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Keynote Open Hardware à l'Open CIO Summit

Keynote Open Hardware à l'Open CIO Summit | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

La une de couverture de The Economist est tombée pile-poil à point pour ma keynote de demain !

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Amusante coïncidence ?

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Orange s’associe à Facebook pour le lancement d’un accélérateur de start-up centré sur l’innovation des infrastructures réseau

Orange s’associe à Facebook pour le lancement d’un accélérateur de start-up centré sur l’innovation des infrastructures réseau | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook et Orange, en tant que membres du Telecom Infra Project (TIP) lancent au sein de l’Orange Fab France un nouvel accélérateur « Telecom Track », conçu spécifiquement pour soutenir les start-up centrées sur le développement des infrastructures réseau.
Les start-up sélectionnées seront accompagnées par Orange et bénéficieront d'un accès à son réseau mondial de ressources ainsi que du soutien des Ecosystem Accelerator Centres du TIP (TEAC) et de Facebook.
Orange collabore avec le TIP* et Facebook afin de soutenir des start-up centrées sur l’innovation des infrastructures réseau en lançant le nouveau « Telecom Track » dans le cadre de son programme d'accélération Orange Fab en France. Ce partenariat recherchera les meilleures innovations et talents du secteur, soutiendra et conseillera les start-up avec l’aide des experts Orange, TIP et Facebook, et facilitera en parallèle la création de réseaux et les opportunités d’investissement internes et externes.

Le « Telecom Track » d’Orange Fab France

Le projet sera géré par Orange Fab France, le programme d’accélération d’Orange pour les start-up, depuis le site d’Orange Gardens, un éco-campus situé à Châtillon, près de Paris entièrement dédié à la recherche et à l’innovation. En contact direct avec les  meilleurs experts d’Orange et de ses partenaires, les start-up pourront aborder  les questions majeures relatives aux réseaux, allant de leur gestion jusqu’aux nouvelles technologies d’accès, et ce dans plusieurs régions.
Les start-up bénéficieront de tous les avantages du programme Orange Fab existant, au sein duquel elles participeront à des ateliers dédiés et des sessions de tutorat avec des spécialistes. Elles recevront un financement optionnel de 15 000 € et auront accès à un espace de travail sur le site d’Orange Gardens, où sont basées les équipes de recherche et d'innovation du Groupe. En complément du support du réseau mondial Orange Fab, les start-up pourront consulter également des experts de la communauté du TIP, des TEAC et de Facebook. Ce cadre leur permettra d’établir des connections privilégiées avec les équipes d’innovation, les partenaires d'investissement et les investisseurs en capital-risque qui pourront leur apporter une expertise plus poussée et des financements potentiels afin de lancer de nouveaux produits et services.

L’appel à projets démarre aujourd’hui et les candidats ont jusqu’au 14 mai 2017 pour soumettre leur candidature. Trois semaines plus tard, les start-up sélectionnées rejoindront le programme d’accélération et auront l’opportunité de participer en juin à un événement de lancement organisé par Orange qui réunira des cadres d’Orange, du TIP et de Facebook, ainsi que des partenaires et investisseurs en capital-risque. Une fois avancées dans le processus d’accélération, les start-up sélectionnées seront invitées à intervenir lors d'un événement des TEAC qui se tiendra à San Francisco à la fin de l’année.
Les candidats doivent être basés en France et les projets doivent être soumis sur le site www.orangefabfrance.fr

« Dans le cadre de l’évolution de notre réseau vers la 5G et les technologies futures, l’opportunité d’innovation au niveau des réseaux est énorme, et il est essentiel de soutenir les grands esprits et les talents qui développeront l’innovation dans le domaine des télécommunications », a déclaré Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Vice-présidente exécutive Innovation, Marketing et Technologies d’Orange. « Nous pensons que notre partenariat avec Facebook et le lancement du nouveau Telecom Track nous permettra d’encourager et de soutenir cette communauté de start-up qui a la possibilité de faire bouger les choses au sein de cet espace et de développer de nouvelles innovations dans les télécommunications. »
« Facebook est impatient de collaborer avec Orange et le TIP afin de soutenir cet accélérateur de start-up », a déclaré Jay Parikh, Directeur Ingénierie et Infrastructure chez Facebook. « En travaillant conjointement, nous espérons aider à identifier et soutenir l’innovation des infrastructures réseau des télécommunications tout en préparant la voie vers de futures découvertes. »  

