Hardware

Nvidia Announces High-End VGX Board For Cloud Computing

Grazed from nVidia. Author: PR Announcement.

The VGX K2 will not be available until early 2013, but Nvidia released some initial specs of its first cloud computing GPU product.

ZoomThe K2 will be the flagship board to enable smartphones, tablets and PCs to access substantially more GPU performance over a cloud infrastructure and expand the processing horsepower of their own local devices. The K2 is essentially two merged Quadro K5000 workstation graphics cards. It integrates two GPUs with 2x1536 active processing cores and 2x4GB GDDR5 memory. The board is rated at a power consumption of 225 watts and receives a passive cooling solution...

Cloud Computing: Penguin Computing Grabs Calxeda's ARM for New System

Grazed from Penguin Computing. Author: PR Announcement.

Penguin Computing today announced the immediate availability of its Ultimate Data X1 (UDX1) system. The UDX1 is the first server platform offered by a North American system vendor that is built on the ARM-based EnergyCore System on Chip (SoC) from Calxeda.

The UDX1 brings new levels of efficiency and scale to Internet datacenters. With a five Watt power envelope per server the UDX1 is ideal for I/O bound workloads including “Big Data” applications, scalable analytics and cloud storage. The UDX1 offers a drastic reduction of TCO for high-density, low power computing environments. Workloads that have been processed by racks of conventional systems can now be handled by a group of servers in a single physical unit. The UDX1 features a modular architecture that can be configured with up to 48 Calxeda EnergyCore server nodes, with four cores per node. The system includes an internal 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch fabric for node-to-node connectivity and provides up to 144TB of hard drive capacity...

IBM PureSystems - A Bit Of Cloud For Mainframes?

Grazed from TechWeekEurope. Author: Peter Judge.

Six months ago, IBM launched PureSystems, new-wave mainframes which combine RISC and Intel servers and promise a new and simpler way to develop enterprise applications. But since that initial fanfare,we have heard almost nothing about the supposedly revolutionary servers.

That doesn’t mean nothing is happening, though, says IBM senior server consultant IBM Tikiri Wanduragala. He grabbed TechWeekEurope last month, to tell us that PureSystems is a response to commodity cloud computing. It might take time to mature, but it is on track. The meeting took place in the run-up to the announcement of new PureSystems tailored for Big Data analytics...

Microsoft Betting BIG on Cloud with Windows 8 and Tablets

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Dave Einstein.

The upcoming Windows 8 launch will cost a staggering amount. Microsoft, the driving force behind personal computing for 30 years, is betting its future on the cloud and tablet computing. And there are two schools of thought about the sanity of that bet.

The Windows 8 release date is October 26; the tech bellwether whose operating system runs most of the world’s PCs is tying its flag to mobile devices and cloud-based apps. In the process, it may be cutting the apron strings to the traditional PC, the device that Microsoft founder Bill Gates once said he wanted to put on every desktop...

Cloud Computing: Freescale, Tilera Unveil New Networking Processors

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

The chips are aimed at helping businesses ease the bandwidth crunch on networks caused by such trends as BYOD, mobile computing, video and cloud. Tilera and Freescale Semiconductor are both coming out with new processors targeting corporate networks that are increasingly finding themselves under pressure from the explosive growth of mobile devices, network traffic and cloud computing.

Freescale on Oct. 10 unveiled four additions to its QorIQ T1 and T2 families of 64-bit processors, including the T1040, a quad-core chip with an integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch that the company calls a “router on a chip.”...

How Will Mainframes Survive In The Cloud Era?

Grazed from LifeHacker. Author: Angus Kidman.

Cloud computing promises us flexible and reliable service delivery based on charging for what we use, but that’s a model which mainframe computing has been using for decades. How will the use of mainframes evolve in the future? The comparison between clouds and mainframes isn’t a new one. Sendmail inventor Eric Allman made the point at Linux.conf.au 2011: “Cloud computing is a return to centralised administration. You are handing the keys back to people in those glass rooms.” But not all the people in glass rooms ever left.

BMC Software’s recent global survey of mainframe users emphasises two key points: mainframes aren’t going anywhere soon, but they’re not generally being used for new tasks. Within ANZ, growing use of mainframes is largely driven by existing applications; 91 per cent of regional respondents to the survey said that this was the main reason for the growth in MIPS (millions of instructions per second, the standard measure of mainframe performance). Key priorities for change include reducing costs and improving disaster recovery. We already know that reducing costs on mainframes is a priority. Beyond that, the big switch has been that the data produced from mainframes is often used to deliver information to consumers accessing (for example) bank accounts via smart phones, rather than simply feeding into corporate systems...

Cloud Computing: IBM Boosts Enterprise Servers, Storage & Software

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge. Author: John Rath.

IBM unveiled several new technologies to help customers take advantage of cloud computing, and manage and analyze vast amounts of data. The new offerings include the most powerful enterprise Power Systems to date, a new high-end disk storage system and key software updates for IBM’s newest mainframe computer.

Power Systems

As a result of a $1.4 billion research and development investment IBM announced its enterprise Power System, with Power 770 and Power 780 Servers featuring the new POWER7+ microprocessor. The POWER7+ offers an expanded 2.5x L3 cache memory, greater security with faster file encryption for the IBM AIX operating system, and memory compression that results in no increased energy usage over previous generation POWER7 chips. The Power 795 addresses demanding applications, such as business analytics, fast by utilizing up to 16 terabytes of memory with new 64GB Dual In Line Memory Modules (DIMM)...

IBM Boosts Security, Cloud & Analytics Capabilities With New Power Systems, Storage & Mainframe Tech

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM today unveiled new technologies designed to help organizations with today's greatest challenges, including the need for improved security, the ability to take advantage of cloud computing, and the requirement to manage and analyze vast amounts of data. The new offerings include the most powerful enterprise Power Systems to date, a new high-end disk storage system and key software updates for IBM's newest mainframe computer.

The announcement is part of IBM's continued focus on Smarter Computing systems aimed at solving the varied and intensifying challenges organizations are facing, from security vulnerabilities to managing ballooning data volumes that are expanding through social and mobile technologies...

Huawei showcases latest cloud computing solutions

Grazed from China Daily. Author: Editorial Staff.

Huawei, China's leading global information and communications technology solutions provider showcased its latest Cloud Computing and Business Support System solutions Wednesday in Jakarta, in a bid to further enhance its commitment to the growing number of Indonesian customers.

"As cloud computing continues to make dramatic impacts on business and everyday life in general, Huawei is increasingly committed to developing our solutions to further enhance business and quality of life value to our end users." said Vincent Li, CEO of Huawei Indonesia...

HP delivers high-density ProLiant servers for cloud computing and consolidation

Grazed from V3.co.uk. Author: Daniel Robinson.

HP has added a pair of systems to its eighth-generation HP ProLiant server family, which cram four-socket designs into a smaller form factor, allowing for denser datacentre deployments in private cloud environments.

Available immediately, the HP ProLiant BL660c and DL560 (pictured above) are based on Intel's latest Xeon E5-4600 processor family. HP claimed the systems are ideal for virtualisation, database applications and other data-intensive workloads where optimum use of datacentre space and price/performance is paramount...