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Microsoft's cloud video analytics can tell if you are happy, sad or angry


Microsoft's video service can pick out emotions on faces. Microsoft has opened up the public preview of Azure Media Analytics, a set of speech and computer vision services for analysing video. The services vary from video stabilisation and motion detection to face detection and measuring emotions, including happiness, sadness, surprise, anger, contempt, fear, disgust: you can see an example of the service analysing the emotions in a video of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on the demo page. More organizations are using and storing video -- for training or customer engagement or surveillance -- and they need new ways of searching and analysing that mass of information, Microsoft said. "We are introducing these services based on feedback and requirements from customers across industries, from public safety, government and surveillance to retail, education, automotive and more.

BrandPost: Top 3 tips for picking the right cloud backup solution


Your data is very important to you. Your treasured photos or family videos are priceless, not to mention your critical files such as tax information or all of those documents for your home-based business. You may think that you are covered because you backup regularly to an external hard drive but hard drives can fail. The first step is understanding what fits your needs, such as ease of use, cost, and features. Here are some tips from IDrive, an online backup leader, to help you find the solution that fits your needs.

Fall 2019 ONUG


The ONUG narrative is focused on digital transformation within the Global 2000 and its underpinning technologies plus IT culture, organization and skills realignment to manage this exciting transition. Technologies, such as hybrid multi-cloud, a secure internet, machine learning, artificial intelligence, automated and software-driven infrastructure, software-defined Wide Area Networking 2.0, are all but some of the topics on the agenda at ONUG Fall 2019. Front and center at ONUG Fall will be reference solutions to the most common digital transformation problems. These reference solutions are software building blocks that construct a hybrid and/or multi-cloud infrastructure that connects, secures, monitors and orchestrates workloads between on- and off-premises.

Google Cloud brings Bare Metal Solution to new regions


Google Cloud on Monday announced it's expanding its Bare Metal Solution to five additional regions, with plans to launch four more sites by the end of the year. First announced back in November, the Bare Metal Solution provides hardware for running specialized workloads, such as Oracle Database, close to Google Cloud. The new sites offering the Bare Metal Solution are Ashburn, Virginia; Frankfurt; London; Los Angeles, California; and Sydney. By the end of 2020, it will also be available in Amsterdam, São Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo. Bare Metal Solution is aimed at enterprises with mission-critical workloads that are typically difficult to move to the cloud.

Oracle's Cloud VMware Solution becomes generally available


Oracle on Thursday announced it's expanding the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution to all of Oracle's public cloud regions, as well as Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer deployments. The Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, first announced last September, effectively lets customers run the full VMware Cloud Foundation software stack on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The expanded service is part of Oracle's push to gain a better foothold in the public cloud market by winning over customers with deeply-entrenched on-premise workloads. Unlike competing public cloud offerings, the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution gives organizations access to a complete, customer-controlled VMware environment. Customers can use key services not available on other public clouds, like VMware Host Client for ESXi Management.