This is a guest post from Mike Montemorra, who is a technology guru with long and successful career in computer industry. Mike keeps an eye on the latest developments in computer and storage technology and publishes his observations weekly. Below is his brief summary of what was important in the past week.
What did we learn last week?
It’s been mighty cold here in Colorado this week… -23C here this morning, but as is typical for Colorado, we will be barbecuing in shorts by Saturday(I hope)! Here are a few tech tidbits from the week’s news that I think you will enjoy.
This quarter, we saw that major cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft and Google are increasing their spend on data center infrastructure. These guys see the coming boom in IoT and 5G and will be ready when that next data wave hits! Does this mean data center storage? Not sure, but eventually this infrastructure gets filled with storage, so the demand will come.
At last month’s DesignCon in Santa Clara,CA, there was a fair amount of talk about 5G, IoT and edge computing. Tom Coughlin expounded on how edge computing will enhance the cloud and likely drive the next big boom in storage demand.
With the cost of SSD’s plummeting in today’s oversupply environment, it may be time to upgrade your PC or get a new one. Here’s an analysis of some pretty competitively priced NVMe drives that look like good upgrade drives. Get ’em while the pricing is right!
Spending on quantum computing is just beginning to ramp up from flatline, but growth is expected to grow at a >30% CAGR as demand for QC in cybersecurity and other demanding applications grows in coming years. It will be interesting to watch this market mature as true quantum computers have very limited capabilities today, but they are becoming available.
Here’s an interesting article about the potential vulnerabilities of WiFi and Bluetooth connected cars. Watch your security settings (especially if you are into WiFi ‘hotspots’) and how ‘open’ you allow your auto network… and wait for the designers to fix some of the potentially exploitable holes.
Being a ‘radio-guy’, I was surprised to read that, in the context of 5G, ‘mid-band’ is in the 3.4 to 4.2GHz part of the spectrum! 5G is explosive in that it uses channels within the .6-6GHz range and also spectrum in the 24-86GHz range for high datarates and pervasive coverage. This report claims that the US falls behind China, Japan and others because of the current lack of available ‘mid-band’ 5G spectrum and is pushing for policy changes to address.
Over the past few years, it has been interesting to watch Carbonite grow from a niche backup business to a powerhouse in backup (Mozy, EVault, et al) and now data security and cyber. They appear to be managing their acquisitions well. Now that they have WebRoot, what will be next?
Apparently, the iOS 12.1.4 patch update has a zero-day vulnerability that was identified by Google’s Project Zero team… Watch out Apple users!
Also, this may be a sign that cyberattacks and phishing may now be taking on a more targeted approach, so don’t think you are immune as you go about your daily work. ALWAYS watch email addresses to make sure they are authentic!
… and, finally, Microsoft tells us what we already (should) know…