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GPU-buffed servers advance Cisco’s AI agenda

Cisco Systems is the latest hardware vendor to offer gear tuned for AI and machine learning-based workloads.

Competition to support AI and machine workloads continues to heat up. Earlier this year archrivals Dell Technologies Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM rolled out servers designed to optimize performance of AI and machine learning workloads. Many smaller vendors are chasing this market as well.

“This is going to be a highly competitive field going forward with everyone having their own solution,” said Jean Bozman, vice president and principal analyst at Hurwitz & Associates. “IT organizations will have to figure out, with the help of third-party organizations, how to best take advantage of these new technologies.”

Cisco AI plan taps Nvidia GPUs

The Cisco UCS C480 ML M5 rack server, the company’s first tuned to run AI workloads, contains Nvidia Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs and NVLink to boost performance, and works with neural networks and large data sets to train computers to carry out complex tasks, according to the company. It works with Cisco Intersight, introduced last year, which allows IT professionals to automate policies and operations across their infrastructure from the cloud.

This Cisco AI server will ship sometime during this year’s fourth quarter. Cisco Services will offer technical support for a range of AI and machine learning capabilities.

Cisco intends to target several different industries with the new system. Financial services companies can use it to detect fraud and algorithmic trading, while healthcare companies can enlist it to deliver insights and diagnostics, improve medical image classification and speed drug discovery and research.

Server hardware makers place bets on AI

The market for AI and machine learning, particularly the former, represents a rich opportunity for systems vendors over the next year or two. Only 4% of CIOs said they have implemented AI projects, according to a Gartner study earlier this year. However, some 46% have blueprints in place to implement such projects, and many of them have kicked off pilot programs.

[AI and machine learning-based servers are] going to be a highly competitive field going forward with everyone having their own solution.
Jean Bozmanvice president and principal analyst, Hurwitz & Associates

AI and machine learning offers IT shops more efficient ways to address complex issues, but will significantly affect their underlying infrastructure and processes. Larger IT shops must heavily invest in training and the education of existing employees in how to use the technologies, the Gartner report stated. They also must upgrade existing infrastructure before they deploy production-ready AI and machine learning workloads. Enterprises will need to retool infrastructure to find ways to more efficiently handle data.

“All vendors will have the same story about data being your most valuable asset and how they can handle it efficiently,” Bozman said. “But to get at [the data] you first have to break down the data silos, label the data to get at it efficiently, and add data protection.”

Only after this prep work can IT shops take full advantage of AI-powered hardware-software tools.

“No matter how easy some of these vendors say it is to implement their integrated solutions, IT [shops] have more than a little homework to do to make it all work,” one industry analyst said. “Then you are ready to get the best results from any AI-based data analytics.”

Juniper-Ericsson partnership aimed at 5G market

Juniper Networks has partnered with Ericsson to offer carriers a collection of products for moving 4G and 5G traffic from a cell site to the network core. The deal marks an important win for Juniper, which is filling the void left by the nearly dead partnership between rival Cisco and Ericsson.

The Juniper-Ericsson alliance combines routers and software from both companies to build an optical transport for a mobile network that carriers can manage through a single software console, according to the vendors. The partners’ combined routers include Juniper’s MX and PTX series and Ericsson’s 6000 hardware.

Juniper and Ericsson have partnered on technology for almost 20 years. But the latest deal is a “significant win” for Juniper, because it improves the company’s chances of winning deals, as service providers build out their network infrastructure to deliver 5G wireless services to consumers and businesses, said Rajesh Ghai, an analyst at IDC.

For example, the partnership could provide Juniper with access to the many service providers that use Ericsson’s radio access technology to connect customers’ mobile devices to the carriers’ core networks, Ghai said. Ericsson has a 40% share of the radio access market.

Also, of the three top carrier suppliers, Ericsson is the only one without an extensive routing portfolio — a void Juniper can fill. The other two suppliers are Nokia and Huawei.

“It was critical that Juniper get aligned with Ericsson,” Ghai said. “It remains to be seen how exclusive Ericsson can keep the relationship.”

Meanwhile, Juniper’s biggest rival, Cisco, is more focused on selling its routers directly to service providers, rather than through Ericsson, Ghai said. Also, Cisco and Ericsson compete with products for the packet core, which has created “suspicion between the two partners.”

Cisco and Ericsson announced a wide-ranging partnership in 2015, but financial troubles pushed Ericsson into an extensive reorganization that prevented the company from following through on the deal. Nevertheless, Cisco has never declared the partnership dead, despite its failure to reach sales goals.

“Where we need to partner with Ericsson, we will continue to do that. And where we’re working directly with SPs [service providers], we’ll continue to do that,” said Sumeet Arora, general manager of service provider network systems at Cisco.

Juniper, Ericsson combined products for service providers

The Juniper-Ericsson partnership includes Juniper’s MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform and its PTX Series Packet Transport Routers. The hardware supports mobile infrastructure for 10 Gb, 100 Gb and 400 Gb optical transport.

