Primeur weekly 2013-03-11

The Cloud

Engineers develop techniques to boost efficiency of Cloud computing infrastructure ...

Aurasma accelerates momentum and passes 16,000 customer milestone ...

IBM to make its Cloud services and software open sourced-based ...

Fullerton India adopts IBM Cloud to ensure uninterrupted business operations ...

NetApp enables Revlon to simplify IT operations with transition to an agile data infrastructure ...

NetApp clustered Data ONTAP enables non-stop operations for VMware vCloud Suite and VMware Horizon Suite ...

Oracle enables accelerated time-to-value with Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics Cloud Service ...

NJIT computer scientists feted for ways to store data with untrusted Cloud providers ...

IBM launches Cloud-based Analytics and mobile initiatives for global ecosystem to capture new markets ...

EuroFlash

European Commission to launch Public Consultation on Research Data e-Infrastructures: Framework for Action ...

Cebit Innovation Award for wireless networking of display screens ...

State-of-the-art e-infrastructure, accelerating innovation in industry and research at HPC Midlands Launch Event ...

Supermicro's revolutionary FatTwin and broadest line of energy efficient server solutions on exhibit at CeBIT ...

SecondFloor releases eFrame 3.2, extends risk data management and risk reporting control for financial services firms ...

USFlash

2013 Asia Students Supercomputer Challenge to take off ...

HP outpaces the competition with increased momentum for its Converged Infrastructure solutions ...

Teradyne selects HP to speed development of new products ...

Jordan introduces first supercomputer ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

DownUnder GeoSolutions selects SGI to advance exploration and production for the oil and gas industry ...

SGI launches new RAID storage platform for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Supermicro launches Big Data solutions with Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software ...

Oracle introduces the Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 ...

UCSB physicists make discovery in the quantum realm ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-03-11

The Cloud

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, and Google have developed a novel approach that allows the massive infrastructure powering Cloud computing as much as 15 to 20 percent more efficiently. This novel model has already been applied at Google. Researchers presented their findings at the IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture conference February 23 to 27 in China. Read further...
HP Autonomy has performed rapid adoption of its groundbreaking augmented reality (AR) platform, Aurasma 2.0, as well as continued innovation with new features that take advantage of the Cloud and social media. Customers such as GQ, Marvel, Subaru of America Inc., The Austin Chronicle and USPS are planning to use Aurasma 2.0 in their upcoming marketing campaigns. Read further...
All of IBM's Cloud services and software will be based on an open Cloud architecture. This move will ensure that innovation in Cloud computing is not hampered by locking businesses into proprietary islands of insecure and difficult-to-manage offerings. Without industry-wide open standards for Cloud computing, businesses will not be able to fully take advantage of the opportunities associated with interconnected data, such as mobile computing and business analytics. Read further...
Fullerton India Credit Company Limited, one of India's major non-banking finance companies with more than 350 branches across India, has selected IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery, a Cloud-based disaster recovery service, to ensure business continuity and operational resiliency for its clients' critical financial transactions. Despite strong competition, IBM was chosen with an extensive Cloud-based disaster recovery solution. Read further...
NetApp has explained its role in Revlon's IT transformation. The global beauty expert turned to NetApp to help inject simplicity, agility, and cost efficiencies throughout all levels of its business. Through the NetApp storage foundation, which is at the heart of the company's IT operations, Revlon is able to ultimately make smarter IT decisions that help fuel company growth. Read further...
NetApp has launched new solutions and technology integrations that bring together the benefits of NetApp clustered Data ONTAP, the storage industry's number one operating system, with VMware vCloud Suite and VMware Horizon Suite. Together, NetApp and VMware offer integrated Cloud infrastructure and mobile computing solutions that enable nonstop IT operations, increased data protection and easier infrastructure deployment. Read further...
Oracle Health Sciences has introduced Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics Cloud Service, a Cloud-based version of Oracle's data management, warehousing and analytics platform with pre-built analytical applications and support for third-party applications designed especially for health care providers. Read further...
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) researchers received a top honour for their ideas on better ways to ensure the integrity and long-term reliability of data stored at potentially untrusted cloud storage providers. "Towards Self-Repairing Replication-Based Storage Systems Using Untrusted Clouds", was written by Bo Chen, a doctoral candidate, and his advisor, NJIT Assistant Professor Reza Curtmola, both in NJIT's College of Computing Sciences (CCS). Read further...
IBM is launching a set of global initiatives to arm its global ecosystem of business partners to embrace Cloud, mobile and big data analytics technologies to generate new revenue streams with new buyers such as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Chief of Police and the Chief Financial Officer. IBM is making a significant commitment to the business partner community to help them build innovative solutions that take advantage of advanced technologies enabling clients to tackle the next wave of data intensive business challenges. Read further...

EuroFlash

In preparation to Horizon 2020 - the next Framework Programme, the European Commission - DG CONNECT has put together a Framework for Action addressing the area of Research Data e-Infrastructures and has launched a Public Consultation. This Public Consultation will be on-line until 27 of March 2013. Read further...
Computer scientists from Saarbrücken developed software which enables combining several screens into a virtual display, even if they have different display diagonals and different resolution. Their project, called "Display as a Service", can be viewed at the computer fair Cebit. Read further...
HPC Midlands, a new supercomputing initiative in the UK, builds upon the high performance computing expertise at Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. Capable of processing vast quantities of data, high performance computing acts as a catalyst for breakthroughs across a range of sectors including bio-informatics, engineering, finance, manufacturing, molecular modelling, science, and weather forecasting. On Wednesday 20 March, interested parties are invited to learn more about HPC Midlands and how they can access its capabilities. Read further...
Super Micro Computer has exhibited its latest innovations in server and storage technologies at CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany. At the centre of focus is Supermicro's innovative, versatile 4U FatTwin compute and storage platform. Read further...
SecondFloor has released eFrame 3.2, the latest version of its governance, work flow and process control software for controlled risk data management and efficient risk reporting in the financial services sector. Having long anticipated the BIS Principles on Risk Data Aggregation and Risk Reporting, SecondFloor has extended eFrame's capabilities and the pre-built integrations with commonly used modelling and reporting tools. Read further...

