Virtual Reality Space Lets Students Experience Big Data

Imagine walking through a black room four stories high, 50 feet wide and 40 feet deep, populated with speakers. As you move through the space wearing a head-mounted display (no mouse, keyboard or joystick needed), you're immersed in vast amounts of data — both visually and aurally — collected from an actual storm that took place a little more than two years ago. As the recorded data shows the formation of some kind of supercell, your ears detect something distinct from every other sound that permeates the space — akin to hearing your name being spoken across the room during a lively cocktail party. You turn and move toward the sound to explore it further.

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

Article | September 5, 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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Cloud App Management

Why Microsoft Should Spinoff Its Cloud Business

Article | February 15, 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 | August 14, 2023

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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Persistent Announces Strategic Collaboration Agreement with AWS to Accelerate Generative AI Adoption

PR Newswire | January 04, 2024

Persistent Systems a global Digital Engineering and Enterprise Modernization leader, announced a multi-year Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate the pace of innovation and development of generative AI solutions for clients. Persistent is a long-standing AWS Partner and has a proven track record of early scale generative AI adoption across multiple industry verticals leveraging services like Amazon CodeWhisperer and Amazon Bedrock. Amazon CodeWhisperer provides generative AI-powered code recommendations directly in multiple integrated development environments (IDEs) to help developers build applications quickly in more than 15 coding languages; Amazon Bedrock is a fully managed service that makes foundation models (FMs) from leading AI companies accessible via an API to build and scale generative AI applications. This strategic collaboration with AWS will help Persistent to further increase the impact it delivers to its clients that are embracing generative AI. Through this teaming, Persistent will have access to additional resources from AWS to build proofs of concept to help clients identify tangible business outcomes from generative AI. This will also support use case discovery and rapid build out of solutions with additional go-to-market funds from AWS. One of the key benefits to combined clients will be continued early access to AWS's generative AI services and investments that will help clients with their aspirations around growth, time-to-market, and better customer experience. The Strategic Collaboration Agreement builds on Persistent's 30+ years of software engineering heritage, its best practices from more than 120 AWS engagements for cloud migration and modernization, and its 2,500 AWS practitioners to enable flexible and scalable generative AI-powered solutions tailored to clients' unique needs. Persistent's AWS Migration Competency status provides proven cloud expertise to help clients move successfully to AWS through all phases of complex migration projects. This collaboration reflects Persistent's proficiency in building robust cloud infrastructure, crucial in today's cloud-first, AI-first world, enabling clients to implement cloud-powered generative AI solutions. These combined assets from AWS and Persistent can bolster the value provided to joint clients, helping them unlock the full potential of their technology investments. Rajiv Sodhi, Senior Vice President – Hyperscaler Business & Strategic Alliances, Persistent: "Enterprises across industries are looking to tap into the transformative potential of generative AI to reimagine, redefine, and rethink their business models for improved customer experiences and business growth. Combined with our newly acquired AWS Migration Competency status and our SCA, AWS will help us scale generative AI adoption among our clients so they can identify and implement use cases where this technology can have a real impact. We remain committed to helping clients reach their technology goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and rapid innovation that AWS provides." Quan Yang, Vice President of Research IT, Regeneron: "Generative AI unlocks new opportunities to transform the life sciences industry. We are modernizing our legacy research applications to help accelerate the drug development process and simplify workflows. With Persistent's Digital Engineering expertise, powered by the AWS platform, Regeneron's research and pre-clinical development teams help bring our new life-savings drugs to market faster." Chris Sullivan, Vice President, Worldwide System Integrator Partners, AWS: "We are delighted to be working with Persistent to help our customers accelerate growth, enable business transformation, and enhance their digital experience. Together, we aim to redefine what's possible with generative AI, setting new standards for efficiency, innovation, and technological advancements." About Persistent With over 22,800 employees located in 21 countries, Persistent Systems (BSE: PERSISTENT) (NSE: PERSISTENT) is a global services and solutions company delivering Digital Engineering and Enterprise Modernization. As a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, Persistent is committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, as well as take actions that advance societal goals. With 268% growth since 2020, Persistent is the fastest-growing Indian IT Services brand according to Brand Finance.

