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Google Releases Preemptible VMs

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Google announces the availability of what it calls Preemptible VMs-- a lower-cost options for customers wanting to run low-priority batch jobs on unused compute resources.

Cancer researchAs the search giant puts it, "Preemptible VMs are the same as regular instances except for one key difference-- they may be shut down at any time." As such the system is best suited for distributed fault-tolerant workloads that do not need the immediacy of a typical cloud VM.

The use of Preemptible VMs comes with a 70% discount over on-demand counterparts, and scale from sizes ranging from 50 to 50000 cores.

Apple Goes For Enterprise With iPad Pro

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As previously announced Apple held its traditional September event-- one featuring the announcement of the much awaited iPad Pro, a larger version of the popular tablet with an obvious focus on enterprise customers.

iPad Pro

In fact, the device was revealed only after talk on enterprise partnerships with IBM and Cisco. As repeatedly suggested by rumours, the iPad Pro is the biggest (12.9-inch) and most powerful Apple tablet yet.  It is powered by a specially designed 64-bit A9X chip promising double the graphics, memory bandwidth and disk performance of the A8X, as well as 10 hours battery life, for "desktop-class performance." Audio comes through a 4-speaker array.

AMD Splits Graphics Off

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AMD announces a "strategic realignment" as it splits off its graphics technologies operations into the Radeon Technologies Group, a separate operation led by newly promoted senior VP and chief architect Raja Koduri.

Radeon bossSuch graphics operations include all the technologies found in AMD APU, discrete GPU, semi-custom and GPU compute products. The unit apears to be almost autonomous and self-sufficient, making it sound like AMD is returning to the structure of the ATI days.

Gartner: IoT to Change Security "Forever"

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According to Gartner by end 2017 20% of enterprises will acquire security services to protect business initiatives using devices and services making part of the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT Security“The IoT now penetrates to the edge of the physical world and brings an important new "physical" element to security concerns. This is especially true as billions of things begin transporting data,” the analyst says. “The IoT redefines security by expanding the scope of responsibility into new platforms, services and directions. Moving forward, enterprises should consider reshaping IT or cybersecurity strategies to incorporate known digital business goals and seek participation in digital business strategy and planning.”

IDC: Enternet Switches "Nearly Flat" in Q2 2015

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The EMEA Q2 2015 ethernet switch (layer 2/3) market is "relatively weak," IDC reports, with Y-o-Y revenue declines reaching -2.4% Y-o-Y (or -3.2% Q-o-Q). Global revenues remain more or less flat with 1% Y-o-Y growth.

IDC Ethernet market Q2 2015

"Overall revenue and port shipment growth was weaker than expected in 2Q15. Even the relatively strong 10Gb segment saw weaker results than expected," the analyst says. "Given the increasing workloads traversing networks across the enterprise, datacentre, and with service providers, this weakness is likely the result of anticipation for and delayed decision-making around newer and emerging speeds, the intensifying competitive landscape, and of course, continued macroeconomic concerns."

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