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Top 10 stories of the year: Cyberspies, autonomous machines and a cool phone

Events in the tech industry this year played out against a backdrop of security concerns as home users and corporations alike scrambled to protect themselves against malware, while cyberespionage stirred up a geopolitical storm. Meanwhile, machine learning was behind some of the biggest tech stories and trends of the year. Here in no particular order are the IDG News Service's picks for top stories of the year.

Written by Marc Ferranti08 Dec. 17 05:53

HPE offers SaaS-based tool for hybrid cloud management

While cloud computing holds out the promise of operational efficiency and cost optimization, most companies -- especially large ones -- will be operating hybrid computing environments for the foreseeable future. As a result, cloud technology for many companies adds yet another layer on top of an already complex computing infrastructure.

Written by Marc Ferranti29 Nov. 17 00:02

HPE pushes toward autonomous data centre with InfoSight AI recommendation engine

HPE is adding an AI-based recommendation engine to the InfoSight predictive analytics platform for flash storage, taking another step toward what it calls the autonomous data center. The ultimate goal is to simplify and automate infrastructure management in order to cut operation expenses.

Written by Marc Ferranti22 Nov. 17 00:02

Qualcomm ships ARM chip to challenge Intel in cloud data centers

Qualcomm's much-anticipated ARM-based Centriq 2400 product line, which started shipping commercially this week, is a worthy contender to break Intel's virtual monopoly in the server processor arena, where data center operators are thirsting to see competition to help bring down costs.

Written by Marc Ferranti10 Nov. 17 08:46

A year after Oracle buy, a focused NetSuite doubles down on verticals, midmarket

When Oracle first announced its agreement to acquire NetSuite, back in July 2016, there was widespread agreement in the tech industry that the deal could allow Oracle to serve a broader range of customers, including smaller businesses, expand to more vertical industries and more countries, and accelerate Oracle's application software push into the cloud.

Written by Marc Ferranti09 Nov. 17 08:18

Oracle leverages AI to push enterprise apps as users move to cloud

Ratcheting up the pace of enhancements to its software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) offerings, Oracle is riding the wave of companies that are ditching on-premises enterprise apps and heading to the cloud.

Written by Marc Ferranti03 Oct. 17 06:54

Informatica brings AI to GDPR compliance, data governance

Companies that are scrambling to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have a new tool to consider: Informatica's Compliance Data Lake, unveiled this week at the Strata Data Conference in New York.

Written by Marc Ferranti29 Sept. 17 06:41

Nvidia gets broad support for cutting-edge Volta GPUs in the data center

Data center workloads for AI, graphics rendering, high-performance computing and business intelligence are getting a boost as a Who's Who of the world's biggest server makers and cloud providers snap up Nvidia's Volta-based Tesla V100 GPU accelerators.

Written by Marc Ferranti28 Sept. 17 05:32

Zoho's bold new pitch: Run your entire business for $1 a day per user

Zoho wants to be the operating system for your business. That's how the company puts it, and what it means is that you can now get just about any application you need to run a business using Zoho One, which gathers all of Zoho's applications for $30 a month per user.

Written by Marc Ferranti25 July 17 23:04

Enterprises can put Oracle's entire public cloud in the data center

While Amazon is raking in a good deal of the money spent by public-cloud users, Oracle is doubling down on its hybrid-cloud strategy, appealing to enterprises that want to put data and applications behind their firewall while taking advantage of cloud pricing models and technology.

Written by Marc Ferranti19 July 17 22:00