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Amazon Web Services joins hands with SpringPeople to close the cloud computing skill gaps –

To address the need for skilled cloud professionals, SpringPeople, an enterprise IT training company, has joined hands with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver their Training courses through its various role-based IT certification programs. AWS Training courses, delivered by SpringPeople, will give professionals the opportunity to learn best practices in cloud computing and receive live feedback from an expert instructor. Training will prepare learners to take AWS Certification exams, which validate their technical skills and expertise with an industry-recognized certification.

As an Amazon Training partner, SpringPeople will offer certified cloud training to its clients including Infosys, Wipro, TCS, IBM, HP, CISCO and many more.

The cloud skills shortage that the industry is striving to solve is referenced in studies and surveys. As per a recent survey by OpsRamp, 90 per cent of IT managers reported a lack of cloud skills. This is also supported through the findings of multiple job portals which advertise over 14,000 jobs in the cloud domain each month. Yet another study by the London School of Economics found that the dearth of skilled cloud professionals has the potential to cost enterprises over USD 250 million per year.

Elaborating on this, Ravi Kaklasaria, Founder & CEO, SpringPeople, said, Today we see an increase in the number of organizations that are migrating to the cloud. This has caused a parallel increase in the demand for candidates fluent in cloud technologies. Unfortunately, the majority of organizations do not have a cloud-savvy workforce to address their needs. We hope to address this by working with AWS and thus, enabling our clients to take advantage of the innovations that are made possible by cloud computing.

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Cloud Computing in Healthcare Market: Analysis of Installation Type and End-user, Market performance and key opportunities, Forecasts (2020 2025) -…

Global Cloud Computing in Healthcare market 2020-2025 Report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The market analysis is provided for the international markets including trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures are also analyzed.

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Cloud Computing in Healthcare Market Report also provides extensive research on the top key players in this market and detailed insights into their competitiveness. Key business strategies such as acquisitions and acquisitions, collaborations and contracts adopted by top key players are also recognized and analyzed in the report. For each Industry, the report recognizes competitors, product types, applications and specifications, prices, Trends and gross margins. The study analyzes the market in terms of revenue across all the major markets.

Top Leading Key Players are:

McKesson Corporation, Allscripts, NextGen Healthcare, Epic Systems Corporation, Healthcare Management System, eClinicalWorks, CPSI, Computer Sciences Corporation, and many more.

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The report also sheds light on the Cloud Computing in Healthcare market segmentation analysis which enfolds detailed evaluation of crucial market segments such as types, applications and major active regions. Each segment is profoundly studied in the report considering its profitability, global demand and growth potential. Additionally, critical restraints and market limitations are also highlighted in the report. The report also illuminates the global Cloud Computing in Healthcare industry environment covering various engaging factors.

Global Cloud Computing in Healthcare market is segmented based by type, application and region.

Based on Type, the market has been segmented into:

by End Use (Hospitals, Diagnostics and Imaging Centres, Ambulatory Centres, and Others)

The Cloud Computing in Healthcare market report provides a detailed breakdown of the market region-wise and categorizes it at various levels. Regional segment analysis displaying regional production volume, consumption volume, revenue, and growth rate from 2020-2025 covers: North Americas, APAC, Europe, Middle East & Africa. Each of these regions is analysed on basis of market findings across major countries in these regions for a macro-level understanding of the market.

This research report also presents some significant practical oriented case studies which help to understand the subject matter clearly. The Cloud Computing in Healthcare market research report has been prepared through industry analysis techniques and presented in a professional manner by including effective info-graphics whenever necessary. It helps to gain stability in the businesses as well as to make the rapid developments to achieve a notable remark in the global Cloud Computing in Healthcare market space.

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Micron Helps Power a New Wave of High-End Computing Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis – Motley Fool

When Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) last provided a quarterly update at the end of March, question marks abounded. The memory chipmaker was showing signs that the cyclical slump it's been stuck in for over a year was coming to an end, but the global crisis brought on by COVID-19 put that recovery at risk.

It turns out just the opposite happened. Q3 fiscal 2020 results (the three months ended May 28, 2020) handily topped management's guidance, and Micron is back in growth mode again. With cloud computing, 5G wireless network buildout, and a new generation of gaming consoles and personal computing devices on the way, Micron sees sunnier days ahead.

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Micron's Q3 results were dramatic. Management had called for revenue of $4.6 billion to $5.2 billion, and adjusted earnings per share of $0.40 to $0.70 a few months ago. The actual numbers ended up being far higher as the company was able to keep production flowing amid heightened demand for memory chips.


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Though the bottom line remains under pressure on a year-over-year basis due to gross margin on product sold, the decline is easing. Micron has been able to keep expenses in check the last few months, largely thanks to a big cut in capital spent on its manufacturing processes. In fact, CEO Sanjay Mehrota said capital expenses on equipment were down 40% in the quarter compared to last year, although that figure is expected to rebound going forward as Micron gears up production for new tech (more on that in a moment).

