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‘Secret’ Azure Cloud Advances as JEDI Looms

‘Secret’ Azure Cloud Advances as JEDI Looms

Just in time to take on cloud rival Amazon Web Services for a huge Pentagon cloud contract, ...

MIPS-Based Platform Targets AI App Developers

MIPS-Based Platform Targets AI App Developers

High-end computing platforms are emerging to support AI applications like inferencing and training so-called edge applications ranging ...

Intel, Lenovo Partner with Google on Anthos Cloud

Intel, Lenovo Partner with Google on Anthos Cloud

Google is filling out its roster of hardware partners for its new cloud services platform called Anthos ...

AI and Enterprise Data Centers Boost HPC Server Revenues Past Expectations – Hyperion

AI and Enterprise Data Centers Boost HPC Server Revenues Past Expectations ...

Building on the big year of 2017 and spurred in part by the convergence of AI and ...

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April 18, 2019
Just in time to take on cloud rival Amazon Web Services for a huge Pentagon cloud contract, Microsoft announced new Azure cloud regions and expanded DoD certifications that would allow it to handle government data classified as secret. Microsoft and AWS are the last two bidders standing for a $10 billion winner-take-all JEDI cloud contract. DoD announced in early ... Full article
April 17, 2019
High-end computing platforms are emerging to support AI applications like inferencing and training so-called edge applications ranging from IoT networks to autonomous vehicles. The latest entry comes from Wave Computing, which released a MIPS-based 64-bit AI platform this week. Available under license, the “TritonAI” programmable platform is aimed at AI chip designers targeting edge applications. Wave Computing, which specializes ... Full article
April 10, 2019
The insatiable appetite for higher throughput and lower latency – particularly where edge analytics and AI, network functions, or for a range of data center acceleration needs are concerned – has compelled IT managers and chip makers to venture out, increasingly, beyond CPUs and GPUs. The “inherent parallelism” of FPGAs (see below) to handle specialized workloads in AI- and ... Full article
April 10, 2019
Google is filling out its roster of hardware partners for its new cloud services platform called Anthos as its pushes home-grown technologies like its Kubernetes cluster orchestrator across hybrid and cloud-native deployments. Anthos, formerly Google’s cloud services platform, combines Kubernetes, the Istio service mesh and related open-source components into a framework aimed at achieving interoperability between the Google cloud and ... Full article
April 8, 2019
Building on the big year of 2017 and spurred in part by the convergence of AI and HPC, global revenue for high performance servers jumped 15.6 percent last year, according to market analyst firm Hyperion Research, from $11.9 billion to $13.7 billion, exceeding Hyperion’s forecast of $13 billion for the year. In Q4 2018, high-end server revenue grew by ... Full article
April 8, 2019
Enterprises are data-rich and insight-poor as it relates to security for multi-cloud, hybrid infrastructure. Machine learning approaches are relatively well-established for email security, data loss prevention and malware detection. But for infrastructure security, ML is largely untapped, yet it can unlock the data jam and delight SecOps users, if applied correctly. The 4 Ps In our analysis, most successful ... Full article
April 5, 2019
Intel offered a list of use cases for its Optane DC persistent memory technology during a company event this week, including Twitter’s effort to scale its Hadoop clusters using Optane and SAP HANA’s database improvements focused on applications like machine learning and predictive analytics. The chip maker (NASDAQ: INTC) highlighted those and other datacenter implementations to bolster its assertion that persistent ... Full article
April 4, 2019
At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Day in San Francisco (April 2), the company unveiled its second-generation Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) family and debuted its Optane persistent memory module, along with other products (more below). Notable for high-end computing watchers was the launch of Cascade Lake-AP (Advanced Performance), now known as the Xeon Platinum 9200 processor, designed for high-performance computing, advanced ... Full article
April 3, 2019
Intel’s drive to solidify its stranglehold on the datacenter via its Optane DC persistent memory architecture was on full display this week during the chip maker’s “data-centric” event. Navin Shenoy, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, touted the growing ecosystem emerging around Optane, including more than 50 OEMs and cloud service providers. Among them is Google, the recipient ... Full article
