How Big Data Will Shape the IT Industry in 2016

Accurately predicting how Internet trends and future technology will play out is no easy task. This year alone there has been an increase in cyber threats and hacks, new software from Windows and the introduction of smart watches, and of course, a spike in big data. As technology advances, so does its growth for possibilities.

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M7 is an innovative cloud provisioning firm committed to delivering next-generation infrastructure services to enterprise class customers. We leverage our secure high performance platform, Cloud-7 to deliver highly available and elastic compute resources at industry leading price points. We lead our cloud solution offerings with Cloud Consulting Services, providing expertise in the areas of cloud adoption, migration and architecture strategies and infrastructure-related integration services. We provide ongoing support for our Cloud-7 Platform Services including CloudVault-7 and CloudRecover-7, through our Help Desk Service and Managed Services teams based at our data centre in Cardiff. The Managed Services team provides a range of managed services, from core infrastructure through enterprise applications, cloud staging and network provisioning, including co-location, security and network services.

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What Is Cloud-Native and Why Does it Matter for CI

Article | July 31, 2023

Continuous intelligence (CI) relies on the real-time analysis of streaming data to produce actionable insights in milliseconds to seconds. Such capabilities have applications throughout a business. In today’s dynamic marketplace, new CI applications that use data from various sources at any given time might be needed on very short notice.The challenge is how to have the flexibility to rapidly develop and deploy new CI applications to meet fast-changing business requirements. A common approach employed today is to use a dynamic architecture that delivers access to data, processing power, and analytics capabilities on demand. In the future, solutions also will likely incorporate artificial intelligence applications to complement the benefits of traditional analytics. Increasingly, cloud-native is the architecture of choice to build and deploy AI-embedded CI applications. A cloud-native approach offers benefits to both the business and developers. Cloud-native applications or services are loosely coupled with explicitly described dependencies.

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Why Microsoft Should Spinoff Its Cloud Business

Article | February 27, 2024

Microsoft currently features old-school solutions that are growing relatively slowly (Office and Windows) and new cloud solutions that are growing tremendously (Dynamics 365 and Azure). If the company stays in its current form, Microsoft stock will keep steadily advancing. But because the company’s total top and bottom lines are never going to increase much more than 30% or 35% per year, the shares are never going to deliver truly huge returns. But that would change if the company was to spin off its rapidly growing cloud businesses. In such a scenario, the current owners of Microsoft stock would receive shares in a cutting edge cloud services company (let’s call it Azure), and shares in a company focused on providing old, mostly PC-based software to businesses and consumers.

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Intelligence Giant Upgrading its Cloud Technology

Article | February 15, 2024

With the huge amounts of data in all fields, a future in the cloud is imperative to help deal with this explosion of data, especially in the field of intelligence technology. This is the reason why the US Central Intelligence Agency is updating its cloud technology. The agency has recently released a draft request for proposal for its Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract.The C2E tens of billions contract will be a multi-award commercial cloud computing contract with a five-year base period and two five-year options for a period of performance of up to 15 years, according to nextgov.com.In a March 2019 presentation by the Directorate of Digital Innovation, a division of the CIA, the department outlined its vision for C2E. It would be broad and include infrastructure, platform and software cloud services supporting a broad range of users, with a variety of security clearances and a worldwide presence, as reported by techcrunch.com. The principal C2E Program objective is to acquire cloud computing services directly from commercial cloud service providers with established records for innovation and operational excellence in cloud service delivery for a large customer base,the department stated in the presentation.Apparently, the agency prefers to avoid all the attention that the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud procurement process got, and quietly go about its business.

