Aug 10, 2020

Intel: Top ten cloud companies

Technology
Cloud
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
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We take a closer look at Intel, an innovative cloud company who claimed the seventh spot in our list of the top ten cloud companies...

 Intel is committed to shaping the future of technology through creating world changing technology that enriches and provides meaning to the lives of every person in the world. 

The company works tirelessly to unleash and utilise the power of data and set the pace for digital revolution. 

Intel uses the cloud to transform business, giving you access to computing, storage and networking resources for your data centre.
An example cloud project is when Intel has collaborated with DigitalOcean to allow the company to develop and deploy a new high CPU “Droplet”

The company has recently extended its partnership with VMWare to virtualise radio access networks for 5G.

The partnership between the two technology giants is a collaboration on an integrated software platform for virtualized radio access networks (RAN) to accelerate the rollout of both existing LTE and future 5G networks.

Intel’s cloud insider programme which is an exclusive community that provides information and content specifically curated for the cloud services ecosystem.

Especially during this pandemic, the partner programme is even more of a necessity for technology business professionals. 

The technology giant is committed to creating a better future for the younger generations therefore it has a long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility. Intel sets ambitious goals and makes strategic investments to drive improvements in environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact.

Since 2008, the company’s renewable energy supply and renewable energy attribute purchases have totaled approximately 37 billion kWh of green power, enough to power more than 3 million U.S. households for one year,1 including 5.6 billion kWh in 2019.

In a recent, insightful edition of Technology Magazine, we sat down with Intel’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) ,William ‘Bill’ Giard, to talk about his vision for the company in 2020.

When our sister magazine Business Chief spoke to Intel in August 2019, the company stated that it was moving “from a PC-centric strategy to a data-centric one”. 

You can read both reports by clicking the buttons below. 

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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