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.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
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Incoming news, people. As we march on through the year 2020, an increasing amount of tech companies are focusing on automation and code driven operations. Numerous major shifts are happening in IT, but more importantly, most of it rests on the shoulders of cloud computing. Join us as we dig into the latest scoops from the technology and cloud scene.

Cloud Spending Jumps in 2020, As COVID-19 Increases Demand for Collaboration

Another confirmation has just hit the news scene that the demand for cloud services is on the rise. COVID-19 is still very much an ongoing health crisis all over the globe, and this has triggered the need to instant cloud-based services and tools. Data gathered from a recent research indicates the latest numbers on cloud service usage. Word is: “The big takeaways from the report show an overall (but modest) increase on cloud spending (2.2%) and a major drop (16.3%) on spending for non-cloud infrastructure.” That’s right, the report does point to COVID-19 as the key variable that influenced cloud spending. Additional information was released in the report, saying that remote work has "increased demand for cloud-based consumer and business services driving additional demand for server, storage, and networking infrastructure utilized by cloud service provider datacenters." News via TechRepublic.

Microsoft Boosts UK Cloud Computing with Azure Launches

According to the latest news from MS, fresh cloud services are on the way, including three cybersecurity tools. Also, Microsoft released 10 brand new cloud computing services specifically for their UK Azure regions. The tools are being touted as innovative and utilizing the latest tech to keep data secure. “Microsoft continues to invest in our UK Azure regions to meet the growing needs of our customers. Azure is helping organisations, both large and small, adapt to a new way of working, and our cloud experts continue to help them at this challenging time,” said Michael Wignall, Azure Business Lead at Microsoft UK. News via Official Microsoft Blog.

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps

It must be said that Amazon has been dominated on the cloud infrastructure market, especially in the last few years or so. The industry cloud and e-commerce veteran is upgrading its cloud-related product lineup. The specific tool is called the Honeycode service and is officially described as a tool for people who do not code. Shocking, right? Naturally, this is AWS’s strategic effort to The Honeycode service will compete with offerings from cloud challengers Google and Microsoft. Here’s a snip: “The service is free for up to 20 users and as many 2500 rows of data in a spreadsheet that’s part of the product. AWS will charge based on storage and number of users. Longtime AWS customers Slack and SmugMug are among those planning to use the service, the company said. The service is available today, currently in one AWS region. AWS plans to make it possible to export data from Honeycode, Vaidyanathan.” News via CNBC and AWS.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
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Join us as we browse through a selection of fresh and exciting news stories. Hentsu's weekly tech news roundup takes a peek at the latest and hottest topics within the current technology scene, the economy, gaming and, of course, the cloud.

Global Economy is Tanking, the Cloud Thrives

COVID-19 may have brought the world to its knees, but people are coping and surviving. Once again, the greatest cloud providers are rising to the occasion as the entire globe hops on the online bandwagon. In short, a majority of businesses are looking more prosperous as they migrate to the public cloud environment. And it’s not the first time we’ve heard this. “Demand from travel and hospitality companies is down, but cloud usage to power gaming, videoconferencing, and remote learning has spiked up. Telehealth provider Amwell, an Amazon cloud customer, has seen video health visits increase more than tenfold due to Covid-19, serving as many as 45,000 per day.” Also, “That new demand has sharpened the appetite for chips, disks, and networking gear—the physical components that power the cloud. Microsoft’s chief financial officer, Amy Hood, told investors last month that the company expects to spend more on cloud computing infrastructure due to increased demand spurred by Covid-19.” News via Wired.

Businesses Set to Spend Big on Cloud this Year, Security Projections Shift

As more and more companies turn to cloud adoption, security spending to is also set to grow 2.4% to reach $123.8 billion in 2020, which is a bit down when compared to last year’s projections. With cloud-based delivery models helping protect a bulk of security in the industry, growth is slower but investable. Have a peek: “Cloud infrastructure was found to be the biggest driver of this rise, with over three-quarters (76 percent) increasing their use of platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure….” “Cloud spending has soared in 2020 so far due to the increased need for remote working capabilities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, but this trend is set to continue even as workers begin to return to the office, according to a survey by Snow Software.” News via TechRadar UK.

