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Intel announced today the availability of new small form factor and high-capacity versions of the Intel® SSD DC S3500 Series. The M.2 form factor, roughly the size of a stick of gum, delivers high performance and reliability with end-to-end data and power loss protection. These industry trusted features meet the demands of server boot, micro server storage and embedded devices such as ATMs, digital signage and point-of-sale systems. The 2.5 inch 1.2TB and 1.6TB versions, double available storage capacity within the same footprint, optimizing critical data center real estate. Learn more about the Intel SSD Data Center Family.

Today Intel released new virtual storage manager software to the open source community which is designed to simplify the creation and management of Ceph clusters for cloud and data center storage administrators. The software delivers consistent cluster configuration through pre-defined standard cluster designs; easing installation, helping improve reliability, and reducing maintenance and support costs. Developed in Python and OpenStack Horizon, the open source software is available for download. Learn more about how companies such as Fujitsu are incorporating the software into their products to achieve significant time-savings when setting up test clusters in the blog.

Intel and AT&T announced today a new joint research effort in collaboration with notable university researchers and open source contributors designed to enable Software Defined Networking (SDN) in carrier networks. The Intel Strategic Research Alliance (ISRA), established by Intel, will focus on enabling software packet processing and flexible service architectures, while the ON.Lab, with funding from AT&T, will develop open source tools and platforms.

At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced the latest release of the Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre software that combines the performance and scalability of open-source Lustre software with new tools to help IT use Lustre storage for the most data-intensive applications. Building on the Lustre 2.5 foundation, the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre features new capabilities to monitor vast amounts of dynamic data to identify and overcome performance constraints as well as larger sized configurations to meet the need for faster and more productive storage solutions. Additionally, the latest version includes a new Lustre client for Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors that delivers 10 times improved streaming I/O compared to network file systems. To learn more, visit lustre.intel.com.

Today, Intel, 3M and SGI announced the implementation of a fully functional supercomputer that uses two-phase immersion cooling technology that can reduce cooling energy costs by up to 95 percent and reduce water consumption by eliminating municipal water usage for evaporative cooling. In this proof-of-concept, SGI ICE* X and Intel® Xeon® processors are immersed in 3M Novec* Engineered Fluid. The 3M Novec fluid is an efficient dielectric that keeps the hardware cooled with minimum additional energy, maximum performance and better reliability. Learn more here.

What stands in the way of solving some of the toughest medical challenges? It often comes down to computational power and the speed at which technology can unravel the secrets of the human genome.  However, by optimizing the Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit 3.1 for Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers, researchers can now analyze an entire human genome and cut the time it takes to only one day. These improvements also enable analysis of large data sets consisting of tens of thousands of DNA samples, a 100x improvement over previous iterations. This improved speed and scalability for variant analysis in large association studies will help enable new medical discoveries never before thought possible for conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and cardiovascular disease. See the press release for more information.

Wind River has introduced Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server, a software platform to develop next-generation carrier grade servers for network functions virtualization (NFV) deployment. Designed for six 9s level of carrier grade reliability at a five times improved price and performance ratio over traditional enterprise software offerings, the Wind River platform helps customers save develop time and costs to quickly become NFV-ready. The fully integrated solution delivers carrier grade virtualization and allows customers to onboard and deploy NFV applications right out of the box. Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server is optimized for and running on Intel® architecture-based COTS servers from HP. For more information, view the news release and offering.

Every March, millions aspire to create the perfect college men’s basketball tournament bracket in hopes of gaining bragging rights — or even a $1 billion prize. But statistics show that someone is 50 million times more likely to win a Mega Millions jackpot than predict each winner in the tournament’s 63 games. For this year’s tournament, Intel is teaming up with Kaggle to demonstrate the predictive powers of big data with the “March Machine Learning Mania” data science competition. Participants will try to beat the odds using predictive models to forecast the outcome of each possible matchup as well as the overall 2014 results for a chance to win a $15,000 cash prize. Learn more about the competition andget more information on Intel big data technologies.

