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IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers

(Bloomberg) — Researchers at International Business Machines Corp. have developed a new approach for simulating molecules on a quantum computer.
The breakthrough, outlined in a research paper to be published in the scientific journal Nature Thursday, uses a technique that could eventually allow quantum computers to solve difficult problems in chemistry and electro-magnetism that cannot be solved by even the most powerful supercomputers today.
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In the experiments described in the paper, IBM researchers used a quantum computer to derive the lowest energy state of a molecule of beryllium hydride. Knowing the energy state of a molecule is a key to understanding chemical reactions.
In the case of beryllium hydride, a supercomputer can solve this problem, but the standard techniques for doing so cannot be used for large molecules because the number of variables exceeds the computational power of even these machines.
The IBM researchers created a new algorithm specifically designed to take advantage of the capabilities of a quantum computer that has the potential to run similar calculations for much larger molecules, the company said.
The problem with existing quantum computers – including the one IBM used for this research — is that they produce errors and as the size of the molecule being analyzed grows, the calculation strays further and further from chemical accuracy. The inaccuracy in IBM’s

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Apple Is Said to Warn Ireland Delays Threaten $1 Billion Project

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. has warned Irish authorities that continuing delays around its proposed data center in the west of the country could jeopardize the $1 billion project, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The iPhone maker, which scouted 19 countries before choosing Ireland, raised concern that the project remains mired in the planning process, according to the people who asked not be named because the matter is private. The plan to build a data center in a Galway forest, due to cover 166,000 square meters, the equivalent to about 23 soccer fields, close to the Atlantic coast was announced in 2015 and had been expected to be completed this year.
Instead, Apple is still awaiting a court hearing into a challenge by objectors into the planning approval for the project. The company is also worried that plans to power the center could also be contested, adding additional delays, though it hasn’t given Ireland a deadline for completing the process, according to one of the people.
Advocates of the Apple project say the delays illustrate a deeper issue: the difficulty executing large infrastructure developments in Ireland compared with other countries. Apple has almost completed a similar project in Denmark that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook announced simultaneously as part of its biggest-ever investment in Europe, and said in July it plans a second data center in the Scandinavian country.
In Ireland, the forestry site remains largely untouched, as

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman Joins Dropbox Board of Directors

HPE CEO Meg Whitman has joined the board of directors at Dropbox, according to a blog post by Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. Whitman will remain in her role with HPE, having left the board of HP Inc. in July.
Calling Whitman “a trusted friend and advisor to me for years,” Houston said that Whitman’s experience and judgment will help the company scale.
“Last year, we had the chance to work together when Dropbox partnered with HPE to build our own cloud infrastructure,” wrote Houston. “And since HPE is a Dropbox customer, Meg knows our products well.”
Dropbox’s decided to move mostly off of AWS, and partner with HPE in early 2016 after building out its own infrastructure for over two years. Since then, Dropbox has launched new points-of-presence in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and as of late last year was storing 90 percent of customer data on its custom-built “Magic Pocket” architecture.
Whitman was reportedly a finalist for the position of new CEO of Uber in August, before the company selected Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. She has previously served on the boards of several organizations, including the eBay Foundation, Goldman Sachs, and currently sits on the board of directors at Zipcar and Procter & Gamble. She was also the Republican nominee for Governor of California in 2010.
Dropbox secured a $600 million credit facility earlier this year, Bloomberg reports, and is rumored to be preparing for an initial public offering as soon as this year, and

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Cloud and the Consumption Model: Does it Make Sense?

I feel like I’m having this conversation on an almost daily basis. Organizations want to move to cloud, modernize their data centers, and find news ways to create efficiency and infrastructure savings. Cloud computing has been a great way to make this happen. Moving to a subscription-type model isn’t only limited to software or cloud solutions. Organizations can now leverage hybrid cloud options and offload entire data center operations into an OPEX model.
Growth around cloud will only continue to increase. Specifically, IT spending is steadily shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services (cloud shift), according to Gartner. The aggregate amount of cloud shift in 2016 rose to $111 billion, and is projected to increase to $216 billion in 2020.
Furthermore, Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.
“As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multisourced environment.”
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities.
There is no question that IT and

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Rackspace Adds Multi-Cloud Heft with Datapipe Acquisition

Rackspace has reached an agreement to acquire managed services competitor Datapipe, expanding its management capabilities for multiple clouds at scale, according to an announcement today.
The deal is the largest acquisition Rackspace has ever made “by far,” according to CEO Joe Eazor, and brings to it Datapipe’s experience with high-profile public sector customers in the U.S. and U.K., as well as enterprise services, software, and tooling, and colocation services on four continents, to help customers migrate away from corporate data centers.
It also boosts Rackspace data center presence on the U.S. West Coast, and in Brazil, mainland China, and Russia, all large markets where the company currently has little or no presence. Finally, it gives Rackspace managed services on the Alibaba Cloud.
“The reason we’re buying them is that we want to extend our leadership in multi-cloud services,” Rackspace chief strategy officer Matt Bradley told TechCrunch. “It’s a sign and signal that we’re going for it.” Bradley also said that the combined company will be the largest provider both of private cloud and managed hosting. It will have over 6,700 employees, and $2.4 billion in annual revenue, TechCrunch reports.
Datapipe customers gain Rackspace’s experience with Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack clouds, Managed Google Compute Platform, and managed enterprise applications such as Oracle and SAP.
“Our customers are looking for help as they spread their

