The hottest Cloud Computing Substack posts right now

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The Chip Letter • 3168 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. Google developed the first Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) to accelerate machine learning tasks, marking a shift towards specialized hardware in the computing landscape.
  2. The TPU project at Google displayed the ability to rapidly innovate and deploy custom hardware at scale, showcasing a nimble approach towards development.
  3. Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) showcased significant cost and performance advantages in machine learning tasks, leading to widespread adoption within Google and demonstrating the importance of dedicated hardware in the field.
Cloud Irregular • 2956 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. The Cloud Resume Challenge community is launching a Kubernetes Challenge throughout March to help individuals build their Kubernetes skills by deploying a basic e-commerce website.
  2. The challenge focuses on learning the operations of a K8s cluster such as configuration, scaling, monitoring, and persistence, offering guidance to prevent going off track.
  3. Participants will work through the challenge together over 4 weeks in the CRC Discord server, with special incentives for those who complete it.
Cloud Irregular • 3696 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. The cloud landscape is shifting from big hyperscalers to more specialized services like standalone databases and DIY cloud-in-a-box.
  2. Using tools like Nightshade to protect art from being exploited by AI may not be the best strategy, focusing on creating original, high-quality art is key.
  3. Google, despite criticism, remains a significant player in the tech industry, seen as a symbol of intellectual prowess and innovation.
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ChinaTalk • 311 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. New proposed rules by Commerce focus on regulating US cloud providers to identify customers and monitor large AI training with potential risks.
  2. The regulations aim to prevent misuse of cloud services for cyber attacks and dangerous AI systems, using 'Know Your Customer' schemes.
  3. Enforcement measures include restrictions on customers or jurisdictions engaging in malicious cyber activities, with a focus on setting up reporting processes.
SemiAnalysis • 6667 implied HN points • 02 Oct 23
  1. Amazon and Anthropic signed a significant deal, with Amazon investing in Anthropic, which could impact the future of AI infrastructure.
  2. Amazon has faced challenges in generative AI due to lack of direct access to data and issues with internal model development.
  3. The collaboration between Anthropic and Amazon could accelerate Anthropic's ability to build foundation models but also poses risks and challenges.
SemiAnalysis • 6263 implied HN points • 01 Sep 23
  1. Google's TPUv5e offers a cost advantage for training and inferring models with under 200 billion parameters compared to AI chips from other companies.
  2. TPUv5e and TPUv5 prioritize efficiency and low power consumption over peak performance, with a focus on minimizing total cost of ownership.
  3. Google's TPUv5e system features high bandwidth communication between chips, linear cost scaling, and efficient software tools for ease of use.
The Lunduke Journal of Technology • 6880 implied HN points • 26 Apr 23
  1. Big tech companies are promoting the idea of using less capable computers and remote desktop-ing into central servers.
  2. Microsoft is pushing Windows 365 Frontline where users connect to a remote Windows 11 desktop provided by Microsoft.
  3. Google is providing low-power Chromebooks to employees and encouraging the use of Google Cloudtop for desktop software, eliminating the need for powerful computers.
Dana Blankenhorn: Facing the Future • 39 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. The era of the Cloud Czars is defined by five key companies: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Meta.
  2. Building clouds and investing in the Cloud game was a key risk that many companies failed to take on, leading to their decline.
  3. In the tech industry, failure to take risks can be fatal, as highlighted by the success of the Cloud Czars who embraced the challenge.
Let's talk games & AI. • 4 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. In about 7.5 years, there is potential for playing any game experience whenever you want.
  2. The speed of GenAI model advancements will likely lead to faster response times for gaming.
  3. Over the next few years, GenAI will revolutionize how games are created and played through user-generated content, dynamic gaming experiences, and cloud gaming solutions.
The Chip Letter • 2112 implied HN points • 18 Jul 23
  1. Arm has found a place in the biggest cloud at Amazon.
  2. The importance of power efficiency in datacenters favors Arm designs due to lower power consumption.
  3. Arm has faced challenges in entering the server market, with various attempts by partners falling short over the past decade.
Condensing the Cloud • 137 implied HN points • 05 Jan 24
  1. In 2024, AI will be integrated in more products, making AI-powered experiences common.
  2. The observability market is set for changes, with new companies emerging to address current challenges.
  3. Privacy and compliance will become more crucial for enterprises, particularly with the introduction of new AI-related legislation.
benn.substack • 1500 implied HN points • 26 May 23
  1. The modern data stack aimed to revolutionize how technology is built and sold, focusing on modularity and specialized tools.
  2. Microsoft introduced Fabric as an all-in-one data and analytics platform to address the issue of fragmentation in the modern data stack.
  3. Fabric from Microsoft presents a unified solution but may risk limiting choice and innovation in the data industry.
Liberty’s Highlights • 491 implied HN points • 27 Sep 23
  1. Adjusted for inflation, the iPhone 15 is the most affordable since the original in 2007.
  2. The White House may require cloud companies to disclose AI customers for security
  3. Google paid Apple a massive estimated $120 billion since 2010 to be the default search on iOS.
Liberty’s Highlights • 491 implied HN points • 25 Sep 23
  1. The author is incorporating strength training into their routine by researching equipment like dumbbells and a bench for a home gym setup.
  2. Obsessing over equipment can distract from the main goal of strength training, but having a convenient home setup may lead to more consistent workouts.
  3. Soap is a relatively recent invention in human history, dating back around five thousand years, significantly changing personal hygiene practices.
benn.substack • 788 implied HN points • 07 Jul 23
  1. Google is technically a database but differs from traditional databases in its structure and content.
  2. Snowflake is introducing features like Document AI that hint at a shift towards focusing on information retrieval rather than just data analysis.
  3. The market for an information database could potentially be larger and more accessible than traditional data warehouses, offering simpler access to basic facts and connections.
Condensing the Cloud • 78 implied HN points • 27 Oct 23
  1. Software pricing models have evolved over the years, from on-prem software to cloud-native software to AI-powered software.
  2. AI is leading to outcome-based solutions in software pricing, where customers pay based on delivered results.
  3. Outcome-based pricing aligns customers and vendors, emphasizing value delivery and flexible scaling.