Kubernetes Opportunities, Challenges Escalated in 2019

Sdxcentral | December 26, 2019

If 2018 was the year that Kubernetes broke into the mainstream, then 2019 was the year that reality set in. And that reality is that while Kubernetes is awesome, it’s also hard.The Kubernetes ecosystem did its usual part in feeding the market by staying on track in rolling out quarterly updates to the platform. And that feeding has helped Kubernetes continue to steamroll the cloud market. However, ongoing security and commercialization challenges showed that growth is not coming without challenges. Kubernetes continued to draw interest from just about any company associated with the cloud space. This was evident by the most recent KubeCon + CloudNativeCon event in San Diego that drew more than 12,000 attendees. That was a 50% increase from the previous event held in North America.

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Lenovo Think Report Reveals Barriers to Critical Thinking and How Technology Can Empower Progress for a Better World

Lenovo | October 07, 2022

To take a critical look at how today’s societal challenges have affected global productivity and attitudes, Lenovo today releases its first-ever Think Report. This report identifies a compromised way of thinking in today’s world, with global respondents claiming a loss of roughly two hours per day in productivity due to their inability to think purposefully, primarily because of burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced from the tremendous societal changes in the past two years. This timely report – which surveyed 5,700+ people across the US, UK, Germany and Japan – comes on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Lenovo ThinkPad. The insights look to educate people in the workforce on the importance of “real thinking,” and will enable those to use technology more intelligently, collaboratively -- and less intrusively, in a way that isn’t distracting to living life and thriving. “It is eye-opening to see that people globally feel that societal progress is in jeopardy because of a lack of real thinking. 80% of those surveyed believe that we, as a society, need to develop a new revolution in thinking, As we celebrate ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, it’s a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can catalyze better thinking in all aspects of our lives – from home to work to school and more.” Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo The Thinking Gap Respondents largely feel that the external events of the last few years (e.g., COVID-19, economic disruptions, etc.) are contributing to and exacerbating distractions, heightened multitasking and fatigue, which further impairs the quality of their thinking. Across all respondents, just 34% say they spend "all" or "most" of their thinking time in clear, deep, and productive thinking. 75% of IT Decision Makers globally say that their colleagues struggle “a great deal” or “somewhat” with engaging in clear and productive thinking. 64% of those surveyed feel that they are reliant on practical or “survival” thinking and the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important” – thus, resulting in a lack of innovative and actionable thinking that can impact advancements. In tandem, most respondents feel the situation is not improving – projecting that their lives will not get any easier or any less stressful over the next several years. The Power of Thinking Across the globe, while broad segments of respondents said they are struggling to achieve better thinking today, respondents have positive associations with improved thinking and understand the benefits that come with unlocking higher-order thinking. 65% of respondents believe that engaging in clear, deep, productive thinking will help them make better decisions. 79% of those surveyed in the U.S. consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.” Thinking Habits While people recognize the power of improved thinking, productive thinking times vary greatly depending on the region, and don’t always align with the traditional “9-to-5” workday. 37% of Americans surveyed and 24% of respondents in the UK prefer late nights or early mornings. 25% of Japanese respondents favor mid-morning. On the other hand, 35% of Germans think more clearly in the evenings. Across the board, those surveyed believe the #1 must-have for better thinking is a quiet environment – and respondents in the US, UK and Germany expressed noise-cancelling technologies are most valued to help with deeper thinking. Better Thinking Empowered by Technology Based on the research, evolutions in communication and collaboration technologies are considered as the most helpful features in promoting better thinking. In addition, learning how to use technology more purposefully – including setting some boundaries, limiting distractions and decreasing clutter of information – can help us build better thinking habits. 66% of Business End Users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help with clear, deep and productive thinking. They are also more willing than the general population to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many feel that simplifying tasks could help individuals achieve better thinking. 40% of respondents in Germany would learn how to use technology more purposefully. 39% of respondents in the U.S. would set boundaries around their technology usage. For example, setting time aside to play an instrument or exercise. Overwhelmingly, IT Decision Makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their coworkers have access to and how it enables clear thinking for employees and organizations. Whether it’s crunch time to meet deadlines, a need for business minds to come together, or the opportunity to invent – more than 60% of those surveyed think that technology helps individuals engage in critical, reflective, collaborative, expansive/exploratory and/or new types of thinking. Thinking for Humanity Overall, respondents believe that improved thinking has the potential to leave long-lasting impacts. A majority of those surveyed agree that better thinking would increase our collective humanity and we would be closer to solving challenges facing humanity and society for future generations to come. 62% in the US, 54% in the UK and 52% in Germany say that our society would be kinder if we engaged in more clear, deep and productive thinking. The full Think Report can be viewed here. Methodological Note Fieldwork for this study was conducted via an online survey of 5,768 respondents from July 4 to 24, 2022. The survey sample was comprised of a combination of Gen Pop, BEUs1, and ITDMs2 from the markets of U.S., U.K., Germany, and Germany. The margin of error for individual market samples of Gen Pop respondents is +/- 3. About Lenovo Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

