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AT&T claims fastest network with Ookla results

Velocità un po’ superiori a quelle dell’Italia, in genere

 

At first glance, the results seem to stand in contrast to a recent Opensignal study. (AT&T)

AT&T’s controversial 5G E network is back in the news. First quarter 2019 wireless speed tests from Ookla show AT&T’s network has average download speeds that are faster than rivals T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, according to an AT&T press release.
Ookla’s mobile speed tests indicate AT&T’s network averaged 40.7 Mbps. T-Mobile’s network averaged 35.4 Mbps, Sprint’s network averaged 34.9 Mbps, and Verizon’s network came in last of the crop, averaging 33.3 Mbps. AT&T said those results indicate its network speeds have increased 15% during the first three months of 2019. It also claimed speeds in 5G E areas are up to twice as fast as AT&T’s standard LTE service on average.

 

M.I.T. cuts ties with Huawei, ZTE over U.S. investigations

Impressionante che anche le più grandi università nord-americane chiudono la porta ...

 

One of the United States’ top universities is cutting ties with Huawei and ZTE.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) made the decision to terminate its existing relationships, as well as suspend future ones, with the two Chinese tech giants.
The university’s decision comes in light of current federal investigations into the companies over sanctions violations. MIT’s associate provost and vice president for research made the announcement in a letter to faculty on Wednesday.
At this time, based on this enhanced review, MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions,” says the letter. “The Institute will revisit collaborations with these entities as circumstances dictate.”
In addition to ending its relationships with Huawei and ZTE, certain proposals deemed “elevated-risk” will need special administrative review. These elevated-risks include “projects funded by people or entities from China (including Hong Kong), Russia and Saudi Arabia.” These new requirements also cover work involving MIT faculty or students in these countries as well as projects involving individuals or organizations from these countries.

 

Hyperscale Data Center Count Jumps to 430; Another 132 in the Pipeline | Synergy Research Group

"Huperscale" Data Center sono quelli classificati con più di 5000 server o 1000 mq di spazio server

 

New data from Synergy Research Group shows that the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers rose by 11% in 2018 to reach 430 by year end. In 2018 the Asia-Pac and EMEA regions featured most prominently in terms of new data centers that were opened, but despite that the US still accounts for 40% of the major cloud and internet data center sites. The next most popular locations are China, Japan, the UK, Australia and Germany, which collectively account for another 30% of the total. During 2018 new data centers were opened in 17 different countries with the US and Hong Kong having the largest number of additions. Among the hyperscale operators, Amazon and Google opened the most new data centers in 2018, together accounting for over half of the total. The research is based on an analysis of the data center footprint of 20 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, including the largest operators in SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, search, social networking, e-commerce and gaming.
On average each of the 20 firms had 22 data center sites. The companies with the broadest data center footprint are the leading cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. Each has 55 or more data center locations with at least three in each of the four regions – North America, APAC, EMEA and Latin America. Alibaba and Oracle also have a notably broad data center presence. The remaining firms tend to have their data centers focused primarily in either the US (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Yahoo) or China (Baidu, Tencent).
“Hyperscale growth goes on unabated, with company revenues growing by an average 24% per year and their capex growing by over 40% - much of which is going into building and equipping data centers,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “In addition to the 430 current hyperscale data centers we have visibility of a further 132 that are at various stages of planning or building. There is no end in sight to the data center building boom.”

 

Connessioni al cloud Google anche a 10 Gbps

Il fatto che negli USA i clienti chiedano link diretti a 10 Gbps con i data center di Google la dice lunga sull'utilizzo del Cloud

 

CoreSite is now supporting Google Cloud’s Dedicated Interconnect product in both their Los Angeles and Denver markets. This service from Google Cloud allows enterprise and network service providers that are collocated with CoreSite to directly connect to Google Cloud Platform through 10 Gbps  fiber interconnects.
The  dedicated Interconnect offers guaranteed uptime of 99.99%.
“CoreSite is pleased to announce the availability of direct fiber interconnection to Google Cloud Platform, providing our customers with a dedicated, flexible and high-performance solution to optimize their evolving cloud and connectivity requirements,” said Maile Kaiser, Senior Vice President of Sales at CoreSite.
In addition to Dedicated Interconnect in CoreSite’s Los Angeles and Denver markets, CoreSite customers are able to connect directly to Google Cloud Platform via the CoreSite Any2Exchange in Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. Additionally, customers may access Google Cloud Platform from all of CoreSite’s markets via its network-rich ecosystem of providers or through its inter-site connectivity in select markets. CoreSite offers numerous inter-site connectivity options including lit transport solutions and dedicated dark fiber.

