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AMD Recruits Intel, IBM Execs; Pending Layoffs Reported at Intel Data Platform Group

AMD Recruits Intel, IBM Execs; Pending Layoffs Reported at Intel Data Platf...

This article is an update to a story published last Friday, January 17. AMD has raided Intel ...

Quantum’s F1000 NVMe Storage Server for Unstructured Video and Image Data

Quantum’s F1000 NVMe Storage Server for Unstructured Video and Image Data

High performance storage specialist Quantum Corp. this morning announced an addition to its F-Series line of NVMe ...

The Rush to 5G Begins, Driven by IoT

The Rush to 5G Begins, Driven by IoT

The number of 5G wireless connections is forecast to soar 150 percent over the next five years ...

Cumulus Networks, HPE Team on Open Net Storage

Cumulus Networks, HPE Team on Open Net Storage

The shift to open networking platforms is getting another boost with a partnership between software vendor Cumulus ...

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January 17, 2020
This article is an update to a story published last Friday, January 17. AMD has raided Intel and IBM for new senior managers, one of whom will replace an AMD executive who has played a prominent role during the company’s recharged effort to win the hearts and minds of the data center server processor market. In addition, a news ... Full article
January 13, 2020
The number of 5G wireless connections is forecast to soar 150 percent over the next five years as infrastructure rollouts gather momentum for connecting sensors and other edge devices. The forecast released this week by Juniper Research estimates the total number of 5G connections will jump from about 5 million subscribers in 2019 to a staggering 1.5 billion globally ... Full article
January 8, 2020
The shift to open networking platforms is getting another boost with a partnership between software vendor Cumulus Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to provide storage networking frameworks in datacenters. The partners said this week that HPE’s (NYSE: HPE) StoreFabric Ethernet switches will run on Cumulus Network’s Linux and NetQ software. The latter is a network monitoring tool described as ... Full article
January 6, 2020
VMware continues to move closer to Kubernetes-based containers for managing virtual machines and other cloud infrastructure, reflecting the growing consensus the cluster orchestrator represents a more agile form of virtualization. The server virtualization leader (NYSE: VMW) signaled its shift to Kubernetes last year with the launch of an initiative dubbed Project Pacific intended to upgrade its flagship vSphere server ... Full article
December 23, 2019
U.S. chipmaker Nvidia has been granted unconditional approval by the European Union to acquire Israel networking company Mellanox Technologies, clearing a hurdle for the $6.8 billion deal, announced in March. The EU approval went through without Nvidia having to offer concessions. The European Commission concluded that “the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because the companies mainly supply complementary ... Full article
December 20, 2019
One decade passes away, another decade comes – and it makes people think. For starters, we think about what to call the decade coming to end: the “twenty-teens”, “twenty-tens”? Awkward to refer to, it's harder to classify. The 1920s were "Roaring," but how do you label a decade as polarized as our politics: globalism and nationalism, free trade and ... Full article
December 16, 2019
We all know today’s IT infrastructures are incredibly complex, and the expected increase in application demands and data growth will only exacerbate that complexity. It’s also fair to say that this trend is irreversible. This phenomenon is a natural outcome of forces such as the massive growth of e-commerce and associated customer expectations, hybrid-cloud adoption, an increasingly mobile workforce and ... Full article
December 16, 2019
Intel continues to expand its push into AI silicon with the acquisition of Israeli-based Habana Labs, a specialist in deep learning accelerators for datacenters—a capability Intel hopes to extend to the network edge. The acquisition announced by Intel on Monday (Dec. 16) is valued at about $2 billion. Additional terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Intel Capital was ... Full article
December 12, 2019
Change within Intel’s upper management – and to its company mission – has continued as a published report has disclosed that chip technology heavyweight Gary Patton, GlobalFoundries’ CTO and R&D SVP as well as former IBM VP of semiconductor R&D, has joined Intel as corporate VP and GM of design enablement. He will report to CTO Michael Mayberry. The ... Full article
