Colony Capital Invests in DataBank, Has Big Plans in Digital Infrastructure

Data Center Frontier | January 09, 2020

The investment firm Colony Capital intends to be an active player in the data center sector in 2020 and beyond. In a sign of its interest in edge computing, Colony said this week that it will invest $185 million in colocation provider DataBank, purchasing equity positions from two existing investors. The deal is part of Colony Capital’s sharpened focus on digital infrastructure. Colony is a leading example of how the data center industry has become a magnet for large global investors. The firm is selling much of its industrial real estate holdings, and reinvesting that capital in digital infrastructure, including cell towers, data centers, fiber and small cell antennas.

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Intel Launches 13th Gen Intel Core Processor Family Alongside New Intel Unison Solution

Intel | September 28, 2022

Today at Intel Innovation, Intel revealed the 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family, led by the 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900K – the world’s fastest desktop processor1. The new 13th Gen Intel Core family includes six new unlocked desktop processors with up to 24 cores and 32 threads and blazing clock speeds up to 5.8 GHz for the best gaming, streaming and recording experience2. Led by the launch of the Intel Core “K” processors, the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop family will consist of 22 processors and more than 125 partner system designs – providing an uncompromising experience in both application performance and platform compatibility. Enthusiasts can take advantage of 13th Gen Intel Core processors’ performance improvements with existing Intel® 600 or new Intel® 700 series chipset motherboards. Combined with both the latest DDR5 memory support and continued DDR4 memory support, users can enjoy the benefits of 13th Gen Intel Core while customizing their setup based on their own feature and budget preferences. “We are raising the standards of PC performance once again with our latest generation of flagship 13th Gen Intel Core Processors,” said Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel. “The 13th Gen Intel Core family is the latest example of how Intel is enabling amazing experiences to happen on the PC – at scale and across all PC product segments. Combine this with an industry-leading partner ecosystem and new solutions like Intel Unison, and together we are showing the world what’s truly possible with the PC experience going forward.” A Complete, All-Around Platform to Game and Create Building on a matured Intel 7 process and x86 performance hybrid architecture, 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors enable better system performance – even through the most demanding of multitasking workloads. This includes up to 15% better single-threaded performance and up to 41% better multi-threaded performance3. With this generation, Intel’s performance hybrid architecture brings together the fastest Performance-cores (P-core) ever built along with up to double the number of Efficient-cores (E-core) – delivering improved single-threaded and multi-threaded performance that enables: World’s best gaming experience: Available with up to 24 cores (8 P-cores, 16 E-cores) and 32 threads, the new Core i9-13900K provides the best experience for gaming, streaming and recording. With up to 5.8 GHz and 15% better single-thread performance, it can push high frame rates and allow for unleashed gaming experiences across top titles4. Continued advances in content creation performance: The 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processor lineup adds more E-cores and up to 41% better multi-threaded performance to handle multiple, compute intensive workloads to keep people in the creative flow. An unmatched overclocking experience5: The 13th Gen Intel Core processor offers an unmatched overclocking experience for everyone – from experts to beginners. 13th Gen Intel Core processor users can see higher average overclocking speeds across P-cores, E-cores and DDR5 memory. Intel also updated its easy one-click overclocking feature, Intel® Speed Optimizer, to support 13th Gen processors so users can overclock with minimal effort. And the robust Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 3.0 ecosystem provides a wide selection of overclocking modules. When coupled with Intel® Dynamic Memory Boost, this feature provides a hassle-free memory overclocking experience with both DDR4 and DDR5. Rob Bartholomew, chief product officer at Creative Assembly, said, “We’ve been working with Intel for over a decade to deliver an incredible Total War experience on Intel CPUs. We’ve optimized Total War: WARHAMMER III for the hybrid 12th Gen architecture, and we’re excited to continue the work with the new 13th Gen Intel Core Processors.” Industry-Leading Features for Desktop Platforms The 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors empower users with leading-edge performance and experiences across gaming, content creation and work, with several new and improved features including: Intel® Adaptive Boost Technology and Thermal Velocity Boost opportunistically boosts processor clock frequencies based on power and thermal headroom during a given workload. Available in Intel Core i9 unlocked SKUs. More E-cores across Intel Core i5, i7, i9 power a big leap in multi-threaded performance and better multi-tasking/mega-tasking experience for users. PCIe Gen 5.0 support, with as many as 16 lanes off the processor. Increased memory support to DDR5-5600 and DDR5-5200, while maintaining DDR4 compatibility. Up to 2x the L2 cache and increased L3 cache. Introducing the Intel 700 Series Chipset with Backward Compatibility Alongside the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, Intel is launching the new Intel 700 Series chipset with advanced features for increased reliability and performance. Eight additional PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes combined with PCIe Gen 3.0 provide 28 total lanes off the chipset, increased USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) ports provide improved USB connectivity speed, and DMI Gen 4.0 increases the chipset-to-CPU throughput for fast access to peripheral devices and networking. Additionally, Intel is bringing forward and backward compatibility. Take advantage of 13th Gen Intel Core processor performance improvements with existing Intel 600 chipset-based motherboards. Intel Unison: A Seamless Multi-Device Experience Enabling an Open Ecosystem Following the acquisition of Screenovate showcased at CES 2022, Intel is introducing Intel® Unison™, a software solution that seamlessly connects your PC and devices for a universal, easy-to-use experience across operating systems. Intel Unison’s initial release will deliver a continuous and seamless connectivity experience between the PC and phone, beginning with iOS and Android. Following a simple pairing process, users will be able to: File transfer: Users save time when transferring files and photos between a PC and Android or iOS device, as well as extend the power of the PC and enjoy the continuity of taking a photo or video on a phone and seamlessly editing on the PC. Text message: Users send and receive text messages from PCs to avoid device-switching and enjoy the comfort and ease of a full keyboard and monitor. Phone calls: With access to a phone’s full contact list, users can make and receive voice calls directly from their PCs. Phone notifications: Users can receive and manage phone notifications from a PC to stay connected and maintain control. Intel Unison will launch on select Intel® Evo™ laptops based on 12th Gen Intel Core processors from Acer, HP and Lenovo this year, and will scale to 13th Gen Intel Core-based designs starting early in 2023. Intel Unison will continue to evolve with additional form factors, functionality and operating systems in the future6. About Intel Intel is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better.

