Acer embraces cloud as it transitions away from declining PC business

Grazed from BusinessCloudNews. Author: Jonathan Brandon.

Taiwanese PC maker Acer announced Thursday that the company plans to transition to a “hardware plus software plus services company,” and develop more cloud services to complement its notebooks and desktops. The move comes after weeks of mulling a new strategic direction following several quarters of losses for the struggling PC maker, and will see the company embark on a path taken by its biggest competitors.

Acer said that it will look to combine its strengths in the PC market with new competencies in cloud computing technology, and work quickly towards developing an integrated set of hardware and software offerings in what the company is calling a “build your own cloud” or BYOC approach...

Cloud Computing: Penguin Computing Releases Arctica 3200xl Open Switches based on Broadcom Trident II Chipset

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance and enterprise computing solutions, today announced future availability of the new Arctica 3200xl open network switch based on the Broadcom StrataXGS® Trident II chipset. Introduction of Arctica 3200xl adds 32-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet capability to the Arctica family. Arctica 3200xl also enables up to 96 servers and storage systems to be connected over 10 Gigabit Ethernet to a single Top-of-Rack switch while supporting 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks for aggregation. With existing Arctica 4804i, 4804x and new 3200xl models Penguin has a full suite of open switches for High Performance Computing and Internet Data Center applications.

40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GigE) ports available in Arctica 3200xl alleviate I/O bottlenecks in congested storage servers. Used as Inter-Switch Links (ISLs), 40GigE connections aggregate traffic from multiple 10/40GigE Top-of-Rack switches. Arctica 3200xl also offers new high port count 10 Gigabit Ethernet options to support ultra high density rack form factors, such as Penguin OpenHPC™. Multiple Arctica 3200xl and 4804x units can be used to span large non-blocking fabric topologies (Clos networks) to support High Performance Computing clusters. For data center and virtualization workloads, Arctica 3200xl provides wire speed VXLAN functionality to address the management and security concerns in large multi-tenant cloud deployments...

Cloud, sluggish PC market chipping away at Intel’s value, analysts say

Grazed from BusinessCloud News. Author: Jonathan Brandon.

Despite the investments Intel has made in emerging datacentre technologies a research analyst with Macquarie Capital has lowered share price estimates ahead of its Q3 earnings report Tuesday, citing pressures in the PC market brought about in part by cloud computing.

A report penned by Deepon Nag, a research analyst with the financial advisory Macquarie Capital says that cloud computing will likely apply downward pressure to the global PC market, hindering Intel’s ability to grow in market segments that are traditionally strongholds for the chip manufacturer. The firm lowered its estimates from $25 to $22 per share and downgraded Intel from “Outperform” to “Neutral.”...

Cloud Computing: Fusion-io Integrates ION Data Accelerator Shared Flash Solution with Oracle Management & Virtualization Wares

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that the Fusion ION Data Accelerator all-flash shared storage solution now features integrated support for Oracle Enterprise Manager cloud computing management software and Oracle VM Server virtualization software. ION Data Accelerator software delivers powerful shared storage performance using industry standard server platforms and Fusion ioMemory to provide real-world acceleration for enterprise applications from leaders like Oracle, expediting business-critical information across cloud computing, virtualization, data warehousing, online transactions and business intelligence.

"At Oracle OpenWorld 2013, the focus is on simplifying IT to enable business transformation," said Jeff Treuhaft, Fusion-io Executive Vice President of Products. "As an easily integrated solution for sharing powerful all-flash performance across enterprise applications like those from Oracle, Fusion ION Data Accelerator is an ideal way for enterprises to improve business responsiveness with application performance that gets noticed. The integration of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle VM support now makes it even more transparent for IT teams to manage the performance provided by ION Data Accelerator throughout an enterprise's infrastructure."...

IBM's New Mainframe Takes On The Cloud

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Tony Kontzer.