Juniper has aimed the MX at the service provider’s WAN edge, which could include routing traffic from a cell site onto the service provider’s core network. The PTX Series can handle traffic on the service provider’s backbone. Juniper has also designed the hardware to handle internet peering and data center interconnects.

Juniper’s MX and PTX routers are interoperable with Ericsson’s Router 6000 mobile backhaul and fronthaul portfolio. A wireless backhaul router connects mobile device traffic to a network node, such as the internet or a proprietary network. A fronthaul device sits at the access layer of the network and aggregates traffic from IoT devices.

Other hardware covered in the partnership includes Ericsson’s MINI-LINK microwave radio backhaul device. The partners are also offering software such as Juniper’s firewall, called the SRX Series Services Gateway, and Ericsson’s management and orchestration technology for controlling all the partners’ products.

In general, analysts do not expect service providers to take 5G infrastructure technology into production until next year, with businesses unlikely to buy 5G services until 2020 at the earliest. Industry observers expect IoT to be an initial driver of the 5G commercial market.

For Sale – 2 x Monitors: Samsung CF791 34″ UWQHD / 25″ Dell U2515H QHD

Hi m8,

I’m tempted to put in an offer on the CF791, but was just wondering how the AVA panel fares compared to an IPS?

I have an IPS on my 4K screen, and really like the brightness, so am unsure whether I would like the change?

Also is there any issues with the screen, dead pixels, colour uniformity etc.?

Out of interest, what monitor have you changed to, another 21:9, or dropping back to 16:9?

For Sale – 2 x Monitors: Samsung CF791 34″ UWQHD / 25″ Dell U2515H QHD

Hi m8,

I’m tempted to put in an offer on the CF791, but was just wondering how the AVA panel fares compared to an IPS?

I have an IPS on my 4K screen, and really like the brightness, so am unsure whether I would like the change?

Also is there any issues with the screen, dead pixels, colour uniformity etc.?

Out of interest, what monitor have you changed to, another 21:9, or dropping back to 16:9?

Wanted – 2016/2017 | 13/15 Macbook Pro with min. 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD

I work in central milton keynes so happy to meet there, just up the road from the train station. Prices vary on ebay, I saw one go for £1517 plus postage (I can’t remember condition or warranty status of that one) so I’m sure we could go back and forth on ebay prices. Feel free to make an offer but I’m not in a rush to move it on.

Happy to send first if needs be, although would prefer say 10% of the payment upfront as I do have some trading ratings on here so I’m not starting fresh! I’d obviously pass on my home and work details to you if we go down this route

For Sale – 2 x Monitors: Samsung CF791 34″ UWQHD / 25″ Dell U2515H QHD

Hi m8,

I’m tempted to put in an offer on the CF791, but was just wondering how the AVA panel fares compared to an IPS?

I have an IPS on my 4K screen, and really like the brightness, so am unsure whether I would like the change?

Also is there any issues with the screen, dead pixels, colour uniformity etc.?

Out of interest, what monitor have you changed to, another 21:9, or dropping back to 16:9?

Wanted – 2016/2017 | 13/15 Macbook Pro with min. 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD

I work in central milton keynes so happy to meet there, just up the road from the train station. Prices vary on ebay, I saw one go for £1517 plus postage (I can’t remember condition or warranty status of that one) so I’m sure we could go back and forth on ebay prices. Feel free to make an offer but I’m not in a rush to move it on.

Happy to send first if needs be, although would prefer say 10% of the payment upfront as I do have some trading ratings on here so I’m not starting fresh! I’d obviously pass on my home and work details to you if we go down this route

For Sale – 2 x Monitors: Samsung CF791 34″ UWQHD / 25″ Dell U2515H QHD

Hi m8,

I’m tempted to put in an offer on the CF791, but was just wondering how the AVA panel fares compared to an IPS?

I have an IPS on my 4K screen, and really like the brightness, so am unsure whether I would like the change?

Also is there any issues with the screen, dead pixels, colour uniformity etc.?

Out of interest, what monitor have you changed to, another 21:9, or dropping back to 16:9?

For Sale – 2 x Monitors: Samsung CF791 34″ UWQHD / 25″ Dell U2515H QHD

Hi m8,

I’m tempted to put in an offer on the CF791, but was just wondering how the AVA panel fares compared to an IPS?

I have an IPS on my 4K screen, and really like the brightness, so am unsure whether I would like the change?

Also is there any issues with the screen, dead pixels, colour uniformity etc.?

Out of interest, what monitor have you changed to, another 21:9, or dropping back to 16:9?

For Sale – 2 x Monitors: Samsung CF791 34″ UWQHD / 25″ Dell U2515H QHD

Hi m8,

I’m tempted to put in an offer on the CF791, but was just wondering how the AVA panel fares compared to an IPS?

I have an IPS on my 4K screen, and really like the brightness, so am unsure whether I would like the change?

Also is there any issues with the screen, dead pixels, colour uniformity etc.?

Out of interest, what monitor have you changed to, another 21:9, or dropping back to 16:9?