Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 81

Marketing 20th August 2021

Welcome back to another Friday Tech Round Up!

For the die-hard Friday Tech Round Up fans out there, you will have noticed that we don’t have our usual Friday Tech Round Up recording. Fear not, we will return behind the camera next week. In the meantime, you can explore this week’s news right here or jump over to the Tech³ Podcast for Andy Tebb and Eloisa Tovee’s thoughts on what we uncovered in the world of tech over the past seven days.

Here we go…

Breakthrough in quantum computing

First up, Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, have announced the discovery of a major breakthrough in quantum computing.

A successful experiment may have opened the door for scientists to control millions of qubits at the same time. Before this success, proof of concept models were only able to work with just a few spin qubits, the quantum equivalent of a bit.

Described as the “missing jigsaw piece” in quantum computer architecture, this breakthrough remains theoretical, with engineering challenges to resolve before processors with a million qubits can be made.

Taking the climate cloud fight to the cloud

Number two, the UK government has told firms to use cloud to curb their carbon emissions and fight climate change.

They state that large cloud providers are generally more energy efficient than traditional enterprise datacentres, thanks to IT operational and equipment efficiency, datacentre infrastructure efficiency and a higher utilisation of renewable energy.

The recommendations are part of a wider push by the government to encourage businesses to throw their weight behind its climate change-tackling net-zero emissions campaign, whereby firms across the UK are being challenged to take action to shrink their carbon footprints by 2030.

UN plans to leave behind the analogue world

Number three, the UN has launched a digital transformation strategy, setting out the need for data-driven and technology-enabled peacekeeping.

With a 75-year history of adapting, innovating, and pushing the boundaries of the ‘art of the possible, the UN is more than ready for this next wave of transformation and will be looking to improve its agility, anticipation and responsiveness to conflicts.

Noting that the notion of peacekeeping was conceived in an analogue world, there is also hope that this strategy will maximize the potential of current and new technologies to help peacekeeping missions carry out their mandates – including an improve capacity to spot threats to civilian lives.

White hat hacker behind $610m crypto heist

Number four, the hacker responsible for one of the world’s largest digital coin heists has returned nearly all of their more than $610m (£440m) haul, reportedly saying they did it for fun and to expose a vulnerability. Whilst we’re sure Poly Network didn’t laugh, the hacker’s “white hat” status – a term used to refer to ethical hackers who deploy their skills to expose cyber vulnerabilities before the actual bad guys – seems to have justified the action.

Poly Network has reported that all of the funds except for $33m-worth of the digital coin Tether, had been transferred to a wallet controlled by both the platform and the hacker.

Experts say that the high level of theft demonstrates the risks of the largely unregulated sector, which allows users to carry out transactions, usually in cryptocurrency, without any of the traditional safeguards such as banks or exchanges.

Fortinet and HashiCorp look to simplify cloud security with new integration

And finally, number five, Fortinet and HashiCorp announce FortiManager integration with Terraform to automate and simplify cloud security.

This integration will provide customers more ways to efficiently deploy, manage and automate security across even the most complex multi-cloud environments. The hope is this new tool will eliminate errors caused by misconfiguration and simplify the rollout and change management of security policies; as well as empowering organisations to scale their DevOps lifecycle.

With over 90 per cent of enterprises employing multi- and hybrid clouds, this union could help tackle challenges when it comes to managing infrastructure and deployments across the various different cloud environments.

Technology trends in digital transformation

Our colleagues over at GlobalLogic took a deep dive into the six technology trends that will dominate the digital transformation market for the next 5-7 years. One of the most important messages is that digital transformation is no longer new – enterprises need to look beyond digital transformation to maintain a competitive advantage and stay relevant in their business.

From personalisation to digital trust, intelligent interfaces to AI/ML, this piece explores how consumers and the business landscape has changed and what new technology trends are emerging to help enterprises tackle these changes. Everything on this list looks to a beyond-digital era and will help shape the future of all industries over the next 5–10 years.

ECS Shoutouts:

ECS is currently recruiting for our next ECS Academy. This is a fully paid, 3-month intense training course that helps fast track individuals into a career in tech – make sure to check it out and get your applications in as soon as you can! Academy to launch in the autumn.

At this point in the month, we would usually be signposting you to the up and coming DevOps Playground. Alas, the Panda has taken a well needed summer slumber and will back with a new session in September. If you want to be the first in the know, follow the DevOps Playground on MeetUp – you can find links via the DevOps Playground website. You can also catch previous episodes on the ECS YouTube channel.

If hands-on DevOps isn’t your thing, why not jump over to the ECS website for our latest blogs.

And that’s it. That’s all the Friday Tech Round Up news we have this week. Make sure to come back next week for even more!

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