The popular TV show Westworld seems like a poignant examination of what it means to be human. But W. Curtis Preston cut through that surface-level metaphor to discover the true maze, with subtle lessons about proper storage and backup.
In an age in which everything from banking to finding a mate can be done virtually, it’s a wonder that people even venture out of their homes anymore. Nearly anything you want can be delivered to your door and you can even make a living while wearing a robe and slippers. With the recent spread of COVID-19, and the tech industry’s considerate response of canceling annual conferences, many have asked the question: Can virtual conferences become the new standard? Daniel Dib tackles this question in his blog and shares a few reasons why he prefers face-to-face meetups over virtual events.
The startup Ampere recently announced they are sampling an 80-core Arm CPU called Altra. Adding cores has been the order of the day for a while in the x86 world, but 80-cores per socket is something that only an Arm design can deliver right now. Combined with a 210W TDP and industry-leading I/O, this could be a killer platform for highly parallelized workloads. The question is how many organizations are equipped to adopt it, even if they wanted to?
File systems only have so much time in the day to work, just like you and me. But if they’re constantly busy with metadata queries, how can they also focus on getting applications the data they need? The InfiniteIO Application Accelerator offers your file system some timely assistance to focus on the important things.
Object storage is almost synonymous with cheap and deep. But the emergence of FlashBlade from Pure Storage in 2016 changed the game. Now a coterie of storage companies are competing in this space, offering all-flash options that can achieve speeds previously thought only the purview of block storage. Chris Mellor recently overviewed the players in this new space, and how they differentiate themselves in the market.
UltraRAM is a new NVRAM being developed by Lancaster University. It offers much lower voltage read and writes, which can increase durability compared to flash, while still capable of DRAM like speed.
VMware announced an update to its per-CPU licensing, limiting licenses to 32-cores. While not an exciting move, the rollout has been much smoother than previous attempts, like the vRAM Tax. Scott Lowe recently looked into the logic behind the move.
IBM recently announced that CEO Ginni Rometty would be stepping down in April, to be replaced by Arvind Krishna. On the surface, replacing an IBMer that’s been with the company since 1981 with an IBMer that’s been with the company since 1990 isn’t the most… inspired move. In fact, it seems like business as usual for Big Blue. But this move may signal that IBM is ready to finally turn the corporate battleship after years of declining revenue.
How secure is your smart device? Is IoT capable of being secured completely? Ray Lucchesi has some great thoughts on how to secure IoT and some of the pitfalls of using low power devices to create secure infrastructure in this post.
Greg Ferro writes his “Fifteen Networking Truths” with knowledge gained over the last 15 years or so. His list of rules examines truths (and their corollaries) for network engineers and technology professionals.