Intel’s Atom is underwhelming no more: New chip packs 16 cores

Intel’s Atom was mostly known as a low-end chip for mobile devices that underperformed. That may not be the case anymore.
The latest Atom C3000 chips announced on Tuesday have up to 16 cores and are more sophisticated than ever. The chips are made for storage arrays, networking equipment, and internet of things devices.[ Further reading: Intel looks to modernize data centers with new Xeon server chips ]

The new chips have features found mostly in server chips, including networking, virtualization, and error correction features.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

 Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping its MyRocks storage engine as open source. MyRocks is currently being used by Facebook to… Read More


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AMD packs 1TB SSD into a GPU for better VR and gaming

AMD for the first time is placing a solid-state drive in a new graphics card in an effort to squeeze every ounce of horsepower out of GPUs for better virtual reality and gaming experiences.
The idea is simple: As file sizes get larger, more memory and storage are needed for GPUs to quickly process and deliver graphics. The Radeon Pro Solid State Graphics (SSG) card will have a 1TB SSD, which can be used as storage or as a supplement to on-board volatile memory.
AMD’s graphics cards top out at 32GB of memory, which limits the processing of large amounts of data. The SSD will add a terabyte of memory, allowing larger chunks of data to be lined up for processing on the GPU. It could also be used to store processed graphics or video for delivery to screens.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Intel experiments with 3D Xpoint as it ships SSDs to testers

Intel’s groundbreaking 3D Xpoint technology is poised to shake up computer memory and storage with its blazing fast speed and high capacity, but the chipmaker is still trying to figure out the best fits for the technology.
3D Xpoint, developed by Intel and Micron, is a new class of memory and storage that can be faster, denser, and more durable than conventional DRAM and flash storage. 
Intel claims 3D Xpoint is 10 times denser than memory, and the company has shown it to be up to 10 times faster than conventional SSDs.
New 3D Xpoint SSDs — which will be branded Optane — will ship by the end of this year. The 3D Xpoint memory DIMMs will come next year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during an earnings call this week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Review: Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS shines

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) represents the first release from Canonical to deliver long-term support since 2011 (version 14). While the latest improvements may not be entirely revolutionary, Ubuntu 16.04 rounds up exciting features to fortify the server base and enhance the desktop experience. InfoWorld reviewed the new desktop release in April. In this review, I’ll focus on the server.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)


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Amazon’s Elastic File System is now open for business

Following an extended preview period, Amazon’s Elastic File System is now generally available in three geographical regions, with more on the way.
Originally announced last year, EFS is a fully managed elastic file storage service for deploying and scaling durable file systems in the Amazon Web Services cloud. It’s currently available in the U.S. East (northern Virginia), U.S. West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) regions, the company announced Wednesday.
Customers can use EFS to create file systems that are accessible to multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances via the Network File System (NFS) protocol. They can also scale those systems up or down without needing to provision storage or throughput.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Samsung now producing world’s smallest 512GB SSD; it’s half the weight of a dime

Samsung today announced it is mass producing the world’s smallest 512GB PCIe SSD that comes in a single ball grid array package and weighs less than a dime.

Samsung’s PM971-NVMe SSD is aimed at ultra-thin notebooks and was manufacturing by combining 16 of Samsung’s 48-layer 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometer 4Gbit LPDDR4 mobile DRAM chip and a high-performance Samsung controller.

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The new SSD is just 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm in size and weighs about one gram, less than half the weight of a U.S. dime (2.3 grams).

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BrandPost: Power up! SDS transforms isolated disk drives into a single storage pool to speed operations

It’s undeniable that businesses are dealing with a massive explosion in data. IDC projects that the total amount of data on our planet will grow from 4.4 zettabytes in 2013 to 44 zettabytes by 2020, an increase of an order of magnitude in just seven years. Business has an unprecedented opportunity to harness this information to create profitable opportunities, but the unrelenting pressure of storing and managing all of this data is overwhelming IT departments around the globe.

As your business generates more and more data, the time spent on storage maintenance can quickly consume your IT budget. Coupled with the huge pressure to contain costs and do more with less, you may find yourself looking for a miracle storage solution to alleviate these burdens. Software-defined storage (SDS) is often presented as that miracle cure.

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Dropbox wants to stretch desktop file storage to infinity

Dropbox has a futuristic vision for how its users will be able to share massive files and have quick access to them on their computers, without their hard drives overflowing.

The cloud storage company announced a new initiative at its Open conference in London on Tuesday called Project Infinite. It’s a push to create a new Dropbox interface that allows users to see all of the files they’ve stored in the cloud in their computer’s file explorer, without requiring them to keep local copies of each document, image, spreadsheet or other file. 

With Project Infinite, users will be able to manage their files in the cloud by moving them around inside the Mac OS X Finder or Windows File Explorer, just like they would any local files that are taking up space on their hard drives.

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