IBM unleashed its latest mainframe for the masses, the zBC12, last month. The new mainframe builds on IBM's strategy of providing the technologies companies need to build their own clouds. A sleek beast that IBM says offers a faster 4.2 GHz processor and double the available memory of its two-year-old predecessor, the z114, the zBC12 starts at the same price as the z114: $75,000. For some perspective, IBM's z990, aka the "T-Rex," started at $1 million when it came out in 2003.

Despite that price difference, mainframes figure to be an IBM staple for the foreseeable future. "There's really too much at stake for IBM to let the mainframe die," said John Abbott, distinguished analyst at 451 Research, in an email interview. "It's still at the core of IBM's most profitable business, and still runs the most challenging enterprise workloads at the world's largest companies."...

IBM Hardware Furloughs: Blame Cloud Computing

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM will furlough U.S. hardware employees to cut costs in late August and early September 2013. Employees will take a week off with one-third pay, Bloomberg reported. Ouch. The key takeaway: Cloud computing is squeezing IBM's hardware business, and the value of IBM's x86 server business could be falling -- even more -- each quarter.

First, the official news. Bloomberg reported:

"U.S. hardware employees, including those involved in development and procurement, will take a furlough week with one-third pay starting either Aug. 24 or 31, said Jay Cadmus, a spokesman for the Systems and Technology Group. Executives in the division will take no pay during the week...

Cloud computing swallowing up branch office hardware

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Jon Gold.

The popularization of cloud computing and ubiquitous access to high-speed Internet connectivity mean that the days of the specialized branch office IT appliance are numbered, according to industry sources. Instead of providing apps and services directly to branch offices using dedicated hardware at both ends of the connection, virtualized networks can emulate that functionality across the public Internet.

Before he became F5 Networks’ director of enterprise marketing architectures, Alan Murphy worked for a small startup in Seattle. The company’s branch office, in Austin, Texas, was directly connected across the 2,000+ miles between the two cities by a dedicated link. “100% of that traffic from Austin came back to Seattle before it ever went on the Internet,” he says...

Cloud Computing: Ace Computers Unveils High Performance Computing Solution for Big Data

Grazed from HPCWire.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Big data is pretty much useless without high performance computing power. And until now, there wasn’t a good solution for small-to-mid-sized organizations with a lot of data to analyze and relatively little hard drive capacity. This is where an expert custom computer builder comes in.  Ace Computers is the first company to both identify and meet the need for better on-premise computing power capable of supporting video-rendering, animation, large-scale engineering, and other graphic intensive applications for both traditional HPC systems and virtualized/Cloud-based applications.

Ace Computers CEO, John Samborski, explained, “We have been active in the HPC space for nearly two decades. Earlier this year, we identified a gap in the market for systems that use internal or direct-attach storage to handle big data computing. We wanted to escape the limitations of the traditional solution, which is to keep adding isolated hard drives.”...

IBM Hardware Systems Bolstered for Cloud at Edge 2013

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM announced a series of enhancements across its systems portfolio that are designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward software-defined environments (SDE). At its IBM Edge 2013 conference in Las Vegas on June 10, IBM announced enhancements to the company's Smarter Storage line of flash, disk and tape systems, new high-performance computing (HPC) solutions and new capabilities for IBM's PureSystems line of systems, among other things.

In addition, IBM released its FlashSystem series today. Announced in April, the series of all-flash appliances has been enhanced to deliver less than one-tenth the cost per transaction while using 4 percent of the energy and 2 percent of the space compared with hybrid disk and flash systems, IBM said...

Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Ali Raza.

By 2018, Gartner predicts that 70 per cent of professionals will conduct their work on personal mobile devices, enabled by the revolutionary concept of cloud computing. Cloud computing essentially separates software from the logical functionality of local hardware. In other words, instead of needing computing power to be housed locally, major computing functions will instead be accessible from afar, usually via the Internet. The obvious benefit here is that risk of ownership of software is eliminated, as well as the need to hire in-house resources to service them.

What will this do to the market?

In the case of hardware, cloud computing is likely to open the market up by lowering barriers to entry for manufacturing. The recent emergence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace presents renewed scope and opportunity for the hardware market, as by 2016, 38 per cent of businesses expect to stop providing devices to staff, allowing them instead to select their own...