Apple Is Building the Perfect Laptop for Remote Work

The world is changing, the economy is reshaping, and the modern-man's stay-at-home workplace is now the "new normal." As a result, the biggest manufacturers and IT companies are adapting to this situation fast. Apple is no exception. Right now they are devoted to creating and launching the new “perfect laptop.” Yep, tech industry giant is expected to officially make the switch to in-house ARM processor-powered Macs. The announcement is most likely going to occur during WWDC 2020, which is just around the corner. The ARM-based chips “are the same processors that power the iPhone and iPad. Before you wonder why Apple would stick a smartphone processor in a laptop, it's worth mentioning that it wouldn't be the first (Samsung and Microsoft already do) and that the A12Z and A13 chips in Apple's devices are as powerful as the processors in many laptops.” News via Inc.

PlayStation 5 Announced, Featuring Cloud Functionality

Last week Sony finally uncovered the full details and the appearance of their upcoming console, the PlayStation 5. One of the more interesting moments is Sony promising to dish out two version on the market – one with a 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive and the other that’s going to be digital only (in other words, you order your games, movies and apps online and directly to the console, as the current trends dictate). Another cool piece of info is that the PS5 was confirmed to offer cloud functionality: "We are cloud-gaming pioneers,' PlayStation hardware architect Mark Cerny explained to Wired when asked about cloud functionality, "our vision should become clear as we head towards launch.” Meanwhile, “game sizes should smaller or, at least, better optimized. Due to the SSD-only solution with the PS5, developers will no longer need to duplicate data to make a standard 5400 RPM read faster.“ Learn more about the new PS5 console at EG.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
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Microsoft Launches Industry-specific Cloud Solutions, Starting with Healthcare

The cloud space has proven its immense value over the past several months, as the entire world marches against the global health threat known as COVID-19. Microsoft is further contributing to the fight against this crisis with its MS Cloud for Healthcare – a cloud solution custom-tailored for healthcare providers. “More than ever, being connected is critical to create an individualized patient experience,” writes Tom McGuinness, corporate vice president, Worldwide Health at Microsoft, and Dr. Greg Moore, corporate vice president, Microsoft Health, in today’s announcement. “The Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare helps healthcare organizations to engage in more proactive ways with their patients, allows caregivers to improve the efficiency of their workflows and streamline interactions with Classified as Microsoft Confidential patients with more actionable results.” News via TechCrunch.

Barely Any Companies are Using Cloud Computing to the Fullest

Brand new research has indicated that quite a few organizations aren't getting the most out of cloud tech and cloud computing systems, regardless of the many advantages that come with it. Here's a snippet: “It’s great to see that more organizations are seeing the value in multi-cloud IT environments," said Nigel Moulton, Global Chief Technology Officer, Dell Technologies. News via TechRadar.

China’s Got a New Plan to Overtake the U.S. in Tech

Word is that Beijing is boosting its efforts to win the race of global domination in key tech, with plans to dish out over a trillion dollars into the economy via wireless networks, AI and similar investments. “Nothing like this has happened before, this is China’s gambit to win the global tech race,” said Digital China Holdings Chief Operating Officer Maria Kwok, as she sat in a Hong Kong office surrounded by facial recognition cameras and sensors. “Starting this year, we are really beginning to see the money flow through.” News via Bloomberg.

Quantum Computers Will Change the World

Quantum computing may, in fact, alter how business and technology work on a global scale. It could potentially transform medicine, radically improve AI, and communications and more. If the industry tells us anything, it’s that major industry players have been racing for years to get to this technology, including IBM, Microsoft and Google. Here's a sample: "Right now, supercomputers can only analyze the most basic molecules. But quantum computers operate using the same quantum properties as the molecules they’re trying to simulate. They should have no problem handling even the most complicated reactions." News via Wired.

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

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600 5th ave. NY, NY