Emerging cloud trends so far in 2019 Abby Kearns, executive director at Cloud Foundry Foundation, tells ZDNet's Tonya Hall about surfacing cloud trends we have seen so far in 2019. Must Read: Download Forrester's Predictions 2019 guide to understand why 2019 is the year that transformation goes pragmatic. At the end of 2018, Forrester's cloud team made some bold predictions about how cloud computing would accelerate enterprise digital transformation everywhere, from the data center to the mobile device to the edge. And we were right: Enterprise demand is exploding, new cloud platform services are being launched monthly, and public cloud services are coming down to earth (well, into the corporate data center).A third of the way through 2019 (wow, really? already?), how did we do? Very well, it turns out -- the cloud ride is accelerating, faster than we predicted only three short years ago. Cloud vendor innovation pace is off the charts, and revenue is … [Read more...] about Predictions 2019 update: Cloud computing soars to new heights
Challenges of cloud computing
source Nicholas Hunt/PatrickMcMullan.com Hello! The cloud computing wars are heating up. Thomas Kurian, the new CEO of Google Cloud who came from rival Oracle, already seems to be having an impact, with Googlers and startup execs telling Rosalie Chan that he’s making headway three months in to the job. “Until now, they were losing the war,” Solo.io CEO and founder Idit Levine told Chan. “The way Google is playing, they’re saying, this is the community company. They’re branding themselves better and going multi-cloud.” He’s pushing hard to make Kubernetes, one of Google’s most popular cloud technologies, even more important to developers. Aparna Sinha, group product manager of Kubernetes and Cloud Services Platform, told Chan that Kubernetes needs to become “ubiquitous.” And the company just made a big hire, bringing in a former SAP executive to try and win bigger customers. Meanwhile, over … [Read more...] about Cloud computing wars, tax frustrations, and chaos at HQ Trivia
A Google employee has broken the world record for the most accurate value of pi, putting the number of digits at 31,415,926,535,897.Emma Haruka Iwao, a cloud developer advocate for the company, smashed the previous record of 22 trillion, using 25 Google Cloud virtual machines.Coming up with the figure used about 170 terabytes of data and took 121 days to complete.“The biggest challenge with pi is that it requires a lot of storage and memory to calculate,” Ms Iwao said.“I’m really happy to be one of the few women in computer science holding the record, and I hope I can show more people who want to work in the industry what’s possible.”Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which begins with 3.14 and continues infinitely.An application called y-cruncher was used to calculate pi, the same used by the previous record holders since 2010, but this is the first time that cloud computing was used.“We use pi for everything in … [Read more...] about Google employee breaks pi world record using cloud computing
Last year swept by in a whirlwind, with technology solutions being core to keeping up with competitors, our preparation for Brexit, and new GDPR legislation changing people’s perceptions of data. These are solid foundations for contemplating what’s on the horizon in 2019:Risk-averse organisations will get their heads in the cloudIncreasing numbers of companies across all industries have embraced cloud computing -- but some of the most prominent moves towards it have come from organisations that have traditionally been risk-averse due to the sensitive data they hold, such as legal, financial services, and public sector.Last year, however, over one million credentials from the UK’s top law firms were advertised for sale on the dark web; Tesco Bank got fined £16.4 million for its 2016 cyber attack; and MPs warned that the UK is ill-equipped to combat cyber attacks against critical infrastructure.Investing in multi-cloud infrastructure usually goes hand-in-hand with … [Read more...] about What does 2019 hold in the world of cloud and telecoms?
When Cory Burdette awoke recently to learn that Winter Storm Gia had caused a two-hour school delay in Reston, Virginia, he seized the chance to do a little family bonding. Plopping down in front of the TV, Burdette and his 5-year-old daughter spent the morning together playing "Minecraft," the Lego-like adventure game where players construct buildings out of virtual blocks. "We play all our games together on the Xbox," he said. "In 'Minecraft,' we both get to build a house together, find monsters and explore." The first time he fired up the game, Burdette had to wait for "Minecraft" to download and install on his Xbox before launching it. But by the time his daughter is old enough to play more adult games, that wait could be a thing of the past.Major companies from Microsoft to Verizon are exploring how to replace game downloads with Internet-based game services hoping to do for video gaming what Netflix and Spotify have done with TV and music. Instead of being run directly from a … [Read more...] about Longtime dream of cloud-based gaming is closer than ever to coming true