Another week showcases more exciting stories related to multiple advantages of cloud technology. Dive into the latest Hentsu weekly tech news round-up to keep your finger on the dynamic pulse of the cloud. Enjoy!

Cloud Gaming for a Seamless Streaming Future

We have already talked about how cloud gaming is in the crosshairs for industry giants such as Google, Microsoft. The benefits of cloud technology are essential for next-gen gaming, as much as it is for movie streaming services such as Netflix. With video games though, streaming via cloud tech brings a variety of features to the table. Google has proved its efforts on the cloud gaming front with the Google Stadia, which was developed around the concept of virtual machines. Any complex compute processes are handled by the power of cloud to start game engines – and what is amazing is that this denotes components such as the graphics, AI, physics, and audio, as well as distributing machine resources to gamers who are playing in their homes. New subscription-based streaming platforms are also here such as Microsoft’s xCloud. These services give gamers the opportunity to dig into large libraries of games, without every worrying about expensive consoles or PC hardware. News via AM.

Google Signs up Verizon for its AI-powered Contact Center Services

Google recently confirmed that they now have Verizon onboard as a new major customer of their Google Cloud Contact Center AI service. This service is focused on incorporating natural language recognition to phone menus used by most of the companies today. This is yet another solid example of how machine learning (or AI) amalgamates perfectly with cloud technology. “A big part of our approach is that machine learning has enormous power but it’s hard for people,” Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian told me in an interview ahead of today’s announcement. “Instead of telling people, ‘well, here’s our natural language processing tools, here is speech recognition, here is text-to-speech and speech-to-text — and why don’t you just write a big neural network of your own to process all that?’ Very few companies can do that well. We thought that we can take the collection of these things and bring that as a solution to people to solve a business problem. And it’s much easier for them when we do that and […] that it’s a big part of our strategy to take our expertise in machine intelligence and artificial intelligence and build domain-specific solutions for a number of customers.” Discover more at TechCrunch.

Azure Synapse Analytics: A Progress Report

Back in November, Microsoft first unveiled Azure Synapse Analytics, its powerful analytics that combines enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics. Recently, several features of Azure Synapse were released and are in public preview. It is time to examine how it works in practice and the first results are in. More importantly, Synapse is already being hailed as a service that efficiently aggregates, integrates, and facilitates a wide range of other existing Azure data services. Already, the word in the cloud community is that "Synapse is the 'better together' agent for data and analytics on the Azure cloud." Read the full progress report over at ZDNet.com.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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600 5th ave. NY, NY
The latest wave of technology news unveils more stories about how cloud computing is taking part in the huge shift that is currently happening on both the digital and financial markets. In this Hentsu tech news round-up, we look at how banks are steering their attention towards cloud adoption.  

Big Banks Look to the Cloud to Accelerate Digital Shift 

There is a growing trend on the financial market to embrace the public cloud space for businesses and company operations. Now, high performance computing, grid computing and cloud computing are becoming more important than ever  Last week, several big-name companies were seen going into partnerships with key players on the public cloud scene. Amazon Web Services has “struck a big new deal with HSBC while Google announced partnerships with Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.  One of the most obvious reasons for these deals is that banks are under a great deal of pressure, due to financial expenses caused by the lockdown – a general economic declinemajor loan losses etc. Their goal now is to cut costs as much as possible  On that note, the public cloud is practically a godsend, and various cloud services are structured according to the pay-as-you-go-modelas opposed to coughing up huge budgets and millions of investments upfront.   News via FT 

How Computing has Evolved, and Why Multi-Cloud is the Future 

For the past few years, much of the tech and IT scene is utility-driven, mostly resorting to open-source tools and, of course, the benefits of fresh solutions and tools. The primary drive for most companies is having to deal with big data, but handling the process with care, and consideration. So, it only makes sense that the world is turning to innovative technologies.   Word is that this is the case with "cloud computing, which has promised cheaper storage and computing costs, data inputs from more sources, and the capability for better analytics. It is a big reason there has been a data explosion over the past decade. It’s why we have ride-sharing businesses, social media, internet-connected products, and public databases for health research.   News via Forbes 

Banks Enumerate the Benefits of Cloud Computing 

There is an increasing amount of businesses in the market that are looking to boost their productivity and improve handling of massive workloads through cloud computing. The latest data is showing how banks are hoping on the cloud bandwagon more than ever  Here's a snip: "The online forum explored how cloud computing can improve business agility, sustainability, and accelerate recovery in this new economic landscape. Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale."  This is yet another example of how large companies that handle finance, such banks headquartered in Singapore, India, and Thailand, are now relying increasingly on a variety of cloud computing products.  News via BusinessWorld. 

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY
In these turbulent times, and with an increased need to work remotely, people are striving towards better and faster communication. During the past several months, as the world faces a global crisis, we are seeing more cloud-powered solutions that help businesses streamline their workflow and increase their productivity. Microsoft Teams has already brought a variety of innovative elements. MS is taking huge steps to improve the efficiency of business communication, by adding a rich assortment of features for video meetings, calls, chats, as well as new IT administration controls, fresh features for developers, etc.  

Microsoft Teams - Collaboration Enhanced  

Feast your eyes on a whole new range of options that are both useful and fun 

  • More Simultaneous videos in Teams meetings - Microsoft increased the number of simultaneous videos during Teams meetings from 4 to 9. 
  • Raise Hands – Click on the ‘raise hand’ icon, politely have your say, without interrupting whoever is speaking.  
  • Background effects – Choose from a variety of cool backgrounds or create your own branded custom background.  
  • Tasty visual improvements – Background Blur for iOS, and Live captions in iOS and Android were added. 

Microsoft 365 Live Event Limit Boosted  

Satisfying today’s communication needs, the MS 365 package features increased limit for live events hosted in Microsoft Teams, Stream and Yammer.  
  • 10,000 attendees 
  • 50 events hosted across one tenan 
Microsoft is allowing 100,000 attendees via the Live Events Assistance Program, through October 1, 2020.  

IT Admin Features – Meeting and Dashboard Controls   

Upgradedmeetings and dashboardallow for instant meetings and calls for user feedbackThe additions also help use Power BI capabilities, while other enhancements include Local Media Optimizationand more.  

Develop, Stay Safe and Educate

The new iteration of Microsoft Teams features Power Automate triggersallowing users to build flows directly in TeamsAlso, you can keep protocols with compliance recording - for companies within regulated industries  MS is also helping folks educate others, and they are offering instructions on how to set up your classroom for better remote learning and education, improved safety and more 

Communication, Safety and Functionality  

Microsoft is clearly enhancing its powerful communication tool with more goodies, and increased functionality. Collaboration for remote working is now a vital part for business continuity. On that note, we invite you to watch our detailed Microsoft Teams guide the Microsoft Modern Workplace, where you will get an extensive video guide on various improvements, and options.  

Date/Time

Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY