AMD Epyc sounds pretty epic, with epoch-defining memory, I/O, and even cores of a dual-socket server in a single socket. And that’s something to get excited about, especially considering that the Zen cores inside these chips are almost at IPC parity with Intel’s latest, and can handle dual threads like Intel, too.
I’ve made no bones about my skepticism about Windows 10 S. It seems to fall into the uncanny valley between a locked down mobile OS versus the full power and vulnerability of regular old Windows. But Microsoft thinks the benefits to performance and security outweigh the loss of its enormous legacy software ecosystem.
AMD finally released it’s initial batch of server CPU’s, under the regretful name EPYC. As promised in their announcement, the chips truly offer some interesting capabilities. No matter which EPYC 7000-series chip you buy, you get some impressive features standard: 8-channel DDR4 memory support (up to 2TB supported), 64MB of L3 cache, and 128 lanes of sweet PCIe 3.0.
In response to a reader question on his look at Liqid’s composable infrastructure, Russ White frames an interesting question: is it easier to extend PCIe to support switching, and longer runs, or is it easier to design an entire protocol to (effectively) run PCIe over Ethernet? Liqid developed their solution based on former, but other composable infrastructure projects prefer an Ethernet based approach. It’s an interesting look into the benefits and drawbacks of both.
If I had to guess what the next buzzword was going to be in enterprise IT, “intent driven” seems to be the new hotness. For one, it sounds a lot more humanistic than saying automation. But it also represents a larger shift of companies moving away from the idea of how something has to be done, and toward looking for ways to implement how they want a given IT goal to proceed.
But as much as “intent driven” products seems to be catching on, we often see companies struggling to identify what is the actual intent behind their solutions.
An old dog is learning some new tricks. QNX has been around since the 80s, and the OS is getting a big update from BlackBerry. The venerable OS now supports containers.
The public cloud certainly has profoundly changed enterprise IT. It provides limitless scale, impressive utilization, and changed capital investments. However, it often fails to provide enterprise level performance on a consistent level, and can lack the fine tune controls organizations have come to expect. Datera is building a cloud data management foundation for on-site clouds. Their goal is to make this autonomous and transparent layer to the organization to offer the agility of the public cloud, but with enterprise class performance and control.
Want on-demand pricing, but need your infrastructure to stay on-site? HyperGrid now offers just such a solution.
Caching and tiering have been abused by marketing in enterprise IT, often used interchangeably, or simply when not applicable. Luckily, we’ve got a table, it’s round, and surrounded by storage experts. They’ll explain the technical differences between caching and tiering, how to identify which is being used, and what are the performance implications of each.