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AWS tags US$235 million to expand its cloud infrastructure in Latin America

Article | February 10, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is raising its stake on cloud computing infrastructure in Latin America. Proof of this is that the IT company will use R$1 billion (around US$235 million) to expand its data center in Sao Paulo. These millions will be used for its Data Processing Center located in that part of Brazil. In addition, a portion of these US$235 million will also be used to increase the services it offers to both public and private parties.The move gives reason to suggest that AWS is upping the ante in the future of startups and tech in the region that rely on cloud services to develop their own products.It launched its cloud center in Brazil in 2011 but it’ll be getting some beefing up thanks to these funds. Moreover, AWS has two Edge networks in São Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro. As well as one in each of the following cities: Bogotá (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Santiago (Chile).The objective of all of this is to be the region’s prime provider of cloud infrastructure and beat out its competition AKA, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft’s Azure.

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M7 Managed Services

M7 is an innovative cloud provisioning firm committed to delivering next-generation infrastructure services to enterprise class customers. We leverage our secure high performance platform, Cloud-7 to deliver highly available and elastic compute resources at industry leading price points. We lead our cloud solution offerings with Cloud Consulting Services, providing expertise in the areas of cloud adoption, migration and architecture strategies and infrastructure-related integration services. We provide ongoing support for our Cloud-7 Platform Services including CloudVault-7 and CloudRecover-7, through our Help Desk Service and Managed Services teams based at our data centre in Cardiff. The Managed Services team provides a range of managed services, from core infrastructure through enterprise applications, cloud staging and network provisioning, including co-location, security and network services.

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Gcore launches new UK-based AI Cloud Cluster

Prnewswire | June 30, 2023

Gcore, an international cloud and edge solutions provider, has today announced the opening of its new AI Cloud cluster in Newport in Wales. Built with Graphcore's innovative IPUs, it provides even the smallest companies with access to enterprise-scale IT resources, democratising opportunities for AI development across the UK and Europe. The opening of the new cluster in Newport marks the third point of presence (PoP) for Gcore's AI Cloud, which already has sites in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The location was a strategic decision based on three key factors: the UK government's commitment to advancing and integrating AI technologies; the high internet penetration rates in the UK, and the country's position as one of the largest digital economies in the world. "The opening of Gcore's AI Cloud cluster in Newport, in partnership with Graphcore, is an important step towards building one of the first European AI infrastructure. This move will enable businesses of all sizes to integrate innovations and easily access cutting-edge AI technology," commented Seva Vayner, Director of Edge Cloud stream at Gcore. This new cluster represents an essential milestone for businesses looking to integrate AI innovations quickly and conveniently. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model provides access to Graphcore's specialised AI hardware. On a pay-per-minute basis, companies of all sizes can now tap into hardware resources facilitated by processors offering superior price/performance compares to GPUs for a wide variety of AI applications, to accelerate their AI initiatives and developments. Now available will be hardware including Graphcore BOW-PODs, IPU-PODs, and BOW-vPODs. The Gcore AI Cloud also includes software tools and integrations such as PyTorch, Keras, TensorFlow, Hugging Face, Paddle, and ONNX to support ML and AI work. With its new AI Cloud cluster launch in Newport, Gcore is continuing the expansion of its global cloud solutions. The company has built a strong presence in over 140 regions and has more than 20 cloud locations. Customers can access faster innovation by managing technical infrastructure, storage, security, and setup requirements using Gсore's wealth of services. From protected bare metal servers and virtual instances to cloud storage and specialised AI hardware, Gcore provides businesses of all sizes with cutting-edge technology to drive their developments forward. About Gcore Gcore is an international leader in public cloud and edge computing, content delivery, hosting, and security solutions. Gcore is headquartered in Luxembourg and has offices in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Cyprus, and Georgia. Gcore manages its own global IT infrastructure across 6 continents. Its network consists of 140+ points of presence around the world in reliable Tier IV and Tier III datacentres. Andre Reitenbach has been the CEO at Gcore since 2014. gcore.com About Graphcore Graphcore compute systems are accelerating the AI revolution. Powered by the groundbreaking Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), Graphcore delivers leading-edge AI performance with unprecedented efficiency. IPUs in the cloud are used around the world by organisations building their intelligent compute capabilities,including AI-centric startups, large multi-national corporations and bothpublic and private research institutions. Graphcore is backed by some of the world's leading investors and has attracted more than $700m of funding. The company is based in Bristol, UK, with offices across Europe, Asia and North America. Graphcore.ai

