Hentsu Tech News Round-up #7

In the past few years, the cloud has seen a variety of pragmatic uses for so many different aspects of society and economy. This week’s batch of fresh news stories shows several exciting examples of how cloud computing can turn into a powerful ally where you’d least expect it. Enjoy the latest Hentsu weekly tech news round-up of and be back next Monday for more exciting scoops from the cloud scene.

AWS is Creating its Own Space Force for Cloud Computing

AWS has decided to shift one of its business units tap towards developing data infrastructure and cloud services for the aerospace and satellite industry. This ambitious project is going to lead by retired Air Force Major Gen. Clint Crosier, former director of Space Force Planning.

Sounds pretty epic. This is also a perfect example of exactly how far cloud technology can go and how much benefits its infrastructure can bring.

“We find ourselves in the most exciting time in space since the Apollo missions,” Crosier reveals. “I have watched AWS transform the IT industry over the last 10 years and be instrumental in so many space milestones. I am honored to join AWS to continue to transform the industry and propel the space enterprise forward.”

News via GeekWire.

AVL Vehicle Sim Using the Microsoft Cloud to Make Racing Cars Faster

Yeah, okay, so it’s only a tiny bit faster, but it’s still an impressive feat. In case you didn’t know, quite a lot of racing teams in professional racing events like Formula 1 or NASCAR, rely on the incredibly handy simulation tool Vehicle Simulation Model (VSM) from AVL. This valuable tool helps racing teams push the limits and achieve better lap times.

So, what kind tech powers this tool? Well, speaking of solutions, safety and reliability, AVL turns to Microsoft its cloud tech to create the necessary backbone.

That’s right, VSM has been utilizing Microsoft Azure Cloud, and has been able to achieve some absolutely amazing results.

Here’s the scoop: “With our simulation tool VSM and the power, reliability and speed of Microsoft Azure, we enable our customers to squeeze out exactly those decisive hundredths.”

News via Microsoft.

Universities and Tech Giants Back National Cloud Computing Project

Another week goes by and we’re witnessing another major facet of society relying on the cloud. Quite a substantial amount of major organizations are already using the public cloud to boost productivity of their respective business. This time around, this amazing technology will serve its purpose in the name of science to create The National Research Cloud, therefore allocating powerful cloud computing resources to the scientific community.

The goal is to conduct and expand research into artificial intelligence. The research cloud is at a very early stage, as a project, albeit it shows signs of tremendous promise.

At present, a number of universities in the U.S., including Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Ohio State, are turning to the cloud, and diverse tech giants have backed up this effort, including Google, Amazon and IBM. The organizations declared their support for the creation of a research cloud and their willingness to participate in the project.

Word is: “The cost and need for vast computing resources are putting some cutting-edge A.I. research beyond the reach of academics. Only the tech giants like Google, Amazon and Microsoft can spend billions a year on data centers that are often the size of a football field, housing rack upon rack with hundreds of thousands of computers.”

News via NY Times.