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Lenovo Links with Azure HCI Stack for Edge-Core-Cloud Compute, Storage

Lenovo Links with Azure HCI Stack for Edge-Core-Cloud Compute, Storage

Lenovo has linked with Microsoft to offer edge computing and storage hardware for organizations deploying Azure cloud-based ...

Kubernetes Everywhere: Rancher Labs’ ‘Lightweight’ Version Scales to the Edge

Kubernetes Everywhere: Rancher Labs’ ‘Lightweight’ Versio...

As enterprise distributions of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator stabilize, and more features are added with each quarterly ...

Kubernetes Gains Stability, New Features

Kubernetes Gains Stability, New Features

This year’s first update of the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator includes 38 enhancements, of which ...

SiFive Adds Tools for Cloud-Based Chip Design

SiFive Adds Tools for Cloud-Based Chip Design

Chip designers are drawing on new cloud resources along with conventional electronic design automation (EDA) tools to ...

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March 31, 2020
Lenovo has linked with Microsoft to offer edge computing and storage hardware for organizations deploying Azure cloud-based hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) strategies. The devices, aimed at supporting IoT solutions and 5G technologies, is designed to address the increase in connected devices and the explosion of data created, analyzed, stored and managed from the edge to the core. On the compute ... Full article
March 31, 2020
As enterprise distributions of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator stabilize, and more features are added with each quarterly version release, the expanding community of platform vendors are attempting to extend deployments of the de facto standard container manager beyond datacenters and cloud-native deployments. Among them is Rancher Labs, which on Tuesday (March 31) unveiled the latest iteration of its Kubernetes ... Full article
March 27, 2020
This year’s first update of the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator includes 38 enhancements, of which nearly half have been declared “stable” features. Kubernetes 1.18 released this week is billed by maintainers as a “fit and finish” release that includes 15 stable enhancements, 11 moving to beta testing and 12 at the “alpha” stage of development and testing. ... Full article
March 25, 2020
Chip designers are drawing on new cloud resources along with conventional electronic design automation (EDA) tools to accelerate IC templates from tape-out to custom silicon. Among the challengers to chip design leader Arm is SiFive. The IC design work-flow startup said this week it is combining design and verification tools from EDA leader Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) with the Microsoft ... Full article
March 23, 2020
Lost data are costing organizations on average $1 million per month as data volumes soar and protecting stored data grows harder with the emergence of edge infrastructure handling AI and machine learning platforms. Surging data loss and related costs are a function of what a survey compiled by Dell Technologies (NYSE: VMW) estimates is a “staggering” 831 percent increase ... Full article
March 18, 2020
A certification process unveiled by Red Hat and Intel Corp. provides a cloud-based testbed for network operations supporting both virtual network functions as well as those increasingly delivered via application containers. The partners said this week the certification effort is intended “to reflect realistic networking scenarios” for testing cloud-native network functions (CNF) and virtual network functions (VNF). The testbed ... Full article
March 9, 2020
As companies consolidate storage infrastructure in public clouds, market consolidation among storage vendors continues apace as vendors offer expanded offerings designed to boost cloud access to growing data volumes. The latest example is NetApp’s (NASDAQ: NTAP) deal announced on Monday (March 9) to acquire Talon Storage, which specializes in software-defined cloud storage that among other scenarios makes data accessible to ... Full article
March 6, 2020
Nvidia is acquiring cloud data storage specialist SwiftStack, accelerating the consolidation of the object storage sector as AI applications developed by Nvidia move between private and public clouds. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The GPU leader (NASDAQ: NVDA) currently uses SwiftStack’s technology in its datacenters. The object storage framework is based OpenStack, which includes a Swift component ... Full article
March 5, 2020
As the market for AI processors continues to expand, well-heeled chip startups are emerging to challenge market leaders like Nvidia. Among them is the Israeli startup, Hailo, which announced a $60 million funding round on Thursday (March 5) that will be used to fund the rollout of its deep learning chip. The Series B round was led by existing ... Full article
March 5, 2020
By now, most people are familiar with self-driving cars – if you’ve ridden in a newer Tesla model, you were in a rudimentary version of one already. Truly autonomous, unmanned vehicles are still in the future, with major tests underway in several large markets. But where IBM and ProMare (a marine research organization) are going, they don’t need roads. ... Full article
March 4, 2020
The rollout of 5G networks is gaining momentum for use cases like digital health services as potential early deployers gauge the security, reliability and reach of the next-generation of wireless networks. Signs of traction emerged with reports of talks between Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) to install 5G antennas and other gear to support the retailer’s digital ... Full article
March 2, 2020
Dell Technologies record annual revenues announced last week was nevertheless met with unease by shareholders wary of the outlook for its VMware business. Dell (NYSE: DELL) reported full-year revenues totaling $92.2 billion while fiscal fourth quarter revenue was up only 1 percent to $24 billion as a result of declining server and storage sales in the U.S. and China. ... Full article
February 28, 2020
Edge computing specialist SolidRun and ASIC solutions company Gyrfalcon Technology this week announced an Arm-based AI inference edge server that the companies say outperforms GPU performance for less cost and power consumption. The server, called the Janux GS31, can be configured with up to 128 Gyrfalcon Lightspeeur SPR2803S neural accelerator chips, delivering a maximum of 24 TOPS per watt, ... Full article
February 26, 2020
Deep learning accelerators based on chip architectures coupled with high-bandwidth memory are emerging to enable near real-time processing of machine learning algorithms. Memory chip specialist Micron Technology argues that hardware accelerators linked to higher memory densities are the best way to accelerate “memory bound” AI applications. Micron (NASDAQ: MU) announced a partnership this week with German automotive supplier Continental ... Full article
February 25, 2020
The majority of Internet of Things transactions are unsecured, adding a new enterprise security threat as industrial and retail IoT traffic begins to ramp up. An enterprise IoT survey released this week by security vendor Zscaler found an “exponential” increase in malware attacks on vulnerable IoT networks. Zscaler said it detected about 14,000 IoT-based malware exploits per month, a ... 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 13, 2020
The unrelenting spread of the coronavirus is endangering global electronics supply chains, raising the possibility that planned 5G wireless deployments could be at risk. The rollout of key components such as next-generation 5G New Radio has begun. Global availability remains limited, analysts note, and could be slowed further if the virus forces key electronics manufacturers in China to slow ... Full article
February 12, 2020
Corporate finance and IT departments along with supply chain managers are the largest benefactors of AI technology, according to an emerging technologies study released this week by Oracle. Separately, Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) new cloud-based database infrastructure along with an expanded interoperability partnership with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). The AI research released Wednesday (Feb. 12) during a company event in London ... 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

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