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Red Hat Unifies Automation Across Hybrid Cloud Management with Latest Version of Red Hat Ansible Tower

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4, the latest version of its enterprise framework for automating across IT operations including infrastructure, networks, cloud and security. Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4 includes workflow enhancements including nested workflows and workflow convergence, designed to simplify challenges inherent in managing complex hybrid cloud infrastructure.

A common reality for enterprises can be that separate IT teams may manage on-premises IT vs. cloud services, each with their own sets of Ansible Playbooks. To help maximize the benefits of automation across distributed infrastructure, these organizations can move beyond implementing automation to creating an automation "center of excellence." A center of excellence helps to provide consistent automation across the enterprise, sharing common solutions and accepted strategies as automation is introduced into new areas of IT internally. With Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4, users can now define one master workflow that ties different areas of IT together - designed to cover a hybrid infrastructure without being stopped at specific technology silos.

With Red Hat's management portfolio, including Red Hat Satellite for Red Hat Enterprise Linux management and Red Hat CloudForms for bare metal, virtual machine and private cloud operations, integrated with Red Hat Ansible Tower, IT teams are able to more consistently orchestrate workflows across their full enterprise IT infrastructure estate.

Midmarket Businesses in the Americas Make Bold Move to the Cloud

Small and mid-sized businesses across the Americas are making bold moves to the cloud as a way to compete with larger enterprises, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The ISG Provider Lens Cloud Transformation/Operation Services & XaaS Report - Pan America finds many large enterprises are struggling to exchange their "legacy crown jewel" IT systems for more innovative business models. But smaller businesses see the cloud as offering them easily available and affordable tools, including analytics and cognitive computing, the report said.

"Infrastructure costs and access to technology were once barriers to competition, but the cloud allows access to a broad range of software, platforms and services," said Esteban Herrera, partner and global leader of ISG Research.

Creating Truly Friendly Skies: The Cloud and Modern Aviation

Article Written by Avery Phillips

The cloud is everywhere in aviation. No, that doesn't mean a foggy takeoff from O'Hare - but big data might be the next big thing in getting planes off the runway safer no matter the weather. And it doesn't stop there. More data means more analytics capability, and that means more on-time flights, healthier cabins, easier loading and unloading, and more. 

The truth is, the cloud, big data, and predictive analytics are the backbone of modern aviation, customer service, and comfort. How does all of this work together to provide a better flying experience? How can airline manufacturers used this data to improve planes from the start? Here are a few amazing facts about the cloud and modern aviation.

Geospatial Technology To Make A Splash In 2019: Is there a smart city coming near you?



Written by Taylor Welsh

Before delving into the future of geospatial technology, we should first define it and gain an understanding of why it is so important.

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, geospatial technology is defined as, "a term used to describe the range of modern tools contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and human societies." What began with maps and cartography has evolved into advanced technology that allows satellites to use digital software to take pictures of the earth and combine this imagery with other data, such as socioeconomic and environmental factors that when combined tell the story of a specific area, country, or the planet.

We often interact with geospatial technology in some form or another every day, whether it's using GPS to find our destination, tracking a package through UPS, or checking in to a location on social media. Geospatial technology is already used in lots of businesses and industries, including urban and environmental planning, security and intelligence, risk assessment, utility administration, and logistics industries.

Molex, Accenture and Amazon Web Services Co-Develop Edge Computing Solution Powering NextGen Autonomous Vehicles

Molex is expanding its autonomous and connected vehicle capabilities by working with Accenture and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring edge computing and voice assistant capabilities to the Molex Automotive Ethernet Network Platform. These new digital enhancements to the Platform offer essential autonomous vehicle performance and communication functionality for automotive OEMs.

"In combination with the groundbreaking features of our Automotive Ethernet Network Platform, AWS and Accenture's contribution can profoundly help our customers innovate faster, drive down costs and build some of the most advanced vehicles in the automotive industry," said Joseph Stenger, global product manager for connected mobility solutions, Molex. "We look forward to working together in the development of industry-leading technology solutions that help automotive OEMs design for the cars of tomorrow."

HARMAN Ignite 3.0 Automotive Cloud Platform Expands Ecosystem for New Immersive Connected Experiences

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today launched the new HARMAN Ignite 3.0, an automotive digital ecosystem for OEMs - a solution that brings the benefits of connected life into the vehicle.

With HARMAN Ignite 3.0 ecosystem, automakers can leverage this platform to offer drivers smart features such as a vehicle-centric marketplace, an automotive-based virtual assistant and enhanced navigation with point-of-interest (POI) search and intelligent personalization - directly in their vehicles.