Nevertheless, it's a notable accomplishment. Unlike in times past when demand for digital memory has taken a breather, Micron has remained in solidly profitable territory throughout this latest downturn. In addition to operating margin beginning to turn a corner and tick up again, free cash flow (revenue minus cash operating and capital expenses -- basically what's left over and gets added to or subtracted from the balance sheet) was $101 million, compared to $63 million last quarter.

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On the earnings call, Mehrota added that the pandemic has forced organizations across the globe to evolve quickly.

Technology solutions are rapidly helping society adapt and manage the temporary and permanent changes stemming from this pandemic. Clearly, certain trends that would have taken two to four years to develop have been accelerated into months. It is easy to see how these changes will drive higher consumption of memory and storage in the long term. The faster pace of digital transformation in the economy is here to stay.

Specifically, cloud computing has gotten a shot in the arm. Memory semiconductor sales for data centers were up double-digit percentages from just a quarter ago to help deal with the extra usage and storage capacity in recent months, brought about by increased demand for e-commerce, work-from-home technology, video streaming, and other cloud-based services. And while consumer devices -- especially smartphones and autos -- are weighing down the results overall, enterprise-level equipment demand has also surged as businesses get up-to-date with shelter-in-place orders.

Looking forward, 5G network development remains a work in progress, and a first wave of phones with 5G-enabling chips is expected to create a rebound for that beleaguered industry in the year ahead. And Sony's (NYSE:SNE) Playstation 5 and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox Series X, releasing this holiday season, should also be positives for Micron's consumer end-market.

Micron certainly isn't firing on all cylinders again, but the current business environment has clearly pulled the company out of a rut. The outlook for revenue in fiscal Q4 is $6.0 billion plus or minus $250 million (up 23% from a year ago at the midpoint), and adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.05, plus or minus $0.10 (up 88% at the midpoint).

As always, Micron's cyclical manufacturing business will remain a very up-and-down affair. But given the surging demand at the moment, this semiconductor stock remains a buy in my book.

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Here’s Why 2020 Belongs To Microsoft – Seeking Alpha

When the acronym FANG was created and later extended to FAANG, tech investing was dominated by mobile, advertising (led by mobile), over-the-top streaming and e-commerce. Today, tech stock investors would be remiss to not have cloud in their tech portfolio as the category has proven to be secular and insulated from economic drawdowns.

Microsoft is a central hub to the cloud trend with nearly every segment of its revenue driven by cloud except PCs/Surface and gaming, although gaming too will shift toward cloud. With Microsoft being nearly a pure play in cloud computing while boasting a $1.5 trillion market cap, the talking heads in media may need to find a new acronym.

Ive covered the sheer supply of cloud software companies potentially weighing on returns in the coming months as the market begins to sort the winners from the losers this year. There are likely to be cutbacks across all budgets and these COVID-19 cutbacks did not show up yet in the first quarter due to the limited, two-week exposure in March before companies started reporting (this lack of exposure in Q1 may seem obvious but the market has certainly not priced this in).

Meanwhile, Microsoft stands to benefit regardless of which cloud software companies pull ahead. Hundreds of cloud software companies crowd the public and private markets yet they all funnel into cloud infrastructure. This is the common denominator.

Satya Nadella made a bold statement in the last earnings call that the company had seen two years worth of digital transformation in two months. He cited a surge in demand from the structural changes due to companies quickly reorganizing.

The coronavirus shutdowns accelerated cloud usage from current customers yet the most important impact is that it forced slow-to-adopt companies and industries to migrate to the cloud overnight. These slower-moving companies are more likely to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy which is where Microsoft excels over the competitors.

My original thesis when I began covering Microsoft nearly two years ago was that the company would rival AWS due to its focus on hybrid cloud. Historically, Microsoft was built around on-premise and the company is well situated to assist in a more conservative slow migration, especially for enterprises with significant intellectual property or unique security concerns. According to a 2018 survey, the top reasons for using hybrid cloud include controlling where important data is stored, at 71%, and using cloud for backup and disaster recovery, at 69%.

Hybrid cloud allows for scenarios where customers can keep their most sensitive data on their own servers while sending workloads to the private or public cloud that gain an advantage from mining data more efficiently and require improved accuracy and productivity. Azures strength in hybrid computing has made it the main player in the industry with the product being used by 95% of Fortune 500 companies.

Microsofts Windows operating system has run on servers for decades, and it was a natural extension to offer Azure Cloud to run on-premise. Specifically, the companys presence in traditional on-premise deployments of server and SQL databases have propelled Azure forward as an obvious choice for public and hybrid cloud deployments. This is due to being the path of least resistance for on-premise to Azure.

This prompted my prediction that Microsoft would beat Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) in a contract for the Department of Defense and I believe Microsoft will win yet again from the coronavirus shutdowns for the same reason.

