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Cloud Computing

The Portable Axellio Edge Computing System

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The Portable Axellio Edge Computing System

Customers wanting to easily carry a high performance computing system get such a product from X-IO-- the portable version of the Axellio edge-computing platform fits in two "easily-transportable" suitcases.

But why would an on-the-go rapid response team choose a portable Axellio system, instead of a stack of laptops? According to X-IO portable Axellio can handle advanced analytics in real time, as it carries up to 88 CPU cores, 2TB RAM, 460TB NVMe flash storage and x4 100GbE network connectivity, all within a high-density 2U design.

The result, the company claims, is a system able to handle 12 million IOPS and 480 Gbps transfer rates with under 50ms latency. The hardware is easily disassembled before reassembly onsite, with one carry-on suitcase holding the storage while a larger suitcase contains the main server chassis.

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Microsoft Adds Security to Azure

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Microsoft Adds Security to Azure

Microsoft proposes a a boost in security for the Azure cloud platform-- Confidential Compute, a feature allowing applications running on Azure to keep data encrypted even when being computed in-memory.

Azure already encrypts data while at rest at in transit, but the encryption of data while in an in-use state eliminates a potential weak link in the security process. After all, data loses all protection when it is is processed by applications, meaning hackers can potentially access it via malware.

"Confidential Computing ensures that when data is "in the clear," which is required for efficient processing, the data is protected inside a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE)," a Microsoft blog post reads. "TEEs ensure there is no way to view data or the operations inside from the outside, even with a debugger. They even ensure that only authorised code is permitted to access data."

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VMware, Pivotal, Google Team Up in Container Service

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VMware, Pivotal, Google Team Up in Container Service

VMware announces a partnership with Pivotal and Google at VMworld-- one with a focus on containers, specifically through a new service dubbed Pivotal Container Service (PKS).

According to the 3 companies, PKS simplifies the creation, deplyment and management of container project at scale. Each company brings something to the table, since Google provides the Kubernetes container orchestration tool, Pivotal adds the Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service (PaaS) and VMware ties everything with a final management layer.

Pivotal also gets final naming rights, explaining the admittedly confusing PKS acronym. Either way, the result is "production-ready Kubernetes" running on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). It is based on Kubo, the open-source container management system developed by Google and Pivotal, and provides a container development environment on Cloud Foundry. A VMware layer provides the management of the entire container lifecycle.

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Google Intros Tiered Cloud

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Google Intros Tiered Cloud

Google announces Network Service Tiers Alpha-- a first tiered cloud offering from the company, with different pricing depending on whether the customer wants either higher performance or lower costs.

The Premium tier delivers traffic over a private fibre network with over 100 points of presence (POPs) across the globe, making it what Google claims is the largest of any public cloud provider. The network promises to be highly redundant to ensure high availability, with at least 3 independent paths between any two locations to ensure traffic is unaffected by a single fibre cut.

Another Premium feature is Global Load Balancing, with the management simplicity of a single anycast IPv4 or IPv6 VIP, seamless expansion across regions, and overflow or fail over to other regions.

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Unifi RegAlert Ensures GDPR Requirements

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Unifi RegAlert Ensures GDPR Requirements

Cloud service provider Unifi Software presents a solution for enterprises wanting to ensure their data assets comply with new EU data protection requirements-- RegAlert!, a cloud-based data monitoring application.

According to Unifi, RegAlert! helps admins comb through data to ensure it is compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the latest EU data regulation. And enteprises need to be up to regulation scratch, since the sonsequences are hefty, reaching up to 4% of annual global revenue or €20 million, whichever is greater.

Unifi's Compliance Data Hub with RegAlert monitors all data in use, in real-time. If a user access data with GDPR attributes, RegAlert! immediately blocks the data set from further use, and notifies the person of potential regulatory infringement. It also notifies the data stewart so they ascertain (via Unifi) who is trying to access the data and grant either unconditional or restricted access.

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