14 Jun2018 My Biggest Takeaway Of Cisco Live 2018 Wasn’t The Product Announcements

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“Imagine” was the key theme for Cisco Live 2018 As a technology industry analyst, I live a strange life. I take at least 40 trips per year, attending technology vendor events and meeting with companies from around the world from San Jose to Shanghai. On those trips, I get fed data and information by executives […]

14 Jun2018 API Is The New CLI For Cisco Systems

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Source: Cisco Systems For the less technical, it might be helpful to define these acronyms. API (Application Program Interface) refers to a set of tools, definitions, and rules or protocols for building a software application. Think of it as a set of basic building blocks, Legos if you will, that make the software development process […]

13 Jun2018 AI Pioneer Wave Computing Acquires MIPS Technologies

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Wave Computing, a Silicon Valley AI startup specializing in data flow processing of Deep Neural Networks, has acquired MIPS Technologies for an undisclosed amount. Wave projects that the acquisition will be immediately cash-flow positive and accretive to its balance sheet and valuation. The deal logic is pretty sound, adding new markets such as edge AI […]

13 Jun2018 First Look: Plume Blossoms With New SuperPods And Membership Offering

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Plume’s mesh networking Wi-Fi solutions. If you’ve visited a major U.S. retailer over the past 2 years looking for a new home wireless router, you have almost certainly seen a new crop of routers claiming “mesh” networking capabilities. While that might just sound like marketing jargon, mesh networking does, in fact, deliver meaningful benefits over […]

12 Jun2018 IBM And NVIDIA Reach The Summit: The World’s Fastest Supercomputer

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IBM , NVIDIA , and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that they have completed testing the world’s fastest supercomputer, Summit, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Capable of over 200 petaflops (200 quadrillion operations per second), Summit consists of 4600 IBM dual socket Power 9 nodes, connected by […]

11 Jun2018 You Can Also Buy A Smaller Version Of Oak Ridge National Labs Most Powerful AI Supercomputer

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Summit Supercomputer – Summit storage, racks, and cooling Last week, IBM announced, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), some impressive AI performance numbers from the Summit supercomputer. ORNL is hailing Summit as the world’s “most powerful and smartest supercomputer” currently in existence, unseating the previous record-holder, a Chinese […]

11 Jun2018 Qualcomm Supercharges The Always Connected PC With New Snapdragon 850

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The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor. The always connected PC is a relatively new category from Microsoft , requiring an “always on” internet connection and supporting up to 20 hours of battery life. Right now, most of those offerings are coming from Qualcomm and its Windows on Snapdragon effort, which include systems from ASUS, HP […]

10 Jun2018 Computex 2018 Reaffirms The PC Is Growing Stronger

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Welcome to Computex Note: Patrick Moorhead and Anshel Sag jointly wrote this piece.  For many years Computex has been known as ‘the PC hardware show.’ CES was all about gadgets, MWC all about mobile phones and Computex all about PC hardware. In recent years, Computex has tried to shift its focus away from PC hardware […]

08 Jun2018 It’s Been An EPYC Couple Of Weeks For AMD

Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD ) has been busy on the server front. At Computex 2018 in Taipei, Lisa Su gave a brief, but compelling update on AMD’s server business (you can view here – go to the 20:35 mark). The “net – net” of this all is that EPYC is gaining momentum with OEM […]

06 Jun2018 Intel Gears Up For 50th Birthday With New Smart Home Announcements

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This week Computex is being held in Taipei, Taiwan. Intel took the opportunity of Asia’s biggest IT tradeshow to make several important announcements in advance of the company’s 50th birthday next month. The announcements largely reinforced the company’s commitment to legacy PCs, but also underscored many of the infrastructure elements of its new smart home […]

06 Jun2018 NVIDIA Adds Next Layer Of AI Automation Development Platforms With Isaac

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Project Isaac playing golf. This week at Computex in Tapei,  NVIDIA announced the availability of its Isaac platform. This AI-based development platform is a combination of hardware, software, and a virtual-world robot simulator designed to power autonomous machines within many industries: agriculture, construction, manufacturing robotics, and more. This announcement is evidence of NVIDIA’s commitment to […]

06 Jun2018 Pure Storage Keeps Up Momentum With New Offerings

Pure Storage has been an unlikely leader in the storage industry. It came out of seemingly nowhere, introducing the industry to the power of all-flash arrays. IT shops responded and began adopting Pure Storage’s all-flash solutions into their performance applications. The entire storage industry scrambled to respond to the threat of all-flash arrays, and over […]

06 Jun2018 Review: ASUS NovaGo Always Connected Windows 2-in-1 PC

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The new ASUS NovaGo Always Connected 2-in-1 PC The competition in the PC market is starting to heat up again. Now that the market has effectively reached its maximum size, we are starting to see more unique and new offerings from other players. One such of these offerings is the new ASUS NovaGo Always Connected […]

05 Jun2018 RESEARCH PAPER: Single Socket Servers Are Disrupting The Server Market

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Dual socket servers – servers that ship with two “sockets” to support two centralprocessing units (CPUs) − are the mainstay of nearly every datacenter and server room. But walk through any server room or datacenter and slide three servers on their rails, pull off the cover and you will probably find at least one of […]

05 Jun2018 Apple WWDC 2018 Recap: Siri Gets A Badly Needed Shot Of Adrenaline

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Apple Event logo. This week I’m attending Apple WWDC 2018 in San Jose. Day 1’s keynote was an entirely software-based affair, surprising some who were expecting to see more hardware-related announcements or refreshes of current products. Apple executives took to the stage at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to announce numerous (if incremental) enhancements […]

05 Jun2018 Intel Is Disrupting The Storage Tier

The traditional data tier is changing and I’ve been talking about this for a while. I’ve written about the explosion of data,  and how to craft a strategy to exploit that explosion of data.  That defines how to talk about data, but what about the storage of data? Intel announced two new product families last […]

01 Jun2018 Intel Shows Off Its AI Chips And Chops

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Intel held its inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Developers Conference in San Francisco on May 23-24th, presenting its leadership, technologies, and customers to a capacity audience of some 800 AI geeks and media. The company now has a rich portfolio of AI technologies, after acquiring Movidius and MobileEye for real-time processing, Altera for reprogrammable FPGA acceleration […]

01 Jun2018 Arm Announces Next Generation Cores For Premium Mobile Devices, Including Personal Computers

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Arm Holdings At an event in San Francisco today, Arm announced its latest generation of premium CPU, GPU and video cores for mobile applications. As Arm is an IP company that licenses out its designs to SoC vendors, it will not be building or selling any chips with these cores for any purposes other than […]

31 May2018 Oculus Go Ushers In The Next Phase Of Consumer VR

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The Oculus Go standalone VR headset. People have been heralding VR as the future of computing for a while now, and the industry has spent a lot of time and money trying to realize that vision. However, the early iterations of VR fell short of people’s expectations in one way or another—either the VR headset […]

30 May2018 HP ENVY x2 Review: Great For Insane Battery Life Use Cases

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HP Envy x2 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 I had the opportunity to use HP’s first Always Connected PC, the HP ENVY x2 for nearly six months. This PC is part of Microsoft’s Always Connected PC initiative which is designed to bring constant connectivity to Windows PCs. To use Microsoft’s words, “Always Connected PCs are instantly […]