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Sitecore Reveals New Component Capability to Its Experience Manager (XM) Cloud Platform

Prnewswire | April 26, 2023

Sitecore®, a global leader in end-to-end digital experience software, today announced the release of new component capabilities in its cloud native, modern CMS, XM Cloud, which will empower brands to deliver seamless and personalized customer experiences across all digital touchpoints. XM Cloud Components is a Front End as a Service (FEaaS) composer for marketers to create their brand's digital style guide and build visual components. Components can be created from scratch or can be styled by importing existing HTML. Data sources can be mapped to components to enable dynamic and responsive components that may be reused across digital properties, saving time and creating brand consistency. With XM Cloud Components, content authors, UX designers, and marketers can work in parallel to speed up the process of creating on-brand digital experiences for their customers. It's fully integrated with XM Cloud Pages, creating an end-to-end next generation authoring experience. "We're thrilled to introduce this new component capability to our XM Cloud platform, designed to enable marketers, designers and developers to work in harmony," said Dave O'Flanagan, chief product officer of Sitecore. "With the ability to compose on-brand, dynamic page components, brands can remain agile and responsive to customer needs in real-time, which is essential in today's fast-paced digital landscape. Our modern SaaS-based DXP provides limitless opportunities for brands to plug and play new technologies such as ChatGPT, introducing a new level of flexibility to adapt and respond to technology innovations and the ever-changing customer needs." According to an exclusive survey conducted by leading market research firm Advanis on behalf of Sitecore in March 2023, most US marketers (85%) expect that they will move at least some of their marketing tech stack to composable software solutions. The top three reasons for choosing composable offerings include flexibility to integrate with existing martech stack (47%), faster time to value (46%) and freedom to integrate technologies that optimize the customer experience (46%). Having realized the benefits of using composable software, these findings prove that US marketers are now ready to take the next step in seamlessly deploying engaging and personalized digital experiences. Commenting on their exciting journey with Sitecore, Amy Kolzow, VP Global Digital Marketing at Wolters Kluwer said: "We are proud to provide a unified and modern online experience that brings dynamic thought leadership to our customers and showcases our vast product portfolio. When we embarked on our digital transformation journey, we found it challenging to create web experiences that cater for every marketer, regardless of how mature they were in their use of technology. It's that balance we found with Sitecore that we couldn't find elsewhere. Since beginning our partnership, we built 30,000 pages, and now we publish about 100 pages a day, all thanks to the drag-and-drop components capability." At DX Europe, the company also announced it has signed over twenty new customers to its XM Cloud platform since Sitecore Symposium, which took place in Chicago in October 2022. In addition to XM Cloud Components, Sitecore also unveiled a number of other updates: Content Hub One Since the launch of its pureplay Headless CMS in October, Sitecore has continued to roll out enhancements to Content Hub One around user interface, preview capabilities, better content modelling and developer experience. In addition, Sitecore announced that it has signed a major multinational cosmetics brand as the latest customer to use Content Hub One. The brand will use Content Hub One as a key part of its digital content delivery strategy, allowing the cosmetics giant to easily build digital experiences off the same platform and leverage only the best content. Sitecore Connect Following the successful launch in October, Sitecore Connect has been building great traction in the market. Sitecore has released pre-built connectors for a number of products including Content Hub ONE, Content Hub DAM and Ops, CDP, Send and OrderCloud. This has enabled practitioners to create a host of new capabilities to enable content integration, including examples leveraging the latest AI tech such as Generative AI (ChatGPT) and stable diffusion tech (Dall-e) to augment content in the Composable DXP. Sitecore Search According to the Advanis survey, two-thirds of US marketers (61%) have noticed changes in customer search patterns, particularly increases in direct-to-retail, social and voice search. To address this, a great majority of US marketers have either already invested (70%) or are planning to invest (23%) in AI-powered search to be able to better respond to changing customer needs. In response, Sitecore Search has been updated with powerful AI and analytics capabilities that make it far better at recognizing questions in different formats, helping brands to deflect call center traffic and save costs. In addition, Sitecore released global support for double-byte characters like Chinese. "We integrated Sitecore Search on Sitecore.com to revamp the search experience on our own website," said Hannah Grap, VP, Corporate Marketing, Sitecore. "Within a month from implementation, we saw a 25% increase in click-through rate and doubled the amount of relevant content to our visitors for some of our top keywords." Sitecore Send A host of enhancements have enhanced Sitecore's email marketing solution - Sitecore Send – to lead the way in effortless automation and personalization. Some of the highlights include: A new mobile-friendly design, optimized to improve the user experience on mobile devices. AI-powered audience discovery tool to find, organize, and target different groups of customers based on their specific interests, buying intent, and where they are in the sales funnel. These insights help marketers improve the relevancy of your campaigns. Redesign of the email designer making it even easier for markets to craft compelling email campaigns. To find out more about Sitecore's latest product updates visit: Sitecore.com. About Sitecore Sitecore is a global leader of end-to-end digital experience software. Unifying data, content, commerce, and experiences, our SaaS-enabled, composable platform empowers brands like L'Oréal, Microsoft, United Airlines, and PUMA to deliver unforgettable interactions across every touchpoint. Our solution provides the cutting-edge tools brands need to build stronger connections with customers, while creating content efficiencies to stand out as transformation and innovation leaders. Experience more at sitecore.com.

