Here is a link to Intel’s presentation on why FPGA is going to play a major role in datacenter and cloud industries (presentation).
Intel pretty much makes a big bet on FPGA + CPU for reducing cost and increasing performance of data centers at much lower footprint. Argument is that, with the powerful FPGA co-processor in a single dye datacenter operators could save on power cost and cooling, and get better performance using a fraction of nodes.
Google launches Allo with Google Assitant (new version of Google Now?) (Engadget)
May be Google’s answer to Siri?
Facebook is augmenting its team that works on the secretive “Building 8” project (Recode)
They just acquired a small hardware startup called Nascent Objects that builds “modular electronics platform”.
May be a similar project like Google’s suspended “Project Ara”?
Oracle is getting its game face on the cloud and it could be a series threat to dominance enjoyed by AWS? (VentureBeat)
Enterprises are moving to cloud for sure, it is given. However, the question is what workloads will move to cloud. Large companies are still worried about security and governance issues. They might be willing to move non-critical data and services to cloud and keep their mission critical services running in their own secure data centers, where they’ve much better control and accountability.
With rapid advancement in the technology, especially in NoSQL, BigData and Cloud, a typical enterprise customer is pretty confused about the array of proprietary and open sources technologies. It seems like every month there is a new technology (close or open source) that is trying to do better than the one came out the month before. Its all too confusing for enterprises.
Providing a familiar platform, ex. MySQL/SQLServer, some of the concerns could be addressed. Given that, a cloud provider that is familiar with the way large enterprises work, have a presence in the doorstep, provide integration with services on-premise and understand how to decisions are made will win in the long run. Here is where Oracle, Microsoft and IBM have huge leg up when comparing non-traditional enterprise players (AWS and Google). Amazon and Google have to step up their game to address enterprise market with better messaging and offerings that integrate with existing on-premise platforms and also understand/sympathize with enterprise customer’s needs.