Dell EMC has built out its VxRail HCI lineup to now include 6 different series. The newest one, the D-series, adds a ruggedized build that’s perfect for installing in edge deployments. It makes VxRail an incredibly versatile product portfolio for your computing needs.
The supercomputer crown has been taken by an Arm-based design for the first time. Not only is this a noticeable win for the architecture, but it also starts to usher us into the age of exascale computing.
Major chip architectural vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown have not made security the first thing people think of when it comes to Intel CPUs. The company is trying to change that with their new Tiger Lake CPUs, which feature support for Control-flow Enforcement Technology, designed to shutdown malware at the silicon level. Intel has been working on this specification since 2016. Now in the wild, it could help shift the company’s security standing.
NetApp’s transition from a storage to data management company has been in effect for several years now. Part of this strategy has seen the company being aggressive with acquisitions. Their latest is the cloud optimization startup, Spot. How does this fit into their overall vision for the company?
The dividing lines between midrange and enterprise storage solutions used to be pretty firm. Solutions made for the enterprise were built to provide the reliability and performance that large organizations depend on, while midrange was “good enough”. The shift to commodity hardware and the importance of software has changed the game.
Slack and AWS recently announced a new partnership that will see the productivity service adopt Amazon’s Chime backend, with Amazon offering Slack services to all employees. It’s a big partnership for both parties, but does it signal broader intentions to eventually absorb Slack into Amazon? The implications are huge.
There seems to be a state-sponsored push for countries to develop their own custom silicon solutions. Dr. Ian Cutress at Anandtech recently highlighted some new information about Russia’s Elbrus VLIW design. This has been used in the country for several years, but new information shows how its approaching binary translation of x86 code, and indicating it may have its roots in SPARC.
With COVID-19 travel restrictions not looking like they’re easing any time in 2020, virtual events will be the order of the day for the foreseeable future. While it’s easy to focus on what is lost by meeting virtually rather than in person, but in a recent CTO Advisor video, Keith Townsend and Greg Ferro discuss why virtual events have many benefits for both organizers and attendees.
Is anyone else ready for live tech conferences to return? I know plenty of folks who feel this way. A good buddy of ours, Drew Conry-Murray, forecasts a return of those events that many of us love. In this handy listicle, he uncovers the reasons why live events will come back and how tech vendors might experiment with some of the insights we’ve gained during the global pandemic.
Microsoft has a long history with productivity software, but on the collaboration front, there’s a perception that they’ve fallen behind, or at least are only keeping up, with rivals. At Microsoft Build 2020, they previewed Fluid, a new document type that attempts to containerize the core functions of collaboration and sharing in a way they’ve never done before.