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Answered Prayers for High Frequency Traders? Latency Cut to 20 Nanoseconds

Answered Prayers for High Frequency Traders? Latency Cut to 20 Nanoseconds

“You can buy your way out of bandwidth problems. But latency is divine.” This sentiment, from Intel ...

IDG to Be Bought by Chinese Investors; IDC to Spin Out HPC Group

IDG to Be Bought by Chinese Investors; IDC to Spin Out HPC Group

US-based publishing and investment firm International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) will be acquired by a pair of ...

IBM Re-Ups with U.S. Army for $62M Cloud Deal

IBM Re-Ups with U.S. Army for $62M Cloud Deal

IBM has announced its second major cloud win in three months, signing a $62 million, five-year deal ...

“Why Don’t My Security Tools Work?” A Unified Cyber Defense Battle Plan

“Why Don’t My Security Tools Work?” A Unified Cyber Defense Battle Pl...

Threat actors are getting better, faster, and more efficient at compromising networks, taking only minutes or less ...

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“You can buy your way out of bandwidth problems. But latency is divine.” This sentiment, from Intel Technical Computing Group CTO Mark Seager, seems as old as the Bible, a truth universally acknowledged. Latency will always be with us. It is the devilish delay, the stubborn half-life of the time gap caused by processor and memory operations, that has ... Full article
Cumulus Networks rolled out new switching hardware and open networking software this week packaged as a turnkey appliance that targets new adopters of web-scale networking along with earlier adopters accustomed to sourcing datacenter network platforms as appliances. Cumulus, Mountain View, Calif., said Thursday (Jan. 19) its new "Express" offering includes 1G through 100G platforms pre-loaded with new Linux network ... Full article
Infrastructure refresh projects centering on datacenter hyper-convergence are planned over the next 12 months by nearly half of respondents to an industry survey, underscoring the conclusion that virtualized infrastructure is entering the mainstream. The survey of datacenter buying preferences released this week by converged IT vendor Maxta Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., also found that "general purpose infrastructure" upgrades ... Full article
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US-based publishing and investment firm International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) will be acquired by a pair of Chinese investors, China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. and IDG Capital, the companies announced today (Thursday). The official announcement comes after months of speculation with Reuters reporting in November that the parties were in “advanced discussions.” Tech analyst outfit International Data Corporation (IDC), a wholly-owned ... Full article
Making use of the "dry powder" accumulated via the spin off of its software business last year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is acquiring hyper-converged infrastructure specialist Simplivity Corp. to expand its hybrid IT offerings. The buyer (NYSE: HPE) said Tuesday (Jan. 17) said it would pay $650 million in cash for the converged systems vendor based in Westborough, Mass. Rumors ... Full article
IBM has announced its second major cloud win in three months, signing a $62 million, five-year deal with the United States Army to build and manage a cloud solution for the Army’s Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Ala., part of the Army’s long-term private cloud enterprise program. Two months ago, Big Blue and American Airlines announced that IBM had been ... Full article
Threat actors are getting better, faster, and more efficient at compromising networks, taking only minutes or less to breach systems. Unfortunately, organizations are taking weeks, if not longer, to discover these breaches. In fact, over the last decade the “detection deficit” – the time it takes adversaries to compromise networks vs. the time it takes those organizations to discover ... Full article
The storage sector continues to attract investment as more vendors emerge to help enterprises cope with the demands of storage and quickly accessing more data. Earlier this month, a pair of storage startups announced significant late-round funding: all-flash storage vendor Kaminario said it raised $75 million while hybrid cloud storage specialist Panzura announced a $32 million funding round. Panzura, ... Full article
Inspur, the fast-growth cloud computing and server vendor from China, and DDN, a leader in high-end storage, have announced a joint sales and marketing agreement to produce solutions based on DDN storage platforms integrated with servers, networking, software and services from Inspur, which has several systems on the current Top500 supercomputers list. The two companies said they will jointly ... Full article
While encouraging a secure and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT), the U.S. will work to provide spectrum and other infrastructure assets while promoting global interoperability standards and technology innovation, a Commerce Department report stresses. The report released Thursday (Jan. 12) by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration aims to formulate a national IoT strategy. Among other responsibilities, the Commerce ... Full article
Seeking the next big idea in the “shared economy” pioneered by Uber and Airbnb – while also incorporating compatibility matching capabilities of dating and social media sites – an AI newbie has put forth an online business model based on renting items many of us own – party supplies, power tools, wheelchairs, lawn equipment, video gear – to those ... Full article
Global IT spending is forecast to increase by 2.7 percent in 2017, a modest increase that might be higher if not for "political uncertainty in global markets," according to a new Gartner Inc. forecast that also predicts strong annual server sales driven by cloud rollouts. Garter (NYSE: IT) reported Thursday (Jan. 12) that worldwide IT spending projected to total ... Full article
The combined market value of blockchain-based technologies, such as cryptocurrencies, is measured in the billions of US dollars. With cryptocurrency gaining legitimacy, it’s worth knowing what security measures are used to “cover your assets” — as well as what the issues are — before you join in the gold rush. Mining & Proof In order to prevent fraud, including ... Full article
Responding to growing concerns about cloud security and data governance across different platforms, Google is expanding its cloud security options with the release of encryption key management service. The Cloud Key Management Service is intended to broaden encryption options on the Google Cloud Platform as the shift to multi-tenant cloud services expands. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) said Wednesday (Jan. 11) ... Full article
To a large degree IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have done what they said they would – assembling a substantial and growing ecosystem and bringing Power-based products to market, all in about three years. Now, says Ken King, general manager, OpenPOWER, for IBM Systems Group, it’s time for all that organizational and technology rubber to hit the road and ... Full article
As more evidence emerges regarding enterprise adoption of application containers in production, a market analyst finds that the micro-services are among the fastest growing technologies used to implement cloud infrastructure. New York-based 451 Research estimated this week the application container segment reached a robust $762 million in 2016 and is forecast to grow at a 40-percent compound rate over ... Full article
Someone recently asked for my thoughts on smart manufacturing, or the so-called IT revolution in the factory. They couldn’t believe I didn’t see it as the salvation of American manufacturing. Don’t misunderstand. Smart manufacturing has a place in reviving American manufacturing. I have a smart factory. We employ the latest in pick-to-light systems that use light displays to direct ... Full article
The unexpected shut down of early application container developer ClusterHQ at the end of 2016 has some observers predicting that a shakeout in underway in the container sector as critics question whether sales to date justify skyrocketing valuations for container startups. In late December, San Francisco-based ClusterHQ announced it was shutting down operations after just over two years of ... Full article
Bio-processor developer Edico Genome is collaborating with storage specialist Dell EMC to bundle computing and storage platform for analyzing gene-sequencing data. The partners said this week the platform will be based on Edico Genome's DRAGEN processor that uses an FPGA for hardware acceleration. That processor will be integrated with a Dell 4130 server for souped up genome analysis along ... Full article
As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at Gartner Group. Because the types of data ingested by analytics packages are evolving from structured to hybrid data–containing text, objects and other formats– the market will respond to that transition by offering packaged applications that ... Full article
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At first blush, and maybe second blush too, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) purchase of SGI seems like an unambiguous win-win. SGI’s advanced shared memory ...
Global IT spending is forecast to increase by 2.7 percent in 2017, a modest increase that might be higher if not for "political uncertainty ...
A flurry of industry surveys have flagged open source and unlicensed software as growing security threats. Moreover, a review released by Flexera Software also ...
As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at ...
"Traditional" enterprises, a label attached to established companies struggling to make the transition to cloud and other digital platforms, get a failing grade when ...