In today’s wrapup of technology and life science news:
- GSK makes an HIV drug deal with China
- Going inside IBM’s bunker at Wimbledon
- Red Hat adds SAP support to cloud services at Amazon
- Tesla sets a record for car deliveries
- Cuba gets Wi-Fi hot spots
- GSK’s ViiV Healthcare deal with China for HIV drug
GSK is trying to repair its damaged business in China in part through a drug deal with China’s Desano Pharmaceuticials to provide a key ingredient for an HIV drug from ViiV Healthcare, reports the UK Telegraph.
GSk is the majority owner of ViiV, which employs many of its scientists in RTP.
“This manufacturing agreement with Desano for [Tivicay] is a significant achievement to facilitate access to our medicines… This deal is aligned with our ongoing commitment to improve access to our medicines in countries where the need is greatest,” said Dr Dominique Limet, chief executive of ViiV Healthcare.
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- Inside IBM’s Wimbledon bunker
Watching tennis at Wimbledon? IBM provides a wealth of statistics, graphics and more.
Arstechnica takes readers inside the IBM bunker:
“I’m standing in the operations bunker of the Wimbledon tennis championships, a couple of deep-underground rooms stuffed with IBM engineers and hardware. This is where all of the data—some 3.2 million new data points per championships—is processed by Watson and other big data technologies, for use by the commentators, the TV and Internet video feeds, and on the Wimbledon.com website and apps.”
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- Red Hat adds SAP HANA support at Amazon Web Services
Raleigh-based Red Hat is expanding its Amazon Web Services offerings with support for SAP HANA, a move made to meet customer demand for big data processing.
The Inquirer website in the UK qoutes Jim Totton, vice president and general manager of the platforms business unit at Red Hat, as saying:
“The addition of RHEL for SAP HANA in AWS Marketplace answers enterprise IT’s demands for choice when it comes to deploying big data solutions.
“Now with many implementation options, ranging from bare metal hardware to vast, scalable operations in the cloud, RHEL for SAP HANA can fit nearly every enterprise big data scenario, from the mundane to the extreme, helping our customers leverage the power, stability and flexibility of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform across their entire infrastructure.”
Read more at: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2416071/red-hat-enterprise-linux-for-sap-hana-comes-to-amazon-web-services
- Tesla tops 11,000 vehicles delivered in second quarter
Electric car maker Tesla’s second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.
The Palo Alto, California, company had surpassed 10,000 vehicles for the first time in the first three months of the year and on Thursday said it had broken that record, delivering 11,507 vehicles.
Tesla makes only one car, the Model S sedan, but CEO Elon Musk said last month he expects to begin deliveries of an SUV, the Model X, in three or four months. Tesla began 2015 with 20,000 reservations for the Model X. The company has said it plans to deliver 55,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs this year.
- Cuba launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots on Havana avenue
Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana’s cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by.
Authorities have been installing the boxy white routers on buildings along 23rd Street in the Vedado theater, nightclub and business district in recent weeks, and they apparently went live Wednesday night.