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Make sense of edge computing vs. cloud computing

The internet of things is real, and itrsquo;s a real part of the cloud.

A key challenge is how you can get data processed from so many devices.

Cisco Systems predicts that cloud traffic is likely to rise nearly fourfold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year for which data is available) to 14.1ZB per year by 2020.As a result, we could have the cloud computing perfect storm from the growth of IoT.

After all, IoT is about processing device-generated data that is meaningful, and cloud computing is about using data from centralized computing and storage.

Growth rates of both can easily become unmanageable.[ Read the InfoWorld reviews: Amazon eases developers into IoT. | Azure brings IoT to .Net developers. | Stay up on cloud happenings with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ]So what do we do? The answer is something called “edge computing.” We already know that computing at the edge pushes most of the data processing out to the edge of the network, close to the source of the data.

Then itrsquo;s a matter of dividing the processing between the edge and the centralized system, meaning a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Does Microsoft’s Cosmos DB promise too much?

Microsoft apparently missed database godfather Michael Stonebrakerrsquo;s memo.
In 2005 Stonebraker declared the “one size fits allrdquo; mentality of the database market is an idea whose “time has come and gone.” Fast forward to 2017 and Microsoft launched Azure Cosmos DB, a new database that promises to do... everything.No, really.

Everything.Relational data? Check.

Documents? Yep.

Graph? Of course.
Strong consistency? Bingo! Eventual consistency? That, too! In fact, Cosmos DB has five consistency models to choose from.Not surprisingly, euphoric cries greeted the press release, with one developer gushing that it “absolutely beats any competitor in the cloudrdquo; and, as such, “not sure why would you go for anything else today.” Microsoft, even less surprisingly, agreed, calling Azure Cosmos DB “the first globally-distributed data service that lets you elastically scale throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions while guaranteeing low latency, high availability, and [five well-defined] consistency [models].”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Eastwind Networks Enables Cloud-App Visibility with Cloud Connectors

Users mistakenly think that if they put their infrastructure into Amazon (AWS), Google Cloud or Azure, that theyrsquo;re also providing securitymdash;but thatrsquo;s a fallacy.

Google’s Firebase taps serverless Cloud Functions

Firebase, Google Cloud’s back end and SDK for mobile and web application development, is being enhanced with serverless compute capabilities. Google Cloud Functions for Firebase, now available in a beta release, allows developers to run back-end JavaScript code that responds to events triggered by Firebase features and HTTPS requests.Developers upload their code to Google's cloud, and the functions are run in a managed Node.js environment. There is no need for users to manage or scale their own servers. “[Cloud Functions] enables true server-less development,” Google's Ben Galbraith said. Like AWS Lambda and Microsoft's Azure Functions, Cloud Functions allows users to deploy and run code without provisioning servers. Developers code to cloud APIs, and the cloud takes care of managing and scaling the functions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant

Microsoftrsquo;s Cortana voice-based personal assistant has always seemed a little out of place in the enterprise.
Itrsquo;s a useful tool for search, for reminders, and for letting you know when you need to leave to get to that meeting on time.

But compared to Amazon Alexarsquo;s growing list of skills, itrsquo;s lagging in the personal assistant race.Yes, it connects to Office 365 and LinkedIn to give you some insight into your work, but then again so does Alexa.

But if Microsoft delivers the Windows promises made last week at its Build 2017 developer conference, thatrsquo;s all going to change.[ Put itnbsp;all together: Microsoftrsquo;s plan to one-up Applersquo;s Handoff. • Inside the Microsoft Graph APIs. • How to build Microsoft bots. • Reinventingnbsp;Microsoft Teams with private bots. • How to use Azure Functions. • Just what is Project Rome? ]As part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellarsquo;s rearticulation of his original “mobile first, cloud firstrdquo; vision as one of “an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge,” Cortana is getting a promotion. More than a basic piece of personal assistant software, with the next release of Windows 10 it will be the face of the intelligent agents that will populate Microsoftrsquo;s new blurring of the cloud and PC worlds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Azure users told they’re not WannaCrypt-proof

