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Google Nation: $10B for Office, Data Center Expansion in 11 States

Google Nation: $10B for Office, Data Center Expansion in 11 States

Google disclosed in a blog it will invest $10 billion in office and data center expansion around ...

Dell, Orange 5G Network Trials Show 20x Improvement

Dell, Orange 5G Network Trials Show 20x Improvement

Dell Technologies and partner Orange have completed field trials of the wireless carrier’s 5G network, linking a ...

Dell at the Edge: Servers, Data Centers and Software for Deployment Anywhere

Dell at the Edge: Servers, Data Centers and Software for Deployment Anywher...

Dell Technologies launched servers, a modular data center, telemetry management and streaming analytics software this week designed ...

AI is Boosting Server Sales

AI is Boosting Server Sales

Emerging AI workloads are propelling the booming Chinese server market, particularly those hosting programmable co-processors capable of ...

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February 27, 2020
Google disclosed in a blog it will invest $10 billion in office and data center expansion around the U.S. this year, generating thousands of new jobs in the process. This follows an investment of $13 billion in its national footprint last year. According to Sundar Pichai, Alphabet and Google CEO, Google will expand in 26 states, with new facilities ... Full article
February 24, 2020
Intel this morning announced an 18-SKU update to its second-generation Xeon Scalable chip lineup for data center workloads, stating that the refreshed Gold processor delivers an average of 1.36-times higher performance and 1.42-times better performance-per-dollar compared with the first generation of the chip (i.e., the first-gen Cascade Lakes). The company said the processors — labeled with an “R” (refresh), ... Full article
February 21, 2020
Dell Technologies and partner Orange have completed field trials of the wireless carrier’s 5G network, linking a Dell notebook to a prototype grid that achieved speeds 20 times faster than current 4G networks. The initial field trials reached sustained download speeds of more than 900 megabits per second. Those results, the partners said Friday (Feb. 21), represent the ability ... Full article
February 20, 2020
Dell Technologies launched servers, a modular data center, telemetry management and streaming analytics software this week designed for the growing volumes of enterprise-generated data created and processed outside of data centers and the cloud – at the edge. Dell has long touted its integrated edge-core-cloud strategy, with the ultimate goal of supporting a future in which data emanates from ... Full article
February 14, 2020
Nvidia is back. Way back. After four straight down quarters, the GPU juggernaut announced blockbuster earnings for the period ended January 26, beating analysts’ expectations for both revenue and profits, and showing particular strength in the data center server processor market. The company reported sales of $3.11 billion and earned an adjusted $1.89 a share, exceeding predictions of $1.67 ... Full article
February 14, 2020
With the launch of its Dell-built HPC5 system, Italian energy company Eni regains its position atop the industrial supercomputing leaderboard. At 52-petaflops peak, HPC5 should easily crack the top 10 fold of the next Top500 list, due out in June. If and when that happens, HPC5 will supplant Total’s IBM Pangea III supercomputer, currently at number 11 with 17.9 ... Full article
February 10, 2020
Today, one need only turn on a TV to be inundated with commercials touting the benefits and potential of AI. Applications that could hardly be envisioned a short time ago are now becoming commonplace, and the outlook is that AI will grow by leaps and bounds. But achieving the promise of AI requires computing platforms that deliver high-performance, robustness ... Full article
February 3, 2020
Emerging AI workloads are propelling the booming Chinese server market, particularly those hosting programmable co-processors capable of supporting graphics chips used for parallel processing of machine learning tasks. The chief benefactor has been China’s server leader, Inspur (SHA: 600756). According to datacenter market survey, demand for server co-processors has helped Inspur expand its China market dominance over Huawei, Dell ... Full article
February 3, 2020
High performance storage is changing as data (particularly unstructured data) volumes grow, data management becomes increasingly complex, diverse file types proliferate and AI/machine learning is more broadly adopted. According to Molly Presley, storage specialist Qumulo Corp.’s global product marketing director, here are key developments to expect in the storage sector for the coming year. NVMe file storage will be ... Full article
January 31, 2020
It’s estimated that 75 percent of an IT professional’s time is spent “keeping the lights on” with the remaining 25 percent focused on innovation that moves their businesses forward. Everyone should want to flip those percentages. After all, both executives and developers want the same thing: to drive innovation that helps improve the bottom line. Given this, it’s no ... Full article
January 29, 2020
AI processors are reinvigorating the global semiconductor industry, prompting at least one market tracker to predict a three-fold increase in AI chip applications over the next five years. In a survey of AI adoption released this week, IHS Markit predicts AI applications will explode to $128.9 billion by 2025, up from about $42.8 billion in 2019. The AI processor ... Full article
January 29, 2020
The millions of documents in the form of product roadmaps, contracts and other components of corporate strategies also represent unstructured—and it turns out—vulnerable data stored in-house or in the cloud. A data security startup called Concentric emerged from stealth mode this week, claiming to be the first to use deep learning tools to help companies determine where unstructured data ... Full article
January 28, 2020
Sufficient usage experience has emerged to better gauge how enterprise cloud deployments are faring and which tools are needed to leverage cloud agility to align developer operations to boost application performance. A pair of cloud studies released this week reveal lingering cultural issues as well as the growing importance of application performance tools as DevOps teams struggle to move ... Full article
January 28, 2020
IBM today launched a Power9-based inference server – the IC922 – that features up to six Nvidia T4 GPUs, PCIe Gen 4 and OpenCAPI connectivity, and can accommodate up to 24 SFF drives in a 2U form factor. Paired with IBM’s AC922, which uses Nvidia V100 GPUs, IBM says it now offers a complete solution for AI workloads encompassing ... Full article
January 22, 2020
If the leading advanced computing/HPC server vendors were in the batting lineup of a baseball team, Dell EMC would be going for lots of singles and doubles – and some home runs, too – trying to hit for a high batting average. The cleanup hitter would be HPE, swinging for the fences with recent acquiree and supercomputing powerhouse Cray. ... Full article
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

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