Announcements from Industrial IoT Services Providers Augur Well for Market Momentum

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Over the past six months, IoT service providers in the US, Europe, and APAC have been busily disclosing new capabilities, with close to 30 announcements, not including customer wins.
  • Announcements ranged from news on acquisitions and investments to new and enhanced services, technology alliances, and vertical solutions.  

New and Enhanced Services

New and enhanced services ranged from asset tracking improvements to expanded coverage, roaming alliances, managed services, wholesale expansion, and blockchain in conjunction with Internet of Things (IoT), edge alliances, and dynamic network access.

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Cisco DevOps Tools Tackle Ops’ Pain Points

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • New Cisco DevOps tools build on initial API management innovations.
  • Installing a qualified head of ET&I indicates a serious DevOps strategy.

Cisco used last week’s KubeCon as the stage to build out its DevOps portfolio, stemming from its Emerging Technology and Incubation (ET&I) business unit.  The three product announcements address customers’ ongoing digitization challenges around service mesh, security, and modern monitoring. Continue reading “Cisco DevOps Tools Tackle Ops’ Pain Points”

IBM Expands Cybersecurity Grant Program to Help K-12 Institutions Battle Ransomware

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

Summary Bullets:

• Often under-resourced from an IT perspective and possessing a wealth of valuable personal data, educational institutions are prime targets for ransomware.

• With incidents against K-12 school systems rising dramatically, IBM is looking to help districts mount a better defense through its cybersecurity grant program.

The number of ransomware incidents levied against educational institutions is soaring. K-12 school systems in particular have suffered a brutal few years. To help mount a better defense, IBM is again offering cybersecurity support to public school districts in the US and a number of other countries.

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No More Moonshots: IBM Emphasizes Practical AI at Think 2022

W. Stofega

Summary Bullets:

  • CEO Arvind Krishna outlined an AI development strategy that helps businesses become more efficient by eliminating manual processes.
  • IBM’s strategy looks to bring technology to customers to help them accomplish a complete and integrated digital transformation.

Although Think 2022 did not produce headline-grabbing announcements, it did provide customers, the financial community, and the tech press with guidance regarding IBM’s future product strategy. The company’s CEO, Arvind Krishna, expressed intentions to focus on product development related to more practical use cases for artificial intelligence (AI), rather than ‘moonshots.’ To be clear, IBM is not abandoning its heritage of developing new technology; however, Krishna believes that AI projects must bring practical values to the customer and that more ambitious, aspirational initiatives belong in a research lab. One example of IBM’s more pragmatic approach, and the strategy it plans to expand, is how it’s working with McDonald’s. IBM is looking to help the fast-food company use AI to help lower costs and boost efficiency by automating customer orders. An example of a practical solution that will appeal to a broad audience is Watson AIOps, which looks to apply AI to information technology to increase productivity by being predictive, rather than reactive.

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Employee Monitoring Has Unintended Consequences

S. Schuchart

Summary Bullets:

  • Productivity monitoring software causes more unintentional harm than good.
  • Companies that implement productivity monitoring software will suffer from more turnover and have a much more difficult time in hiring.

While often talked about separately, the Great Resignation and work from home (WFH) are inextricably linked.  Both are pandemic-born and have propagated a number of technological trends, including greater focus on security, collaboration, and productivity. But technology is not always the solution. In this case, the proliferation of monitoring software and the relative enthusiasm for it can and will backfire spectacularly. Continue reading “Employee Monitoring Has Unintended Consequences”

Red Hat Summit: Ansible’s Growing Prominence

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:             

  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is growing in prominence within OpenShift and the industry in general
  • Ansible’s popularity has prompted a new round of key partnerships to expand OpenShift’s ecosystem

Red Hat Ansible has matured into a shining star, not only among OpenShift’s portfolio, but the industry in general for its ability to abstract the complexity of building and operating IT automation at scale as part of enterprises’ business transformations.

