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Serverless Cloud Adoption At a Turning Point

Serverless Cloud Adoption At a Turning Point

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Serverless cloud lowers costs, speeds deployment, and decreases management time. But do serverless adoption rates reflect these cloud enhancements? It’s safe to assume that serverless cloud computing adoption rates are heading up toward, well, the clouds. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) But various surveys – see below – show that serverless is still a nascent tool in cloud development. First, some backstory. Hype abounds in the coverage of serverless and the wonders that it works. Adopting serverless lowers costs, speeds deployment, increases scalability, decreases management time. It might even help you cook the perfect egg. Significantly, serverless supports microservices and DevOps. And it’s beloved by developers, who have an outsized role in driving tech adoption. As server
Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence: 7 Trends for 2018

Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence: 7 Trends for 2018

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A detailed portrait of the cloud-based business intelligence market, from the expert who coined the term 'business intelligence'  cloud computing. When it comes to business intelligence, Howard Dresner is the expert to speak with. Dresner is credited with coining the term ‘business intelligence’, and has been a thought leader in the BI field ever since. His firm, Dresner Advisory Services, has recently published its 7th annual report on the topic, “2018 Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study." At 102 pages, the report is the deepest of deep dives into the rapidly growing Cloud BI sector. In a wide ranging conversation, I spoke with Dresner about what the report indicates for the Cloud BI sector, now and in the future. The following interview has been edited and c
Big Data and Cambridge Analytica: 5 Big Picture Truths – Cloud management

Big Data and Cambridge Analytica: 5 Big Picture Truths – Cloud management

News
The Cambridge Analytica news reflects larger trends in Big Data’s role in business and culture. You’ve surely seen the countless headlines about Cambridge Analytica. The firm’s use of personal data from Facebook has prompted outraged claims and counterclaims. Calls for investigation, a #DeleteFacebook movement, Mark Zuckerberg called to Congress to testify. The story, clearly, has a long way to run. But allow me to leave the particulars of Cambridge and zoom up to the bigger picture about Big Data. Forget Facebook, forget that awkward video of Cambridge executives. What this affair reveals about ascendancy of data mining has far deeper implications than the immediate headlines. 1. This is the role that Big Data plays in our lives. It’s nothing new or even slightly unusual. At th
AWS Cloud Services: 10 Amazon Services You Might Not Know About – Cloud management!

AWS Cloud Services: 10 Amazon Services You Might Not Know About – Cloud management!

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The cloud computing leader continues to roll out new services related to machine learning, containerization, virtual reality, application development and more. Are there AWS cloud services you haven't heard of? We're pretty sure of it. By now, every IT professional has heard of popular Amazon Web Services (AWS)offerings like Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3). However, with well over a hundred cloud services available, Amazon has plenty of other Coud offerings that sometimes fly under the radar. The latest data from Synergy Research Group shows that spending on infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and hosted private cloud climbed by an impressive 46 percent in the last quarter of 2017, and Amazon brought in most of that money. Acco
Expanding verification could slow the spread of fake news on Twitter

Expanding verification could slow the spread of fake news on Twitter

Cryptocurrency, Mobile
  A recent study found that fake news spreads faster and further than real news on Twitter. This means false news reaches more people than the truth. In fact, as the study puts it, “the top 1 percent of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people.” This was a well-collected and careful study using data from 2006-2017, but it is flawed in assuming all accounts on Twitter are real people. As a user of Twitter, I can safely say there is a spam account problem. People buy engagement and boost their follower counts with millions of bot accounts made to create the illusion of influence. Also, many of these nonperson accounts attempt algorithmically to engage “naturally,” meaning even users who don’t bu
Google’s TensorFlow AI framework adds Swift and JavaScript support

Google’s TensorFlow AI framework adds Swift and JavaScript support

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Google today unveiled a slew of updates to its popular TensorFlow machine learning framework aimed at making it useful for a wider variety of developers and providing data scientists with new ways to get started building AI models. TensorFlow is one of the most popular programming frameworks developers can use to set up and run machine learning models at scale. It contains useful abstractions for that task, so it’s easier for developers to get their AI code up and running without having to reinvent the wheel. It’s built around the concept of computational graphs, which describe how data flows between mathematical operations. It’s an essential part of Google’s AI strategy because it helps the company’s data scientists build more intelligent features and perform machine learning re
Cloudflare Launches 1.1.1.1 DNS Service to Improve Internet Privacy

Cloudflare Launches 1.1.1.1 DNS Service to Improve Internet Privacy

News, Security
Cloudflare's new 1.1.1.1 public service provides faster internet address resolution and the promise of improved privacy for DNS. Cloudflare is the latest vendor to offer consumers a freely available Domain Name Service that aims to help accelerate and secure internet traffic. On April 1, Cloudflare announced the debut of its 1.1.1.1 DNS resolver in partnership with APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) Labs. With the 1.1.1.1 service, Cloudflare is providing a public DNS resolver that is enabled by Cloudflare's global anycast network, which is powered by a set of 149 data centers around the world "The insecurity of the DNS infrastructure struck the team at Cloudflare as a bug at the core of the internet, so we set out to do something about it," Matthew Prince, CEO of ...
Pure Storage, Nvidia Go in Together on AI-Capable Storage

Pure Storage, Nvidia Go in Together on AI-Capable Storage

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New AIRI package is powered by Pure’s standard FlashBlade and four Nvidia DGX-1 supercomputers, delivering four petaFLOPS of performance with Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs. Pure Storage, not one to miss a trend of any kind, has braced for the evolving storage market with a new solid-state package called AI-Ready Infrastructure—AIRI, for short—and powered by the hottest processor-maker in the world, Nvidia. Designed and developed by both companies in a partnership, AIRI is described as “purpose-built to enable data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of the NVIDIA DGX-1 and operationalize AI-at-scale for every enterprise.” That’s a lot of language that basically means by using Nvidia’s super-fast graphical unit processors, workloads that require a lot of co
Mastering Security in the Cloud for Your Insurance Organization

Mastering Security in the Cloud for Your Insurance Organization

Security
How do insurers navigate both the security and compliance requirements to protect themselves in the face of changing regulation and more sophisticated cyber-criminals? The insurance industry is facing increasing demands from policy-holders, agents—even employees to migrate business processes to the cloud in order to meet their growing demands and expectations for digital, self-service applications. While there is an upside to being more nimble in servicing all your stakeholders, insurers need to mitigate the risks that are involved in migrating critical data—your corporate crown jewels—to the cloud. But how do you navigate both the security and compliance requirements to protect yourself in the face of changing regulation and more sophisticated cyber-criminals? In this 45-minu
Seven Ways Technology Helps Business, Government to Learn About You

Seven Ways Technology Helps Business, Government to Learn About You

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The gathering of records on more than 50 million Facebook users has underscored the dangers of online data mining, and the claims of the company that collected the information, Cambridge Analytica, highlighted the possibilities of what could be done with the data. Cambridge Analytica used the data to create profiles of 50 million users then used the information to support Republican political candidates in the 2016 election, most notably Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to reports. Yet, only 270,000 users took the online quiz created by a Cambridge Analytica contractor to collect the data. The ability to leverage that relatively small number of users into a massive database of 50 million profiles by collecting information on all the quiz takers’ friends underscores