Google Solidifies Position as a Trailblazer in High-Performance Computing with Purported Achievement of Quantum Supremacy

R. Bhattacharyya

Summary Bullets:

  • A draft research paper leaked the news that Google had achieved quantum supremacy.
  • The accomplishment reinforces Google’s position as a thought leader in the realm of high-performance computing.

Last week, a draft research paper appeared and then was immediately removed, apparently leaking the news that Google had achieved quantum supremacy, meaning it had performed calculations that today’s high-speed computers could not accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. Purportedly, Google’s Sycamore quantum processor, utilizing 53-qubits, performed calculations in 200 seconds that would have taken traditional supercomputers over 10,000 years to complete. The power and future potential of such an achievement are awe-inspiring, even if there are no practical applications today. Continue reading “Google Solidifies Position as a Trailblazer in High-Performance Computing with Purported Achievement of Quantum Supremacy”

Alibaba Cloud Aims for Platform Integration with Digital Industries; New Retail Deployment with El Corte Inglés Highlights Success Beyond China

J. Marcus

Summary Bullets:

  • Deployment with leading Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés represents the potential of Alibaba Cloud’s ‘New Retail’ solutions beyond China (and beyond Alibaba’s own e-commerce business).
  • Retail is just one of many industries where the company is positioning to deliver integrated AI-driven digital solutions.

Ahead of its annual Apsara Conference in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba Cloud announced a key enterprise customer engagement in Europe. While the deployment of its AI-driven retail solution with leading Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés is described as a pilot, the two companies were already working together, having signed an agreement last year that covers commerce, smart payments, cloud computing, and retail-specific digital solutions. Continue reading “Alibaba Cloud Aims for Platform Integration with Digital Industries; New Retail Deployment with El Corte Inglés Highlights Success Beyond China”

Apsara Conference 2019: Alibaba Cloud Deepens Engagement with Big Data and AI and Extends International Footprint

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • In addition to consolidating domestic market primacy, Alibaba Cloud is intent on establishing leadership in other Asia-Pacific cloud and IT markets, including Indonesia.
  • Accompanying Alibaba Cloud’s geographical expansion is a commitment to delivering higher-value solutions that leverage AI and big data, to help customers with their digital transformation objectives.

Alibaba’s cloud and IT business, Alibaba Cloud, kicked off its annual conference in Hangzhou, China with a commitment to working with customers to drive innovation, while also extending the success of its China strategy to other geographical markets. This year’s Apsara Conference, which brought together around 6,000 clients, partners, and developers, was a milestone event for Alibaba Cloud, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this month and whose rapid expansion has propelled it into the ranks of the world’s top five cloud service providers. Continue reading “Apsara Conference 2019: Alibaba Cloud Deepens Engagement with Big Data and AI and Extends International Footprint”

More Collaboration is Required to Move 5G IoT from Hype to Reality

M. Rogers

Summary Bullets:

• 5G will not be about consumers, devices, and video but rather about enterprises, connected things, and platforms; however the industry is still in a hype phase.

• In order to move hype to reality, operators, vendors, and industry need to collaborate around solutions and virtualize 5G networks, open them up to APIs and co-develop from the ground up.

From people to things

From attending 5G Asia last week, which was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo Centre in Singapore, it is clear that 5G will mean something very different to the world than 4G LTE. The defining attributes of the LTE era is bringing mobile video to the masses and bringing many online for the first time. While 4G was about mass market consumer access to videos and applications from anywhere, 5G will be more about enterprises and governments transforming how we live and work. This also means 5G will be about connected things, machines, buildings, and cities, rather than connecting people with smartphones. 5G will also be about the power of analytics driven insights and automation.

5G has not quite arrived

Listening to speakers from across the technology industry from telcos to vendors to integrators to government agencies to independent software suppliers, it was clear that 5G will be all those things, but it also became abundantly clear that today 5G is not there yet. The telco and technology industries have a lot of work to do before the potential of 5G can really be unlocked. Outside of a handful of MNOs in US, South Korea, Australia, and EMEA, there are very few networks live today and coverage is very limited. Further, what is being offered so far are simply handset plans, not the society-changer that some have billed 5G as. Much of the buzz around early launches is really just hype, and current 5G services are simply a slightly faster LTE. Continue reading “More Collaboration is Required to Move 5G IoT from Hype to Reality”

Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle’s Evolving Integrated Cloud Paves the Way for Blockchain

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Oracle Blockchain Platform Enterprise Edition supports pre-assembled integration with popular business apps.
  • The evolving Oracle Cloud provides necessary support for advanced applications, including blockchain.

Oracle has been working to expand its cloud interoperability partnerships, in particular with Microsoft and VMware, building out an ecosystem to further its mission of combining database and PaaS with strengths in management, analytics, and integration. A primary objective of its evolving Oracle Cloud is to help developers build the next-generation of distributed apps, including blockchain apps. Continue reading “Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle’s Evolving Integrated Cloud Paves the Way for Blockchain”

DXC Creates a Data-Driven Contact Center Solution Based on Amazon Connect

S. Soh

Summary Bullets:

  • There are opportunities for service providers to partner with hyperscale cloud providers to develop differentiated offerings; DXC’s contact center based on Amazon Connect is an example.
  • Cloud providers need to work with IT services providers with strong business and technical capabilities to accelerate the adoption of their services.

