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Watts to Bits: Your Daily Data Center News Briefing
The lobby at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California (Photo: Hewlett Packard Enterprise)

Watts to Bits: Your Daily Data Center News Briefing

Here are the enterprise technology and data center news stories you need to know about today

Here are the enterprise technology and data center news stories you need to know about today.

HP Labs Builds Uber-Complex Optical Chip

Hewlett Packard Labs has built what it claims is the world’s most complex and biggest optical chip in which “all the photonic components work together to perform a computation.” The silicon chip integrates 1,052 optical components and in the future such chips could be used as accelerators, similar to the way GPUs and FPGAs are used today to provide supplemental computing power for CPUs.

Details at IEEE Spectrum

Google Translates Cloud for Data Center Pros

Google has released a guide to its cloud platform written specifically for data center professionals with minimal cloud experience. Like its competitors Amazon and Microsoft, Google is coveting the enterprise cloud market, wanting companies housing IT infrastructure in their own or colocation data centers to migrate as many workloads as possible from those facilities onto its cloud platform.

Details on Data Center Knowledge

Clearlake Buys Enterprise Security Firm LANDesk for $1.1B

Private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group has agreed to acquire cybersecurity company LANDesk Software from Thoma Bravo, also a private equity firm. Companies involved in the transaction did not reveal the price tag publicly, but anonymous sources told The Wall Street Journal that it was $1.1 billion.

Details at The Wall Street Journal

Qualcomm Joins SoftBank’s $100B Tech Fund

San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm has joined the list of investors in SoftBank’s cutting-edge technology fund, whose goal is to reach $100 billion. The Japanese conglomerate, which owns a majority stake in Sprint Corp. and recently acquired ARM Holdings, plans to use the fund, one of the largest pools of private capital in the world, to finance artificial intelligence, robotics, and other next-generation technologies.

Details at The Wall Street Journal

Intel Buys Stake in Mapping Firm HERE Maps

Intel is buying a 15-percent stake in Here Now, a mapping company acquired from Nokia in 2016 by a group of German automakers. Mapping is a core capability for self-driving cars, and Intel has been investing heavily in what are thought to be next-generation technologies, such as virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and machine learning, among others.

Details at recode

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