Alibaba launches cloud pin for Tokyo Olympic broadcasters

Tokyo Olympics Bridge

Tech giant Alibaba, a worldwide Olympic partner, has unveiled its Alibaba Cloud Pin, a digital wearable for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that allows for the exchange of contact information in a safe and interactive manner.

Designed for broadcasting and media professionals, the pin can be worn either as a badge or on a lanyard, and will be deployed at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) of the upcoming Games between July 23 and August...

How to thrive in a cloud-native culture – outside the cloud

It is no contradiction to say that being ‘cloud-native’ has not much to do with cloud computing. There is an idea that cloud is a place, a suite of technologies or services that run somewhere in data centres. But the cloud is not a place; it is a way of working. A culture. 

But what does culture really mean in the context of cloud? American sociologist Ron Westrum defined organisational culture as “the organisation’s pattern of response to the problems and...

La Liga expands Microsoft Azure partnership for OTT services and ML enhancements

La Liga, the foremost Spanish football league, has expanded its partnership with Microsoft Azure to focus on machine learning (ML), over the top (OTT) services, as well as augmented reality.

The two companies promise to 'digitally transform the sports experience globally', and are focusing on improvements for fans, broadcasters and stadia operations alike.

Azure Event Hubs and Azure Data Lake, as well as Azure's machine learning tools, will provide 'data-enhanced match...

KubeCon Europe roundup: Key developments for Kubernetes on the edge

Kubernetes (K8s) is the key component in the data centres modernising and adopting cloud-native development architecture to deliver applications using containers. Capabilities such as orchestrating VMs and containers together make Kubernetes the go-to platform for modern application infrastructure adopters. Telecom operators are also using Kubernetes to orchestrate their applications in a distributed environment involving many edge nodes.

But due to the large scale of telco...

IBM to acquire Turbonomic with AIOps dominance squarely in its sights

IBM is to acquire Turbonomic, a Boston-based application resource and network performance management software provider, to help organisations with their AIOps initiatives.

The acquisition 'will provide businesses with full stack application observability and management to assure performance and minimise costs using AI to optimise resources - such as containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks, and databases', the company touted in the press materials.

AIOps, the...

Siemens and Google Cloud come together for AI-flavoured manufacturing cloud

Updated 1600 BST: Siemens and Google Cloud are working together to deliver AI-based solutions in manufacturing - in what can be seen as another 'industry cloud' offering.

The two companies have announced an agreement where Siemens will integrate Google Cloud's machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies with its factory automation products.

The opportunity lies in connecting what Siemens calls AI 'islands' on the manufacturing floor. Manufacturers have...

IBM continues to look to the hybrid cloud: Learn more about IBM Cloud Native Day

Sponsored The past month has seen a series of interesting updates with regard to IBM's cloud native strategy - and if there are two key areas to concentrate on especially, it is open and hybrid.

This has influenced decisions to the point of significant structural change at the Armonk giant. October saw IBM spin off its infrastructure unit. CEO Arvind Krishna said at the time the decision was the "logical next step in [IBM's] pursuit of the $1 trillion hybrid cloud...

What you need to know about soaring enterprise machine learning investments

The second wave of enterprise AI/ML adoption is growing rapidly. We expect it to crest in 2021, as many organisations have been increasing and accelerating their investments in tools and people.

That was one of the unmistakable conclusions of our 2021 enterprise trends in machine learning report: 83% of the companies we surveyed said their AI/ML budgets had increased year-over-year, and we found that the average number of data scientists they employ has increased by 76%...

Google Cloud: Three tech and cloud trends which are fuelling business recovery in 2021

Businesses are at a pivotal moment in time. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that global GDP shrank by 4.4% in 2020, and contraction in the most advanced economies is estimated to be 5.8%. Today, however, vaccine availability and distribution brings us the brightest glimmer of hope yet that slowing the devastation of the virus may be a reality. More effectively addressing the health crisis also means economic recovery is becoming a stronger possibility - if businesses can...

IBM makes Cloud Satellite generally available: Hybrid cloud for all – and an evolution for Watson

IBM has announced the general availability of IBM Cloud Satellite, joining the hyperscaler party in enabling its hybrid cloud services across any environment.

The announcement 'brings a secured, unifying layer of cloud services for clients across environments, regardless of where their data resides', in the words of the press materials. Edge is key to this process. "As workloads shift to the edge, IBM Cloud Satellite will help clients deliver low latency, while still enabling them...