L’engagement d’Orange Digital Ventures

Afin d’accélérer encore davantage le développement des start-up participantes, Orange Digital Ventures soutiendra ce nouveau « Telecom Track » et apportera des conseils pour le financement ainsi que des opportunités de création de réseau via Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) à travers ses partenariats d’investisseurs. Orange Digital Ventures contribue d’ores et déjà activement à la transformation du paysage des télécommunications à travers son portefeuille d’investissements, et pourra éventuellement contribuer au financement de certaines des start-up participantes.

*Orange fait partie du Telecom Infra Project (TIP), une initiative mondiale centrée sur l’ingénierie qui vise à transformer l’approche traditionnelle afin de construire et de déployer des infrastructures réseau de télécommunications.

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Enfin un opérateur télécom qui s'intéresse de plus près et de manière visible et assumée à l'Open Hardware, au projet OCP, et au Telecom Infra Project, et ce en s'appuyant sur des startups ! Il aura fallu 4 ans pour évangéliser et labourer le terrain.

En dehors d'Horizon Computing Solutions et AirLynx, quelles sont les autres startups à router vers Orange Fab et Orange Digital Ventures ?

Nous assistons à la fin du cycle des architectures hardware propriétaires ; qui sera le RedHat de cette nouvelle révolution ?

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Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab

Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
This is where Facebook will prototype its solar drones, Internet-beaming lasers, VR headsets, and next-gen servers.The problem with moving faster than most companies is that Facebook was plagued by delays whenever it had to outsource prototyping and testing of its gadgets and gizmos. With so much hardware on its 10-year roadmap, and quarter after quarter of profits stacking up, it made sense to build a dedicated laboratory within its Menlo Park headquarters.
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An internet / software giant reminds us, at scale, that #HardwareIsNotDead
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RuggedPod 4G-LTE Base Station resets CAPEX and OPEX standards in mobile by an order of magnitude

RuggedPod 4G-LTE Base Station resets CAPEX and OPEX standards in mobile by an order of magnitude | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Horizon teamed up with Amarisoft to deliver the first small cell 4G LTE system based on x86 industry standard microprocessor.

Amarisoft software does support eNodeB functions including PHY Layer, Protocol layer, and network interface layer including IPv6, as well as core network features to manage users access and interoperability with existing installation making it an highly flexible 4G LTE implementation. Associated with the power and flexibility of linux it does bring endless possibilities to its end user to implement new services or business model, to expand 4G and Internet access deployment.

More information can be found on Amarisoft webpage: http://www.amarisoft.com

Currently targeting developers, small telco companies and people who are willing to deploy Internet access around the world, this first development POD comes with:

  • An integrated SDR solution directly connected to the x86 motherboard through a PCIe connection. This solution covers frequencies from 70Mhz to 6Ghz and doesn’t require any external hardware to implement a 4G network. The signal can be either amplified to build up a production based station or use outdoor antennas connected through sealed SMA connectors.
  • Enough computing power to drive this SDR solutions and many IP services on top of it.

The solution  provides a 10m signal range through a 10mW max power antenna solution (with 4 antennas 2×2 MIMO).  Multiples POD can be synced using GPS clock signal available through a fith antenna.

Amarisoft and Horizon are  working with AW2S on stronger  signal support which can deliver dual 20W amplifier signals allowing to expand coverage to proprietary cell tower class. Please get in touch with us as to get more informations on this solution.

The dual socket Xeon E5 v3 motherboard included within this developer kit is providing enough computing power as to support with a single Xeon E5 2618Lv3 up to 3 Antennas as to emulate a full cell tower, leaving up to 2 full core for additionnal features.

