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Cisco: Generative AI expectations outstrip enterprise readiness

While 95% of businesses are aware that AI will increase infrastructure workloads, only 17% have networks that are flexible enough to handle the complex requirements of AI. Given that disconnect, it’s too early to see widespread deployment of AI at scale, despite the hype.That's one of the key takeaways from Cisco’s inaugural AI Readiness Index, a survey of 8,000 global companies aimed at measuring corporate interest in and ability to utilize AI technologies.To read this article in full, please click here

Microsoft’s Maia AI, Azure Cobalt chips to rev up efficiency, performance

After months of speculation that Microsoft was developing its own semiconductors, the company at its annual Ignite conference Wednesday took the covers off two new custom chips, dubbed the Maia AI Accelerator and the Azure Cobalt CPU, which target generative AI and cloud computing workloads, respectively.The new Maia 100 AI Accelerator, according to Microsoft, will power some of the company's heaviest internal AI workloads running on Azure, including OpenAI’s model training and inferencing workloads.To read this article in full, please click here

Intel updates HPC processor roadmap

Intel kicked off the Supercomputing 2023 conference with a series of high performance computing (HPC) announcements, including a new Xeon line and Gaudi AI processor.Intel will ship its fifth-generation Xeon Scalable Processor, codenamed Emerald Rapids, to OEM partners on December 14. Emerald Rapids features a maximum core count of 64 cores, up slightly from the 56-core fourth-gen Xeon.In addition to more cores, Emerald Rapids will feature higher frequencies, hardware acceleration for FP16, and support 12 memory channels, including the new Intel-developed MCR memory that is considerably faster than standard DDR5 memory.According to benchmarks that Intel provided, the top-of-the-line Emerald Rapids outperformed the top-of-the-line fourth gen CPU with a 1.4x gain in AI speech recognition and a 1.2x gain in the FFMPEG media transcode workload. All in all, Intel claims a 2x to 3x improvement in AI workloads, a 2.8x boost in memory throughput, and a 2.9x improvement in the DeepMD+LAMMPS AI inference workload.To read this article in full, please click here

LiquidStack expands into single-phase liquid cooling

LiquidStack, one of the first major players in the immersion cooling business, has entered the single-phase liquid cooling market with an expansion of its DataTank product portfolio.Immersion cooling is the process of dunking the motherboard in a nonconductive liquid to cool it. It's primarily centered around the CPU but, in this case, involves the entire motherboard, including the memory and other chips.Immersion cooling has been around for a while but has been something of a fringe technology. With server technology growing hotter and denser, immersion has begun to creep into the mainstream.To read this article in full, please click here

Aurora enters TOP500 supercomputer ranking at No. 2 with a challenge for reigning champ Frontier

Frontier maintained its top spot in the latest edition of the TOP500 for the fourth consecutive time and is still the only exascale machine on the list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. Newcomer Aurora debuted at No. 2 in the ranking, and it’s expected to surpass Frontier once the system is fully built.Frontier, housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tenn., landed the top spot with an HPL score of 1.194 quintillion floating point operations per second (FLOPS), which is the same score from earlier this year. A quintillion is 1018 or one exaFLOPS (EFLOPS). The speed measurement used in evaluating the computers is the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, which measures how well systems solve a dense system of linear equations.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Prioritizing the human behind the screen through end-user experience scoring

As digital landscapes evolve, so does the definition of network performance. It's no longer just about metrics; it's about the human behind the screen. Businesses are recognizing the need to zoom in on the actual experiences of end-users. This emphasis has given rise to advanced tools that delve deeper, capturing the essence of user interactions and painting a clearer picture of network health.The rise of End-User Experience (EUE) scoringEnd-User Experience (EUE) Scoring has emerged as a game-changer in the realm of network monitoring. Rather than solely relying on traditional metrics like latency or bandwidth, EUE scoring provides a holistic measure of how a user perceives the performance of a network or application. By consolidating various key performance indicators into a single, comprehensible metric, businesses can gain actionable insights into the true quality of their digital services, ensuring that their users' experiences are nothing short of exceptional.To read this article in full, please click here