December 9, 2019
An infrastructure vendor zeroing in on AI and machine learning workloads has added GPU support to a Kubernetes-based appliance designed to handle those emerging applications in containers while adding GPU horsepower to scale in-house workloads to the cloud. Diamanti, a five-year-old startup that recently closed a $35 million funding round, unveiled this week what it claims is the first ... Full article
December 4, 2019
Datacenter construction is booming in the second half of 2019 as cloud providers and co-location service providers embrace common platforms that scale to accommodate data-driven applications and services. IHS Markit reports that 9.9 million square feet of datacenter capacity is currently under construction and is expected to come online by the end of the year. The construction boom is ... Full article
December 3, 2019
Ali Ghodsi might have one of the best jobs in technology right now. As the CEO of Databricks, Ghodsi just completed an oversubscribed $400 million round of funding that gave the company a $6.2 billion valuation. Better still, Ghodsi never once had to break out the pitch stick. “It was the easiest fund raise I’ve ever done,” he said. ... Full article
November 26, 2019
IBM is known for making big bets. Summit supercomputer – a big win. Red Hat acquisition – looking like a big win. OpenPOWER and Power processors – jury’s out. At SC19, long-time IBM’er Dave Turek, vice president technical computing OpenPOWER, sketched out a different kind of bet for Big Blue – a small ball strategy, if you’ll forgive the ... Full article
November 25, 2019
IT administrators have complained in recent industry surveys that infrastructure complexity is forcing them to spend more time monitoring systems. Many are looking to outsource monitoring tasks. Among the tradeoffs as emerging tools like the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator begin to scale are ever-greater monitoring requirements. As enterprises go all-in with the Kubernetes deployments, infrastructure monitoring has emerged as the ... Full article
November 20, 2019
The wholesale lift and shift of enterprise applications and databases from on-premise datacenters to the cloud is being driven by considerations such as improved network bandwidth, scaling ability, higher availability and the rise of cloud-native applications. Another unexpected reason, according to a vendor IT infrastructure management survey released this week, is improved cloud security, a consideration cited by more ... Full article
November 19, 2019
Public cloud vendors continue to expand options offered to enterprise customers looking for a painless way to migrate more workloads to the cloud via VMware tools while preserving their investment in existing IT infrastructure. In July, Google announced another in a series of cloud partnerships, this one with startup Cloud Simple that allowed enterprises to move “priority” VMware workloads ... Full article
November 18, 2019
HPC and AI in a phone booth: ScaleMatrix and Nvidia announced today at the SC19 conference in Denver a joint offering that puts up to 13 petaflops of Nvidia DGX-1 compute power in an air conditioned, water-cooled ScaleMatrix Dynamic Density Control (DDC) “clean room” cabinet. Built for modular deployments and designed for high-demand AI workloads, ScaleMatrix said its ruggedized ... Full article
November 18, 2019
Last night at Intel's HPC Developer Conference here at the SC19 conference in Denver, the company revealed a few more details about its forthcoming Xe line of GPUs – the top SKU is named Ponte Vecchio and will be the first planned U.S. exascale computer, "Aurora," whose basic node will feature two Xeons and six Ponte Vecchios. Intel also ... Full article
November 13, 2019
Tencent, the Chinese cloud giant, said it would use AMD’s newest Epyc processor in its internally-designed server. The design win adds further momentum to AMD’s bid to erode rival Intel Corp.’s dominance of the global cloud and datacenter server markets. The partners announced this week that Tencent Cloud’s new servers will implement AMD’s “Star Lake” platform based on the ... Full article
November 12, 2019
At its AI Summit today in San Francisco, Intel touted a raft of AI training and inference hardware for deployments ranging from cloud to edge and designed to support organizations at various points of their AI journeys. The company revealed its Movidius Myriad Vision Processing Unit (VPU), codenamed “Keem Bay,” for edge media, computer vision and inference applications. The ... Full article

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