The motherboard includes high resiliency hardware functions like ECC memory support to lower system failure and improve stability.

The ASPEED IPMI controller provides full features remote management function, and simplify remote operation.

Relying on industry standard hardware the solution lower OPEX by a 3 digit percentage as it doesn’t requires any specific training, and can be easily upgraded.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Associated with Amarisoft 4G/LTE 100 software stack, RuggedPOD is becoming one of the most cost efficient solution to deploy 4G/LTE network in harsh environments, disaster recovery situation or white zone where traditionnal telco’s do not want operate.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Microsoft has developed its own Linux | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft has developed its own Linux distribution. And Azure runs it to do networking.

Redmond's revealed that it's built something called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), describing it as “a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux” and “our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches.”

Kamala Subramanian, Redmond's principal architect for Azure Networking, writes that: “At Microsoft, we believe there are many excellent switch hardware platforms available on the market, with healthy competition between many vendors driving innovation, speed increases, and cost reductions.”

(Translation: Microsoft partners, we mean you no harm.)

“However, what the cloud and enterprise networks find challenging is integrating the radically different software running on each different type of switch into a cloud-wide network management platform. Ideally, we would like all the benefits of the features we have implemented and the bugs we have fixed to stay with us, even as we ride the tide of newer switch hardware innovation.”

(Translation: Software-defined networking (SDN) is a very fine idea.)

But it appears Redmond couldn't find SDN code to fits its particular needs, as it says ACS “... focuses on feature development based on Microsoft priorities” and “allows us to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows us the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for our datacenter and our networking needs.”

ACS is designed to use the Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), an OpenCompute effort that offers an API to program ASICs inside network devices.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

So bizarre it might sound, this isn't any surprise if you remember that Microsoft's online services require datacenters with cost equations that cannot afford Dell machines running Windows. Microsoft has been a very early and massive supporter of Open Compute and networking is the next logical step to combine software with bare metal...

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Open Compute EU Summit keynote - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute EU Summit keynote  - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The first Open Compute Europe Summit took place in Paris on October 30 & 31st, 2014, on Ecole Polytechnique's campus in Palaiseau.

The european tech scene is catching up on OCP, with pioneers such as Telecity or Enter.it , and is federated by Splitted Desktop System's Jean-Marie Verdun.

Here is the keynote I delivered at government's request, explaining why France is Open (to) Compute (following my April post - in french).

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Most enjoyable standing ovations are the ones you call for those deserving real credit (at 29'30")

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After criticizing it, Cisco joins Open Compute

After criticizing it, Cisco joins Open Compute | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Cisco has joined the Open Compute Project, a Facebook-driven effort to develop open source servers and switches, 16 months after criticizing it. At that time, Cisco CEO John Chambers said OCP has “weaknesses” that Cisco can exploit.

Featured ResourceChambers said efforts like Facebook’s to commoditize and wring cost out of hardware purchases will open up opportunities for Cisco to provide solutions that are better tailored to specific customer needs:"I think this will just be one more series of good challenges that Cisco will say ‘what’s the business objective on.’ There are a lot of weaknesses to the area -- we’re going to go back and solve customer problems. If you’re standalone anything, this is going to be a hard market to play in. Anything white label, where the decision is cost or opex, you’re going to lose."
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Open Compute : Sixteen months later Cisco looks to get "ahead of the game" according to Network World

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Open Compute EU Summit speakers announced

Open Compute EU Summit speakers announced | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The summit will take place on Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31, 2014 at École Polytechnique in Paris, France and will feature Mark Shuttleworth along with speakers from Intel, Microsoft, Rackspace.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Open Compute Europe lineup is starting to be very interesting. Goldman Sachs and Fidelity CIO will participate along with Qualcomm's SVP Strategy and 700+ others. Excited to meet Canonical/Ubuntu 's Mark Shuttleworth (first "space tourist")

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OCP European Summit - 30-31 October 2014

OCP European Summit - 30-31 October 2014 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce the Open Compute Project European Summit. This summit will take place on Thursday 30 October and Friday 31 October 2014 at École Polytechnique in Paris, France.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Première étape de http://j.mp/opencompute-SDS : l'OCP EU Summit se tiendra à Paris-Saclay. Bravo à @splitteddesktop et @vejmarie !