 

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Cloud Drives 2018 Spending on Data Center Hardware & Software to $150 billion

150b$ di invesitmenti a livello mondiale non è poco anche rispetto agli investimenti globali di TLC

 

New data from Synergy Research Group shows that worldwide spend on data center hardware and software grew by 17% in 2018. The growth was driven by burgeoning demand for public cloud services and by a requirement for ever-richer server configurations, which drove up enterprise server average selling prices. Spending on public cloud infrastructure grew by 30%, while spending on enterprise data center infrastructure grew by 13%, the latter driven by 23% growth in private cloud or cloud-enabled infrastructure, which helped to offset a marginal decline in traditional, non-cloud infrastructure. In terms of market share, ODMs in aggregate account for the largest portion of the public cloud market, with Dell EMC being the leading individual vendor, followed by Cisco, HPE and Huawei. The 2018 market leader in private cloud was Dell EMC, followed by Microsoft, HPE and Cisco. The same four vendors led in the non-cloud data center market, though with a different ranking.

Total data center infrastructure equipment revenues, including both cloud and non-cloud, hardware and software, were $150 billion in 2018, with public cloud infrastructure accounting for well over a third of the total. Private cloud or cloud-enabled infrastructure accounted for a little over a third of the total. Servers, OS, storage, networking and virtualization software combined accounted for 96% of the data center infrastructure market, with the balance comprising network security and management software. By segment, Dell EMC is the leader in both server and storage revenues, while Cisco is dominant in the networking segment. Microsoft features heavily in the rankings due to its position in server OS and virtualization applications. Outside of these three, the other leading vendors in the market are HPE, VMware, IBM, Huawei, Lenovo, Inspur and NetApp. Inspur and Huawei were the two leading vendors that achieved the strongest growth in 2018.

 

Google Extends Support to AWS & Azure - Wait, What? | Light Reading

Google riconosce la potenza di AWS e Azure come unici player cloud di rilievo per le aziende, e accetta di usare API comuni con AWS e Azure

 

Google is stepping up its multi-cloud game, launching Anthos, an open platform to run apps anywhere, on-premises or in public clouds. Anthos supports Google's own public cloud of course, as well as well as competitors Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure.
Anthos, announced Tuesday, lets enterprises run apps anywhere, on existing-on premises hardware or in the public cloud. It's designed to move existing applications to the cloud, without modifying code. Anthos is based on the Cloud Services Platform Google launched last year.
Anthos, which is a software solution, works on Google Cloud Platform with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), as well as managing workloads running on third-party clouds including AWS and Azure, Google said in a blog post Tuesday. Apps can be managed across clouds using common environment and APIs.
Additionally, Google launched Anthos Migrate beta, which automatically migrates virtual machines from on-premises, or other clouds, "directly into containers in GKE with minimal effort," Google says.
Google is partnering with Cisco -- given prominent placement, demonstrating the close relationship the two companies -- as well as VMware, Dell EMC, HPE, Intel and Lenovo on delivering Anthos on their own hyperconverged infrastructures. Google has also lined up systems integrator partners, including NTT Communications, as well as Accenture, Cognizant, Deloitte, Wipro and others.

Surprise? Not really

Support for competitors AWS and Microsoft will be surprising to casual observers, but not to anybody who's been paying attention to the cloud market. Google has been espousing a multi-cloud strategy for some time, and true multi-cloud support requires support for AWS and Azure.
Moreover, Google is in third place in the public cloud market, behind second-place Microsoft and AWS, which has as much market share as its next four competitors combined, according to a February statement by Synergy Research. So support for AWS and Azure gives Google a foot in the door with cloud operators embracing a multi-cloud strategy.
Like the old saying goes: "if you can't beat them, join them."

 

To Get to Six Data Centers Per Region, Facebook Rethinks Its Network (Again)

Qualche dato sui sistemi AI di Facebook: p.es. 3.5 miliardi di immagini per addestrare la rete neurale

 

Vijay Rao, Facebook director of technology and strategy, holding up an OCP accelerator module during a keynote at the 2019 OCP Summit

The neural networks Facebook builds for its many machine-learning applications keep getting bigger and bigger, needing more and more computing resources. Hundreds of thousands of bots and assistants work on the platform today, Rao said, making about 200 trillion predictions per day. “We train our [computer vision] models with more than 3.5 billion images,” he said. Facebook’s neural network-based translation systems now serve translations in more than 4,000 “language directions.” (Spanish to English is a direction.)

