Global spend on data centre hardware and software totalled $152 billion last year, according to new research from IT market watchers Synergy Research.
The figure, which represents a two percent rise from 2018, combines worldwide spending on public cloud and private cloud/traditional data centre hardware and software.
IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are joining forces with the White House, the US Department of Energy, and other US federal agencies to deliver supercomputing power and public cloud resources to scientists and researchers working to address the novel coronavirus global pandemic.
As part of the newly-announced Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium, the companies are making 330 petaflops of performance available to researchers attempting to understand the virus and form treatments that can be used for potential vaccines.
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Microsoft has said its cloud platform Azure will begin prioritising emergency personnel and organisations working on the frontline of coronavirus efforts.
In a blog post, the tech giant said first responders, health and emergency management services, and critical government functions would be prioritised if its cloud infrastructure encountered capacity constraints.
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As more people work from home, here are some pointers on getting video conference calls right. Technology is enabling some people to carry on working from home in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But as videos shared on social media have shown, they can end in embarrassment if not done correctly. So here are some tips on holding the most professional conference call possible.
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NHS staff are being given free access to Microsoft’s Teams communication platform to help colleagues stay in touch during the Covid-19 outbreak. The platform allows colleagues to make video and audio calls as well as send instant messages to one another and use other collaborative tools. Microsoft said it hoped key workers would be able to use the system to share updates on their patients.
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Video conferencing company Zoom has revealed its software and phone services are struggling to cope with the surge in home workers flocking to use them amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The California-based firm reported that its software was experiencing "degraded performance", while its phone service was suffering a "partial outage".
The novel coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the globe and once bustling industrial economies are grinding to a halt.
Companies and their employees are being forced to rapidly adapt to a new way of working, civil liberties are being withdrawn to ease pressure on already-squeezed health services, and emergency services on the frontline of the pandemic are making unthinkable sacrifices to attend the infected.
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Technology has become a core component of a customer’s experience with an organisation, no matter the vertical market. As a result, businesses require technology that provides flexibility and security, and that cost effectively allows the organisation to change according to altering customer behaviour. A recent study, the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index 2019, reveals that hybrid cloud is becoming business infrastructure; indeed, hybrid cloud is providing the necessary security and agility that businesses in 2020 require.
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As we all adjust to working remotely, security teams across the world are grappling with a very serious challenge. Almost overnight our companies have changed. Well established procedures are being rewritten, best practices quickly rethought, and policies stretched to breaking point.
Business transformation is always a security risk. New technology and working practices need new security measures; but normally this risk is managed carefully, and over time. Covid-19 has not afforded us that luxury. For some businesses the scale and speed of this change will be unprecedented. It is also very public; attackers are aware of the situation and already exploiting it. Below are some of the most serious threats that security teams will face over the coming weeks.
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Mobile working is becoming the reality for an increasing number of public sector staff. From paramedics to healthcare workers and police officers, working remotely is part of daily routine for many in the sector. But the threat and impact brought by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has seen many organisations instructing office-based employees to work remotely, i.e., from home, as a way to minimise the risk of infection and spreading of the virus.
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It’s no secret that DevOps teams typically have three main priorities: increasing agility and innovation, improving collaboration, and delivering products faster to market. It’s also no secret that they will be quick to adopt any technology that supports these goals.
Containerisation is a natural fit for this framework: increasing the scalability and dynamism of the cloud to develop and update applications faster, meet the ever-increasing demands placed on DevOps teams, and ultimately deliver better customer experiences. However, there are a few obstacles still standing in the way.
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As enterprises go digital and integrate new technologies into their business, public sector organisations have been left scrambling to keep up with the new digital age. This is a mammoth challenge for a public institution like the NHS which operates across a massive scale and hosts huge amounts of data.
It’s not as simple as moving away from legacy infrastructure to a cloud platform in a few easy steps. It’s a complicated project that encompasses different areas including cyber security, networking, data and cloud. The issue facing the NHS and other public sector organisations is prioritising one area without compromising another. It’s a careful balancing act to ensure that the NHS can achieve its aim of becoming digital and agile, whilst deploying a stringent cyber security strategy in order to protect its new digital system, critical services and confidential data.
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