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AMD, Canonical Present Cloud in a Box

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AMD and Canonical team up to present "one of the industry’s easiest ways to deploy an OpenStack private cloud"-- an OpenStack-based solution packing a SeaMicro SM1500 server running on Ubuntu LTS 14.04.

AMD serverThe system is actually the evolution of an earlier Canonical idea, the so-called Ubuntu Orange Box. Presented at the OpenStack Summit, the Orange Box is a cloud in a box built from consumer-grade components. The AMD-Canonical announcement takes the idea and builds it with enterprise-grade hardware, namely the SeaMicro SM1500 server packing 10 rack units with 512 CPU cores, 160 gigabits of I/O networking, 5 petabytes of storage and 1.28TB high-performance Freedom Fabric.

Processor cores come in either AMD Opteron (aka Piledriver core) Xeon E3-1265Lv2 (Ivy Bridge) or Xeon E3-1265Lv3 (Haswell) flavours.

Larry Ellison Steps Down from Oracle

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It is the end of an era-- Larry Ellison steps down as CEO of database maker Oracle after a 35-year run, handing the reins to co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd.

Larry EllisonEllison will remain at Oracle as CTO, overseeing all Oracle product engineering, technology development and strategy, and as executive chairman of the board replacing Jeff Henley. His tenure as Oracle CEO started since its founding back in 1977, when it was known as Software Development Laboratories (SDL).

Seen as one of the Silicon Valley's most iconic leaders (together with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs), Ellison is the third richest man in the US and fifth richest in the world. As such he is famous for being a big spender, and his dropping of leadership duties will probably give him more time to spend on his other passion, the America's Cup.

IBM Takes Watson to the Cloud

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IBM announces Watson Analytics, a "breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service" providing businesses with access to the company's analytics prowess via the cloud and a freemium pricing model.

WatsonAn attempt to commercialize the Jeopardy-winning supercomputer system, Watson Analytics runs on both desktop and mobile devices, and includes a range of self-service analytics, including data refinement and data warehousing. Predictive analytics allow it to understand natural language questions, such as "which are the key drivers of my product sales?" or "which deals are most likely to close?"

According to IBM the service can crunch 20 spreadsheets and data rom Salesforce, Teradata and Oracle system in order to make connections and answer questions. Users can also fine-tune questions and data to uncover the most relevant facts, patterns and relationships.

Avnet Converged Infrastructure Solutions

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Avnet infrastructureAvnet leverages its SAP HANA and Cisco expertise with next generation converged infrastructure solutions powered by 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core CPUs and "industry-leading" storage.

Designed for big data and analytics applications, the solutions combine SAP in-memory computing and Cisco blade and rack servers with large-memory capacity, networking and virtualisation. Storage comes in two flavors, EMC VNX 5400 or NetApp FAS8040, with support for up to 16TB of optimised data.

Rackspace Finds New CEO, Not for Sale

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Rackspace names company president Taylor Rhodes CEO as it announces its intentions to remain independent, terminating any exploration of "strategic relationships" to instead focus on the managed cloud market.

No sale The company has been looking for a buyer since May 2014. Reportedly a number of big names were interested in making the acquisition, including IBM, Cisco, HP and CenturyLink.

"We concluded that the company is best positioned to drive value for shareholders, customers and Rackers through the continued execution of its strategic plan to capitalize on the growing market opportunity for managed cloud services,” the company board says.

As mentioned earlier Rackspace also gets a new CEO with Taylor Rhodes, who replaces co-founder Graham Weston. Weston took the Rackspace reins last February following the sudden departure of Lanhem Napier last February.

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