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IBM's new compute architecture and the OpenPower Foundation have high aspirations: dislodge Intel from data centers.
IBM launched its Power8 chip architecture for next-generation servers, which it describes as "a sliver of silicon that measures just one square inch...embedded with more than 4 billion microscopic transistors and more than 11 miles of high-speed copper wiring."
The Internet of Things (IoT) will be everywhere. According to Gartner, by 2020 the IoT will be more than a $300 billion market, with over 26 billion devices installed. In contrast, today we use 7.3 billion smartphones, tablets and PCs.
Naturally, the IoT will run up against today's other disruptive technologies, including social, mobile, analytics and the cloud. Let's take a look at how the IoT is affecting and leveraging each of these areas, as well as its impact on cybersecurity.
The latest milestone release of OpenStack, the open source cloud platform project that's become a centerpiece of both Red Hat's and Canonical's cloud-building efforts, is out. But as advanced as this release is over its predecessors, a few key integrations for OpenStack remain as future to-do items -- and there's tension between the pace of OpenStack releases and the curve of its overall adoption.
If there was any question that Microsoft wants to be everyone's data analytics shop, the company erased those doubts with its Monday presentation. In fact, Microsoft laid out plans for how the next iteration of many of its products -- SQL Server, Microsoft Azure, and its Hadoop-powered analytics components both inside and outside of Microsoft Azure -- are being designed as a single data platform.
Continuously available recovery is typically thought of as a luxury that only larger businesses can afford, since they're the ones who can fork over the cash for a separate data center. But VMware's newest offering, vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery (vCHS-DR), is intended to put off-site disaster recovery within the reach of a slew of new customers.
Even if Canonical hasn't remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS -- at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome -- there's no denying the presence of Ubuntu as a server.
With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday, Canonical is attempting to further define how it stands out from enterprise-centric distributions like Red Hat even as it shares features typically associated with Red Hat.
For companies in the cloud storage business, standing out from the pack isn't getting any easier, as many competing services are racing to the bottom with both free and paid offerings.
The German software giant is currently attempting to transition its customers from on-premise versions of its products, partly in response to competition by 'pure-play' software as a service (Saas) providers such as NetSuite, Workday and others.
The firm has already introduced a number of cloud services, including offering a subscription model for its HANA platform, as well as SaaS versions of its Business One ERP and Business Warehouse tools.
VMware will release in July a new version of its Horizon VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) software that will allow administrators to manage VDI and non-VDI deployments in a unified manner, by using multiple VMware technologies.
"We are extending VMware Horizon beyond VDI, to be able to do virtual desktops," said Sumit Dhawan, VMware vice president and general manager of desktop products and end-user computing.
Tim Dickson, the director of technology at Auberge Resorts, is leading a multi-year migration to Chromebooks and Google Apps for Business for the 800 internal users at the resort and hotel provider.
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