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Big Switch unveils fresh range of tools to simplify hybrid cloud networking

Software-defined networking (SDN) specialist Big Switch has unveiled a range of software solutions aimed at simplifying hybrid cloud networking.


Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft join consortium to protect in-use server data

Several of the world’s largest tech companies have joined a new effort aimed at helping organisations utilise encrypted server data in-memory while isolating it from other software and applications, enabling them to more securely run applications on-premise, in remote edge sites or in the cloud.


Startup unveils ‘AI supercomputer on a chip’

The Wafer Scale Engine (WSE), designed to process AI applications, comes packed with 1.2 trillion transistors and measures 46,225m², making it 57 times the size of Nvidia’s flagship V100 data centre graphics card, which contains 21.1 billion transistors. While Samsung has previously built a flash memory chip with 2 trillion transistors, Cerebras’s chip stands out in that it’s built for processing.


Report: CyrusOne mulls sale after bidder approach

CyrusOne is considering a sale after the colocation company was approached by a group of bidders, including KKR & Co., Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and I Squared Capital. 

The group has not yet made a bid but has alerted CyrusOne that it is in the preliminary stages of proposing one. A source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that there are other bidders interested in CyrusOne and that the Dallas-based company has not yet made a decision on a potential takeover.


‘Cyclone-proof’ data centre opens in Australia

A data centre designed to withstand extreme weather events, including category 5 cyclones with winds of up to 280 kilometres per hour, has opened in Queensland, Australia.

The Tier 3 facility, located in Townsville, North Queensland, is owned by Australian provider iSeek, and was developed in partnership with telco Optus and power-specialist Schneider Electric to initially serve James Cook University and Townsville City Council.


Cray building $600m exascale supercomputer to manage US nuclear stockpile

El Capitan, which will have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops when delivered in 2022, will be used to run applications that safeguard the safety, security and effectiveness of the US’s nuclear stockpile.


Data centre outage sparks banking services blackout across Mexico

Prosa, an electronic transaction services firm responsible for processing card payments, said an electrical fault at its data centre in Santa Fe, Mexico, was responsible for the outage.


Reliance Jio pledges free cloud connectivity to Indian start-ups as telco announces 10-year Azure partnership

Indian telco pledges free connectivity and cloud infrastructure to start-ups as company enters India’s cloud services market.


Zero-day vulnerability discovered in Delta industrial and data centre control system

Exploit could give a hacker complete control over company security systems and thermal systems used in data centres Security researchers have discovered a zero-day vulnerability in a popular building control system that could allow cyber criminals to wreak havoc with operational technology found in factories, businesses and data centres. The system is manufactured by Delta,… Read More


AMD beats Intel to 7nm data centre chips, Google and Twitter first customers

AMD claims the 2nd generation of EPYC processors can halve the total cost of ownership across “numerous workloads” compared to Intel Xeon chips AMD has announced that Google and Twitter are among a growing list of companies using the chipmaker’s new EPYC Rome processors in their data centres. Microsoft has also announced the previews of… Read More


British Airways flights grounded by another IT outage

Online check-in and departure systems out of action following second IT failure in two years Holidaymakers travelling with British Airways have been left stranded at UK airports after the IT systems that deal with check-in and departures failed. The airline said it has switched to manual systems while the incident, which is not thought to… Read More


New Intel side-channel vulnerability targets Windows machines

Microsoft has patched the vulnerability, which affects virtually all servers and laptops using modern Intel processors A new vulnerability has surfaced that could allow hackers to access passwords, tokens, private conservations and encryption from machines using Intel processors. The side-channel vulnerability, discovered by cyber security firm Bitdefender, affects all machines that use Intel CPUs, run… Read More



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