 

UK tops ITU’s global cyber security index

Italia 25 sima al mondo per ITU secondo CyberSec

 

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has ranked the UK as the country most committed to cyber security in its annual ‘Global Cybersecurity Index’.
The ITU – the UN agency dedicated to information and communications technologies – has been publishing a cybersecurity index since 2007. The index ranks the legal, technical, organisational, cooperative and capacity building efforts the 194 ITU member states make to cyber defences.
In 2018, 58 per cent of ITU member states reported having a national cyber-security strategy, a significant increase on the previous year (50 per cent). Cyber-crime legislation is well-implemented around the globe, with 91 per cent of countries having cyber-crime legislation, an increase on the 79 per cent with legislation in 2017.
“But laws should not be adopted and left redundant, governments need to use laws as a framework to implement strategies that ensure government ICT initiatives are sustainable […] and enhancing cybersecurity,” the ITU report said.

 

MIT suspends ties with China's Huawei and ZTE

 

Hong Kong (CNN Business) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is hitting pause on its relationships with Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE.
MIT, one of the top universities in the United States, said the move followed a new review of international projects or partnerships that pose an "elevated risk."
"MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions," Maria Zuber and Richard Lester, the university's vice president for research and associate provost respectively, said in a letter to the school community on Wednesday.
The administrators also said that the university had determined that working with certain countries — particularly China, Russia and Saudi Arabia — "merit additional faculty and administrative review beyond the usual evaluations."

 

Mobile Experts: Small Cell market to reach $5.2B by 2024

Il mercato delel small cell 4G rimarrà tutto sommato una nicchia .... vedremo il 5G

 

The LTE Small Cells market grew 20% year over year in unit shipment and 20% year over year in over value in 2018, reaching $2.9 billion, according to a new 108-page report from Mobile Experts.
"As the market transitions to 5G, we will see some challenges for Small Cells—especially in the outdoor segment. Overall, we do see growth drivers in Private LTE and 5G, which are included in this forecast. Even after excluding the 5G millimeter wave radio units, our Small Cells market is expected to grow from over $2.9 billion in 2018 to $5.2 billion in 2024…a 10% CAGR," commented Principal Analyst Kyung Mun.
Mobile Experts tackles both the Carrier Indoor segment and the Carrier Outdoor segment with rigorous analysis. The Indoor segment, which includes Distributed Radio Systems (DRS) such as Huawei Lampsite, Ericsson RadioDot, ZTE Qcell, and Nokia ASiR, will remains a key driver for the overall market, according to the report.   The 5G network transitions will require some very interesting augmentation with in-building DRS deployment, so with 5G the small cell layer is becoming an integral part of the network from the beginning.

 

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Volkswagen Plan Is Latest 5G Car Wreck for German Telcos

Volkswagen ha una RFQ aperta per costurire la rete 5G privata su 100 MHz di banda 2.5 riservata dal regolatore tedesco alle manufatturiere. BMW w Mercedes stanno per fare lo stesso

 

Worse still, the Bundesnetzagentur left 100MHz of valuable "mid-band" spectrum out of the auction process. Instead, it will sell this spectrum to industrial groups keen to build their own local 5G networks, such as German carmakers.
If German operators thought the likes of BMW and Volkswagen would have little interest in operating their own 5G systems, they can now think again. According to a report from Germany's WirtschaftsWoche, Volkswagen will start building its own 5G networks in German plants next year and has already launched a tender to identify a technology supplier. "We will equip the factories from 2020 onwards," a spokesperson for the company is quoted as saying.
That tender could be an interesting one. Huawei has an enterprise business that bypasses the telcos and sells directly to other organizations. But if security agencies are worried about Huawei in telecom networks, they are likely to be just as nervous about its presence in German industrial systems. Ericsson, Huawei's Swedish rival, has scrapped direct enterprise sales channels because it does not want to compete against its own telco customers. Finland's Nokia could be left in pole position.

 

Google's Dunant cable leverages SDM for 250 Tbps capacity

Ormai i più grandi cavi sottomarini li mettono i GAFAM

 

Google's Dunant submarine cable system, which will link the U.S. and France, will be the first subsea cable to leverage space-division multiplexing (SDM), enabling 250 terabits per second capacity.
In a blog posting, Vijay Vusirikala, Director of Network Architecture and Optical Engineering at Google, says SDM will increase cable capacity in a cost-effective manner.
Dunant's design uses twelve fiber pairs and power-optimized repeaters. Whereas traditional subsea cables are powered from the shore end and rely on a dedicated set of pump lasers to amplify the optical signal for each fiber pair, SDM allows pump lasers and associated optical components to be shared among multiple fiber pairs.

