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With Fargate, AWS wants to make containers more cloud native

At its re:Invent developer conference, AWS made so many announcements that even some of the company’s biggest launches only got a small amount of attention. While the company’s long-awaited Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes got quite a bit of press, the launch of the far more novel Fargate container service stayed under the radar. When I talked to him earlier this week, AWS VP and Amazon CTO (and EDM enthusiast) Werner Vogels admitted as much. “I think some of the Fargate stuff got a bit lost in all the other announcements that there were,” he told me. “I think it is a major step forward in making containers more cloud native and we see quite a few of our customers jumping on board with Fargate.” Fargate, if you haven’t followed along, is a technology for AWS’ Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Kubernetes Service (EKS) that abstracts all of the underlying infrastructure for running containers away. You pick your container orchestration engine and the service does the rest. There’s no need for managing individual servers or clusters. Instead, you simply tells ECS or EKS that you want to launch a container with Fargate, define the CPU and memory requirements of your application and let the service handle the rest. To Vogels, who also published a longer blog post on Fargate today, the service is part of the company’s mission to help developers focus on their applications — and not the infrastructure. “I always compare it a bit to the early days of cloud,” said Vogels. “Before we had AWS, there were only virtual machines. And many companies build successful businesses around it. But when you run virtual machines, you still have to manage the hardware. … One of the things that happened when we introduced EC2 the core AWS cloud computing service in the early days, was sort of that it decoupled things from the hardware

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IBM updates its skinny mainframe lineup

When you think of mainframes, chances are you are thinking about some massive piece of hardware that costs millions and can be used as furniture . Now, IBM wants to change that perception with the launch of its latest additions to its Z-series machines , the IBM z14 Model ZR1, that’s basically a standard 19-inch server rack. With its single-frame design, this new mainframe easily fits into any standard cloud data center or private cloud environment. In addition to the new z14, IBM is also launching an update to the similarly sized Rockhopper server. In many ways, the new z14 ZR1 is the successor of the company’s entry-level z13s mainframe  (though, I guess we can argue over the fact whether any mainframe is really ‘entry-level’ to begin with). IBM says the new z14 offers 10 percent more capacity and twice the memory (a whopping 8 terabyte) of its predecessor and that it can handle more than 850 million fully encrypted transactions per day on a single system (though IBM didn’t go into details as to what kind of transactions we’re talking about here. “This will bring the power of the IBM Z to an even broader center of clients seeking robust security with pervasive encryption, machine learning, cloud capabilities and powerful analytics,”said Ross Mauri, general manager of IBM Z, in today’s announcement. “Not only does this increase security and capability in on-premises and hybrid cloud environments for clients, we also will deploy the new systems in our IBM public cloud data centers as we focus on enhancing security and performance for increasingly intensive data loads.” Mainframes, it’s worth noting, may not be the sexiest computing segment out there, but they remain a solid business for IBM and even in the age of microservices, plenty of companies, especially in the financial services industry, are still betting on these high-powered machines. According to IBM, 44 of the top 50 banks and 90 percent of the largest airlines use its Z-series mainframes today. Unlike its gigantuous predecessors, today’s mainframes don’t need special cooling or energy supplies and these days, they happily run Linux and all of your standard software, too. In addition to the ZR1, IBM also today launched the  LinuxONE Rockhopper II , a more traditional Linux server that also fits into a single-frame 19-inch rack. The new Rockhopper now also support up to 8 terabytes of memory and can handle up to 330,000 Docker containers. While the ZR1 is for companies that want to update their current mainframes, the Rockhopper II is clearly geared toward companies that have started to rethink their software architecture with modern DevOps practices in mind

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Netflix opens its public bug bounty program

Today, Netflix announced the launch of its public bug bounty program. The company, which has been expanding its bug bounty setup over the last few years, started with a responsible vulnerability disclosure program in 2013. That then led to its privat...

