On July 9th, Microsoft will end support for SQL Server 2008. That means the countdown is on with a little over one month left on the clock before regular security updates end and organizations running these workloads will be exposed to possible cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end with SQL Server 2008. In January, Windows Server 2008 will reach end of support (EOS). Like death and taxes, EOS is inevitable for almost all software products, which is why it’s smart to start assessing your ongoing risk from product retirement.
We recently had the pleasure of attending the Advanced Scale Forum (ASF) in Ponte Vedra, Fla., a by-invitation-only summit that brings together executive end-users of high-performance computing (HPC), AI and Big Data with leading solution providers in those fields. Having attended last year’s ASF in Austin, Texas, we were thrilled to see some familiar faces and reconnect with the industry’s leading HPC experts. And while this was our second time attending the event, it was also full of firsts – our first time conducting in-depth executive, media and analyst briefings at the event; sponsoring a leadership networking session; and participating in one of the summit’s exclusive panel discussions.
During the summit, Six Nines’ Managing Director, Eric Terrell, joined the ranks of
distinguished speakers from Hyperion Research, Intel, Comcast and Dell EMC, among others, to address the convergence of HPC with cloud computing, AI/ML, Deep Learning, IoT, Big Data, etc, and the unique data management challenges presented by the shifting paradigm. On a cloud computing panel, Eric explored cloud’s role in using HPC to power AI/ML and Deep Learning and the associated challenges with data gravity, as well as the typical cloud adoption journeys we’re seeing on the front lines with our own HPC customers.
While at the summit, we met with 60 of the nation’s top HPC practitioners and thought leaders to get first-hand insight into what they’re seeing in cloud – including reservations and concerns – as well as share our own customer stories across a number of different verticals: Aerospace/Automotive/Manufacturing, Financial Services, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Oil/Gas/Energy and Media/Entertainment. We also leveraged the opportunity to give these leaders in advanced computing a first-look preview of an innovative new product that automates AI, ML, and Deep Learning for getting answers faster. Currently under development by FluidHPC, LLC©, the new rapid HPC onboarding tool makes it easy to experiment and train your Deep Learning and AI models in parallel at scale with AWS cluster and scheduler management.
Key Trends at ASF 2019
From the opening keynotes delivered by Hyperion Research and Intel’s Tom Kruger to the many panel discussions, board room sessions and one-on-one meetings at this year’s ASF – we were happy to see one clear message ring out above the rest: cloud is becoming ubiquitous to HPC. Transformation is creating a perfect storm that allows users to access geographically disparate resources. AI/ML is feeding more data than ever thanks to IoT, and cloud allows a low enough latency solution to let all this data be used in real-time. And finally, big data is getting bigger. We were excited to hear from organizations who are pushing their workloads and ML models to the edge (where they’re needed) with smart devices, including smart microscopes that can rapidly analyze and detect a cluster of cancerous cells without phoning home. While there are still misconceptions about cost, security and visibility in the cloud, there is one thing the experts clearly agree on – the changing landscape of HPC and the convergence of cloud computing, HPC, AI/ML and Deep Learning will continue to drive HPC to reach new heights of innovation at an unmatched pace.
There was quite a buzz at the 2019 NAB Show this month in Las Vegas, where we spent four days exploring the colossal convention center, meeting with partners and taking in the sheer enormity of it all. Hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Show brings together 100K attendees and 2K exhibitors from 160+ countries to showcase the latest tech innovations shaping the future of what the M&E industry creates and how the world consumes.
We’re happy to announce Six Nines will be joining the country’s leading technology experts at the Advanced Scale Forum (ASF) in Florida next week to share best practices for leveraging High-Performance Computing (HPC) in the cloud to solve modern scaling challenges and accelerate results
As predictive analytics technologies mature, organizations are beginning to realize that the technology can also be used to make disaster recovery (DR) plans more accurate and perceptive. Six Nines founder and CEO, Jason Cutrer, recently had the opportunity to share some of his own insights on the topic with veteran IT journalist, John Edwards. In addition to the full story, which appeared on TechTarget’s DR-focused site, SearchDisasterRecovery.com, we’re sharing some of Jason’s additional thoughts on how AWS can be best leveraged for using these powerful technologies in IT's ongoing evolution.
Amazon wrapped up 2018 with a series of big announcements for AWS, including unveiling its new fully managed Windows file systems, Amazon FSx. Now that the new year is in full swing and the initial buzz has started to settle, many organizations are wondering, “how does this apply to us”? Whether you’re an existing Six Nines customer or simply trying to figure out if FSx is right for your organization, our team of skilled engineers will assess and determine if the new managed file Windows service can help your business.
As the year comes to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to share and reflect on some of the exciting news recently announced at AWS re:Invent – the world’s largest gathering of the global AWS community – and the developments we’re most excited about for our customers heading into 2019.