Cloud Computing: Intel Metamaterials Breakthrough

Grazed from EETimes. Author: R. Colin Johnson.

A metamaterial breakthrough has been funded by Intel at the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Lab at National Taiwan University here. By folding a metamaterial up into the third dimension (3D), Intel has funded a breakthrough in noise suppression--specifically quelling electro-magnetic interference (EMI) thus enabling easier electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) of next-generation high-speed interfaces.

The Intel/NTU's breakthrough is a single sub-millimeter sized component that replaces bulky traditional shielding by suppressing noise at each source by 20dB, according to Professor Tzong-Lin Wu, an IEEE Fellow and Director of the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering (GICE) at NTU...

Cirrascale Releases First High-Density, Two-in-One ARM64 Development Platform for HPC and Cloud Applications

Grazed from GlobeNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Cirrascale Corporation®, a premier developer of build-to-order, independent blade-based computing and storage data center infrastructure for conventional and modular data centers, today launched its high density, two-in-one ARM64 development platform, the RM1905D. The platform is powered by the Applied Micro Circuits Corporation AMCC -0.01% X-Gene™ 64-bit ARM Server-on-a-Chip™ and NVIDIA® Tesla® K20 GPU accelerators.

"Cirrascale is proud to be part of the growing ARM64 development movement with AppliedMicro and NVIDIA in deploying what we believe to be a growing ecosystem in high performance computing and cloud environments," said David Driggers, CEO, Cirrascale Corporation. "Businesses are looking for competitive advantages that tackle their growing workloads, and this platform will enable that next-generation of data center transformation."...

Hands-on with Canonical's Orange Box and a peek into cloud nirvana

Grazed from Ars Technica. Author: Lee Hutchinson.

Take ten high-end Intel NUCs, a gigabit Ethernet switch, a couple of terabytes of storage, and cram it all into a fancy custom enclosure. What does that spell? Orange Box. Not the famous gaming bundle from Valve, though—this Orange Box is a sales demo tool built by Canonical. There are more than a dozen Orange Boxes in the wild right now being used as the hook to get potential Canonical users interested in trying out Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS), Juju, and other Canonical technologies. We got the chance to sit down with Canonical’s Dustin Kirkland and Ameet Paranjape for an afternoon and talk about the Orange Box: what it is, what it does, and more importantly, what it is not.

First off, Canonical emphasized to Ars multiple times that it is not getting into the hardware business. If you really want to buy one of these things, you can have Tranquil PC build one for you (for £7,575, or about $12,700), but Canonical won’t sell you an Orange Box for your lab—there are too many partner relationships it could jeopardize by wading into the hardware game...

Cloud Computing: IBM And HP Are Looking At Diversification, But Where Should You Invest?

Grazed from GuruFocus. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hardware giants like International Business Machines (IBM) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are diversifying into more areas to propel growth given the slowing personal computer market. Cyber security and cloud computing are among the most talked-about markets in IT solutions growing at a rapid pace.

The products such as mobile communications, cloud computing, and security solutions are being focused upon by IBM since they are higher margin markets with higher growth products. Acquisitions and partnerships are considered as the ideal ways to step into such markets. IBM’s rock-solid cash position has enabled it to make a few acquisitions and its established brand image has enabled it to enter into agreements with leading players...

HyperX Launches 'Cloud' Gaming Headset

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

HyperX®, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the HyperX Cloud gaming headset. HyperX Cloud features extremely comfortable ear cushions and larger audio drivers to give gamers ultimate comfort and superior sound during long game play sessions.

HyperX Cloud uses memory foam ear cushions and a soft, leather-padded headband with custom stitching for enhanced comfort and style. The over-the-ear, closed-cup design helps block out ambient noise for a more immersive game experience. Interchangeable velour ear cushions allow gamers to hear their surroundings while also delivering dialogue and every explosion and gunfire in clear, high-fidelity audio from the large 53mm drivers. HyperX Cloud also features a detachable microphone and is made of aluminum for durability...

