AWS machine learning VMs go faster, but not forward

Amazon Web Services has unveiled a new generation of GPU-powered cloud computing instances aimed squarely at customers running machine learning applications. The P2’s a major step up from the previous generation of GPU-powered AWS instances, and it has plenty of memory to burn. But it’s been built with an earlier generation of GPU, meaning it’s… Continue reading AWS machine learning VMs go faster, but not forward

What to do when hackers break into your cloud

There are two major types of public cloud computing attacks: single-tenant and cross-tenant. A cross-tenant attack is the stuff of IT nightmares, but it has not yet occurred. (In a cross-tenant attack, the hackers gain root-level access to the cloud and thus access to most or all of the tenants — including you.) Single-tenant breaches are… Continue reading What to do when hackers break into your cloud

Google Cloud Machine Learning hits public beta, with additions

Google unveiled today machine learning-related additions to its cloud platform, both to enrich its own cloud-based offerings and to offer expanded toolsets for businesses to develop their own machine learning-powered products. The most prominent offering was the public beta of Google Cloud Machine Learning, a platform for building and training machine learning models with the TensorFlow  learning… Continue reading Google Cloud Machine Learning hits public beta, with additions

Google will shore up one of its biggest cloud weaknesses next year

Google is making a major change to its cloud platform infrastructure that will help shore up one of the company’s biggest weaknesses relative to competitors like Microsoft and Amazon. On Thursday, Urs Hölzle, the company’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, unveiled eight forthcoming regions around the world for the company’s cloud services. The regions are… Continue reading Google will shore up one of its biggest cloud weaknesses next year

Microsoft opens up its ‘million dollar’ bug-finder

Microsoft is previewing a cloud-based bug detector, dubbed Project Springfield, that it calls one of its most sophisticated tools for finding potential security vulnerabilities. Project Springfield uses “whitebox fuzzing,” which uncovered one-third of the “million dollar” security bugs during the development of Windows 7. Microsoft has been using a component of the project called SAGE… Continue reading Microsoft opens up its ‘million dollar’ bug-finder

IDG Contributor Network: The cloud 10 years from now

It’s that time of year where I typically publish my predictions for 2017. To be honest, most of the predictions that I usually talk about are pretty close to commercialization, so it is really less a “prediction,” and more about letting everyone know about the various technical advancements getting ready to hit the mainstream market… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: The cloud 10 years from now

8 ‘new’ enterprise products we don’t want to see

I get a lot of press releases. Most of them are from startups with the same old enterprise product ideas under different names. Some are for “new” products from existing companies (by “new,” I mean new implementations of old ideas). Think you have a great idea? Please tell me it isn’t one of these: [… Continue reading 8 ‘new’ enterprise products we don’t want to see