Author: Fred McClimans

In an attempt to distance itself from negative publicity while putting in place a new corporate structure better suited for the future, Facebook has rebranded and restructured itself into a new parent company, Meta, and a suite of individuals brands. In this edition of the Futurum Tech Webcast, analysts Fred McClimans, Olivier Blanchard, Ron Westfall and Steven Dickens take a look at what this means for the future of Meta’s Metaverse.
The Google Cloud Next ’21 event was an opportunity for Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai to present the future direction of Google Cloud. Futurum Research analyst Fred McClimans breaks down the key announcements and explains how their focus on customer transformation and sustainability is a sign of Google Cloud’s growing maturity.
AMD has released its Q2 2021 financial results, solidly beating consensus estimates with revenue of $3.85 billion (versus $3.62 billion expected) and earnings of $0.63 (versus $0.54 expected). This is the fourth consecutive quarter of record revenues including a 99 percent Y/Y increase from Q2 2020.
Microsoft has announced the rebranding of its Windows Virtual Desktop to Azure Virtual Desktop. Futurum Research analyst Fred McClimans dives into the reason behind this rebranding and how it reflects the new post-pandemic hybrid physical/virtual work model while also offering a new SaaS-based revenue stream for third-party application developers.
NVIDIA continues to expand its focus and customer value as it rolls out software solutions and service offerings designed to help its customers accelerate their own internal application development and digital transformation initiatives. Futurum Research analyst Fred McClimans breaks down two key announcements from COMPUTEX Taipei 2021.
Futurum’s Fred McClimans and Ron Westfall analyze the ongoing crisis in the global semiconductor supply chain and its impact across key industries such as the automotive, telecommunications, and medical equipment verticals. They discussed the reasons for the constraints in the chip supply and what actions the U.S. government is taking in response to the crisis. Plus, they address the moves being made by the major semiconductor supplies to stabilize long-term supply chains and the challenges involved in building out new foundries.
Colonial Pipeline rapidly paid ransomware provider DarkSide $5 billion Bitcoin to unlock and restore its IT systems, but this ransomware attack exposed a glaring weakness in critical infrastructure security: the IT/OT issue. Futurum’s Fred McClimans and Shelly Kramer covered this attack in a recent episode of their Cybersecurity Shorts series on the Futurum Tech Webcast and why this may have turned back on the pipeline but doesn’t come close to addressing the real security threats we face today.
NVIDIA’s Omniverse Enterprise brings 3D Simulation, real-time collaboration, and a dose of storytelling to the chip-manufacturer’s portfolio. Futurum’s Fred McClimans and Ron Westfall break down NVIDIA’s Omniverse and how it has the potential to help manufacturing and design companies transform themselves into more efficient and safer organizations.
NVIDIA’s Omniverse Enterprise platform has the potential to reshape the future of manufacturing and collaboration. Futurum’s Fred McClimans walks through the key elements of the Omniverse and explains why it might well be transformational for businesses well beyond the manufacturing sector.
Microsoft and Discord are rumored be discussing a potential acquisition with a price tag in the $10 billion range. Futurum’s Fred McClimans discusses the dynamics of this potential deal, why it may be a better option than an IPO for Discord, and how the combination could significantly boost Microsoft’s reach into the non-Microsoft gaming community.
AWS has announced general availability of EC2 X2gd instances of its cloud computing offering. Futurum’s Fred McClimans discusses the importance of this new offering and how it plays into the growing demand for memory-intensive workloads, such as real-time data analytics. In short, it means very good things for AWS customers. It increases the performance and cuts the cost of cloud computing for workloads such as in-memory databases, relational databases, and our favorite, real-time data analytics. This, coupled with AWS’s scalable, pay-as-you-go consumption model, is exactly what is needed today.