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Dropbox says SMR technology has delivered major data centre cost savings

The company adopted the high-density storage technology a year ago Cloud storage firm Dropbox says it has shaved 20 percent off data centre operational costs by adopting SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) storage technology. The company said by switching to SMR storage it has also increased data centre capacity by hundreds of petabytes and generated significant… Read More


Five cloud providers now account for three quarters of IaaS market

Smaller and niche providers continue to lose share of IaaS market Gartner has released its annual infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market analysis for 2018, and to no great surprise, the usual suspects continue to dominate. In order of market share, the familiar faces of Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, Google and IBM top the IaaS market… Read More


Equinix expands AWS interconnection

Equinix is making AWS connections faster and more accessible for organisations embracing hybrid IT Equinix has announced it is expanding the company’s partnership with AWS with the launch of a new AWS Direct Connect Service Delivery program. Equinix has supported both dedicated and hosted connections to AWS services for some time, but the new delivery… Read More


Quantum breakthrough could speed up processing of large datasets

Breakthrough could boost applications of quantum technologies in AI, robotics and medical diagnostics Researchers have demonstrated that a process known as quantum interference could accelerate the time it takes to process large datasets accurately. Quantum interference is one of the most complex principles of quantum mechanics. Broadly speaking, the concept states that particles, such as… Read More


Amsterdam halts data centre construction until 2020

Space, energy, and regulatory concerns prompt suspension of data centre construction The municipal authorities in Amsterdam have suspended the construction of new data centres, despite the city claiming to be Europe’s largest data centre hub. The Dutch capital has seen an influx of facilities in recent years, thanks to the city’s favourable taxes and relatively… Read More


Intel announces availability of Loihi neuromorphic chip for compute-intensive AI

The company has also combined 64 Loihis into a powerful neuromorphic system Intel has made its neuromorphic chip Loihi available to the research community two years after the specialised semiconductor was unveiled. Loihi’s architecture is inspired by the properties of biological brains and can process information up to 1,000 faster and 10,000 times more efficiently… Read More


Scientists unveil breakthrough image of quantum entanglement

“Spooky action at a distance” captured on camera Researchers from the University of Glasgow have unveiled a breathtaking image of a form of quantum entanglement known as Bell entanglement, capturing the phenomenon on camera for the first time. Quantum entanglement describes a fundamental property of the quantum world, where entangled particles are able to interact… Read More


Fire destroys Ghanaian Ministry of Health server room – report

Biometric system prevented security personnel from accessing the server room A fire that tore through Ghana’s Ministry of Health headquarters in Accra on Saturday night destroyed the Ministry’s server room and all its equipment. The fire, first reported by the Ghanaian Times, began in the server room, which was secured by biometrics. The security guard… Read More


Nvidia and Google are still kings of AI hardware

Nvidia and Google are producing some of the world’s fastest hardware for training machine learning models The latest AI hardware from Nvidia and Google have set new records for the time taken to train machine learning models, according to new AI benchmarking results from the MLPerf consortium. MLPerf is a benchmarking suite that measures the… Read More


Cisco announces acquisition of Acacia for $2.6bn

Cisco buys optical interconnect specialist to develop intent-based networking portfolio Cisco has announced it is to buy one of its suppliers, optical interconnect specialist Acacia Communications, for $2.6bn (£2.08bn) in cash. The networking giant said the deal will strengthen its software, silicon and optics capabilities, helping the company to make networks smarter, simple and more… Read More


Bosch’s cloud-based EV battery service uses AI to extend service life

Cloud-based battery management to improve electric vehicle battery performance and reduce cell ageing Bosch has announced a cloud-based service aimed at extending the life of electric vehicle batteries. The German company said the cloud service — dubbed ‘Battery in the Cloud’ — will supplement vehicles’ onboard battery management systems by combining data and machine learning… Read More


Schneider Electric launches 30kW in-row DX cooling unit

Energy management giant releases in-row cooling unit for the next-generation of small and medium data centres Schneider Electric has launched a 30kW in-row cooling unit designed to address the need for dedicated high-density rack cooling. The compact 30kW “InRow DX” unit is designed for data centres that are being modernised or retrofitted, or where IT… Read More



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