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VMware Buys Network Analytics Vendor

VMware Buys Network Analytics Vendor

VMware is acquiring network analytics startup Nyansa Inc., expanding its network and security tool chest to include ...

Container Storage Link Adds Persistence in a Flash

Container Storage Link Adds Persistence in a Flash

As application containers took off in the mid-2010s, persistent storage emerged as a key barrier to adoption. ...

The Rush to 5G Begins, Driven by IoT

The Rush to 5G Begins, Driven by IoT

The number of 5G wireless connections is forecast to soar 150 percent over the next five years ...

Cumulus Networks, HPE Team on Open Net Storage

Cumulus Networks, HPE Team on Open Net Storage

The shift to open networking platforms is getting another boost with a partnership between software vendor Cumulus ...

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January 22, 2020
VMware is acquiring network analytics startup Nyansa Inc., expanding its network and security tool chest to include a “self-healing” network capability. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. VMware (NYSE: VMW) said it expects the deal to close by the end of May 2020. Nyansa (“knee-ans-sah”), Palo Alto, Calif., specializes in AI-based network analytics. VMware said Tuesday (Jan. ... 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
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
December 11, 2019
Cisco Systems unveiled its networking framework of the future this week aimed at scaling internet performance for emerging enterprise workloads like AI and machine learning along with network routers for Internet of Things and other 5G-driven applications and services. The networking giant (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced a programmable silicon architecture as the foundation of a framework that includes the “un-bundling” ... Full article
November 25, 2019
IT administrators have complained in recent industry surveys that infrastructure complexity is forcing them to spend more time monitoring systems. Many are looking to outsource monitoring tasks. Among the tradeoffs as emerging tools like the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator begin to scale are ever-greater monitoring requirements. As enterprises go all-in with the Kubernetes deployments, infrastructure monitoring has emerged as the ... Full article
November 20, 2019
The wholesale lift and shift of enterprise applications and databases from on-premise datacenters to the cloud is being driven by considerations such as improved network bandwidth, scaling ability, higher availability and the rise of cloud-native applications. Another unexpected reason, according to a vendor IT infrastructure management survey released this week, is improved cloud security, a consideration cited by more ... Full article
November 12, 2019
Dell Technologies this week rolled out its data-driven vision of the automated IT infrastructure for the next decade, signaling in the process that it has completed the integration of among the largest technology mergers in history. Emphasizing the “next decade of data” generated by networked platforms and ever-increasing computing power, Michael Dell said the next step is consolidating infrastructure ... Full article
November 5, 2019
The framework for the next industrial phase dubbed Industry 4.0 is taking shape as cloud and networking vendors join forces to accelerate automation on the factory floor. The latest partnership includes Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK), its former mobile phone unit turned infrastructure vendor. The partnership combines Nokia’s 5G network equipment with on-premise Azure cloud components aimed at ... Full article
November 4, 2019
The proliferation of connected devices and Internet of Things sensors is boosting a transformed datacenter market in which service providers are shifting operations closer to the network edge. That trend is influencing everything from network topologies to power management systems required for backup power at remotes sites. It is also expected to nearly quadruple an emerging category dubbed the ... Full article
October 25, 2019
Datacenter operators increasingly turning to commodity hardware are embracing bare-metal provisioning of switching gear certified by the Open Compute Project, according to a quarterly market survey. IHS Markit reported this week that bare-metal switching gear based on OCP specifications are making steady headway in datacenters, outpacing legacy switching technologies during the second quarter of 2019. Demand for OCP-certified switches ... Full article
October 18, 2019
A crypto-jacking worm, so-called because it spreads in spurts among unsecured images on servers, is said to be the first detected using Docker application containers. Palo Alto Network’s (NYSE: PANW) threat intelligence team known as Unit 42 reported the exploit dubbed Graboid this week, identifying it as the “first-ever crypto-jacking worm found in images on Docker Hub,” the service ... Full article
October 17, 2019
Whether its increased mobility, the migration of critical applications to the cloud or the adoption of SaaS, today’s modern enterprise is all about connectivity. Employees can now efficiently interact with real-time data and applications across the edges of the organization and provide richer customer experiences. Congratulations! But enhanced connectivity is just the first leg of the digital transformation journey. ... Full article
October 17, 2019
Soaring demand for hyperscale data centers and colocation services is having a ripple effect within the value chain that builds and integrates those services, a new survey finds. As edge deployments and software-defined infrastructure drove overall hyperscale data center spending last year to an estimated $120 billion, the survey released by Schneider Electric notes that growing demand also highlights ... Full article
October 3, 2019
Despite the vastly improved reliability of datacenter gear and the rise of managed services to anticipate and limit consequences, an industry survey finds that datacenter outages remain common and costly. That’s unsettling, according to the Uptime Institute’s survey of known outages over the past year, since “the consequences are high, and possibly higher than in the past” owing to ... Full article
October 1, 2019
DARPA will seek to unclog the networking bottlenecks that are hindering wider use of powerful hardware in computing-intensive applications. The Pentagon research agency has unveiled another in a series of post-Moore’s Law computing initiatives, this one seeking an overhaul of the network stack and interfaces that fall well short of connecting high-end processors with external networks and the data-driven applications ... Full article
September 26, 2019
Chiplet-based designs, so called because they combine multiple components into a single package, are increasingly seen as addressing the inability of general-purpose CPUs to handle skyrocketing performance requirements. Lower-cost chiplets have helped address the need for workload-specific accelerators, proponents note. Those workload requirements prompted the Open Compute Project (OCP) to launch a chiplet design project in March 2019 aimed ... Full article
September 18, 2019
As the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator moves deeper into enterprise IT infrastructure, version updates are coming a faster pace. The third release in 2019 comes with a grand total of 31 “enhancements” in various stages of production readiness ranging from “alpha” to “stable.” Many of the latest upgrades target API management and Windows-based containers, allowing Windows workloads ... Full article
September 17, 2019
Dell Technologies rolled out redesigned servers this week based on AMD’s latest Epyc processor that are geared toward data-driven workloads running on increasingly popular multi-cloud platforms. Dell, which has seen its lead shrink in the contracting global server market, is banking on AMD’s 7-nm Rome server processor introduced in August to provide the bandwidth and computational horsepower needed to scale ... Full article
September 16, 2019
Network bandwidth and overall performance remain concerns for digital enterprises as they roll out data analytics and edge computing efforts. Nearly two-thirds of companies surveyed by management consultant Accenture (NYSE: CAN) said their enterprise networks are not up to the task of handling big data and Internet of Things deployments. A key reason is a “misalignment between IT and ... Full article

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