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Intel Changing Data Center Stakes with Debut of Infrastructure Processing Unit

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Intel introduces its vision for the IPU (Infrastructure Processing Unit) focusing on improving data center manageability and efficiency, purpose-developed in close collaboration with hyperscale cloud partners. Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines and analyzes why Intel’s IPU proposition is clearly differentiated and why Intel is now better positioned to expand its influence and presence across burgeoning intelligent data center architectures.

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Guavus Revs Up Open NWDAF to Spur Automated Multi-vendor 5G Networks

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Guavus launched its Guavus-IQ NWDAF solution to provide open NWDAF across operator 5G Core environments to power the service orchestration and closed-loop network automation key to elastically scaling and monetizing new 5G services. Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines why the standard-based 3GPP Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF) is integral to producing the real-time operational intelligence key to handling the complexities of open, multi-vendor 5G networks and delivering the statistical and predictive analytics processing designated for emerging 5G use cases.

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Marvell Fortifies Cloud Data Center Networking Portfolio with New Atlas and Alaska Chipsets

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Marvell launches new Atlas and 5nm Alaska chipsets developed to deliver unparalleled data center connectivity capabilities, including PAM4 innovations, key to dramatically improving data workload performance, scalability, and power efficiencies, particularly inside cloud data centers. Futurum’s Ron Westfall assesses why Marvell’s Atlas and Alaska offerings are clearly differentiated and why that are ready to deliver cloud data center connectivity breakthroughs.

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Cisco Ups its SD-WAN Game with ThousandEyes Native Integration

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Cisco natively integrates its ThousandEyes Internet and Cloud Intelligence capabilities throughout its SD-WAN portfolio, including the Catalyst 8300/8200 Series Edge Platforms and ISR 4000 Series, improving visibility and experience monitoring capabilities for customers. Futurum’s Ron Westfall explores and analyzes how Cisco’s assimilation of ThousandEyes technology expands Cisco’s influence in driving SD-WAN expansion across cloud, edge, and SaaS environments and why SD-WAN rivals need to counter Cisco’s move.

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Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Rains on Snowflake’s Cloud Data Platform Parade

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Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse delivers the full spectrum of capabilities that organizations require to advance their cloud data warehouse journey without compromise. Futurum’s Ron Westfall analyzes and examines why the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse is clearly differentiated in relation to the Snowflake Cloud Data Platform solution, delivering a competitive edge across the key evaluation criteria areas of cost governance, real-time data warehouse workload agility, data integrity, and ML integration.

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COMPUTEX 2021: AMD Shines with New Portfolio-wide Innovations

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AMD CEO Lisa Su shrewdly leveraged the Computex Keynote to promote AMD’s latest portfolio-wide innovations and capabilities including especially its first application of 3D chiplet technology. Futurum’s Ron Westfall assesses how AMD’s foray into 3D chiplet technology is key to advancing ecosystem-wide semiconductor development and how its new portfolio solutions strengthen AMD’s ability to fulfill customer demands across the auto, mobile, gaming, PC, and data center server market segments.

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Marvell Takes Data Center Flash Storage to the Next Level with Bravera SC5 SSD Controller Debut

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Marvell launches its new Bravera SC5 controller family aimed at delivering Cloud SSD agility with any NAND vendor, in support of any NAND type, and across any form factor that fulfill the emerging scalability, performance, architectural flexibility, security, and data protection demands of the storage server and compute server data center market segments. Futurum’s Ron Westfall examines how the new Marvell Bravera SC5 solution delivers the PCIe 5.0 & NVMe 1.4b SSD Controller, 16Ch ES.1 Form Factor, flexible usage model, and Elastic SLA Enforcer capabilities that are key to driving data center flash storage innovation across the demanding cloud SSD controller space.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Exercises the Right to Bear Arm

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Oracle unveiled its first Arm-based compute offering OCI Ampere A1 Compute, aiming to guide the porting of open source projects to Arm technology for price-performance and efficiency gains. Futurum’s Ron Westfall analyzes why the Arm architecture is gaining a broader presence across data center server processor architectures, how OCI attains competitive differentiation through the new platform, and why OCI’s main rivals need to counter the move.

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Nokia Smartens Up Mobile Site Design with Digital Twin Technology

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Nokia showcases how application of digital twin technology, in combination with AI/ML engines, can streamlines 5G site deployments. Futurum’s Ron Westfall explore how Nokia’s application of digital twin technology to intelligent site engineering counters the digital twinning moves of key mobile networking rivals Huawei and Ericsson as well as a potential alliance with NVIDIA can further strengthen its mobile and digital twin ecosystem credentials.

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Amdocs Burnishes Cloud Credentials with Sourced Group Acquisition

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Amdocs acquires Sourced Group for its cloud migration platform and expertise, burnishing its overall cloud native portfolio. Futurum’s Ron Westfall assesses how the acquisition boosts Amdocs’s cloud native products and cloud support proposition across the telecommunications, media, and financial services verticals as well as market presence in the Asia-Pacific, North America, and Oceania regions, especially in supporting multi-cloud migration strategies.