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Dell Technologies Transforms the Edge with Project Frontier Software Platform

Dell Technologies | October 13, 2022

Dell Technologies introduces Project Frontier, which will deliver an edge operations software platform, integrated with Dell's edge portfolio, for customers to more securely manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructure for deployments at global scale. The complexities of edge operations—in locations from manufacturing floors and retail stores to remote wind turbines—are growing as more organizations want to manage and secure data at the source but have limited IT support to do it. According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of businesses say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is putting together an entire edge solution1. With the amount of data generated growing nine times annually and expected to reach 221 exabytes by 20262, organizations need a simple and effective way to manage and secure the diverse ecosystem of edge technologies. "We're seeing exponential growth in applications running at the edge, making edge the next frontier of business transformation—where devices, infrastructure and data come together to deliver real-time insights at scale. "With this growth, comes complexity. It's not feasible to have IT staff deployed at every edge location. Our decades of edge experience combined with our new solutions help customers simplify their edge and streamline their data to gain insights ranging from factory safety and the speed and precision of patient care in hospitals, while providing more choice in how they realize their edge and multicloud technologies." Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, Dell Technologies Dell's Project Frontier to more securely scale edge operations for any enterprise use case With the Project Frontier edge operations software platform, customers can expect: Their choice of software applications, IoT frameworks, operational technologies (OT), multicloud environments and future technologies supported by an open design that will consolidate existing and new enterprise edge use cases. Zero Trust-enabled security protection across edge applications, data and infrastructure, from design to deployment, backed by end-to-end supply chain security measures. Greater efficiency and reliability of end-to-end edge operations with centralized management, zero-touch deployment and secure device onboarding. Minimal need for IT expertise in the field with automation to streamline edge deployments and operations across potentially thousands of edge locations. Integration of edge compute and storage hardware with workloads for ease of serviceability and increased security. Global planning and support services across 170 countries to help design edge deployments and create a roadmap for scaling customers' edge infrastructure to meet new demand. As an example, Dell Technologies is one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and manages one of the largest global supply chains. Dell plans to deploy the edge platform to deliver increased production line efficiencies by simplifying operations, securely connecting critical data from the production floor to IT infrastructure and enabling real-time reporting of automation data. Additionally, with the Dell Edge Design Program, Dell is collaborating with customers to help design and shape the development of Project Frontier to meet their specific needs. "IDC sees a wide range of locations where modern edge workloads will be deployed, and it is critical that these environments are highly resilient and can operate with limited human intervention," said Jennifer Cooke, IDC Research Director for Edge Strategies. "Dell's efforts with its Project Frontier look to be a strong step forward in realizing an architecture to address these needs and help customers streamline their edge operations." "Dell Technologies and Atos have long worked together to deliver more value to businesses by helping them realize the full potential of their data," said Arnaud Langer, Global Edge and IoT senior product director, Atos. "We look forward to collaborating on new edge innovations that can help organizations significantly simplify and secure their edge while improving business outcomes." Innovations across Dell infrastructure and end user portfolio simplify edge deployments As Project Frontier comes to life, Dell is expanding its current edge portfolio to help businesses scale and manage their edge deployments. Edge analytics and operations: Manufacturers can remove complexities and streamline how they deploy edge applications with an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge. The solution now includes new Dell-validated partner applications to support advanced edge use cases and improve factory processes and efficiencies, while reducing waste and raw materials usage for more sustainable operations. For example, Claroty provides asset discovery, network protection, threat detection and vulnerability and risk management for cyber-physical systems. Cognex machine vision helps improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking information during the production process. Telit automates data collection and management from sensors, devices, machines and factories with its IoT platform. XMPro creates composable digital twins of factory operations to help manufacturers save time and materials during the factory operating process. Manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in demand and enable reconfigurable production lines with Dell's private 5G capability. Edge compute and analytics: The Dell PowerEdge XR4000 is the shortest depth server in the Dell PowerEdge family at about the size of a shoebox. The XR4000 is 60% shorter than traditional data center servers, and its multiple mounting options allow it to be installed in a rack, on walls or ceilings, saving valuable floor space. The multi-node, 2U chassis server can survive unpredictable conditions like heat waves or falls. While small, the XR4000 is a high-performance server capable of supporting a wide range of edge workloads and is designed with Intel® Xeon® D processors with multi-operating system as well as optional GPU support. The XR4000 is available with the Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge and powers new Dell VxRail rugged modular nodes, delivering high performance and scalability in high latency, low bandwidth locations. Edge data collection: Built to withstand the most demanding edge locations, the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the industry's lightest3, most powerful4, 12" fully-rugged tablet. Designed to operate in extreme cold and hot environments, this tablet is rated for maximum protection against dust, dirt and water—ideal for first responders and outdoor environments. New Wi-Fi 6E5 capability with dual-band support provides more reliable connectivity, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver powerful performance, and optional integrated features, such as a barcode scanner, GPS module and smartcard reader, increase productivity in the field. The tablet is made to be viewed in the brightest, harshest lighting with the largest screen-area for a 12" fully-rugged, military-grade tablet6. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era. Copyright © 2022 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell Technologies and Dell are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Slurm-Rescale Connector Brings Fully Managed Serverless Cloud with Secure On Demand Access to Common HPC & AI Applications

