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There’s Never Been A Better Time To ‘Cut The Cord’

As expected, this holiday season is already awash with some great (and not so great) deals on televisions. While getting that 65” 4K TV is always tempting, there’s another potential gift to consider: cutting the proverbial cable or satellite cord could save you or someone else literally hundreds of dollars over the course of the …

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What Will It Take For Qualcomm And Microsoft’s Always Connected PC To Be Most Successful?

Qualcomm’s Cristiano Amon releases details on Qualcomm’s Always Connected PC I am attending Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit this week in Maui (rough I know), which is the company’s once a year event to show off to press, analysts and the world what’s on deck for the mobile world and those markets and devices using mobile technologies …

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IBM Announces Power9 Server Chip And Systems With Support From Google And U.S. Department Of Energy

Today, IBM announced its much anticipated POWER9 chip, its first POWER9-based server, and support from Google and Department of Energy CORAL. IBM, in this first wave of rolling thunder announcements, is focusing this launch AI and machine learning, a space where POWER9 excels.  The POWER9 architecture can do a lot more well like databases, but …

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AMD Announces First Public Cloud Deployment Of EPYC With Microsoft Azure

Today Advanced Micro Devices and Microsoft dropped the big news that Microsoft Azure is deploying AMD’s EPYC processors in its L-Series of Virtual Machines for storage optimized workloads—marking the first public cloud instances powered by AMD’s impressive new server processor. The Azure announcement is coming right of the heals of HPE’s ProLiant DL385 announcement two weeks …

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HPE Launches The ProLiant DL385 EPYC-Based Server, But Is It Any Good?

Two weeks ago, Hewlett Packard Enterprise became the first large server OEM to launch a two-socket server designed around the Advanced Micro Devices EPYC datacenter SoC, with the release of the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 server. This makes sense, especially given the collaborative relationship between HPE and Advanced Micro Devices— in recent years, and stretching …

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Ericsson Vs Huawei: Who’s Winning The 5G Race?

There are many players in the wireless infrastructure space, all battling it out for their stake in future 5G networks. However, two of particularly significant scale and market presence are Ericssonand Huawei . Will one conquer overall? Today I wanted to dive a little deeper into that question. Does financial endurance to invest in 5G …

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Amazon AWS And Xilinx: A Progress Report

Amazon.com has built a formidable position in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2), and it is hoping to extend that position to applications that benefit from acceleration using GPUs and FPGAs. FPGAs are relatively difficult to program, and the cloud leader is laying the foundation to simplify …

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Xbox One X Review: Blow Me Away Power But Not Yet A Must-Have Upgrade

Microsoft Xbox One X For nearly 20 years, my family has practiced a Thanksgiving Day ritual of playing the latest incarnation of Electronic Arts’ popular Madden Football series. I’ve always been impressed with new versions of Madden Football—due to the visual complexity of the actual game of football, Madden always pushes console hardware to its limits. …

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Dell Technologies One Year In: How Are They Performing And How Did They Do It?

If you look at the largest tech mergers and acquisitions, there have been mixed results, some positive, most negative. When I say that, I’m talking about AOL-Time Warner, JDS Uniphase-SDL, HP-Compaq, Verisign-Network Solutions, JDS-E-Tek, HP-EDS, Oracle-PeopleSoft, Symantec-Veritas, and Compaq-DEC. Given past megamerger failures, many were understandably skeptical when Dell started talking about buying EMC back …

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Microsoft And SAP Announce Expanded Partnership, And During Amazon AWS Reinvent

Microsoft and SAP have been working together in the cloud arena for the past several years. Naturally, any time two tech powerhouses of this magnitude come together for collaboration, industry ears perk up (including mine). For years, the two companies have been working together to get SAP’s business software and services up and running on …

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A Tech Analyst’s Thoughts On NetApp’s 2Q FY2018 Results

NetApp is living one of the great stories in technology right now. In a storage market dominated by Dell Technologies (with its EMC unit) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise , NetApp has just beat consensus on earnings by $0.20/share. NetApp delivered a $1.42B quarter, driving 6% growth year-over-year. More impressively is that its product revenue grew …

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HPE And Rackspace Launch Pay-As-You-Go OpenStack Private Cloud

Rackspace and HPE If it’s not evident right now, enterprises are in a multi-cloud world, and all future enterprise, if they aren’t there already, will span private cloud and multiple public clouds. Some apps will be on-prem with Microsoft Azure, VMware, RedHat OpenStack/ OpenShift, or IBM Private Cloud and other apps will be in Microsoft …

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4 Lessons Learned From The ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Controversy

Electronic Arts (EA) is releasing a blockbuster video game today—Star Wars Battlefront II. Several years in the making, Battlefront IIis an action shooter set in the beloved Star Wars universe. Star Wars Battlefront II (photo source: EA/DICE) The game is built on the Frostbite engine. After spending a couple of decades in the gaming industry, …

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Lenovo Wins 88 Of The Latest Server Performance Benchmarks, An Impressive Feat

Lenovo and ThinkSystem SR650 facing-left front 16HDDs Some in technology say there are “lies, damned lies, then there are benchmarks”. I hear this typically from those who either don’t understand benchmarks or haven’t been working with them for decades. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of “benchmarketing” that goes on, but I’d hate …

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Farewell To SOAPware: The Search For A New EHR

Screenshot of SOAPware termination notice. My electronic health record (EHR) vendor recently decided to quit the marketplace. Despite the major impact to many medical practices, SOAPware (SOAPware Inc.), delivered the news that they would shut down at the end of this coming February, with a short message embedded in a screen. I had stuck with …

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Intel Steps Up To Showcase Leadership In Autonomous Vehicles And The Internet Of Things

  Gordon Moore mural at Intel’s Customer Experience and Integration Center, Chandler, Arizona. Over the past few weeks, I have been with Intel Corporation learning about its Internet of Things (IoT) product roadmaps from security, healthcare, retail, energy, smart cities, and, perhaps most interestingly, how Intel is leveraging IoT to extend the customer experience. This …

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Intel’s New 4G And 5G Modems Add New Fuel To 5G Fire

Intel’s latest LTE modem, the Intel® XMM 7660 supports speeds up to 1.6 gigabits per second. Intel is no stranger when it comes to upcoming 5G network transformation, devices and modems that will run on them and the data centers that crunch all the data. In fact, Intel is one only company that can tout …

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Could Quantum Networking Be The Next Big (IT) Thing?

Quantum networking In the past, I’ve written about intent-based networking and its capability to ensure a higher level of security through artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analysis, automation and orchestration. You can find the article here, if interested. I recently had the opportunity to visit the AT&T Foundry innovation lab located in the heart of Silicon …

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What’s Hot At SC17: The Synthesis Of Machine Learning & HPC

High Performance Computing (HPC) has historically depended on numerical analysis to solve physics equations, simulating the behavior of systems from the subatomic to galactic scale. Recently, however, scientists have begun experimenting with a completely different approach. It turns out that Machine Learning (ML) models can be far more efficient and even more accurate than the …

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