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Kubernetes Gains Stability, New Features

Kubernetes Gains Stability, New Features

This year’s first update of the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator includes 38 enhancements, of which ...

Undeterred, VCs Bet on Cloud, Data Startups

Undeterred, VCs Bet on Cloud, Data Startups

If the global economy is to recover from a pandemic that has so far killed tens of ...

Security Threats Soar Along with Data Volumes

Security Threats Soar Along with Data Volumes

Lost data are costing organizations on average $1 million per month as data volumes soar and protecting ...

DoD Will Revisit JEDI Cloud Contract

DoD Will Revisit JEDI Cloud Contract

The Pentagon will reboot its department-wide cloud contract after a federal judge refereeing a protest filed by ...

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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
February 20, 2020
Dell Technologies launched servers, a modular data center, telemetry management and streaming analytics software this week designed for the growing volumes of enterprise-generated data created and processed outside of data centers and the cloud – at the edge. Dell has long touted its integrated edge-core-cloud strategy, with the ultimate goal of supporting a future in which data emanates from ... Full article
February 3, 2020
High performance storage is changing as data (particularly unstructured data) volumes grow, data management becomes increasingly complex, diverse file types proliferate and AI/machine learning is more broadly adopted. According to Molly Presley, storage specialist Qumulo Corp.’s global product marketing director, here are key developments to expect in the storage sector for the coming year. NVMe file storage will be ... Full article
January 22, 2020
If the leading advanced computing/HPC server vendors were in the batting lineup of a baseball team, Dell EMC would be going for lots of singles and doubles – and some home runs, too – trying to hit for a high batting average. The cleanup hitter would be HPE, swinging for the fences with recent acquiree and supercomputing powerhouse Cray. ... Full article
January 16, 2020
As application containers took off in the mid-2010s, persistent storage emerged as a key barrier to adoption. With containers now entering the mainstream for handling machine and deep learning applications, more vendors are focusing on storage interfaces that can link huge data volumes along with flash memory to container orchestration platforms. Among them is VAST Data, which this week ... Full article
January 14, 2020
High performance storage specialist Quantum Corp. this morning announced an addition to its F-Series line of NVMe storage servers – the F1000 comes in at a lower price point than its F2000 counterpart announced at NAB last year while utilizing that appliance’s software-defined architecture designed for streaming performance and response times in “video and video-like infrastructures,” to use the ... Full article
January 8, 2020
The shift to open networking platforms is getting another boost with a partnership between software vendor Cumulus Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to provide storage networking frameworks in datacenters. The partners said this week that HPE’s (NYSE: HPE) StoreFabric Ethernet switches will run on Cumulus Network’s Linux and NetQ software. The latter is a network monitoring tool described as ... Full article
January 6, 2020
VMware continues to move closer to Kubernetes-based containers for managing virtual machines and other cloud infrastructure, reflecting the growing consensus the cluster orchestrator represents a more agile form of virtualization. The server virtualization leader (NYSE: VMW) signaled its shift to Kubernetes last year with the launch of an initiative dubbed Project Pacific intended to upgrade its flagship vSphere server ... Full article
December 20, 2019
One decade passes away, another decade comes – and it makes people think. For starters, we think about what to call the decade coming to end: the “twenty-teens”, “twenty-tens”? Awkward to refer to, it's harder to classify. The 1920s were "Roaring," but how do you label a decade as polarized as our politics: globalism and nationalism, free trade and ... Full article
December 10, 2019
Designed to push the frontiers of computing chip and systems performance optimized for AI workloads, an 8 petaflop IBM Power9-based supercomputer has been unveiled in upstate New York that will be used by IBM data and computer scientists, by academic researchers and by industrial and commercial end-users. Installed at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), the ... Full article
December 9, 2019
In this monthly feature, we'll keep you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise A.I. community -- promotions, new hires, and accolades. Here's the A.I. career news for early December: Ari Berman BioTeam, Inc. promoted Ari Berman to chief executive officer. In his new role, Berman will expand the company's reach into the scientific and ... Full article
December 4, 2019
Datacenter construction is booming in the second half of 2019 as cloud providers and co-location service providers embrace common platforms that scale to accommodate data-driven applications and services. IHS Markit reports that 9.9 million square feet of datacenter capacity is currently under construction and is expected to come online by the end of the year. The construction boom is ... Full article
November 21, 2019
Three major forces – AI, cloud and exascale – are combining to raise the HPC industry to heights exceeding expectations. According to market study results released this week by Hyperion Research at SC19 in Denver, HPC server sales in the first half of the year totaled $6.7 billion, while 2018 sales grew 15 percent overall, totaling $13.7 billion. Growth ... Full article

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