Intel will provide early access to fast Optane SSDs via the cloud

Intel isn’t yet shipping its Optane SSDs, but they soon will be available for testing in the cloud.

This is good news for enterprise users, who are eagerly awaiting the new class of storage and memory shown to break SSD speed records.

Optane is based on 3D Xpoint technology, which is 10 times faster than the technology in standard SSDs. It also can serve as a substitute to traditional DRAM, but software needs to be written so parts of Optane operate like memory tiers.

Optane SSDs will be available at the end of the year to enterprises and gamers. Unfortunately for gamers, the cloud-based Optane test bed will be accessible for free only to enterprise users looking to test applications tied to financial transactions, machine learning, autonomous driving and other uses, Intel said.

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IDG Contributor Network: Almost all of IT budgets will soon be dedicated to cloud, Intel study finds

The cloud is exploding globally, with most of IT spending soon to be allocated to cloud, according to a new Intel report.

The technology company predicts that virtually all IT spending (80 percent) will be on cloud in the next 16 months. One reason is that ever-increasing digital activities “are leveraging cloud computing in some way,” the company said in its press release.

And it’s happening quickly, according to the survey of 1,200 IT executives in eight countries, which was conducted by market research provider Vanson Bourne on behalf of Intel.

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Intel targets IoT with new Quark chips and free cloud OS

Intel has released new processors and free cloud services as part of its latest push to capitalize on the nascent Internet of Things market.

The products include new low-power Quark processors and microcontrollers for devices that will connect to the Internet of Things, and cloud services from its Wind River subsidiary to make it easier for companies to network these devices and upload data for analysis.

The promise for organizations is that they can connect devices in their business — everything from factory equipment to goods in the supply chain — and upload data to the cloud to make their operations more efficient.

“There’s a need for a suite of connected products and services that are aware of each other and their surroundings,” said CEO Brian Krzanich at a press event in San Francisco.

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Intel to pilot cloud technology for sharing personalized cancer treatment

At 19, Eric Dishman began a fight with kidney cancer, and for 23 years he endured what he described as Russian roulette chemotherapy.

It wasn’t until he had his DNA sequenced that doctors were able to administer a personalized treatment that placed Dishman’s cancer into remission.

The problem is, even after his genome was uncovered, it took physicians seven months to come up with a treatment — a period of time when Dishman said he was on “death’s door.”

Intel and the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) this week launched a pilot network that will allow healthcare facilities to securely share genomic data for tailoring cancer research and personalized medicine, thereby cutting the time to find answers from weeks and months to possibly days or hours.

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