 5G networks, Nvidia ... Full article
May 14, 2020
Nvidia’s first Ampere-based graphics card, the A100 GPU, packs a whopping 54 billion transistors on 826mm2 of silicon, making it the world’s largest seven-nanometer chip. Launched today during a pre-recorded “kitchen keynote” from Nvidia chief Jensen Huang, the Ampere architecture follows in predecessor Volta’s footsteps, a mega-GPU that turns up the dial on transistors, AI specialization and overall performance. Both ... Full article
May 13, 2020
Gartner predicts that through 2020, 80 percent of organizations will overshoot their cloud IaaS budgets. Gartner attributes cloud cost management problems to three main causes: Companies are increasingly adapting complex multi-cloud environments, and billing can vary greatly across providers; DevOps teams lack the expertise to manage costs in the cloud; Leaders are struggling to align their organizational cloud strategies ... Full article
May 12, 2020
Memory situated at the center of the computing universe, replacing processing, has long been envisioned as instrumental to radically improved data center systems performance. Combined with accelerated processing (GPUs, FPGAs, etc.), faster interconnects (NVLink, optical) and more powerful networks (5G and its successors), the result will be next-generation, memory-centric compute enabling whole new classes of enterprise AI, HPDA and ... Full article
May 12, 2020
Hailo, the AI chip startup, is teaming with a Japanese systems designer and manufacturing giant Foxconn to develop an AI edge processor aimed at video analytics applications. The edge partnership is based on Foxconn Technology’s BOXiedge platform that integrates the Hailo-8 deep learning processor with a parallel processor from Japanese system-on-chip designer Socienext Inc. The combination creates a local ... Full article
May 12, 2020
Inspur, China’s server leader, is expanding its AI offerings based on Open Compute Project specifications, including an OCP “cloud optimized” server geared to SAP HANA workloads and running Intel’s Optane persistent memory backed by its latest Xeon Scalable processor. The computing and networking adoption initiative also addresses the increased number of complex AI workloads filling up datacenters. Among the ... Full article
May 11, 2020
The Trump administration is in talks with Intel and TSMC to spur development of new chip factories in the U.S., according to a report in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Many observers have for years bemoaned the loss of chip manufacturing capacity and expertise in the U.S. Any abrupt move to reinvigorate U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturing capacity, particularly for leading ... Full article
May 6, 2020
Four storage vendors announced new products over the past week, here’s a news roundup: Storage-as-a-Service vendor Pure Storage has announced FlashBlade Purity 3.0, a scale-out, all-flash platform for AI and analytics workloads that unifies file and object storage. Designed to share data across applications and workloads, the platform is built to reduce complexities resulting from siloed data, the company ... Full article
May 6, 2020
The global server market extended its rally into the first quarter of 2020 as the pandemic-prompted global lockdown boosted enterprise reliance on cloud services. Surging demand for hyperscale cloud services as work-from-home requirements kicked in boosted global server shipments during the first quarter to more than 3.3 million units, market tracker Omdia reported this week. That’s an increase of ... Full article

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