Category Archives: Hardware

Why the Main Frame Will Probably Never Truly Be Replaced by Cloud Computing

Over at Wired, Tom Bice writes that while the cloud has certainly made its impact on the computing world, the traditional main frame is still an excellent option for reliability, security and even scalability.

“The mainframe is not nearly as trendy as today’s hot topics like Big Data or the cloud, but it continues to serve as the central nervous system of major industries like finance and healthcare, which is something the public cloud has yet to achieve. Over the years, the mainframe has adapted with each new wave of technology to maintain its place at the center of many computing environments. At the same time today’s mainstream virtualization and security approaches have been part of the mainframe platform for decades.

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Seagate Announces 6TB Hard Disk Drive Targeted at the Cloud

Over at GreatResponder, Maria Dehn writes that hard disk giant, Seagate, has launched a 6TB disk aimed at reducing the bottlenecks that often happen in cloud computing.

“The announcement was made in the wake of the exponentially growing demand of the hard disk drive space and performance in the cloud computing services both private and public clouds. Seagate has designed and developed the most efficient disk drives whose performance is about 25% higher than the highest performing disk drives in the marketplace. It was further explained about the importance of this disk in the domain of cloud computing services that the company has developed this disk that offers industry grade security, self encrypting drive or SED feature, and instant secure erase ISE features.

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HP is Looking for a Cloud Application Engineer in our Job of the Week II

Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA is looking for a Cloud Application Engineer in our Job of the Week II.

“HP Networking Software Engineers play lead roles in multi-discipline teams working on new networking products and solutions. This includes active involvement in product feature definition, hardware feature requirements, SW development and test, customer documentation, and on-going product support. Projects typically involve coordination with internal and external development teams, often in other geographies. Enabling others is as important as personal contribution.

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IBM CEO Rometty on What’s in Store for the Future

Over at ZDNet, Larry Dignan reports on IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s annual letter to shareholders. Rometty’s words definitely pointed in the direction of less hardware and more software and services in the cloud to bring Big Blue where shareholders expect it to be.

“Rometty’s comments won’t be surprising to people familiar with IBM, but the subtext to shareholders revolved around the company’s transition and how it’ll take some time for businesses like cognitive computing to outpace slowing growth in hardware. For shareholders, IBM is paying them to have some patience via dividends, but the company’s last earnings conference call surfaced some analyst angst over the lack of growth even as Big Blue hits earnings projections.

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HP is Looking for a Sr. Cloud Application Engineer in our Job of the Week

Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA is looking for a Sr. Cloud Application Engineer in our Job of the Week.

“HP Networking Software Engineers play lead roles in multi-discipline teams working on new networking products and solutions. This includes active involvement in product feature definition, hardware feature requirements, SW development and test, customer documentation, and on-going product support. Projects typically involve coordination with internal and external development teams, often in other geographies. Enabling others is as important as personal contribution.
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Carpathia Launches Federal Advisory Council to Strengthen Cloud Computing Delivery to Federal Agencies

Carpathia takes on the big challenge of identifying and addressing federal cloud computing security and compliance issues.

“Cloudyn is providing different options to compare, and optimize the cost incurred due to the cloud computing services offered by major cloud based service providers – AWS and Google. Earlier, the company provided support for AWS services – but later on – it started support for Google computing services. Now, the company is eyeing on a broad range of cloud based services offered by numerous cloud service providers both in the public and private domain of cloud computing services.

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Silicon Valley Bank and Farnam Street Financial Gives Codero $8 Million in Funding

Codero has announced an $8 million round of funding from Silicon Valley Bank and Farnam Street Financial to expand its world wide data center footprint.

“We have outpaced our industry’s growth, expanding faster than other hosting and cloud providers due to our commitment to providing customers with unparalleled performance, expertise, support and value,” said Emil Sayegh, president and CEO of Codero Hosting. “The support of SVB and Farnam Street Financial helps us accelerate our growth and capitalize on our market success.”

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IBM Brings Watson to the Cloud for Supercomputing and Data Analysis

Over at MailOnline, the staff reports that IBM is bringing the supercomputer and Jeopardy winner, Watson, to the cloud to be used by various users. The company is investing $1Billion in housing the computer in New York offices and is giving financial, banking and health industries access to it.

IBM has transformed Watson from a quiz-show winner, into a commercial cognitive computing breakthrough that is helping businesses engage customers, healthcare organizations personalize patient care, and entrepreneurs build businesses,’ said Michael Rhodin, who will head the new Watson Group. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said that Watson is built for a world where big data is transforming every industry and every profession. ‘Watson does more than find the needle in the haystack,’ Rometty said in remarks released ahead of the company’s Thursday presentation. ‘It understands the haystack. It understands context.’

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IBM Turns to Green Computing When it Comes to the Cloud

Over at VentureBeat, Jordan Nevet writes that IBM looks to lower carbon emissions in the cloud as a way to not only be environmentally conscious but to be more competitive in the space.

“The new collaboration with the Trinity researchers resulted in a set of algorithms named Stratus. Carbon dioxide production, electricity cost, and the time it takes to move and crunch data all factor into the researchers’ experimental model, which was based on Amazon Web Services’ popular EC2 public-cloud service. As a result of the work, the researchers managed to drop carbon emissions by 21 percent, IEEE Spectrum reported.

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Intel and 64-bit ARM Processors in Server Arms Race

Over at the EE Herald, the staff reports on the intense competition that ARM 64 bit processor core for servers has bought to Intel’s and AMD’s dominance.

