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Cisco's server CTO says NVMe will shift from speed to capacity tier

Interview NVMe storage is becoming denser, faster, than other forms of storage and will therefore become a capacity tier according to Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS Raghunath Nambiar. “Right now people are looking at NVMe from a performance point of view,” Nambiar told The Register in Sydney last week, “but the real game …

Microsoft: We beat Google, AWS to cloudy GPU VMs in Blighty

Microsoft has spun up families of virtual machines packed with GPUs and beefy compute muscle for Azure UK customers. The G, H and N series of VMs, which are aimed at applications from heavy realtime data analytics to AI, are now available in Redmond's UK region. Microsoft believes they will save Brit customers who need G, H or …
Andrew Silver, 3 Aug 2017

Cohesity adds archiving, analytics to Orion's belt

Secondary storage consolidation player Cohesity has fulfilled a long-term promise and added archive-accessing workload support for Big Data analytics. In April, Cohesity picked up $90 million in a third funding event and wanted to expand its data platform's applicability from data protection by adding use cases "with a special …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2017
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You need to assemble a crack AI team: Where do you even start?

AI is finding its way into every day business and government. The idea of AI is not a new, but what is different is that today's hardware and software is bringing the various concepts underpinning AI to a mass market. What’s new, too, is the driver: from bots and digital assistants to autonomous vehicles Google, Microsoft, …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jul 2017

US army spin-off GPU database bags $50m Series A funding

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, has pulled in $50m in its first major venture capital financing round. The figure - large for Series A funding - was revealed by the company today, and takes its total venture funding to $63m. Kinetica started life in 2009 as a US Army research project, with co-founders Amit …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jun 2017

Rackspace shoves Splunk in its data trunk

Managed cloud provider Rackspace has announced it is using Splunk to power its decision analytics engine - and plans to use the software provider’s machine learning tool next. The deal, revealed today, sees Rackspace leveraging Splunk’s Enterprise and Enterprise Security across all its business processes, including business …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Jun 2017
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ICO probes use of data analytics by politicos following Brexit vote

The UK's Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has opened a formal investigation into the use of big data analysis during the Brexit referendum. Denham has also written to all political parties warning them to follow data protection and processing rules as they apply to campaigning in the run-up to the General Election …
John Oates, 18 May 2017

Microsoft offers preview to eye AI IoT analytics for edgelords of new net

Microsoft's commitment to Azure has tickled it to the market's movement towards edge analytics provoked by the wave of IoT devices, and has launched a new analytics service so the twain shall never part. Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) on edge devices is a new feature enabling customers to deploy analytical intelligence closer to …
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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

According to a story doing the rounds, psychometric big data pushed Britain into Brexit and Trump on to America. The winning sides adopted a method developed at the University of Cambridge to psychometrically profile people by using publicly available data including Facebook "likes". They used these to create devastatingly …
SA Mathieson, 7 Mar 2017
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Automated, insight cannot be: Jedi master of statistics was good – but beware the daft side

So, farewell then Hans Rosling, educator and "Jedi master of data visualisation". For in a world increasingly addicted to alternative facts, you pioneered software – Gapminder – and a viewer-friendly approach with bubble charts that allowed you to communicate simple important messages about the world through the medium of the …
Jane Fae , 21 Feb 2017
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You're doing Hadoop and Spark wrong and they will probably fail

Your attempt at putting Hadoop or Spark to work probably won't work, and you'll be partly to blame for thinking they are magic. That's the gist of a talk delivered by Gartner research director Nick Heudecker at the firm's Sydney Data & Analytics Summit 2017. Heudecker opened with the grim prediction that 70 per cent of Hadoop …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2017
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Analyse this: IBM moves Watson machine learning to mainframes

IBM is adding the machine learning technology from Watson to its z/OS mainframe for smarter, faster analytics of transaction data. Big Data analytics is typically applied to unstructured data in the Hadoop world. By contrast, older data warehousing and business intelligence (DW/BI) products are applied to structured data in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017

IBM and ServiceNow lock eyes, vow long commitment

IBM and ServiceNow have signed a “multi-year, strategic partnership” to blend their respective SaaS-y bits in the service of automated everything. ServiceNow's mission in life is automating the movement of information so that the right people (or things) get told what to do when it makes sense for them to get on and do it. IBM …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2017
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Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?

IBM Watson has taken heat from Wall Street for not adding to Big Blue's revenue as the company reported a 19th successive quarter of decline. The Watson brand won worldwide attention back in 2011 when the supercomputer defeated human contestants during a special series of television quiz show Jeopardy. Now the brand lives on …
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IBM's focus on cloud and software isn't novel – it's survival

IBM believes it is closer than ever to returning to overall revenue growth for the first time in more than four years. That's looking at the whole picture, though: while cloud and software are pulling in the right direction, the corporate goliath's remaining hardware operations are still looking pretty grim. Big Blue said …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2016

Dell bundles bundle of systems-bundlers into its IoT van

The Dell EMC borg has chucked a slack handful of systems integrators into its Internet of Things Solutions Partner Program, it says. The routine business decision “is reflective of Dell’s effort to build a holistic ecosystem of IoT solutions that span industries” according to the usual burbling from Dell's PR speakers. The …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Oct 2016
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Microsoft boasts its cloudy Hadoop big data mill's faster than yours

Microsoft has overhauled its cloud-hosted Azure HDInsight Hadoop big data mill with extra security in the shape of enhanced authentication and identity management features plus a claimed 25 times performance boost in crunching big data queries. Azure HDInsight is a service that lets users deploy and manage Apache Hadoop …
Dan Robinson, 30 Sep 2016
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Elastic acquires predictive analytics firm

Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, has acquired behavioural analytics biz Prelert. The Amsterdam-based parent company, with an additional HQ in Mountain View, today announced that it has acquired Prelert and will integrate its analytics technology into the Elastic Stack. The financial terms of the deal were not …

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