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Updated: AT&T, Dell Partner to Advance 5G Cloud

Updated: AT&T, Dell Partner to Advance 5G Cloud

AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies ...

Silicon Switching Shakes Up Datacenter Market

Silicon Switching Shakes Up Datacenter Market

Recent jockeying within the datacenter networking market underscores the steady shift toward Ethernet-based silicon switching as Intel, ...

Kubernetes Gets Security Audit

Kubernetes Gets Security Audit

An open source group is expanding its third-party security audits to include the popular but vulnerable Kubernetes ...

Another Week, Another Kubernetes Security Flaw

Another Week, Another Kubernetes Security Flaw

The latest security vulnerability discovered within the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator could allow intruders to access, modify or ...

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August 15, 2019
AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies to develop “cloud-oriented 5G” wireless infrastructure built upon an open source tools used to automate cloud provisioning. Among the goals of this and other partnerships is leveraging 5G's higher data rates along with infrastructure upgrades to handle high-end workloads at the network ... Full article
August 12, 2019
Recent jockeying within the datacenter networking market underscores the steady shift toward Ethernet-based silicon switching as Intel, Nvidia and others vie to unclog networking bottlenecks and perhaps challenge market leader Broadcom. Those key silicon vendors along with Arista and Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) have all made acquisitions or forged partnerships designed to boost their presence in the datacenter switching market. As ... Full article
August 9, 2019
An open source group is expanding its third-party security audits to include the popular but vulnerable Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced this week it would add Kubernetes to its pilot program of public security audits. Earlier audits of other open-source projects—CoreDNS, Envoy and Prometheus—uncovered security issues ranging from “general weaknesses to critical vulnerabilities,” the group ... Full article
August 8, 2019
The latest security vulnerability discovered within the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator could allow intruders to access, modify or delete computing and storage resources configured across a cluster. The flaw in the Kubernetes server API, designated CVE-2019-11247, allows access and deletion of those “custom resources.” Intruders could access cluster-wide resources with only standard role-based access control, or RBAC, permissions. In response, ... Full article
August 1, 2019
Intel Corp.’s plans to make a big splash in the network fabric market for linking HPC, AI and other high performance workloads has apparently belly-flopped. The chip maker confirmed to EnterpriseAI the outlines of an earlier report by the website CRN that it has jettisoned plans for a second-generation version of its Omni-Path interconnect. "Intel will no longer offer Intel ... Full article
July 31, 2019
In a year of major M&A activity in the high performance technology sector, Xilinx announced today the closing of its acquisition of low latency network provider SolarFlare, whose speedy network interface card (NIC) technology is widely used by financial services and hyperscalers. When the planned acquisition was announced in April, Xilinx said the acquisition would help the company to ... Full article
July 25, 2019
Efforts to move NVM Express technology over fabrics into enterprise datacenters advanced this week with progress toward a new industry specification entering its final review. NVM Express Inc. announced that its NVMe-oF architecture has entered a final 45-day review as a key step toward release of a formal specification. The NVMe-0F 1.1 architecture is designed to improve storage network ... Full article
July 25, 2019
5G is massively faster than 4G: 5GB/second vs. 100-200MB/second. Impressive, yes, but higher data rates explains only part of 5G's significance. The coming 5G cellular network will bring the network up to speed with faster processing (GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs), interconnects (NVLink, CXL) and communications fabrics (Infiniband, enhanced Ethernet). In turn, this means 5G, in combination with developments across the ... Full article
July 10, 2019
As GPU leader Nvidia closes its $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies announced earlier this year, the HPC network interconnect specialist’s venture arm remains active, investing in two storage startups. Mellanox Capital did not disclose the amounts of its investments in storage startups CNEX Labs and Pliops, but did announced strategic partnerships with both companies. Pliops, which is developing a storage ... Full article
July 1, 2019
With all the breakthroughs in AI in recent years, it’s hard to fathom why an AI Winter would happen. But it’s actually a matter of debate at the moment, with many sounding like the Starks of Winterfell in their certainty that winter is indeed coming. For example, noted AI Scientist Filip Piekniewski believes another winter is not only inevitable ... Full article
May 16, 2019
Network infrastructure has had a hard time keeping up with the data explosion and surging demand for real-time capabilities as everything but the kitchen sink is networked. Incremental progress has been made via open and virtual networking efforts that have yielded next generation switching and routing technologies, including 100-gigabit/second Ethernet switches. But demand for datacenters that can provide more ... Full article
May 10, 2019
Network virtualization and software-actuated networking are finally moving past the hype stage and it’s likely you’re now considering a real investment in automation. But before you start, consider this: Don’t bother.  Don’t adopt any of it — from intent-based networking to managing an SD-WAN — if you don’t incorporate comprehensive monitoring. Because unlike humans, automation arrives with zero trust, ... Full article
May 9, 2019
Solarflare, the high performance network specialist under agreement to be acquired by Xilinx, has announced a network processing off-loading capability – one that its Wall Street customers have used for years – that Solarflare said lets data centers reclaim 25 percent of server resources. The key to Cloud Onload is Solarflare’s kernel bypass technology that separates the operating system ... Full article
May 6, 2019
As the volume and velocity of data grows exponentially, storage vendors are increasingly promoting NVM Express as a device interface for accessing non-volatile storage media. Enterprise storage vendors such as Western Digital describe the challenge this way: transforming the currently two-lane country road based on conventional serial-attached hard drives “to a fast, 12-lane divided highway driven by NVMe.” Extending ... Full article
May 1, 2019
Riddle: It’s arguably the most powerful thing in the world and becoming more so, it’s everywhere yet we can’t see it. Answer: Data. That is: AI data. Here at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, CEO Michael Dell stated it this way: “We’re codifying the world, we’re creating a digital twin of reality, an alternate universe that is rich ... Full article
April 24, 2019
There’s a growing threat in the IT world – the widening gap between IT complexity/change and the human ability to manage it. The digital transformation of the enterprise data center – with its integration of on-premise/multi-cloud environments, big data, containers and microservices, and increasingly high SLA requirements – has created an elaborate virtualized infrastructure that can generate millions of ... Full article
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
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 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 12, 2019
The sheer breath of distributed enterprise networks increasingly running in the cloud are outpacing the ability of the latest commercial security tools needed to identify and counter cyber threats. That reality has prompted the Pentagon’s top research agency to launch an effort aimed at developing automation tools to detect, describe and blunt increasingly sophisticated attacks. The Defense Advanced Research ... Full article

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