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Op-Ed: Intel Confronts Its IBM Moment

Op-Ed: Intel Confronts Its IBM Moment

On July 28, 1993, IBM announced a staggering quarterly loss of over $8 billion, the second largest ...

‘Open Season on Open Source,’ Supply Chain Survey Warns

‘Open Season on Open Source,’ Supply Chain Survey Warns

Open source software development is thriving despite the pandemic, with a new supply chain survey estimating a ...

Low-Code Market is Flying High

Low-Code Market is Flying High

Low-code development platforms that automate application development using integrated tools, visual modeling and input from domain experts ...

IT Spending Remains Steady Despite Pandemic

IT Spending Remains Steady Despite Pandemic

Market forecasters continue to crunch the numbers to determine precisely how the pandemic will shape IT spending ...

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August 12, 2020
Open source software development is thriving despite the pandemic, with a new supply chain survey estimating a record 1.5 trillion downloads this year of open source components and containers. In its annual report on the state of the software supply chain, security specialist Sonatype foresees no let-up in the shift to open source tools, noting that up to 90 ... Full article
August 12, 2020
Low-code development platforms that automate application development using integrated tools, visual modeling and input from domain experts are making inroads in closing the gap between insatiable enterprise demand for apps and the ability of DevOps teams to keep up with that demand. By 2024, Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) estimates the visual development approach will account for fully 65 percent ... Full article
August 10, 2020
Market forecasters continue to crunch the numbers to determine precisely how the pandemic will shape IT spending during a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Moreover, the need to adapt in the face of COVID-19 is also seen as driving cloud- and AI-based “innovation accelerators” over the next several years. Continuing regional spikes in coronavirus infections make forecasting IT spending trends ... Full article
August 7, 2020
Huawei Technologies, the 5G leader, is pushing back on concerted efforts to forge an alternative radio access network for the next generation of wireless technologies. Western technology companies with a huge stake in the 5G rollout have coalesced around a so-called “Huawei alternative” called OpenRAN. The goal is to deploy software-defined 5G components like transceivers that would operate with ... Full article
August 6, 2020
Asia remains the locus for 5G development and deployment, with wireless carriers deploying based stations by the hundreds of thousands and the number of 5G networks deployed around the world approaching 100, according to wireless industry estimates. Connecting devices to those high-bandwidth, low-latency networks is the focus of a partnership between Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) and Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc. ... Full article
August 6, 2020
Artificial intelligence and 5G wireless are moving in tandem toward autonomous, self-healing networks able to maximize operational efficiency and reliability while leveraging new troves of network data to forecast bandwidth and power demands—all with “killer” low latency. That’s the bullish forecast of AI backers and a leading wireless developer who say the disruptive technologies are moving “side-by-side” toward fully ... Full article
August 5, 2020
The telecommunications sector is embracing enterprise technologies such as server virtualization via an emerging deployment model dubbed universal CPE, for customer premises equipment. CPE generally includes on-premise equipment such as routers, network switches and base stations as well as software-defined wide-area networks and Ethernet access devices. For network vendors, universal CPE and related virtual networking appliances are an emerging ... Full article
August 4, 2020
Among the growing list of pandemic-driven technology segments are programable Ethernet adapters being deployed by cloud service providers as they scramble to meet bandwidth demand generated by homes offices. The server and Ethernet adapter boom also have accelerated deployments of programmable network interface cards (NICs), with Nvidia’s former Mellanox unit alone posting a 96 percent gain in quarterly revenues ... Full article
August 3, 2020
Intel Corp. and Analog Devices Inc. are collaborating on a 5G wireless network design based on an emerging open standard with the goal of developing flexible radio platforms that would help carriers scale 5G network deployments. The wireless partnership announced Monday (Aug. 3) would combine ADI’s RF transceivers with Intel’s Arria 10 FPGAs, giving network developers a set of ... Full article
August 3, 2020
GPU leader Nvidia Corp. is in talks to buy U.K. chip designer Arm from parent company Softbank, according to several reports over the weekend. If consummated, analysts said the acquisition would cement Nvidia’s status as a full-service chip vendor controlling its destiny while challenging chip rival Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC). The Financial Times reported the parties are considering a ... Full article
July 29, 2020
The death of the enterprise datacenter has been greatly exaggerated, an annual survey finds, adding that on-premises infrastructure is “neither dead nor dying” despite a migration of some critical workloads to public clouds. The Uptime Institute’s annual datacenter survey released this week finds that more than half of enterprise workloads are expected to remain—secured—in-house through 2022. And despite much ... Full article
July 28, 2020
The conventional wisdom holds that Internet of Things and data analytics applications are driving the steady shift of server deployments to the networks. Certainly, the overriding requirement is placing processing horsepower closer to edge devices and end users. It turns out that the forecast doubling of edge server deployments over the next several years is instead being driven by ... Full article
July 24, 2020
Lightbits Labs, the “originator” of NVM Express over TCP block storage, said the latest version of its LightOS platform integrates cloud-native persistent storage for Kubernetes. The result is said to be improved scaling and availability via clustering. San Jose-based Lightbits’ architecture separates storage and computing while leveraging NVMe/TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). Its software-defined storage framework now targets container-based applications ... Full article
July 23, 2020
Software industry mergers and acquisitions reached $3 billion during the second quarter of 2020, driven in part by the shift to cloud computing and cloud-native applications along with the need for heightened cybersecurity. Those trends were also reflected in the growing number of venture investments in software services startups, industry observers said. The largest software deal during the second ... Full article
July 21, 2020
Public cloud contenders hustling to keep pace with market leaders continue to differentiate their offerings with the rollout of new services spanning hybrid cloud deployments to network orchestration schemes. For example, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and its Red Hat unit announced a partnership this week with Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) covering hybrid cloud deployments along with new cloud-based financial and document ... Full article
July 16, 2020
More than half of early AI adopters said they have invested more than $20 million on AI technologies and talent during the past year as they seek to harness machine automation to differentiate their services and create new products. Meanwhile, cybersecurity, AI failures and regulatory uncertainty are complicating future deployments and use cases. An annual AI adoption survey released ... Full article
July 16, 2020
Responding to what they say is a wave of pandemic-driven automation, IBM and Verizon have announced an Internet of Things partnership that combines IBM’s AI, hybrid cloud and asset management tools with the wireless carrier’s 5G and edge computing technologies. The partners said this week they will collaborate to deploy 5G wireless and edge computing for IoT and future ... Full article
July 10, 2020
Software-defined storage and virtualized servers have become key building blocks of hyperconverged IT infrastructure running on commodity equipment. VMware (NYSE: VMW) and its majority shareholder, Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), are among the leaders in the emerging HCI sector, with other infrastructure and networking vendors challenging for a piece of an $11 billion market that is expected to grow to ... Full article
July 9, 2020
A design kit tailored to PCI Express 4.0 data fabrics combines orchestration software from infrastructure platform vendor Liqid and silicon switch giant Broadcom. The goal is accelerating application prototyping, testing and development that would expand enterprise adoption of higher-bandwidth PCIe connectivity in datacenters and hybrid clouds. The reference design kit released this week is aimed at developers deploying next-generation ... Full article
July 8, 2020
The innovation engine that is Kubernetes is prompting infrastructure vendors to open their wallets to acquire developers whose platforms are based on the open source cluster orchestrator. Suse, the open source cloud infrastructure specialist, is the latest, moving to boost its enterprise Kubernetes management portfolio with the acquisition of Rancher Labs. Terms of the acquisition announced on Wednesday (July ... Full article

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