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SiFive’s New High-Performance Processors Offer a Significant Upgrade for Wearable and Consumer Products

SiFive | November 07, 2022

SiFive, Inc. the founder and leader of RISC-V computing, today announced two new products that address the need for high performance and efficiency in a small size in high volume applications like wearables, smart home, industrial automation, AR/VR, and other consumer devices. The SiFive Performance™ P670 and P470 RISC-V processors bring unparalleled compute performance and efficiency that is significantly raising the bar for innovative designs in these high-volume markets. The modern and innovative SiFive design methodologies bring raw compute density that is a substantial advantage for SiFive Performance products and also translates into significant cost savings for customers. “The P670 and P470 are specifically designed for, and capable of handling the most demanding workloads for wearables and other advanced consumer applications. These new products offer powerful performance and compute density for companies looking to upgrade from legacy ISAs,” said Chris Jones, SiFive VP of Product. “We have optimized these new RISC-V Vector enabled products to deliver the performance and efficiency improvements the industry has long been asking for, and we are in evaluations with a number of top-tier customers. Additionally, as the upstream enablement of RISC-V has started within the Android Open Source Project, (AOSP), designers will have unrivaled choice and flexibility as they consider the positive implications with that platform for future designs.” "We are excited to see RISC-V solutions for wearable and consumer devices becoming a reality, and we are looking at possibilities of integrating SiFive’s latest products into Snapdragon platforms,” Ziad Asghar, Vice President, Product Management- Snapdragon Technologies and Roadmap at Qualcomm "Samsung’s System LSI Business holds a wide portfolio of solutions for various applications, such as mobile, wearables and other consumer devices. We look forward to evaluating how the latest RISC-V innovations from SiFive can enhance our offerings,” said Jinpyo Park, VP of the Innovative AP Development Team, Samsung Electronics System LSI Business. “SiFive continues to be a market leader in the growing and maturing RISC-V space and again shows its leadership with its new SiFive Performance P670 and P470 RISC-V processors,” said Todd R. Weiss, an analyst with Futurum Research. “These latest and powerful new processors give SiFive feature and performance advantages that will gain plenty of attention from device makers and consumers who want more from their devices. SiFive has been growing its reputation for some time and is truly ready to shake up the marketplace.” Features The SiFive Performance P470 and P670 products offer a finely-tuned combination of compute-density, power efficiency, and robust feature sets ideal for a wide range of applications and markets: Support for virtualization, including a separate IOMMU for accelerating virtualized device IO Full, Out-of-Order, RISC-V Vector implementation, based on the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 Specification First to market with the RISC-V Vector Cryptography extensions SiFive WorldGuard system security Full RISC-V RVA22 profile compliance New, Advanced Interrupt Architecture (AIA) compliant interrupt controller, with better support for Message Signal Interrupts (MSI) and virtualization Enhanced scalability with fully coherent multi-core, multi-cluster, with support for up to 16 cores SiFive Performance P670 The P670 is ideal for applications like premium wearables, networking, robotics, and mobile. The P650, which excludes the vector unit, is already shipping to lead customers and is being used in applications that do not require the additional capabilities that vector compute offers or are more area constrained. The feature rich P670 achieves a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, has performance of greater than 12 SpecINT2k6/GHz, offering optimized performance in a constrained area and power envelope, offers higher single threaded performance and 2x compute density compared to legacy solutions, and includes a 2x 128-bit Vector ALUs compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive Performance™ P470 The P470 is SiFive’s first efficiency-focused Out-of-Order, area optimized, vector processor, ideal for applications like wearables, consumer, and smart home devices. Expanding on the proven P500-Series, the P470 is significantly smaller than competing solutions and optimized to have best-in-class performance efficiency and area density. The P470 was designed to also serve as a companion to the P670 processor for demanding applications that require a sharing of compute resources while optimizing power consumption. The P470 offers a significant upgrade to legacy efficiency cores, achieving a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, and greater than 8 SpecINT2k6/GHz, within a minimal area and power envelope. Other P470 features include: 4x compute density in comparison to leading competitor Includes 1x 128-bit RISC-V Vector ALU compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive will also release the P450 – an area-optimized version of the P470 that excludes the Vector Unit. A presentation highlighting the benefits of the new products will be made at the Linley Fall Microprocessor Conference later today. About SiFive As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms have enabled leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, data center, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

