November 10, 2022
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Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: why Twitter might be in big trouble (beyond all the other trouble) operating without a CISO for too long, AMD launches its newest server chip, and this week in (non-Twitter) enterprise moves.
If speed is the enemy of security, as the maxim goes, then it should be no surprise that Elon Musk's product strategy for Twitter may be on the precipice of causing a cybersecurity crisis.
If the Federal Trade Commission doesn't step in first, that is.
These might be tough jobs to fill. For obvious reasons, there was no immediate word as to a successor for the executives who departed.
"Right now, Twitter is extremely hackable," tweeted well-known software engineer Brianna Wu, summing up the immediate result of the departures.
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AMD revealed the technical details of its next generation of server chips called Genoa at an event in a ballroom at the posh Grand Hyatt hotel in San Francisco on Thursday.
Of course, AMD’s fresh batch of Epyc server chips have all of the new things: They can crunch more data at a faster pace, are more secure, and operate more efficiently than their predecessors. The next-generation server chips also happen to arrive weeks ahead of Intel’s Sapphire Rapids server processor launch, which is set for Jan. 10.
The drumbeat-like consistency with which AMD launches new server chips perhaps overshadows what its customers actually get with these new pieces of technology. AMD data center chief Forrest Norrod promised the latest batch of Epyc processors will save them money.
“It’s important because it continues to drive substantial improvements in price performance and power performance that should have a direct impact on [tech companies’] bottom line,” Norrod said in an interview with Protocol.
By some measures, the arrival of AMD’s latest server chips could have come at a better time.
In Mercury Research’s third-quarter market summary, President Dean McCarron noted that the server CPU market is in the midst of a slump, pointing to a decline in overall CPU server sales as the main indicator. McCarron added in an email to Protocol that the dip was likely due to the six- to eight-quarter cycle that peaked at the beginning of 2022.
But the new batch of AMD chips was built on one of TSMC’s most advanced manufacturing processes, which uses a technology Intel has not yet proven it can master. And AMD’s use of the foundry has contributed to AMD’s three years of back-to-back market gains against Intel in the server CPU segment.
Here’s the current scorecard for the data-center chip market: Intel has 82.5% of the x86 server market, while AMD commands 17.5%. AMD picked up another 3.6 percentage points of share in the third quarter, according to Mercury’s data.
Stay tuned for a full Q&A with AMD’s Forrest Norrod next week.
Gavin Patterson, president and chief strategy officer at Salesforce, announced he’ll leave the company by the end of January 2023.
Timothy Campos joined Apple to lead its information technology group after serving as Facebook’s CIO from 2010 to 2016, according to Bloomberg.
Craig McLuckie joined Accel as entrepreneur in residence, after leading VMware’s Tanzu engineering and project management teams following the acquisition of his startup, Heptio.
Dave Gerry was named CEO of Bugcrowd. Gerry was formerly chief revenue officer and head of global operations at WhiteHat Security.
Smruti Patel joined Apollo GraphQL as VP of engineering. Patel formerly led infrastructure engineering teams at Stripe and VMware.— Aisha Counts (email | twitter)
Lacework rolled out a new service for protecting cloud applications by detecting attack paths and scanning workloads.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is shopping for a $1 billion single-vendor cloud infrastructure contract, as the industry awaits word on the bigger prize being dangled by the Defense Department.
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