In recent years, computing workloads have been migrating: first from on-premises data centres to the cloud and now, increasingly, from cloud data centres to 'edge' locations where they are nearer the source of the data being processed. The goal? To boost the performance and reliability of apps and services, and reduce cost of running them, by shortening the distance data has to travel, thereby mitigating bandwidth and latency issues.That's not to say that on-premises or cloud centres are dead -- some data will always need to be stored and processed in centralised locations. But digital infrastructures are certainly changing. According to Gartner, for example, 80 percent of enterprises will have shut down their traditional data centre by 2025, versus 10 percent in 2018. Workload placement, which is driven by a variety of business needs, is the key driver of this infrastructure evolution, says the analyst firm:With the recent increase in business-driven IT initiatives, often outside of … [Read more...] about Edge computing: The state of the next IT transformation
How fog computing works
Quantum computing is one of the most exciting technologies there is, but its basis in quantum physics makes it a pain in the ass to understand and even harder to do anything with. A recent breakthrough in physics research, however, might change all of that and start a computing revolution. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here IBM’s Thomas J Watson (the person the Watson AI was named after) famously said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,” in 1943. That’s probably because, at the time, a computer filled up an entire room. But, in 1971 that changed with the development of the world’s first microprocessors. Fast-forward to 1975, and the birth of the MITS Altair 8800 ushered in the personal computing age. It also inspired a young Bill Gates – who worked as a software engineer for MITS – to found a little startup called … [Read more...] about New physics AI could be the key to a quantum computing revolution
Barbara Ortutay and Mae Anderson, Ap Technology Writers Updated 2:04 am CDT, Thursday, August 2, 2018 Photo: Richard Drew, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This March 29, 2018, photo shows the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. With less than three months to go before the midterm elections, Facebook is enforcing strict new requirements on digital political ads. Among other things, they force political ad buyers to verify their identities by receiving mail at a known U.S. address. less This March 29, 2018, photo shows the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. With less than three months to go before the midterm elections, Facebook is ... more Photo: Richard Drew, AP Q&A: How Facebook regulates the wild west of … [Read more...] about Q&A: How Facebook regulates the wild west of political ads
The IoT revolution is here. Connected devices are reaching every part of our lives, from wearables, to the smart home, to the industrial internet. (This infograph created by First Mark Capital does a great job of showing the breadth and reach of the internet of everything).IoT has come a long way incredibly quickly since the first IoT device was introduced in 1990, a toaster that could be turned on and off by the internet. Twenty-seven years later, connected devices have gone from novelty item to an essential part of daily life. Recent estimates have shown that the average American adult spends more than four hours on a smart phone per day, a device packed with IoT sensor data. And this is a cycle that builds on itself. Currently, 81 percent of American adults own a smartphone. Imagine how much more data we will be sending and receiving when 81 percent of Americans own a smart car and a smart home.Today, most data from IoT devices is processed in the cloud, which means the data being … [Read more...] about 3 things to know about IoT (and fog) in 2018
A casual reflection on the last few years in the evolution of the wireless network provides us all the insights necessary to reason that there is at least one final frontier coming down the road. Who can deny that the last few years have been owned by the cloud, virtualization and softwarization (if that is even a word!). Edge Computing too, which is really nothing more than the pushing of all of these concepts deep into places in the network where they have never been before. Fog computing is another term (created by Cisco) for something similar but driven in its genesis more bottom up from the many Internet of Things use cases. The bigger trend is obvious; network intelligence is distributing but where will it, can it go, beyond this?I believe the next big step in the future will be for this trend to consume our end-user devices. More than this, when technology support catches up to this vision there will be a profound reshaping of what we all call devices. This vision is not as … [Read more...] about The future is not the cloud or the fog: it is actually the SEA!