The powerful influence of the cloud is causing some major players on the tech market to think and act differently. Apart from that, we are witnessing more and more progress on the world of quantum computing. It’s time to dig into this week’s Hentsu tech news round-up. Enjoy!

Huawei Focuses on Cloud Computing to Secure its Survival

The hottest story straight, as published by Financial Times, indicates that Chinese company’s Huawei is focusing on its growing cloud business, despite the sanctions. The company is looking to ensure its survival, and the cloud space is just the right opportunity. Here's a tidbit: Several people involved in Huawei’s cloud business said the unit was stepping up its offerings. “We will continue to provide customers with a package of [cloud] services and products,” said a person at Huawei familiar with the strategy. The quality of the chips in it may not be as good as before, but for the other products that are not impacted, we will offer something with a little better quality, and the customers can accept it.” Read the full story at FT.

Microsoft Has a Plan to Try to Improve Azure Outage Assistance

One of the biggest problems with cloud outages (apart from the outage itself, of course), is potentially bad communication throughout the process. Now, Microsoft are working hard to bring the best communication around Azure outages. Company reps claim MS is evolving the way it is alerting Azure users regarding outages. The idea is to employ the same commitment for Microsoft 365 and Power Platform services. Here's the sample: "We are also in the early stages of expanding our use of AI-based operations to identify related impacted services automatically and, upon mitigation, send resolution communications (for supported scenarios) as quickly as possible," reveals Sami Kubba, a principal program manager overseeing Azure's outage communications process. Read more at ZDnet.

8 Trends Accelerating the Age of Commercial-ready Quantum Computing

Last week’s news has seen a few interesting developments on the quantum computing scene. While many challenges yet need to solved in order for quantum computing to enter the world of mainstream technology, experts are now saying that we are closer than ever. If you’re interested in learning more about quantum computing, you might want to have a gander at these “eight emerging trends and predictions that will accelerate quantum computing readiness for the commercial market in 2021 and beyond.” Check out the full article at TechCrunch.

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Every bit of the technology scene is seeing progress, and for the past few months we’ve seen quite a wide range of innovative solutions coming to the cloud. More than that, we are also witnessing the birth of quantum computing, which they say is going to be the next stage of cloud computing. We’ve also learned about some significant discoveries in the domain of machine learning and AI. For example, in one of our recent weekly news round-ups, we’ve discovered how artificial intelligence can now learn unsupervised at the speed of light. Dig into the latest scoops in the Hentsu weekly tech news round-up.

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and MS Azure Announce Partnership to Accelerate Live-action and Animation Productions

In the past year or so Microsoft added some rather cool and unique features to its cloud-based services. Lately, MS Teams launched diverse additions that are great for meetings and collaboration in general. Today, we’ve learned that Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Microsoft a officially entered a strategic partnership to “cloud-optimize live-action and animation productions.” The goal here is to give creative communities to opportunity to utilize cloud-based production workflows, thus unlocking improved remote collaboration and content creation. In addition, teams can now extend DreamWorks Animation’s cutting-edge production platform to include live-action production. Those workflows are then brought into Microsoft Azure. “Together with customers like Universal and DreamWorks, we are prioritizing cloud + edge technologies to help transform workflows, increase production output and reduce friction for creatives,” said Hanno Basse, media and entertainment CTO, Microsoft Azure. “Working together, we aspire to create technology for the industry, with the industry, so they can tell stories the world loves.” Read the full scoop at Microsoft News.

Foiling Fraud with Machine Learning

For the past year or so there has been a lot of developments in tech, especially in terms of digital transformation. While some regarded as nothing more than a buzzword, the latest achievements in tech have indicated otherwise. However, as more and more people are going digital, this makes them more open to fraud. Word is “In a highly dynamic environment where fraudsters are discovering new attack vectors every day, it’s critical for fraud prevention teams to be able to detect threats and respond quickly. Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) approaches can help by spotting patterns in previous fraud cases and using them to detect suspicious behavior by customers, employees or systems.” Check out the full story at TechRadar.

IBM Hits New Quantum Computing Milestone

Recently, an array of developments have occurred in the world of quantum computing, with some cool solutions already appearing on the market. For instance, AWS launched Amazon Bracket, which offers a development environment allowing customers to explore and design quantum algorithms. Now, IBM has revealed they have reached a new quantum computing milestone, @hitting its highest Quantum Volume to date. Using a 27-qubit client-deployed system, IBM achieved a Quantum Volume of 64.” "IBM's full-stack approach gives a unique avenue to develop hardware-aware applications, algorithms and circuits, all running on the most extensive and powerful quantum hardware fleet in the industry," Jay Gambetta, IBM Fellow and VP of IBM Quantum, said in a statement. Read the rest of the story at ZDnet.

