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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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
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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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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
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Yesterday, AWS officially confirmed the launch of Amazon Braket. It’s being hailed as a service that provides a development environment allowing customers to explore and design quantum algorithms. The aim is to enable experimentation and practice with quantum computing. You can run quantum algorithms of your choice of quantum processors based on diverse technologies (D-Wave, IonQ, Rigetti etc.).

Cloud Benefits and Quantum Computing

Naturally, the service relies on the power of the cloud, and that means in addition to functionality and scalability, you also have the pay-as-you-go model and you’re only paying for the compute resources that are being used. Quantum computers achieve their colossal computing power by introducing quantum physics into processing power. What’s more, quantum computing surpasses the potential of ordinary computers. In other words, it implements the laws of quantum mechanics, hence you get significantly more powerful tools for processing information. This represents potentially incredible discoveries that may change energy storage, chemical engineering, financial portfolio optimization, machine learning, and so on. “As we see quantum computing technologies make more meaningful progress, thousands of customers are asking for ways to experiment with quantum computers to explore the technology’s potential and contribute to its development,” said Bill Vass, Vice President, Technology, at AWS. “The cloud will be the main way that customers access quantum computers and combine those systems with high-performance classical computing for certain types of computationally-intensive research. Amazon Braket makes it easy for organizations to begin experimenting with quantum computing today—from those just beginning to explore the possibilities to those that are already familiar with different quantum technologies and are ready to use it as a research tool. Our goal for Amazon Braket is to be a catalyst for innovation across the quantum community, bringing together hardware and software developers, researchers, and end users.”

Quantum Applications and Quantum Machine Learning

Things are now even going beyond cloud based quantum computing. Creating valuable applications with quantum computing is the first step towards the future and it appears that future is already here. As AWS already points out, a quantum application “requires new skills and potentially radically different approaches to problem solving. Building this expertise will take time and requires access to quantum technologies and programming tools." Also, as we step into an age where machine learning is dominating the technology scene, we’ll see that colliding with quantum computing. The result is quantum machine learning, which is going to offer methods for systems to learn from data, identify patterns, and make decisions autonomously. It also leads to richer class of learning models. Not to mention having scalable error-corrected quantum computers with highly advanced recommendation systems. The first step to realizing this potential is to get your apps cloud-ready. For a custom application transformation roadmap, reach out to our cloud experts!

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