Mar 18, 2021

How Incredibuild spreads computing to accelerate development

Cloud
supercomputing
networks
Software development
William Smith
2 min
Incredibuild’s offering allows firms to harness latent power via its Virtualised Distributed Processing platform, which spreads processes across networks
Incredibuild’s offering allows firms to harness latent power via its Virtualised Distributed Processing platform, which spreads processes across netwo...

Companies often have far more processing power at their disposal than they might realise - it’s just tied up in dormant locations on the network.

Building a distributed supercomputer

Incredibuild’s offering allows firms to harness that latent power via its Virtualised Distributed Processing platform, which distributes processes across a network in order to build and release software faster - and reduce compute costs by up to 30%. By allocating capacity dynamically, that essentially means company networks can be turned into distributed supercomputers.

It’s thanks to that capability that among its customers the company counts the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Citibank, Barclays, Adobe, Disney, Intel, Samsung, Epic Games, and Nintendo.

Meeting accelerating development needs

The company is one of many to experience a boost during the pandemic thanks to the changes in company behaviour it has provoked. Indeed, it has seen a 55% increase in revenue in the past year.

The Tel Aviv, Israel-based firm has just announced a $140mn funding round from Insight Partners, which has seen the latter company become the majority stakeholder.

"In fiercely competitive markets, top quality frequent releases are vital," said Tami Mazel Shachar, CEO of Incredibuild. "With the new funding, Incredibuild is poised to expand the market opportunity, enabling companies to maintain their competitive edge. With cloud adoption being paramount, we plan to further scale and evolve our software development acceleration platform for development teams and release managers in verticals such as finance, gaming, and the growing AR and VR markets."

"We firmly believe that Incredibuild has built a crucial technology for any business that wants to develop better software, radically faster," said Teddie Wardi, Managing Director at Insight Partners. "With our long history of investing in the development ecosystem, we are confident that Incredibuild will continue to innovate and build upon their recent momentum."

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Jun 24, 2021

Legend: John McAfee

McAfee
Cybersecurity
Intel
2 min
A controversial figure, John McAfee is credited with starting an entire technology industry around cybersecurity

John McAfee is credited with starting the entire cybersecurity industry. In 1987, he set up McAfee Associates and released VirusScan. Previous antivirus programs had been released, but McAfee’s was the first with mass appeal and was soon a day zero (or at least day one) installation for Windows users as well as corporate clients.

McAfee: divisive

But McAfee was also a hugely divisive character. He dismissed his own software, claimed he never used it, and rejoiced when Intel bought McAfee and took his name off “the worst software on the planet.” He was anti-tax, pro-drugs, anti-war and pro-free trade. He was also a tireless crusader for cyber awareness, and set up a political party called the Cyber Party in order to make a bid for the office of president of the US.

“I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet”

McAfee: born in the UK

McAfee was born in Gloucestershire, UK, but moved to Salem, Virginia, where his American father (his mother was English) shot himself when McAfee was 15. McAfee worked at NASA, Univac, Xerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton and Lockheed. It was while working at the latter he was given a copy of Brain, the first computer virus for PC, and began to engineer a defence.

McAfee: controversy

Controversy dogged McAfee. He was implicated as a ‘person of interest’ in the search for a neighbour who had been shot. He married a prostitute. He claimed a cocaine baron was writing his biography. He was arrested for possession of an unlicensed weapon and for manufacturing drugs in Belize (later released without charge). There were various other arrests (mainly weapons related) but not much would stick until McAfee’s anti-tax stance caught up with him. 

McAfee: arrest

He fled the US as tax authorities turned up the heat on at least four years of non payment of tax and was arrested (again) in Spain in October 2020 at the behest of the US Department of Justice. Charges for fraudulently promoting cryptocurrencies were soon added and he was formally indicted in March 2021. In June 2021, the Spanish National Court authorised McAfee’s extradition to the US, and McAfee was found dead in his cell just hours later in what is widely believed to be a suicide.

McAfee: death

Even in death, McAfee courted controversy, having announced that if he was ever found to have committed suicide, it would mean he had been murdered. A slew of conspiracy theories mushroomed in the hours after his death was announced. It’s just what he would have wanted.

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