Azures strength in offering both on-premise and cloud in a hybrid solution has prompted Amazon to chase Microsoft with recent efforts to improve its hybrid strategy. According to a Goldman Sachs survey pre COVID-19, the majority of executives preferred Microsoft Azure over AWS. The survey is done bi-annually and Microsoft has been ticking upward in the results since 2017. With that said, AWS is capturing an estimated 200% more revenue than Microsoft on cloud infrastructure at $9 billion for AWS compared to $4.33 billion on Azure (per analysts).

Notably, the Goldman Sachs survey may not have taken into account that outside of the Fortune 500, AWS has a loyal startup and SMB following, and also is popular with agile enterprises that scale quickly, like Netflix and Facebook. Often times, these companies look outside Microsofts walled garden.

For comparison purposes, some of Microsofts offerings are cheaper than AWS while having a larger global data center footprint. In the most recent earnings report, Microsoft stated it had more data center regions than any other cloud provider. New center regions announced in this quarter are Spain and Mexico. It plans to invest $1.1 billion over five years in Mexico. In Spain it plans to open Azure regions and also expand its Telefonica relationship. This is especially helpful as compliance regulations require local data storage.

The story of the year may very well be cloud productivity apps. Microsoft Teams, though not exactly a verb, has been seeing rapid growth among Office 365 users. According to the recent earnings report, Microsoft Teams has increased 70 percent quarter-over-quarter to 75 million daily active users. This is up from 44 million daily active users in March. Perhaps even more impressive, Microsoft saw 200 million meeting participants in a single day in April.

This isnt to say that Microsoft Teams will wipe out competitors outside the Office software ecosystem but its certainly going to help the company protect its turf. Zoom Video (NASDAQ:ZM) is likely to hold more mindshare as consumers also can enjoy HD video and office workers can share video links seamlessly outside of Microsofts enterprise walled garden. Slack (NYSE:WORK) is likely to lead on innovation as a developer and programmer favorite. After all, AWS is still in the lead over Azure and these customers will want a Microsoft alternative.

For the Fortune 500 and the 250 million who dont mind Microsofts walled garden then Microsoft Teams offers valuable collaboration features, such as sending files within the apps, and holding video or audio calls. As of now, 20 organizations with more than 100,000 employees use Teams with Accenture being the first company to surpass 500,000 users.

Beyond enterprise companies, Microsoft Teams also is seeing inroads into education and healthcare from the coronavirus shutdown. According to the fiscal Q3 earnings call, more than 183,000 educational institutions rely on Teams with an emphasis on global education, including the United Arab Emirates, which has more than 350,000 students using Teams, and Italy, which moved over 80,000 students to Teams in just three days.

The healthcare industry has 34 million users on Teams, including in New York and in the UK. Microsoft also launched its first industry-specific cloud offering that allows organizations to work horizontally across apps, like Dynamic 365 and Azure IoT, for virtual visits, chatbot assessments, and remote health monitoring.

The CDC and various healthcare systems are using the Microsoft Health Bot Service to build and deploy AI-powered virtual assistants that reduce the workload on emergency services. As of early April, about 1,200 instances of COVID-19 bots had serviced 18 million individual users and served 160 million messages.

Microsoft also expanded Teams recently with the Booking app, which allows healthcare providers to schedule, manage and conduct provider-to-patient virtual visits with Teams. Depending on the size of the organization, this could be a competitor to Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC).

Microsoft has many inroads into cloud and is nearly omnipresent in this category. There's a halo effect that allows for upgrades into premium products and increased renewals. When it comes to industry-specific data needs, such as health care, Microsoft also will be a strong competitor for its experience in strict compliance across data-driven environments. I believe Microsofts biggest strength will take center stage this year, which is massaging the more conservative enterprises to adopt cloud with hybrid architectures. Teams, as well, could not be in a better position to strengthen the walled fortress.

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Improving Internal Operations – RFID Journal

Jul 05, 2020The construction industry is all about getting things done in the most tangible way. From laying a simple foundation for a new house to erecting architectural marvels that seem to challenge the laws of physics, every day on a construction site ends with visible, measurable progress toward a defined goal.

But who defines that goal? Who decides what needs to be done, when, and by whom? Who makes sure equipment and consumables are at the site when needed, and are then returned promptly when used? Who crunches numbers to make sure costs are in line? That "who" is the collectiveand often unheraldedinternal operations staff. They are the back office, yard and warehouse teams who plan, manage, monitor and analyze every project from start to finish. Without them, no project could even be undertaken, much less successfully completed.

Yet too many construction companies fail to take full advantage of the talented staff who keep things running smoothly and profitably. As a result, global construction sector labor-productivity growth averaged 1 percent a year during the past two decades, compared with 2.8 percent for the total world economy and 3.6 percent for manufacturing. Less than 25 percent of construction firms matched the productivity growth achieved in the overall economies in which they work throughout the past decade, according to a McKinsey analysis.