USFlash

As the "brain" of modern technology, supercomputers have been widely used in those high-end, sophisticate and cutting-edge areas like the Earth's climate modelling, cosmic objects research, Genetic research, and Ultra-high-speed aircraft design and so on. At the same time, supercomputers are means of science and technology that related to social production and the daily life of the people. Forecasting natural disasters, development of bio-medicine and development of new materials rely on supercomputers to do computational simulation and research in order to obtain a rapid and effective decision. Read further...
In just three years, the HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio is outpacing the competition with substantial benefits delivered to business and government customers around the world. HP pioneered the converged infrastructure category in 2009. Since then, the company has invested in the development of leading technologies that deliver modern architectures optimally integrated across servers, storage, networking, security, power and cooling - all administered through a common management platform. Read further...
Teradyne, a developer and supplier of automatic test equipment, has selected HP FlexNetwork architecture to improve operational efficiency, reduce network downtime and boost design-phase efficiency for new products. Teradyne designs and manufactures automatic test equipment for the world's leading electronics companies. It relies on complex, bandwidth-intensive applications to run its business. As the company grew, its legacy network strained under the expanding load of project design and simulation applications, creating a bottleneck in production. Read further...
During the MENA ICT 2013 Forum that has been successfully organized at the Dead Sea on the 6th and 7th of March, a Jordanian success story has been revealed introducing Jordan's first and fastest supercomputer named 'IMAN1' in the presence of global and regional leaders in the field of ICT. IMAN1 was built using 2,260 PlayStation3 devices, which were connected together on a very fast fiber based network. Read further...
NetApp has made available the EF540 all-flash array for today's extreme performance-driven enterprise applications, and previewed the architecture of its new, purpose-built FlashRay product family, which will deliver rich scale-out and storage efficiency features to maximize the benefits of all-flash arrays. The new product introductions extend the comprehensive NetApp enterprise flash portfolio, which maximizes the value of flash across the entire compute, network and storage stack, enabling the flexibility to choose the best approach to unique workloads. Read further...
NetApp has introduced new high-end storage systems - the FAS/V6220, FAS6250, and FAS6290 - to address the demanding performance and capacity requirements of enterprise organisations. The new data storage systems deliver increased performance and value, enabling IT operations to achieve a greater ROI while delivering leading high availability and scale for organisations' most stringent application workloads. Optimized for the NetApp leading flash portfolio, the FAS6200 platform and related V-Series offerings remove compromise from consideration when organizations evaluate their IT and business imperatives, delivering impact faster. Read further...
DownUnder GeoSolutions has selected SGI to provide upgraded high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to accelerate results for its customers in the global oil and gas industry. DownUnder GeoSolutions is a Perth-based service provider to the oil and gas industry. Read further...
SGI has introduced SGI InfiniteStorage 5600, a next-generation high-performance storage platform perfectly suited for high performance computing (HPC) and Big Data workloads. Leveraging field-proven modular architecture, the SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 (IS5600) delivers industry-leading performance per spindle, meaning customers can achieve extreme performance requirements while reducing their total investment in hardware. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing is expanding its Hadoop Big Data initiatives with support for the new Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software. Supermicro's Hadoop-optimized server and storage systems have undergone rigorous testing and validation to support the announcement at theStrata Conference in Santa Clara, California. Read further...
Oracle has made available Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 that provides up to twice the performance and supports over four times the storage as compared to the original Oracle Database Appliance. Customers can instantly grow their data volumes by simply connecting a Storage Expansion Shelf - no administration required. Read further...
Physicists at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) are manipulating light on superconducting chips, and forging new pathways to building the quantum devices of the future - including super-fast and powerful quantum computers. The science behind tomorrow's quantum computing and communications devices is being conducted today at UCSB in what some physicists consider to be one of the world's top laboratories in the study of quantum physics. A team in the lab of John Martinis, UCSB professor of physics, has made a discovery that provides new understanding in the quantum realm and the findings are published inPhysical Review Letters. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-03-11

The Cloud

Engineers develop techniques to boost efficiency of Cloud computing infrastructure ...

Aurasma accelerates momentum and passes 16,000 customer milestone ...

IBM to make its Cloud services and software open sourced-based ...

Fullerton India adopts IBM Cloud to ensure uninterrupted business operations ...

NetApp enables Revlon to simplify IT operations with transition to an agile data infrastructure ...

NetApp clustered Data ONTAP enables non-stop operations for VMware vCloud Suite and VMware Horizon Suite ...

Oracle enables accelerated time-to-value with Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics Cloud Service ...

NJIT computer scientists feted for ways to store data with untrusted Cloud providers ...

IBM launches Cloud-based Analytics and mobile initiatives for global ecosystem to capture new markets ...

EuroFlash

European Commission to launch Public Consultation on Research Data e-Infrastructures: Framework for Action ...

Cebit Innovation Award for wireless networking of display screens ...

State-of-the-art e-infrastructure, accelerating innovation in industry and research at HPC Midlands Launch Event ...

Supermicro's revolutionary FatTwin and broadest line of energy efficient server solutions on exhibit at CeBIT ...

SecondFloor releases eFrame 3.2, extends risk data management and risk reporting control for financial services firms ...

USFlash

2013 Asia Students Supercomputer Challenge to take off ...

HP outpaces the competition with increased momentum for its Converged Infrastructure solutions ...

Teradyne selects HP to speed development of new products ...

Jordan introduces first supercomputer ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

DownUnder GeoSolutions selects SGI to advance exploration and production for the oil and gas industry ...

SGI launches new RAID storage platform for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Supermicro launches Big Data solutions with Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software ...

Oracle introduces the Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 ...

UCSB physicists make discovery in the quantum realm ...