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Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco

Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

On June 18th, Facebook introduced Wedge, making good on its promise from last year to push into the $23 billion Ethernet switch market, currently dominated by Cisco.

Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP), one of the most important tech projects Facebook has ever created. OCP began in 2012 as a radically new way to build and buy computer hardware. It creates free and "open source" designs where anyone can contribute to the designs and use them for free, ordering them from a contract manufacturer.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Attention all European Tech Pundits : OCP is not a hobby, I repeat, OCP is not a hobby.

Sovereignty means control and control now primarily comes from mastering the full stack.

> Bad news : Europe and France are late on this.

> Good news : it took only 20 engineers and 2 years for Facebook to redesign its hardware infrastructure from the ground.

> Better news : the job is done and there are billion $ businesses to be build to cover European region as atoms do not move at zero marginal cost.

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Speakers - Open Compute Project @ IDC CEMA in Dubai

Speakers - Open Compute Project @ IDC CEMA in Dubai | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Graduated from the University of Orsay, Jean-Marie Verdun created Splitted-Desktop Systems in November 2006 after spending 12 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq France and HP France.


He will speak on "Datacenter as a PCB"

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Datacenter as PCB is an intriguing topic ; knowing who will deliver it is extremely reassuring. The Splitted Desktop Systems team is doing a helluva job in bringing Open Compute Certification in France #FrenchTech

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OpenCompute Project (OCP), le renouveau de l’industrie matérielle du numérique en France et en Europe ? | System X

OpenCompute Project (OCP), le renouveau de l’industrie matérielle du numérique en France et en Europe ? | System X | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Nous vous donnons rendez-vous le 30 avril de 9h30 à 11h30 à l’IRT SystemX pour un séminaire sur le thème « Open Compute Project : une opportunité pour l’industrie du numérique en France et en Europe ? »

SystemX reçoit Jean-Marie VERDUN, Président de Splitted-Desktop Systems (SDS) et membre d’Open Compute, et Fayçal BOUJEMAA, responsable de la recherche & développement chez Cloudwatt, qui présenteront les axes de recherches actuellement pris par la fondation Open Compute Project (OCP), sa stratégie en Europe, et l’opportunité que cette communauté Open Compute peut représenter dans vos activités académiques et industrielles.

Le projet OpenCompute est la déclinaison matérielle du monde de l’Open Source dans le logiciel. Ce projet s’axe autour d’une fondation à but non lucratif financée et créée par les géants de l’industrie (Facebook, Microsoft, Intel …) dans l’objectif de soutenir l’innovation au travers de collaborations ouvertes et internationales sur la base de spécifications ouvertes de matériel.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur OCP sans jamais oser le demander... C'est le 30 Avril matin à l'IRT SystemX.

(Pour les autres il y a toujours http://j.mp/opencompute-SDS )

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Open Compute, un Investissement d'Avenir pour le Cloud Souverain et l'industrie française

Open Compute, un Investissement d'Avenir pour le Cloud Souverain et l'industrie française | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

La prochaine révolution informatique à grande échelle a démarré à partir du projet OCP (Open Compute Project), démarré en 2011 par Facebook avec le soutien notamment de Microsoft et Goldman Sachs (saviez-vous que cette banque dispose de sa propre équipe d'ingénieurs en charge de concevoir leurs serveurs?) qui ont pour objectif d’être au matériel ce que l’open source est au logiciel. Il s’agit de repartir des besoins des clients finaux et de désintermédier les fabricants (OEM) de serveurs comme HP, Dell ou Lenovo en certifiant directement des configurations matérielles adaptées au client et à ses objectifs de coûts.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Comme le dit Cole Crawford, Directeur Executif de la Fondation Open Compute, "Splitted Desktop is in a critically unique position within Europe.  They have led the charge in driving Open Compute technologies into the region. We will be relying heavily on Jean Marie and his team to produce and promote the world's most efficient computing environments".

