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Amazon Pulls Plug on Oracle Databases

Amazon Pulls Plug on Oracle Databases

Amazon Web Services declared victory in its latest skirmish with cloud rival and database leader Oracle, announcing ...

John Deere Uses Machine Learning to Help Fewer Farmers Do More with Less

John Deere Uses Machine Learning to Help Fewer Farmers Do More with Less

Farming and advanced AI may seem antithetical, but they’re not. Ask John Deere. The venerable farm equipment ...

Hybrid Approach Emerges for AI Workloads

Hybrid Approach Emerges for AI Workloads

The discussion surrounding enterprise adoption of AI technologies is shifting from if to when, and what mix ...

Kubernetes Adds API, Windows Upgrades

Kubernetes Adds API, Windows Upgrades

As the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator moves deeper into enterprise IT infrastructure, version updates are ...

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October 17, 2019
Amazon Web Services declared victory in its latest skirmish with cloud rival and database leader Oracle, announcing this week it has completed the migration of its consumer business to its internal database services while pulling the plug on its final Oracle database. The migration announced Tuesday (Oct. 15) completes the lift and shift of 75 petabytes of internal data ... Full article
October 15, 2019
Farming and advanced AI may seem antithetical, but they’re not. Ask John Deere. The venerable farm equipment company has not only long embraced advanced technologies, the company for years has evangelized adoption of high performance clusters and simulation software for product design. Now the company in integrating intelligence in traditional farm vehicles – tractors, harvesters and the like. And ... Full article
September 24, 2019
The discussion surrounding enterprise adoption of AI technologies is shifting from if to when, and what mix of IT infrastructure will be required to deploy and scale machine learning and other workloads. HPC vendors that have been making inroads in the enterprise market view AI as another opportunity. Among them is supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) which released ... 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
Organizations building deep learning data pipelines may struggle with their accelerated I/O needs, and whenever I/O is the question, the usual answer is “throw flash/SSD at it.” Certainly expensive all-flash storage arrays are highly beneficial for line-of-business applications (and to storage vendors’ sales). But DL applications and workflows are inherently different from typical file-based workloads, and should not be ... 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
September 9, 2019
We live in a data-driven world. Successful, leading companies have mastered and operationalized the process of extracting insight and intelligence from all the data collected continuously. The use of data has brought on a sea change in business models, with AI being the primary technique used to distill all this data into actionable insight. ML/DL depends on training and ... Full article
August 29, 2019
Chinese e-commerce giant Baidu is building a new platform based on Intel Corp.’s Optane DC persistent memory as a means of upgrading search engine results delivered by its in-memory databases used to feed its streaming data services. The partners also published a case study this week detailing the restructuring of its in-memory database using Optane memory technology introduced last year. ... Full article
August 26, 2019
Dell Technologies joins the growing list of IT vendors expanding support for the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator with the addition of automated Kubernetes infrastructure deployments via its VxRail running in conjunction with VMware’s container service. VxRail, Dell EMC’s hyperconverged infrastructure for the cloud, will now support Kubernetes “right out of the starting gate” running with VMware’s PKS container service on ... Full article
August 23, 2019
The emerging market for storage equipment based on the Open Compute Project is expected to more than double through 2023, according to datacenter storage equipment forecast. IHS Markit said this week it expects global revenues from the purchase of OCP-compliant storage gear to reach $5.4 billion by 2023. The current market is pegged at $2.5 billion, with OCP storage ... Full article
August 19, 2019
Determining value and adapting a business to a changing environment is the focus of the University of Saint Gallen working paper, “The St. Gallen Business Model Navigator.” With examples such as Kodak’s comical projection in 1999 that in 10 years digital cameras would only account for 5 percent of the market (the converse was true, digital cameras had 95 ... 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 6, 2019
The two FPGA market leaders, Intel and Xilinx, both announced new accelerator cards this week designed to handle specialized, compute-intensive workloads and unburden already overworked CPUs in data center servers. Xilinx today announced the Alveo U50 accelerator card, which the company said delivers between 10 and 20x improvements in throughput, latency and power efficiency for “domain-specific acceleration” of compute, ... Full article
July 30, 2019
Intel didn’t wow chip lovers earlier this year with the launch of its 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors “Cascade Lake” processors, which are based on the same 14nm process as the first generation processors. But the launch also included the delivery of Optane Data Center Persistent Memory Module (DCPMM), which is poised to deliver big benefits for SQL ... 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 24, 2019
Persistent storage emerged as an early requirement for shifting application containers to full production. Industry standards groups have since taken up the cause by launching so-called “cloud-native” storage projects around key components like the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. Among those efforts is Rook, an open-source (Apache 2.0) storage effort launched recently by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Rook is ... Full article
July 11, 2019
Deep learning containers, a service recently rolled out in beta by Google, aims to help AI developers package the storage and computing dependencies required for services like its Kubernetes Engine when developers find themselves prototyping locally while using multiple cloud tools. The goal is to ensure that those dependencies are packaged correctly and consistently for use with container runtimes ... 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 9, 2019
Applied Materials, the $17 billion Santa Clara-based materials engineering company for the semiconductor industry, today announced manufacturing systems enabling new memory technologies to be deposited “with atomic-level precision” within chips. “Today’s high-volume memory technologies including DRAM, SRAM and flash were invented decades ago and have become ubiquitous in digital devices and systems,” said the company. “New memories – notably ... Full article
June 27, 2019
 Board game maker TriBond published a popular game in the 1960s: “What Do These 3 Have in Common?” Sometimes, the answer was straightforward; for example what do a car, tree, and elephant have in common? At greater levels of difficulty, the answer could be more abstract. The best part of the game was that it made players think about ... Full article

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