Volume LXIII, Issue 1

In This Issue

Cloud Spending Grows Faster

Excerpted from ZDNet Report by Steve Ranger

Spending on cloud computing services is growing faster than previously expected, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) two of the most rapidly expanding segments.

Worldwide public cloud services revenues are expected to grow 18.5 per cent in 2017 to a total $260 billion, up from $219.6 billion last year, according to Gartner.

While that’s still a small element of total worldwide IT spending — which stands somewhere around $3.5 trillion — it’s a significant number when compared to worldwide enterprise software spending and is expected to reach $351 billion.

In particular the use of software as a service is rising more rapidly than previously predicted, said Sid Nag, Research Director at Gartner.

“SaaS is also growing faster in 2017 than previously forecast, leading to a significant uplift in the entire public cloud revenue forecast.”

SaaS revenue is expected to grow 21 per cent in 2017 to reach $58.6 billion.

But how much of that is because companies want to use cloud… Read More

Cloud Drives Next Gen Innovation

Excerpted from CXOtoday Report by Ram Punamaraju

Innovation has always been driven by three major factors- necessity, wherein, a problem needs to be solved, attitude or eagerness to find a solutions, and the resources to fuel the innovation.

When it comes to resources, cloud has certainly become the driver for innovation.

Start-ups and organizations working on innovations are required to be flexible and ‘nimble on their feet,’ and therefore able to change, adapt and re-allocate resources as and when required – and be able to do so quickly.

To supplement that, the inception and rise of cloud computing has been a necessity of sorts.

The cloud has seen a remarkable growth in the last few years and cloud adoption in India is happening at a rapid pace.

If one follows the growth path of cloud in the country, the adoption of cloud services has seen a rise irrespective of the industry type and the size of business.

A key feature of cloud computing is the sharing of server space, hardware and other resources by a companies and individuals. Therefore, as a result, an innovator need not spend unnecessary resources… Read More

Cloud Enters Golden Time in China

Excerpted from China Daily Report by Tan Xinyu

With artificial intelligence (AI) booming across the world, cloud computing as its supportive infrastructure enters the “golden time” for development, Economic Information Daily reported on Thursday.

The newspaper said that the wide use of AI cannot happen without cloud computing, which helps improve efficiency hardware usage and avoid idleness and waste of the resources.

And this reflects in the price: cloud computing provides the same services for 1 yuan that traditional IT companies offer for 4 yuan.

In July, the State Council, China’s cabinet, issued guidelines on AI development, and AI projects and other areas related to AI, such as big data, cloud computing, quantum computing, and brain science, have also been proposed.

The guideline set three stages for AI development by 2030: catch up with the advanced global levels in AI technology and application by 2020, make major breakthroughs in basic theories by 2025, and become a global innovation center in this field by 2030.

The total output value of AI industry is expected to exceed 1 trillion yuan ($151.78 billion)… Read More

Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

The industrial internet of things (IIoT) promises to generate a new wave of technological innovation that is set to permanently redefine the current digital landscape.

Pioneering businesses are connecting complex, physical machines with first-class analytics to unleash a wealth of new insights that were never before possible.

Companies are looking to leverage the IIoT to reduce unplanned downtime, increase efficiency, and open up a new era of economic growth and competitiveness.

The DCIA co-sponsored Industrial Internet of Things Summit taking place November 7th and 8th in Munich, Germany will bring together forward-thinking companies from the manufacturing, energy, and transportation industries to pave the way for the IIoT revolution.

IIoT Europe is highly content driven, with an incredibly low vendor-to-delegate ratio, allowing for intimate networking opportunities for every attendee.

Each delegate is encouraged to interact via round-table discussions, “speed-date” networking, and sit down meals.

With an extensively researched agenda, tailored to specific requirements by a steering committee of industry experts, attendees can expect the most up-to-date topics to be addressed, and will grasp a real understanding of key issues within their sectors.

The DCIA offers a limited number of complimentary registration packages for this event and, if you are interested, please contact me by Wednesday October 18th to take advantage of this opportunity. Share wisely, and take care.

