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  • Microsoft will not support Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 after January 14, 2020

    After January 14, 2020, patches and security updates will no longer be issued for the above mentioned operating systems, which can significantly increase the risks associated with the protection and reliability of corporate IT infrastructures. Microsoft will also cut non-security updates, free support options, and online technical content updates. To ensure stable and uninterrupted functioning of server platforms, the company recommends its customers to update the OS to the latest versions.

  • Insight Partners Acquires Veeam For $5 Bn. 

    Insight Partners, a private investment company from the United States, will become the new owner of Veeam Software, a business specializing in the development of software solutions for data management automation, including data recovery, backup, and security. The deal will cost about $5 billion.

  • VMware just closed $2.7B Pivotal acquisition

    On December 30, VMware, a major innovator in enterprise software, announced the closure of acquisition of Pivotal Software, a leading cloud-native platform provider, for $ 2.7 Billion. It was originally announced in August 2019. Pivotal will become a part of the modern application platform, managed by VMware Executive Vice President Ray O'Farrell.

  • Network World shares key trends to define data centers in 2020

    As the year is wrapping up, press gets busy with making forecasts for the coming year. Network World, for example, has published its vision for what awaits data centers in the near future. Let’s take a peek into some of the expected trends.

  •  Lenovo introduces its ThinkSystem SE350 HPC solution at SC19 

    Lenovo's approach to HPC solutions is different from the widely used one and is grounded on unification and scalability. Unification means reducing the number of chassis and nodes in order to increase compatibility, as well as exclusively using standard 19” racks. Unlike, for example, Cray’s or Atos’s solutions that use proprietary nodes and racks, Lenovo servers allow to update the fleet of machines without having to change the existing data center infrastructure. 

  • Microsoft has patented a hermetically sealed data center full of high-pressure gas 

    The problem of cooling data centers is acute. In an attempt to find the most efficient way to cope with heat transfer companies design new technologies, including leak-proof liquid cooling and liquid immersion baths. However, in some circumstances, these solutions may be quite expensive.

  • Four ways to stem the tide of rising cybersecurity risks

    One of the greatest challenges in the IT industry is staying ahead of the cybercriminal. This is no easy task. The 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM Security, indicates that the chances of experiencing a data breach have increased from 22.6 percent in 2014 to 29.6 percent in 2019. In other words, organizations are now one-third more likely to experience a breach in the next two years. The increased success that cybercriminals are achieving underscores the importance for IT organizations of ensuring they’re providing the proper measures for reducing cybersecurity risk.

  • Five things I learned about hybrid cloud from IBM clients

    Face-to-face conversations with clients provide a great opportunity to hear first-hand what challenges business leaders are facing around hybrid cloud for enterprise workloads. Whether these conversations take place at a conference or onsite during a client project, they’ve shown me what’s right and what’s wrong with cloud from the perspective of the IT administrators whose job it is to keep manufacturing floors, distribution centers, branch offices, pharmacies and a host of other businesses running. What follows are some of the key takeaways I’ve gleaned from recent discussions with clients on enterprise hybrid cloud:

  • Microsoft reveals its new Azure HPC offerings at SC19

    At SC19 in Denver, Microsoft demonstrated its new HPC Azure hardware based on NVIDIA and Graphcore accelerators. The new Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines are part of the Open Compute Project (OCP), a leading-edge open hardware development model that promotes possibilities for global data center deployment in the cloud. The platform is called Open CloudServer (previously, Project Olympus). All design specifications are open-source and standardized, which allows IT and data center operators to adjust community-developed innovation and scale proven hardware designs for their organizations’ specific purposes.

  • IBM’s Power9 systems are leading the supercomputers’ race

    The 54th TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was published on November 18th, 2019 in Denver, CO.   The aggregate performance of 500 systems, based on the High-Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, continues to grow and currently stands at 1.65 exaflops. The threshold for entering the list has increased to 1.14 petaflops compared to 1.02 petaflops in the previous list in June 2019. Interestingly, the top of the list remains largely unchanged. In particular, the top ten remains the same as in the previous list.

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