Showing posts from May, 2017

Thunderbolt Goes Royalty-Free as Intel Repositions It to Boost Adoption

For the past few years, Thunderbolt has been more of a curiosity than a standard-bearer for device connectivity. While the standard was meant to usher in a new era of high-speed peripherals and device interconnects, this was limited to a few high-end products and mostly marketed towards Mac users. Several years ago, Intel combined Thunderbolt support with the USB-C standard, creating the potential for systems that were compatible with the latest and greatest USB standard with reversible plug support, while simultaneously supporting the increased bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbit/s). Now, Intel is going one step further : It’s making the Thunderbolt 3 standard royalty-free in a bid to attract attention for the standard and improve uptake from manufacturers. There are two other key components to this development. First, Intel is going to bake Thunderbolt 3 support into its future CPUs, likely as part of the on-die I/O capabilities. Here, the technology could be key to extending capabi…

New Chrome browser offers sysadmins new tools for mass deployment

Google is working with various businesses in giving them a reason to stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer by offering system admins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own new and improved Chrome browser. That Chrome is a safer product than IE is no secret in the internet community. The new Chrome enterprise bundle offers an MSI installer and various ADMX templates that allows system administrators to apply various policies determined in Microsoft's Group Policy Object Editor. The concept is to offer sysadmins the necessary tools to create various cuts of Chrome that meet their employers' policies, then send the appropriate versions to its users. It's a rather simple idea. Google has even baked a “Legacy Browser Support Extension” that can run Microsoft's Silverlight and ActiveX technology, for those who can't free themselves from those ancient plug-ins but do want to reduce their reliance on IE. Google has also announced that it now offers paid …

IBM and SAP work together on artificial intelligence technology

Last week, IBM and SAP delivered news that the two IT firms are placing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences (AI) at cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process. However, the announcement glossed over the fact that Big Blue already has a cloud procurement solution and is putting it aside. Well, sort of anyway. IBM's solution is called Emptoris (from a company of the same name) and was reported to have come with a $600 million price tag when IBM acquired it six years ago. To be sure, IBM acquired Emptoris to advance the Smarter Commerce play it ran a few years ago, in pursuit of what it described as a $20 billion market opportunity in software. Big Blue may not have been able to cash in on that opportunity however, since we learned yesterday that Emptoris is being discontinued and that users will be encouraged to move to SAP's Ariba system. A spokesperson said: “IBM continues to evolve its solutions portfolio based on the…

What's the ultimate limit of speed with optical fibre?

Here's a good question that some people may be wondering: what's the ultimate limit of speed today when optical fibre is concerned? As with many other topics in the IT industry, the answer depends on who you ask the question. Fiber optics is a technology that was developed in the early 1990s, and looks like it will soon be improving submarine fibre speeds around the globe. This comes from Dr Laurent Schmalen, department head at Nokia/Bell Labs's fibre division. Schmalen spoke about “constellation shaping” and the future of fibre research in the rapidly-changing communications industry. He asserted that two questions are on Bell Labs' mind at the moment-- 1) what's the ultimate limit of fibre, and 2) what are the near-term speeds can we achieve over the long run? In the short term however, Dr Schmalen asserted that the 'constellation shaping' technology it recently tested in conjunction with various social sites looks somewhat promising. Dr Schmalen said th…

Intel says Xeon SPs to run SAP workloads 1.59 times faster than Xeon E7

This morning Intel asserted that its new soon-to-be-released Xeon SPs (scalable processors) will run in-memory SAP HANA workloads about 1.59 times faster than a Xeon E7 v4 system. The chip giant has already demonstrated Optane DIMMs to a room full of industry observers last week. Intel added that its new Xeon SP family of CPUs will be available in the middle of this year. Those processors are of the Skylake variety. To be sure, there are 4 Xeon SP brand variants but in reverse order of performance-- Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. They offer a new core, an improved cache, on-die interconnects, memory controller and optimized features, plus a new storage and networking feature. The company says they are suited for the demands of big-data, and in-memory workloads in the enterprise segment. At the Sapphire NOW event, Intel asserted that SAP had certified HANA to support up to 6 times greater system memory (for OLAP Processing) on the new Intel platform for 4- or 8-socket configuratio…