Rescale | November 16, 2022

Rescale, the leader in high performance computing built for the cloud to accelerate engineering innovation, and RedLine Performance Solutions, announced today the availability of the Slurm Rescale Connector to provide Slurm users seamless access to cloud directly from the Slurm interface covering over 1000 managed full-stack HPC applications and access to all major cloud providers worldwide. "Slurm Rescale Connector provides an easy button to burst workflows to public clouds such as AWS, Azure, OCI, GCP from any existing on-prem HPC environment" said Don Avart, CTO of RedLine Performance Solutions, "We are excited to partner with Rescale on this hybrid solution to allow customers to take advantage of cloud-scale capacity and architectural choices available in the cloud." With high performance computing (HPC) workloads increasingly run in the cloud, many organizations are developing hybrid cloud strategies. But replicating data center infrastructure in dynamic cloud environments can be prohibitively complex and expensive. Hybrid Cloud Directly from Slurm With the Slurm-Rescale Connector, the entire multi-cloud world fully managed by Rescale is presented as one additional infrastructure scheduled by Slurm. This means Slurm users do not need to change how they use the scheduler to get the benefits of cloud-based specialized computing architectures or work at cloud-scale. Administrators can similarly get full visibility to cloud software and infrastructure spend, define policies on which architecture or geographies can be used, all without ever having to directly maintain any cloud-based infrastructure. From a cost perspective, HPC organizations can define budgets to keep cloud spending under control, and work directly with a single unified control, while providing users multi-cloud infrastructure or a rich software catalog. Rescale fully-managed HPCaaS is available with FedRAMP Moderate and ITAR compliance. "Slurm Rescale Connector enables HPC users and administrators to continue using the tools they know, while getting access to Rescale's catalog of over 1000 HPC fully managed applications, the ability to run any container, features to publish and manage your own software, and all specialized architectures through our intelligent multi-cloud infrastructure - available directly from their on-prem Slurm environment, "In addition, users can also benefit from Rescale's administrative controls and performance optimization features so they can get the best capabilities from the cloud with trust and confidence in full-stack security and delivery." Peter Lyu, VP of Global Solutions & Customer Success at Rescale This unique approach to hybrid is possible because Rescale is a fully managed solution for HPC cloud operations that brings full stack security, and support. Users can bring their own software and containers and run it anywhere on Rescale's multi-cloud infrastructure based on IT policies. Additionally, Rescale also maintains popular commercial and open source software in its catalog. Lastly, Rescale provides performance intelligence and guidance on how to best configure workloads to help users get the best performance possible - whether it's to minimize cost or minimize job run time. The Slurm Rescale connector will be released in 2022 Q4 as open source under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. About Rescale Rescale is high performance computing built for the cloud, to empower engineers while giving IT security and control. From supersonic jets to personalized medicine, industry leaders are bringing new product innovations to market with unprecedented speed and efficiency with Rescale, a cloud platform delivering intelligent full-stack automation and performance optimization. IT leaders use Rescale to deliver HPC-as-a-Service with a secure control plane to deliver any application, on any architecture, at any scale on their cloud of choice.

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