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Juniper bolsters enterprise networks with Mist AI tech

Almost half a year after acquiring AI networking outfit Mist Systems for a cool $405 million, Juniper Networks has announced the next set of Mist AI integrations into the company’s network and hybrid cloud monitoring platform.

Mist’s cloud-based AI wireless service, WiFI Assurance, will be added to Juniper’s platform as a subscription offering. The service uses network data to make wireless networks more reliable, and centres around an AI-powered virtual network assistant called Marvis that uses dynamic packet capture and machine learning technology to automatically identify, adapt and fix network issues.


AT&T outlines 5G security concerns in new report

AT&T has urged organisations to do more to address the cyber security threats posed by 5G and place more focus on security automation and virtualisation.

The American telecommunications giant made the warnings in its latest cyber security report, based on a survey conducted by 451 research that surveyed 704 cyber security professionals working in firms with more than 500 employees.


Nvidia unveils AI supercomputer the size of a credit card

Nvidia has unveiled an AI supercomputer the size of a credit card for edge computing devices.

Dubbed Xavier NX, the diminutive device delivers performance of up to 21 TOPs and can consume as little as 10 watts of power when running modern AI workloads. 

Nvidia claimed the micro module is the “world’s smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer” for devices at the edge.

The supercomputer will serve high-performance applications constrained by size and weight, such as small commercial robots drones, or high-resolution industrial IoT sensors.


UK Atomic Weapons Establishment readies Shasta supercomputer

The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected Cray’s Shasta supercomputer to power the organisation’s nuclear simulations and other science projects supporting UK nuclear deterrence.

The seven petaflop supercomputer is named Vulcan and fitted with AMD’s Epyc 7542 processors, Cray Slingshot interconnect and ClusterStor Lustre storage. 

AWE said Cray’s HPC beast was selected because of its ability to run mixed workloads and applications at a low total cost of ownership (TCO).


UK data centre operators urged to do more to address climate change impact

TechUK has called on the UK data centre sector to ramp up efforts to tackle climate change and help the UK Government meet its target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

According to the trade body’s latest data centre report, operators from all sectors need to do more to improve energy efficiency and use of renewables.


Microsoft stores Superman movie on quartz glass in Azure cloud storage concept

Microsoft and Warner Bros have teamed up to store the 1978 movie Superman on a piece of quartz glass the size of a drinks coaster.

The achievement is part of a Microsoft Azure initiative called Project Silica, aimed at developing long-lasting storage technologies for the cloud that reduce the provider’s long-term storage costs and environmental footprint.


Cloud market: Q3 2019 in numbers

It’s the end of October, which means it’s time to round up the performance of the top three cloud providers: AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.

Over the last quarter, the global cloud market enjoyed a typically healthy 37 percent growth, Canalys reports.

But yet again there were subtle shifts in the tectonic plates of the cloud hierarchy. For the second quarter running, AWS, cloud leader supreme, reported slowing growth.


Digital Realty to acquire Interxion in $8.4 billion deal

Digital Realty has announced the acquisition of Amsterdam-based colocation and interconnection provider Interxion in an all-stock deal worth $8.4bn.

The acquisition surpasses Digital Realty’s $7.6 billion purchase of DuPont Fabros Technology as the largest acquisition in the history of the data centre industry and puts an end to recent speculation over the future of Interxion, rumoured to be mulling takeover bids from several investment firms.


Google officially claims quantum supremacy, ignores IBM criticism

Google recently sent the internet in a frenzy after the company claimed in a leaked research paper to have achieved “quantum supremacy”. At the time the quantum community fiercely debated Google’s claim.

While the draft paper was swiftly pulled offline, Google has doubled down by officially releasing a peer-reviewed version in Nature which reiterates its achievement. Crucially, the article repeats the controversial claim that the problem its Sycamore processor solved would take Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer, 10,000 years to complete.

If true, this would effectively mean Google had satisfied John Preskill’s original definition of quantum supremacy, described as the milestone where quantum computers can perform tasks that classical computers cannot.


NordVPN reveals data centre breach

Popular virtual private network service NordVPN confirmed one of its rented data centre servers suffered a breach in March 2018.

In an announcement posted on the company’s website Monday, the VPN provider revealed an attacker accessed the server at a Finland data centre by exploiting the data centre provider’s remote management system, which the company was unaware existed.

NordVPN, which deals with highly sensitive and private activity logs, was quick to reassure its 12 million customers:

“The server itself did not contain any user activity logs; none of our applications send user-created credentials for authentication, so usernames and passwords couldn’t have been intercepted either,” the company wrote.


Data centre maintenance triggered Three’s 9-hour network outage

Last Thursday, UK network provider Three was blighted by a network failure that left customers without access to the internet or voice services for almost 10 hours.

As is the way with such outages, many of Three’s 11.7 million customers turned to Twitter to condemn the downtime, prompting the #threedown hashtag to surge to third in the day’s trending charts.

Over the weekend, details finally emerged about the failure’s cause, with Three revealing in a weekend email sent to customers that data centre maintenance work triggered the network issue.


Schneider Electric and NetApp partner on pre-packaged edge infrastructure

Schneider Electric and NetApp have announced they are teaming on plug-and-play hyperconverged solutions (HCI) for the edge, following a previous tie-up the data centre energy specialist made with Cisco.

Schneider is pre-engineering infrastructure integrated with NetApp’s HCI hybrid cloud platform, which will vary for enterprise, remote offices, and small to medium-sized business spaces. The idea is that each customer segment will be able to receive and install infrastructure quickly without having to worry too much about on-site or remote management.



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