02 Feb RESEARCH PAPER: Physically-Based Rendering Revolutionizes Product Development

During the creation of a physical product, digital assistance in the form of computer automated design software (CAD) enables fast and cost effective development. Such tools allow designers to comprehend correct form and function throughout product development. Concept drawings or renderings provide the earliest insight into the product and set overall expectations. Any difference between […]

10 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: Gen-Z & Emerging System Requirements

The ultimate objective of modern information technology (IT) systems is to transform data into information with actionable business insights. Businesses demand security and data protection throughout this entire process. Insights must be virtually immediate, derived from data of unpredictable volume, from hosts in many different locations, and from an increasing number of diverse sources. These requirements, especially size and the […]

10 Jan Server CPU Predictions For 2017

2017 promises to be an exciting year for servers and the competitiveness of compute offerings. This year will see this scope of impact not only include enterprise datacenters and the public cloud, but extend to the emergence of “edge computing”. Edge computing is defined as compute required to deal with data at or near the […]

29 Nov RESEARCH PAPER: Predictive Maintenance: A Paradigm Shift

One of the keys to cost-effective and efficient operations for any business with a significant number of mechanical systems is its maintenance program. Programs vary widely depending on investment profile, but all have the singular objective of maximizing uptime and making operations as cost-effective as possible. You can download the paper here. Table of Contents Executive Summary Preventative […]

21 Nov Mellanox & HDR InfiniBand

As SC16 has ended, I find myself recapping the many things I saw that are noteworthy. For those of you who are not heavily involved in High Performance Computing (HPC), SC or Super Computing is the premier event where the HPC segment of the industry “struts its stuff”. Most things were not a surprise, but […]

07 Nov ARM Mbed Cloud: A Much Needed Step For The Internet Of Things (IoT)

ARM TechCon 2016 is now one for the books. For many of the over 4,500 in attendance, the highlight was hearing from Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son on his rationale for buying ARM Holdings and how it fits into his vision of “singularity”. (Not to mention the $100B fund behind this vision.) For me, while it […]

17 Oct Five Questions IT Should Consider Before Buying Any More Enterprise Storage

Stop buying enterprise storage and read this. Modern companies now recognize their most valuable asset is the data running their business. This data (and keeping it or not) may be the most challenging IT discipline. Not only is the underlying technology changing unbelievably quickly, its growth is astronomical. Some estimate worldwide storage will reach >40ZB in […]

02 Jun Dell’s Cooling Innovation For Scale-Out Computing

At Dell’s Enterprise Innovation Days conference, Dell’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group publicly unveiled their new liquid cooling solution, ‘Triton’. Let’s dive into what this could mean for some of Dell’s scale-out datacenter customers. The ‘Triton’ design represents the culmination of more than 6 years of design and evolution; ‘Triton’ achieves a performance level for […]

30 May Cavium Steps Up The ARM Race In The Datacenter

Today Cavium announced the second generation of their ARM Holdings CPU targeted at the server market. The new chip, the ThunderX2, is expected to be available in the second half of 2017 and appears to be one of the best design specs that has been disclosed for the ARM Holdings ecosystem. There is this small […]

16 Mar The Internet Of Things And Machine Learning

IDC estimates the direct Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow to more than $1.7 trillion by 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%. The number of IoT connected devices in everything from cars to refrigerators and elsewhere will climb to more than 30 billion. Device endpoints, infrastructure support, connectivity and companion […]

17 Nov RESEARCH BRIEF: Rambus Smart Data Acceleration

As an industry, if real progress is to be made towards the level of computing that the future mandates, then the way computing problems are attacked must change. The von Neumann execution model has and will continue to serve us well, but additional techniques must be brought to bear. The next logical focus area is data—how it is […]

28 Sep Biometric Security…Maybe Not

A lot of people are very excited about the idea of biometric information—physical information about a person such as your fingerprint, voice, retina, or image—as a better form of security or at least as a nice substitute for passwords. I thought I liked this idea as well. However, for the very first time (at least […]

08 Sep The Future Of The Storage Business

An acquaintance recently asked me where I thought the storage business was going. I thought this was a great question, and I am going to share my thoughts here as well. If we look at what has been occurring in the industry, the first thing we see is that crucial executives have been leaving EMC in […]