Cloud Computing: Penguin Computing Announces Full Product Line Transition to Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Grazed from BenZinga. Author: Editorial Staff.

Penguin Computing®, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced completion of the company's major technology transition to the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform for all Penguin Computing product lines. "Penguin Computing's server solution offers an unrivaled array of compute and storage form factors, in standard 19" EIA, Open Compute and Tundra™ Extreme Scale platform," said William Wu, Director of Product Management, Penguin Computing.

"We are excited to introduce Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform based solutions into our versatile Relion® and Tundra™ product lines to tackle today's computing challenges. Organizations looking to deploy across Data Centers, Cloud Computing, hyper-scale HPC and Deep Learning will find Penguin Computing's unique and expanding solutions to meet their needs."...

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Cloud Computing: Microsoft's embrace of server bundles may rankle IT

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hidden in Microsoft's announcement of the public beta for its Azure Analysis Service was word of another big data development: the SQL Server 2016 DW Fast Track Reference Architecture. It sounds innocuous and even downright useful. Microsoft has, in its words, "collaborated with a number of our hardware partners on a joint effort to deliver validated, preconfigured solutions that reduce the complexity and drive optimization when implementing a data warehouse based on SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition."

However, this sounds a lot like the "validated, preconfigured solution[s]" Microsoft has declared its sole delivery method for Azure Stack in hybrid deployments. If Microsoft is building a hybrid cloud future where every significant part, from database to compute, requires specific hardware, that's going to turn off a lot of IT...

Cloud Computing: Future of the server - the data centre is the server

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Servers have been a key part of the data centre for so long that it is easy to see them as an immutable part of the IT landscape. They might get a faster processor, more memory or more storage with each hardware generation, but the underlying architecture has changed remarkably little since the days of the first PC servers in the 1980s.

That could soon change, as developments in the data centre related to cloud computing and software-defined infrastructure are driving a move towards more modular and less monolithic servers. Rather than being the 'atomic' building block of the data centre as they are today, tomorrow's servers may be just a collection of hardware resources that form part of a larger system that could extend across the entire data centre...

Cloud Computing: Five Serverless Computing Frameworks To Watch Out For

Grazed from Forbes. Author: JanaKiram.

The rise of mobile and IoT applications is fueling the growth of serverless computing platforms. This new paradigm is based on the microservices architecture, which is revolutionizing software development and deployment. Serverless computing frameworks, when triggered by external events, invoke autonomous code snippets. These snippets are loosely coupled with each other that are essentially designed to perform one task at a time.

Serverless frameworks are responsible for orchestrating the code snippets at runtime. Think of it as an extensible, developer-friendly, IFTTT service in the cloud. This emerging cloud computing service delivery model offers many advantages to developers and administrators. It finds a middle-ground between IaaS and PaaS by offering the right level of flexibility and control...

Cloud Computing: Who needs faster computers?

 Grazed from TheGuardian.  Author: John Naughton.

Fifty years ago, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of the chip manufacturer Intel described a regularity he had observed that would one day make him a household name. What he had noticed was that the number of transistors that could be fitted on a given area of silicon doubled roughly every two years. And since transistor density is correlated with computing power, that meant that computing power doubled every two years. Thus was born Moore’s law.

At the beginning, few outside of the computer industry appreciated the significance of this. Humanity, it turns out, is not good at understanding the power of doubling – until it’s too late. Remember the fable about the emperor and the man who invented chess. When asked to name his reward, the inventor requested that one grain or rice be placed on the first square of the board, two on the second, four on the third and so on. The Emperor readily agrees, not realising that when you get to the 64th square the pile of rice required would be bigger than Mount Everest...

Cloud Computing: Acer shifts to IoT with enterprise focus

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Michael Kan.

 Acer is still producing PCs, but the Taiwanese vendor is far more bullish about the Internet of Things (IoT), a market the company doesn't want to miss out on.  On Thursday, the Taiwanese vendor held a news conference not for a new consumer product, but to promote an upcoming miniature PC that will be sold to developers.

The PC, called the aBeing One, will arrive in the third quarter, and is aimed at developers working in the IoT area. It's designed to connect to smarthome and wearable products, and act as a hub that can analyze incoming data from the devices...

HP courts enterprise workloads with new Helion private clouds

Grazed from CIO. Author: Joab Jackson.

How much cloud computing does your enterprise application need? Hewlett-Packard has some of the guesswork out of cloud procurement by adding seven new preconfigured options to its Helion set of cloud services. The Helion VPC (virtual private cloud) offerings are tailored to meet a range of computing requirements, from lighter workloads such as software development to more demanding jobs such as running complex ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications.

The configurations are based on the data center and cloud usage that HP has found with its clients usage of the cloud, said Jeff Moyer, HP senior director of global infrastructure and hosting services. By determining the right amount of computational resources needed for specific workloads, HP has potentially reduced the amount of planning that organizations would need to do to procure the optimal amount of infrastructure services...

Cloud Computing: Dell Introduces PowerEdge 13th generation server portfolio

Grazed from Dell. Author: PR Announcement.

Dell recently unveiled its most advanced and easy-to-manage portfolio of PowerEdge servers, designed to help customers worldwide address and optimize the evolving spectrum of application and workload requirements. The new Dell PowerEdge portfolio– which begins with five form-factors across blade, rack and tower servers– provides customers with choice in how they address industry trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data, and software-defined.

These are factors that more than 80 percent of IT decision-makers report as investment priorities for the next 12 months, according to the Future Ready IT survey, recent worldwide research commissioned by Dell and Intel...

Cloud Computing: US regulator approves IBM server sale

Grazed from IBM.  Author: PR Announcement.

International Business Machines Corp said on Friday that US regulators had approved the $2.3 billion sale of its low-end server business to Lenovo Group Ltd, as the company continues its shift to more profitable software and services like cloud computing and data analytics.

IBM has already divested $16 billion in annual revenue over the past decade from low-margin businesses like personal computers and printers.  The approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States came despite CIFUS members’ concern, first reported by the Wall Street Journal earlier this year that IBM servers used in the Pentagon’s networks could be accessed remotely by Chinese spies and compromised.

Tool detects elusive cause of unexplained DDR3 memory errors in Cloud Computing Servers

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

FuturePlus Systems today announced the shipping of its latest tool to help Data Centers and Cloud Computing Server validation engineers find elusive and unexplained memory failures. DDR3 memory is pervasive and used in nearly all cloud server systems today. This identified problem occurs when the memory controller under command of the software causes an ACTIVATE command to a single row address repetitively.

If the physically adjacent rows have not been ACTIVATED or refreshed recently the charge from the over ACTIVATED row leaks into the dormant adjacent rows and causes corruption. This failure mechanism has been coined ‘Row Hammer’ as a row of memory cells are being ‘hammered’ with ACTIVATE commands. Current understanding is that the charge leakage does not damage the physical memory cell which makes repeated memory tests to try to find the failing device useless...