May 24, 2017 brianradio2016

Faster, more stable, capable of supporting more devices and equipped to handle life in the fast lane, 5G technology is the next wave of networking, and Apple is deeply involved in testing and developing the standard. What does Apple hope to gain and why should this matter to an iOS enterprise?

What is 5G?         

While it is important to note that 5G is not yet ratified as a standard and networks that use the standard aren’t expected before 2020, 5G is touted as the next-generation of wireless broadband.  

The GSMA has set some criteria, most of which need to be met for a network to call itself ‘5G’. They include 1-10Gbps connections to devices and other end points and the capacity to support up to 100 times as many devices per cell as possible in current implementations.

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May 24, 2017 brianradio2016

Google on Tuesday rolled out an enterprise bundle that packages Chrome, management templates and an add-on for dealing with legacy sites and apps, building on the chokehold its browser has on the web.

The collection — prosaically dubbed “enterprise bundle” — includes a Chrome installer (in .msi format), the Legacy Browser Support (LBS) add-on, and a set of templates for applying group policies to Chrome within the company. It was essentially a convenience, since all its components have been available separately.

“The new bundle includes multiple tools in a single download that IT admins need for a simple, managed deployment,” boasted Matt Blumberg, a Chrome product manager on Google’s enterprise and education team, in a post to a company blog.

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May 24, 2017 brianradio2016

Right now, the market for GPUs for use in machine learning is essentially a market of one: Nvidia.

AMD, the only other major discrete GPU vendor of consequence, holds around 30 percent of the market for total GPU sales compared to Nvidia’s 70 percent. For machine-learning work, though, Nvidia’s lead is near-total. Not just because all the major clouds with GPU support are overwhelmingly Nvidia-powered, but because the GPU middleware used in machine learning is by and large Nvidia’s own CUDA.

AMD has long had plans to fight back. It’s been prepping hardware that can compete with Nividia on performance and price, but it’s also ginning up a platform for vendor-neutral GPU programming resources — a way for developers to freely choose AMD when putting together a GPU-powered solution without worrying about software support.

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May 24, 2017 brianradio2016

In the wake of a very bad thunderstorm, this field service pilot fish is dispatched to a client’s restaurant to test and replace a patch cord after lightning blew up the cable modem.

“My ticket said to replace the cord between the cable modem and the router,” says fish. “The internet provider had replaced the modem, but the site was still on its backup wireless connection because the router still could not communicate through the modem.

“The support desk — which was on another continent — believed that either there must be a defective patch cord or the ISP had sent a defective modem.”

It only takes a few minutes for fish to spot the real problem: The router’s WAN port has been destroyed by the same blast that took out the original modem — along with a printer, a dishwasher and several other pieces of equipment, according to the restaurant’s manager.

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May 24, 2017 brianradio2016

Tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google have redefined IT for web-scale applications, leveraging standard servers and shared-nothing architectures to ensure maximum operational efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. As new application workloads – cloud, mobile, IoT, machine learning, and real-time analytics – drive the need for faster and more scalable storage, enterprises are seeking to optimize their infrastructures in the same way as these tech giants.

Excelero’s NVMesh—a unified, scale-out, software-defined, block storage solution that runs on industry standard servers—was designed in response to these needs. NVMesh leverages NVMe high-performance flash, a highlydistributed architecture, intelligent clients that minimize cluster communications, and a proprietary storage access protocol that bypasses the CPU on storage targets.

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May 24, 2017 brianradio2016

Microsoft has made major strides to take its development tools out of a Windows-only world, both for the applications you can create and the platforms they run on. The open source .Net development tools that Microsoft got when it acquired Xamarin two years ago are key to Microsoft’s cross-platform transformation.

That transformation is very much evident today, with much of the Xamarin’s tools folded into Microsoft’s Visual Studio development platform over the last year, and its MacOS Xamarin Studio rebranded as Visual Studio for Mac with additional features for working with Azure and .Net Core.

To support Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s focus on an “intelligent cloud and intelligent edge” mission, Xamarin’s cross-platform development strategy is key to delivering the edge elements of that vision. Microsoft’s mobile strategy has pivoted away from its own Windows Mobile OS (at least for now), and the company is now concentrating on delivering applications for the previously alien platforms iOS and Android. It’s a shift that also means bringing its developer ecosystem to new platforms – especially if it’s to deliver on its Project Rome vision of applications and content that migrate from device to device, letting your work follow you wherever you go.

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May 24, 2017 brianradio2016

 (CNCF), which seeks to drive large-scale cloud computing with an emphasis on containers and microservices, has just added the Container Network Interface (CNI) project to its fold.

The project joins others hosted by the nonprofit foundation, including the Kuberrnetes container orchestration platform and CoreDNS DNS server. CNI had been a GitHub open source project. It features a specification and libraries to write plugins for configuring networking interfaces in Linux containers.

The foundation’s adoption of CNI is meant to increase its focus on network connectivity of containers and the removal of allocated sources when the container is deleted. “The idea [is] that CNI is a standard way of being able to use different networking technologies,” said Dan Kohn, the foundation’s executive director.

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May 23, 2017 brianradio2016

BOSTON — Retired Gen. Michael Hayden held nothing back when speaking to cybersecurity pros today at the ZertoCon business continuity conference.

It’s been more than a decade since he led the National Security Agency (NSA), but that didn’t stop Hayden from asserting that the Russians were involved in last year’s U.S. presidential election. His view: Only two presidents doubt that the Russians were involved in the 2016 election — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

“They [the Russians] had an affect on the election, there is no question that this happened,” Hayden said. “The question is if there was collaboration with the campaign.”

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