Nvidia planning 3 GPUs for sale in China to circumvent US restrictions: Reports

Chipmaker Nvidia is reportedly working on producing three new graphics processing units (GPUs) for sale in China in order to circumvent the new export restrictions imposed by the Biden administration.  The new chips — namely the H20, L20, and L2 — could go on sale in China from November 16 after the new US restrictions come into force, according to a news report from Chinastarmarket, which cites sources in the industrial supply chain put in place by Nvidia to manufacture these new GPUs.To read this article in full, please click here

Japanese government pledges further $13.3B to shore up domestic chip sector

The Japanese government has allocated an extra $13.3 billion (two trillion yen) to boost its domestic semiconductor industry.The funding is expected to be split between manufacturing and R&D, according to The Japan Times, which reported that the majority of the money will likely go to supporting TSMC and Rapidus. About $376 million (570 billion yen) will be assigned to a separate fund to enhance the stable supply of chips to Japan, the report said.The decision comes at the end of a year where both government subsidies and company investments and innovations have sought to significantly bolster the country’s chip manufacturing abilities and place it at the cutting edge of semiconductor technology.To read this article in full, please click here

Hyperscale data-center capacity on pace to triple over next six years

The rush to embrace artificial intelligence, particularly generative AI, is going to drive hyperscale data-center providers like Google and Amazon to nearly triple their capacity over the next six years.That’s the conclusion from Synergy Research Group, which follows the data center market. In a new report, Synergy notes that while there are many exaggerated claims around AI, there is no doubt that generative AI is having a tremendous impact on IT markets.To read this article in full, please click here

Network complexity, talent shortages drive shift in enterprise IT buying habits

Increased network complexity, constant security challenges, and talent shortages are driving enterprises to depend more on channel business partners, including managed service providers, system integrators, resellers and other tech providers.Greater use of partners by enterprises is expected to continue over the next few years, experts say. IDC in its research on the future of industry ecosystems found that by the end of 2023, almost 60% of organizations surveyed will have expanded the number of partners they work with outside of their core industry.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Best practices for application visibility, performance monitoring and security management using Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN

By: Alex Amaya, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at HPE Aruba Networking. AAruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN is a powerful solution that enables organizations to build resilient and efficient wide-area networks. Application visibility, real-time performance monitoring and security monitoring are critical aspects of managing an SD-WAN infrastructure effectively. This blog explores application visibility, performance monitoring, and security management best practices for achieving these objectives using Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Reimagining the IT Experience with radical simplicity

Today’s enterprise networks are more challenging to manage than ever before. IT must support a complex mix of cloud-based and on-premises technologies, an explosion of third-party applications delivered in multiple ways, and new hybrid work models that must deliver the same seamless experience no matter where users happen to be.While IT professionals overwhelmingly value simplicity, they continue to struggle with ever-increasing levels of complexity. Disjointed systems, technology silos, fragmentation, lack of visibility, security threats, and time-consuming integrations—these and other factors get in the way of delivering consistent, unified experiences. Not surprisingly, they’re looking for a way to dramatically simplify their day-to-day operations.To read this article in full, please click here

Numeric operations on Linux

Linux systems provide numerous ways to work with numbers on the command line – from doing calculations to using commands that generate a range of numbers. This post details some of the more helpful commands and how they work.The expr command One of the most commonly used commands for doing calculations on Linux is expr. This command lets you use your terminal window as a calculator and to write scripts that include calculations of various types. Here are some examples:$ expr 10 + 11 + 12 33 $ expr 99 - 102 -3 $ expr 7 \* 21 147 Notice that the multiplication symbol  * in the command above requires a backslash to ensure the symbol isn’t interpreted as a wildcard. Here are some more examples:To read this article in full, please click here

