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MemVerge Wants to Make Big Memory Systems More Accessible

MemVerge Wants to Make Big Memory Systems More Accessible

Organizations that need to process large amounts of data in real time will be the big winners ...

Pure Storage Acquires Portworx and its Kubernetes Services

Pure Storage Acquires Portworx and its Kubernetes Services

Technology merger season is upon us, with Pure Storage announcing mid-week it is acquiring Kubernetes data services ...

Edge Computing Seen Transitioning to ‘Intelligent Edge’

Edge Computing Seen Transitioning to ‘Intelligent Edge’

The extension of cloud computing capabilities from datacenters to the somewhat amorphous network edge, variously defined as ...

Google Expands Memory Encryption to Kubernetes

Google Expands Memory Encryption to Kubernetes

Google Cloud and AMD unveiled a “confidential computing” initiative over the summer that maintains data encryption in ...

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October 16, 2020
As AI use and innovation continue to increase globally, getting small and medium-size AI companies more involved in the financially lucrative and still-nascent AI revolution is a developing goal of the US government. One federal agency, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), is asking smaller AI vendors to send in comments and suggestions by Oct. 23 about ... Full article
October 5, 2020
Nvidia GTC 2020 – Nvidia kicked off its GTC 2020 GPU Technology Conference with a wide range of intriguing AI announcements, from the introduction of its latest Bluefield-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) models to the unveiling of an all-new data-center-on-a-chip (DOCA) architecture designed to bring major enhancements for networking, storage and security. Also announced was Nvidia’s DGX SuperPOD modular ... Full article
September 23, 2020
Organizations that need to process large amounts of data in real time will be the big winners of the emerging “big memory” era, says Charles Fan, the CEO and co-founder of MemVerge, which today unveiled new software designed to lower the barrier of entry to big memory systems. Emerging use cases, particularly around streaming analytics and machine learning, are ... Full article
September 22, 2020
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is bolstering its capabilities for customers with the general availability of instances with Nvidia’s newest GPU, the A100, while also unveiling expanded collaborations with Rescale and Altair. The company also announced plans for its first foray into the Arm world with instances using chips from Ampere early next year. OCI currently offers Intel and AMD ... Full article
September 17, 2020
Those who tuned in for Tuesday's HPC + AI Wall Street event got a peak at the future of fintech and lively discussion of topics like blockchain, AI for risk management, and high-frequency trading, as told by a group of leading technical innovators as well as an SEC commissioner. Previously scheduled to take place at the New Yorker Hotel ... Full article
September 16, 2020
Technology merger season is upon us, with Pure Storage announcing mid-week it is acquiring Kubernetes data services specialist Portworx. In the wake of Nvidia’s blockbuster deal for Arm Ltd., Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG) said Wednesday (Sept. 16) it will pays about $370 million in cash to acquire Portworx. The deal reflects growing enterprise demand for agile storage platforms that ... Full article
September 10, 2020
The extension of cloud computing capabilities from datacenters to the somewhat amorphous network edge, variously defined as a connected device, appliance or a network gateway, is morphing into something more than edge computing. With the addition of AI, edge cloud computing is approaching what promoters dub the “intelligent edge,” a construct that can be implemented according to application, while ... Full article
September 3, 2020
No moss is growing under Arm Ltd. as the technology sector waits to see if and when a buyer emerges for the IP chip vendor. Arm this week unveiled its first 64-bit real-time processor, the latest in its Cortex-R family that includes Linux support along with an emphasis on enterprise storage applications. That strategy reflects the growing need to ... Full article
September 1, 2020
An oft overlooked virtue of virtual machines is the replacement of IT infrastructure like servers with a more energy-efficient abstracted version of hardware. That advance has contributed to sustainability gains over the last decade. Datacenters running huge numbers of machine learning workloads threaten to offset those gains, prompting the National Science Foundation (NSF) and virtualization leader VMware (NYSE: VMW) ... Full article
August 28, 2020