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NVIDIA: AI & cloud soaring, Turing launched – crypto-mining dead?

internetofbusiness | August 20, 2018

NVIDIA makes hardware products that are core to a number of booms: artificial intelligence and machine learning; driverless cars and autonomous vehicles; cloud data centres; virtual and augmented reality; gaming; and cryptocurrency mining. Its high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) provide the massive number-crunching ability that powers these and other technologies, and it has long specialised in providing dedicated solutions in a business that grew out of helping PCs to display graphics better and faster. The company has just announced what it called “the biggest leap in GPU architecture in over a decade” – the Turing ray-tracing GPU (see below) – and reported better than expected Q2 financials. And yet its stock fell amid reports that it had called an end to the cryptocurrency boom.

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Gcore launches new UK-based AI Cloud Cluster

Prnewswire | June 30, 2023

Gcore, an international cloud and edge solutions provider, has today announced the opening of its new AI Cloud cluster in Newport in Wales. Built with Graphcore's innovative IPUs, it provides even the smallest companies with access to enterprise-scale IT resources, democratising opportunities for AI development across the UK and Europe. The opening of the new cluster in Newport marks the third point of presence (PoP) for Gcore's AI Cloud, which already has sites in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The location was a strategic decision based on three key factors: the UK government's commitment to advancing and integrating AI technologies; the high internet penetration rates in the UK, and the country's position as one of the largest digital economies in the world. "The opening of Gcore's AI Cloud cluster in Newport, in partnership with Graphcore, is an important step towards building one of the first European AI infrastructure. This move will enable businesses of all sizes to integrate innovations and easily access cutting-edge AI technology," commented Seva Vayner, Director of Edge Cloud stream at Gcore. This new cluster represents an essential milestone for businesses looking to integrate AI innovations quickly and conveniently. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model provides access to Graphcore's specialised AI hardware. On a pay-per-minute basis, companies of all sizes can now tap into hardware resources facilitated by processors offering superior price/performance compares to GPUs for a wide variety of AI applications, to accelerate their AI initiatives and developments. Now available will be hardware including Graphcore BOW-PODs, IPU-PODs, and BOW-vPODs. The Gcore AI Cloud also includes software tools and integrations such as PyTorch, Keras, TensorFlow, Hugging Face, Paddle, and ONNX to support ML and AI work. With its new AI Cloud cluster launch in Newport, Gcore is continuing the expansion of its global cloud solutions. The company has built a strong presence in over 140 regions and has more than 20 cloud locations. Customers can access faster innovation by managing technical infrastructure, storage, security, and setup requirements using Gсore's wealth of services. From protected bare metal servers and virtual instances to cloud storage and specialised AI hardware, Gcore provides businesses of all sizes with cutting-edge technology to drive their developments forward. About Gcore Gcore is an international leader in public cloud and edge computing, content delivery, hosting, and security solutions. Gcore is headquartered in Luxembourg and has offices in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Cyprus, and Georgia. Gcore manages its own global IT infrastructure across 6 continents. Its network consists of 140+ points of presence around the world in reliable Tier IV and Tier III datacentres. Andre Reitenbach has been the CEO at Gcore since 2014. gcore.com About Graphcore Graphcore compute systems are accelerating the AI revolution. Powered by the groundbreaking Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), Graphcore delivers leading-edge AI performance with unprecedented efficiency. IPUs in the cloud are used around the world by organisations building their intelligent compute capabilities,including AI-centric startups, large multi-national corporations and bothpublic and private research institutions. Graphcore is backed by some of the world's leading investors and has attracted more than $700m of funding. The company is based in Bristol, UK, with offices across Europe, Asia and North America. Graphcore.ai

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Sitecore Reveals New Component Capability to Its Experience Manager (XM) Cloud Platform

