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COVID Hurts Overall IT Spending, Cloud Benefits

COVID Hurts Overall IT Spending, Cloud Benefits

The pandemic was expected to slow global IT spending. The only questions being by how much and ...

Dell Integrates Bitfusion for vHPC, GPU ‘Pools’

Dell Integrates Bitfusion for vHPC, GPU ‘Pools’

Dell Technologies advanced its hardware virtualization strategy to AI workloads this week with the introduction of capabilities ...

New Chip Approaches Seek to Keep Up with AI

New Chip Approaches Seek to Keep Up with AI

Exploding data sets and complex software have made it harder for single-purpose platforms like ASICs to keep ...

Zscaler Acquires Network Security Startup

Zscaler Acquires Network Security Startup

Zscaler Inc. is doubling down in its drive to dominate the market for “zero trust” security frameworks ...

Edge/IOT

June 3, 2020
The pandemic was expected to slow global IT spending. The only questions being by how much and for how long. Hard numbers for the beginning of this year are coming in, with declines from a year ago approaching double digits along with tempering of cloud and colocation investments. Among the most closely watched results are from Gartner Inc., which ... Full article
June 1, 2020
Exploding data sets and complex software have made it harder for single-purpose platforms like ASICs to keep up with the growing demands of enterprise datacenters. Heavy investments in chip design and development therefore run the risk of obsolescence by the time they are deployed. In response, an ecosystem is emerging around greater programmability that promises to optimize hardware while ... Full article
May 29, 2020
Zscaler Inc. is doubling down in its drive to dominate the market for “zero trust” security frameworks with its second acquisition in about six weeks. The cloud security specialist said Thursday (May 28) it is acquiring Edgewise Networks, a four-year-old Boston area startup focused on securing communications among applications running in cloud and datacenter networks. Terms of the deal ... Full article
May 28, 2020
The U.S. military is ramping up efforts to secure semiconductors and its electronics supply chain by embedding defenses during the chip design phase. The automation effort also addresses the high cost and complexity of securing hardware development along with current lack of secure-oriented chip design tools. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a pair of teams this ... Full article
May 27, 2020
As contact tracing ramps up for exposure to COVID-19, so too are concerns about data privacy and whether phony tracing apps will expand opportunities for attackers preying on citizens who voluntarily use tracing apps to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. While data privacy debates continue across Europe and the U.S. about how best to implement contact ... Full article
May 14, 2020
A new set of AI models released by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with Nvidia is designed to help clinicians detect and examine novel coronavirus infections using chest CT scan data. The AI models are part of a package of tools and partnerships announced this week by the GPU leader as part of its expanding ... Full article
May 14, 2020
Extending latency-sensitive AI workloads to the edge is the objective of two new products from Nvidia, announced today at the company’s annual (virtual) GPU Technology Conference (GTC), based on its new Ampere GPU architecture and built to run on Nvidia’s EGX Edge AI platform announced last October. Converged with Nvidia Mellanox’s new ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNIC over 5G networks, Nvidia ... Full article
May 13, 2020
Contact tracing, along with fast-turnaround testing and, where required, quarantining, are seen as the most effective ways of stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. While digital contact tracing via apps and other tools is considered a valuable supplement to fighting the pandemic, experts note it is no replacement for old-fashioned legwork, dedication and commitment to community service. In ... Full article
May 12, 2020
Hailo, the AI chip startup, is teaming with a Japanese systems designer and manufacturing giant Foxconn to develop an AI edge processor aimed at video analytics applications. The edge partnership is based on Foxconn Technology’s BOXiedge platform that integrates the Hailo-8 deep learning processor with a parallel processor from Japanese system-on-chip designer Socienext Inc. The combination creates a local ... Full article
May 12, 2020
Inspur, China’s server leader, is expanding its AI offerings based on Open Compute Project specifications, including an OCP “cloud optimized” server geared to SAP HANA workloads and running Intel’s Optane persistent memory backed by its latest Xeon Scalable processor. The computing and networking adoption initiative also addresses the increased number of complex AI workloads filling up datacenters. Among the ... Full article
May 11, 2020
COVID-19 has significantly shifted consumer sentiment towards automation technologies, including robot deliveries and AI-based chatbots used in telemedicine applications. However, a new AI sentiment report also finds the novel coronavirus has failed to move the sentiment needle when it comes to use cases like riding in self-driving cars. The consumer sentiment survey released by conversational AI developer Interactions also ... Full article
May 7, 2020
The vulnerabilities of global supply chains exposed by the pandemic have reignited calls for reconstituting regional production capabilities with the ultimate goal of “reshoring” manufacturing—mainly from China. Those efforts are gaining momentum as investors, perhaps willing to assume greater risks associated with the vagaries of scaled-up and -down production, eye a sort of go-between opportunity: digital integrators who help ... Full article
May 7, 2020
Supply chains are increasingly subject to disruption in recent years from trade wars and pandemics, as well as from new demands driven by new technologies, regulations and materials. Modern supply chains have become long and complex and oriented around just-in-time manufacturing and logistics principles. Efficiency has been prioritized over robustness. They are not designed to handle dislocations and shocks; ... Full article
May 6, 2020
The global server market extended its rally into the first quarter of 2020 as the pandemic-prompted global lockdown boosted enterprise reliance on cloud services. Surging demand for hyperscale cloud services as work-from-home requirements kicked in boosted global server shipments during the first quarter to more than 3.3 million units, market tracker Omdia reported this week. That’s an increase of ... Full article
May 5, 2020
Internet of Things connections driven by early industrial deployments and pandemic-driven telemedicine applications are projected to reach 83 billion by 2024, a 130 percent growth rate, as IoT platform revenues jump an estimated 20 percent this year to $66 billion, according to estimates released this week by Juniper Research. Despite daunting security and data privacy challenges, the market tracker ... Full article
May 4, 2020
IBM issued several product announcements this morning to kick off the company’s annual Think conference (this year called Think Digital) that include automated IT infrastructure monitoring and diagnosis (i.e., AIOps) across on-prem data centers and multi-cloud environments, as well as edge computing tools for 5G networks, and new services for integration with IBM’s financial services public cloud. Watson AIOps ... Full article
May 4, 2020
Intel Corp. moved this week to expand its Mobileye unit with the acquisition of a transportation data startup while GPU leader Nvidia acquired network software specialist Cumulus Networks as it seeks to make headway in software-defined datacenters relying more heavily on open networking schemes. The CPU leader (NASDAQ: INTC) said Monday (May 4) it is acquiring Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service ... Full article
April 30, 2020
Machine vision, natural language processing, data analytics and other deep learning applications will propel global AI software revenues over the next five years via a growing list of industry segments spanning automotive and health care to financial services and retail. Market tracker Omdia forecasts AI software revenues will surge through 2025 to $126 billion, a 12-fold increase over a ... Full article
April 30, 2020
An analysis of smartphone location data since mid-March reveals an outbreak of what’s been described as COVID-induced “quarantine fatigue.” University of Maryland researchers studying how social distancing and shelter-in-place orders are affecting travel patterns and the spread of the novel coronavirus reported an uptick in U.S. travel during the week of April 13. The university’s COVID Impact Analysis Platform ... Full article
April 29, 2020
The rise of the Linux kernel nearly three decades ago and the open source operating system it begat has fundamentally changed the way enterprises operate, virtualizing IT infrastructure, ushering in the cloud era and, today, moving computing resources to the network edge, where data resides. As dominant—and proprietary—public cloud vendor Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) consolidates its position in ... Full article

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