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Intel Veteran Pat Gelsinger Is Leaving VMware, Returning to Intel as CEO

Intel Veteran Pat Gelsinger Is Leaving VMware, Returning to Intel as CEO

The Intel board of directors has appointed a new CEO. Intel alum Pat Gelsinger is leaving his ...

Intel to Ramp Up ‘Ice Lake’ Chip Production

Intel to Ramp Up ‘Ice Lake’ Chip Production

Intel Corp. used this week’s virtual CES 2021 event to reassert its dominance of the data center ...

Acacia, Cisco Trade Claims in Merger Fight

Acacia, Cisco Trade Claims in Merger Fight

A dispute over Chinese regulatory approval of its acquisition of Acacia Communications Inc. prompted Cisco Systems to ...

Chinese AI Chip Startup Enflame Brings in $278.5M in New Funding

Chinese AI Chip Startup Enflame Brings in $278.5M in New Funding

Enflame Technology, a Chinese AI startup developing deep learning chips for AI training, has secured another $278.5 ...

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January 15, 2021
The Intel board of directors has appointed a new CEO. Intel alum Pat Gelsinger is leaving his post as CEO of VMware to rejoin the company that he parted ways with 11 years ago. Gelsinger will succeed Bob Swan, who will remain CEO until Feb. 15, Intel announced yesterday (Jan 13). Gelsinger previously spent 30 years at Intel, starting ... Full article
January 12, 2021
Intel Corp. used this week’s virtual CES 2021 event to reassert its dominance of the data center with the formal roll out of its next-generation server chip, the 10nm Xeon Scalable processor that targets AI and HPC workloads. The third-generation “Ice Lake” family is Intel’s first at the 10nm process node, incorporating a new core architecture that incorporates more ... Full article
January 11, 2021
A dispute over Chinese regulatory approval of its acquisition of Acacia Communications Inc. prompted Cisco Systems to seek a court order compelling the optical component maker to move ahead with the $2.8 billion transaction. Acacia said Monday (Jan. 11) it has filed a counterclaim. Cisco announced its acquisition of Acacia in July 2019. Acacia asserted late last week it ... Full article
January 7, 2021
Enflame Technology, a Chinese AI startup developing deep learning chips for AI training, has secured another $278.5 million in funding from government and industry investors. The latest investor group includes Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which also participated in earlier Enflame funding rounds. Others joining the funding round included CITIC Group, the former state-owned investment company, investment bank China International ... Full article
December 16, 2020
Grafana Labs, developer of a popular open source tool for visualizing logs and metrics, joins a growing list of Amazon Web Services partners, allowing AWS customer to run Grafana’s dashboards natively as a managed service. In a related move, AWS also this week unveiled a managed service for Prometheus, the machine data storage and monitoring platform for cloud-native deployments. The ... Full article
December 11, 2020
Since its start as a beta project two years ago, Azure Digital Twins was designed as a tool to help enterprises digitally build virtual physical environments for product modeling and related critical business projects. Now Azure Digital Twins has matured to be generally available as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering to enterprises in Azure, where they can bring together data ... Full article
December 10, 2020
For the last year, Amazon Web Services and BP have been working together as partners, with AWS providing BP with services to migrate more than 400 applications to the cloud and BP working to help Amazon use more renewable energy for its data centers. The ongoing project has been so successful that the two companies announced Thursday (Dec. 10) ... Full article
December 8, 2020
Juniper Networks acquisition of intent-based networking specialist Apstra this week gives it another set of tools for applying AI to automate network functions in evolving data centers and cloud platforms. In an announcement Monday, (Dec. 7), Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) said it will integrate Apstra’s open architecture into Juniper's data center networking portfolio. Apstra supports the emerging Software for Open ... Full article
December 3, 2020
Nutanix introduced a series of upgrades this week that include cloud tiering of object storage, promoted as a way of leveraging public cloud infrastructure while improving data management across different clouds. The upgrades are a response to the growing number of enterprise customers adopting multi-cloud strategies as they extend workloads like cloud databases to the network edge. Nutanix said ... Full article