IBM and Nutanix to announce new partnership today

IBM and Nutanix are expected to announce today a new alliance that will see Nutanix design hyperconverged systems out of IBM Power servers, its first non-Intel-powered servers. The news didn't surprise much since some industry observers had hinted to that effect last month. However, specific details of what will be delivered and when have not yet been revealed, but er understand that Nutanix will bring its hyperconverged stack to Big Blue's Power systems complete with its own software-defined storage solution to make private clouds out of IBM-powered servers. Nutanix may also make it possible to consider x86 and Power as a single pool of resources. Time will tell if that's the case. And this new alliance was probably struck for a few reasons. Big Blue already knows that its Power systems don't have a stellar future-- well not the one that some might expect, anyway. Utility-grade x86 and the operating systems it can run on have mostly caught up to the resilience and sc…

Fujitsu introduces new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance solution

Fujitsu has introduced new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance solution. Dubbed PRIMEFLEX for Storage Spaces Direct, it uses Microsoft virtualized infrastructure software, including Storage Spaces and comes in pre-configured systems based on Fujitsu's PRIMERGY x86 servers. The Storage Spaces Direct technology comes from MS' Windows Server 2016. Fujitsu says these systems provide highly available software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. The new system comes in either all-flash or hybrid flash/disk configurations. It starts with two servers and rapidly scales to 16, with 384 drives, supporting up to 800 virtual servers or desktops with sub-millisecond response times. There are quality of service (QoS) controls for the storage, with per-VM IOPS limits, and erasure coding for in-system data protection. Fujitsu suggests that those systems are suited to small and medium-sized businesses, and enterprise remote and branch offices. You …

BMW Motorrad Concept Link is a Futuristic Electric Motorbike with a Heads-Up Display

BMW is known to reveal some interesting concepts ahead of the annual Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este show in Italy, and this year is no exception. One of their new projects is the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, a futuristic electric motorbike that comes equipped with an adaptable seat that extends for up to two passengers, a helmet storage space beneath the seat, and a head-up display that projects the instrument cluster as well as the navigation information onto a orange windscreen

Nutanix to increase the sale of ready-to-roll appliances

Nutanix has said a few times in the recent past that it already has a couple of software deals with Lenovo and Dell, so the company has decided the time is right to boost the sale of ready-to-roll appliances sold with servers by the likes of HPE and Cisco. The company already has deals with Lenovo and Dell. The newly proposed deals with HPE and Cisco will see Nutanix sell just software, and then certify to enterprises that it will work on certain servers, giving would-be-users the chance to assemble their own equipment. The idea isn't a major turnaround for Nutanix, as the company already sold standalone software to individual customers who asked for it in the past. CEO Dheeraj Pandey also once told us that in its early days, Nutanix contemplated selling only software, but decided that customers would be happier with just one supplier and therefore built them custom made appliances. To be sure, the concept of selling a hyperconverged stack without hardware is a bit unusual. VMwar…

Steps to Disable Google Home Remote Control Notification on Android:

1. First of all, open up the Google Settings app on your Android device and then from there tap on the Google Cast option which you would find up easily. Remember to use the latest version of the app as previous version apps might not include the claiming feature. The app is the only option here for our method although there might be some other options available too. If you wish to abide by the method then just install the Google Settings app first and then follow the below procedure for its working 2. After reaching up to the above screen on your device through the steps, find up the ‘Show remote control notifications‘ option and then tap on it.The process is quite simple, if you know about the basic surfing techniques, which you possible is knowing very well, then this step would take you no longer to be performed. The option is also certainly available on the end so you would find it easily inside the Google Settings app screen 3. Through the above step, you have disabled the feat…

How to Disable Google Home Remote Control Notification on Android

For the devices connected to the same network the greatest thing which the users might be loving is to get the control for all those connected device features be related to the network, which implies that for changing up any feature on all the connected devices the user only needs to make the amendments on any of the single connected device. The Google Home Remote control Notification is also such kind of app for the Android devices that lets the users control the notifications for every single device connected to the same network and for all that Chromecast is utilized. Although the feature is brilliant to manage the notification over multiple devices but for some users, it might become irritating as the other connected users could remove up the notifications which you possibly might be willing to keep. Fortunately for the users those who are not satisfied by the working of Google Home Remote control they can easily disable this feature on their Android device. Here in this article,…

Human intelligence vs Artificial Intelligence

Recently, the battle between Google AlphaGo and Lee Sedol, a professional Go player from South Korea, has again led to a heated discussion with regard to artificial intelligence. Who is the Super Brain? The human, or the machine? Many people have such questions in mind. In my opinion, whether the winner is AlphaGo or Lee Sedol, the ultimate winner is human. This is a battle between collective human wisdom and individual genius, and the success of AlphaGo is just another success of collective human wisdom.However, the success of AlphaGo has also raised a strong response and  worries over artificial intelligence technology among lots of people, which is unexpected before the match.  Some  even claim that artificial intelligence could destroy humanity when it reaches a  certain level. Many celebrities, including the English scientist Steven Hawking and the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, have joined the campaign against the over-development of artificial intelligence. Such worries may …

