Unfolding before us is the new digital market. The latest services and tools arriving from some of the chief cloud providers are showing how much the digital scene is evolving towards the public cloud. Various advantages are brought to diverse fields, including healthcare, business, and so on. Focusing on cloud tech, we also see benefits for the gaming industry. Read more about these topics in our fresh weekly tech news round-up.

How Namespace and Terraform Can Manage Kubernetes Environments

There are so many different aspects to Terraform. It's an open-source tool that's becoming increasingly popular with each month. Here at Hentsu we have already introduced some of these benefits. It now a vital building block for cloud deployment. This particular article offers additional advantages of Terraform. Specifically, it goes into detail about how Kubernetes can be managed using Terraform? Word is: "As a cloud-native technology that is deployed at wide scale, it’s quite common to manage the deployment of the infrastructure of Kubernetes clusters using Terraform. And where you have many clusters to manage (Dev, Staging, Production, etc.), Terraform allows you to maintain a consistent configuration for the cluster and underlying infrastructure while creating as many clusters as you like with the same configuration in a reliable and easy way." Read the full story at Hackernoon. Also, if you are eager to understand more about Terraform, check out our latest Terraform how-it-works infographic.

Understanding Hybrid Cloud With AWS

Both Microsoft and Amazon continue to adapt their services and solutions towards hybrid cloud. Amazon, for instance, is now pushing its services AWS Outposts, which enables AWS compute (using Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor tech in Amazon EC2 instances), storage, database and other services to run locally. Now these services are bringing benefits to healthcare and life sciences, telecommunications, media and entertainment, gaming, financial services and more. Have look at this segment on financial services "Financial institutions can build next-generation trading and exchange platforms that serve all participants at low latency, using AWS services and programming interfaces. Banking, payments-processing, and risk-management services can be delivered to customers and financial clients from in-country locations, to meet data-residency requirements." Forbes has the full story.

Azure Arc - Extending Microsoft Cloud Services To Data Center And Mainstream Cloud Platforms

Microsoft has been focusing a lot on hybrid and multi-cloud strategy; enter Azure Arc. In a nutshell, with the utilization of Azure Arc, “customers can bring existing infrastructure running on-premises or other public cloud environments into Azure’s fold. Once registered, they can manage virtual machines and Kubernetes clusters deployed in Azure, on-premises environments and even non-Azure cloud platforms. One of Arc’s key capabilities is running a subset of Azure data services in Kubernetes clusters registered with Arc. Branded as Azure Arc enabled data services, the service supports running Azure SQL Managed Instance and Azure PostgreSQL Hyperscale in on-premises data centers, multi-cloud and the edge." Also: "With Arc, customers can bring existing infrastructure running on-premises or other public cloud environments into Azure’s fold. Once registered, they can manage virtual machines and Kubernetes clusters deployed in Azure, on-premises environments and even non-Azure cloud platforms. One of Arc’s key capabilities is running a subset of Azure data services in Kubernetes clusters registered with Arc. Branded as Azure Arc enabled data services, the service supports running Azure SQL Managed Instance and Azure PostgreSQL Hyperscale in on-premises data centers, multi-cloud and the edge." Continue the story at Forbes.

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

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600 5th ave. NY, NY
In this week’s Hentsu tech news round-up we talk gaming, cloud computing, the impact COVID-19 had on the market and more. To check out previous weekly news stories, head over to our main blog page.

How to Diagnose and Treat Machine Learning Models Afflicted by COVID-19

We have seen endless reports about COVID-19 disrupting the lives of millions of people worldwide. In addition, the global pandemic is affecting businesses, companies and technology in general. The scoop now is that there was a major impact on a variety of machine learning (ML) models, which are utilized by businesses to predict human behavior. Now the goal is to thoroughly examine ML models to gain the knowledge to further update models and new business rules. Such efforts already yielded massively positive results. Here's a snip: “The economic disruption of COVID-19 has been unprecedented in its swiftness, upsetting supply lines, temporarily closing retail stores and changing online customer behaviors. It has also dramatically increased unemployment overnight, increasing financial stress and systemic risks of both individuals and businesses. It is forecasted that global GDP could be affected by up to 0.9%, on a par with the 2008 financial crisis. While the nature of our recovery is unknown, if the 2008 crisis is any indicator, the impact of COVID-19 could be felt for years, through both short-term adjustments and long-term shifts in consumer and business behaviors and attitudes.” Discover more over at TechCrunch.