Part of this shortfall can probably be explained by the nature of the construction industry. Historically, the industry grew up from tradespeople who knew how to buildand build wellbut were not educated about business or process. They relied on antiquated spreadsheets and back-of-the-envelope methods and were reluctant to adopt new technologies like cloud computing, RFID tracking, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and interconnectivity, at the expense of their companies' bottom lines.

Fortunately, that attitude is changing dramatically. The new generation of construction operators have a voracious appetite for technologywe talk to very few younger operators who are technology-averseand they not only grasp the fundamentals of operating an efficient business but are educated in business management and know the importance of their internal operations team in making the business maximally profitable. They understand that a connected business is a profitable business. To this new generation of construction industry leaders looking to optimize their internal operations, I suggest a four-step process:

Supply Chain AnalysisThe supply chain is more than just buying an item from a vendor. It's also the internal movement of equipment and consumables to worksites. So look at everything that moves, whether procuring from outside vendors or in-house transfers, and make sure that no step or item is omitted. Consider the whole loop from needing something to acquiring it and then deploying it. In construction, sometimes it can take two weeks to get an item back from the field; this process should be measured in minutes or hours, not in days.

Cost ReviewConstruction companies need to know the true costs for their projects so they can pass that expense on to their customer in the next billing cycle. This includes the cost of the tools used and that of moving them to the site and back. They need to develop solid processes that are supported by interconnected, accurate job cost and billing systems for each team that update in real time. Interconnectivity makes all teams more cost-effective because they're collaborating in the moment.

Data AnalyticsWith interconnectivity, a management team has instantaneous, comprehensive and accurate information to make vital decisions and improve performance in the field and in the back office. If you want to push your thinking, ask yourself, "What piece of data do I need to change my business?" Without reliable performance data, a company is flying blind.

New Technology AdoptionNew technologies relevant to the construction industry are growing rapidly, and they are changing how quickly companies can rise to the top. Look at all the new technologies that can support internal operations, as well as warehouse, yard and worksite operations. Every aspect of a construction company needs to be interconnected, and well-established technologies like cloud-based software and BLE resource location monitoring systems are essential to managing the overwhelmingly complex and time-consuming details involved in construction projects.

The overall idea is to connect internal operations so they contribute maximum efficiency in the field, resulting in increased profitability. As an example, oil field service company Saulsbury has done an amazing job of streamlining its internal operations using interconnected technology. In its warehouse, the company has large monitors showing what equipment is in the field, what is being delivered and what is being returned. All necessary information is displayed in real time on those status boards so staff members know exactly what is going on everywhere in the field, the warehouse, the yard and the entire supply chainas well as the instantaneous cost implications of every data point.

So by improving performance in the back office, you'll improve performance in the field. When all aspects of a company work within a single cloud-based system that is fast and accurate, you can reduce waiting times and phone calls, warehouse and yard operations can keep up with the speed of the project, and all processes can be streamlined so every request is fulfilled quickly and accurately.

As a construction industry veteran of more than 30 years, Don Kafka, the CEO of ToolWatch and a construction executive thought leader, has a lot to say when it comes to educating construction companies about the importance of internal operations to their overall productivity and profitability. Denver-based ToolWatch is a technology firm that provides tool and equipment systems to track and manage resources throughout an entire construction organization. For more information, visit or call 1-800-676-4034.

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Rural Cloud Initiative seeks to bring the edge to rural America – RCR Wireless News

A new initiative aimed at bringing cloud-based edge computing capabilities to far-flung rural locations is gaining steam, having gathered more than three dozen network providers and application partners in support of an edge ecosystem to serve rural industrial and smart agriculture use cases.

The Rural Cloud Initiative, spearheaded by Trilogy Networks, announced this week that it has formalized partnerships with 26 network providers and 11 edge innovation partners and put together its first farm of the future. Trilogy Networks has been in business for five years and has built a nationwide private network; it works with rural network providers to move their traffic around the country. According to Trilogy co-founder and CTO VenkySwaminathan, The goal is really around how we can bring the next generation of applications to this marketplace through partnering with network operators and other rural technology providers who can provide physical locations for edge computing resources, and bringing them together with other tech and application providers to provide tailored solutions for the rural market.

Participants in RCI include network providers Inland Cellular of Idaho, Pine Belt Communications of Alabama, United Wireless of Kansas and more; its edge innovation partners include Intel, edge company Vapor, open RAN specialist Altiostar and satellite operator Intelsat, among others.

Much of the industrial internet of things will play out in a rural context, said Nancy Hemswell, COO of Trilogy: in precision agriculture, oil and gas fields, long-haul transportation and even telemedicine.

Rural territory really jumps out as a fertile ground for this sort of transformation, she said, both because of the applications for the industrial internet of things and to increase farm productivity over the coming decades as well as to address the more immediate issue of the federal governments plan to spend $1 billion to support the removal of Chinese gear in rural mobile networks.

Now youre not looking at the subscription of data and how much traffic youre putting on a cell phone or even on Netflix, but more, how do I connect these robots, these sensors, these drones? Hemswell continued. And does that become a dollar a device, $10 a device, two cents a device? We dont know. The whole evolution, or revolution, is taking place in the market today. The connection of millions or even billions of devices potentially removes the limited population as a constraint on rural network investment and return, even if the connection cost per device is a fraction of what it would be for a smartphone.

The rural market is rife with IoT devices critical to industries like agriculture and the digital oilfield, said George Woodward, CEO and co-founder of Trilogy Networks. Supporting this transformation will require the deployment of connected devices at the network edge that will enable new business models for both network operators and rural industries. While others are talking about it Trilogy and our RCI partners areproving that both the technology and business value of edge solutions is provable, scalable andrepeatable across a number of use cases and vertical applications.

At Hurst Greenery, a multi-location garden center in Missouri, with 16 greenhouses and 600 acres of corn and/or soy beans, Trilogy is deploying distributed cloud assets with real-time data processing capabilities to showcase the locations as a farm of the future. Trilogy said that its ConEx edge delivery platform will be deployed across four locations, including sites operated by RCI partners IAMO Communications, Chat Mobility and Farmers Mutual Telephone Company. The site will include a private LTE network using CBRS spectrum and Intel tech, with Trilogy and fellow RCI partners Pluribus Networks, ClearBlade and Lanner heading up the deployment. Applications at work will include real-time data control and decision-making of connected devices via crop tracking, inventory management, and connected-device-based temperature and humidity monitoring. The deployment is aimed at increasing overall efficiency and yield through reducing energy costs, spoilage, insurance and human resource costs, the RCI partners said.

RCI is also highlighting its potential with a digital transformation showcase at the New Continuum WestChicago NAP data center, with a setup that supports internet offload, rich media streaming, AI-based network capacity planning and AI-based video analytics. That installation is supported by RCI partner AlefEdges Software-Defined Mobile Edge (SD-ME) platform, deployed onTrilogys ConEx edge delivery platform with private network access, along with direct Internet peering from United IX. Trilogy said it worked with Intel to develop the solution, which it described as having a 5G like experience that is a vast improvement in video performance over traditional networks.

Also this week, RCI established ACRES, or the Advisory Council for Rural Edge Solutions, with members who have experience at a national level both in rural network operations or in edge technologies and advocacy for one or both.

Within rural markets, there is clearly demand for services running at the edge and the adoption ofadvanced LTE and 5G will only drive that demand further, said Caroline Chan, VP and GM of Intels Network Business Incubator Division and a member of the RCIs ACRES leadership council. RCI is bringing together organizations that are able to contribute at every stage of the edge computing value chain. This provides meaningful opportunities for leading technology providers to help spur digital transformation across rural America through a viable, scalable and repeatable model that addresses this unique market.

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JMI organises International Symposium to discuss Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things – India Education…

Department of Computer Science, Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) organised a one day online international symposium on Recent Technologies in Computer Science on June 30, 2020.Topics like Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence were discussed during the day-long symposium.The theme of the symposium was centred on upcoming technologies, their evolution and applications in disparate domains.Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future of technology, which is impacting every walk of human life. It is the core that drives a majority of the technological applications today. However, the power of AI is unleashed in its true sense only when it is synergistically used with technologies like Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things so much so that many applications that were unimaginable to mankind until recently have become the reality ofthis era. From smart cities to smart manufacturing, these technologies have touched the personal and professional lives of humans in novel ways.In recognition of this paradigm shift in technology this symposium was organised by the Department of Computer Science, JMI.The opening address was given by Prof. (Dr.) Seemi Farhat Bashir, Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Prof. S. M. K Quadri, Head of the Department, Department of Computer Science, JMI.There were four technical sessions by Prof. Rajkumar Buyya (Director, CLOUDS Lab,University of Melbourne, Australia and CEO, Manjrasoft, Australia), Prof. Latifur Khan (Department of Computer Science, University of Texas, Dallas, U.S.A.), Prof. Vinod Sharma (Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Jammu) and Dr. Xiufeng Liu (Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark).The topics covered in this symposium provided ample exposure to participants about these upcoming technologies, with experts from around the world talking about their respective areas of knowledge.

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Migrating SaaS to Cloud: How to do it without disruption – –

SaaS applications work nicely on local appliances (on-premises). However, if youre running your SaaS on legacy hardware, youre bound to run into a couple of challenges. And since youre keeping it to your on-premises infrastructure, you cant tap into the features or capabilities of cloud computing. Thats a big disadvantage. So, your go to solution? Migrate SaaS to cloud. Easier said than done though, isnt it?

In this blog post, I take a closer look at:

Yes, were keeping it brief by sticking it to the rule of three.