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[et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.22"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.25" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="3.27.4" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"]Are you a cloud candidate? This is a question that should be answered with care. Many businesses are striving to modernize applications or assets by migrating to the cloud. There are three key ways to handle your cloud adoption strategy or cloud migration: rehosting, refactoring or rebuilding (rearchitecting). To steer you in the right direction, let’s examine the advantages, with a following word of caution for each process.

Rehosting

Rehosting is frequently described as a “lift and shift” process, where an application or state asset is moved to the selected cloud provider, with the notion of taking advantage of the new cloud infrastructure. The process, however, encompasses minimal changes to code and the application itself.

Rehosting Benefits

Cost-efficient — utilizing this particular cloud adoption process is definitely cost-effective because it avoids any major development or additional work. Zero changes to code — applications are rehosted to the cloud with no significant code changes, eliminating costly development and testing. Zero changes to architecture — once applications migrate to the cloud, no major alterations are made to surrounding infrastructure, or business process. In other words, event management and monitoring ports remain unaffected. Scale as needed — when rehosting, you’re essentially moving workloads to the cloud, and testing the waters so to speak with the cloud environment; once that is done, you can move to other workloads, without committing to a large migration effort. Some cloud-native functionality — rehosting allows applications to leverage certain cloud capabilities like auto-scaling, managed storage and data processing services, infrastructure as code (IaC), and more.

Rehosting – Be Mindful of…

Rehosting is not usually the best choice when moving to the cloud, so here are certain factors you should be aware of: Drastic changes — stick to well-known cloud components, and avoid any aggressive alterations to the application, unless absolutely necessary or essential to business value. Disregarding application requirements – take heed during the migration process. The whole thing can collapse easily, if the application requirements aren’t properly mapped out to correspond to cloud configuration. Performance and latency – the fast approach of rehosting often means your application is not tailored to the new infrastructure or environment as meticulously as it can be. This usually results in poor performance and latency issues. Neglecting full advantages of the cloud – sure rehosting may seem like a handy shortcut, but the public cloud platform has a remarkably wide range of benefits, most of which will remain unused with the lift and shift process.

Refactoring

Having a solid cloud adoption strategy means you need to understand how the migration process works. Okay, so, we’ve already taken a high-level look into Refactoring Legacy Applications for the Cloud and refactoring in general. Refactoring, also known as "repackaging," denotes small changes to applications so that they can connect to the cloud platform. When refactoring, you must consider the portability of your current code base and available development skills. Still, the process does bring benefits, so it’s definitely worth considering.

Refactoring Benefits

Scaling and long-term cost reduction — thanks to the scalability of the cloud, certain benefits come into play here. To give a more accurate example: when rehosting you are moving a single on-premise server to one cloud-based VM, although when refactoring, you move to multiple lightweight VM instances; hence it’s possible to scale the application up and down as needed. This effectively decreases resource consumption. Essentially, you’re reducing costs and gaining long-term ROI. Decoupling and improved resilience — the moment you’ve decoupled your application components and then reassembled with managed solutions, the application immediately assumes cloud-powered resilience, or rather durability. Agility and adaptability — anything that you’ve set up within your application configuration to be cloud-native involves high adaptability. Microservices architectures and cloud-native applications can adapt to new user/customer needs, by easily changing current functionality or adding brand new features.

Refactoring – Be Mindful of…

Waiting — refactoring is resource-intensive and more complex than a lift-and-shift migration; meaning projects take much longer to start showing real value for the business. Misinterpretation and lack of expertise — as a method of migration, refactoring is elaborate and not something to be taken lightly. The process involves high DevOps skills, expert code knowledge, enabling automation and more. Cost escalations and outages — if the code isn’t handled with care and scrutiny, refactoring can bring errors in configuration and infrastructure. This may lead to escalation in expenses, outages and other consequences that can have a negative impact your business.

Rebuilding

Legacy applications traditionally aren’t compatible with public cloud infrastructure. Decisions that were made way back when the application was being created do not align with the modern-day cloud environment. Rehosting or refactoring may not be the answer here. Rebuilding, which involves a complete rewrite towards cloud-native architecture, is just the ticket for your cloud adoption strategy.

Rebuilding Benefits

High mobility and flexibility — well-designed rearchitecture creates a pure, cloud-native application, which yields tremendous long-term ROI, and also builds the foundation for additional flexibility for any emerging future tech. Strong security — the cloud environment involves tighter, more modern security. Taking full advantages of cloud — with a complete rebuild or rewrite, your application has become cloud-native, thus inheriting all the benefits that come with the power of the cloud, scalability, resilience, powerful underlying infrastructure, and so on.

