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Not playing games: The GPU vs. CPU question gets more interesting
Putting thousands of cores to work makes perfect sense when you're powering a video game. But graphics processing units, or GPUs, can't serve much practical purpose in a corporate data center, can they?
The GPU vs. CPU discussion isn't as odd as it sounds. In fact, a more broad application of GPUs in the data center can provide the processing punch that CPUs simply cannot. With tasks where data can be processed in parallel rather than in sequence, GPUs might be a particularly valuable tool. The cover story in this issue of Modern Infrastructure looks at scenarios where simultaneous processing can be just what's needed, such as with machine learning and artificial intelligence.
This month's Modern Infrastructure also looks at how data can be protected while in the data center. Full encryption is seemingly a perfect defense for data theft. But that's a difficult -- and, to some, an unrealistic-- road to travel. We look at how an IT team can better safeguard its data, factoring in costs, the tools available and the tradeoffs involved in hack-proofing an organization's data.
And what about the vulnerabilities that arise from within your business? We examine the risk of data loss posed by the shadow IT phenomenon, an ongoing and ever-changing challenge.
It's clear that data is an increasingly valuable resource. Processing it and keeping it safe -- whether that entails taking up the question of GPU vs. CPU for certain workloads or upgrading encryption -- need to be priorities for IT professionals in organizations of all sizes and types.
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Features in this issue
Once viewed narrowly as a gaming technology, GPUs have made their way into enterprise data centers, fueling initiatives around machine learning, artificial intelligence and more.
Data is encrypted and firewalls erected everywhere it travels -- but data at rest in the data center is often left unsupervised. With the rise in cybercrime, this data needs a babysitter.
Enterprises have a love/hate relationship with shadow IT. When it comes with risks, its presence also drives technological innovation. Find out how to make shadow IT work for your enterprise.
The recent AWS-VMware cloud deal has IT pros wondering about price, feature set and much more. Laz Vekiarides, CTO of ClearSky Data and former Dell executive, gives his take.
Columns in this issue
Address any outdated data storage techniques by adopting a hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined networking to modernize your data center.
Big data is out there, waiting to make you rich -- or help your organization succeed anyway. But there are still more unknowns than knowns about the future of big data.