One of the most common reasons why organizations move their SaaS workloads to the cloud is legacy infrastructure limitations. These include challenges such as:

In order to ensure high availability for critical workloads, you have to resort to expensive setups such as replication-based twin cluster nodes, RAID configuration, etc.

Even with the expensive solutions, its relatively difficult to ensure high availability for important data. Mostly because of single point-of-failure. Twin clustered nodes are great but theyre expensive. And RAID isnt bad either but if you dont replace your hard drives in time, youll still end up losing your data.

In comparison, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) deploy geo-replication and other similar services to make sure that even if a data center or region goes down, your data remains available.

By putting your data in the cloud, youre able to leverage the availability measures CSPs have put in place so that theyre in compliance with strict SLAs. And youre not paying any additional charges to benefit from them.

On-premises hardware is expensive and it continues to consume budget that could be otherwise redirected for core operations. OpEx for an in-house data center includes maintenance cost, power and cooling costs, and the cost of the space reserved for the hardware appliances; not to mention the salaries for dedicated IT staff.

On the other hand, if you decide to put your SaaS in the cloud, you can opt to build a completely hardware less environment. This is particularly good for businesses that dont have enough space or are looking to save OpEx so that they can focus on core operations.

Now that we know why most organizations migrate their SaaS applications to the cloud, lets see what kind of challenges they have to overcome to do so.

If the SaaS software is a part of your core operations, usually it is, then migration cannot be a disruptive process for you; because that spells downtime and downtime is bad for business.

That implies, youll have to find a way to migrate your SaaS applications without disruption (solutions suggested below see three ways to migrate your SaaS to the cloud).

When migrating any workloads, SaaS applications or VMs, its a challenge to ensure synchronization. Youd want your applications and staff to continue as though nothing happened or simply start off the next day from where they left off.

However, its not easy to do that when migrating from your production environment to cloud-based servers. Secondly, its also important to do regular integrity checks.

Integrity checks simply mean that you have to make sure that the data has not been corrupted during the transfer (migration) and is available for use without any problems.

Depending on the way its done, SaaS migration can be very expensive. And cost considerations are a critical part of any business decision. Verily, moving core SaaS software from on-premises production environment to the cloud is a business decision. Therefore, the consequent cost has to be weighed in.

Best practice is to look for vendors that offer turnkey solutions instead of a component or a couple of components for the migration process.

If IT is not the core of your organization, then its ideal to look for vendors who are also offering professional services along with their solution to help with the setup and guide your onsite IT staff so that they can use the software effectively.

We have journeyed across the reasons why you might want to migrate your SaaS application to the cloud and the consequent challenges youll have to overcome. Now, lets discuss the three ways you can migrate your SaaS application to desired clouds.

If youre running your SaaS application on VMware, then a good option is the vMotion plugin. It automates VM migration and simplifies migration from one VMware environment to another VMware environment.

If youre running your SaaS application on an OS installed on a enterprise NAS storage, then things can be comparatively trickier. However, there are software available to help with server migration too. A good example would be Azure Migrate. It can simplify the migration process if youre looking to migrate your server to Microsoft Azure.

The challenge with these VM migration or server migration applications is that they lead to vendor lock-in. For example, vMotion, despite being quite expensive, will only work for VMware environments. Similarly, Azure migrate is only going to work if youre looking to migrate your servers to Azure.

Secondly, neither of these are turnkey solutions. They are components. In other words, your staff will have to do most of the heavy lifting.

Comparatively, its not a bad idea to look for third party service providers that offer complete data migration services from setup, to transfer, to switch over.

Note: This may or may not be a completely disruption free process. It depends on the chosen vendor. For instance, VMware vMotion promises a disruption free experience.

The second option are data transfer devices or DTDs.

You might be thinking, hey wait! How can that be a disruption free option?

That was true a little while ago but now there are services that leverage DTDs in combination with applications in a way that you dont feel any disruption at all.

For instance, StoneFly does that with their live VM migration DTDs (for VMware environments only).

How these DTDs work is a combination of replication-based synchronization. First, the major bulk of the data is offloaded to the DTDs, then the DTDs are shipped. The data is transferred to the target location and then the recently written data is synced over the wire. Finally, when everything is synced and ready, the system switches over and completes the migration process.

Note: Again, this option too depends on the chosen vendor. Its a good idea to clarify during the early stages that youre looking for a disruption-free process. If the vendor can deliver, they agree to it. If not, then you should look for vendors who can.

This solution is only suitable if you dont have a large bulk of data. For larger data, replication services become expensive, they overload the network, consume compute resources and bandwidth. In other words, everything comes to a grinding halt and this may even take days or weeks depending on the total volume you wish to migrate.

If you dont have a large chunk of virtual data to move, then this isnt a bad idea.

Replication, as the term implies, simply copies your data to the target site. Once the replication is completed, you can switch over and then stop the replication process.