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YouTube just became the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time

YouTube just became the Top Grossing iPhone app in the U.S. for the first time on Tuesday, after flirting with the top spot a number of times over the years, but never reaching higher than No. 3. The milestone was first spotted by the app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which notes that the U.S. is the only country where YouTube’s iPhone app has ever hit No. 1. The app has been climbing up the Top Grossing charts for years, however, thanks to the launch of YouTube Red in-app subscriptions in fall 2015. In fact, YouTube Red’s arrival almost immediately pushed the app into the Top Grossing charts. The month after Red’s launch, the YouTube iPhone app jumped all the way up to No. 6 , we noted at the time. It was then estimated to be bringing in more than $100,000 per day — and perhaps as high as $300,000, excluding iPad. YouTube’s iOS revenue has grown remarkably since then, of course, as YouTube Red itself grew in popularity, combined with other trends, like the rise of cord-cutting, YouTube’s youngest users finally getting their own phones, streaming plans from mobile carriers that don’t count YouTube’s data or those  offering cheap unlimited data , the growth of live streaming and the launch of other features to engage YouTube viewers — like messaging, Community , Reels and more. It’s unclear what may have pushed YouTube to No. 1, though.

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IBM brings its Power9 servers with Nvidia GPUs to its cloud

IBM is hosing its annual THINK conference to packed halls in Las Vegas this week. Given how important its cloud business has become to its bottom line, it’s no surprise that this event features its fair share of cloud news. Among today’s announcements it the launch of the third generation of Power Systems servers in the IBM Cloud. This comes a day after Google also confirmed that it is using these processors in its data centers, too. These servers are designed around the recently launched Power9 RISC processor (which are themselves the latest generation of the PowerPC processors Apple once used) and Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs. Thanks to their use of the high-speed NVLink interface, these machines are especially powerful when it comes to training machine learning models. In addition, IBM is also bringing its PowerAI distribution to the cloud. PowerAI is essentially IBM’s deep learning platform that supports frameworks like TensorFlow, Torch and Caffe, as well as IBM’s own deep learning frameworks. Given that PowerAI has long been optimized for exactly the kind of Power servers IBM is now bringing to its Cloud (the AC922, to be exact), it’s no surprise that PowerAI will be available in the Cloud, too.

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Disney announces a strategic reorganization of its business, ahead of the launch of its Netflix rival

Disney this morning announced a strategic reorganization of its business in order to better reflect its current priorities in the areas of technological innovation, global expansion, the creation of high-quality content, and direct-to-consumer distribution – meaning its upcoming Netflix competitor. Under the new structure, Disney’s business will be reorganized into four segments: a new Direct-to-Consumer and International; the Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products; Media Networks; and Studio Entertainment. The changes are effective immediately, Disney says. “We are strategically positioning our businesses for the future, creating a more effective, global framework to serve consumers worldwide, increase growth, and maximize shareholder value,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, in a statement released this morning. “With our unparalleled Studio and Media Networks serving as content engines for the Company, we are combining the management of our direct-to-consumer distribution platforms, technology and international operations to deliver the entertainment and sports content consumers around the world want most, with more choice, personalization and convenience than ever before,” he added. Disney is preparing to take on Netflix directly in 2019 , with the launch of a direct-to-consumer streaming service detailed last year. The announcement was made alongside the news that Disney’s was taking a majority stake in streaming technology provider BAMTech, as well as its plans for an ESPN streaming service. However, the company’s organization had not reflected these key goals for the years ahead. To take on Netflix in streaming requires a focus on technology innovations, like those from BAMTech, plus the development of content and user experiences that will convince families to sign up for Disney’s direct-to-consumer offering in an era where people are cutting the cord with pay TV in droves, while movie ticket sales continue to drop. Disney is naming Kevin Mayer , previously Disney’s Chief Strategy Officer, as the Chairman for the new Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment. Mayer, who will report directly to Iger, had overseen Disney’s acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and most recently, its pending deal for 21st Century Fox, in his prior role. The new segment will serve as the distribution arm for content created by the Studio Entertainment and Media Networks groups

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