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Google Cloud, Optiva and Arctiq used VMware’s vSphere Web Client during their live demos to configure a resource pool of servers and storage

Google’s Private Kubernetes Cloud Still Relies On VMware For Local Storage

During Google Cloud Next ’19 (April 9-11, 2019) flurry of announcements, a technical detail with significant business impact surfaced. Google Cloud’s new Anthos hybrid and multi-cloud platform depends on VMware vSphere if an IT shop wants to containerize legacy applications that use local storage. Part of why containers and Kubernetes are so portable and easily deployable is…

Liftr Cloud Look Ahead: Microsoft Connect, Huawei out of BT, NeurIPS, and More!

Liftr Cloud Look Ahead: Microsoft Connect, Huawei out of BT, NeurIPS, and More!

Microsoft’s Latest Announcements Microsoft Connect 2018, its annual cloud- and data-focused developer conference, took place last week. Though the event is normally held right before AWS Re:Invent, the company decided this year to hold it a week after. In conjunction with the event, Microsoft unveiled several new products and services. The company announced the general…

Xilinx To Compete With Intel, NVIDIA Datacenter AI Acceleration

Xilinx To Compete With Intel, NVIDIA On Datacenter AI Acceleration

NVIDIA  and Intel  are dominant players in datacenter artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration. Xilinx intends to compete against them in the growing field of machine learning as a service (MLaaS). At its 2018 developer forum (XDF), Xilinx announced its new SDAccel integrated development environment (IDE), enabling a larger FPGA development and deployment ecosystem. Xilinx’s SDAccel is up against NVIDIA’s GPU Cloud…

Microsoft is taking a different approach to edge storage than AWS. Azure Data Box Edge and Stack are Microsoft’s branded enterprise servers.

Microsoft Azure Picks Dell EMC For Edge Compute And Storage

Microsoft  is taking a very different approach to edge storage than Amazon Web Services  (AWS). Azure Data Box Edge and its ruggedized Azure Stack are Microsoft’s first branded enterprise servers. However, under the unassuming faceplate, the two products use a Dell EMC server chassis. They are already enterprise-class servers, not a Microsoft first attempt at designing enterprise-class servers. Branded enterprise…

Public Cloud Giants Turn Their Attention To Private Clouds

Public Cloud Giants Turn Their Attention To Private Clouds

Public cloud revenue is up across the big six cloud giants. Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Tencent all had solid double-digit to spectacular triple-digit revenue growth from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018. Tencent almost tripled its public cloud revenue year-over-year*, while Alibaba, Google and Microsoft all roughly doubled their public cloud revenue. Baidu BIDU  reported a 64% increase and Amazon was up about 50%.…

Artificial Intelligence Can Reinforce Bias, Cloud Giants Announce Tools For AI Fairness

Artificial Intelligence Can Reinforce Bias, Cloud Giants Announce Tools For AI Fairness

Unfairly trained Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems can reinforce bias, therefore AI systems must be trained fairly. Experts say AI fairness is a dataset issue for each specific machine learning model. AI fairness is a newly recognized challenge. The big cloud providers are in the process of developing and announcing tools to help address AI fairness. Facebook announced…