Prnewswire | April 26, 2023

Sitecore®, a global leader in end-to-end digital experience software, today announced the release of new component capabilities in its cloud native, modern CMS, XM Cloud, which will empower brands to deliver seamless and personalized customer experiences across all digital touchpoints. XM Cloud Components is a Front End as a Service (FEaaS) composer for marketers to create their brand's digital style guide and build visual components. Components can be created from scratch or can be styled by importing existing HTML. Data sources can be mapped to components to enable dynamic and responsive components that may be reused across digital properties, saving time and creating brand consistency. With XM Cloud Components, content authors, UX designers, and marketers can work in parallel to speed up the process of creating on-brand digital experiences for their customers. It's fully integrated with XM Cloud Pages, creating an end-to-end next generation authoring experience. "We're thrilled to introduce this new component capability to our XM Cloud platform, designed to enable marketers, designers and developers to work in harmony," said Dave O'Flanagan, chief product officer of Sitecore. "With the ability to compose on-brand, dynamic page components, brands can remain agile and responsive to customer needs in real-time, which is essential in today's fast-paced digital landscape. Our modern SaaS-based DXP provides limitless opportunities for brands to plug and play new technologies such as ChatGPT, introducing a new level of flexibility to adapt and respond to technology innovations and the ever-changing customer needs." According to an exclusive survey conducted by leading market research firm Advanis on behalf of Sitecore in March 2023, most US marketers (85%) expect that they will move at least some of their marketing tech stack to composable software solutions. The top three reasons for choosing composable offerings include flexibility to integrate with existing martech stack (47%), faster time to value (46%) and freedom to integrate technologies that optimize the customer experience (46%). Having realized the benefits of using composable software, these findings prove that US marketers are now ready to take the next step in seamlessly deploying engaging and personalized digital experiences. Commenting on their exciting journey with Sitecore, Amy Kolzow, VP Global Digital Marketing at Wolters Kluwer said: "We are proud to provide a unified and modern online experience that brings dynamic thought leadership to our customers and showcases our vast product portfolio. When we embarked on our digital transformation journey, we found it challenging to create web experiences that cater for every marketer, regardless of how mature they were in their use of technology. It's that balance we found with Sitecore that we couldn't find elsewhere. Since beginning our partnership, we built 30,000 pages, and now we publish about 100 pages a day, all thanks to the drag-and-drop components capability." At DX Europe, the company also announced it has signed over twenty new customers to its XM Cloud platform since Sitecore Symposium, which took place in Chicago in October 2022. In addition to XM Cloud Components, Sitecore also unveiled a number of other updates: Content Hub One Since the launch of its pureplay Headless CMS in October, Sitecore has continued to roll out enhancements to Content Hub One around user interface, preview capabilities, better content modelling and developer experience. In addition, Sitecore announced that it has signed a major multinational cosmetics brand as the latest customer to use Content Hub One. The brand will use Content Hub One as a key part of its digital content delivery strategy, allowing the cosmetics giant to easily build digital experiences off the same platform and