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BrandPost: NVM Express Has Transformed Fast Storage in the Cloud –...

If we go back to 2009, the work to define NVM Express (NVMe) had just begun, and around that same time, Microsoft Azure made its first major purchase of Serial ATA (SATA) based solid-state drives (SSDs) to help accelerate its storage servers by offloading the storage commit log. Microsoft knew that non-volatile memory (e.g, NAND Flash) would become very important for cloud computing, although it was still very expensive and restricted to use in limited applications.
It was also clear to Microsoft that the SATA interface would be unsuitable to handle the performance of future high performance SSDs.In 2011, as NVM Express had just had its first revision published, a competing standards proposal came on the scene called SCSI Express.
SCSI Express was designed to use the traditional SCSI command set (including three decades of legacy infrastructure for hard drives) on top of the PCI Express interface. Looking at the technical merits, there was consensus in the Microsoft Windows and Azure teams that NVMe was the better interface definition for NAND Flash and to scale to future NVM technologies (e.g., 3D XPointtrade; Technology, MRAM, etc). Microsoft worried that competing standards would lead to many headaches in the market, and thus, Microsoft Azure decided at the time to support the NVMe standard and collaborate with other industry leaders promoting NVMe including Cisco, Dell, Intel, Micron, Microsemi, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung, Seagate, WD to avoid bifurcation of the market by investing in NVMe to ensure it met the needs of the Cloud.
In this article, we will describe the journey of the past five years, where today NVMe is the predominant SSD interface used by Microsoft Azure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BrandPost: It is Time to Reclaim Your Productivity

By Bharath Vasudevan, Product Manager, HPE Software-defined and Cloud Group One of the greatest threats to any business is a lack of productivity.

And according to thenbsp;Bureau of Labor Statistics, even with technology improvements, employees today are not necessarily more productive.
IT teams in particular face technological issues that can actually hinder productivity.
In fact, according to insight from Deloitte, "80% of time, energy, and budgets are consumed by the care and feeding of the IT stack."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

KPMG: Cybersecurity Has Reached a ‘Tipping Point’ from Tech to CEO...

Still, a majority of US-based chief execs say they will be maintaining and not investing in security technology over the next three years, a recent study shows.

GhostHook Attack Bypasses Windows 10 PatchGuard

Researchers at CyberArk have developed a bypass for Windows PatchGuard that leverages Intel's Processor Trace (Intel PT) technology to execute code at the kernel.

ZTE ZENIC SDON wins Best Overall Multi-layer SDN Controller Implementation award...

22 June 2017, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced it has won the “Best Overall Multi-layer SDN Controller Implementationrdquo; award for its innovative ZENIC SDON solution at the annual Next Generation Optical Networking and Optical Data Centre Interconnect (NGON & Optical DCI) event in Nice, France.

By using Software Defined Network (SDN) technology on the wavelength... Source: RealWire

Sand worms and lightning: Aven Colony takes city-building to exoplanets

A city-building game set at the start of humanity's galactic civilization era.

The rise and fall of FireWire, the standard everyone couldn’t quite...

"Show us that it's being adopted in the industry, and we'll put it in.”

Benchmarks, analyst reports, and other pretenses

Industry benchmarks and analyst reports are bibles for many people in IT, providing independent assessment of vendors product and technology claims.

But too many people take them literally.

The fact is that they should be treated with much more skepticism than they are typically given.

The devil is in the detailsmdash;rather, in the methodology.I know that from personal experience: I now work at and have worked for multiple software vendors that have been frequently covered by analyst firms both positively and negatively.
Irsquo;ve personally assisted in tuning for benchmarks including specs to present my companiesrsquo; best face.[ InfoWorld's quick guide: Digital Transformation and the Agile Enterprise. | Download InfoWorldrsquo;s essential guide to microservices and learn how to create modern web and mobile applications that scale. ] Therersquo;s nothing wrong as a vendor in putting your best face forward and trying to encourage those analysts to support your point of view, But sometimes it goes further than that. Wersquo;ve all heard rumors that some analyst reportsrsquo; conclusions are influenced by which vendors are those analystsrsquo; customers.

And wersquo;ve all seen reports on the habitual cheating on industry benchmarks in several segments of the hardware industry (itrsquo;s not just Volkswagenrsquo;s diesel engines), where they detect the benchmarks in use and change their behavior accordingly to look better than they are in the real world.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

ZeniMax to judge: Block Oculus sales or give us 20%

After trial victory, company also ups damage demand from $500 million to $1 billion

Jack the Autonomous Audi came to DC and drove us around

Take a look at a remarkably well-polished research vehicle.

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See this deal on Amazon. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Key US general embraces new space ethos of “go fast, test,...

"We have got to get back to where we accept risk.”