Gartner: IT spending to climb 8% to $5.1 trillion in 2024

Driven primarily by cloud and cybersecurity investments, worldwide IT spending is projected to total $5.1 trillion in 2024, an increase of 8% from 2023, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.The software and IT services segments will see double-digit growth in 2024, largely driven by cloud spending, according to Gartner.Global spending on public cloud services is forecast to increase 20.4% in 2024. The source of growth will be a combination of cloud vendors' price increases and increased utilization, just as it was in 2023, wrote John-David Lovelock, a distinguished vice president analyst at Gartner.Cybersecurity spending is also driving growth in the software segment. Roughly 80% of CIOs reported that they plan to increase spending on cyber/information security in 2024, according to Gartner's 2024 CIO and Technology Executive Survey.To read this article in full, please click here

Palo Alto expands cloud security platform

Palo Alto Networks has bolstered its cloud security software with features that help customers quickly spot suspicious behaviors and trace security issues to their source to better protect enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.The vendor has added a variety of new components, under the moniker Darwin, to its core cloud-security package, Prisma Cloud. The core platform already includes application-security features such as access control, advanced threat protection, user-behavior monitoring, and the ability to code security directly into SaaS applications. Managed through a single console, Prisma Cloud also includes firewall as a service, zero-trust network access (ZTNA), a cloud-access security broker (CASB), and a secure web gateway.To read this article in full, please click here

Gartner: Enterprises need to focus on AI priorities and readiness

AI technologies including generative AI and large language models are rapidly developing into business partners rather than just tools for rewriting content or pumping out cool recipes, Gartner analysts told the more than 8,000 IT executives at its IT Symposium/Xpo in Orlando, Florida, this week.“GenAI is not just a technology or just a business trend. Machines are evolving from being our tools to becoming our teammates,” said Mary Mesaglio, distinguished vice president analyst at Gartner. “We are moving from what machines can do for us to what machines can be for us.”  To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Unified SASE is the ultimate solution for secure and seamless connectivity

By: Patrick GilbreathWW VP & GM SASE Sales, HPE Aruba NetworkingEven as the economy shows signs of slowing in the second half of 2023, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) adoption among organizations continues to rise. The worldwide SASE market topped $6 billion in 2022, representing robust 34 percent total revenue growth year-over-year, according to figures from Dell’Oro Group. The firm reported that it marked the third year in a row when year-over-year growth in SASE revenue surpassed 30 percent.To read this article in full, please click here

Gartner: Top strategic technology trends for 2024

AI and intelligent application-development trends will impact the enterprise the most in 2024, says research firm Gartner, which unveiled its annual look at the top strategic technology trends that organizations need to prepare for in the coming year.“A lot of the trends are around AI development, but also in protecting the investment that organizations have already made. For example, they’ve invested in machine learning, natural language. And there's a ramp up in software engineering right now where people are building more things because they have access to that data and the development tools are getting better,” said Chris Howard, distinguished vice president analyst and chief of research, during his presentation of this year's trends list at Gartner’s flagship IT Symposium/Xpo conference in Orlando, Florida.To read this article in full, please click here

Colocation provider plans to use modular nuclear reactors to power its data centers

It’s no secret that data centers are facing power shortage issues, especially in high density areas. One colocation provider has come up with a unique solution: It’s building small nuclear power plants for itself.Data center provider Standard Power specializes in high-performance computing, such as blockchain mining and AI workloads. These kinds of workloads demand a lot of compute power, which equals a very large electric bill.The company was concerned about the ability of local electric providers to deliver the capacity needed for such demanding workloads. So, rather than rely on the local electrical grid, Standard is partnering with NuScale Power Corporation, a maker of small modular nuclear-powered plants, for its Ohio and Pennsylvania facilities.To read this article in full, please click here

Top 5 best paid survey apps

Getty Images Today's fast-paced world has seen smartphones seamlessly weave themselves into the fabric of our daily lives. The exciting part? They've also opened up new avenues for us to boost our income effortlessly. Enter the world of online moneymaking, where participating in paid surveys through mobile apps has become a game-changer. These nifty apps not only provide you with a platform to share your thoughts but also offer tangible rewards in return for your valuable time and insights.To read this article in full, please click here

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