Data storage: spend wisely, plan for growth…and prepare for problems

22 June 2021

By Mark Radford, director enterprise sales UK, Infinidat

By Mark Radford, director enterprise sales UK, Infinidat

For most UK businesses the last 18 months have brought reality to what had previously been theoretical digital transformation plans.

Automation had already been happening in many parts of the data storage centre, data volumes were exploding and deep learning -- an element of artificial intelligence -- had also started to affect processes. There was the continuous danger of confusion and inefficiency, even complete project failure, unless you could prioritise essential infrastructure, capacity and performance needs under a lot of pressure.

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Meet the boss of Infovista

18 June 2021

José Duarte, CEO, Infovista

José Duarte, CEO, Infovista


What was your big career break? 

• Back in 1993, I was offered the opportunity to establish SAP in Portugal. I took it, starting as a consultant in a small part of what was this gigantic company. Through hard work, we established a foothold in the market. I evolved to become SAP’s president of Latin America, later President of EMEA and, finally, global president services and corporate Officer. It was the ride of a lifetime. I worked 20 years at SAP and have been privileged to meet with talented people and witness technological revolutions. That experience has shaped me as both an executive and on a personal level.

Who was your hero when you were growing up?

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Edge

17 June 2021

Edge and the micro data centre have become essential elements in the expanding data network that is the platform for our data economy.

Gains in processor performance and the need for location specific compute for the myriad applications that require ultra-low latency communication, means that features that were based in traditional data centres are now deployed where the user and the data source reside.

The micro data centre is a means for processing Edge data, which may be gathered from vehicles, traffic automation systems, surveillance devices, local 5G networks, office and factory facilities.

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Nvidia Bluefield -2

17 June 2021

The Nvidia BlueField -2 data processing unit (DPU) is the world’s first data centre infrastructure-on-a-chip optimized for traditional enterprises’ modern cloud workloads and high-performance computing.

It delivers a broad set of accelerated software-defined networking, storage, security, and management services with the ability to offload, accelerate and isolate data centre infrastructure.

With its 200Gb/s Ethernet or InfiniBand connectivity, the BlueField-2 DPU enables organizations to transform their IT infrastructures into state-of-the-art data centres that are accelerated, fully programmable and armed with “zero trust” security to prevent data breaches and cyber-attacks.

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