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HPE Buys Hyperconverger SimpliVity

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HPE Buys Hyperconverger SimpliVity

HPE sets sights on the hyperconverged infrastructure market as it pays $650 million in cash for SimpliVity, a startup described as the 2nd placed in the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance market.

“This transaction expands HPE’s software-defined capability and fits squarely within our strategy to make Hybrid IT simple for customers,” CEO Meg Whitman says.  “More and more customers are looking for solutions that bring them secure, highly resilient, on-premises infrastructure at cloud economics.  That’s exactly where we’re focused.”

The acquisition puts HPE in hyperconverged pole position, as it brings along SimpliVity OmniStack Software and OmniCube infrastructure appliance. SimpliVity software supports VMware, Hyper-V and KVM hypervisors, and runs on servers from the likes of Dell EMC, Lenovo and Huawei. As such, HPE plans to bring OmniStack to ProLiant DL380 servers within 60 days of the transaction's closing, before it starts offering a range of integrated HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged systems by H2 2017.

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

Intel reveals a PC small enough to fit in a wallet at CES 2017-- the Compute Card, a device measuring 95 x 55 x 5mm the company claims brings computing power "to virtually any product, anywhere."

The compact Compute Card frame fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. Chipzilla does not reveal the actual specifications as yet, but it promises a modular design customers will be able to configure with a range of processors, including 7th gen Intel Core CPUs with vPro.

Connecting a Compute Card to a device demands a new standard connector-- one described as "USB-C plus extension." The connector handles USB, PCIe, HDMI, DP and additional signals running between the card and devices, and Intel says it can be used by a wide variety of things, such as interactive fridges, smart kiosks, security cameras, smart TVs and IoT gateways.

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HP Unveils Sprout Pro G2

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HP Unveils Sprout Pro G2

HP presents the 2nd generation of Sprout all-in-one PC at CES 2017-- the Sprout Pro G2, featuring a ultrawide 20-point capacitive "Touch Mat" display aimed at more than just the creative segment.

If one needs a refresher, the Sprout is a "blended reality" PC designed mainly for creative professionals. It looks like a regular AiO PC, if one with projector protruding from the main display. The projector has multiple uses, since it not only projects the aforementioned Touch Mat surface, it also acts as a scanner for both 2D and 3D objects.

The upgraded Sprout Pro G2 has a larger 23.8-inch display (up from 23-inch in the original), while the Touch Mat measures 21.3-inch. It comes in a fancy black paintjob and is powered by a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-7700T CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M mobile GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and either 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD.

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Intel Demos Cannon Lake, VR at CES

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Intel Demos Cannon Lake, VR at CES

Intel's CES keynote is all about virtual reality-- so much so the company handed attendees VR headsets to experience a series of pre-recorded and live experiences narrated by CEO Brian Krzanich.

The VR experiences featured 360-degree 4K video of scenes such as the inspection of a solar power plant in the Moapa River Indian Reservation, with footage sent live from a drone equipped with Orah 4i cameras and low-power, high-latency processing technology. Another demo had the first showing of a VOKE VR immersive live sports streaming.

The Intel all-in-one VR technology seen at the show, dubbed Project Alloy, includes collaboration with HypeVR, a computer vision company working on live action VR capture and playback with 6 degrees of freedom. Intel adds OEMs should start producing Project Alloy-based VR headsets by Q4 2017.

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HPE Demonstrates Memory-Driven Computing

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HPE Demonstrates Memory-Driven Computing

HPE makes a major step in the long-running The Machine program with a first demonstration of a proof-of-concept prototype running the concept behind the project, memory-driven computing.

The Machine brings together a number of advanced technologies. As well as memory-driven computing it also includes photonics and a new fabric able to handle vast amounts of data. The aforementioned prototype involves compute nodes sharing a pool of fast and permanent Fabric-Attached Memory, operational photonics-based data links and a custom Linux-based OS running on a customised SoC.

According to the company, simulations of the prototype has it improve execution speeds of a variety of workloads by a magnitude of 8000 times, and it hopes to achieve similar results on the actual hardware once it equips the prototype with more nodes and memory. After all, the ultimate aim of The Machine is to bring about nothing less than exascale computing.

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