Rebuilding – Be Mindful of…

It’s time-consuming and involves heavy resources — doing something as intricate as a full rewrite for the cloud, involves a lot of time, work and calculation that include application asset size (CPU, memory, storage), dependencies (network traffic), and so on. Increased expenses — such a process is costly, given the amount of work that is involved, but bear in mind that with growing business investments and operational costs, progress won’t be far behind. DevOps complexity and potential feedback loops — rebuilding involves a lot of development, and can require a lot of work in code, new builds, commits, updates, tests and various feedback that naturally comes along with such an intricate process.

It’s All Powered by Code

Everything is powered by code, and make sure your own code is up-to-date and ready to rely on cloud capabilities. Core components of your application need to have a well-structured relationship with databases and infrastructure. The perfect cloud adoption strategy is just around the corner, but you need to prepare for it. Remember, the goal through each process isn’t just to move with the times, but to stay ahead of them and be prepared for anything that’s coming. The technology market is evolving fast, and whether you’re rehosting, refactoring or rearchitecting your applications, the objective should always be the same – to become cloud-native and resilient.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="4.1"][et_pb_row _builder_version="4.1"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="4.1"][et_pb_video src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MB88AWH2Io&feature=youtu.be" _builder_version="4.1"][/et_pb_video][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.1" header_font="|||||||#000000|" locked="off"]

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This week packs plenty of interesting and fresh stories from the tech scene. Some of the major players in the industry are making key decisions towards further development and investment into cloud computing. In addition, we’re seeing more stats pour in, indicating growth of cloud tech.

32% of IT Budgets Will Be Dedicated to the Cloud By 2021

There’s an increasing number of reports indicated that cloud tech is powering a majority of enterprises' business strategies. According to the latest info, 92% of enterprises claim their infrastructure, applications, and data analytics relies on the cloud. It’s been forecast that predicted that this usage will experience a 95% in 18 months. Another crucial statistic is that, 54% of enterprises' cloud-based applications migrated “from on-premises to environment to the cloud.” Word is that "enterprises with over 1K employees are investing an average of $158M on cloud infrastructure and applications this year, $84.2M more than the average spending level of their peers. Cloud's dominance in the enterprise continues to grow, with 32% of total IT budgets being allocated to cloud computing in the next year, up from 30% in 2018. Further validation of cloud winning the enterprise is the 59% jump in the average cloud investment since 2018." Read more at Forbes.

Cloud Technology is Transforming Public Services 

Thanks to easy access, scalability and the ability to use as needed, cloud technology is becoming vital to individual users, as well as huge businesses. This article examines why that is. Here's a snip: "In addition to unparalleled health challenges, COVID-19 brought disruption to the global economy, directly impacting consumers and financial institutions. Cloud technology has helped the public sector manage record-breaking volumes and skyrocketing demand for financial relief. As governments around the world implemented economic relief packages, they had to quickly build loan application portals that could scale to meet unprecedented demand." Check out the rest of the story at the Economic World Forum.

Google’s new BigQuery Omni will let developers Query Data in GCP, AWS and Azure

Google recently announced a wide range of updates the company will be adding to its cloud portfolio, chief among which is the private alpha launch of BigQuery Omni. This particular tool is powered by Google Cloud’s Anthos hybrid-cloud platform. Utilizing its engine, BigQuery Omni gives developers a chance to analyze data from multiple clouds, which denotes data from the company’s main competitors such Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. “Our customers store petabytes of information in BigQuery, with the knowledge that it is safe and that it’s protected,” said Debanjan Saha, the GM and VP of Engineering for Data Analytics at Google Cloud, in a press conference ahead of today’s announcement. “A lot of our customers do many different types of analytics in BigQuery. For example, they use the built-in machine learning capabilities to run real-time analytics and predictive analytics. […] A lot of our customers who are very excited about using BigQuery in GCP are also asking, ‘how can they extend the use of BigQuery to other clouds?’ ” The entire news story can be found at TechCrunch.

France's Orange and Google Partner on Data, Cloud Computing

Google is making a major move in Europe, with the industry giant seizing the opportunity to form a strategic partnership with Orange, France’s biggest telecoms company. It was noted that the partnership covers data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing services. What’s more, Google is going to cloud tech expertise, analytics and AI tools, with Orange building a next-gen data analytics and machine-learning platform (utilizing Google tech). “Google has been a long-term partner of Orange and, as Google is eager to invest in Europe - and especially in France - to develop new data centres, this is the perfect time to work on new services and opportunities in French and European markets,” Orange chairman and CEO Stephane Richard said in a statement. Read the full story at Reuters.

Date/Time

Date(s) - 01/01/1970
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600 5th ave. NY, NY