Cloud Solutions

Cars, the Cloud and the end of traffic congestion

Grazed NationMultimedia. Author: Goragot Wongpaisarnsin.

While it may seem like fantasy for many Bangkokians, my team and I spend every day figuring out how to use Cloud computing and GPS to unravel Thai traffic jams for up to a million people a year. The solution we developed, an app called TSquare, provides drivers with real time information about the best available routes in Thailand. People who use the app can reduce travel time by up to 30 percent.

There are currently about a million users of the app in Thailand, which costs 240 baht a year. TSquare has a core group of users: male, urban, Gen X users who are trying to get home to their families as quickly as possible from their offices in the central business district. TSquare is a prime example of the way technology and Cloud computing can make life better for all...

Cloud Computing: Major U.S. Telecom Carriers Aggressive on NFV Deployment

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: Editorial Staff.

As per a research report by analytics firm IHS Markit, Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, CenturyLink Inc. CTL and AT&T Inc. T have been aggressively implementing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in their business service offerings. The technological adoption of this capability enhances scaling functions and service delivery times which leads to improved end user experience along with higher growth in the business services segment. Notably, the business service segment is a rapidly growing industry in the telecom space.

Network Virtualization – A New Trend

At present, cloud based functions are provided by service providers through a series of expensive dedicated hardware. Through new software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization capabilities, any service provider can run its network functions on a less expensive hardware by delivering services through virtualized enterprise customer premises equipment (vE-CPE)...

New York Public Library reads up on the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its approximately 80 web sites in the cloud. The library has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply than if it had bought the hardware and software to do it all by itself.

The library took a risk on the cloud, and on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and it paid off. "We've grown but we've grown in the cloud," said Jay Haque, director of DevOps and Enterprise Computing at the library. "Today, we're primarily focused on the digital identity of the NYPL. How our properties look...

Fog and Cloud Computing: Working Together

Grazed from RTInsights. Author: Carlos Aragon.

As with many things in life, the key is finding the balance. Fog computing aims to resolve some of the challenges of cloud computing by reducing latency, optimizing WAN bandwidth consumption, strengthening security, and improving redundancy and availability. That being said, it isn’t a panacea—there are many scenarios where cloud computing remains the better solution and both cloud and fog architectures are needed to deliver the best solution.

Just as not all clouds are made equal, not all fogs are made equal. Abuse of the term “cloud” has led people to believe that there is only one cloud, when in reality there is a myriad of clouds, one per application, because the cloud is not only defined by the server or networking technologies, but also by the interfaces and APIs used by the applications...

Read more from the source @ https://www.rtinsights.com/fog-vs-cloud-computing-architectures/

Cloud Computing: ARM reveals more details on supercomputer architecture plans

Grazed from Computing. Author: Graeme Burton.

ARM has revealed more details about the Scalable Vector Extensions (SVE) technology it is developing for the ARMv8-A architecture that Fujitsu is planning to deploy in the Post-K supercomputer it is building for Japan's RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science. Detailed at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California today, SVE is capable of handling vectors from 128 to 2,048 bits in length, and is intended for supercomputer makers like Fujitsu to help them adopt ARM products and deploy them in the world's biggest and most powerful computers.

SVE is a flexible extension to the ARM instruction set that can shift vector calculations from software into hardware, with the scheduler arranging calculations depending on the hardware available. ARM engineers will, shortly, submit patches to the Gnu Compiler Collection (GCC) and LLVM compiler infrastructure project to support SVE auto-vectorisation...

Alibaba’s dominant cloud business could take on Amazon

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: JP Mangalindan.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) reported stellar fiscal first-quarter earnings on Thursday propelled by revenues that spiked 59%, surging past Wall Street estimates. And while talk of e-commerce transactions soaring on mobile dominated the announcement, analysts also paid close attention to the company’s cloud computing business, Alibaba Cloud — and for good reason.

Founded in 2009, Alibaba Cloud has evolved into China’s dominant cloud computing services provider, offering clients including Dutch electronics giant Philips, Schneider Electric and marketing platform Blogmint a wide range of storage, security, and database management options. For its fiscal first quarter, the company reported Alibaba Cloud revenues swelled 156% year-over-year to $188 million with 577,000 paid users...

Cloud backup could have prevented Delta's meltdown

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I hope you weren't flying Delta this week. If you were, you know that Delta's systems experienced an outage, and of course passengers bore the brunt of it in hundreds of canceled and delayed flights. When Delta performs a postmortem on this outage, it will likely find that the outage was caused by a common occurrence: network failure.

However, Delta could not recover or switch to backup systems. As my InfoWorld colleague Andrew C. Oliver wrote, Delta neglected the four pillars of high availability. Delta's CEO admitted as much, telling the Wall Street Journal that "it's not clear the priorities in our investment have been in the right place...

The ultimate cloud accessory - researchers develop wearable personal cloud

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Hannah Williams.

Cloud is most definitely in fashion when it comes to business tech, but researchers are currently exploring ways in which to literally embed cloud into fashion. US Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are looking into developing a fully functioning, lightweight cloud computing system embedded into clothing – meaning a wearable personal cloud could soon become the ultimate accessory.

Rajib Hasan, assistant professor of computer and information sciences in the UAB college of Arts and Sciences, and Rasib Khan, a recent postdoctoral graduate student, presented their wearable cloud jacket at the 40th institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society International Conference on Computers, Softwares and Applications (IEEE COMPSAC) in June...

How Cloud Computing Helps The US Cycling Team

Grazed form PSFK. Author: Leo Lutero.

In the London Olympics of 2012, the US Cycling Women’s trio was 5.676 seconds shy of snatching the gold from the Great Britain contenders (who broke the world record). This year, the US team is leaving nothing to chance by upgrading their tools, using the best technology available in the cloud computing space.

IBM helped develop a groundbreaking analytics system that pairs environmental and rider data. Sensors developed by Stages captures cyclist data 64 times a second. The power required to make sense of this plus many other data inputs rely on the cloud. Through the IBM Watson Internet of Things Platform, coaches can track athlete power watts, lap timing, new muscle oxygenation and matched burned results in real time...

Read more from the source @ http://www.psfk.com/2016/08/olympics-how-cloud-computing-helps-the-us-cycling-team.html

Alibaba Cloud Partners with HTC to Advance Virtual Reality Development with Cloud Computing Solutions

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced strategic partnership with HTC Corporation ('HTC'), the pioneer in innovative smart technologies. Both companies will join hands to explore high scalable and price-competitive virtual reality ("VR") solutions for customers worldwide.

Leveraging the advanced cloud computing technology of Alibaba Cloud, the companies will focus on developing breakthrough innovative solutions to tackle bandwidth allocation, data transmission and data processing needs in areas such as VR video production and VR broadcasting. The partnership will also bring together industry developers to build a VR cloud ecosystem, and extend 'Viveport', HTC's VR app store to Alibaba Cloud's cloud computing platform...