Primeur weekly 2012-09-03

The Cloud

HP expands Converged Cloud portfolio with optimized solutions for VMware vCloud Suite ...

IBM unveils zEnterprise EC12, a highly secure system for Cloud computing and enterprise data ...

IBM to acquire Kenexa to bolster social business initiatives ...

Cisco and VMware expand their strategic partnership to deliver next generation Cloud infrastructures ...

VMware defines new operating model for the Cloud Era ...

VMware unveils industry's most comprehensive Cloud infrastructure and management solution ...

IBM Cloud to deliver new home entertainment services for Philips smart TVs ...

IBM and Vodafone advance smarter home initiative ...

Technology vendors announce new specification designed to ease management of applications across public and private Clouds ...

EuroFlash

PRACE system equips science to face the tempest ...

International Knowledge Base on Virtual Research Environments now released ...

USFlash

Cray XE6m supercomputer vital to hydrocarbon research in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon incident and hurricane Isaac ...

Taiwan's largest Grid researcher selects Extreme Networks high density switches for its high performance computing needs ...

Ian Foster begins third term as director of Computation Institute ...

Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2 now available ...

Seagate SSDs power Nor-Tech's high performance computing solutions ...

AMD hires John Gustafson as Chief Graphics Product Architect ...

Mellanox's hardware-based I/O virtualization solution over VMware ESXi 5.1 enables industry's highest performance in virtualized data centres ...

Mellanox 40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions deliver record virtualization performance over VMware ESXi 5.1 ...

Mellanox introduces new RDMA-based virtual SAN software appliance delivering 6X higher performance than Fibre Channel SAN hardware ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-09-03

The Cloud

HP is expanding its HP Converged Cloud portfolio with new solutions for VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, enabling clients to transform traditional virtualization deployments into open private and hybrid Cloud environments with less risk and complexity. Read further...
IBM has introduced the zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server, the most powerful and technologically advanced version of an IBM system that has been the linchpin of enterprise computing for 48 years. The new enterprise system features technologies that demonstrate IBM's ongoing commitment to meet the growing need to secure and manage critical information with the System z mainframe. Read further...
IBM and Kenexa Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Kenexa, a publicly held company headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in a cash transaction at a price of $46 per share, or at a net price of approximately $1.3 billion. The acquisition bolsters IBM's leadership in helping clients embrace social business capabilities while gaining actionable insights from the enormous streams of information generated from social networks every day. Read further...
Cisco and VMware plan to expand their strategic partnership to include integrated products and solutions aimed at delivering the software defined data centre. This partnership expansion will be highlighted by an investment in dedicated engineering teams collaborating on deeper integrations across the VMware Cloud infrastructure and management stacks and Cisco's Data Center Networking and Fabric Computing platforms. Read further...
VMware at VMworld 2012 introduced new Cloud Ops Intellectual Property (IP) and advisory, transformation and education services. VMware's Cloud Ops IP helps IT transition to a new operating model for Cloud computing that promises to accelerate delivery of new business value and innovation. Read further...
At VMworld 2012, VMware has unveiled a comprehensive solution of Cloud infrastructure and management products, expertise and ecosystem support to help customers drive greater efficiency and improve operational agility. At the heart of the announcement is the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 - the first solution to deliver the software-defined data centre. The vCloud suite integrates VMware's leading virtualization, Cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, simplifying the adoption of Cloud era technologies. Read further...
IBM has unveiled a new Cloud platform for consumer electronics firms and will power the Philips Smart TV platform for Internet services, which will deliver greater interactive services to millions of TV viewers in more than 30 countries in Europe, as well as Brazil and Argentina. Read further...
IBM and Vodafone have signed a collaboration to combine mobile communications and Cloud computing for the remote management of 'smart home' appliances. At the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, Vodafone and IBM have demonstrated the mobile management of a washing machine and other smart home devices that are connected by Vodafone's Global M2M Platform running on IBM's new SmartCloud Service Delivery Platform. Read further...
Major technology vendors, including CloudBees, Cloudsoft Corporation, Huawei, Oracle, Rackspace, Red Hat, and Software AG, have introduced Cloud Application Management for Platforms (CAMP), a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) management Application Programming Interface (API) specification. Read further...

EuroFlash

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has awarded 144.565.862 core hours on Cray XE6 System Hermit installed at HLRS Stuttgart - one of the three members of the German Gauss Centre for Supercomputing - to Prof. Pier Luigi Vidale and his UPSCALE project team, including scientists from NCAS-Climate, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, and from the Met Office, Exeter, in the United Kingdom. This is the largest allocation of core hours ever to be made on a single PRACE Tier-0 system. The UPSCALE project merited this record-breaking allocation because of its scientific and technical excellence: it aims to continue developing our climate modelling capability and goes for even higher global resolution, all the way to 12km, which is not even envisioned for Met Office global weather forecasting before 2015. Read further...
A knowledge base has now been launched providing information on international projects on Virtual Research Environments (VREs). Virtual Research Environments aim to help researchers from all disciplines to work collaboratively by managing the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in carrying out research on both small and large scales. The knowledge base also presents lessons learned, by showing relevant studies in this field. This website aims to support funding bodies, institutions and researchers who are interested in developing and improving VREs. The VRE Knowledge Base is managed by the JISC, the UK's expert on information and digital technologies for education and research and was developed in partnership with the Knowledge Exchange. Read further...