Network Computing Moves to the Edge

Excerpted from EnterpriseTech Report by Tyler McMullen

In the two decades since Sun Microsystems declared “the network is the computer,” cloud computing has established itself as the de-facto model.

The economic benefits of a near infinite, elastic infrastructure that customers don’t need to manage themselves have assured that.

Storing information centrally has made it possible to deliver information wherever it’s needed, to any device, supporting the explosion in remote work, smartphone apps, social networks and more.

Now we are entering a new phase of network computing.

The emergence of IoT and sensor networks, along with demanding applications, such as multiplayer online gaming, real-time analytics and self-driving cars, mean cloud computing is not the right model to carry us into the future.

Instead, we’re entering the era of edge computing, in which most computation and storage will happen as close as possible to the user.

This change matters because it will require us to think differently about how we design applications… Read More

What’s Next for the IoT?

Excerpted from Semiconductor Engineering Report by Jeff Dorsch

The internet of things (IoT) continues to evolve, attempting to overcome its poor reputation for cybersecurity and making the case for wider adoption, especially by enterprises.

Consumer IoT, largely represented in smart-home automation, remains a market being targeted by Amazon, Apple, Google, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and other technology titans.

The big bucks are in Industrial IoT, though.

That market has attracted AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Verizon Communications, and hundreds of startups.

Some of those startups, such as C3 IoT and Uptake Technologies, have achieved “unicorn” status and attracted significant investments.

The Chicago-based Uptake is a shining example of the industry transition from platform-as-a-service (PaaS) business models to software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Many of the savvier startups are adding artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to their technology portfolios… Read More

Navy Plans New Cloud Contract

Excerpted from Federal News Radio Report by Jared Serbu

Despite what may have been the best of intentions over the last several years, the Navy, like the rest of the Defense Department, has struggled mightily to migrate its systems to the cloud over the last several years.

Although most of its public-facing websites have made the move, all but about 20 of its internal applications are still operating in legacy Navy-owned data centers.

But officials say they’re taking several steps over the coming year that are meant to remove cloud transition bottlenecks.

One is to expand the number of cloud options available to Navy commands and system owners.

As of now, the service still has just one broadly-available commercial cloud contract: the limited-scope agreement for Amazon Web Services that’s allowed it to migrate all of those public websites.

But the Navy expects to make a much larger “enterprise” contract award by June 2018 with the explicit purpose of accelerating cloud adoption throughout the service, said Dan Delgrosso, the Technical Director for the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems… Read More

Dell Unveils New IoT Strategy

Excerpted from Dell Press Announcement

Dell Technologies today unveiled its Internet of Things (IoT) vision and strategy, a new IoT division as well as new IoT specific products, labs, partner program and consumption models.

Today’s announcement underscores Dell Technologies commitment to helping customers realize their digital future by safely navigating the complex and often fragmented IoT landscape.

As more and more customers look to digitally transform their business, a new model of computing is emerging.

For the last 15 years the IT industry has seen the rise of Cloud Computing, a highly centralized model for delivering IT services.

But in an age where every type of device, from phones to cars to oil rigs to robots to heart monitors are alive and intelligent, there is a requirement for a “distributed core” focused on real time processing of information.

These devices simply cannot wait for a response from centralized cloud infrastructure that may be ‘seconds’ away.

“IoT is fundamentally changing how we live, how organizations operate and how the world works” said Michael Dell, Chairman… Read More

Telefonica Mexico Improves Network Quality

Excerpted from Telefonica Press Announcement

Telefonica Mexico, provider of wireless telecommunication, fixed-line, mobile, public, and data services in Mexico, has announced today that it has signed an agreement with Tutela, the world’s largest mobile network crowd sourced data company.

The partnership will mean that Telefonica Mexico has access to crowd-sourced network quality data from over 150,000 Mexican mobile phone users. Insights and usage patterns will enable the company to improve the mobile quality experience for its customers.

Anonymous network quality data provided by Tutela will include details of signal strength and quality, device usage and download speed patterns.

