New Cisco Network Can Recognize Intent, Mitigate Threats

Today’s topics include Cisco Systems’ launch of its groundbreaking networking system, Google’s new job search service, Lenovo’s unveiling of the world’s largest Intel-based supercomputer and a milestone in the number of mobile users worldwide.

At a media event in San Francisco this week, Cisco Systems unveiled what it calls an “intent-based,” cognitive-in-nature networking system.

The network anticipates actions, provides predictive analysis and stops security threats—all while machine-learning everything for future use. In short, the new system’s intelligence will analyze and solve problems faster than network administrators can.

The Cisco product will allow network engineers to manage the growing mega-networks and maintain up to 1 million devices by 2020, compared to the couple of hundred they are expected to handle today. And with so many new-generation pipelines connecting data sources, clouds and storage arrays in anticipation of the internet of things, the new system is necessary to handle what are fast-becoming mega-networks.

Starting this week, people can use Google’s search engine to find job listings posted across the web, social media and multiple job sites, including CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Monster, Glassdoor and Facebook. By collecting results from numerous sources, Google promises a much broader selection of employment opportunities for users.

The search engine will provide matches based on specific requirements, such as the commute time, hours available to work and job specialties. The new service also supports a feature that sends job hunters email notifications about employment opportunities as they become available. In some cases, Google will even provide users with reviews and ratings about their prospective employers.

On June 20, Lenovo unveiled dozens of new products at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany—including 14 servers, seven storage systems, five top-of-rack networking systems, and the world’s largest and fastest Intel-based supercomputer.

The 11.1 petaFLOP supercomputer, called MareNostrum 4, will be housed at the Chapel Torre Girona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. The new system will be used to power diverse scientific work at the university, including human genome research, bioinformatics, biomechanics and weather forecasting.

Since Lenovo closed its $2.3 billion deal to take over IBM’s System x server business in 2014, the company has risen to No. 2 in global Top500 supercomputers with 92 entries.

According to the latest research from GSMA Intelligence, about two-thirds of the world's population are now using mobile devices, including a billion new users just added in the last four years.

Worldwide, over 5 billion people use mobile services and devices, which Mats Granryd, the director general of GSMA, calls a "tremendous achievement for an industry that is only a few decades old." Granryd called mobile a “truly global platform, delivering connectivity and, perhaps more importantly, social and economic opportunities to citizens in all corners of the world."

According to GSMA’s report, 55 percent of mobile users live in the Asia-Pacific region, with China accounting for the largest mobile market on Earth, with more than 1.08 billion users. GSMA also predicts the number of mobile subscribers will rise to 5.7 billion by the end of this decade, representing almost 75 percent of the world's population.