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OCP Storage Hits the Datacenter

OCP Storage Hits the Datacenter

The emerging market for storage equipment based on the Open Compute Project is expected to more than ...

Translating AI and Storage Innovation into Business Value – Innovate or Die

Translating AI and Storage Innovation into Business Value – Innovate or D...

Determining value and adapting a business to a changing environment is the focus of the University of ...

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 ...

Xilinx vs. Intel: FPGA Market Leaders Launch Server Accelerator Cards

Xilinx vs. Intel: FPGA Market Leaders Launch Server Accelerator Cards

The two FPGA market leaders, Intel and Xilinx, both announced new accelerator cards this week designed to ...

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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
June 25, 2019
Data storage technology vendors Cloudian and Seagate Technology are teaming on a private cloud storage platform aimed at AI and network edge workloads. The storage partners said they are delivering exabyte scale private cloud storage with much greater densities in a system aimed at “capacity-intensive” workloads requiring tens of petabytes of storage. Cloudian specializes in object storage platforms while ... Full article
June 24, 2019
The second release this year of the upgraded Kubernetes cluster orchestrator includes no less than 26 enhancements, including three deemed to be “stable.” Meanwhile, another security issue has turned up in a Kubernetes interface used to run commands against Kubernetes clusters. Community leaders noted that the latest Kubernetes upgrade focuses on easing installation, configuring and upgrading the cluster orchestrator ... Full article
June 20, 2019
In the neck-and-neck horse race for HPC server market share, HPE has hung on to a slim, shrinking lead over Dell EMC – but if server and storage market shares are combined, Dell EMC has taken a three-plus point lead (29.8 vs 26.5 percent), according to analyst firm Intersect360 Research’s latest HPC market update. Overall, the HPC industry grew ... Full article
June 19, 2019
IBM can now boast not only the two most powerful supercomputers in the world, it also has claimed the top spot for a supercomputer used in a commercial setting. The Pangea III, which leverages IBM's Power9 CPU-GPU architecture, will be used by French energy conglomerate Total Group (NYSE: TOT) for oil exploration and “associated revenue opportunities” such as predicting ... Full article
June 19, 2019
Enterprises will no longer need to compromise between agility and reliability when it comes to their high-end storage environments according to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which today unveiled Primera, a new high-end storage array that’s essentially self-managing and uses AI techniques to deliver 100% reliability guaranteed. HPE  has no shortage of tier-one, enterprise-class storage options, with Nimble, 3PAR, and XP7 ... Full article
June 18, 2019
Cloud providers seeking to cash in on the accelerating shift to hybrid and multi-cloud deployments are emphasizing their ability to provide consistent performance across in-house and public cloud installations. That feature, for example, allows developers to migrate and access data regardless of where it is stored. NetApp Inc. is taking the consistency theme a step further with the release ... Full article
June 17, 2019
DDN, for two decades competing at the headwaters of high performance storage, this morning announced an enterprise-oriented end-to-end high performance storage and data management for AI, big data and HPC acceleration. In so doing, the company said it’s bringing to the burgeoning enterprise market for AI some of the transferable capabilities – with an emphasis on small file speed-ups ... Full article
June 12, 2019
ISC, the major European conference for advanced scale computing to be held next week at the Messe Frankfurt conference center, will feature an extensive lineup of presentations, birds-of-a-feather discussions and panels on all things AI. A highlight of AI at ISC: Machine Learning Day, on Wednesday, June 19. Here’s a rundown on the dates, times and locations of sessions ... Full article
June 7, 2019
Investors are zeroing in on the open standard RISC-V instruction set architecture and the processor intellectual property being developed by a batch of high-flying chip startups. Last fall, Esperanto Technologies announced a $58 million funding round. The chip IP vendor is incorporating more than 1,000 RISC-V cores onto a single 7-nm chip. Data storage specialist Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) is ... Full article

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