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Vodafone UK M&A Rumors Indicate Further Consolidation During Cost-of-Living Crisis

R. Pritchard

Summary Bullets:

  • The incremental consolidation of the UK enterprise telecoms market continues in light of broader national combinations, with further deals inevitable.
  • Although driven by financial imperatives in a highly competitive market, these developments reflect a broader re-segmentation in the context of the current economic environment.

Following the creation of the Virgin Media O2 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica via the merger of their respective Virgin Media and O2 UK businesses, there has been an increasing pressure on Vodafone, BT, and other players to improve investor returns by creating a greater scale through mergers and acquisitions.

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Fujitsu Takes a Shot at Big Cloud with New HPC On-Demand Offering

Summary Bullets:

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B. Valle

  • Fujitsu is the latest infrastructure vendor to enter the market of high-performance computing as a service (HPCaaS) with the ‘Fujitsu Computing as a Service (CaaS)’ portfolio.
  • Competitors in this market include Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Lenovo, IBM, Dell Technologies, Atos, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Alibaba.

Fujitsu announced the launch of the Fujitsu CaaS portfolio in Japan last month, a services platform to enable commercial organizations to access high-end HPC capabilities to run complex artificial intelligence (AI) workloads via the public cloud. ‘Fujitsu Cloud Service HPC,’ the first services offering made available as part of the CaaS portfolio, is based on Fujitsu’s Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 servers running on ARM A64X chips, the same processors behind the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku. Fujitsu has combined these supercomputing capabilities with software to deploy a wide range of AI and machine learning (ML) applications. Continue reading “Fujitsu Takes a Shot at Big Cloud with New HPC On-Demand Offering”

Nokia and Equideum Partner to Optimize and Analyze Health Data

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:             

  • The Nokia Bell Labs and Equideum Health collaboration will leverage data generated from wearables and home health devices.
  • Analytics will be fundamental in aiding clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers to rapidly gain insight from the data as well as shorten clinical trial timelines.

In April 2022, Nokia Bell Labs and Equideum Health announced a partnership focused on empowering individuals to own and benefit from their personal health data. The collaboration will leverage the rapidly expanding datasets generated from wearables and other edge devices, including the growing set of in-home medical devices. The central premise is that while health data is increasing exponentially, no one has figured out a way to collect it, centralize it, and use it for near real-time meaningful insights. Edge computing, AI, ML, and blockchain technologies are now available to accomplish this by collecting and analyzing diverse data types from a wide variety of devices (e.g., wearables, sensors, smartphones, and video feeds). The partners also expect to empower a flood of innovation, without companies worrying about sharing proprietary information or individuals worrying about sharing their personal information without knowing who has access to it. Beneficiaries of this vision will include consumers, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, institutions, medical device manufacturers, and potentially a slew of startups excited about access to reams of high quality, verifiable health data.

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VMware Expands Its Sovereign Cloud Initiative to Support Customers with Growing Data Sovereignty Requirements

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • VMware has expanded its Sovereign Cloud initiative with new partners and cloud-native, developer-centric tools and capabilities.
  • The Sovereign Cloud initiative will help VMware and its partners better serve customers in regulated industries, which need to adhere to a growing range of data sovereignty requirements.

VMware’s Sovereign Cloud initiative, announced at VMworld in October 2021, gained traction this week with the addition of four partners (bringing the total to 14), as well as cloud-native, developer-centric capabilities. The initiative is designed to help enterprise customers from regulated industries (such as banking and finance, healthcare, local retail and ecommerce, energy, government services, defense, intelligence, regional telecom, and public sectors) meet their unique sovereign cloud requirements, including those related to data sovereignty and data access and control. It does this by empowering and equipping trusted national or regional cloud service providers with the capabilities they need to support their customers’ data sovereignty requirements. Continue reading “VMware Expands Its Sovereign Cloud Initiative to Support Customers with Growing Data Sovereignty Requirements”