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Open Hardware is about to radically flip both server & data center markets with huge amounts of certified, refurbished facebook servers available here and now

Open Hardware is about to radically flip both server & data center markets with huge amounts of certified, refurbished facebook servers available here and now | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Open Hardware is touted to propel 80% of Facebook Data Center infrastructure, saving them 2Bn$ in the process.

This market, triggered and until recently dominated by hyperscale customers, is growing 30% year on year while the OEM server market declines (-6% y/y).

As Facebook is about to upgrade thousands of OCP machines to keep up with their gigantic CPU power needs, they are expected to offload the previous generation on the market, with unbeatable price/quality ratios as these natively rugged machines will be refurbished, tested, certified before being delivered.

To keep costs at minimum, the sales process is performed 100% online, and the delivery operated by a long standing OCP partner : Horizon Computing Solutions is not only the only distributor of Open Hardware Technology ; they also completed the first Open IT Hardware Product with RuggedPOD, the most power efficent Data Center Worldwide with a PUE = 1.0

Want to test a 16 core Bi-Xeon server ? It will cost you less than $1000 and you can order here.

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Chinese Chipmaker Unveils Speedy 64-Core ARM Processor

Chinese Chipmaker Unveils Speedy 64-Core ARM Processor | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Phytium Technology has announced a 64-core ARM server CPU, which according to the press release will deliver 512 gigaflops of performance.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
This should be a serious wake-up call for Digital Europe : why not trust european talent and dive in this open race (thinking OpenRiscV) while it is still time ?
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Google and Facebook Team Up to Open Source the Gear Behind Their Empires

Google and Facebook Team Up to Open Source the Gear Behind Their Empires | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Half a decade ago, Jonathan Heiliger compared the world of Internet data centers to Fight Club.

It was the spring of 2011, and the giants of the Internet—including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft—were erecting a new kind of data center. Their online empires had grown so large that they could no longer rely on typical hardware from the likes of Dell, HP, and IBM. They needed hardware that was cheaper, more streamlined, and more malleable. So, behind the scenes, they designed this hardware from scratch and had it manufactured through little-known companies in Asia.

This shadow hardware market was rarely discussed in public. Companies like Google saw their latest data center hardware as a competitive advantage best kept secret from rivals. But then Facebook tore off the veil. It open sourced its latest server and data center designs, freely sharing them with the world under the aegis of a new organization called the Open Compute Project. “It’s time to stop treating data center design like Fight Club and demystify the way these things are built,” said Heiliger, then the vice president of technical operations at Facebook. 

Google was the first company to rethink data center design for the modern age.

With the Open Compute Project, Facebook aimed to create a whole community of companies that would freely share their data center designs, hoping to accelerate the evolution of Internet hardware and, thanks to the economies of scale, drive down the cost of this hardware. That, among other things, boosts the Facebook bottom line. It worked—in a very big way. Microsoft soon shared its designs too. Companies like HP and Quanta began selling this new breed of streamlined gear. And businesses as diverse as Rackspace and Goldman Sachs used this hardware to expand their own massive online operations. Even Apple—that bastion of secrecy—eventually joined the project.

Two big holdouts remained: Google and Amazon. But today, that number dropped to one. At the annual Open Compute Summit in San Jose, California, Google announced that it too has joined the project. And it’s already working with Facebook on a new piece of open source hardware.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

Gerald Black's curator insight, March 10, 2016 9:27 AM

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

George Goodman's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:09 AM

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

Agra hotal's curator insight, March 10, 2016 11:27 AM

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Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

L'édition 2015 de la Conference USI (Unexpected Sources of Inspiration) s'est tenue début Juillet au Carrousel du Louvre et a confirmé son statut de meilleure Conference Tech sur Paris, combinant un site exceptionnel, une audience de plus de 1200 participants très diverse et de très bon niveau, et une palette de speakers dans plusieurs disciplines délivrant une quarantaine d'interventions sur les deux jours. La Caisse des Dépôts était de nouveau partenaire de cette édition avec plus d'une cinquantaine de participants dans le cadre de son programme de transformation digitale.