The A.I. ecosystem

Interest and press around artificial intelligence (A.I.) comes and goes, but the reality is that we have had A.I. systems with us for quite some time. Because many of these systems are narrowly focused (and actually work), often times they are not thought of as being A.I. For example, when Netflix or Amazon suggests movies or books for you, they are actually doing something quite human. They look at what you have liked in the past (evidenced by what you have viewed or purchased), find people who have similar profiles, and then suggest things that they liked that you haven’t seen yet. This, combined with knowing what you last viewed and the things that are similar to it, enable them to make recommendations for you. This is not unlike what you might do when you have two friends with a lot in common and use the likes and dislikes of one of them to figure out a gift for the other. Whether these recommendations are good or bad is not the point. They are aimed at mirroring the very human a…

Designing ETL architecture for a cloud-native data warehouse on Google Cloud Platform

Architecture components The components of this architecture include (following the architecture diagram left to right): A task orchestrator built using Google App Engine Cron Service, Google Cloud Pub/Sub control topic and Google Cloud Dataflow in streaming modeCloud Dataflow for importing bounded (batch) raw data from sources such as relational Google Cloud SQL databases (MySQL or PostgreSQL, via the JDBC connector) and files in Google Cloud StorageCloud Dataflow for importing unbounded (streaming) raw data from a Google Cloud Pub/Sub data ingestion topicBigQuery for storing staging and final datasetsAdditional ETL transformations enabled via Cloud Dataflow and embedded SQL statementsAn interactive dashboard implemented via Google Sheets and connected to BigQuery All these components are examples of fully-managed services on GCP; with this architecture, there's no infrastructure for you to deploy, manage, secure or scale and you only pay for what you use. Many customers migrating…

Why artificial intelligence is succeeding: Then and now

Artificial intelligence has a checkered past. It has gone through multiple waves of huge expectations followed by incredible disappointments. We have seen the rise and fall of expert systems, neural networks, logic (hard and fuzzy) and the use of statistical models for determining reasoning.

We seem to be, once again, in an era of heightened expectations regarding A.I. We now have Siri, IBM Watson, self-driving cars and the proliferation of machine learning, data mining and predictive systems that promise an unprecedented, even frightening, level of machine intelligence.

But how is this current rise of A.I. different from what we have experienced before? What has changed to make us believe that the technology will make good on its countless promises?

I would argue that, ironically, the core technologies of A.I. have not changed drastically and today’s A.I. engines are, in most ways, similar to years’ past. The techniques of yesteryear fell short, not due to inadequate design, but because…

IoT World:Know your rights

Ahead of the IoT World conference in Santa Clara, California, today, IoT network firm Silver Spring Networks, laid down a marker and published their “Know your Rights” white paper, pointing out what IoT developers should require from network providers. Issues around the best network options for the growing world of IoT are critical right now, and everyone from wireless carriers to hardware makers wants a hand in this game. Silver Springs’ rights read a little like the Ten Commandments, but the market needs that kind of direction. In case you’re wondering, here’s the list: 1. The Right to ubiquitous coverage.
2. The Right to a solution based on open industry standards.
3. The Right to persistent safeguards from unauthorized access and detection.
4. The Right to leverage a large and diverse ecosystem of providers.
5. The Right to consistent performance for every device, everywhere.
6. The Right to power-efficient devices that communicate as often as you need them.
7. The Right to use a platfo…

Top 3 arguments for how machines and humans will coexist in the future

There are many points of view with regard to this issue, all aimed at defining our role in a world of highly intelligent machines but also aggressively denying the truth of the world to come. Below are a few popular arguments of how we’ll coexist with machines in the future.  1. Machines take our jobs, new jobs are created Some arguments are driven by the historical observation that every new piece of technology has both destroyed and created jobs. The cotton gin automated the cleaning of cotton. This meant that people no longer had to do the work because a machine enabled the massive growth of cotton production, which shifted the work to cotton picking. For nearly every piece of technology, from the steam engine to the word processor, the argument is that as some jobs were destroyed, others were created. 2. Machines only take some of our jobs A variant of the first argument is that even if new jobs are not created, people will shift their focus to those aspects of work that intellig…