Brian MacDonald

IT Industry News - Week Ending September 23, 2016

Blog Post created by Brian MacDonald Employee on Sep 26, 2016
  • TechTarget discussed how IT professionals are turning to software-only hyper-convergence as a cost-effective alternative to appliance-based HCI solutions.
  • TechCrunch reported Google Maps has acquired mapping analytics and visualization startup Urban Engines to bolster the mapping team’s underlying infrastructure. ZDNet, VentureBeat, and Fortune also covered the news.
  • ZDNet reported that SAP is providing developers with more free and offline tools to build out its HANA database and analytics platform. CIO, Computerworld and ITBusinessEdge covered the news.
  • InfoWorld reported that Lenovo plans to build converged and custom servers for on-premise and off-premise cloud installations, competing with HPE, Dell Technologies and SAP HANA.
  • TechRepublic reported findings from a new Forrester report, predicting the big data management market will grow at a 12.8% compound annual growth rate through 2021, including solutions such as NoSQL, Hadoop, big data integration, data virtualization and in-memory data fabric.
  • Wall Street Journal reported the unveiling of Salesforce Einstein, a new deep learning platform with AI capabilities that aims to become the foundation for all of Salesforce’s future SaaS offerings. Fortune, Bloomberg, ZDNet, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and CNBC also reported this news.
  • Fortune summarized Larry Ellison’s keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, where he discussed Amazon as the company’s number one cloud computing competitor. The Register and SiliconANGLE also discussed Larry Ellison’s keynote.
  • TechRepublic reported that Oracle debuted more than 20 new products and services for the Oracle Cloud Platform at Oracle OpenWorld, with a focus on intelligent apps, containers, and analytics.
  • ITBusinessEdge reported Teradici unveiled Cloud Access Software and a Cloud Access Platform to extend the company’s core PCoIP technology and enable end users to access latency-sensitive applications running on an external cloud.
  • CRN reported that Scale Computing and Information Builders unveiled the Scale Analytics business intelligence and analytics appliance at the Midsize Enterprise Summit West conference.
  • CRN reported data protection and disaster recovery vendor StorageCraft acquired Gillware Data Services’ intelligent recovery and data access solutions.
  • VentureBeat reported IBM introduced new cloud systems and services designed to simplify data movement across a hybrid cloud environment. eWeek, ZDNet and SiliconANGLE also covered the news.
  • Datanami reported that SAP debuted a scaled-down version of HANA, which gives developers access to all of HANA’s analytic capabilities for data sets 32GB or smaller. 
  • StorageReview reported Zetta has announced Zetta Disaster Recovery, a cloud-first disaster recovery solution designed for small and mid-sized enterprise customers and partners.
  • TechCrunch reported Facebook has acquired Nascent Objects, a startup focused on creating modular electronic systems. Nascent Objects will become part of Facebook’s Building 8 Lab, which is focused on rapid prototyping and helping quickly move products from concept to shipping state. Recode also reported on this news.
  • The Verge reported on the new macOS operating system Sierra, along with Optimized Storage, which automatically remove files from a computer and stores them in the cloud. ZDNet and TechCrunch also covered the news. 
  • TechTarget reported Microsoft’s new server operating system called Nano Server, a 64-bit server operating system debuting in Windows Server 2016. Nano Server was designed to streamline the problems associated with running a larger-than-necessary server OS in the data center.
  • TechTarget discussed how the rise of converged, hyper-converged and even super-converged systems have eliminated the relevance of stand-alone servers in data centers.
  • CIO reported findings from a new report by Altimeter Group, which shows CMOs are nearly twice as likely as CIOs to lead digital transformation efforts within their organizations. TechRepublic and CMSWire also covered the report.
  • Datanami reported that Oracle unveiled a new analytics cloud package spanning data services, applications and infrastructure, in hopes of enticing developers to run applications in its datacenters.
  • Bloomberg reported SAP’s HANA data analysis software will run on Bosch’s cloud-computing system for industrial customers.
  • eWEEK discussed how Microsoft is using artificial intelligence and the Azure cloud to advance cancer research. The company aims to help oncologists find the best cancer treatments for individual patients by using machine learning and natural language processing.
  • SiliconANGLE featured an interview with IBM and Catalogic discussing how the companies are looking to improve their partnership around storage and data management.
  • TechTarget provided an overview of both new and improved disaster recovery features available for Windows Server 2016.
  • CRN featured an interview with Axis Business Solutions around how the company has seen major sales growth in the solution provider industry by focusing on hyper-converged infrastructure and software defined networking.
  • Wall Street Journal discussed the joint partnership between Cisco and Salesforce to integrate their platforms focused on customer service and IoT, as both companies work to build their cloud business in an increasingly competitive field. CNBC, Computerworld, ZDNet, Silicon Valley Business Journal and SiliconANGLE also reported the news. 
  • InformationWeek reported findings from a survey by MIT Sloan Management, showing companies that share data from their IoT projects are better positioned to take advantage of the technology offerings.
  • Channel Partners mentioned that Tony Craythorne, former senior vice president of worldwide sales at NexGen Storage, has been appointed as senior vice president of worldwide sales at Nexsan.  The Register also covered the news.
  • SiliconANGLE reported Sumo Logic has joined Mircosoft’s Azure Marketplace with two new products, Sumo Logic for Azure Audit and Sumo Logic Azure Web Apps. eWeek also covered the news.
  • eWeek discussed IBM’s new cloud data center opening in Oslo, Norway, as the company continues to increase its cloud footprint and expand its global cloud presence.
  • TechTarget reported Hedvig Inc. launched an updated version of its software-defined storage product, to lay groundwork for a Universal Data Plane spanning public and private clouds.
  • Computerworld discussed Samsung’s release of its highest-capacity SSDs for consumers. The SSDs are ideal for intensive workloads such as computer-aided design, 4K rendering, data analysis, engineering simulations and gaming. The Verge also covered this news.
  • ComputerWeekly reported hyper-converged appliance maker Hypergrid plans to add hyper-converged infrastructure-as-a-service to its products in the next month.