Marc Ferranti

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Marc Ferranti is the editor in chief of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

Nvidia aims to unify AI, HPC computing in HGX-2 server platform

Nvidia aims to unify AI, HPC computing in HGX-2 server platform

Nvidia is refining its pitch for data-center performance and efficiency with a new server platform, the HGX-2, that harnesses the power of 16 Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs to satisfy requirements for both AI and high-performance...

HPE's new Nimble flash arrays offer storage guarantee, NVMe and SCM support

HPE's new Nimble flash arrays offer storage guarantee, NVMe and SCM support

HPE is rolling out the next generation of its Nimble Storage platform, overhauled to better meet the ever-increasing performance demands on data center workloads including real-time web analytics, business intelligence, and...

Juniper multicloud management software targets enterprise data centers

Juniper multicloud management software targets enterprise data centers

Facing the reality that many if not most enterprise data center managers now work in a hyrbrid cloud environment, Juniper has started to offer Contrail Enterprise Multicloud, a software package designed to monitor and manage workloads...

 Intel FPGAs step toward mainstream in Dell, Fujitsu enterprise servers

Intel FPGAs step toward mainstream in Dell, Fujitsu enterprise servers

With Dell and Fujitsu putting Intel Arria 10 GX programmable acceleration cards into off-the-shelf servers for the data center, enterprises should find it easier to tap the benefits of FPGAs.

Windows Server 2019 embraces hybrid cloud, hyperconverged data centers, Linux

Windows Server 2019 embraces hybrid cloud, hyperconverged data centers, Linux

Microsoft is set to make Windows Server 2019 generally available in the second half of the year, opening up access to its preview build through its Insiders program now and targeting data centers with new features to handle hybrid...

FPGA maker Xilinx aims range of software-programmable chips at data centers

FPGA maker Xilinx aims range of software-programmable chips at data centers

Xilinx, which for decades has vied with rival Altera (now part of Intel) for technical leadership in FPGAs, is unveiling what it calls a new product category – the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) – that, it says, goes...

How SD-WAN saves $1.2M  over 5 years for a radiology firm

How SD-WAN saves $1.2M over 5 years for a radiology firm

Zwanger Pesiri, a U.S. medical-imaging giant, expects to give users better cloud-app experience and eliminate reliance on MPLS.

IBM to ship its Power9 system this month, claiming AI leadership in the data center

IBM to ship its Power9 system this month, claiming AI leadership in the data center

With the release this month of the first commercial server based on its Power9 processor, IBM hits another milestone in its quest to be the AI-workload leader for data centers and web service providers.

HPE offers a SaaS-based tool for hybrid cloud management

HPE offers a SaaS-based tool for hybrid cloud management

HPE introduces OneSphere, a multi-cloud management platform that will promote 'useful' shadow IT on premises and in conjunction with AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

HPE pushes for the autonomous data center with InfoSight AI recommendation engine

HPE pushes for the autonomous data center with InfoSight AI recommendation engine

HPE is adding an AI-based recommendation engine to the InfoSight predictive analytics platform for flash storage, taking another step toward what it calls the autonomous data center. The ultimate goal is to simplify and automate...

Qualcomm ships ARM chip to challenge Intel in cloud data centers

Qualcomm ships ARM chip to challenge Intel in cloud data centers

Qualcomm's ARM-based Centriq 2400 chips could break Intel's virtual monopoly on server processors to bring down data center costs.

Qualcomm ships ARM chip to challenge Intel in cloud data centers

Qualcomm ships ARM chip to challenge Intel in cloud data centers

Qualcomm's much-anticipated ARM-based Centriq 2400 product line, which started shipping commercially this week, is a worthy contender to break Intel's virtual monopoly in the server processor arena, where data center operators are...

GE adds edge analytics, AI capabilities to its industrial IoT suite

GE adds edge analytics, AI capabilities to its industrial IoT suite

To solidify its position at the center of the industrial IoT, GE Digital is going to the edge.

Nvidia gets broad support for cutting-edge Volta GPUs in the data center

Nvidia gets broad support for cutting-edge Volta GPUs in the data center

Data center workloads for AI, graphics rendering, high-performance computing and business intelligence are getting a boost as a Who's Who of the world's biggest server makers and cloud providers snap up Nvidia's Volta-based Tesla V100...

Enterprises can put Oracle's entire public cloud in the data center

Enterprises can put Oracle's entire public cloud in the data center

Oracle's Cloud at Customer on-premises data center offering is now synced with its public cloud

Cisco's M5 UCS servers take intent-based approach to data center

Cisco's M5 UCS servers take intent-based approach to data center

Data centers powered by new Cisco Unified Computing System servers that feature the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processor platform will run at peak efficiency via intent-based management, Cisco says.

Intel tightens data-center grip with Xeon Scalable Processor platform

Intel tightens data-center grip with Xeon Scalable Processor platform

Intel's new Xeon Processor Scalable Family, based on the company's Skylake architecture, is about much more than revving up CPU performance. The new processor line is essentially a platform for computing, memory and storage designed...

Lenovo's new workstation is indeed 'Tiny' but packs  a punch

Lenovo's new workstation is indeed 'Tiny' but packs a punch

Windows users working in tight spaces who are looking for a small form factor workstation with multiple display ports and solid processing power have a new contender in the market to check out: the new ThinkStation P320 Tiny.

Lenovo ThinkSystem product barrage targets data centers

Lenovo ThinkSystem product barrage targets data centers

Lenovo is taking on Dell EMC and HPE with its biggest portfolio refresh since it acquired IBM's x86 server business three years ago, offering a lineup of servers, switches, SAN arrays and converged systems intended to show that it's a...

AMD launches its Epyc server chip to take on Intel in the data center

AMD launches its Epyc server chip to take on Intel in the data center

It's not just the folks at AMD who hope that that the company's Epyc server processor, officially launched Tuesday, will break Intel's stranglehold on the data-center chip market.

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