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Alludo Global Survey: Leaders Say They Support Remote and Hybrid Work for Their Teams—the Data Tells a Different Story

Alludo | November 23, 2022

Alludo, a global technology company helping people work better and live better, released survey results that highlight a clear divide in the freedom and flexibility that global management teams have versus individual contributors. While the majority of respondents agree that remote and hybrid work is here to stay, only 40% of non-managers have the freedom to work remotely compared to 63% of people managers* who can work from anywhere. The Alludo survey data shows that leadership has been slow to adopt change across all levels of the organization. Making the shift to a remote and hybrid work model requires a fundamental shift in the way leaders lead. In this new world, the employee-manager relationship is built on trust, and outcomes are the true indicators of success. Employees are no longer constrained by bureaucratic processes and micromanaging––a bottoms-up, “people-first” approach is needed instead of the command and control of the past. This concept is called Work3, an idea championed by Alludo during the company’s recent rebrand. Work3 is a shift in work culture that supports the notion that all employees should have the freedom and flexibility to choose where, when, and how they do their best work. “True leadership isn’t about getting people in a room to do what you want, It’s about giving employees the room to deliver amazing results. The last few years have proven that knowledge workers can be productive at home. It’s time for leadership teams to leave the mandatory 9-to-5 office experience behind and recognize that freedom and flexibility are key to not only working better but living better." Christa Quarles, Chief Executive Officer at Alludo In addition to where they work, employees want flexibility in when they work. The survey data confirms that three-fourths (74%) of employees no longer want to work a standard 9-to-5 day. However, almost half (47%) of non-managers still work standard hours compared to nearly one-third of managers. Again, this highlights the gap in the freedom offered to individual contributors versus managers, with the former having less flexibility when it comes to determining when and where they work. To be successful in the remote and hybrid world, leadership needs to create a cohesive vision, outline clear expectations and outcomes, and give their employees the freedom and flexibility to decide when, where, and how they do their best work. The reality, however, is a far different picture. The survey data shows that C-level executives believe they have adapted to the new way of managing, but non-managers disagree. 58% of C-level executives believe their company has changed the way remote and hybrid employees are managed. But 57% of non-managers disagree and say leadership has not changed their management style and 28% indicate they are still micromanaged. If leaders do not evolve their management style to give their employees more freedom and flexibility to choose where, when, and how they work, data shows that 43% of individual contributors would consider quitting or even changing careers––that’s nearly half! About Alludo Alludo™ is a global technology company helping people work better and live better. We’re the people behind award-winning, globally recognizable brands including Parallels®, Corel®, MindManager®, and WinZip®. Our professional-caliber graphics, virtualization, and productivity solutions are finely tuned for the digital remote workforce delivering the freedom to work when, where, and how you want. With a 35+ year legacy of innovation, Alludo empowers all you do, helping more than 2.5 million paying customers to enable, ideate, create, and share on any device, anywhere.

