Microsoft’s Project Catapult Puts Custom Chips in the Cloud

Microsoft is testing a new server technology with Project Catapult that is likely to play an important role in future cloud computing environments—a server technology that can dramatically increase the performance of some data center workloads and breathe fresh life into Moore’s Law, all without significantly increasing server cost or power consumption. Microsoft Research’s Project Catapult pairs Intel Xeon CPUs with high-performance...

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Understanding the Oracle Data Protection Gap

For many, snapshots are the go to data protection method for protecting Oracle databases. They can provide efficient, rapid protection from database corruption with high data integrity. But snapshot data protection has its limitations. First, snapshot copies can become corrupted if there is an application corruption issue. Secondly, snapshots will be lost if the storage system fails. And then of course there are retention limitations...

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SAS Makes Analytics Available on AWS RedShift, Elastic…

SAS continued its efforts to adapt to the changing data management landscape this week with the announcement that a number of its advanced analytics and business intelligence (BI) software packages are now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The announcement is in keeping with SAS’s move to better integrate its analytics capabilities with new and emerging Big Data databases and processing engines, as well as a recognition of the...

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IBM-Lenovo Deal for System x Gains CFIUS Approval

The largest challenge may be how well Lenovo can adapt to becoming a major mover in enterprise data center solutions. Former System x executives and employees will be carrying most of the weight in that respect, but it will also require the folks in Lenovo’s home office to adapt. Given their past ventures, success seems eminent. In fact, in the decade since it acquired IBM’s PC business, Lenovo moved from a distant third position to...

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Infinio — But Is It Infinite?

Infinio is a Boston-based company that has a very interesting play on flash acceleration. Having recently sat through a briefing with its representatives, I can say that Infinio’s vision and future are bright. Why am I saying this? I have got to admit that with this company, I have been laboring under a misconception. I had thought that it was just another flash acceleration company. I mean, it handles read acceleration of...

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