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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 ...

Nvidia Earnings Top Expectations, Data Center Revenue Jumps 80%

Nvidia Earnings Top Expectations, Data Center Revenue Jumps 80%

Nvidia’s seemingly endless roll continued in the first quarter with the company announcing blockbuster earnings that exceeded ...

Bulging Datacenters Fuel Ethernet Adapter Growth

Bulging Datacenters Fuel Ethernet Adapter Growth

All those huge data sets swirling around datacenters for running more AI and machine learning workloads are ...

VMware Engine Extends Google’s Hybrid Push

VMware Engine Extends Google’s Hybrid Push

Google continues to expand its hybrid cloud partnership with VMware designed to ease migration of enterprise workloads ...

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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 20, 2020
All those huge data sets swirling around datacenters for running more AI and machine learning workloads are proving to be a boon for network adaptor equipment vendors. For example, the Ethernet adapter market reached $1.7 billion in 2019, marking the first time that demand for equipment with speeds of 25 gigabits or higher has breached $1 billion, according to ... Full article
May 15, 2020
Google continues to expand its hybrid cloud partnership with VMware designed to ease migration of enterprise workloads to the cloud while preserving existing infrastructure. Google Cloud this week unveiled additional support for migrating and running virtualized workloads in the cloud via a new VMware engine. The managed service delivers VMware’s Cloud Foundation stack, including the vSphere server virtualization, virtual ... 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
Memory situated at the center of the computing universe, replacing processing, has long been envisioned as instrumental to radically improved data center systems performance. Combined with accelerated processing (GPUs, FPGAs, etc.), faster interconnects (NVLink, optical) and more powerful networks (5G and its successors), the result will be next-generation, memory-centric compute enabling whole new classes of enterprise AI, HPDA and ... 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 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
April 17, 2020
With Chinese regulators issuing their approval, the final piece has fallen into place for Nvidia’s $6.9 billion acquisition of high performance interconnect provider Mellanox, announced in March 2019. The deal has already gone through the regulatory process in the U.S. and the European Union, with unconditional approvals granted. Nvidia stock peaked today at $298, up more than 6 percent ... Full article
April 16, 2020
The AI journey starts with a single step, but too many companies take the wrong first step.  The natural tendency is to begin with PoC projects at the departmental level. Start small and see what happens, right? Actually no. With AI, starting small usually means staying small, with the small, neutral or negative returns on investment that too many ... Full article
April 2, 2020
A planned satellite network designed to help cargo ships chart courses through new shipping lanes full of melting sea ice is scheduled for launch in 2022. The new research project dubbed Maritime IoT will launch a constellation of 50 small satellites based on emerging communications technology called VHF Data Exchange System, or VDES. The radio communications system connects ships ... 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 26, 2020
If the global economy is to recover from a pandemic that has so far killed tens of thousands while disrupting supply chains and causing widespread unemployment, the technology sector must play a key role. Investors are beginning to put more of their money where their mouth is, at least for now. This week brought a spate of sizeable venture ... 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 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
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 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 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

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