Looking at the current cloud market trends is like a quick glimpse into the future. Whatever innovative technology is on the menu, you can be sure that the big players are investing. Discover more in Henstu’s Weekly Cloud Trends.

The State of Machine Learning in 2020

To overcome the hardships of 2020, quite a lot of companies are looking for pioneering technologies as the means to carry out. Certain businesses are not only managing to endure that way but are also flourishing. Apart from cloud computing, machine learning and AI are on the radar as well. According to the latest reports, firms are investing in the benefits of deep learning and ML. Here’s a snippet: “Along with questions about AI adoption and implementation, the McKinsey State of AI report examines companies whose AI applications led to EBIT growth of 20% or more in 2019. Among the report’s findings: Respondents from those companies were more likely to rate C-suite executives as very effective, and the companies were more likely to employ data scientists than other businesses were.” Moreover, "At rates of difference of 20% to 30% or more compared to others, high-performing companies were also more likely to have a strategic vision and AI initiative road map, use frameworks for AI model deployment, or use synthetic data when they encountered an insufficient amount of real-world data. These results seem consistent with a Microsoft-funded Altimeter Group survey conducted in early 2019 that found half of high-growth businesses planned to implement AI in the year ahead." Check out the full story over at VentureBeat.

Achieving 100% Renewable Energy with 24/7 Monitoring in Microsoft Sweden

Microsoft is known for making a commitment to creating 100% renewable energy supply for their buildings and datacenters by the year 2025. Remember, back in May 2020, we have seen how other major cloud providers are competing to have the “greenest way to store data.” Here's the buzz on the company’s latest effort in that department: "Today, we are announcing that Microsoft will be the first hyper-scale cloud provider to track hourly energy consumption and renewable energy matching in a commercial product using the Vattenfall 24/7 Matching solution for our new datacenter regions in Sweden, which will be available in 2021." Find out more at Microsoft's blog.

Salesforce in Talks to Buy Slack

Cloud-based software company Salesforce has unveiled its intentions to purchase Slack, the well-known business communication platform. You might think Salesforce is not too big a player in the cloud game, but nothing can be farther from the truth. Fortune reports that "Microsoft is the playing the long game too. In addition to battling Slack with Microsoft Teams, it has got Dynamics, its own Salesforce-fighting customer-relationship management software. But as the number two cloud-computing business behind only Amazon, Microsoft has less to worry about than Google, which may be provoked by Salesforce’s swaggering to make a bold bet on collaboration software of its own in the coming months." Continue reading more about this scoop, at Forbes.

Date/Time

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

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY
The new wave of cloud news tells us exactly how technology is evolving. Beyond that, we see how business owners are thinking. How is that possible? Well, through numerous valuable data and economic trends, we see a new market being shaped before our very eyes. Explore the latest stories about the cloud computing space, in Hentsu Weekly Cloud Trends.

On-premises Data Warehouses Are Dead

It seems like a bold statement, but many know it to be true. The story we keep hearing is how on-prem and traditional datacenters are fast becoming obsolete. Major cloud providers and public cloud computing services have been taking over most of the cloud market for some time. Gartner forecasts that 30% of data warehousing workloads are already run in the cloud. That number is expected to grow even more by the year 2024. Read more vital 2020 public cloud statistics here. Word is: "Even the core data warehouse technology providers have seen this trend and are spending most of their R&D budgets to build solutions for public cloud providers. Moreover, the public cloud providers themselves have 'company killing' products, such as AWS’s RedShift, a columnar database designed to compete with the larger enterprise data warehouse players." News via Infoworld.

The Evolution of Excel

Microsoft has been introducing more changes and updates to a lot of their cloud tools and cloud applications. According to a recent story, the industry veteran gives a detailed account of several new additions to its ever-popular tool, Excel. They also explain how it evolved over the years and what it still means for so many businesses around the globe. Here's a snippet: "The advantage Excel has over any other data/analytical tool is its flexibility. People are constantly evolving their spreadsheets to map the changing needs of their business processes. Until now, to get a value in a cell you either wrote a formula or typed the value directly into a cell. One cell, one value. If you wanted another value, you repeated the process, filling up the grid with a mix of disconnected data and helper cells. With data types, that all changes. Now a cell can contain a vibrant data type; one cell, a world of possibilities. Data types allow you to bring the data you care about into the grid, in its most natural form and unleash the power of Excel to gain critical insights." Have a look at the full story at MS.

Why Is Cloud Computing Moving to The Edge?

