This Week in Cloud and Data Center News

As more governments move operations to the cloud, they’ll need to follow a more well-established path than the private sector. Frontera, the world’s fastest academic supercomputer, already has some super cool applications. How can companies lower the total cost of ownership for visual cloud services like video streaming? Technologists are on the case. Baidu aims to deliver more personalized content to customers with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory. HPCaaS is the latest “as a service” to gain popularity, and the opportunities it presents are worth paying attention to. And Dell EMC and Intel are going to Santa Clara (and around the world!) to show you an exciting new server technology.

Building a Realistic Cloud Vision in Government

Companies with large budgets can often afford the “fail fast” approach to cloud experimentation. Governments? Not so much. While more governments are moving to the cloud these days, they need to stick to more traveled routes, selecting well-established vendors, choosing the right connectivity option, and planning ahead to avoid security issues. The good news is there are maps for governments to follow.

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Drive Research in World’s Fastest Academic Supercomputer

Aside from just being able to say we’ve helped unveil the “world’s fastest academic supercomputer” (which obviously sounds cool), what makes Frontera so exciting? Well, it’s already helping understand distant stars, diagnose gliomas, teach neural networks quantum chemistry, and more. And it’s based on 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Cool, right?

Unlocking Lower Total Cost of Ownership for Visual Cloud Services

The average person paying $12.99 a month for Netflix (or something similar for their streaming service of choice) probably doesn’t give a whole lot of thought to what’s happening behind the scenes. But handling all those visual cloud services isn’t cheap, and technologists are looking for ways to reduce costs for preparation and—more importantly—distribution, which makes up the bulk of the costs.

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Optimizes Baidu’s Feed Stream Services

Personalization is the name of the game for content (unless you’re like Ron Swanson and internet cookies make you want to throw your computer in a dumpster). To deliver more personalized content to its customers, Baidu is architecting the in-memory database for its cloud-based Feed Stream services to take advantage of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory. This will help Baidu store and access data more quickly.

HPCaaS Offers Fast-Track to HPC, Supplements On-Premise Solutions

Add HPC to the list of “as a service” things available these days. You might be thinking, “Do we really need more of these acronyms?” (We don’t blame you.) But HPCaaS does offer some significant benefits for enterprises, research institutions, and those just starting out with HPC. HPCaaS is flexible, doesn’t require a huge capital expenditure, and can provide access to the latest HPC technologies.

Catch the Data-Centric Innovation World Tour

Dell EMC and Intel are going on a world tour! We’d love it if you joined us in Santa Clara on Sept. 24 (or in one of the other seven cities we’re visiting) to learn about new technology that helps you modernize your data estate with SQL Server. Dell’s PowerEdge servers built on 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors accelerate workloads, balance energy efficiency, and extend reliability. Don’t miss this chance to see firsthand what’s possible with this tech.