At this year’s National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo, Intel (booth #2738) is showcasing new technologies that help retailers make better use of big data and make the Internet of Things a reality by blending physical and online shopping experiences across a range of devices. Technologies include a full-length digital "mirror," gesture-based product customization, a solution to help eliminate long lines in stores as well as shop the looks from favorite television programs. To learn more, visit the press kit.

Yesterday at CES, Intel and Infiniti discussed the evolution of the connected car in an increasingly digital world. Intel VP and GM of the Automotive Solutions Division Elliot Garbus highlighted Intel’s research that will make roads safer and intuitively gather more knowledge for drivers to interact with vehicles; investments through the $100 million Intel Capital Connected Car Investment Fund, and ongoing engineering efforts at the Automotive Innovation and Product Development Center in Germany. Larry Haddad, Infiniti’s Global Chief Marketing Manager of Connectivity, shared the stage with Garbus and discussed the exciting opportunities as cars connect to mobile devices and the cloud, how partnerships between technology and automotive companies will be key in driving those opportunities, and what the in-vehicle experience will look like in the future. Watch a replay of the discussion.

Intel announced today the availability of the Intel® Cache Acceleration Software – Workstation (Intel® CAS-W) to accelerate the time it takes for users to access important company data. Businesses with an existing storage infrastructure primarily using HDDs can now combine an SSD with Intel CAS-W to accelerate IO performance as an alternative to replacing the existing storage system with all SSDs. Digital artists can use Intel CAS-W paired with their 3D animation software to quickly pull an archived movie scene from storage for editing, or automobile manufacturers could quickly access data to develop innovative new designs. When using HDD IO performance as the basis for comparison, Intel CAS-W combined with an SSD achieved significant performance improvement with workstation industry IO benchmarks - Media and Entertainment (317 percent), Life Sciences (204 percent) and Energy (192 percent). The Intel CAS-W software is now available on select Dell Precision workstations.
Today, Intel unveiled several datacenter software updates to provide enhanced security and performance gains for Big Data applications. Intel® Graph Builder for Apache Hadoop software v2.0 helps data scientists simplify analytical relationships within large sets of data, while Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop software 3.0 features security and manageability enhancements for faster data encryption to help keep data safe and trusted. Lastly, the Intel® Analytics Toolkit for Apache Hadoop software enables easier implementation of predictive modeling tools for a range of industries and solutions. More information on the software can be found here.

Intel and Jaguar Land Rover announced today they are collaborating to enhance the automaker’s research and product development on future in-vehicle technologies that deliver new driving experiences. The companies have already begun work across engineering and research, and programs are underway to develop next-generation digital vehicle prototypes that connect the car, mobile devices and the cloud. The insights gained from the research programs, along with alignment on engineering efforts, will help speed development on new in-vehicle technologies. Jaguar Land Rover also unveiled plans to open a new technology research and development center in Portland, Oregon which will further the collaborative research relationship with Intel Labs. Get more information here.

Intel has created a new organization to accelerate and broaden its reach into market segments and applications commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Called the IoT Solutions Group, this new organization will include the Intelligent Systems Group and Wind River organizations, bringing together the intelligent systems hardware, software, services and platform elements together into one organization. This is the next step in the company’s ongoing activities supporting the proliferation of IoT implementations across the industry. Intel will deliver solutions for companies that are investing in technologies to both drive operating efficiencies and create new services by connecting devices to each other and the cloud to transform their businesses. The new organization will be led by Vice President and General Manager, Doug Davis, a long-time Intel leader and embedded industry veteran and will report directly to the executive office (President and CEO).

As a result of a longstanding innovation collaboration between Intel and SAP, the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop (Intel Distribution) will now be offered with the SAP HANA platform to provide a comprehensive solution designed for real-time big data analytics. With performance optimizations for Intel hardware as well as encryption and decryption improvements for better security, the combination of the Intel Distribution with SAP HANA will offer enterprises an analytics solution that is secure and scalable to unlock intelligence from data to transform businesses. To learn more, view the press release.

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