These insights will enable Telefonica Mexico to analyze the experience of their own and their competitors networks, identify opportunities for improvement and to trouble shoot network performance issues as they arise.

Tom Luke, Vice President at Tutela said; “We are extremely pleased to have been selected by Telefonica to assist with their ongoing investment and focus on quality improvement… Read More

Rackspace Expands APAC Multi-Cloud Footprint

Excerpted from ComputerWeekly Report by Aaron Tan

Before the launch of its Singapore office, Rackspace was supporting most of its Southeast Asian and Singapore-based customers from Hong Kong, according to Ali Azarian, Sales Director for Asia at Rackspace.

“The data sovereignty laws in Singapore are getting stricter, so our customers have said their data needs to be in here rather than our Hong Kong datacenter,” he told Computer Weekly in Singapore.

Azarian said having a Singapore office made sense, given that Rackspace already has partnerships with major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure that have established datacenters in the city-state.

He added that both Amazon and Microsoft had encouraged Rackspace to open a Singapore office to take advantage of the market opportunity not only in Singapore, but also in the neighboring markets of Malaysia and the Philippines.

“There was a huge gap,” said Azarian. “There wasn’t somebody who could help someone with a budget of $5,000 a month to manage everything.”

By everything, Azarian was referring to the growing number of cloud infrastructure services that enterprises need to manage on their own as they embark on a multi-cloud strategyRead More

Safe-T Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Excerpted from Safe-T Press Announcement

Safe-T, a provider of software-defined access solutions for the hybrid cloud, today announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to educate on its uses to help secure all other forms of computing.

Safe-T will share its on-demand software-defined access solution with CSA subscribers, and actively collaborate with members to advance and apply best practices.

Safe-T protects information on premise and in the cloud by going beyond the usual authentication and encryption strategies to mask data at the perimeter. This keeps information assets safe and limits access only to authorized and intended entities.

Safe-T’s new generation, patented multi-layered solution advances the Software Defined Perimeter by consolidating data exchange and connectivity, as well as simplifying workflows and related enterprise systems.

Safe-T improves operational efficiency and ensures regulatory compliance while delivering ROI by reducing both operational and capital expenditures… Read More

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers

Excerpted from NY Times Report by Nicole Perlroth

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs.

What gave the Russian hacking, detected more than two years ago, such global reach was its improvised search tool – antivirus software made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, that is used by 400 million people worldwide, including by officials at some two dozen American government agencies.

The Israeli officials who had hacked into Kaspersky’s own network alerted the United States to the broad Russian intrusion, which has not been previously reported, leading to a decision just last month to order Kaspersky software removed from government computers.

The Russian operation, described by multiple people who have been briefed on the matter, is known to have stolen classified documents from a National Security Agency (NSA) employee who had improperly stored them on his home computer, on which Kaspersky’s antivirus software was installed.

What additional American secrets the Russian hackers may have gleaned from multiple agencies… Read More

Govs & Hackers Team to Secure Elections

Excerpted from Reuters Report by Jim Finkle

Hackers are joining forces with US governors and academics in a new group aimed at preventing the manipulation of voter machines and computer systems to sway the outcome of future US elections, a source familiar with the project said on Monday.

The anti-hacking coalition’s members include organizers of last summer’s Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, NV, the National Governors Association and the Center for Internet Security, said the source, who asked not to be identified ahead of a formal announcement due to be made on Tuesday.

The Washington-based Atlantic Council think tank and several universities are also part of the project, the source said.

The coalition will be unveiled as Def Con organizers release a report describing vulnerabilities in voting machines and related technology that were uncovered in July.

Hackers pulled apart voting machines and election computers at the three-day event, uncovering security bugs that organizers said could be exploited by people trying to manipulate election results.

People at the Las Vegas conference learned to hack voting machines within minutes or just a few hours… Read More

Leaders Increasingly Rely on Cloud

Excerpted from Gigabit Report by Jonathan Dyble

In the age of digital transformation, businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on and are investing more heavily in emerging technologies in order facilitate further growth.