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Cohesity Launches Cohesity SmartFiles Integration on the Snowflake Data Cloud

Business Wire | November 01, 2023

Cohesity, a leader in AI-powered data security and management, today announced the launch of Cohesity SmartFiles on the Snowflake Data Cloud. This new integration enables businesses to derive analytical insights from their on-premises and cloud data while maintaining data sovereignty and meeting compliance requirements. Snowflake recognizes the critical importance of providing customers with advanced data security and management while mining their data for strategic insights, said Kit Beall, Chief Revenue Officer, Cohesity. As a leader in AI-powered enterprise data security and management, we seek partners equally dedicated to the secure storage and management of customer data. That is why we are delighted to partner with Snowflake to continue delivering innovative and secure solutions that our customers can confidently rely on. By leveraging the Snowflake Data Cloud, Cohesity is joining Snowflake in mobilizing the world’s data to help organizations reap the benefits of their analytics capabilities without having to move their data to the cloud for analysis. With Cohesity SmartFiles, joint customers can store their data locally in SmartFiles and leverage Snowflake’s analytics capabilities with the flexibility to keep data either on-premises or in the cloud. This integration provides customers with broader access and choice while allowing them to adhere to strict internal policies. Cohesity SmartFiles augments customers’ cloud-native Snowflake Data Cloud to include on-premises repositories and extends secure access to sensitive local data records. Cohesity SmartFiles also provides a secure platform for consolidating application data that is designed to improve storage efficiency and reduce overall cost of ownership for local Snowflake repositories. “Cohesity’s commitment to helping Snowflake mobilize the world’s data can be seen through the launch of the SmartFiles integration,” said Tarik Dwiek, Head of Technology Alliances, Snowflake. “We look forward to partnering with Cohesity to allow access to SmartFiles in the cloud or on-premises through Snowflake’s single, integrated platform.” This collaboration with Snowflake and Cohesity enables joint customers to gain more value from their data while optimizing cost, scale, and efficiency for their Snowflake data. About Cohesity Cohesity is a leader in AI-powered data security and management. Aided by an extensive ecosystem of partners, Cohesity makes it easier to protect, manage, and get value from data – across the data center, edge, and cloud. Cohesity helps organizations defend against cybersecurity threats with comprehensive data security and management capabilities, including immutable backup snapshots, AI-based threat detection, monitoring for malicious behavior, and rapid recovery at scale. Cohesity solutions can be delivered as a service, self-managed, or provided by a Cohesity-powered partner. Cohesity is headquartered in San Jose, CA, and is trusted by the world’s largest enterprises, including six of the Fortune 10 and 42 of the Fortune 100.

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Infor’s CloudSuite: A Catalyst for Global Business Transformation

Infor | October 13, 2023

Infor introduces upgrades for streamlined business transformation and customer service in their bi-annual product releases. Nutreco praises Infor for enhancing global factory operations with CloudSuite Food & Beverage and upcoming tech integrations. Infor's President and CTO highlight agile data insights and industry-specific solutions in the latest release, emphasizing automation for increased productivity. The technology giant Infor introduces a fresh wave of platform technology innovations and upgrades to its industry-specific CloudSuites, marking a stride towards empowering organizations for greater business transformation and improved customer service. These latest advancements are part of Infor's new bi-annual product release strategy, aimed at facilitating a smoother onboarding process for new technologies. Gerro Dijkstra, the IT academy director at Nutreco, a leading global player in aquaculture and animal nutrition, lauded Infor's role, emphasizing how the cloud solution had optimized their global factory operations. CloudSuite Food and Beverage, serving 3,600 users across 37 countries, has been instrumental in fostering agility and staying ahead of the competition through its cloud-based structure and upcoming integrations like RPA, AI, and machine learning. President and CTO of Infor, Soma Somasundaram, highlighted the benefits of the latest October release, emphasizing its capacity to enhance agility, leverage data insights, and provide out-of-the-box industry-specific solutions. With a strong focus on automation, the new products promise increased productivity and accelerated business results, fostering a pathway for a broader business transformation. The October release encompasses a range of features, including comprehensive industry-specific solutions, an open platform enabling seamless integration, and efficient workflows to expedite time-to-value. Infor's clientele can now look forward to streamlined processes, optimized decision-making, and ready access to tailored solutions. Infor's Latest Innovations: Infor Enterprise Automation is a cloud-based solution integrating RPA, AI and ML, and data integration for streamlined automation across organizations. Upgrades in CloudSuite for Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Distribution, Fashion, and Food and Beverage sectors for improved supply chain, productivity, and customer service New enhancements in the healthcare sector include automated nurse-patient assignments, OIG compliance, and blockchain credential verification for streamlined operations. Integration complexity may pose challenges for some users. Extensive training might be required for full utilization, potentially causing a temporary operational slowdown. Compatibility concerns with legacy systems may demand additional infrastructure investments. Infor's solutions offer industry-specific enhancements, fostering competitiveness and agility. Infor Enterprise Automation integrates RPA, AI/ML, and data, enhancing productivity. CloudSuite upgrades optimize supply chains, productivity, and customer service in various sectors. Healthcare advancements underscore Infor's commitment to operational efficiency and compliance.

