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Nvidia deep learning platform now available on Baidu Cloud

The Nvidia deep learning platform is now available as part of Baidu Cloud's deep learning service. The offering includes Pascal architecture-based Nvidia Tesla P40 GPUs and deep learning software. It provides training and inference acceleration for open-source deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and PaddlePaddle, as well. Baidu Cloud's deep learning service is currently available.

Mount Sinai Health System using Salesforce Health and Community Cloud

Mount Sinai Health System is using Salesforce to coordinate and manage the care of Medicaid recipients in its Performing Provider System (PPS). The Mount Sinai PPS was formed under New York State's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), a multi-year, multi-part overhaul of the Medicaid system that began in 2015. The Mount Sinai PPS includes more than 10,000 Medicaid service providers and 200 community organizations. Collectively, these groups are responsible for more than 350,000 Medicaid recipients across the New York Metro area. Using Health Cloud and Community Cloud, the health system is establishing a mobile, real-time care coordination program, said Salesforce in a statement.

Hearst selects Oracle cloud solutions

Hearst has selected Oracle cloud solutions to simplify and standardize its business processes across finance, procurement, and HR organizations, as part of the company's larger strategy to move to cloud applications. Hearst will be using the Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), and Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions. The migration will begin with the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and expected to subsequently extend globally, said Oracle in a statement.

Cradlepoint closes $89M Series C round

Cradlepoint, a company that provides 4G LTE enterprise network solutions,  including SD-WAN and cloud services, has closed $89 million in Series C funding. The round was led by TCV. Cradlepoint says it will use these funds to expand product initiatives in Software-Defined Networking (SDN), advanced 4G and 5G wireless connectivity, and enterprise Internet of Things (IoT). Ted Coons, general partner at TCV, and Doug Gilstrap, venture partner at TCV, have joined Cradlepoint's board.  

AMD, Microsoft collaborating to advance open source cloud hardware

AMD is collaborating with Microsoft to incorporate the cloud delivery features of its next-generation "Naples" processor with Project Olympus -- Microsoft's next-generation hyperscale cloud hardware design, the companies said at the Open Compute Project summit in Santa Clara, California. Through Microsoft's contribution of the Project Olympus design much earlier in the cycle than many OCP projects, AMD says it was able to engage early on in the design process, and the performance, scalability and efficiency of Project Olympus and AMD's "Naples" processor means the updated cloud hardware design can adapt to meet the application demands of global datacenter customers. The first "Naples" processors are scheduled to be available in Q2, with expected volume availability building in the second half of 2017 through OEM and channel partners.

Mitsubishi Electric introduces FA-IT open platform for factory automation

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a FA-IT open platform for factory automation based on edge computing. The platform facilitates connectivity between factory shop floors and value chains via Internet of things (IoT) systems, says the company. Vendors can download the free development environment to create manufacturing applications for operation on the platform, including connecting the platform to industrial networks for the collection of data from diverse devices and production equipment. Users can also design, manage and access equipment data models without being programming experts. The cloud-connected platform can be used to link manufacturing sites with IT vendors' own cloud-supported manufacturing-optimization services for supply chains, administration of multiple factories worldwide and other applications. The platform will be integrated with solutions based on Mitsubishi Electric's ecosystem for factory automation. The company...

A typo brought half the Internet down

Amazon Web Services (AWS) had an outage on Tuesday, affecting thousands of websites and companies using AWS. Now typically, service providers like AWS would have redundancy built in to avoid exactly this kind of a scenario. So what went wrong? A typo, it turns out. "At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended," said Amazon in a statement.  The error led to AWS restarting its service, and the system restart took longer than the company had...

Celect raises $10M

Celect, a Boston-based company that offers a cloud-based predictive analytics SaaS platform for retailers, has closed $10 million in Series B funding. The investment was led by Activant Capital, with participation from Fung Capital and August Capital. Celect is founded by MIT professors Vivek Farias and Devavrat Shah, and uses machine learning, which the company says allows retailers to better understand their customers’ buying patterns.