A blockchain-based effort expected to be launched next month is intended to do nothing less than decentralize and disrupt the highly-concentrated cloud storage market. The Filecoin Network is promoted as bypassing incumbent cloud storage providers and their business model that involves bundling relatively cheap, scalable data storage with costly and proprietary software, application interfaces, servers and other infrastructure. “That ... Full article
August 26, 2020
Pure Storage released the second generation of its all-flash array this week, positioning it as an enterprise-grade storage platform for “capacity-oriented” workloads. The company (NYSE: PSTG) also claimed its storage platform is the first all-QLC storage array, as in quad-level cell technology. QLC stores 4 bits of data on a single cell, and is promoted as delivering high-density storage ... Full article
August 5, 2020
The telecommunications sector is embracing enterprise technologies such as server virtualization via an emerging deployment model dubbed universal CPE, for customer premises equipment. CPE generally includes on-premise equipment such as routers, network switches and base stations as well as software-defined wide-area networks and Ethernet access devices. For network vendors, universal CPE and related virtual networking appliances are an emerging ... Full article
August 4, 2020
Among the growing list of pandemic-driven technology segments are programable Ethernet adapters being deployed by cloud service providers as they scramble to meet bandwidth demand generated by homes offices. The server and Ethernet adapter boom also have accelerated deployments of programmable network interface cards (NICs), with Nvidia’s former Mellanox unit alone posting a 96 percent gain in quarterly revenues ... Full article
July 29, 2020
The death of the enterprise datacenter has been greatly exaggerated, an annual survey finds, adding that on-premises infrastructure is “neither dead nor dying” despite a migration of some critical workloads to public clouds. The Uptime Institute’s annual datacenter survey released this week finds that more than half of enterprise workloads are expected to remain—secured—in-house through 2022. And despite much ... Full article
July 24, 2020
Lightbits Labs, the “originator” of NVM Express over TCP block storage, said the latest version of its LightOS platform integrates cloud-native persistent storage for Kubernetes. The result is said to be improved scaling and availability via clustering. San Jose-based Lightbits’ architecture separates storage and computing while leveraging NVMe/TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). Its software-defined storage framework now targets container-based applications ... Full article
July 23, 2020
Data storage company Qumulo has landed a big win. The company announced $125 million in Series E funding, bringing Qumulo’s funding to $351 million and placing the firm at a total valuation in excess of $1.2 billion. The funding round was led by BlackRock, a global investment firm based in New York. BlackRock was joined by returning investors such ... Full article
July 17, 2020
Standards group JEDEC announced the publication of the DDR5 SDRAM spec, the next-generation standard for random access memory (RAM). Compared to DDR4, the DDR5 spec delivers twice the performance and improved power efficiency, addressing ever-growing demand from datacenter and cloud environments, as well as artificial intelligence and HPC applications. Providing up to 6.4 Gbps, DDR5 doubles the bandwidth of ... Full article
July 17, 2020
The Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to comprise nearly 30 billion connected devices by 2023. These IoT devices create and transfer massive amounts of data over the network. But how do data owners derive intelligence from the data being transferred? That’s where AIoT comes in, the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT. AIoT adds intelligent processing to ... Full article
July 10, 2020
Software-defined storage and virtualized servers have become key building blocks of hyperconverged IT infrastructure running on commodity equipment. VMware (NYSE: VMW) and its majority shareholder, Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), are among the leaders in the emerging HCI sector, with other infrastructure and networking vendors challenging for a piece of an $11 billion market that is expected to grow to ... Full article
July 9, 2020
A design kit tailored to PCI Express 4.0 data fabrics combines orchestration software from infrastructure platform vendor Liqid and silicon switch giant Broadcom. The goal is accelerating application prototyping, testing and development that would expand enterprise adoption of higher-bandwidth PCIe connectivity in datacenters and hybrid clouds. The reference design kit released this week is aimed at developers deploying next-generation ... Full article

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