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AWS Analytics

Persistent Announces Strategic Collaboration Agreement with AWS to Accelerate Generative AI Adoption

PR Newswire | January 04, 2024

Persistent Systems a global Digital Engineering and Enterprise Modernization leader, announced a multi-year Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate the pace of innovation and development of generative AI solutions for clients. Persistent is a long-standing AWS Partner and has a proven track record of early scale generative AI adoption across multiple industry verticals leveraging services like Amazon CodeWhisperer and Amazon Bedrock. Amazon CodeWhisperer provides generative AI-powered code recommendations directly in multiple integrated development environments (IDEs) to help developers build applications quickly in more than 15 coding languages; Amazon Bedrock is a fully managed service that makes foundation models (FMs) from leading AI companies accessible via an API to build and scale generative AI applications. This strategic collaboration with AWS will help Persistent to further increase the impact it delivers to its clients that are embracing generative AI. Through this teaming, Persistent will have access to additional resources from AWS to build proofs of concept to help clients identify tangible business outcomes from generative AI. This will also support use case discovery and rapid build out of solutions with additional go-to-market funds from AWS. One of the key benefits to combined clients will be continued early access to AWS's generative AI services and investments that will help clients with their aspirations around growth, time-to-market, and better customer experience. The Strategic Collaboration Agreement builds on Persistent's 30+ years of software engineering heritage, its best practices from more than 120 AWS engagements for cloud migration and modernization, and its 2,500 AWS practitioners to enable flexible and scalable generative AI-powered solutions tailored to clients' unique needs. Persistent's AWS Migration Competency status provides proven cloud expertise to help clients move successfully to AWS through all phases of complex migration projects. This collaboration reflects Persistent's proficiency in building robust cloud infrastructure, crucial in today's cloud-first, AI-first world, enabling clients to implement cloud-powered generative AI solutions. These combined assets from AWS and Persistent can bolster the value provided to joint clients, helping them unlock the full potential of their technology investments. Rajiv Sodhi, Senior Vice President – Hyperscaler Business & Strategic Alliances, Persistent: "Enterprises across industries are looking to tap into the transformative potential of generative AI to reimagine, redefine, and rethink their business models for improved customer experiences and business growth. Combined with our newly acquired AWS Migration Competency status and our SCA, AWS will help us scale generative AI adoption among our clients so they can identify and implement use cases where this technology can have a real impact. We remain committed to helping clients reach their technology goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and rapid innovation that AWS provides." Quan Yang, Vice President of Research IT, Regeneron: "Generative AI unlocks new opportunities to transform the life sciences industry. We are modernizing our legacy research applications to help accelerate the drug development process and simplify workflows. With Persistent's Digital Engineering expertise, powered by the AWS platform, Regeneron's research and pre-clinical development teams help bring our new life-savings drugs to market faster." Chris Sullivan, Vice President, Worldwide System Integrator Partners, AWS: "We are delighted to be working with Persistent to help our customers accelerate growth, enable business transformation, and enhance their digital experience. Together, we aim to redefine what's possible with generative AI, setting new standards for efficiency, innovation, and technological advancements." About Persistent With over 22,800 employees located in 21 countries, Persistent Systems (BSE: PERSISTENT) (NSE: PERSISTENT) is a global services and solutions company delivering Digital Engineering and Enterprise Modernization. As a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, Persistent is committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, as well as take actions that advance societal goals. With 268% growth since 2020, Persistent is the fastest-growing Indian IT Services brand according to Brand Finance.

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Cohesity Launches Cohesity SmartFiles Integration on the Snowflake Data Cloud