Cloud computing is moving towards edge tech. As a technology, edge infrastructure is turning into a vital next step. Gaming companies utilize edge to stream content, hospitals use edge servers to receive and analyze inbound data, and so on. The first advantage that comes to mind is capacity. More than that, edge offers low latency, better security, as well as improved transfer speeds. “Companies have already found it very easy to move to the cloud,” said Joshua Burgin, general manager of AWS Outposts. “But they have had to hold back some workloads for various reasons, such as latency, local data processing, or regulations. Now, cloud is delivered on a continuum, or consistent hybrid offering, that can meet the needs of companies requiring up to one-millisecond latency, local data processing, or needing to meet governmental or industry regulations.” Check out the full story at Forbes.

Date/Time

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

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY
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 The Challenge of the Azure Case Study

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In the following case study, we explore how Hentsu employs Azure, Microsoft 365, and Mimecast as a solution to host all on-premises infrastructure in public cloud and eventually adopt a serverless approach to productivity. This azure case study delves into specific client challenges that were resolves step by step.
An established US-based hedge fund firm contacted Hentsu to help them migrate to the public cloud. They had most of their infrastructure either on-premises in their office or in a datacenter.
The customer approached us to seek guidance on how they can migrate to public cloud and make the most use of its native features.
Our customer wanted to embrace the new technologies and ease of management that is being offered by public cloud.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Save costs for physical hardware.
  • Host email on a SaaS based solution.
  • Improved email security.
  • Improved SLA for Infrastructure availability.
  • Reliable disaster recovery solution.
  • Reliable backup solution.
  • Eventually replace servers and utilize SaaS offering.
  • A possibility of using VDIs as a solution for remote working.
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DOWNLOAD THIS CASE STUDY

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document icon Key Considerations

  1. Provide a solution that will migrate all on-premises services to a public cloud.
  2. Upgrade Operating Systems and software to the latest versions supported.
  3. Migration of services will follow a phased approach.
    • Phase 1 – Migrate all infrastructure to public cloud
    • Phase 2 – Utilize serverless solutions wherever possible.
  4. Backups should be readily available when required
  5. Disaster Recovery solution should require little to no effort.
  6. The Platform should support windows 10 virtualization
  7. Billing should be transparent and easy to understand with the ability to create custom reports based on usage, environments, ownership and so on.
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 The Solution

Design

After careful examination of the existing infrastructure and a discussion session we had decided to leverage a few platforms to accommodate all requirements. Each platform used was carefully evaluated by us to ensure prior to recommendation to ensure it will be the best offering for our customers. Below are the platforms we used for their transition.

 

Microsoft Azure

  • Host all servers as Azure Virtual Machines
  • Use Recovery Service Vaults to provide both backups and a disaster recovery solution.

Microsoft 365

  • Use native email hosting to host email for the entire organization
  • Provided licensing for Microsoft Office applications
  • Use OneDrive and SharePoint as SaaS options to replace file servers.

Mimecast

  • Use email security features such as spam filters, anti-Spoofing, etc.
  • Use stationary features to provide a standard template for org wide signatures and emails.
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 Roadmap

The migration was divided up into two phases with each phase involving multiple steps to complete.

 

Phase 1

  • Migrate the existing infrastructure to Azure.
    • All servers had their OS updated to Windows Server 2016 (latest at the time).
    • All App servers were updated to use the latest version of the respective app.
  • Migrate their emails to utilize Microsoft 365.
  • Set up Mimecast for email security and standard signatures across the company.

Phase 2

  • Identify all servers whose functions can be replaced with a SaaS solution
    • Domain Controllers would be replaced by Azure Active Directory.
    • File servers would be replaced by OneDrive and SharePoint.
    • Application servers were replaced with a SaaS equivalent. For example, Secret Server was replaced with LastPass.
  • Implement the required solution
  • Provide user training to accommodate to the new ways of working for users.
  • Decommission servers that are no longer being use.
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 Impact of the MS 365, Mimecast, and Azure Case Study

The project allowed us to leverage the offerings of Azure, Microsoft 365, and Mimecast to provide an effective solution for our customer. The initial migration to Azure helped them shave off the high costs of renting space in a datacenter, upgrading hardware and software licenses. It also provided them a cheaper, yet equally effective option for backups and disaster recovery.

Few months after phase 1 was implemented, work on phase 2 began. Once it was completed and all the servers were replaced with a SaaS alternative. This helped them save even more on infrastructure costs. All users were provided training on how to use the OneDrive and SharePoint.

After the project was completed, they were given an environment that utilizes the power of public cloud, while meeting the needs of the organization.

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Date/Time

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

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY