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Cloud Computing

Google, Intel Team Up in Cloud, IoT

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Google, Intel Team Up in Cloud, IoT

Google announces a "strategic alliance" with Intel-- one based around optimising Google services, such as cluster management and machine learning, via Intel hardware, as well as technology integrations and joint marketing efforts.

The two companies have a history in collaboration, since Google has been developing datacentre processors with Intel. As such, the newly announced partnership will take the relationship further, combining Google Cloud software with Intel hardware in areas including cloud cluster management, machine learning, security and the Internet of Things.

One core focus is containers, specifically Google's Kubernetes-- engineers from the two companies are working on code optimisations to boost Kubernetes workloads running on Intel hardware. The two companies will also tweak TensorFlow to leverage Intel CPU cores more efficiently and take better advantage of the memory allocation capabilities of the hardware, and plan to create a secure platform for the connection of Intel IoT devices to the Google Cloud Platform.

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NetApp Private Storage Goes As a Service

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NetApp Private Storage Goes As a Service

NetApp announces a hybrid version of NetApp Private Storage (NPS)-- NPS as a Service, an SaaS offering available on a subscription-based service through a number of partners and co-location vendors.

NPS as a Service partners include Arrow, Faction and ThinkOn, while Equinix is a co-location vendor.

First launched back in 2012, NPS allows customer to connect on-premise storage with AWS, Microsoft Azure and SoftLayer clouds. One can base storage infrastructure in a colocation facility, providing high-speed connections directly to the cloud. The SaaS version allows customers to work with service providers to manage storage as an operating expense, with connections to both on- and off-premise storage.

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Microsoft Contributes Project Olympus to OCP

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Microsoft Contributes Project Olympus to OCP

Microsoft presents a new cloud server design to Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP)-- Project Olympus, a hardware design taking an open source approach usually adopted by software.

"The current process for open hardware development is to contribute designs that are production-ready," the company says. "At that stage, the design is essentially finalised-- almost 100% complete-- and this late contribution delays the development of derivative designs, limits interactive community engagement and adoption, and slows down overall delivery."

The Project Olympus design currently stands at 50% completion, and consists of a new server chassis, new universal motherboard, battery-backed power supply, rack management card and rack power distribution unit. It has space for up ti 8 NVMe SSDs (M.2), up to 3 full-height, half-length PCIe cards, high-speed DDR4 RAM and optional heat sinks for high-wattage processors.

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Cisco Intros Cloud Storage-Optimised UCS S3260

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Cisco Intros Cloud Storage-Optimised UCS S3260

Cisco announces the addition of the S-Series to the Unified Computing System (UCS) portfolio with the UCS S3260-- a storage-focused server designed to handle big data, streaming media and software-defined storage.

Announced at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco, the UCS S3260 offers room for up to 600TB in a 4U system. The combination of UCS Manager, cache acceleration and unified I/O allow for scalability to petabyte scale, while a modular architecture promises to cut costs by reducing cabling and eliminating ongoing management.

Enterprise can populate the server with different combinations of HDDs, SSDs, networking and computing elements to best suit the applications running on it. Each chassis can be linked via Cisco fabric interconnect, allowing one the connection of up to 26 S3260 servers for total capacity of 15PB.

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VMware Adds Kubernetes to Photon Platform

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VMware Adds Kubernetes to Photon Platform

VMware announces the Photon Platform has built-in Kubernetes support at VMworld 2016 Europe, together with the addition of networking and storage services powereed by VMware NSX and Virtual SAN.

The result, the company says, turns Photon Platform into an end-to-end enterprise cloud-native infrastructure for running modern, containerised application in production, all with VMware support.

"VMware Photon Platform takes a major step forward by empowering IT teams to deliver, secure and operate the modern services that development teams require with the infrastructure automation demanded by today's leading enterprise organizations," the company adds. "Based on the industry-leading hypervisor, network virtualisation and hyper-converged storage solutions, VMware Photon Platform offers customers unprecedented business speed and agility to deliver innovative software solutions to market quicker."

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