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As Irma Heads for Florida, One Miami Data Center is Especially Critical

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While data center providers in Houston weathered Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding without any publicly disclosed outages, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm headed for Florida, will be another stress test for the internet and private network infrastructure in the South. And because of Florida’s strategic importance to network connectivity, the stakes will be higher when Irma makes landfall in the Sunshine State, which the National Weather Service says will happen Sunday.
If some buildings in Irma’s path lose power, the effects on connectivity could ripple well beyond the region that immediately surrounds it. One particular building is especially critical.
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NAP of the Americas, the Miami data center and carrier hub, is the biggest network gateway between the US and Latin America, and companies in the US that rely on it alone to serve customers south of the border would not be able to reach those customers if it goes offline. In addition to being a cross-continental gateway, Miami, and especially the NAP, serves as the primary interconnection hub for most Latin American networks.
“Miami appears to be the only strategically critical communications node in the hurricane’s path,” Jon Hjembo, senior analyst at the telecommunications market research firm TeleGeography, said. “From a network perspective, what’s so worrisome about Irma targeting

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Why Blockchain May Be Key to IBM’s Future

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It’s no secret that IBM’s revenue has been sliding downward for some time now. Its second-quarter earnings report in July was more of the same — a 21st consecutive quarter of declining revenue. The issues it faces aren’t unique. Its legacy businesses — hardware, software, and services for traditional corporate data centers — have been shrinking as customers move to the cloud. Despite its best efforts, its own cloud isn’t getting enough traction for it to make much of a dent, either in the market or its bottom line. It’s worth remembering, however, that the company has seen much worse and managed to pull itself out.
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IBM’s biggest turnaround efforts seem to center around Watson and its other implementations of AI and machine learning, and the numbers seem to indicate it’s doing well there (although there are rumors that the efforts might not be as fruitful as the figures seem to suggest). Although it occupies a prominent spot in AI — at least that’s the public’s perception, thanks to Watson’s famous appearance “Jeopardy” — and the technology is certain to be a large part of IBM’s growth if and when the growth comes, it’s probably not going to be the company’s main mover.
According to Business Insider, the Swiss financial services giant UBS thinks the

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Amazon Is on the Hunt for a Second North American Headquarters

(Bloomberg) — Inc. already has a sprawling Seattle headquarters that attests to its size and ambition. Now the world’s largest online retailer plans to open a second North American campus — dubbed HQ2 — that Amazon says could be just as big as the existing one.
The company is asking local and state governments to submit proposals for a development that will likely cost more than $5 billion over the next 15 to 17 years and give the winning city or town an enormous economic boost. Amazon is already one of the biggest employers in Seattle and expects to the new headquarters to house as many as 50,000 workers, many of them new hires. Cities have until next month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year.
“We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters,” founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs.”
Amazon recently moved into a new 500-foot-tall office tower in Seattle, complete with 100-foot-tall orbs — Amazon calls them Biospheres — which will host more than 300 plant species from around the world when they open in 2018. The rest of the campus covers several city blocks and is housed in former industrial buildings.
Cities and local governments are expected to compete fiercely for the opportunity to become

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Meet the WHIR at THE MERGE SHOW This October

For many, this time of year means back to school and routine, but what fall represents to many in our business is the full swing of conference season. There are many conferences and trade shows coming up over the next couple of months as we work to wrap up a strong 2017 and set our sights on the technologies and trends that will define the hosting and cloud industry in 2018 and beyond.
THE MERGE SHOW is a new conference that takes place this October 14 – 18, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. which combines The Domain Conference, CMS Summit and a WHIR Networking Event for one major show that is not to be missed.
Register Today! 
From the MERGE! website:
THE MERGE SHOW is a group of conferences – like a ‘worlds fair’ event – hosting different events within MERGE! (new and old) with technology and domain names at the core. One of these is the well attended THEDomain Conference, in its third year. A continuation of a long-standing gathering of a who’s who in the domain space. This event draws people to sunny Florida every fall, for its wealth of good networking, content, and opportunities, as well as being a who’s who of experts on appraisal, brokering, registries, registrars, domain advertising, registration, TLD Applications, email services and other investment opportunities.
Your MERGE SHOW Ticket covers access to all non-closed sessions at all the sub-events, the networking events, the seminars, and more.
THEDomainConference is just one of many other sub events,

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