It sounds simple and it is, as long as you choose the right vendor and application for the job.

Theres a good chance that the reason why youre looking to migrate your SaaS application to the cloud is to:

Here are the challenges youll have to overcome to do that:

Here are three effective ways to do it:

Which do you think is the best way to migrate your SaaS application to the cloud? Comment down below and share your expertise.

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SaaS Company OWNZONES is Keeping the Post-Production Industry in Motion During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Programming Insider

As we enter into the second half of 2020, this year could easily be considered the year of streaming. In addition to the launch of a plethora of new streaming platforms such as Disney Plus, Quibi, HBO Max, and Peacock, the novel coronavirus pandemic has seen people spending more time at home and watching more TV than ever. Nielsen Media Research reported a 34% growth in time spent on streaming platforms over the first two weeks of March. Collective usage went from 116.4 billion minutes in the week of March 2nd to 156.1 billion in the week of March 16th, with that total being double that of the same week in 2019. According to a study by the market research firm OnePoll that surveyed 2,000 Americans who can access at least one streaming service, the average person is streaming eight hours of content each day double the number of hours before the pandemic rapidly spread in the United States.

While these numbers create a wealth of opportunities for OTT platforms, it also poses a problem. As demand for new media continues to rise, filming is indefinitely stalled for producing new content as studios try to figure out how to best move forward with large sets and production crews while maintaining proper social distancing. Suggestions have ranged from selecting films with fewer characters and more outdoor locations, to rumors that Tom Cruise is building a coronavirus-free village to resume shooting on Mission Impossible 7.

In the meantime, companies are focusing on post-production efforts, which they are capable of achieving remotely. This move has come with its own set of difficulties though, as many companies have relied on on-premises, or on-prem solutions, storing and handling data on local servers. Rick Phelps, CCO of the cloud-based video supply chain company OWNZONES, said of the dilemma: With billions of dollars at stake and an audience with a voracious appetite, business continuity is critical for the content industry as it grapples with the impact of shutting down operations because of the global pandemic. While the movement to the cloud is likely not going to enable the industry to kick start filming at any time soon, for productions already in the cloud, it can enable remote working in many parts of the chain, and lead to their completion in order to continue delivering content to consumers who are in need of entertainment and solace throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Originally a content company themselves when the business started in 2010, OWNZONES founder and CEO Dan Goman made sure to create within his company a highly skilled research and development team. Unwilling to be held back by lack of progress in technology, they made sure to always be on the cutting edge of software, until after five years they realized that the technologies they created were the key to their success, and there was a demand for providing them as a solution to other content companies. Today, they have leveraged their experience managing content channels to push the digital media supply chain industry forward. Their core offering, OWNZONES Connect, is a cloud-native solution utilizing a component-based media workflow. Connects core competencies are in IMF, parallel scaling, and geographically distributed workflows.

OWNZONES is helping studios and content creators move forward during this pandemic through their OWNZONE Connect service. They encode, package, and deliver the content remotely, allowing professionals to securely log into the cloud-based platform in a browser window and continue to process content and fulfill orders from their living room or anywhere else they so desire. Suddenly, the processing power that would have previously required several rooms full of data racks can be achieved from the comfort of their own home using only their laptop.

At an ever-increasing rate, the future of production is moving towards a studio in the cloud, meaning footage shot on set would go directly into the cloud and would be immediately available to vendors around the world who could work in parallel alongside each other. Instead of post-production moving from editing, color grading, sound sweetening, etc. sequentially, through the use of the cloud all can be worked on simultaneously and rest assured that they are always working on the most current version. Further, cloud-based platforms can speed up the packaging of final products for distribution, streamlining processes like region-specific versioning and adding subtitles. The ultimate result is a significant reduction in server costs, improved download/upload speeds and a greatly reduced timeline to global distribution.

Whereas on-prem solutions require servers, licensing, staff, training, server rooms, utilities, IT support, and regular maintenance, a cloud solution reduces those needs and will cost less money, time and energy in the long run. On-prem solutions are also capital expenditure, priced as a one-time high cost perpetual license fee, making them a costly investment. Cloud solutions are operating expenditures that are often priced at a monthly or annual fee, giving them a much lower cost of entry and making them overall more wallet friendly than an on-prem data center. Cloud solutions also offer you the opportunity to scale, paying only for the amount of storage you need with the full option to size up or down as you see fit.

While it may seem counterintuitive, cloud solutions have actually proven to be much more secure than on-premise facilities. When companies get hacked, its usually because of legacy IT environments, which make maintenance to meet security standards more difficult. Its much harder to secure data in those environments than in the modern environment of the cloud, which is updated consistently to meet the most recent security standards. Often, on-premises facilities go years without updating their security measures, making the data inside more susceptible to hacking. The cloud is constantly updating its software to the latest in security. Cloud solutions are also a much more refined solution when it comes to disaster recovery. Whether it be caused by a hardware or software failure, a network or power outage, physical damage to a building like fire or flooding, or human error which can lead to security and data breaches, moving to the cloud has proven to have safer and more sustainable disaster recovery strategies than on-prem services.