François Hisquin, CEO d'Octo et Curateur de la conférence, m'avait demandé d'intervenir sur la thématique d'Open Compute, dont la contribution aux enjeux de la transition énergétique n'est toujours pas correctement appréciée en Europe alors même que nous hébergeons des entreprises extrêmement talentueuses dans ce domaine.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Keynote en video et slideshare pour ceux qui n'ont pas le son

CHECy's curator insight, November 25, 2015 12:15 PM

Intervention de Philippe Dewost, Président d'honneur du CHECy, lors de la conférence USI 2015.

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Facebook’s cold storage system : the full-stack approach to efficiency

Facebook’s cold storage system : the full-stack approach to efficiency | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Two billion photos are shared daily on Facebook services. Many of these photos are important memories for the people on Facebook and it's our challenge to ensure we can preserve those memories as long as people want us to in a way that's as sustainable and efficient as possible. As the number of photos continued to grow each month, we saw an opportunity to achieve significant efficiencies in how we store and serve this content and decided to run with it. The goal was to make sure your #tbt photos from years past were just as accessible as the latest popular cat meme but took up less storage space and used less power. The older, and thus less popular, photos could be stored with a lower replication factor but only if we were able to keep an additional, highly durable copy somewhere else.

 

Instead of trying to utilize an existing solution — like massive tape libraries — to fit our use case, we challenged ourselves to revisit the entire stack top to bottom. We're lucky at Facebook — we're empowered to rethink existing systems and create new solutions to technological problems. With the freedom to build an end-to-end system entirely optimized for us, we decided to reimagine the conventional data center building itself, as well as the hardware and software within it. The result was a new storage-based data center built literally from the ground up, with servers that power on as needed, managed by intelligent software that constantly verifies and rebalances data to optimize durability. Two of these cold storage facilities have opened within the past year, as part of our data centers in Prineville, Oregon, and Forest City, North Carolina.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Facebook adds 2 Bn pics every day : their full-stack approach on cold storage operating at 25% the power of conventional storage servers  is both fun and fascinating to read.

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WeIO Web of Things platform

WeIO Web of Things platform | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

WeIO is a Web of Things - Internet of things platform. It lets you connect and control your objects from any device using only your web browser. Connect easily objects between them or with Internet services like social networks.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Impressive #DIY project turned into a product/platform. #HarwareIsNotDead #OpenCompute

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Impressive Bare Metal Magic demo by Canonical/Ubuntu 's Mark Shuttleworth

Watch Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, demonstrate bare-metal magic at OCP in Paris. He deployed three scale-out workloads: OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Hadoop, on different hardware architectures and operating systems, all in just minutes. He also built a complete OpenStack cloud using Canonical's new OpenStack Autopilot tool and the audience choice of hypervisor, storage and networking components.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

OCP EU Summit videos are coming online, and @Mark_SABDFL keynote and demo do scale-out !

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OCP European Summit 30-31 October 2014, France Paris

OCP European Summit 30-31 October 2014, France Paris | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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Free Registration. Exceptional Networking. Engineering talks and hardcore hackathons. All wrapped in a #FrenchTech spirit. See you there ! #HardwareIsNotDead #OCP

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Laurent Bloch : « La France est en train de rater la troisième révolution industrielle »

Laurent Bloch : « La France est en train de rater la troisième révolution industrielle » | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

.../... le commerce du contenu et des données n’est que la partie visible de l’iceberg, En dessous, il y a les matériels et les réseaux. On parle souvent d’Internet comme si c’était un espace totalement immatériel. C’est faux. L’entreprise Google est un géant industriel. Elle possède des millions de serveurs dans le monde entier, regroupés dans des data centers, qui sont des usines informatiques. Pour assurer son approvisionnement énergétique, Google rachète des centrales hydro-électriques.

