Hewlett Packard Enterprise to build $160m Finnish supercomputer
The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has chosen Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to build one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, based in Finland. "LUMI", the supercomputer, will cost over $160m and it will support European private and public organizations in their R&D and innovation efforts to improve healthcare, weather forecasting, and AI-enabled products.
Splunk lands double acquisition to boost observability platform
Splunk has made a double acquisition that it will use to bolster its observability platform. The is for Plumbr, an application performance monitoring company offering auto-instrumentation, Real User Monitoring and deep application performance insights for enterprise applications. The second is Rigor, a digital experience monitoring company offering synthetic monitoring and optimisation tools.
Microsoft links up with SpaceX for enhanced cloud
Microsoft has announced a tie-up with SpaceX. The collaboration will see Microsoft connect Azure to SpaceX's satellite-based internet service. Azure's compatibility with satellites has been rigorously tested by Microsoft. The partnership is part of Microsoft's "Azure Space" initiative. It hopes that by taking steps in this area of cloud computing, it can close the gap to market leader AWS.
Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson achieve 5G world first
Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have teamed up to demonstrate 5G peak speeds of 5.06 Gbps - a world first. The demonstration used 5G infrastructure equipment from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio and a 5G smartphone form factor test device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon. When fully mature, 5G technology has the potential of reaching speeds up to 10 Gbps.
Justice Department suing Google over search monopoly
The U.S. Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. The suit accuses Google of blunting the competition in the search and search advertising markets, where the company makes the bulk of its revenues. The legal action has the support of 11 attorney generals from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina and Texas.
Qualcomm targets 5G infrastructure market
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm says it plans to build chips for 5G networking infrastructure. It hopes to become a supplier to the likes of Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei, who dominate the 5G infrastructure space. This market is due to be worth over $8 billion this year, according to Gartner. "We don’t have to worry about any legacy products," Qualcomm president Cristano Amon told Reuters.
Sweden announces ban on Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network
Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE have been barred from being part of Sweden's 5G network. The country's Post and Telecom Authority made the announcement ahead of a spectrum auction later this month, saying that the decision to ban the Chinese firms from the network was taken after assessments by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service. The UK banned Huawei from its 5G network in July.
Verizon teams up with Nokia and Microsoft for private 5G networks
Verizon has agreed separate collaborations with Nokia and Microsoft to help businesses transition to 5G. The US telecoms giant wants to be able to offer private 5G networks to customers who run data-intensive applications. With Nokia, it is focused on supporting manufacturing and logistics companies. With Microsoft, its 5G network will integrate with Azure to process data and automate operations.
Intel to sell NAND memory unit to SK Hynix for $9 billion
SK Hynix has tied up a $9 billion agreement to buy Intel's NAND memory unit. If completed, the all-cash deal would make South Korean company the second largest chip maker in the world. The deal will include Intel's NAND SSD business, NAND component and wafer division, and its NAND memory chip facility in Dalian, China. Intel said that its Optane memory business is not to be part of the agreement.
Issue 21
Our cover story this month looks at a three-year transformation at Deutsche Telekom. We detail how an ambitious IT initiative has delivered cultural and technical agility. Elsewhere, we take a deep dive into an automation success story at Telefónica Spain.
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Juniper Networks to bolster AI capabilities with 128 Technology acquisition
Juniper Networks has agreed a deal worth $450 million to acquire 128 Technology in a bid to integrate more AI features into its network offering. The deal will enhance Juniper’s AI-driven enterprise network portfolio by uniting 128 Technology’s Session Smart networking with Juniper’s campus and branch solutions driven by Mist AI. The deal is expected to close in Juniper Networks’ fiscal Q4.
Google reveals that it blocked record DDoS attack in 2017
A blog from Google has revealed that the tech giant successfully mitigated an unprecedented distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in 2017. The 2.54 Tbps attack was performed by a group of Chinese hackers, Google has disclosed. It is the largest DDoS attack ever recorded. Google says it lasted for six months and utilised multiple methods of attack, yet ultimately had no impact.
IBM and ServiceNow team up to automate IT using AI
IBM and ServiceNow have expanded their strategic partnership designed to help companies reduce operational risk and lower costs by applying AI to automate IT operations. The solution will combine IBM's AI-powered hybrid cloud software and professional services to ServiceNow's intelligent workflow capabilities and IT service and operations management products. It will be launched later this year.

Japan wants to join US and Europe in regulating tech giants
Japan is seeking to rein in the power of Big Tech. It wants to join up with Europe and the US to regulate against the alleged monopolistic practices of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Kazuyuki Furuya, chair of Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC), said the country "will work closely" with the west. Furuya also said it could launch a probe into Google's proposed FitBit buyout.
Deutsche Telekom tests mobile antenna in the stratosphere
Deutsche Telekom and its partner, Stratospheric Platforms Limited have successfully tested an aerial base station in the earth's stratosphere. A pilotless aircraft flying at 14,000 metres, was able to connect with its terrestrial 4G network from an onboard antenna. “We have shown that we can deliver fast internet anywhere,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, chief executive of Deutsche Telekom.
HPE tapped to build Czech Republic's most powerful supercomputer
HPE has been selected to build the Czech Republic’s most powerful supercomputer. The agreement is part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, an initiative between the EU, European countries and industry technology partners to coordinate and combine their resources to develop world-class exascale supercomputers in Europe. The contract has been awarded by IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center.
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