April 2, 2019
Five of the biggest systems vendors – Dell EMC, Lenovo, Supermicro, Cisco and Cray – in concert with Intel’s launch this morning of its second-generation Xeon Scalable processors (Cascade Lake) and Optane persistent memory – announced the refresh of server portfolios leveraging the new Intel technologies. Here’s a summary of the server companies’ announcements: Dell EMC announced upgrades to ... Full article
March 27, 2019
The edge is anywhere, everywhere (and any size) you want it to be, including some forbidding places that – until the advent of AI and IoT workloads that demand localized processing, storage and low latency – would never have been a locale for IT resources. ScaleMatrix, provider of “variable density” (see below) colo and hybrid hosting data center services, ... Full article
March 19, 2019
Tabor Communications, publisher of high performance technology publications HPCwire, Datanami and EnterpriseTech, has announced that EnterpriseTech has been re-branded as EnterpriseAI. The new name reflects the publication’s increased focus on AI in recent years and increased interest in AI, machine learning, deep learning, robotics and other AI-related technologies among enterprise IT strategists. “EnterpriseTech, focused since its founding on enterprise ... Full article
March 19, 2019
In the high-stakes race to provide the AI life-cycle solution of choice, three of the biggest horses in the field are IBM, Intel and Nvidia. While the latter is only a fraction of the size of its two bigger rivals, and has been in business for only a fraction of the time, Nvidia continues to impress with an expanding ... Full article
March 15, 2019
“Future datacenters of all kinds will be built like high performance computers,” said Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during a phone briefing on Monday after Nvidia revealed scooping up the high performance networking company Mellanox for $6.9 billion. If that’s your vision – as it is Nvidia’s – that’s a darn good reason to buy one of the world’s leading HPC ... Full article
March 13, 2019
The McCloud HPC service being built by Australia’s DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) outside Houston is set to become the largest oil and gas cloud in the world this year, providing 250 single-precision petaflops for DUG’s geoscience services business and its expanding HPC-as-a-service client roster. Located on a 20-acre datacenter campus in Katy, Texas, the liquid-cooled infrastructure will comprise the largest ... Full article
March 6, 2019
By decoupling storage controller software from hardware, software-defined storage (SDS) has the potential to unleash a number of possibilities, including massive storage scalability to handle massive amounts of data. Companies can also gain greater flexibility as they can upgrade or downgrade storage as necessary--a benefit that can result in significant cost savings especially as storage utilization has been trending ... Full article
February 28, 2019
In its return to publicly traded markets, Dell Technologies announced a mixed bag of final quarter and fiscal year financial results: fourth quarter (period ending February 1) revenue totaled $23.8 billion, up 9 percent YoY, with earnings of $331 million versus an operating loss of $69 million for the prior fourth quarter. For the fiscal year ended the first ... Full article
February 27, 2019
Wind energy adoption is further along than you might think: Iowa, for example, is expected to generate about half its electrical power from wind within a few years; in total, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 90 gigawatts of wind power has been installed nationwide. It’s not just plentiful wind but also wind consistency that’s a prime ... Full article
February 26, 2019
Google has released a beta version of its cloud platform the incorporates Kubernetes to help build and manage services in hybrid deployments with a particular emphasis on in-house services. The Cloud Services Platform is built on top of its Kubernetes Engine and includes an on-premises version of the cluster orchestrator for managing applications within a customer’s own datacenter, including ... Full article
February 26, 2019
The 2017-2018 winter season was hit with brutal storms: in March 2018 alone, four powerful nor'easters hammered the U.S. and eastern Canada. 2019 has so far followed a similar pattern with mid-April (the approximate end of the snowstorm season) still nearly two months away. Preparing for winter storms is a paramount issue for data center operators and IT leaders, who must be ... Full article

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