It has never been a better time to be a developer. Thanks to cloud computing, deploying our applications is much easier than it used to be. How we deploy our apps continues to evolve thanks to cloud hosting, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service. FaaS is the concept of serverless computing via serverless architectures. Software developers can leverage this to deploy an individual "function", action, or piece of business logic.
Adobe unveiled a bevy of Creative Cloud updates Wednesday that infuse more artificial intelligence capabilities across its entire system of applications with Adobe Sensei. The updates, announced at the Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, include a totally redesigned version of Lightroom CC that lets users edit photos in near real time across multiple devices. The cloud-based service automatically syncs up changes across mobile, desktop and the web, and includes a more intuitive user interface, as well as improved search and social capabilities, Adobe said. The old version of Lightroom is now called Lightroom Classic CC. Adobe also released a few new applications including Adobe XD for experience design, Adobe Dimension for 2D to 3D compositing, and Character Animator for 2D animation.
Hiding racy photos on your phone can be a tedious, manual affair. Depending on the app, you need to first select all the pics you want to move, move them and then delete them from your original cameral roll. That's not to mention making sure they didn't go to any automatic cloud backup locations like iCloud or Google Photos. A new app, Nude, aims to make the process a lot easier by scanning your photos for nudes, putting them in a private vault, deleting them from your camera roll and then erasing them from iCloud. All of this analysis is done on your iPhone, too, so no sensitive information hits the cloud.
Tableau Software is the Apple of the analytics market, with a huge fan base and enthusiastic customers who are willing to stand in long lines for a glimpse at what's next. Last week's Tableau Conference in Las Vegas proved that once again with record attendance of more than 14,000. The Tableau fan boys and fan girls were not disappointed, as the company detailed plenty of new capabilities. The highly anticipated Hyper engine, for example, is now in beta release 10.5 and is sure to be generally available by early next year. Hyper solves Tableau performance problems when dealing with high-scale data extracts.
Intel today announced that Intel field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are now powering the Acceleration-as-a-Service of Alibaba Cloud*, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. The acceleration service, which can be launched from the Alibaba Cloud website, enables customers to develop and deploy accelerator solutions in the cloud for Artificial Intelligence inference, video streaming analytics, database acceleration and other fields where intense computing is required. "Our collaboration with Alibaba Cloud brings forward FPGA-based accelerator capabilities and tools that will be offered to developers and end users as they work on large and intense computing workloads," said John Sakamoto, vice president, Communications and Data Center Solutions, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. As part of the Intel deployment, Alibaba Cloud users will have access to the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, which offers a common developer interface, abstracted hardware design, and development tools that support hardware or software development flows (OpenCL or RTL) that the developer is most familiar with.
Once Google decided to get more serious about its cloud computing business and serving enterprise customers--Google Cloud storage officially launched in 2010--it has found more ways to take its AI investment and acumen and use it to serve others. All of Google's work on Google Translate can now help any global business with a call center. Amazon has a much more natural synergy between its AI efforts and how it can sell those initiatives to others via its industry-leading cloud computing service. After it built warehouses to fulfill orders for customers, it offered Fulfillment by Amazon to those same marketplace businesses.
Some notable OOW17 announcements are generally available today, such as the Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Event Hub and Stream Analytics Cloud services, and the Oracle Analytics Cloud Data Lake Edition. But whether it's the next round of Adaptive Intelligent Apps, coming artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) Platform as a Service capabilities, or a series of Oracle Analytics Cloud upgrades, many of the more interesting announcements from OOW17 will emerge over the next three to six months. The same goes for the on-premises deployment option, which won't be Autonomous unless it's delivered "Cloud at Customer" style, with an Oracle Cloud Machine deployed in customer data centers but managed by Oracle. As for those tests results versus Amazon, the comparison of Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud vs. Oracle Database on Amazon is a shoe-in for the home team given Oracle's ability to run the database on Exadata, which is not an option for Amazon and which pushes down query processing to the storage layer, thereby reducing the load before the query even gets to the database engine.
The new Oracle Management Cloud suite combines Oracle Management Cloud, Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Service, and Oracle Infrastructure Monitoring Cloud Service. The new Oracle Management Cloud suite includes the Standard Edition services, as well as Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service and the new Oracle Orchestration Cloud Service. The Oracle Management Cloud has an analytics engine that is constantly updated with real-world data, providing it with evolving analytics. Oracle has also expanded its Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service to monitor and analyze security and operational logs from a wide variety of both on-premises and cloud technologies, providing unified monitoring.
AI for Earth, a program that offers access to Microsoft's artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and cloud resources to researchers and organizations that are addressing environmental challenges, is now turning its attention to the world's oceans. The new AI for Earth European Union Oceans Award provides cloud computing resources to researchers focused on oceans and problems affecting them, which may include pollution, rising sea levels and increasing ocean acidity. To date, AI for Earth has awarded $235,000 worth of Azure cloud resources to 20 applicants across 10 countries, said Joppa. Using the Azure cloud computing platform and connected sensors, Steffes Corporation and Mesh Systems are turning water heaters in into a giant battery, of sorts, that stores excess energy and helps balance the grid in Hawaii.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo @ThingsExpo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-4, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. Join Cloud Expo @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, for three days of intense Enterprise Cloud and'Digital Transformation' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indispensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and (IIoT) Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) Digital Transformation in Vertical Markets. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 21st Cloud Expo @ThingsExpo October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech, which will incorporate machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and blockchain into one track.