Hyperscalers such as Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure have developed a broad set of products and services to help enterprises transform their IT and become more efficient. However, they do not have many engineers and solution architects running around to help every enterprise deploy their technology, particularly if integration work is required. The hyperscalers are not in the business of helping customers integrate their solutions with existing applications. This opens up opportunities for service providers to develop managed cloud services through partnerships with hyperscalers and build expertise in both implementing solutions in different cloud environments and managing them. Continue reading “DXC Creates a Data-Driven Contact Center Solution Based on Amazon Connect”

Is the Internet of Things Growing as Rapidly as We Hoped?

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Early forecasts for the IoT suggested that we would have 50 billion global devices connected by 2020, but in reality, we have only reached about 2 billion devices globally.
  • What are the reasons to be optimistic about the next five years when it comes to the growth of the IoT? What are the reasons to be pessimistic?

In 2010, we started to see huge excitement about the IoT from a diverse ecosystem of suppliers, ranging from operators and MVNOs to infrastructure vendors, module manufacturers, integrators, and solution providers. Early forecasts from companies such as Cisco and Ericsson suggested that by 2020 we would see from 20-50 billion devices connected. Continue reading “Is the Internet of Things Growing as Rapidly as We Hoped?”

Huawei Connect 2019: When It Comes to Combating Global Politics, Huawei Is Taking the Long View with Its AI Portfolio

B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • Though unacknowledged, Huawei responded to growing global criticisms at its annual Connect Conference in Shanghai by introducing several new products in support of its full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio.
  • With several new solutions spanning AI training and algorithm execution hardware, cloud services, open source projects, and ecosystem investments, Huawei intends to build a vibrant, sizable, and influential ecosystem of partners.

Huawei may be facing a global and escalating chorus of scrutiny, criticism, and outright censure right now over whether or not enterprise buyers should trust the Chinese technology giant. But, here in Shanghai, China at Huawei’s Connect 2019 conference, the skies are blue, the temperature is temperate, and the trees appear ready to don their glorious autumnal colors at any moment. This was the sentiment – only slightly paraphrased – delivered as a response to these challenges by Huawei’s Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, Ken Hu, during the opening keynote on Wednesday. Continue reading “Huawei Connect 2019: When It Comes to Combating Global Politics, Huawei Is Taking the Long View with Its AI Portfolio”

HPE in Industrial IoT – Moving Away from a Catch-All Platform to Collaborative Solutions

J. Marcus

Summary Bullets:

• HPE has discontinued marketing and development of its IoT platform.

• HPE is instead moving forward in supporting IoT deployments with infrastructure and consulting, working directly with customers as well as third-party SIs and platform providers.

HPE was in Berlin this week as a primary sponsor at Industry of Things World 2019, a hands-on conference focused on industrial IoT and digital transformation for enterprises.

Despite the clear importance of IoT to HPE’s strategy, HPE Universal IoT Platform, which the company had been promoting aggressively for a few years since its launch in 2016, has been discontinued (although it is maintained in a few deployments where it is still being used). HPE found market requirements to be so diverse that attempting to provide a horizontal solution across all sectors and use cases won’t resonate with enough customers to make it worth it. Key industrial verticals – for example automotive manufacturing, which represents a large market opportunity for IIoT – expect a vertical template, and HPE never had much traction with its platform in manufacturing. With its origins in telco OSS/BSS systems, HPE’s solutions have worked well with large scale smart city deployments, although it found adding connectivity to devices challenging. Continue reading “HPE in Industrial IoT – Moving Away from a Catch-All Platform to Collaborative Solutions”

The Beginning of the SD-WAN Era in Malaysia

A. Amir

Summary Bullets:

  • TM has been offering SD-WAN since November 2018, but Maxis’ launch of its service last month marked the beginning of the real competition.
  • More carriers, integrators and resellers are expected to join the bandwagon, driven by customer demand.

SD-WAN in Malaysia

SD-WAN is not new; it has been around in the market globally for several years, offered by various providers such as carriers, system integrators and value-added resellers. The ecosystem is maturing, with a growing number of vendors and new capabilities having been developed (e.g., multi-vendor interworking, overlay-underlay integration, more virtual network services, network-cloud convergence). However, the market is only beginning to gain momentum in Malaysia. Telekom Malaysia (TM), the fixed-line incumbent provider in the country, launched the service in November last year, offering its customers two vendor options. The provider has not been aggressive in the market with its SD-WAN services due to the risk of losing its business from the legacy data services (e.g., IP VPN, Ethernet, Dedicated Internet) as well as the lack of competition. While there are smaller telcos, value-added reseller and system integrators such as RedTone, ViewQwest, Netpoleon, LNS and BreitKom in the market, its major competitor – Maxis – only launched SD-WAN last month, while Time has yet to offer the service. Continue reading “The Beginning of the SD-WAN Era in Malaysia”