TeleSign, a communications platform specialist, has released its report named Customers Communications report: how businesses use cloud communications to fuel growth, whereby 500 customer communications stakeholders were surveyed.

The study reveals key insights into how cloud communications are being viewed as a fundamental part of this digital transformation.

“We believe business survival is tied to the ability to engage customers in delightful experiences where, when, and how they want to be reached,” said Aled Miles, CEO of TeleSign.

Within the report, TeleSigns cites from its own studies that 87% of business leaders say that their company’s success depends on the ability to connect with customers via cloud communications.

Firms are seeing a multitude of benefits offered by cloud communications,. Read More

Cybersecurity Jobs on the Rise

Excerpted from TechRepublic Report by Alison DeNisco

Across the economy, US employers added an estimated 105,000 IT jobs to their ranks in September, according to a new CompTIA report.

The new positions included 3,200 jobs in the IT sector, 3,000 jobs in computer and electronic products manufacturing, and 4,200 jobs in IT services and customer software development.

Meanwhile, data processing, hosting, and related services only added 300 jobs.

“Because postponing digital business transformation is becoming an increasingly risky proposition, businesses of all sizes seek the expertise and tools to modernize their legacy systems,” Tim Herbert, CompTIA’s Senior Vice President of Research and Market Intelligence, said.

Despite the rise in new positions, job posts in IT experienced their largest drop of the year, falling nearly 40,000 in September from the previous month.

However, there was little change in the occupations employers are hiring for, which include software developers, computer system engineers/architects, computer systems analysts, IT support specialists, and web developers… Read More

IoTW USA Returns to San Diego

Excerpted from weCONECT Public Announcement

Industry of Things World USA 2018 will bring together the entire industrial internet of things (IIoT) ecosystem in San Diego for the third time for three days of high level networking and learning under one roof from March 7th through 9th.

With over six-hundred high level industrial internet executives coming together for industry leading presentations, panel sessions, interactive discussions and workshops, there is no better opportunity to meet and network with peers who play an active role in the IIoT scene.

Here are the first confirmed speakers who will be sharing their insights: Dave Rauch, Senior Vice President – Worldwide Manufacturing Operations, Western Digital; Nigel Upton, Worldwide Director & General Manager IoT and Global Connectivity Platforms, HPE; Axel Voege, Global Head of Engine Health Monitoring Data Services, Rolls-Royce; Joel Neidig, Head of Technology, ITAMCO; Eric Schaeffer, Senior Managing Director, Accenture; John Carrier, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Robert Martin, Senior Principal engineer – Cyber Security, Industrial Internet Consortium; and Dr. Jennifer Schumacher, Technical Director/co-founder, Computational Intelligence Group, 3M Corporate Innovation Center.

Sign-up online or check-out the latest event guide here for more information… Read More

Coming Events of Interest

Mobility Unmanned — November 1st and 2nd in Washington, DC. Providing key stakeholders the unique opportunity to explore cutting-edge autonomous technology and examine the emerging regulatory landscape governing the commercial use of unmanned vehicles in all sectors – air, land, and sea.

Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Europe — November 7th and 8th in Munich, Germany. IoT Europe will bring together forward-thinking companies from the manufacturing, energy, and transportation sectors to pave the way for the Industrial IoT revolution.

Government Video Expo & National Drone Show — November 28th-30th in Washington, DC. The 22nd annual GVE will feature a full exhibit floor with numerous training options, free seminars, keynotes, networking opportunities, and five new educational pavilions.

CES — January 9th through 12th in Las Vegas, NV. Organized by the Consumer Technology Association, this large annual event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.

Industry of Things World USA 2018 — March 7th through 9th in San Diego, CA will bring together the entire industrial internet of things (IIoT) ecosystem for this third annual event featuring three days of high level networking and learning.

Delivery of Things World 2018 — April 23rd and 24th in Berlin, Germany. Meet the most influential DevOps practitioners and experts and discuss what DevOps means for your business.

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