Category Archives: Hardware

Virtustream Takes a New Approach to Take on the Giants of Cloud Computing

Over at Network World, Brandon Butler, reports that Virtustream–while not as big as Microsoft and AWS–has carved out a nice niche in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) world and takes a unique consultancy approach.

“Co-CEO and CTO Kevin Reid describes it like this: You can’t just walk into a bank and deposit $100,000; the financial institution would ask questions, making sure the money is not laundered or gained from some illicit activity. Similarly, Virtustream doesn’t just allow customers to swipe a credit card and get access to hundreds of thousands of virtual machines holding sensitive data of its large enterprise customers. “We want to know our customers,” says Reid, who used to manage a consulting firm that was bought by Capgemini before working at Virtustream. “We run more of what could be considered a community cloud, or a country club cloud. None of the workloads in our cloud are unknown to us – we know where they came from.”

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Atos Acquires Bull in Bold Move to Bolster Cloud Computing Capabilities

Over at Binary Tribune, the staff has reported that IT services provider, Atos, has purchased Bull for $844 million to bring them to the HPC market as well as shore up its cloud and Big Data offerings.

“The Chief Executive Officer of Atos SE – Mr. Thierry Breton, who was also part of the Bull’s team in the period from 1993 to 1997, said in the statement, which was cited by Bloomberg: “Bull’s highly recognized teams in advanced technologies such as high computing power, data analytics management, and cybersecurity ideally complement Atos’ large scale operations.”

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Softchoice First in North America to Launch End-to-End FlexPod Solution

Softchoice, based in Toronto, Canada, has announced a top-to-bottom approach to FlexPod services via what it calls its FlexPod Accelerator+ offering.

“Given the widespread popularity and success of FlexPod, we saw a need for companies to fast-track their adoption of the solution,” says Aaron Brooks, Director of Innovation at Softchoice. “FlexPod Accelerator+ helps clients build a converged infrastructure that increases IT’s ability to quickly scale and support the deployment of applications and data, and prepares them for a hybrid infrastructure.”

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Codero Announces Fourth Data Center Now Open in Dallas-Fort Worth

Codero Hosting has announced the opening of its flagship data center in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. The hybrid hosting services will allow customers unprecedented performance and provisioning and will provide full redundancy and enormous scalability.

“The new data center is all about serving customers requiring world-class performance, reliability and scalability running on the most advanced networking technology infrastructure. Whether it’s bare metal dedicated servers, public cloud, private cloud, or our patented On-Demand Hybrid Cloud technology, our expanded data center footprint supports it all,” said Robert Autenrieth, COO of Codero Hosting. “DFW is the hub of connectivity for U.S. bandwidth and offers the industry’s latest technology – everything from power and cooling to density, as well as a variety of choices in bandwidth providers, flexibility in labor pool and unbeatable power costs. All these factors combined to make it a natural choice for our fourth data center in the U.S.”

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ShopKeep Garners $25 Million in Venture Funding to Help Small Business POS Needs

ShopKeep, the small business Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) POS specialist, has raised $25 million in its third round of funding. As the competition heats up in the space, the company looks to use the largess to improve its software and go after new markets.

“With the rapid growth of Shopkeep and competitors like Boston-based Leaf, which raised $20 million earlier this year, it’s clear that cloud computing is really making an impact on the business technology industry. By building software which runs remotely, rather than on a servers located in a store, these startups can dramatically reduce costs, opening up new markets and erasing much of the maintenance and service fees that drive a large portion of legacy firms’ revenue.

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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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