F5 ACI ServiceCenter App Pushes the Envelope in DC Networking Automation
- This trend is very much pronounced with intent-based networking technologies, such as ACI, that provide customers a cloud-like experience with their on-prem infrastructure.
- Today, I am pleased to share with you my thoughts on this newly designed F5 ACI ServiceCenter App, a multi-function and operations focused solution, covering its key L2-L7 operational use-cases.
- Centered around ease-of-use and customer experience, this App is quick to install and intuitive in its design flow for the end user.
- This forms the basis for the design innovation of the F5-ACI App addressing flexibility without compromising features, domain expertise, or ease of use.
- In addition, I would like to encourage our readers to enjoy a couple of our latest thought leadership videos featuring exec leadership members from Cisco Data Center Business Group with F5 Networks.
Oracle Sales Return to Growth, Topping Analysts' Estimates
- reported quarterly sales that topped Wall Street estimates on strong demand for applications, marking the world’s second-largest software maker’s return to growth amid a crucial transition to cloud-based computing.
- Revenue increased 1.1% to $11.1 billion in the period ended May 31 from a year earlier, the Redwood City, California-based company said Wednesday in a statement.
- Chief Executive Officers Safra Catz and Mark Hurd have sought to maintain Oracle’s large customer base as the company competes with a dizzying number of rivals in the cloud-computing space.
- The period marked Oracle’s first year-over-year gain in total revenue since the fiscal first quarter.
- Cloud license and on-premise license sales increased 12% to $2.52 billion, suggesting that Oracle is doing a better job of signing on new customers.
- Revenue from cloud services and license support was unchanged at $6.8 billion in the quarter, Oracle said.
What HPE’s Acquisition of Cray Means for the Supercomputer Industry
- HPE’s planned purchase of Cray for $1.3 billion, announced on May 17, is a good, strategic move because it gives the company access to Cray’s innovative, high-end high performance computing technology and expands its access to customers in government and meteorological organizations, as well as the academic, manufacturing, and oil and gas markets, Gartner analyst Chirag Dekate told Data Center Knowledge.
- The company was also trying to make further inroads into the enterprise market, and HPE has experience and enterprise customers at a time when many businesses are recognizing the need to invest in HPC for AI, data analytics, and other business operations, such as marketing and ERP.
- IDC Research Director Peter Rutten told Data Center Knowledge that the acquisition is a positive move for HPE, whose customers will benefit because the HPC market (which IDC calls Massively Parallel Computing) is poised to take off, particularly as enterprises increasingly adopt HPC.
Software Analysts See `Soft Patch' in Results, Not Collapse
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- According to data from Wedbush, 20 software companies have reported results over the past few weeks, and of those, only six saw a positive reaction in their stock prices.
- DocuSign Inc. and Pure Storage Inc. were among names that saw notable drops in the wake of their results, along with cloud-computing plays like Cloudera Inc., Nutanix Inc., Box Inc., and Pivotal Software Inc. Other companies like DocuSign topped expectations on some metrics but disappointed on others, such as billings growth.
- Citi said there was a tone of a “broader downtick in software demand,” which was prompting stronger names to get “lumped in with others.” Both Deutsche and Citi decided that the negative reaction in DocuSign had been excessive.
Tech Giants Join Linux Foundation's Connected-Cities Efforts
- Data center operators might be well advised to pay attention to a new project announced by the Linux Foundation in May. Called the Urban Computing Foundation, its mandate is to accelerate the development of open source software designed for so-called "connected cities." According to the Linux Foundation, this includes software for mobility, safety, road infrastructure, traffic congestion, and energy consumption.
- The project’s initial contributors include developers from well-known tech companies (Facebook, Google, IBM, and Uber), from a couple of startups (transportation-centered Interline Technologies and blockchain-based StreetCred Labs), as well as from MIT’s Senseable City Labs and the University of California San Diego.