Même chose pour les réseaux : Google et Facebook possèdent leurs propres câbles transatlantiques et leurs nœuds de communication. Leurs activités commerciales dépendent avant tout de leurs infrastructures matérielles.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Un écho intéressant au petit déjeuner thématique co-organisé par la Caisse des Dépôts et la Mission Lemoine le 18 Juin dernier, avec la redécouverte tardive des sujets de "couches basses" (hardware, réseaux, cloud public) et en toile de fond la pub Pirelli : "sans maîtrise la puissance n'est rien"...

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DigitalOcean's cloud surpasses Amazon Web Services in one category

DigitalOcean's cloud surpasses Amazon Web Services in one category | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Netcraft alluded to the growth in a blog post earlier this month. Netcraft’s most recent survey found that 818 sites jumped from Amazon to DigitalOcean, while 88 sites moved in the other direction.

The company has grown fast. Netcraft’s December 2012 survey put it behind more than 1,500 others in terms of how many web-facing computers it had. Now it’s in 15th place.

All that growth has had an impact on DigitalOcean’s physical infrastructure.

“We were adding four (data center) racks a month in the beginning of the year. Now we’re adding them at a two-day clip,” Mitch Wainer, a cofounder of DigitalOcean and its chief marketing officer, said in an interview with VentureBeat. “It’s really been crazy, and our poor director of operations is losing his mind.”

The company now operates around 6,350 physical servers, up from about 5,000 at the beginning of October, Wainer said. It’s still a tiny fraction of the biggest cloud providers — presumably Amazon, Google, Rackspace, and Microsoft — but clearly, the number is going in the right direction.

 
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Grow fast or die slow wrote McKinsey recently...

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Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips

Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As demand for its cloud computing services continues to grow, sources say Amazon is trying to design its own server chips. Based on a job listing and a series of LinkedIn updates, it looks like it could be eyeing the ARM architecture for those chips.

The online retailer and cloud giant has hired several chip engineers who used to work at Calxeda, the former ARM-based server startup out of Austin, Texas that shut down last year, including the former Calxeda CTO. It also has a few job listings for its Silicon Optimization team based in Austin, Texas that call for microprocessor design expertise, including one for a “CPU Architect / Micro-Architect.”

Amazon declined to comment on its plans; actually, a spokeswoman said, “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to ask Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels (pictured) about these plans at our Structure event in June. However, several sources in the Austin chip community have been discussing the impact of Amazon’s decision to swoop in and recruit engineers after Calxeda shut down in December, curious about whether or not Amazon planned to follow other webscale businesses Google and Facebook in trying to build their own silicon.

 
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Hardware is not dead... Entering the hardware race yet requires muscles and above all talent. And as I pointed as early as 2 years ago, ARM is still an interesting option.

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Nervana takes $600K to build hardware for deep learning

Nervana takes $600K to build hardware for deep learning | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It sounds like Nervana won’t be aiming for the kind of hardware that every small and medium-sized business would buy. Rather, the company is thinking about handling vast quantities of data.

“Deep learning has emerged as the leading technique for finding structure in very large data sets, and Nervana Systems’ specialized hardware will do this at a new level of scale to meet growing demands, Rao said in a statement.

Other vendors aspire to handle hard computing work at scale, too. Nevertheless, some smart investors seem convinced of Nervana’s opportunity.

The startup’s funding comes from Allen & Co., SV Angel, Adithya Agrawal, Y Combinator president Sam Altman, Eric Baker, Scott Banister, Farzad Khosrowshahi, Expedia chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, Ali and Hadi Partovi, Geoff Ralston, Dropbox vice president of operations Ruchi Sanghvi, and Owen Van Natta.

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Hardware is neither dead nor a commodity

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