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Cloud Doubts Mean Datacenters Aren’t Going Away

Cloud Doubts Mean Datacenters Aren’t Going Away

The death of the enterprise datacenter has been greatly exaggerated, an annual survey finds, adding that on-premises ...

Lightbits Links Kubernetes to Persistent Storage via NVMe

Lightbits Links Kubernetes to Persistent Storage via NVMe

Lightbits Labs, the “originator” of NVM Express over TCP block storage, said the latest version of its ...

DDR5 Memory Spec Doubles Data Rate, Quadruples Density

DDR5 Memory Spec Doubles Data Rate, Quadruples Density

Standards group JEDEC announced the publication of the DDR5 SDRAM spec, the next-generation standard for random access ...

Nascent HCI Market Bestrides ‘Multi-Modal’ IT

Nascent HCI Market Bestrides ‘Multi-Modal’ IT

Software-defined storage and virtualized servers have become key building blocks of hyperconverged IT infrastructure running on commodity ...

Storage

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
July 8, 2020
The innovation engine that is Kubernetes is prompting infrastructure vendors to open their wallets to acquire developers whose platforms are based on the open source cluster orchestrator. Suse, the open source cloud infrastructure specialist, is the latest, moving to boost its enterprise Kubernetes management portfolio with the acquisition of Rancher Labs. Terms of the acquisition announced on Wednesday (July ... Full article
July 1, 2020
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has long talked about moving manufacturing and other industrial activities off the earth as a way to preserve our only home. The cloud giant took “one small step” toward a “sustainable commercial space economy” this week with the launch of a dedicated space business unit. Amazon Web Services’ “Aerospace and Satellite Solutions” operation is built ... Full article
June 23, 2020
A growing list of cloud storage startups continue to emerge as enterprises struggle to get a handle on big data while seeking to move computing closer to where data resides. The latest entrant is Nebulon Inc., a Bay Area cloud-defined storage startup that emerged from stealth mode this week with an API-based approach designed to cut storage costs for ... Full article
June 23, 2020
Hewlett Packard Enterprise continues to extend its GreenLake cloud services to the network edge with the addition of faster deployments for distributed environments ranging from application containers and virtual machines to machine learning workloads and other networking deployments aimed at moving computing resources closer to data. Launched in 2017 as a consumption-based, managed service, the latest version of Greenlake ... Full article
June 18, 2020
Intel Corp. remains persistent in upgrading its Optane persistent memory series. The chip maker (NASDAQ: INTC) said this week its second generation Optane series is tuned to the latest version of its Xeon Scalable processors (codenamed Cooper Lake), and boosts memory bandwidth by an average of 25 percent. The combination is aimed at four- and eight-socket servers supporting applications such ... Full article
June 17, 2020
Amazon Web Services added to its Snow family of data migration and edge devices this week with the introduction of a secure edge computing and data transfer device dubbed Snowcone. The 4.5-pound device that includes 8 terabytes of usable storage targets the growing number of edge computing use cases in which space, power and cooling are limited. The 9- ... Full article
June 16, 2020
Infrastructure vendors are increasingly turning their attention to hyper-storage systems enterprise customers require to organize and leverage mountains of unstructured data. Comes now the latest offering from Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) that meshes hardware and software-defined storage designed to help manage file and object data stored either on-premises, in public clouds or the network edge. The hybrid storage framework ... Full article
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

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