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Calgary Scientific PureWeb Supports Next-Generation GPU-Powered Amazon EC2 Instances (G3)

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Calgary Scientific announced that its PureWeb software development platform supports the new AWS G3 Instances for Amazon EC2. The PureWeb platform transforms graphics-intensive applications into cloud-based services that can be accessed from the web or via any mobile device. The G3 instances combine the power of the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU along with more CPU power and host memory than any other cloud GPU instance available today for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.

Cloud Computing: Getting Hyperconverged On Power Systems

Grazed from ITJungle. Author: Prickett Morgan.

A few weeks ago, when pondering the possibilities of how Big Blue might reimagine and reinvigorate the IBM i platform, we outlined how this might be done – and how it might apply to a much broader customer base after it was done – in an article called The Cognitive Systems/500 2018 Edition. We forgot one of the possible components of a modern, integrated system and, amusingly, IBM has just announced support for it.

The bit of the software stack we forgot to mention was what is called hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI for short, and this server-storage halfblood has become the underpinning of virtualized infrastructure at private datacenters for a number of key workloads and by thousands of organizations worldwide...

Cloud Computing: In an era of relentless data breaches, IBM focuses new mainframe on ‘pervasive’ encryption

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Robert Hof.

IBM will debut the newest in its decades-long series of mainframe computers for mainstream transaction processing Monday, this time focusing in particular on better protection of more data wherever it resides. The IBM Z features what the company calls “pervasive encryption,” providing the ability to encrypt all data in an application, database or cloud service.

Computer hardware in general and large mainframe-style computers have taken a big hit in the dawning era of cloud computing. But most large transaction systems such as credit-card processing, airline flight purchases and automatic teller machine systems still run on them. IBM said the Z represents the “most significant system overhaul” in more than 15 years...

Read more from the source @ https://siliconangle.com/blog/2017/07/17/era-relentless-data-breaches-ibms-new-mainframe-focuses-encryption/

AWS Announces G3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the availability of G3 instances, the next generation of GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances designed to make it easy to procure a powerful combination of central processing (CPU) and random-access memory (RAM) for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications. Backed by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, G3 instances offer double the CPU power per GPU, and double the host memory per GPU, than the most powerful GPU cloud instance available today. To get started with G3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/.

Customers running complex modeling and 3D visualization analyses, such as medical image processing, computer-aided design, and seismic visualization jobs, require significant CPU processing power and memory. To offer the best performance for these graphics-intensive applications, the largest G3 instance offers twice the CPU power and eight times the host memory of the previous generation graphics instance (G2). The g3.16xlarge features four NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs with 64 CPUs using the latest custom Intel Xeon E5-2686v4 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of RAM, and Enhanced Networking using the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor. The G3 instance also features two Amazon EC2 "firsts" to speed video frame processing and improve image fidelity for graphics workloads: support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation capabilities, including the ability to support four monitors with resolutions of up to 4K (4096 x 2160), and hardware encoding to support up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams per GPU.

Datos IO and Cisco Team to Enable Cloud Backup and Recovery at Scale for Multi-Cloud Environments

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Today, Datos IO, the application-centric cloud data management company, announced availability of an integrated solution together with Cisco that simplifies and automates data protection for next generation customer-centric applications running on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco HyperFlex hyper-converged systems.

Customers are in the midst of a digital transformation journey where they are either deploying next-generation customer-centric applications natively in the cloud or migrating their traditional applications to the cloud - all with the end goal to drive operational efficiency and to deliver top line growth with new customer-centric products and services. As part of this journey, enterprises operate their IT across a multi-cloud infrastructure, deploying applications on the best suited cloud whether private cloud, public cloud, or managed clouds.

OwnBackup Secures $7.5M Series B Investment to Meet Demand for SaaS Data and Metadata Backup, Recovery and Replication

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OwnBackup, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application backup and restore vendor, today announced the close of a $7.5 million Series B round led by Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based private equity and venture capital firm and one of the world's largest investors in high-growth software companies. Existing investors Innovation Endeavors, Oryzn Capital and Salesforce Ventures also participated in the round, which constitutes a minority equity stake.  

The round comes on the heels of an explosive year for OwnBackup, with 330% year-over-year revenue growth in 2016. Users of SaaS applications are increasingly turning to OwnBackup for data protection, archiving, compliance and development enablement. These organizations are fueling a burgeoning market for cloud-to-cloud private backup, recovery and replication services. The new capital will fuel the company's continued expansion and speed product innovation, including backup and recovery services for additional SaaS applications and the simplification of test data environments for developers working with SaaS applications.   

PacHosting Unveils LayerStack for New Cloud Services in APAC

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PacHosting, a leading Platform Aggregated Cloud Solution Provider, unveiled a new cloud service “LayerStack” to expand its cloud portfolio over the past several months. LayerStack committed to compete at a higher level in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and strengthen its cloud service business to enhance competitiveness in future. LayerStack strives to offer greater IT efficiency and capabilities for all businesses in Asia Pacific region with a series of launches in 2017 including SSD Cloud Servers, Load Balancer, Offsite Backup Solution and Virtual Private Cloud based on multi-data center architecture.

Cloud Strategy and Implementation in APAC
 

Backup and Sync from Google: Fight Ransomware Risk with Cloud Computing

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandrasekhar.

Google today launched a much-anticipated desktop app called Backup and Sync. Not one to mince words, the company is encouraging users to sync whatever media they have on their local systems to a location in the cloud. Essentially, it’s going to act as a replacement for older Drive client applications, as well as for the older Photos app.

The tool will be mindful of any existing settings you have on your Mac or PC for backups, but you can basically sign into your Google account and specify which folders need to be backed up regularly to Google Cloud. Not only does Backup and Sync keep your desktop backed up at all times, but it can also access and sync data from external memory devices like USB sticks, hard drives, cameras and SD cards...

Connect with Industry Leaders within the Tech Field at AWS Summit Chicago 2017

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The AWS Summit Chicago will be taking place this upcoming July 26 & 27 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in downtown Chicago. Guests will be able to connect with individuals within the tech community to learn and network together. The event hosts a unique ‘Security Jam’ that provides a creative space for developers and engineers to explore new forms of security trends in cloud computing.

AWS Summit Chicago will host a wide range of workshops, meetings, keynotes and events to experience. Overall, everyone can learn something for AWS Summit Chicago, but they do help guide those with more work experience to different sections of the agenda...

Read more from the source @ http://crescentvale.com/2017/07/attend-aws-summit-chicago-free-learn-cloud-computing-new-technology/

WekaIO Eliminates the Need for Legacy External Storage with Cloud-Scale Storage Software

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WekaIO, a venture backed high-performance cloud storage software company, today emerged from stealth to introduce the industry's first cloud-native scalable file system that delivers unprecedented performance to applications, scaling to Exabytes of data in a single namespace. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, WekaIO has developed the first software platform that harnesses flash technology to create a high-performance parallel scale out file storage solution for both on-premises servers and public clouds.

WekaIO is the world's fastest distributed file system, processing four times the workload compared to IBM Spectrum Scale measured on Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) SFS 2014, an independent industry benchmark. Utilizing only 120 cloud compute instances with locally attached storage, WekaIO completed 1,000 simultaneous software builds compared to 240 on IBM's high-end FlashSystem 900. The WekaIO software utilized only 5% of the AWS compute instance resources, leaving 95% available to run customer applications.