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Tencent announces $70bn tech infrastructure spending spree

Chinese technology group Tencent Holdings has announced plans to invest $70bn upping its capabilities in cloud computing, AI, blockchain, IoT and quantum computing over the next five years.

As part of the investment, announced on WeChat this week, Tencent said it will spend billions building hyperscale data centres, supercomputers and sprawling 5G networks.


Hackers ramp up enterprise cloud attacks as workforces go remote

Enterprise cloud accounts have faced an onslaught of cyber attacks in recent months as organistions increase their use of cloud services and collaboration tools.

That’s according to the latest cloud security research from McAfee, who analysed data from its 30 million global McAfee MVISION Cloud users between January and April.


Thailand’s largest mobile network was leaking customer internet records in real-time

Thailand’s biggest mobile operator has pulled an unprotected cloud server that exposed the internet activity of its customers in real-time.

The server, which belonged to AWN, a subsidiary of AIS, a mobile phone operator with 39.87 million customers in Thailand, was live-leaking customer DNS query and NetFlow logs.

The ElasticSearch database was discovered by security researcher Justin Paine on 7 May, by which point it had been publicly accessible for almost a week.


Google to stop developing AI for oil and gas extraction following damning Greenpeace report

Google has pledged to stop developing AI tools that help the energy sector with oil and gas extraction. 

The company made the announcement hours after Greenpeace released a report comdemning public cloud giants for providing technology to oil and gas companies that inflicts more damage on the environment. 

Microsoft and Amazon were also singled out in the ‘Oil in the Cloud’ report for providing the struggling sector with high-powered computing and cloud tools that reduce production costs.


Schneider Electric and AVEVA team up to simplify data centre operations for hyperscale providers

Schneider Electric and engineering and industrial software company AVEVA are combining their operations and monitoring products into a powerful new solution for hyperscale data centre operators.

The number of hyperscale data centers surpassed the 500 mark in 2019, according to Statista. Despite Covid-19-related disruption, hyperscale providers have expedited construction plans to meet surging demand for cloud resources.


VMware acquires Octarine to shore up Kubernetes security for Carbon Black users

VMware has announced its intent to purchase early-stage security start-up Octarine as it looks to improve container security in VMware Carbon Black Cloud.

Octarine’s security platform for Kubernetes is designed to simplify DevSecOps and protect modern application workloads in cloud-native environments.


Microsoft announces three new data centre regions in one week

Microsoft has announced that Italy, New Zealand and Poland will soon be getting their first cloud regions, as the technology giant steps up efforts to increase capacity amid constraints in the wake of Covid-19.

A cloud region is made up of at least two data centres to ensure redundancy and avoid a single point of failure for cloud resources.


Equinix reveals infrastructure demand surge from Zoom and Tiktok

Equinix, the world’s largest data centre provider, has said the Covid-19 pandemic will not majorly impact its bottom line, if at all, as it posted strong Q1 results last week.

The company secured $1.445 bn of revenue in Q1, a two percent rise on Q2 and a six percent growth year on year.


Vodafone UK readies IoT heat detection camera for Covid-19 screening

Vodafone UK has teamed up with UK digital surveillance company Digital Barriers on a heat detection camera to help organisations get back to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The thermal imaging device, powered by Vodafone’s IoT connectivity tech, will allow companies to screen the temperature of staff and other visitors as they enter buildings and is capable of checking the temperature of 100 people per minute and eight individuals simultaneously, the companies said.

Digital Barriers has provided the underlying software and hardware. The UK-headquartered company’s technology is used in over 60 countries across defence and national security, law enforcement, border security, first responders, critical national infrastructure, transportation agencies, automotive and mobility and private security.


Zoom drafts Oracle for multi-cloud expansion

In a move that not many in the technology world would have seen coming, Zoom has tapped up Oracle Cloud to help cater to rising demand for its popular video conferencing tool.

Since world governments implemented stay-at-home measures to help thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus, Zoom has become the go-to tool for video communication, surging ahead of rivals Skype and Webex in terms of daily use.


2019 was a standout year for the Open Compute Project

A review of the Open Compute Project (OCP) has shown use of the foundation’s certified equipment has risen by 40 percent year-on-year.

The findings come from a report conducted by Omdia and commissioned by OCP which sought to analyse the impact of OCP-qualified gear on the technology industry.


Intel data centre division leads Q1 growth

Chipmaker supreme Intel has released its latest quarterly financials, with the company’s data centre group the standout performer in a quarter interrupted by Covid-19.

Intel’s revenues are split between those gained from PC chip sales, and what it calls “data-centric” sale — chips that service the enterprise IT stack, from the multi-cloud to the edge and back.



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