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Dell Technologies Delivers Industry-First Innovations with VMware to Power Multicloud and Edge Solutions

Dell Technologies | September 06, 2022

Dell Technologies is introducing new infrastructure solutions, co-engineered with VMware, that deliver greater automation and performance for organizations embracing multicloud and edge strategies. "Customers tell us they want help simplifying their multicloud and edge strategies as they look to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "Dell Technologies and VMware have numerous joint engineering initiatives spanning core IT areas such as multicloud, edge and security to help our customers more easily manage and gain value from their data." Business data and applications continue to grow in multicloud environments comprised of edge locations, public clouds and on-premises IT. Many organizations have already adopted a multicloud approach, and the number of applications running at the edge will grow 800% by 2024.1 "IDC's global research shows many organizations are struggling to balance the rapidly rising complexity and cost of data center, edge and cloud operations with relentless business demand for better data integration, security and application performance, These organizations recognize the need for a consistent operating model tightly integrated with infrastructure platforms that support sophisticated, large scale data-driven workloads." Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president, future of digital infrastructure agenda Dell VxRail delivers greater performance and smallest-ever systems at the edge Dell is introducing several new VxRail systems and software advancements that improve performance on-premises and at the edge including the industry's only jointly engineered HCI-based DPU solution with VMware.2 Improved system performance: A result of co-engineering with VMware and its Project Monterey initiative, VxRail systems support new VMware vSphere 8 software that has been rearchitected to run on DPUs. Customers can improve application and networking infrastructure performance and improve TCO by moving these services from a system's CPU to its new on-board DPU. Support demanding workloads: Select VxRail systems now support VMware's new vSAN Enterprise Storage Architecture (ESA). With up to 4x vSAN performance improvement3, customers can better support demanding mission-critical applications. Smallest edge systems: VxRail rugged modular nodes deliver high performance and scalability in the system's smallest form factor to date.4 Modular nodes are ideal for edge use cases including healthcare, energy and utilities and digital cities because of VxRail's industry-first, on-board hardware witness5, which will allow for deployment in high latency, low bandwidth locations. "The increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure services for networking, storage and security places more demands on already-strained CPUs. As more distributed, resource intensive applications are onboarded, there is a need to reimagine data center architecture to fully support the requirements of these applications," said Krish Prasad, senior vice president & general manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware. "Dell VxRail with VMware vSphere 8 will deliver a foundation for next generation data center architecture by running infrastructure services on the DPU. This will enable greater network and application performance and a new level of sophistication in adopting Zero Trust security strategies to protect modern enterprise workloads." Dell APEX expands multicloud and edge support for VMware environments Dell is adding several offers to its APEX portfolio for VMware workloads that help speed development of cloud-native apps and better allocate compute and storage resources for applications at the edge. APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud adds managed VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid services, which allows IT teams to help developers move faster by using a container-based approach to application development. With Dell-managed Tanzu services, customers can provision Kubernetes clusters through the vSphere user interface. Organizations also will be able to help speed development efforts by building, testing and running cloud-native applications alongside traditional applications on the same platform. APEX Private Cloud and APEX Hybrid Cloud offer new compute-only options that allow customers to support more workloads and increase IT infrastructure efficiency by independently scaling compute and storage resources. Organizations can start small and scale their infrastructure as their IT needs change. Customers can use Dell's industry-leading enterprise storage data services by connecting compute-only instances to Dell storage such as APEX Data Storage Services. "APEX Hybrid Cloud lets us manage our multicloud environment seamlessly and gain better insights into our VMware workloads. It's allowed us to reduce the cost of supporting applications and workloads by 20%," said Ben Doyle, chief information officer, ATN International. "We stood up the Dell APEX solution quickly, and we easily moved 70% of our infrastructure to it in under three months. We look forward to working with Dell Technologies to expand our cloud footprint moving forward." Dell Validated Designs for AI – AutoML uses AI to democratize data science Dell Validated Designs for AI – Automatic Machine Learning (AutoML) uses automated machine learning models to help data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications. The solution includes tested and proven configurations of Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure with H2O.ai, NVIDIA and VMware software to help customers speed time to insight from data with automation that delivers up to 18x faster AI models.6 Organizations report 20%7 faster time to value with Dell Validated Designs for AI, helping data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications faster. VMware Tanzu in Dell Validated Designs for AI helps provide greater container security and allows customers to run AI at the edge using VMware Tanzu services. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies ( NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. 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