The demand for content has increased significantly due to the coronavirus. However, production has slowed dramatically, and even stopped for studios and content companies. They are looking at their vast libraries to try and fill the demand and OWNZONES is helping them conform their content and deliver it to global platforms through its cloud-based infrastructure. As disruptors to the industry, OWNZONES is interested in aiding production houses, large or small, in moving forward during these unprecedented times.

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Huawei Rotating Chairman Highlights Practices and Prospects of 5G – MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN - Editorial) During the recent virtual GSMA Thrive event hosted by GSMA, Huawei executives delivered keynote speeches, shedding light on how industries are leveraging 5G to embrace digital transformation in a faster and more efficient manner. The online event brought together industry leaders to discuss technologies like 5G, AI, IoT, and Digital Transformation and how they are influencing every part of our lives, society and businesses. Huawei''s Rotating Chairman Guo Ping delivered a speech titled "5G in a post-pandemic world: Countdown to the digital blastoff". In this speech, Ping discussed the social value of ICT in combating COVID-19, as well as the practices and prospects of applying 5G in digital transformation for industries. "With the help of 5G, industries are going digital at a faster pace. Next, we will work with our partners on industry applications to help our customers unleash the potential of 5G, generating the first round of dividends from major 5G applications," Ping said. He pointed out that during the pandemic, the social value of ICT applications developed based on 5G, AI, cloud, and big data has been greater than ever. Ping confirmed that Huawei will continuously support open and collaborative standards and industry organizations in their efforts to safeguard a unified global communications industry. Global collaboration is critical to successfully beating the virus, no matter whether it is in the medical or communications sector. He also expressed his belief that ICT is extending to every industry on a large scale, becoming a key enabler of social development and generating multiple waves of technology dividends for all industries. In another keynote speech entitled "5G Brings Five Opportunities with New Value", Mr. Gan Bin, Chief Marketing Officer for Huawei''s Wireless Network Solutions elaborated why 5G is the digital foundation of new infrastructure to upgrade connectivity, AI, cloud, computing, and industrial applications and inject new vitality into economic development. "5G significantly improves the experience of connectivity, expanding 4G''s people-centered connections with smartphones to a full range of scenarios that span not only smartphones, but also smart wearables and homes. This will add greater convenience to daily lives," Gan said. 5G eliminates data upload limitations, meaning that a massive amount of data can be transferred from hundreds of millions of devices to cloud servers to provide AI operations with tremendous data, which will greatly reduce the training period. It enables devices to make the best of the powerful computing in the cloud to relax requirements on local computing, reducing device costs. Furthermore, 5G enables the transfer of AI operation results to devices to greatly expand the availability of AI-based functionality. Constrained by insufficient local capabilities, less than 2% of the nearly 40 ZB data generated in 2019 was saved. 5G stimulates the demand for huge storage worldwide, offering a new option to implement cloud storage to save the massive data. Furthermore, limited by current technology, less than 10% of all data has been analyzed and applied so far. 5G stimulates the demand for enormous computing power, enabling devices to leverage powerful cloud computing capabilities anytime, anywhere. "While 4G has changed lives, 5G is set to change society. 5G has proven an indispensable enabler for business digitalization and will greatly improve the operational efficiency across industries," Gan concluded. For her part, Zhu Huimin, Director of Marketing Execution Dept of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line, delivered a keynote speech titled ''AI for 5G Network Automation Empowers the Intelligent 5G Era''. Zhu noted that one of the most significant driving forces for future mobile service innovation and development is the automated operations capability of mobile networks based on AI. Compared with 4G networks, 5G networks feature a qualitative leap in key performance indicators (KPIs), such as transmission rate, transmission delay, and connection scale. Therefore, 5G networks can support more diverse service scenarios and applications; Zhu remarked that the key to achieving upgrade from these two aspects lies in AI for 5G. AI-powered network automation capabilities can spawn higher O&M efficiency, better network performance, and more agile service provisioning for 5G networks. Global operators, equipment vendors, and third-party vendors have currently started to explore the application of AI technologies to mobile networks. Zhu said that the road to intelligent autonomous networks will most likely not be easy, and it requires continuous collaboration between all industry parties. Huawei therefore proposes the "1+3+N" industry strategy in the wireless field and hopes to collaborate with operators as well as industry partners to ensure the ecosystem prospers, and to enable the Intelligent 5G era. She stated that openness is the key to incubating and enabling more innovative services, and scenario-based APIs need to be built to enable intent-based E2E intelligent autonomous networks. "As the two most important technologies in modern human society, 5G and AI promote and collaborate with each other. The AI-based automated operations capability of mobile networks is one of the most significant driving forces for future mobile service innovation and development," commented Zhu.


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