In addition, HARMAN Ignite 3.0's digital ecosystem equips Automobile OEMs with a seamless, secure and cost-effective way to introduce and regularly update these features for their customers. Consumers can enjoy a smarter driving experience that keeps pace with technology as it evolves - and OEMs can create new digital revenue streams by providing in-vehicle services that keep customers satisfied.

Intel Showcases New Technology for Next Era of Computing at CES 2019

On the eve of CES, Intel leaders - Gregory Bryant, senior vice president, Client Computing Group; Navin Shenoy, executive vice president, Data Center Group; and Professor Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye, an Intel company - took to the stage to showcase the company's commitment to continuously improve the computing and communications foundation that will advance the way we experience the world and expand human potential.

The company made several announcements spanning PCs and new devices to diverse growth segments including artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and autonomous driving (AD). And Intel's leaders discussed the innovation necessary across the data center, cloud, network and edge to enable the new user experiences and form factors of the future.

Intel showcased its latest Intel Xeon Scalable products, shipping today with advanced AI and memory capabilities, and 9th Gen Intel Core desktop products. It also announced new 10nm products for PCs, servers and 5G wireless access base stations, the future of new chip designs based on its 3D packaging technology (Foveros).

Intel also spotlighted what's possible when technologies work seamlessly together across the entire spectrum of computing. Comcast and Intel are working together to bring the connected home to life. New initiatives with Alibaba demonstrate how Intel AI plans to deliver athlete tracking technology during the next Olympics. Mobileye and Ordnance Survey will bring us closer to the realization of smart cities and safer roads.

Mobile Apps Dominate Public Cloud Workloads

The workload most commonly moved to a public Cloud consist of mobile apps, according to 66% of Cloud developers in Evans Data's newly released Cloud Development Survey.  The survey, conducted in early December 2018 among active Cloud developers, also found that workloads vary between public, private and hybrid Cloud systems.  While mobile apps were cited significantly more often than others for public Clouds, database, security, and backend services were virtually tied for top workloads for private Clouds and IoT was most commonly mentioned for Hybrid Clouds.

When it comes to the business motivations for selecting a particular Cloud offering, agility was mentioned by 45% of the respondents and time to value for analytical initiatives was cited by 43%.  Agility and time to value for analytical initiatives both juggle two key considerations in terms of timeliness and insight. Whereas agility allows a business to quickly pivot to address changing needs and opportunities, quicker time to value not only means that development platforms will provide information quickly, but also that organizations will be able to receive the business insights that inform their ability to forecast how their current strategy will perform in the short term and/or pivot their strategies to address changes in the market.

Uila Version 2.2 Adds New Features to Application Dependency Mapping and Updates Cloud Platform Support

Uila provides Multi-Cloud Monitoring & Analytics via a single pane of glass for the Digital Enterprise.  With Uila, IT Operations and Cloud IT teams can visualize application workload dependencies across cloud platforms, right size resources and investments for their workloads and plan workload migration strategies for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud deployments.  IT teams can also identify performance bottlenecks for business-critical services using full-stack correlation with 1-click root cause analysis and a patented Deep Packet Inspection technology that understands over 3,000 application protocols for transactional meta data analysis.

And today they've come out with a new version of their solution, release v2.2, that includes new features and product enhancements worth noting.

Webinar: Assuring Performance in Hybrid Cloud Ecosystems - QOS and User Experience in the Digital Age

  

In the digital age, quality of service (QOS) and user experience are the keys to competitive advantage. With the rapid adoption of hybrid clouds, assuring the performance of applications running in hybrid cloud ecosystems has become business-critical.

The reality is that the explosion of new cloud-based IT services may not simplify performance management. In fact, since clouds are operating models the heterogeneous nature of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments makes performance management even more challenging.

This 30-minute webinar will provide a quick overview of the key steps to take to assure the performance of digital business services as applications are migrated to various cloud services and show some examples of how you can retain end-to-end visibility along the way.

Join this educational webinar by Bala Vaidhinathan, CTO at eG Innovations and John Worthington, Director of Product Marketing at eG Innovations and learn:

  • How unified, consistent views of performance can enable effective service delivery
  • How to baseline services before, during and after cloud migrations
  • How to get started on your hybrid cloud journey

WHEN? Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 12 PM EST  |  9 AM PST  |  5 PM GMT  |  6 PM CET