ICYMI: Updates in the Cloud

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  May 10, 2024

On our Cloud Computing Magazine site, we write stories about how cloud computing changes the way we access and utilize resources that benefit businesses of all sizes. As we know, the cloud replaces physical servers and software with on-demand services delivered over the internet, and there are advantages to that.

For example, the recent launch of Red Hat OpenShift AI further strengthens Red Hat (News - Alert)'s commitment to AI innovation. With Red Hat OpenShift AI, businesses use pre-integrated tools and frameworks to streamline the AI development lifecycle.

We also saw quite a bit of news surrounding quantum computing. NodeQ developed PQtunnel to assist businesses of all sizes with transitioning their end-to-end secure communication to PQC. Keysight introduced post-quantum crypto testing, and Intel set a new benchmark for quantum computing performance.

But that’s not all that’s been brewing in the cloud:

Hyperscale Data Center Capacity Doubles, Driven by AI and Cloud Giants

The number of large data centers operated by major tech companies surpassed 1,000 in early 2024, according to Synergy Research Group. This follows a four-year period where total data center capacity doubled, driven by rapid growth in facilities and increasing average size.

The study analyzed the data center footprint of 19 major cloud and internet service providers, including leaders in SaaS (News - Alert), infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, search engines, social media, e-commerce and gaming. Cloud giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google hold the most extensive data center footprints, with a combined 60% global capacity share. They are followed by Meta, Alibaba, Tencent, Apple (News - Alert) and ByteDance.

Supermicro Launches SuperCluster for Generative AI Workloads

Supermicro launched SuperCluster, a line of high-performance computing clusters designed to speed up generative AI development and deployment. These pre-configured systems are built around NVIDIA (News - Alert)'s latest GPUs and target large language model workloads.

Supermicro offers two main configurations: a liquid-cooled system for training and a separate air-cooled system optimized for cloud-based inference. Both configurations are built to scale seamlessly and come pre-installed with NVIDIA AI Enterprise software for faster deployment. Supermicro emphasizes rigorous testing and validation processes to ensure operational efficiency.

Colt DCS Reveals Platform for Real-Time Data Center Monitoring

Colt Data Centre Services, or Colt DCS, revealed its Central Telemetry Platform, a global solution for real-time data center monitoring. Developed with Protiviti, the platform grants customers insights into power usage, temperatures and cooling efficiency.

This access to real-time data allows businesses to optimize operations by shifting workloads, proactively maintaining equipment and achieving cost and energy savings. The platform centralizes data and offers an API for building custom monitoring applications.

Data Access Firm Dymium Emerges with $7M Funding

Dymium, a data access management company, launched publicly with $7 million in funding. The company offers a platform that allows organizations to securely access data "where it lives" without needing to move or copy it. This eliminates the risks and inefficiencies associated with data duplication in warehouses and lakes.

Dymium leverages a zero-trust architecture, centralized access policies and AI to ensure authorized users see only the specific data they need, regardless of location. This is designed to mitigate security risks and compliance challenges arising from widespread data proliferation.

The funding will be used to develop the platform and expand sales and marketing efforts. Dymium is targeting sectors like healthcare, finance and defense where data security is paramount. The company is led by industry veterans with extensive experience in zero-trust technology.

Oleria Launches Adaptive Security Platform for Identity Threat Detection

Oleria, a provider of identity security solutions, announced the general availability of Oleria Adaptive Security. This platform addresses the growing challenge of identity-based cyberattacks by offering comprehensive visibility and control over user access.

Oleria's solution uses a unified access graph to track who has access to what resources, how they obtained it and how they are using it. This allows security teams to proactively identify and mitigate access risks.

Oleria Adaptive Security also allows CISOs to continuously monitor access across SaaS applications and provides real-time risk assessments with actionable insights. The platform also helps identify and remove unused permissions and outdated accounts.

The announcement follows Oleria's recent $33 million Series A funding round and the expansion of its leadership team.

Extreme Networks Offers Standard Power Outdoor Wi-Fi 6E

Extreme Networks announced it now offers standard power outdoor Wi-Fi 6E. This means faster speeds, wider coverage and increased capacity for outdoor connections. Existing customers like BYU and the San Francisco Giants benefit from these improvements.

Extreme's AP5050 access points are designed specifically for outdoor use in the U.S. They work with Wi-Fi Alliance (News - Alert) Services to deliver secure cloud-based Automated Frequency Coordination and guarantee existing users are protected while maximizing transmission power.

These stories continue to show what cloud computing offers. As I have stated in previous articles, cloud computing’s influence is only expected to grow as technology continues to advance.

Edited by Alex Passett
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