leverage only the best content. Sitecore Connect Following the successful launch in October, Sitecore Connect has been building great traction in the market. Sitecore has released pre-built connectors for a number of products including Content Hub ONE, Content Hub DAM and Ops, CDP, Send and OrderCloud. This has enabled practitioners to create a host of new capabilities to enable content integration, including examples leveraging the latest AI tech such as Generative AI (ChatGPT) and stable diffusion tech (Dall-e) to augment content in the Composable DXP. Sitecore Search According to the Advanis survey, two-thirds of US marketers (61%) have noticed changes in customer search patterns, particularly increases in direct-to-retail, social and voice search. To address this, a great majority of US marketers have either already invested (70%) or are planning to invest (23%) in AI-powered search to be able to better respond to changing customer needs. In response, Sitecore Search has been updated with powerful AI and analytics capabilities that make it far better at recognizing questions in different formats, helping brands to deflect call center traffic and save costs. In addition, Sitecore released global support for double-byte characters like Chinese. "We integrated Sitecore Search on Sitecore.com to revamp the search experience on our own website," said Hannah Grap, VP, Corporate Marketing, Sitecore. "Within a month from implementation, we saw a 25% increase in click-through rate and doubled the amount of relevant content to our visitors for some of our top keywords." Sitecore Send A host of enhancements have enhanced Sitecore's email marketing solution - Sitecore Send – to lead the way in effortless automation and personalization. Some of the highlights include: A new mobile-friendly design, optimized to improve the user experience on mobile devices. AI-powered audience discovery tool to find, organize, and target different groups of customers based on their specific interests, buying intent, and where they are in the sales funnel. These insights help marketers improve the relevancy of your campaigns. Redesign of the email designer making it even easier for markets to craft compelling email campaigns. To find out more about Sitecore's latest product updates visit: Sitecore.com. About Sitecore Sitecore is a global leader of end-to-end digital experience software. Unifying data, content, commerce, and experiences, our SaaS-enabled, composable platform empowers brands like L'Oréal, Microsoft, United Airlines, and PUMA to deliver unforgettable interactions across every touchpoint. Our solution provides the cutting-edge tools brands need to build stronger connections with customers, while creating content efficiencies to stand out as transformation and innovation leaders. Experience more at sitecore.com.

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NVIDIA: AI & cloud soaring, Turing launched – crypto-mining dead?

internetofbusiness | August 20, 2018

NVIDIA makes hardware products that are core to a number of booms: artificial intelligence and machine learning; driverless cars and autonomous vehicles; cloud data centres; virtual and augmented reality; gaming; and cryptocurrency mining. Its high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) provide the massive number-crunching ability that powers these and other technologies, and it has long specialised in providing dedicated solutions in a business that grew out of helping PCs to display graphics better and faster. The company has just announced what it called “the biggest leap in GPU architecture in over a decade” – the Turing ray-tracing GPU (see below) – and reported better than expected Q2 financials. And yet its stock fell amid reports that it had called an end to the cryptocurrency boom.

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