Cloud Technology News of the Month: April 2021

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Here’s another portion of cloud technology news of the month! This series brings you up to speed with the latest releases, acquisitions, research, and hidden gems in the world of cloud computing – the stuff actually worth reading. 

Here’s what has been going on in the cloud world this April (hint: chips!).

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Story of the month: It’s all about chips

Global chip shortage is a fact. Whether it’s dislocations or sharp spikes in demand, the chip supply chain of the pandemic times can’t cope. Samsung said it was affected and now we hear that some Apple products might be affected as well. Let’s not forget, we’re 6 months away from the next iPhone launch… 

On the other hand, the next generation of Mac processors designed by Apple entered mass production in April. The new chipset – called the M2, after Apple’s M1 processor – is set to start being used in MacBooks scheduled to go on sale in the second half of this year, the people said.

Source: Nikkei Asia, Nikkei Asia

What do Apple, Qualcomm and Nvidia have in common? They all rely on TSMC, the world’s go-to producer of chips. 

Recently, TSMC announced a $100 billion worth (yes, you read it right) building program to be rolled out in the next 3 years. 

As chip production becomes increasingly expensive with every new generation, this is the kind of real money involved in the business now.

Source: Bloomberg

On a related note, the US president revealed a massive stimulus and infrastructure investment proposal (The American Jobs Plan) that includes spending $50 billion on semiconductor manufacturing and research. No wonder – positioning the United States to out-compete China is one of the top three goals of the program.

Source: The White House

Amazon is busy designing its own new networking chips to be manufactured by TSMC or Intel (provided its foundry business kicks off). As more devices end up needing chips, more companies are getting interested in exploring this avenue – and want chips on their own. Apple’s M1 is a great example –  the company recently held a product event where it announced a new iMac and iPad with the custom ‘Apple Silicon’ chips. 

Source: The Information, Apple

News from Arm! During Arm’s Vision Day event, the company shared the first details of the new Armv9 architecture. This is the foundation for a computing platform that Arm believes to set the tone for the 300 billion chips produced in the next decade. 

Source: AnandTech

Nvidia makes a move toward CPUs and challenges Intel with an Arm server CPU. The “Grace” server processor will position Nvidia as the largest chip company to challenge Intel in its market. 

But wait, isn’t Nvidia trying to buy Arm from Softbank for $40 billion? This certainly makes the antitrust review the deal even more complex. Actually, the UK decided to pause the deal on ‘national security’ grounds. Why would Nvidia be considered a riskier owner than Softbank? 

Sources: Reuters, Gov.uk 

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The Business of Cloud

IBM is still on its multi cloud shopping spree. The newest addition to its portfolio is Turbonomic, an AI-powered application resource management solution that takes care of performance, compliance, and cost in real time.  

So far, IBM has acquired Taos, Nordcloud, and 7Summits – we talked about this some more in this news update.

Source: Turbnomic

Dell is selling its cloud platform Boomi to private-equity firms Francisco Partners and TPG in a deal valued at a smashing $4 billion. Acquired by Dell in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, Boomi specializes in integrating different cloud platforms for companies and counts over 15k of customers. 

Source: Bloomberg

In a report on its Q3 results, Microsoft revealed that the sales of its cloud products went up by 33% from a year earlier (generating $17.7 billion). Revenue from Azure increased by 50%. 

According to data from Synergy Research Group, Microsoft is closing in on Amazon’s leadership in cloud computing. Today, Amazon has around ⅓ of the market while Microsoft surpassed 20% market share.

Source: Microsoft

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