HashiCorp announces Nomad Container orchestration, AMD is buying Xilinx for $35 billion, and we expand on last week’s discussion on the US DOJ suing Google. We’ll talk about it all in this episode of the Rundown!
Zoom has announced that end-to-end encryption is now available as a technical preview for all paid and free Zoom customers. The offering, which is built on the technology acquired in the Keybase acquisition earlier this year, was originally slated to only be offered to paying customers. However, outcry from the community pushed Zoom to make it available for everyone. The feature must be enabled by all participants and currently disabled some other features, such as live transcription. Zoom is going to take the next 30 days to get feedback on how well this is received.
No one seems to like changing the clock, including NetApp storage arrays. Over the weekend, Israel switched their clocks to winter time, akin to Standard Time in the US. The switch caused the NetApp arrays in a number of government agencies and universities to crash, which soon took down the servers that relied on them. NetApp was able to patch the software and bring the affected arrays back online, but only after several hours had elapsed.
Extreme Networks has announced a new feature for their enterprise wireless intrusion prevention system. On top of existing Wi-Fi intrusion they are now adding Bluetooth Low Energy detection to the platform. With the rapid growth of IoT devices in the enterprise the ability to monitor BLE signals for signs of attack was just a matter of time.
Intel launched their new cloud platform, Geospatial, on Tuesday under the radar. It is designed to provide tools for geovisual workloads, such as 2D and 3D images of important parts of our world. Examples include helping manage IT assets after storms, advanced AI weather prediction, and extended modeling of other systems over time. Intel isn’t the first company to launch a geospatial cloud but they are looking to pick up momentum.
As rumored on the Rundown 2 weeks ago, AMD is officially buying Xilinx for $35 billion in stock. The deal, which is being positioned as immediately important to AMD’s bottom line, is designed to position AMD as the leader in high performance computing platforms. The all-stock deal creates a much larger AMD with fingers in all kinds of chips, from CPUs to FPGAs to SoCs.
Tom, last week we brought up the news that the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google. There have been many investigations into the monopolistic behavior of the tech titan over the years by a number of different organizations around the world, but this appears to be a new approach. The DOJ is arguing that Google has violated anti-trust laws by signing exclusivity agreements with mobile companies like Apple and service providers like AT&T to make Google the default search engine. The DOJ alleges that this behavior shuts out competition and stifles the market. The response from Google on their blog essentially says that customers have all the choice in the world to click away from Google and use the search engine of their choice.
Containers are a technology that is reassuringly hard. The more time you spend with them the more you realize what you don’t know. Hashicorp is trying to fix that with the beta release of Nomad 1.0, a container orchestration engine that is aimed at taking on Kubernetes. Hashicorp is looking to position Nomad to the wider container audience that might not need every single feature of Kubernetes and is just looking for a simple solution to get applications up and running easily. Stephen, is Nomad a viable alternative to the behemoth that is Kubernetes? Or will it fade away like every other challenger to the throne?
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