Hardware

IBM Hardware Systems Bolstered for Cloud at Edge 2013

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM announced a series of enhancements across its systems portfolio that are designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward software-defined environments (SDE). At its IBM Edge 2013 conference in Las Vegas on June 10, IBM announced enhancements to the company's Smarter Storage line of flash, disk and tape systems, new high-performance computing (HPC) solutions and new capabilities for IBM's PureSystems line of systems, among other things.

In addition, IBM released its FlashSystem series today. Announced in April, the series of all-flash appliances has been enhanced to deliver less than one-tenth the cost per transaction while using 4 percent of the energy and 2 percent of the space compared with hybrid disk and flash systems, IBM said...

Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Ali Raza.

By 2018, Gartner predicts that 70 per cent of professionals will conduct their work on personal mobile devices, enabled by the revolutionary concept of cloud computing. Cloud computing essentially separates software from the logical functionality of local hardware. In other words, instead of needing computing power to be housed locally, major computing functions will instead be accessible from afar, usually via the Internet. The obvious benefit here is that risk of ownership of software is eliminated, as well as the need to hire in-house resources to service them.

What will this do to the market?

In the case of hardware, cloud computing is likely to open the market up by lowering barriers to entry for manufacturing. The recent emergence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace presents renewed scope and opportunity for the hardware market, as by 2016, 38 per cent of businesses expect to stop providing devices to staff, allowing them instead to select their own...

More Efficient Cloud Computing with Cloud Hardware Miniaturization

Grazed from BenchMarkReviews. Author: Editorial Staff.

With rapid growth and strong competition in the Cloud Computing sector, cloud service providers are looking for ways to increase efficiency to remain competitive. Learn more at this year's Cloud Computing Expo in New York, where Innodisk, a DRAM and Flash Storage manufacturer, will be sharing their thoughts on cloud storage solutions in a special session. With more efficient hardware, cloud service providers can increase profit margins, cut costs, and boost scalability and performance of their systems.

This year's Cloud Computing Expo is at the Javits Center in New York City from June 10-13, 2013. Please join Innodisk Senior Engineer, Edwin Lam, for a special session, "Maximizing the Small Things: Efficiencies for Cloud Hardware", on June 11th, 8:15am-9:00am, in Room 1A10. This session will focus on SATADOM, a very small form factor boot device for the cloud, and how it contributes to performance and scalability of cloud servers, as well as the requirements for tomorrow's cloud hardware...

Fusion-io Pioneers I/O Flash Technology for Increased Cloud Computing Performance

Grazed from TWST.com. Author: Editorial Staff.

Fusion-io (FIO) pioneered the flash storage architecture for increased input/output, staying ahead of the pack and tying all the growth drivers of data storage by speeding up performance in a cloud computing environment where Big Data continues growing unabatedly, says Andrew Nowinski, Assistant Vice President and Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co.

“The larger data sets also create the need for better performance. That is where nonvolatile memory technologies such as SSDs, PCIe, NAND flash cards, and all-flash storage arrays come into play. Fusion-io is the pioneer of the space, but nearly every storage vendor, both public and private, is developing products for this market,” Nowinski said...

How cloud computing, tablets will reshape the desktop

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Dan Sullivan.

IT departments are embracing both cloud computing and mobile devices for their multiple benefits. At first, these two technologies may seem to be fairly independent; mobile technology focuses on driving efficiencies in data centers, while the cloud brings new levels of flexibility and usability to end users. Both technologies are valuable on their own, but enterprise potential is amplified when mobile and cloud are used together.

Some functionalities that tablets lack can be found in cloud computing resources. For starters, most mobile device applications are designed for non-desktop platforms, like Android and iOS, and they tend to have a narrower range of functionality than desktop applications. Though tablets offer more mobility than even ultra-light laptops, they lack the substantial storage and are not designed to compete head to head with workstations or laptops when it comes to compute-intensive operations. There are a number of ways to meld tablets and cloud computing to deliver desktop-like functionality, and offer alternatives to traditional desktop experiences...

Cloud Computing: Ellison touts Oracle's hardware business

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Despite the hype around its high-end engineered “Exa” systems, Oracle hardware revenue continued to swoon in the second quarter when it was off 23 percent year over year. But, CEO Larry Ellison said that the company has just about turned the corner.

Oracle must be really worried about its hardware business. In its second quarter earnings release, the company trotted out a canned quote from CEO Larry Ellison to defend hardware’s honor. Said Ellison: Sun has proven to be “one of the most strategic and profitable acquisitions we have ever made.” Oracle bought Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion three years ago...

New AMD Opteron processors aim for Cloud computing

Grazed from Product Reviews. Author: Chris Cook.

The processor market is a pretty tough one with the big two trying to outdo each other with a range of new models. Just recently we saw the release of nine new AMD Opteron processors, but what makes these so special is that they are aimed at Cloud computing. So what makes these processors so special that they are better for Cloud computing?

Firstly we’d like to inform you that the new AMD Opteron processors consist of the 3300 and 4300 Series, which are entry-level and mid-range CPUs, and where they differ from the previous generation is not only are they more energy efficient but also offers an increased performance as well. AMD say that these characteristics make them perfect for not only web hosts but Cloud providers also...

Semiconductor GPU IP Faces Cloud Division

Grazed from ChipDesignMag. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing offers many challenges including the division of graphic-processing IP and rendering tasks between the mobile device and cloud-based servers.

Cloud computing has created new challenges for system designers in terms of the division of functionality between the mobile device and the cloud. This division will directly affect the design of system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors and graphic processing units (GPUs). Autodesk Media & Entertainment Tech Innovators asked the experts at Imagination Technologies and AMD to address the question of graphic processing and rendering partitioned between mobile devices and cloud-based servers. The answer, as is so often the case, depends on the use.

By and large, we think that the cost, silicon area, and power budget of our GPUs makes them efficient enough to be in the device rather than the cloud. This is especially true of the mobile space and most consumer devices...

Asian tech companies are eating HP, Dell and IBM's cloud lunch

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jack Clark.

Cloud computing is rearranging the datacentre infrastructure market: large server makers are seeing their dominance wane as competition grows from low-cost Asian manufacturers that sell directly to the clouds of Google, Amazon and others. HP, Dell and IBM are all struggling to ship servers due to competition from low-cost and specialist vendors, figures from Gartner shows.

The latest report by the analyst company on the worldwide server market was released on Wednesday. It paints a grim picture of the global datacentre market, with the market's overall revenues during the third quarter decreasing 2.8 percent year-on-year and overall shipments growing a measly 3.6 percent...

Intel Hybrid Cloud: Go Big or Go Home

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panetierri.

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is at a crossroads. CEO Paul Otellini is preparing to retire; the tablet and smartphone markets remain difficult to crack; and new platforms like ultrabooks running Windows 8 or Windows 7 have yet to ignite major PC upgrade cycles. But there could be a silver lining in all this. It's call Intel Hybrid Cloud. The big question: Will Intel put serius marketing muscle behind this potential channel partner opportunity, especially as partners seek alternatives to Microsoft's discontinued Windows Small Business Server (SBS).

Intel Hybrid Cloud essentially is an on-premises small business server that can link to a range of managed and cloud services. Special offers include a BDR (backup and disaster recovery) appliance running StorageCraft, and Level Platforms software that allows MSPs (managed services providers) to remotely manage and troubleshoot customer systems...