Business Wire | November 01, 2023

Cohesity, a leader in AI-powered data security and management, today announced the launch of Cohesity SmartFiles on the Snowflake Data Cloud. This new integration enables businesses to derive analytical insights from their on-premises and cloud data while maintaining data sovereignty and meeting compliance requirements. Snowflake recognizes the critical importance of providing customers with advanced data security and management while mining their data for strategic insights, said Kit Beall, Chief Revenue Officer, Cohesity. As a leader in AI-powered enterprise data security and management, we seek partners equally dedicated to the secure storage and management of customer data. That is why we are delighted to partner with Snowflake to continue delivering innovative and secure solutions that our customers can confidently rely on. By leveraging the Snowflake Data Cloud, Cohesity is joining Snowflake in mobilizing the world’s data to help organizations reap the benefits of their analytics capabilities without having to move their data to the cloud for analysis. With Cohesity SmartFiles, joint customers can store their data locally in SmartFiles and leverage Snowflake’s analytics capabilities with the flexibility to keep data either on-premises or in the cloud. This integration provides customers with broader access and choice while allowing them to adhere to strict internal policies. Cohesity SmartFiles augments customers’ cloud-native Snowflake Data Cloud to include on-premises repositories and extends secure access to sensitive local data records. Cohesity SmartFiles also provides a secure platform for consolidating application data that is designed to improve storage efficiency and reduce overall cost of ownership for local Snowflake repositories. “Cohesity’s commitment to helping Snowflake mobilize the world’s data can be seen through the launch of the SmartFiles integration,” said Tarik Dwiek, Head of Technology Alliances, Snowflake. “We look forward to partnering with Cohesity to allow access to SmartFiles in the cloud or on-premises through Snowflake’s single, integrated platform.” This collaboration with Snowflake and Cohesity enables joint customers to gain more value from their data while optimizing cost, scale, and efficiency for their Snowflake data. About Cohesity Cohesity is a leader in AI-powered data security and management. Aided by an extensive ecosystem of partners, Cohesity makes it easier to protect, manage, and get value from data – across the data center, edge, and cloud. Cohesity helps organizations defend against cybersecurity threats with comprehensive data security and management capabilities, including immutable backup snapshots, AI-based threat detection, monitoring for malicious behavior, and rapid recovery at scale. Cohesity solutions can be delivered as a service, self-managed, or provided by a Cohesity-powered partner. Cohesity is headquartered in San Jose, CA, and is trusted by the world’s largest enterprises, including six of the Fortune 10 and 42 of the Fortune 100.

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Cloud App Management

Infor’s CloudSuite: A Catalyst for Global Business Transformation

Infor | October 13, 2023

Infor introduces upgrades for streamlined business transformation and customer service in their bi-annual product releases. Nutreco praises Infor for enhancing global factory operations with CloudSuite Food & Beverage and upcoming tech integrations. Infor's President and CTO highlight agile data insights and industry-specific solutions in the latest release, emphasizing automation for increased productivity. The technology giant Infor introduces a fresh wave of platform technology innovations and upgrades to its industry-specific CloudSuites, marking a stride towards empowering organizations for greater business transformation and improved customer service. These latest advancements are part of Infor's new bi-annual product release strategy, aimed at facilitating a smoother onboarding process for new technologies. Gerro Dijkstra, the IT academy director at Nutreco, a leading global player in aquaculture and animal nutrition, lauded Infor's role, emphasizing how the cloud solution had optimized their global factory operations. CloudSuite Food and Beverage, serving 3,600 users across 37 countries, has been instrumental in fostering agility and staying ahead of the competition through its cloud-based structure and upcoming integrations like RPA, AI, and machine learning. President and CTO of Infor, Soma Somasundaram, highlighted the benefits of the latest October release, emphasizing its capacity to enhance agility, leverage data insights, and provide out-of-the-box industry-specific solutions. With a strong focus on automation, the new products promise increased productivity and accelerated business results, fostering a pathway for a broader business transformation. The October release encompasses a range of features, including comprehensive industry-specific solutions, an open platform enabling seamless integration, and efficient workflows to expedite time-to-value. Infor's clientele can now look forward to streamlined processes, optimized decision-making, and ready access to tailored solutions. Infor's Latest Innovations: Infor Enterprise Automation is a cloud-based solution integrating RPA, AI and ML, and data integration for streamlined automation across organizations. Upgrades in CloudSuite for Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Distribution, Fashion, and Food and Beverage sectors for improved supply chain, productivity, and customer service New enhancements in the healthcare sector include automated nurse-patient assignments, OIG compliance, and blockchain credential verification for streamlined operations. Integration complexity may pose challenges for some users. Extensive training might be required for full utilization, potentially causing a temporary operational slowdown. Compatibility concerns with legacy systems may demand additional infrastructure investments. Infor's solutions offer industry-specific enhancements, fostering competitiveness and agility. Infor Enterprise Automation integrates RPA, AI/ML, and data, enhancing productivity. CloudSuite upgrades optimize supply chains, productivity, and customer service in various sectors. Healthcare advancements underscore Infor's commitment to operational efficiency and compliance.

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