June 22, 2022
Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: why a new chip from Cerebras has a lot of interesting potential, what developers really think about the tools of their trade, and how Mandiant expects to evolve under Google Cloud.
Training AI is hard and expensive enough that the CIA has backed a way to make it cheaper.
Through its nonprofit investment operation called In-Q-Tel — which is also funded by several other members of the U.S. intelligence community — the agency has bet that a Silicon Valley startup called Cerebras can make a dinner-plate-sized chip that can drastically reduce the cost of training AI models.
Cerebras has set out to change that. Wednesday, it announced it hit something of an important roadside marker on that trip: CEO Andrew Feldman said the company’s engineers had managed to train a 20 billion parameter AI model on its dinner-plate-sized chip.
Cerebras is backed by the CIA — sort of. Feldman told Protocol that In-Q-Tel is one of the company’s backers but it has likely received the bulk of the funds from regular VCs.
The competitive edge of digital solutions
For the last 50 years, SAP has worked closely with our customers to solve some of the world’s most intricate problems. We have also seen, and have been a part of, rapid accelerations in technology in response. Across industries, certain paths have emerged to help businesses manage the unexpected challenges over the last few years.
From programming languages to cloud platforms, one of the best places to track enterprise technology trends is the annual Stack Overflow Developer Survey, which had over 70,000 responses this year.
Across the board, Python and TypeScript are two programming languages that seem to be making serious inroads with developers. Python and TypeScript are two of the most common languages developers want to use — if they aren’t already. Rust is still the most beloved by developers though, with 86% of developers planning to continue using the language.
In the cloud development world, AWS is the most-used platform, with 51% of developers doing extensive work there. Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud consistently fight for second place in the hearts and minds of developers, and this year Azure came out ahead with 29% of developers building on the platform. For new developers though, the story was different: Google Cloud edged out AWS and Azure, but still lost the first place spot to Heroku.
That’s a key trend revealed by the survey: Although legacy programming languages and cloud platforms have a grip on professional developers, there’s still room for other providers to win over new developers.
Google's $5.4 billion deal to acquire cybersecurity powerhouse Mandiant could shake up the industry. At the RSA Conference this month in San Francisco, I sat down with Mandiant CTO Marshall Heilman to discuss what the merger — expected to close later in 2022 — could change for the company and for Google Cloud.
Assuming the acquisition closes, how will Google Cloud customers benefit?
When we sell an integrated solution, with someone else's technology [plus] our intelligence, it doesn't really matter whether it's a Google-specific customer or a Microsoft-specific customer. They're [all] benefiting from it. Now, Google customers may benefit a little bit more over time — because we are natively going to get more experience in GCP [Google Cloud Platform].
What's something significant that will change for both sides?
I think we're going to try and take the best of the Google culture, and what's made them so successful, and try to bring that to Mandiant — while at the same time, take Mandiant's approach to how we handle enterprises and how we work in the security world, and bring that to Google. What I'm hoping, personally, is that we blend the two environments.
What other benefits could Mandiant get from joining with Google?
If you look at our intelligence, Google has a ton more data than we do. That'd be fantastic [to get access to]. I'm sure there are some things we can learn from [Google's] engineering. I think from a consulting perspective, I know Google doesn't really have consulting services the way that we do, in the security aspects. So that's some expertise that we can bring to them.
Cisco disclosed several software vulnerabilities in its security tools, which happens to lots of security companies but isn’t the best look.Qualcomm released a unified software package that should help developers write AI applications for its chips.
The competitive edge of digital solutions
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