Imperva goes to the clouds against rivals F5 and IBM

Grazed from TheMalayMailOnline.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Shlomo Kramer, the Israeli entrepreneur who made his name by co-founding the world’s second-largest security networks maker, is seeing investor support vanish for his latest cyber venture.  Imperva Inc, the Redwood Shores, California-based company that builds security systems for data centers, sank 44 per cent last week after scaling back its first-quarter revenue growth outlook to a third of its previous forecast.

Almost all of the declines came in a single day, April 10. The rout erased US$584 million (RM1.9 billion) of market value and sent the stock to a 20-month low.  Imperva, one of six Israeli online-security firms that Kramer has founded or financially backed over the past two decades, is facing growing competition from global powerhouses including International Business Machines Corp and F5 Networks Inc, Kramer, who is also the chief executive officer of Imperva, said the company missed its sales projection as competition for larger deals delayed orders, according to an April 9 statement...

Cloud Computing: IBM mainframe, tech's 'dinosaur', turns 50

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

The IBM mainframe, the drab-looking refrigerator-size machine that was once the symbol of computer technology, turned 50 this week. It’s been portrayed as a technology dinosaur, out of place in an era where computing is about being small, fast and mobile. But in half a century, the mainframe has remained one of IBM’s IBM -0.25% most successful flagship products.

In fact, a decade ago when the mainframe celebrated its 40th year, Big Blue even embraced the ‘dinosaur’ label, unveiling the latest version with a catchy, defiant code name: ‘T-Rex.’ But that was when IBM was viewed as the tech giant on a comeback trail, bouncing back from setbacks in its competition with newer, more nimble rivals, as it recast itself as an IT services and software powerhouse...

Google Reveals Details Of Wearable Tech Smartwatches, Indicates They Will Rely On Cloud Computing

Grazed from TheNewsReports. Author: Editorial Staff.

Despite the lacklustre response to wearable tech by consumers so far most of the companies in the smartphone and tablet industry are pressing ahead with releasing devices that are worn as well as used in 2014. In the last week Google have revealed further hints at to what these devices will be like after releasing the app developer software for an Android powered smartwatch.

Google’s smartwatch app development focuses on their own device for the market, the Motorola smartwatch that has been called the ‘Moto 360’. The specs all indicate that it will be an always-online device, with most of the computing and programmes running it doing so via cloud computing. This is inline with the direction other companies, in particular Microsoft, are taking – cloud storage and cloud computing are considered essential in the face of the low storage space available on mobile and wearable devices. The device being offered by LG, the G watch, will take a similar approach...

Microsoft sees profits boom thanks to Surface and cloud computing

Grazed from Author: Michael Passingham.

Cloud computing, Office 365 and the seasonal demand for the Surface tablet contributed to a strong financial quarter for Microsoft, with the firm posting profits of $6.56bn. The company posted a 14 percent revenue increase, taking $24.5bn between October and December.

The firm's second-generation tablet device performed strongly, netting Microsoft $893m in revenue, more than double the $400m it had generated for the firm in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, revenue for the Pro versions of Microsoft's Windows sold direct to PC makers (OEM) increased by 12 percent while non-Pro software saw a three percent decline. Microsoft said the figures were offset by continued "softness" in the global PC market...

The new X6 arch from IBM to support cloud and analytics

Grazed from IBM. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM has launched new architecture for its x86-based servers to improve availability in cloud computing and data analytics. The architecture named sixth generation enterprise X6 Architecture integrates eXFlash memory-channel storage, a DIMM-based storage providing up to 12.8 terabytes of ultrafast flash storage close to the processor to reduce write latency which helps in improving processing performance in analytics software applications.

IBM says for memory-hungry applications, X6 delivers three times the scalable memory of current competitors' and IBM x86-based systems to support cloud and analytics. The X6 architecture eliminates the need for external SAN/NAS storage units. X6 architecture supports multiple generations of CPUs. Server models supported by this new architecture currently include the System x3850 X6 four-socket system, System x3950 X6 eight-socket system, and the IBM Flex System x880 scalable compute nodes.