Cloud failing to deliver on promises

Itbrief.com | February 03, 2020

Australian businesses are missing the point of cloud migration and, as a result, are losing out on the benefits of its core purpose, says Unisys. The Unisys Cloud Success Barometer reveals that while 99% of Australian businesses have moved to the cloud in some way (7% above the global average), more than one third (36%) say they have failed to realise notable benefits from cloud computing.These perceived benefits include reducing headcount, increasing revenue and being agile to match demand. According to Unisys Asia Pacific regional consulting lead Leon Sayers, businesses who want to get the most out of their cloud strategy in 2020 require a wider business transformation.Often, Australian companies see cloud migration as a technology project, not a whole business project.

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In this white paper, we present the Ankr Blockchain, a multi-chain and useful work based decentralized network with a native data feed. We first review a novel mining solution using the Proof of Useful Work (PoUW) consensus. We will explain the Multiple-Chain Structure and then describe how we plan to provide an generic interface for Town Crier, an authenticated data feed for smart contracts. We will also discuss how Ankr’s technologies will enable decentralized cloud computing. Finally, we will characterize the Ankr Ecosystem and the app interface to further facilitate the utilization of the Ankr network.

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