Friday, March 24th, 2017

 December 2016 – At the AMD Tech Summit, CEO Lisa Su introduced a major shift in the data center and computing marketplace. SVP and Chief Architect of the Radeon Tech Group Raja Koduri presented AMD response to these developments in the marketplace. The market has seen the initial trend of the standalone PC moving to [...]

April 7, 2015, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Dennis Martin from Demartek described the evolving storage networks. As data volumes grow, the underlying servers and storage have to grow to accommodate the larger data flows. In general, servers are improving to address the needs for higher bandwidth and more virtualization. The larger number of [...]

November 2014 – At the Open Server Summit in Santa Clara Pericom was showing major portions of their full server design solution. As the number of cores, high speed interfaces, memory sockets, and board sizes get larger it is becoming more difficult to get the signals across to where they are needed. While semiconductor technology [...]

September 17, 2014, Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Yogexh Vedpathak from Cleversafe talked about the need for new approaches to moving data as the large datasets like video dominate traffic. As usual, the tradeoffs are between performance and costs. Popular data like images and videos are dominating Web traffic and usually are only active for [...]

September 9, 2014, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—The underlying tools and infrastructure software allow users to get high-performance storage to match to their compute and data needs. The Lustre file system allows for both enterprise and cloud configurations to support the storage requirements needed in the datacenter. The cloud version is optimized for AWS (EC2) [...]

April 30, 2014, Ethernet Technology Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Frank Straka from Panduit described the changes in specifications and technologies to permit the use of copper in the datacenter at speeds above 1G. The extended capabilities for the wires permits applications to 10G and 40G. Copper base-T products provide the lowest cost technologies and at speeds [...]

April 24, 2014, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Marty Stogsdill from Discover described the steps that the financial services company has taken to backup their databases over high-speed networks. He explained the changes and efforts to improve overall system performance. Discover is a multiple business unit company providing financial services to a wide range [...]

September 16, 2013, Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Mahadev Gaonkar from iGate detailed the requirements for scalable storage. The big data and software-defined everything drivers call for agility and flexibility. Scale-out NAS approaches start with no metadata. The approach uses consistent hashing (e.g.. MD5 algorithm) for distribution and look-up of files in the cluster. By [...]

September 10, 2013, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Diane Bryant from Intel talked about Intel’s support for the datacenter and connected systems. The transformation in the IT areas is changing the category from a support for the business to a major part of the business. The IT space has morphed from corporate center in the ’90′s, [...]

August 13, 2013, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Jason Taylor from Facebook described the structural and architectural implications of flash in the datacenter. Although bulk store is still in HDDs, newer use modes are making flash viable in longer term storage. Facebook has five main regional server centers and serves 84 percent of its members [...]