Orange joins Google's Dunant transatlantic cable project

Orange is joining Google's Dunant transatlantic project, which is a 6,600km submarine cable connecting the United States to the French Atlantic coast. The system is expected to be ready for services late 2020.
As the French landing partner, Orange will build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide the backhaul service to Paris. In parallel, Orange will benefit from fiber-pairs with a capacity of more than 30 Tbps per pair.

 

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Intel Xeon processors pack up to 56 cores, add capabilities

Una singola CPU è potente come 8 CPU di qualche anno fa ed ha acceleratori hw specializzati per Aritficial intelligence ... ovviamente costa migliaia di dollari!

 

The 2nd-Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform will deliver an evolutionary leap in agility and scalability.
At Intel’s “Data-Centric Innovation Day” in San Francisco, the company outlined many new Xeon benchmarks and capabilities:

  • Support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory, delivering up-to 36TB of system-level memory capacity when combined with traditional DRAM.
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 ramps up-to 4.4GHz, alongside memory subsystem enhancements with support for DDR4-2933 MT/s and 16 Gb DIMM densities.

Built-in Intel Deep Learning Boost delivers up to 14x2 inference throughput improvement, and combined with software optimized Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit.

 

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UK in ‘pole position’ for £62bn driverless car boost

In UK già 500m£ di investimenti su Self Drininvg Car ... che si pensa porteranno 62B£ alla crescita economica dell' UK

 

The UK could be the best location for rolling out connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), with a £62bn economic boost by 2030, according to a new report.

The report, which was conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost & Sullivan, found that the development of connected and autonomous vehicles by 2030 could lead to 420,000 new jobs and save 3,900 lives.
The analysis found that the UK has a “significant advantage” over other countries in developing the technology due to supportive regulations, infrastructure and demand, with more than £500m already invested into CAV research and development (R&D) and testing on driverless cars.
Mike Hawes, SMMT’s chief executive, said: “A transport revolution stands before us as we move to self-driving cars and the UK is in pole position in this £62bn race. Government and industry have already invested millions to lay the foundations, and the opportunities are dramatic – new jobs, economic growth and improvements across society.”
“The UK’s potential is clear,” Hawes added. “We are ahead of many rival nations but to realise these benefits we must move fast.”
Autonomous driving trials are taking place within major towns and cities across the UK, with country home to four major CAV test beds and three additional sites focused on highways, rural and parking. There are also more than 80 collaborative R&D projects underway.
To deliver safety benefits for driverless cars, the report added that advanced driver assistance systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and Collision Warning are already available on the majority of new cars registered in the UK, which will be combined with the gradual introduction of automated vehicles from 2021.

 

Russia: Moscow's CIO Discusses Huawei 5G Risks, Facial Recognition And Driverless Cars

167.000 videocamere a mosca, 105.000 con riconoscimento facciale incorportato ...

 

"Russia has traditionally been amongst the pioneers," Eduard Lysenko, Minister of the Government of Moscow, tells me, "thanks to a talented workforce and a long tradition of mathematics. In our minds, we have developed a number of breakthrough solutions which will allow Russia to stay amongst the top AI countries."
Lysenko heads up Moscow's Department of Information Technologies, and this 'exclusive' interview has come about because he wants to talk about 5G and the city's deployment plans. He knows that I want to talk about citywide facial recognition and Moscow's decision on deploying a Huawei 5G network given the security fears raised by the U.S.
Somewhat ironically, it soon transpires that Moscow's surveillance playbook could be right out of Beijing.

East is East

During the soccer World Cup last year, Russia famously deployed facial recognition to help police the event. "The facial recognition system enabled the police to detain 12 criminals from the federal list of wanted persons and 8 pickpockets, as well as 60 football fans who were banned from the matches."
All change in 2019, though, when Moscow plans to catapult the city into the Chinese Super League for facial recognition. "At present," Lysenko explains, "the facial recognition system has been fitted in a pilot mode to 1,500 video streams, representing 1.5% of Moscow’s 167,000 video cameras. This year, we intend to increase the number to 105,000, meaning all the cameras installed in public areas to optimize the use of the system."

 

Televisione on demand, i contenuti più visti in Italia nel 2018: Dominio Netflix

Stranger Things vince in Italia

 

By next year, 100 million consumers will shop using AR either online and in stores, market researcher Gartner predicted Monday.
As part of that shift, 46 percent of retailers plan to integrate augmented reality or virtual reality tech into shopping experiences, according to Gartner's Unified Retail Retailer Survey conducted last summer.
The introduction of 5G wireless networks will help push more stores into using AR and VR, Gartner said. 5G can optimize warehouse resources and store traffic analytics and make it easier to communicate with customers, according to Gartner.