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Announcing the NFV PicoPod!

PicoCluster has collaborated with ARM, Marvell, and Enea to develop a new platform for accelerating the development of ARM-based network functions virtualization (NFV) software.  (see press release) Known as the NFV PicoPod, this platform is the world’s most compact OPNFV development environment and is compliant with the OPNFV Pharos specification. “NFV PicoPod is really the start of something new,” said Craig Brown, CEO of PicoCluster LLC.  The PicoPod, which takes up about 1 cubic foot of space, is a complete, cost-effective OPNFV Pharos pod.  It contains 6 Marvell MACCHIATObin developer boards that are based on the ARMv8-A architecture.  The MACCHIATObin boards are cost-effective, high-performance platforms.  They are powered by the ARMADA 8040 SoC which is based on a quad-core configuration...

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Edge Computing

What is Edge Computing For the past few years, the explosion of Big Data, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) has dominated the computer landscape.  Virtually every industry has been impacted by one or more of these computing advances.  In fact, using the cloud is what has enabled both Big Data and IoT to survive and flourish.  These three components of technology have allowed industries to collect and analyze data in ways never before imagined. However, there are some drawbacks with having this much information stored in the cloud or processed through huge data centers with limited access.  Three main concerns are fueling a drive for solutions that are closer to the source of the data: privacy, accessibility,...

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The PicoCluster Story

Craig Brown is the founder of PicoCluster.  His story is really the story of a life-long love of computers, a desire to learn more, and necessity being the mother of invention.  I hope you enjoy it! Craig's first computer was a Commodore Vic 20. He got it when he was 12, just after his father passed away. That was the beginning of a life-long obsession with computers. Craig's best friend had a full Apple IIe system, compete with green screen monitor and Apple Writer II printer. Craig used to go over to his friend's house, even before he got the Vic 20, to play and learn basic programing. The early home computer era is a favorite of Craig's. Not just...

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PicoCluster and Desktop Data Centers

PicoCluster is the ultimate in Desktop Data Centers.  Every PicoCluster we make is designed to sit on a desk.  But their small size can be deceiving.  A PicoCluster is an actual data center, but contained in a cube instead of a room or a building.  It is a self-contained cluster of computers, usually rack mounted, that can be placed and used at locations outside of the corporate data center. They can distribute end-user applications closer to the actual users. A PicoCluster can be used to collect and process data at the source. They are often used at remote office locations or where data privacy and accountability are paramount. Desktop Data Centers are for places or applications where going to the...

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Data and You

I just read an article put out by DataFloq and it really struck a chord with me.  Perhaps it will make you think just a little bit, too.  The premise of the article is that each of us needs to become an analyst in the workplace.  We need to become involved, ask questions, do research, especially when the information we are presented with just doesn’t seem quite right. Many of us hesitate to do these things, however.  We accept what we are told or are afraid of stepping on toes if we ask questions.  We don’t want to be involved, especially if our questions might lead to extra work for ourselves or others.  But by hesitating or not acting, we...

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