PGi to acquire ReadyTalk

PGi has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Denver-based ReadyTalk, a provider of cloud communications services. ReadyTalk was founded in 2001 and, according to a statement released by PGi provides collaboration software and services to more than 6,000 small- and mid-sized businesses. Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close at the end of the month. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Alibaba Cloud opening four new data centers

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is opening four new data centers. A new facility in Dubai went online on Monday, with data centers in Frankfurt, Sydney, and Japan expected to go live by the end of this year. The new centers will boost Alibaba's data center network to 14 locations. Middle East - The opening of the Dubai Data Center is held in conjunction with YVOLV, a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings, a Dubai-based holding company with a portfolio spanning across economic sectors in the United Arab Emirates. Europe - Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center in Europe. The center is co-located in Vodafone’s data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany. Australia - Alibaba Cloud will open a new data center in...

Bsquare inks $4.8 million IoT software and services deal

Bsquare has entered into an agreement with a global supplier of smart grid and smart city solutions to utilize its DataV Internet of Things (IoT) software. The one-year subscription agreement, includes an option to extend for an additional four years, for an aggregate value of $4.8 million in software and services. In addition, Bsquare says it will be entitled to collect a monthly per-app royalty on applications provisioned on individual meters, once certain volume milestones have been achieved. Cloud infrastructure will be provided by Bsquare partner Microsoft using its Azure platform.

Air Mauritius inks 5-year Cloud and Analytics deal with IBM

Air Mauritius has inked a five-year technology and services deal with IBM for cloud and analytics technologies delivered as services. The deal, which will be implemented in collaboration with KPMG South Africa, will allow the airline to overhaul its enterprise planning processes using the statistical analysis and visualizations of IBM’s Watson Analytics. This will allow authorized personnel across the enterprise to have analytical insights from the company’s data. It will also provide an integrated environment for critical, real-time scenario planning and performance management, according to IBM. Operating out of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius, its main hub, Air Mauritius serves 24 regional and international destinations. Air MauritiusAir MauritiusAir

Industry leaders form OpenCAPI Consortium to work on datacenter performance

AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx have come together to announce a new, open specification that can increase datacenter server performance by up to 10x. Servers and related products based on the new standard are expected in the second half of 2017. The new standard, called OpenCAPI, and released by the newly formed OpenCAPI Consortium, provides an open, high-speed pathway for different types of technology – advanced memory, accelerators, networking and storage – to more tightly integrate their functions within servers, according to a statement issued by the consortium. OpenCAPI provides a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design specification built to minimize the complexity of high-performance accelerator design, says the consortium.  Capable of 25Gbits per second data rate,...

Spirit AeroSystems using GE Predix for factory modernization

Spirit AeroSystems is starting a factory modernization initiative, where it will implement Efficiency Analyzer on Predix. Predix is GE’s operating system for the Industrial Internet, designed for building applications that connect to industrial assets, collect and analyze data, and deliver real-time insights. The Industrial Internet is a term coined by GE, and refers to the integration of complex physical machinery with networked sensors and software.) Spirit AeroSystems will be connecting a small sampling of its 5,000+ critical machines at its Wichita, Kansas facility. The initial goal is to achieve visualization into the company’s production process utilizing Efficiency Analyzer, and to expand its use as new modules are introduced by GE. Spirit is also working with GE Digital and other GE companies for additional factory automation solutions.

VMware, AWS collaborating to launch VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware and Amazon Web Services have inked a strategic alliance to build and deliver a jointly-architected solution called VMware Cloud on AWS. The solution will enable customers to run applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. VMware Cloud on AWS will allow VMware customers to use their existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS services, including storage, databases, and analytics, VMware in a statement. VMware Cloud on AWS runs an unified SDDC (software-defined data center) platform that integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN and NSX virtualization technologies, and will provide access to the full range of AWS services. It will run on next-generation, elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure. Availability Available in mid-2017, VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable...