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Managing the Data Management Maze in Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environments

Managing the Data Management Maze in Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environments

If your company is like most, it has multi-cloud or hybrid cloud aspirations. But how do you ...

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 ...

3 Reasons Why Object Storage Is Right for AI and Machine Learning

3 Reasons Why Object Storage Is Right for AI and Machine Learning

Enterprises of all types are ramping up AI and machine learning projects, but realizing their true potential ...

Inspur Takes OCP Beyond Hyperscalers

Inspur Takes OCP Beyond Hyperscalers

Inspur, China’s server leader, is expanding its AI offerings based on Open Compute Project specifications, including an ...

Storage

May 27, 2020
If your company is like most, it has multi-cloud or hybrid cloud aspirations. But how do you manage all your data in a secure and cohesive manner when it’s spread across multiple systems and locations? That’s a topic that is garnering intense interest across multiple sectors. The cloud is nearly ubiquitous at this point. Almost 90 percent of enterprises ... 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 19, 2020
Enterprises of all types are ramping up AI and machine learning projects, but realizing their true potential requires overcoming significant technology barriers. While compute infrastructure is often the focus, storage is equally important. Here are three key reasons why object storage — rather than file or block storage — is uniquely suited for AI and ML workloads: 1. Scalability ... 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 6, 2020
Four storage vendors announced new products over the past week, here’s a news roundup: Storage-as-a-Service vendor Pure Storage has announced FlashBlade Purity 3.0, a scale-out, all-flash platform for AI and analytics workloads that unifies file and object storage. Designed to share data across applications and workloads, the platform is built to reduce complexities resulting from siloed data, the company ... Full article
May 4, 2020
Intel Corp. moved this week to expand its Mobileye unit with the acquisition of a transportation data startup while GPU leader Nvidia acquired network software specialist Cumulus Networks as it seeks to make headway in software-defined datacenters relying more heavily on open networking schemes. The CPU leader (NASDAQ: INTC) said Monday (May 4) it is acquiring Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service ... Full article
April 29, 2020
The rise of the Linux kernel nearly three decades ago and the open source operating system it begat has fundamentally changed the way enterprises operate, virtualizing IT infrastructure, ushering in the cloud era and, today, moving computing resources to the network edge, where data resides. As dominant—and proprietary—public cloud vendor Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) consolidates its position in ... Full article
April 28, 2020
Growing enterprise demand for object-based storage along with the proliferation of all-flash memory infrastructure has prompted one hardware vendor to release an open source version of its memory-class storage technology. Micron Technology Inc. promotes its fast key-value storage engine as offering lower latency along with the ability of tweak accompanying software-defined platforms such as open-source Ceph distributed storage. Micron ... Full article
April 24, 2020
The basis of IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy revolves around its assertion that about 80 percent of enterprise workloads have yet to migrate to the cloud. First articulated by ex-CEO Ginni Rometty, that strategy was emphasized again this week by Rometty’s successor, Arvind Krishna, while discussing the company’s quarterly results. Eyeing those mission-critical workloads, IBM’s is leveraging its 2018 acquisition ... Full article
April 22, 2020
Taiwan, tech-savvy and pandemic-prepared, has emerged as the gold standard for containing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Using hard lessons learned from previous epidemics, frequent earthquakes and other natural disasters, the island nation has so far successfully leveraged its technology base, big data and innovation to build up its public health defenses. The result: While most of the ... Full article
April 21, 2020
WekaIO, the high-performance file storage specialist, today launched Weka AI, a DataOps “storage solution framework” designed to cut friction in edge-core-cloud data AI pipelines. The company said the offering enables a single namespace for data pipeline visibility while addressing the variety of storage IO requirements at each stage of AI data pipelines: for ingest and training large bandwidth is ... Full article
April 6, 2020
The sheer volume of unstructured data along with training and other data associated with AI and machine learning projects is fueling the shift by datacenters operators to software-defined storage (SDS) platforms better suited to processing tasks and retaining data. Hence, market tracker Omdia forecasts the software-defined storage market will grow at a 28-percent annual clip through 2023, reaching an ... Full article
March 27, 2020
This year’s first update of the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator includes 38 enhancements, of which nearly half have been declared “stable” features. Kubernetes 1.18 released this week is billed by maintainers as a “fit and finish” release that includes 15 stable enhancements, 11 moving to beta testing and 12 at the “alpha” stage of development and testing. ... 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 23, 2020
Lost data are costing organizations on average $1 million per month as data volumes soar and protecting stored data grows harder with the emergence of edge infrastructure handling AI and machine learning platforms. Surging data loss and related costs are a function of what a survey compiled by Dell Technologies (NYSE: VMW) estimates is a “staggering” 831 percent increase ... Full article
March 13, 2020
The Pentagon will reboot its department-wide cloud contract after a federal judge refereeing a protest filed by Amazon Web Services indicated the cloud giant was likely to succeed in making its case on technical and legal grounds. The Defense Department petitioned a federal judge on Thursday evening (March 12) to pause legal proceedings while it reworks the solicitation for ... Full article
March 9, 2020
As companies consolidate storage infrastructure in public clouds, market consolidation among storage vendors continues apace as vendors offer expanded offerings designed to boost cloud access to growing data volumes. The latest example is NetApp’s (NASDAQ: NTAP) deal announced on Monday (March 9) to acquire Talon Storage, which specializes in software-defined cloud storage that among other scenarios makes data accessible to ... Full article
March 6, 2020
Nvidia is acquiring cloud data storage specialist SwiftStack, accelerating the consolidation of the object storage sector as AI applications developed by Nvidia move between private and public clouds. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The GPU leader (NASDAQ: NVDA) currently uses SwiftStack’s technology in its datacenters. The object storage framework is based OpenStack, which includes a Swift component ... Full article
March 2, 2020
This story includes new information since it was first published on March 2. We will continue to update the article as the status of conferences changes. Several conferences scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, including Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) and the Strata Data + AI conference, have been canceled due to fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus. ... Full article
March 2, 2020
Dell Technologies record annual revenues announced last week was nevertheless met with unease by shareholders wary of the outlook for its VMware business. Dell (NYSE: DELL) reported full-year revenues totaling $92.2 billion while fiscal fourth quarter revenue was up only 1 percent to $24 billion as a result of declining server and storage sales in the U.S. and China. ... Full article

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