Fastly Global CDN Disruption

Fastly is one of the major CDN vendors globally. As a regular consumer you wouldn’t be aware of their service, until a failure hits. Today the service faced a configuration issue, that apparently hit global pages like NYTimes and Bloomberg, but also Amazon, Reddit and Twitter, as reported in multiple sources. The issue is reported resolved by the vendor as of this writing. Details on their status page:

Fastly’s Status Page – Global CDN Disruption.

Source: Fastly Status – Global CDN Disruption

Google Data Cloud Summit – Recap

Google’s Data Cloud Summit took place May 26th, 18PT. The summit is home to their big data products and offerings, that aim to help customers succeed in data driven businesses. Here is a summary of news and announcements:

  • Dataplex, an intelligent data fabric. The product allows management of data across multiple sources, including data lakes, data warehouses and data marts for the goal of centralizing management and governance. From there, Dataplex allows to make data available for analytics and data science.
  • Datastream, a server-less change data capture (CDC) and replication service. The service allows to syncronize datasets across multiple systems by transferring changes alone, thus reducing the amount of data transferred and increasing performance and reliability.
  • Announcement of Analytics Hub, a fully-managed service built on BigQuery. The service aims to provide an open ecosystem for sharing and exchanging data across organisations at scale. Part of the offering will be controls and monitoring over data usage and sharing. The hub will offer self service and monetization for data owners, while reducing the need to operate infrastructure for data owners.
  • Dataflow Prime, a no-ops, serverless data processing platform. Dataflow Prime is a managed offering of Apache Beam based data processing pipelines. The product will autoscale infrastructure.
  • Cloud Spanner will allow more flexible and granular instance sizing
  • Key Visualizer, an interactive monitoring tool to analyze usage patterns in Cloud Spanner
  • Cloud Bigtable lifts SLA to 99.999% and introduces new security features. Security features are namely customer managed encryption keys (Googles acronym CMEK) and audit logs. Alongside with SLAs, the product now aims at compliance with regulated industries.
  • Sessions are available on demand
Google Data Cloud Summit

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Amazon Buys MGM Studios

MGM Logo

Apple will regret they didn’t snap up MGM. Today Amazon buys MGM Studios for US$9 billion. There are only few other content outlets of this quality, and prices for all others will go up.

Amazon now owns James Bond Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP (Getty Images)

It’s official folks— Jeff Bezos now owns James Bond . After murmurs earlier this week, Amazon announced today that it had acquired MGM in an $8.45 billion deal that will bolster the e-commerce giant’s Hollywood ambitions.

Gizmodo on Amazon buying MGM

Source: Amazon Buys MGM Studios for $9 Billion

The news also appeared on lots of other channels, like The Verge or TechCrunch.

Styra Raises $40 Million in Series B

The company behind Open Policy Agent, Styra, announced they raised $40 Million in funding today. The software, OPA for short, is capable of controlling access and managing authorization in complex environments. Among others, it comes with integration for Kubernetes environments, and allows to centrally control multiple aspects of access control.

Styra has raised a $40 million Series B funding round to continue driving the reinvention of policy and authorization for cloud-native applications.

Source: Styra Raises $40 Million in Series B Funding to Drive Access, Security and Compliance in Cloud-Native Applications

Pitch now valued $600M

Pitch, the startup founded by Christian Reber of Wunderlist Fame, raised a series B of $80 million. The Berlin based start-up in social presentations is on path to become a new unicorn. The investment demonstrates the believe in market potential for collaborative software in the cloud is still huge. Most of the potential comes from innovation that existing legacy software cannot deliver by being ported to the web. The actual potential comes from new ways to deliver software, enable cooperation and new ways to work, possibly disrupting legacy structures.

Powerpoint may still dominate the landscape for presentations in many people’s minds, but some might say that legacy status also makes Microsoft’s software ripe for disruption. Now, a startup out of Berlin called Pitch has just picked up a substantial Series B of $80 million to take it on with what it believes is a more dynamic approach.

Source: Pitch, a platform for making and sharing presentations, raises $85M on a $600M valuation – TechCrunch

Snyk Acquires FossID

FossID is a software composition analysis tool that scans code for open source licenses and vulnerabilities. It is the third acquisition by Snyk in the past 6 months.

FossID, a software composition analysis tool that scans code for open source licenses and vulnerabilities

Source: Snyk Acquires FossID to Accelerate Worldwide Developer-First Security Adoption | Snyk

Tiny, wireless, injectable chips

Tiny, wireless, injectable chips use ultrasound to monitor body processes

Those who follow regularly will know that innovation is a popular topic in my notes. Innovation is the driver of technology and there are many great things yet to come, just waiting to be invented. But FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, this announcement has the worst timing imaginable.

Source: Tiny, wireless, injectable chips use ultrasound to monitor body processes