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Intel scraps annual IDF event as it looks beyond PCs

After 20 years, Intel is scrapping its marquee annual Intel Developer Forum event, where tech enthusiasts gathered to load up on the chipmaker's news and technologies.IDF started off in 1997 as a small event in Palm Springs, California.

The show was later moved to San Francisco and vastly expanded during a boom in the PC market.[ Get the scoop on the internet of things at its most fundamental level and find out where it's headed, in InfoWorld's downloadable PDF and ePub. | Pick up the latest insight on the tech news that matters from InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. ]But with the PC market slowing down, the attraction of IDF has also dwindled.
Intel's future isn't tied to PCs but instead to areas like data centers, autonomous cars, modems, the internet of things, and manufacturing. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BrandPost: Letting the Cat Out of the Bag: Public Cloud has...

By Gary Thome, VP and chief engineering at HPE, Software-defined and Cloud Group Technology, like everything else, has trends or cycles.

Cloud started more than 10 years ago and was the hot, new tech trend.

But now…are things starting to shift again? Are organizations thinking twice before automatically moving essential workloads to the public cloud?The answer is yes – and for a variety of reasons.

A few born-in-the-cloud companies have now moved from the public cloud back to on-premises data centers – DropBox is a high-profile example.

And the public cloud performance (or lack thereof) was a big reason why.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Data centers decline as users turn to rented servers

Data centers are declining worldwide both in numbers and square footage, according to IDC -- a remarkable change for an industry that has seen booming growth for many years.Users are consolidating data centers and increasingly renting server power.

These two trends are having a major impact on data center space.[ The cloud storage security gap — and how to close it. | 5 ways Microsoft has improved SharePoint security. ]The number of data centers worldwide peaked at 8.55 million in 2015, according to IDC.

That figure began declining last year, and is expected to drop to an expected 8.4 million this year.

By 2021, the research firm expects there to be 7.2 million data centers globally, more than 15 percent fewer than in 2015.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Go!Foton Corporation has joined the global industry specialist Broadband Forum

Anaheim, California, USA - Go!Foton Corporation, a global leader in manufacturing innovative optical connectivity solutions, has joined global industry specialist Broadband Forum.

This will enable Go!Foton to contribute to the evolution of fiber connectivity in Central Offices and Data Centers worldwide where these require the support of next generation services such as c-RAN Cloud Radio Access Network.In joining the Broadband Forum, Go!Foton will be working with some of the world’s major carriers, vendors and test... Source: RealWire

Google’s Espresso networking tech takes SD-WAN to internet scale

Google is working to accelerate the performance of its applications over the internet by building out a software-defined network at broad scale. On Tuesday, the company announced Espresso, a system that provides increased network performance to users of the company’s applications.It works by applying software-defined networking to the edge of the tech titan’s network, where Google connects to the peer networks of other internet service providers. Rather than rely on individual routers to figure out the best way to direct internet traffic, Espresso hands that responsibility off to servers running in the data centers Google operates at the edge of its network.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Pushing apps to the edge, Fly.io puts middleware in the cloud

New service puts logic closer to users, aims to be "global load balancer" for apps.

How much can a fiber carry? Facebook and Nokia are pushing...

Facebook and Nokia have found a way to push a lot more data through a submarine cable across the Atlantic, which could help the social network keep up with the growth of video and virtual reality.On a 5,500-kilometer (3,400-mile) cable between Ireland and New York, the companies tested a new technique developed at Nokia Bell Labs for increasing the efficiency of fiber-optic cables.

They say it comes close to the absolute limit for sending bits over a fiber.[ Get started: A developer’s guide to serverless computing. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said VR is the future of social media.
If it is, then the networks that link consumers and data centers will have more data than ever to carry. Higher resolution video also is increasing the burden on networks.

For example, Netflix recommends subscribers have at least a 5Mbps broadband connection to stream HD video and 25Mbps for Ultra HD (4K) streams.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Google announces three new cloud regions, contract discounts

Google's cloud regions are going places. The company announced Thursday that it's launching three new data centers in California, Canada, and the Netherlands, in addition to the company's existing footprint of 14 announced and live regions around th...

Facebook, Microsoft target faster services with new AI server designs

Facebook on Wednesday rolled out some staggering statistics related to its social networks.

Each day, users watch 100 million hours of video, 400 million people use Messenger, and more than 95 million photos and videos are posted on Instagram.That puts a heavy load on Facebook’s servers in data centers, which help orchestrate all these services to ensure timely responses.
In addition, Facebook’s servers use machine learning technologies to improve services, with one visible example being image recognition.[ Roundup: TensorFlow, Spark MLlib, Scikit-learn, MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and Caffe machine learning and deep learning frameworks. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]The story is similar for Microsoft, which is continually looking to balance the load on its servers.

For example, Microsoft’s data centers apply machine learning for natural language services like Cortana.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft’s latest open source servers shown off with Intel, AMD, and...

An inevitability is becoming a reality.

Amazon pledges to cover 15 massive warehouse rooftops with solar panels

By the end of 2017, company should have solar arrays covering millions of square footage.

Apple deleted server supplier after finding infected firmware in Siri servers

Report: Siri, internal development servers affected by fake firmware patch.