Microsoft advises how to harden cloudy Windows, cos it runs a cloud not your OS Microsoft Windows users already know what to do to defeat WannaCrypt (unless they've been asleep for a week). Now the company's published its advice for its Azure customers.…

The cloud can’t fix poor application performance

Have you heard the fairy tale that application performance on the cloud is automatically optimized, without any effort from developers or administrators?Too many people believe itrsquo;s reality, and not a fairy tale.[ A developerrsquo;s guide: Get started with serverless computing. | Microsoft Azure Functions locks in on serverless computing. | Build ’em now! 5 uses for serverless frameworks. ]I blame the confusion on early cloud hype, when “elasticityrdquo; was often stated as something related to cloud performance.

Although elasticity does let you scale on demand by provisioning servers, or perhaps automatically these days using serverless computing technology, the elasticity concept unto itself does not guarantee well-performing applications.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

QA: Microsoft Cosmos DB creator lays out vision for planet-scale database

Microsoft has fired a shot heard around the globe, so to speak, in data management with the debut of Azure Cosmos DB at the recent Microsoft Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle.

The cloud database is positioned for elasticity and globally available data, supported on the Azure cloud.

The project was founded in 2010 by Microsoftrsquo;s Dharma Shukla, who holds the title of distinguished engineer at the company.InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill spoke with Shukla during the conference to get his perspectives on the technology.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Watch out for serverless computing’s blind spot

Serverless computing is an exciting aspect of public cloud computing: You no longer have to provision virtual servers in the cloud; that's done automatically to meet the exact needs of your application.Although the value of serverless computing is not in dispute, itrsquo;s my job to find potential downsides in new technologies so that my clientsmdash;and youmdash;can avoid them.
In the case of serverless computing, we may find that cloud architecture as a discipline suffers. Herersquo;s why.[ A developerrsquo;s guide: Get started with serverless computing. | Microsoft Azure Functions locks in on serverless computing. | Build ’em now! 5 uses for serverless frameworks. ]When building applications for server-oriented architectures (where the virtual servers need to be provisioned, including storage and compute), you have built-in policies around the use of resources, including the virtual server itself.

After all, you have to provision servers before the workloads can access them.

That means you're well aware that they're there, that they cost money, and that they're configured for your workloads.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Why Microsoft’s Cosmos DB represents the future of cloud databases

At first glance, Microsoft's new Cosmos DB Azure database seems like a rebadged successor to Azure's planet-scale NoSQL offering, DocumentDB. It's easy to read Cosmos DB as a point-revision version of its predecessor, down to the fact that existing DocumentDB users will be automigrated.But what's most important about Cosmos DB is not where it's coming from, but where it's heading—and how it may be taking a sizable slice of the cloud-native database world with it. Here are four reasons why Cosmos DB is a harbinger of what's to come for cloud-native database technology and how it's a sign of what's already arrived.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Amido Proves Containerisation is not Over-Hyped with Successful Rollout of Coats...

Industrial thread manufacturer Redefines its Industry’s Digital Agenda using Azure Container ServiceNews Facts:Legacy infrastructure restricting as world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer selects Amido to create a mash-up, container-based architecture that allows for rapid digital growthCALL TO ACTION: Skills gap and DevOp lines blurred owing to digital transformation.

Current IT talent needs to become more platform and software-agnosticEnterprises that are keen to innovate require more infrastructure flexibility and increasingly see advantages in working with vendor-neutral companies... Source: RealWire

Microsoft’s new tools help devs manage cloud deployments on the go

Microsoft is making it easier for developers to manage their cloud deployments on the go, using a new mobile app and browser-based command line.On Wednesday, the company unveiled Azure Cloud Shell, which lets developers spin up a full-fledged terminal environment inside Microsoft’s cloud and comes with a set of preconfigured tools for managing deployments.

Each user will have persistent file storage in their Cloud Shell, hosted in Microsoft Azure.[ Get started: A developer’s guide to serverless computing. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Cloud Shells are accessible through the Microsoft Azure web portal, as well as the Azure mobile app for iOS and Android, which was just released Wednesday.

That app also provides users with the ability to monitor the workloads they have running in Microsoft’s public cloud and perform basic management like stopping and restarting virtual machines.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here