“With this trend of availability of ARM 64 bit processor core for servers, Intel is now facing a competition from around half a dozen of chip companies who are designing server chips based on ARM 64-bit processor core. The 64-bit ARM processor cores compete with Intel’s server processor chips mainly on the power consumption and the size. This is turning out to be interesting race. It’s like Intel versus group of ARM based server chip vendors. In this there is also a startup Calexda found to design exclusively server chips based on ARM 64 bit arch.

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Amazon Web Services Takes on Big Data with Kinesis

Over at InfoWorld, Mikael Ricknäs writes about Amazon’s latest offering in data analysis for enterprise called Kinesis. The service, now in public beta, is designed to process massive amounts of real-time data giving companies tons of scalability in provisioning and deployment.

“Amazon sees a number of use cases for Kinesis; the service can collect data generated by an application and make it available for identification of slow queries, page views or resource utilization. Kinesis can also collect and analyze financial information in real-time or help game developers see how the players are interacting with their game and each other.

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A Private Dell Takes Aim at Cloud and Big Data

Over at The Nation, Asina Pornwasin reports that Dell made several announcements last week at the annual Dell World regarding the direction the company is going in the newest of technology environments. Chief among these are big data, cloud computing, social media and mobility.

“Our vision with a consistency strategy through the last five years is to become the leading provider of end-to-end scaled solutions. We invested US$13 billion, doubling the enterprise services solution business from about $10 billion to more than $20 billion. And we built across the portfolio. Now, as a private company, we accelerate our strategy, take a longer-term view of innovation,” Michael Dell said.

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IBM has Plans to Truly Dominate a Cluttered Cloud World

At The New York Times, Brian X. Chen reports that Big Blue is not backing down to its main rivals–Microsoft, Amazon and Google–and is in the mean time turning up the heat. The company is acquiring established companies like SoftLayer to bolster its ambitions of adding scores and scores of new cloud services and products as well as enhancing its Big Data offerings in an attempt surge ahead.

“In addition to the consolidation of online software and services, Mr. Crosby said, IBM is “absolutely” looking to sell its big mainframe computing capabilities as a cloud-based service. It also plans to draw on the insights it has gained from building and licensing technology used by Microsoft in the Xbox gaming console, and Google in its own network operations, he said, and will make more acquisitions for the cloud business.

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Salesforce.com and HP Join Forces to Offer Exclusive “Pods” in Data Center

Over at ComputerworldUK, Derek du Preez reports that Salesforce.com has enlisted the help of Hewlett-Packard to make so-called “Superpods” available to larger enterprises. The move will allow selected companies to have their own dedicated infrastructure in Salesforce.com’s cloud and will migrate away from the multitenancy model to create better security and customization.

“The Superpod was a particularly interesting announcement from Salesforce, given that in the past Benioff has consistently expressed the view that private cloud environments, which aren’t multi-tenant’, are not ‘real’ cloud environments. Denecken added that a ‘rip and replace with cloud’ approach for all areas of IT shouldn’t be the focus for enterprises, they should be looking at complete end-to-end business processes and using cloud where appropriate.

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CoolIT Systems is Chosen By Leeds University to Test Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

CoolIT Systems has announced that Leeds University is to employ its liquid cooling technologies for cloud-based strategies. The University sees this research in cooling as a means to enhance its already formidable reputation in green computing.

“A new collaboration between CoolIT Systems, Canada, and the Schools of Computing and Mechanical Engineering at University of Leeds (member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities) has been setup to analyse the influence of proximity liquid cooling on cloud based workload algorithms. The University has already received awards for analysis and development of Green IT solutions in the past couple of years.

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Job of the Week: Cloud Data Center Hardware Operations Engineer at HP

Hewlett-Packard in Reston, VA is looking for a Cloud Data Center Hardware Operations Engineer in our Job of the Week.

“As an Operations Technician, you’ll install, configure, test, troubleshoot and maintain hardware (like servers and its components) and server software you’ll also tackle the configuration of more complex components such as networks, routers, switches and networking protocols. You’ll participate in or lead small project teams on larger installations and develop project contingency plans. A typical day involves manual movement and installation of racks, and while it can sometimes be physically demanding, you are excited to work with infrastructure that is at the cutting-edge of computer technology.

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Senior Director of Cloud at Logicalis Talks Cloud Migration Strategies

Over at CloudTweaks, Kevin Gruneisen of Logicalis writes about employing a plan to get your company to the cloud. Mr. Gruneisen believes that leap should start with a thorough assessment of your current IT environment and should also include technology considerations along with businesses objectives as well.

“A detailed assessment will identify what resources are being used effectively as well as where there are inefficiencies associated with server sprawl. A large enterprise I visited recently had multiple, highly-virtualized server farms. An examination of how these resources were being used, however, revealed that one was only operating at 20 percent capacity and another one the same size was only 30 percent utilized.

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Rackspace Turns to SSDs to Vastly Improve I/O

At InformationWeek, Charles Babcock reports that Rackspace has figured out a way to get an incredible 132X boost in I/O throughput using solid state disks. The amalgam of SSDs, more RAM, and faster processors combine to take cloud server performance to an all-time high.

“It’s tying each virtual machine to its multi-tenant host with 40 Gbps of “highly available throughput to the host,” the announcement said. The 40 Gbps measure appears to stem from multiple 10-Gbps Ethernet ports being available to each Performance server, with a total throughput amounting to 40 Gbps. Most cloud virtual servers today are communicating with the host over either a 10-Gbps Ethernet link or a 1-Gbps link.

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