Inside CTO/CIO - August 29th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Aug 29th, 2019)

Microsoft grows edge sites/ New VMware tools for Kubernetes/Google shuts down Google Hire

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1. Microsoft Azure will add 31 additional edge sites on its global networking infrastructure, giving the company more than 150 total. The move will support customer requirements for lower-latency cloud applications. The network improvements for cloud latency will augment services such as Azure Front Door, which lets customers fine-tune web traffic. Microsoft already offers 80 percent of the world's sub-30ms latency and intends to bring that to 100 percent with the help of edge sites. It also is adding 14 co-located facilities around the world that provide entry points to Azure ExpressRoute. - SEARCH CLOUD COMPUTING

2. VMware has introduced Tanzu, its modern apps portfolio designed to transform the way companies build software for Kubernetes. The new line of products includes ways to embed Kubernetes natively into its server virtualization platform vSphere and provides a single point of operational control to manage clusters in nearly any run environment. VMware's shift to a containerized world is also evidenced by Project Pacific for uniting Kubernetes and vSphere. - SILICON ANGLE

3. Throwback Thursday: Twenty-eight years ago Linus Torvalds announced on a Usenet newsgroup that he was creating a free operating system. It's just a hobby, he told the group. It "won't be anything big and professional like gnu." Fast-forward to 2019. Today 100% of the world's supercomputers run on Linux. Out of the top 25 websites in the world, only two aren't using Linux. 96.3% of the world's top 1 million servers run on Linux.

Torvalds, who was studying computer science at the University of Helsinki at the time, developed the Unix-like operating system because he was didn't have enough money to buy a Unix system. Instead, he purchased a PC. Unhappy with the MS-DOS and MINIX operating systems, he decided to make a clone of UNIX from scratch. He encouraged his colleagues to use the source code for wider distribution.

Most of the code in the Linux Kernel today comes from contributors from around the world.  

4. Huawei said it is interested in building the first undersea fiber-optic cable between South America and Asia. The public tender process was initiated by the Chilean government in July and Huawei said it will participate when bids are invited for the trans-Pacific construction. The company also said that it will continue with the September 18 launch of its Mate 30 line of high-end smartphones in Europe even though it may not be able to offer Google’s official Android operating system and widely used apps such as Google Maps. - REUTERS

5. Apple has apologized for allowing contractors to listen to customers' Siri recordings. The contractors were working on a now-halted program to help improve the quality of Siri’s responses. The contractors heard conversations of people discussing medical conditions and even having sex. Apple said that by default it will no longer retain audio interactions for its "human grading" practices and will begin a thorough review of the program. Users will be able to opt-in if they want to help with the improvement of Siri, which means that strictly in-house Apple employees will be allowed to listen to your recordings of Siri interaction. - DIGITAL TRENDS

6. A secret cyberattack against Iran wiped out databases that the country used to plot attacks, according to government officials. The attack was in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. military drone in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Iran is still trying to recover information in its systems and restart its military communications network. Iran has not escalated its attacks in response. No tankers have been targeted in significant covert attacks since the June 20 cyber-operation. - THE NEW YORK TIMES

7. Google is shutting down Google Hire, its G Suite recruiting tool. Google will no longer add new features but existing customers can continue using Google Hire until their contract runs out in September 2020. Google launched Google for Jobs the same year it debuted Google Hire. Google Jobs, which filters third-party job listings based on user-defined search criteria, faces European regulatory scrutiny. - THE VERGE

8. The US Air Force will automate big data management using distributed ledger technology. Its blockchain partner, Constellation, is charged with connecting various data silos for the armed force wing to improve interoperability among systems. The firm will provide audit trails and real-time overviews of data sources. -COINDESK

9. Qualcomm announced a new range of Wi-Fi chips designed to work with Wi-Fi 6, the newest version of the technology. Its four new processors in its Networking Pro Series platform will bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment. They are designed for densely congested networks, onboarding of hundreds of devices without degradation of user experience, and high performance. - ANDROID CENTRAL

10. DevOps, robotic process automation and IoT are compounding enterprise security risks. A new report found less than half of the organizations surveyed have a privileged access security strategy in place for DevOps, IoT, or robotic process automation. - SECURITY BOULEVARD

Jennifer Zaino is a freelance writer and editor specializing in business, technology, healthcare and education. 

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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