- The Linux Foundation said a technical advisory board, "which includes a variety of technical and IP stakeholders in the urban computing space," has been created, and it is developing and open governance model for the project.
- Because of use cases like this one and many others, Cisco believes that it is critical for IT to be part of the data science team.
- In this demo, we will show a single integrated data pipeline where training is taking place on-premise with inferencing taking place in the cloud.
- IT teams are able to focus on the providing consistent tools for both on-premise and cloud deployments with best practice for security and compliance.
- At Cisco Live in San Diego, we will be demonstrating an Ansible script that automates the deployment of an OpenShift cluster on UCS with master, infrastructure, and storage nodes capable of running NVIDIA NGC containers such as TensorFlow.
- With this type of script, IT can quickly bring up a flexible cluster of servers customize to fit the needs of the data scientists.
HPE CEO Pledges to Sell ‘Everything as a Service’ by 2022
- The hybrid cloud will combine HPE’s ProLiant servers and Nimble storage with Anthos, Google’s recently unveiled software platform for running applications in Kubernetes-managed containers on customers’ own hardware running in their own data centers, and in Google’s public cloud.
- To take more friction out of the GreenLake customer experience, companies unable or unwilling to allocate their own data center space for their HPE-as-a-Service solution can turn to one of its two new colocation partners: CyrusOne and Equinix.
- The storage box, announced together with HPE’s chief sales officer Philip Davis, is called Primera, and it combines hardware by Nimble Storage, a company HPE bought in 2017, with InfoSight, HPE’s machine learning and analytics-heavy infrastructure management software.
VMware’s Gelsinger Ranked Best CEO in America
- Luke McGrath (Bloomberg) -- Patrick Gelsinger, the chief executive officer of Silicon Valley software maker VMware Inc., was ranked the best CEO in America, according to an annual survey by employment website Glassdoor.
- Gelsinger, 58, has spent seven years as CEO of the Palo Alto, California-based company, which specializes in virtualization software.
- unveiled a partnership with VMware, aiming to bring more of the latter’s customers to its own Azure cloud computing service, emulating a 2016 pact with Amazon.com Inc. Last year, Dell, which owns more than 80% of VMware, was considering a full takeover of the software maker.
- Coming in third in the Glassdoor survey was In-N-Out Burger’s Lynsi Snyder, her second year in the top 10, and the top-ranked woman CEO.
- Zuckerberg and Cook are the only two CEOs to make the list all seven years Glassdoor has administered the survey.
Celebrating 10 Years of Cisco UCS at Cisco Live
- Next week at Cisco Live, we will be celebrating a decade of Unified Computing innovation as we showcase all the ways our customers have “Made it Happen” with Cisco UCS and Cisco HyperFlex.
- We will commemorate how Cisco UCS came to be, how it has evolved to support your needs and where we can go forward together with computing for Data Center Anywhere.
- Visit us in the Data Center Lounge, just outside of the World of Solutions, where there will be a video wall featuring our customer stories.
- Visit the Data Center Booth in the World of Solutions to experience live demos, touch and feel the latest products, receive some cool giveaways, and discover Cisco’s innovation in our interactive Cisco Showcase.
- Lastly, follow us on social to see the latest on UCS 10 and all things Cisco Data Center – @CiscoDC.
Hackers That Took Down Saudi Oil Site Probing US Power Grid
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- Will Wade (Bloomberg) -- A group of hackers that shut down a Saudi Arabian oil and natural gas facility in 2017 is now targeting electric utilities, according to the cybersecurity company Dragos Inc. The group, Xenotime, has been probing utilities in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions since late 2018, Hanover, Maryland-based Dragos said in a blog post Friday.
- They’ve focused mostly on electronic control systems that manage the operations at industrial sites, Dragos said.
- Xenotime gained notice after a 2017 malware attack on a Saudi Arabian petrochemical facility, Dragos said.
- The attackers targeted safety systems to cause “loss of life or physical damage,” according to the blog post.