December 3, 2020
Lenovo’s Data Center Group seeks to unify data from edge to cloud via new data management software, an all-flash storage array that supports object storage as well as AI-driven storage management and a data fabric geared toward data analytics. The data management suite is among the latest offered by infrastructure vendors who are targeting the growing volumes of data ... Full article
December 2, 2020
A vendor survey of early Kubernetes adopters embracing cloud-native applications finds that high-maintenance microservices and API sprawl have created a new set of security and networking issues for some users. The result is that few of the surveyed respondents are running most of their enterprise applications on the popular container orchestrator. The report, released this week by distributed cloud ... Full article
December 2, 2020
All-flash storage startup VAST Data is hoping that its vision of universal storage without multiple tiers will become the new normal for enterprises that are struggling to manage growing repositories of valuable and critical business data. Founded in 2016, the company insists it is on the verge of upending storage practices in line with its original mission to kill ... Full article
December 1, 2020
AWS re:Invent 2020—Amazon Web Services has a broad swath of new and bolstered services coming for customers in 2021, from the implementation of powerful Habana Gaudi AI accelerators in Amazon EC2 instances for machine learning workloads to custom-designed AWS Trainium ML training chips built to cut cloud training costs. The new products were announced on Tuesday (Dec. 1) by ... Full article
November 27, 2020
Gen X, Y, and Z get all the attention but what we need to talk about in IT is Gen S: Generation Scale-Out. Times have changed. The enterprise technology stack of 10 years ago, when VMs and block-based Storage Area Networks (SANs) ran SQL databases and bolted-on data services like backups, is hardly recognizable today. Nothing was abstracted from ... Full article
November 24, 2020
Data storage vendor Quantum’s new All-Terrain File System (ATFS) platform will launch in December, giving enterprises the ability to integrate real-time data classification and insights with critical business applications on network-attached storage systems. The all-new, file-based ATFS platform, which is designed to make it more efficient for enterprises to view their data while automating purposeful data placement based on ... Full article
November 18, 2020
IBM moved again this week to bolster its strategic hybrid cloud offerings built around Red Hat OpenShift with the acquisition of application performance monitoring specialist Instana Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said Wednesday (Nov. 18) it expects the deal to close within several months. The acquisition of Chicago-based Instana solidifies IBM’s hybrid cloud ... Full article
November 18, 2020
The low-latency connectivity of 5G wireless is being combined with AI-based computing in an edge computing platform unveiled by system-on-chip startup, EdgeQ, which is emerging from stealth mode. Founded in 2018, EdgeQ surfaced this week with a $38.5 million funding round, bringing its venture funding total to $51 million. Investors in the Santa Clara-based AI chip startup include AME ... Full article
November 16, 2020
SC20 – Nvidia has doubled the memory of its A100 datacenter GPUs with its new A100 80GB version, which aims to drive new levels of supercomputing-class performance in a wide variety of uses, from AI and ML research to engineering and more. The new A100 80GB GPU comes just six months after the launch of the original A100 40GB ... Full article
November 13, 2020
Global shipper FedEx Corp. is upgrading its logistics infrastructure through a multi-cloud and edge computing partnership with Dell Technologies and data center operator Switch Inc. The cloud partnership announced by Dell (NYSE: DELL) this week would help FedEx (NSYE: FDX) deploy a “technology hub” built around multi-cloud services and edge computing deployments. Moving those resources closer to FedEx distribution centers would ... Full article
November 12, 2020
Almost two years after unveiling its Inferentia high-performance machine learning inference chips, Amazon has almost completed a migration of the bulk of its Alexa text-to-speech ML inference workloads to Inf1 instances on its AWS EC2 platform. The dramatic move to infrastructure powered by the newer chips was made to gain significant cost savings and performance gains over the GPU-based ... Full article

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