USFlash

The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), in collaboration with the University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS), will acquire a Cray XE6m supercomputer as part of the organisation's goal to develop and improve computational tools to accurately predict the fate of hydrocarbons released into the environment during normal and hurricane weather conditions. Read further...
Taiwan's pre-eminent education institution, Academia Sinica, has selected Extreme Networks' scalable data center switches as part of a network upgrade to support the demands of its high performance computing (HPC) and Cloud network. Read further...
Ian Foster will serve a third term as director of the Computation Institute, continuing his mission to advance the study and application of computation across the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Read further...
Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2 (R2), the latest version of Oracle's comprehensive real-time data integration solution is now available. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle GoldenGate 11g R2 provides real-time data integration to business-critical applications enabling improved business insight, query offloading to maximize OLTP performance, zero-downtime data migration, disaster recovery, and active-active database synchronization for continuous availability. Read further...
Seagate has launched its Seagate Pulsar solid state drives (SSDs) are powering sophisticated, award-winning computing systems for Nor-Tech, an expert in high performance computing (HPC). Thanks to the speed and reliability of Seagate's Pulsar SSDs, Nor-Tech has been able to produce highly mobile Portable Clusters that are enabling the use of high performance computing solutions for mobile applications and in challenging outdoor environments. Read further...
The visionary behind Gustafson's Law, John Gustafson, has joined AMD as senior fellow and chief product architect, Graphics Business Unit. In this role, John Gustafson will set the technical vision for the AMD graphics business unit, driving the technology roadmap and platform for the AMD Radeon and AMD FirePro product lines as well as new technology planning and execution of business objectives. John Gustafson will be based in Sunnyvale and will help evangelize AMD graphics leadership internally and externally. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has made available Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) drivers for its end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40GbE solutions over VMware ESXi 5.1. The new drivers, available through Mellanox, enable direct performance for virtual machines (VMs), delivering a sustainable bandwidth rate of up to 48Gb/s of bandwidth to storage per VM and less than 2us for VM-to-VM interconnect latency. Read further...
Mellanox's end-to-end 40GbE solution running over VMware ESXi 5.1 enables a new price/performance record for virtualized data centres. Benchmark results achieved a sustainable rate of more than 37Gb/s of throughput using servers equipped with Mellanox's ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs connected by SwitchX 40GbE switches and the company's high performance QSFP cables. Read further...
Mellanox has made available its VSAVirtual SAN (vSAN) software appliance that leverages server hardware with local storage and SSDs to form large-scale, virtual storage networks (vSAN). The Mellanox VSA vSAN software appliance has built-in caching and clustering, and utilizes RDMA, InfiniBand and Ethernet hardware acceleration to deliver six-fold faster performance than using Fibre Channel (FC) SAN storage systems. VSA vSAN software appliance reduces the costs of FC SAN adapters, switches, and physical storage systems, while creating unprecedented application performance over virtualized infrastructures. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-09-03

The Cloud

HP expands Converged Cloud portfolio with optimized solutions for VMware vCloud Suite ...

IBM unveils zEnterprise EC12, a highly secure system for Cloud computing and enterprise data ...

IBM to acquire Kenexa to bolster social business initiatives ...

Cisco and VMware expand their strategic partnership to deliver next generation Cloud infrastructures ...

VMware defines new operating model for the Cloud Era ...

VMware unveils industry's most comprehensive Cloud infrastructure and management solution ...

IBM Cloud to deliver new home entertainment services for Philips smart TVs ...

IBM and Vodafone advance smarter home initiative ...

Technology vendors announce new specification designed to ease management of applications across public and private Clouds ...

EuroFlash

PRACE system equips science to face the tempest ...

International Knowledge Base on Virtual Research Environments now released ...

USFlash

Cray XE6m supercomputer vital to hydrocarbon research in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon incident and hurricane Isaac ...

Taiwan's largest Grid researcher selects Extreme Networks high density switches for its high performance computing needs ...

Ian Foster begins third term as director of Computation Institute ...

Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2 now available ...

Seagate SSDs power Nor-Tech's high performance computing solutions ...

AMD hires John Gustafson as Chief Graphics Product Architect ...

Mellanox's hardware-based I/O virtualization solution over VMware ESXi 5.1 enables industry's highest performance in virtualized data centres ...

Mellanox 40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions deliver record virtualization performance over VMware ESXi 5.1 ...

Mellanox introduces new RDMA-based virtual SAN software appliance delivering 6X higher performance than Fibre Channel SAN hardware ...