Cumulus Gives Its HPE Relationship Another Try
- Cumulus Networks, an open data center network company, this week announced a new partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which will now sell and support Cumulus’s software for some of its storage networking switches.
- Leslie said Cumulus’s HPE partnership is important because there is a finite number of big systems vendors.
- In that first partnership, HPE made Cumulus’s software available for its Altoline family of network switches, but Leslie said it never gained traction.
- Leslie said the HPE-Cumulus partnership will benefit customers of both companies.
- While some organizations have already deployed Cumulus data center networking software on HPE switches, the new partnership will allow Cumulus to attract new HPE storage switch customers and vice versa, he said.
- Cumulus is making sure its software works seamlessly with HPE’s M-Series switches and is training HPE’s sales and support teams, Leslie said.
Why VMware Bought the Network Monitoring Startup Nyansa
- VMware’s recent acquisition of AI-powered network analytics startup Nyansa strengthens its network monitoring and management capabilities, but the startup’s technology also beefs up VMware’s broader, strategic efforts to help customers automate IT operations, analysts say.
- The Palo Alto, California-based startup is behind Voyance, a cloud-based network analytics system that provides network visibility and, using machine learning, detects problems and anomalies and recommends potential fixes to improve network and application performance.
- Analysts said acquiring Nyansa was a smart move by VMware, making it more attractive in the fast-growing SD-WAN market while also positioning it to better compete in the emerging AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) market, where analytics and machine learning automate IT operations.
- Network visibility combined with machine learning-driven proactive anomaly detection not only improves network and application performance but also strengthens security, Butler said.
Study: Data Centers Responsible for 1 Percent of All Electricity Consumed Worldwide
- Meanwhile, the amount of energy consumed by the world’s data centers grew only by six percent during that period, thanks to improvements in energy efficiency.
- Such a slow rate of growth in energy consumption in relation to growth in overall computing power reflects the ongoing shift of computing power from old, inefficient data centers operated by traditional enterprises, such as banks, insurance companies, or retailers, to newer facilities built by providers of cloud computing services, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
- The latest data center energy use findings come as European Union officials entertain imposing energy efficiency regulations on the block’s data center operators.
- A previous Koomey-led study of data center energy use in the US, which was paid for and published by the US Department of Energy in 2016, found that collectively, all data centers in America consumed 2 percent of all electricity consumed nationwide.
Microsoft Joins Apple, HP in Scrapping Outlooks on Virus
- In a statement Wednesday, the company said it doesn’t expect to meet earlier guidance for fiscal third-quarter revenue in the Windows personal-computer software and Surface device business because the supply chain is returning to normal at a slower pace than expected.
- For the first time, more cases were reported in countries other than China in the past 24 hours, the World Health Organization said late Wednesday, a significant development as new cases spread around the globe, with South Korea, Italy and Iran particularly hard hit.
- Microsoft will have to account for supply issues with its Surface devices and lost software sales from Windows on PCs made by other manufacturers who may be facing the same production and parts challenges in China.
- The spread of the virus outside of China also raises the chances of impact of work shutdowns, quarantines, store closures, and conference and meeting cancellations in other countries where technology and other global firms have a significant presence.
State of DevOps Report Finds Maturity Varies Widely by Industry
- Alanna Brown, senior director of community and developer relations at Puppet, told ITPro Today that the State of DevOps: Industry Report Card slices Puppet's 2019 survey data by industry and grades each industry based on their DevOps practices and security integration.
- The scorecard gave the technology industry an "A" for DevOps adoption and an "A-" for security integration as part of the DevOps development pipeline.
- Brown noted that it was expected that companies in the technology industry would be leading the pack in terms of security integration because DevOps tends to be part of the DNA of those organizations.
- In contrast, the financial services and insurance industry scored only a "B" for DevOps and a "C-" for security integration.
- One of the surprises for Brown in the report was that government didn't score well for DevOps adoption, only getting a "C" grade.
Mirantis Co-Founder Boris Renski Launches Enterprise LTE Network Startup
- According to Boris Renski, one of the co-founders of Mirantis, the company that got further than others in selling enterprises OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure for on-prem deployments (and that more recently -- and inevitably -- added a Kubernetes dimmension to its business), one of the next big things to hit the enterprise technology market will be private LTE network deployments, thanks to the newly opened up Citizens Broadband Radio Service band of the wireless spectrum in the US.
- At this point it's not clear what FreedomFi's offerings will look like, and Renski admits that the company is "at least six months away" from even having a handle on both the technological and business-related issues that will need to be faced for "delivering this kind of end-to-end private LTE network." However, he recently told TechCrunch that the company has five pilot projects in the pipeline, including one with a producer of large events and another with a real estate business.
Oracle Adds Data Centers in Five New Countries to Its Cloud Platform
- This brings the number of Oracle cloud data center availability regions to 21, with a total of 36 to be available by the end of the year, which is when the company has said it will have more global data center hubs than Amazon Web Services.
- Oracle has been in a mad rush recently to expand its cloud infrastructure, where it has traditionally lagged so far behind the big three cloud providers -- AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform -- that in 2018 Gartner analysts said Oracle, the world's second-largest software supplier by revenue, was a “niche player” in the cloud market.
- To meet these needs, he said, plans are in place to provide a minimum of two "regions" in almost every country where the Oracle cloud platform operates.
IT in 2020: A Look at the Year Ahead
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Dropbox’s Reverse Migration, From Cloud to Own Data Centers, Five Years On
- Earlier that year, Dropbox — a cloud data storage service founded on AWS — launched its effort to move the other direction.
- The software team analyzes the active capacity forecasts first and devises a template for servers its data centers in various metropolitan areas will require.
- Like customers placing orders at a drive-thru window, these configurations are then delivered to hardware teams in sequenced, and the hardware is produced to the software team’s specifications.
- Since the software team has already produced the configuration plan, new servers are self-configuring, requiring no configuration work from hardware engineers.
- Taking a cue from how microservices orchestrators schedule distributed software components — cutting them off when they don’t respond — Dropbox has discovered it can be more flexible about its capacity goals when it sticks to a plan that is on schedule at all times rather than partially or entirely delayed.
Intel Engineer: Much Left to Solve Before Cloud and Edge Can Become One
- Addepalli painted a verbal image of a real-world, distributed data center architecture where servers at the edge do not behave like parts of a broader cloud.
- Suppose for instance that you have an edge rack with three to five servers, and you need to deploy both network functions (critical for telcos and communications service providers) as well as applications.
- If any manner of edge server deployment is to be integrated with the rest of an enterprise’s Kubernetes-based infrastructure, it will need to incorporate a service mesh.
- “But in the edge and IoT kinds of environments, you have long HTTP, long gRPC-based applications.” One of the reasons the Envoy sidecar was created was to take advantage of the information gRPC provides, to route network traffic directly to named or tagged Kubernetes services.