The Official PlayStation 5 Launch Date and Price Revealed

Yes, we are fully aware this particular piece of tech news is not specifically related to cloud computing, machine learning or quantum computing. However, Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 represents the next chapter in the video game industry. Still, we did mention that certain features of the new gaming hardware will include cloud functionality. Anyhow, countless gamers are fired up and waiting for the console's launch. Sony finally confirmed the launch date as well as the price, via their offical PlayStation blog. Here's the word: "As we have just announced in our PS5 Showcase, we’re only a couple of months away from launching the next generation of play. Starting on November 12, PS5 will be available in seven key markets: the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The global rollout will continue on November 19 with launches throughout the rest of the world*, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa. PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399.99 USD/$499 CAD/¥39,980/€399.99/£359.99 (MSRP), and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be available for an RRP of $499.99 USD/$629 CAD/¥49,980/€499.99/£449.99 (MSRP). Pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers, so please check with your local retailer." Read more over at the PlayStation Blog.

SMBs Using Cloud See 15-20% Reduction in Operational Costs: NASSCOM

There are more positive stories emerging during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Digital transformation of companies and industries is indeed taking place. But how is the industry and technology changing? Well, there are three technologies that keep pushing the industry forward — cloud computing, big data analytics and cybersecurity. It appears that “A National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), IT industry body, study shows that small and medium businesses (SMBs) that adopted cloud have seen 20-25 per cent increase in productive gains and 15-20 per cent reduction in operational cost.” What’s more, "Of the over 1000 SMBs surveyed, as much as 60 per cent said they have adopted cloud, though about half being at early stage of adoption. In sector-wise adoption, technology-first segments, including e-commerce, IT-BPM firms, lead in cloud adoption followed by BFSI, media and entertainment, retail, automotive, healthcare and manufacturing as the other emerging verticals." Read more at Entrepreneur.

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

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY
Have you ever heard that cloud computing benefits PC gaming? Well, it's about time you have. Today's dose of tech news shows exactly what kind of efforts MS is making to enhance the benefits of cloud computing for gamers. We also take a peek at what's going on in the financial sector, where we see huge financial players including BoA partnering with IBM for "confidential" computing services. Enjoy the Hentsū’s weekly tech news round-up!

Bank of America, Daimler, and Apple Partnering with IBM for Confidential Computing Services

It appears that there's going to be a push to provide public cloud services with production-ready confidential computing capabilities able to protect data, applications, and processes. Word is that for two years, IBM has been deploying confidential computing capabilities in the IBM Cloud and Rohit Badlaney, vice president of IBM Z Hybrid Cloud, said it is the only public cloud with "production-ready confidential computing capabilities able to protect data, applications and processes." Badlaney adds: "We've had tremendous success over the last four to five years in generalizing and commercializing the confidential computing technology into an entire family of cloud services. Our point of view on confidential computing is that the trusted execution environment is interesting but you want to surround it with a set of services that also leverage the same kind of underlying hardware and software innovation in confidential computing." Find out more over at TechRepublic.

Microsoft Wants to Take on Amazon in Connecting Satellites to the Cloud

The latest scoop is that technology giant Microsoft is aiming to challenge Amazon in bringing a service that connects satellites directly to the company’s cloud computing network. The news comes after the company filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission last month. Now, the FCC authorized MS to perform proof-of-concept demonstrations. This particular strategy places MS in direct competition with Amazon. Back in November 2018 Amazon launched a similar AWS Ground Station service. “If the demonstrations result in significant market interest, Microsoft will file an application for regular earth station authority with the International Bureau (IB) to support future commercial operations,” the company stated. Check out the full story at CNBC.

MS Flight Simulator 2020 Realizes the True Next-generation Potential of Azure Cloud Computing in PC gaming

This is definitely not the first occasion we’ve seen that cloud computing holds great potential for gaming. Now, Microsoft shares its vision to push the benefits of Azure Cloud a bit more towards the gaming scene. Here's the word: "The core of Microsoft Flight Simulator lies within Microsoft Azure. From its hyper realistic flight handling to gorgeous visuals, Microsoft’s cloud computing elevates the game into a technical marvel. In order to 'somewhat accurately' create every inch of the entire globe with incredible detail, Microsoft Flight Simulator uses data from Bing Maps to generate 3D models including terrain, roads, vegetation, buildings and other real world materials. Using an internet connection, the game streams all of these two petabytes worth of data in real time." Read more at TechRadar.

Date/Time

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

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY