(Bloomberg) — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will carry a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. computing system that is designed to last longer and may help pave the way for extended periods of space travel, such as the journey to Mars.
SpaceX will take the system, a box that can process data from experiments, on its Dragon Spacecraft that will be launched from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 14 to the International Space Station.
Other computing systems used in space have to be replaced frequently because the difficult conditions caused them to degrade, a spokesman for Hewlett Packard said. Its Spaceborne Computer is designed to last for a year, which it says is roughly the amount of time it would take to travel to Mars. NASA aims to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.
“A mission to Mars will require sophisticated on-board computing resources that are capable of extended periods of uptime,” Alain Andreoli, senior vice president and General Manager at Hewlett Packard’s Data Center Infrastructure Group, said in a blog post.
“To meet these requirements, we need to improve technology’s viability in space in order to better ensure mission success,” Andreoli said. “By sending a supercomputer to space, HPE is taking the first step in that direction.”

 

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Azure Stack will finally be ready to ship in September. Microsoft announced that its partners Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo are taking orders as of Monday.
Microsoft made the announcement at its Microsoft Inspire 2017 conference taking place in Washington, D.C. this week. Microsoft said it has delivered the Azure Stack software to its partners, which allows it to begin the certification process for their integrated systems.
Azure Stack allows customers to run Azure services on-premises, giving customers control over where applications and workloads reside. Applications can be built and deployed using the same approaches in Azure Stack as if they were being deployed to Azure public cloud.  Because of this, Microsoft said it enables “a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform.”
At Microsoft’s partner conference last year it delivered news about Azure Stack that irritated customers; Microsoft announced that customers would have to buy certified hardware from select partners, instead of running on customers’ own servers as initially promised.
According to a recent report by ITPro, “The goal of the [Azure Stack] appliance is you do not worry about the operating systems/software/configuration of the appliance, that is all managed for you and you focus is utilizing its capabilities.” 
Microsoft also released details on pricing for the pay-as-you-use and capacity-based models. The Azure Stack Development Kit (ADSK) is available for download

 

Microsoft announced that its partners Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo are taking orders as of Monday.

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