Technology

AWS partners with ConsenSys to drive seamless adoption of blockchain among enterprises

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has teamed up with Consensus Systems (ConsenSys), a blockchain software company, on a blockchain software-as-a-service (SaaS) called Kaleido Blockchain Business Cloud platform. Blockchain can help enterprises with a lot of new possibilities by providing decentralized, secure, transparent, and absolute transactions, interactions and processes. But the technology is out of reach of enterprises because of lack of readily available solutions to implement it. “If blockchain doesn’t become dramatically easier to use, then companies will have to walk back their investments and our society will be far too slow in realizing blockchain’s significant promise. We designed the Kaleido platform from scratch with new user experiences and tools to radically simp...

New skills and major culture changes in IT environment among top challenges to blockchain adoption: Gartner’s 2018 CIO survey

Blockchain is the technology that is likely to have a significant impact on the world in next few decades. It is often considered as the most important invention since the internet. However, it has yet to even start making its mark on the enterprises, according to Gartner’s 2018 CIO survey. Only 1% organizations currently using blockchain Gartner reported that only 1% organizations were using blockchain technology in their business. Whereas, 8% organizations were either experimenting or had short-term plans to adopt it. Blockchain, the technology that underlies cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ethereum, is being looked as an investment that can lead organizations to several problems like failed innovation, wasted investment, rash decisions, etc. A majority (77%) of the CIOs indicated that...

Salesforce becomes a member of Blockchain Research Institute among a dozen others

Salesforce, the leading online customer relationship management (CRM) software provider, has become a member of the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI). The Blockchain Research Institute is a global research firm that investigates blockchain strategies, opportunities, and implementation challenges. It is funded by leading companies and governments. BRI was founded in 2017 by the authors of the book “Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World.” Earlier this month, Salesforce Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff had hinted about the company’s plans to introduce blockchain solution later this year at Dreamforce Conference that takes place in September. “As with other disruptive technologies, blockchain requires deep study from a variety...

AWS Blockchain Templates to make development of blockchain apps easier

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new blockchain-as-a-service called AWS Blockchain Templates, taking a big step into the world of distributed ledger technology. The new offering will allow AWS users to easily create and deploy secure blockchain networks using the top open source frameworks like Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric networks. Blockchains are peer to peer networks which enhances the efficiency and immutability of transactions for business processes like supply chain management, international payments, governance, financial transactions, etc. The blockchain builds a trust between the intended parties who may not know each other. It came into implementation in 2009 as a core component for bitcoin cryptocurrency. With cryptocurrencies and blockchain becoming talk of the town, a ...

IBM predicts five technologies will change the way world works by 2023 

At its Think 2018 conference, IBM is making five technology predictions that it claims will have a big impact on the human lives in the next five years. Researchers at IBM Labs will show world’s smallest computer till date. They are not kidding, it is indeed smaller than the size of a grain of salt. The technologies that are predicted to have a huge impact on business and society by the year 2023 include crypto-anchors with blockchain, AI-based robot microscopes, lattice cryptography, unbiased AI systems, and quantum computers in the real world. Cryptographic anchors IBM claims that it is designing the computers smaller than the grain of salt, which will cost ten times lesser in manufacturing. These computers consist as many as one million transistors on them. The global economy loses arou...

Google and Alibaba Cloud up the ante in cloud war with new Quantum computing moves 

With all the tech giants pouring time and money into new and ambitious projects to be at the forefront of the modern technology, quantum computing is one lightsaber that can help one win the competition. There has been a race to build quantum hardware so that in the future, it can be turned into a more powerful and faster cloud computing service. Although the capabilities of the technology is highly debated but the efforts by the leading players to commercialize it has opened a new competitive space in the accelerating cloud market. The latest developments in quantum computing come from Google and Alibaba Cloud, who announced new quantum processors this month. At annual American Physical Society meeting in Los Angeles, Google launched its new quantum processor, called Bristlecone. The Bris...

Juniper Networks and The Satellite Applications Catapult Build 5G Testbed for Mobile and IoT Services for UK Critical Infrastructure

Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced that The Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK-based technology and innovation company, has selected Juniper to construct a secure, end-to-end network infrastructure in support of their 5G testbed. Specifically, the testbed creates a secure, network infrastructure to foster the innovative use of 5G, providing ubiquitous connectivity across terrestrial and satellite communication in support of mission critical applications including use cases for IoT, autonomous systems and e-health initiatives. The 5G testbed is due to be officially opened in April 2018 and brings together leading academics and key industry partners towards a shared vision to help define and develop the next-generation of terre...

Top 5 DevOps automation tools 2018: Docker vs Puppet vs Kubernetes vs Ansible vs Chef

“With our data confirming that 50% of organizations are implementing DevOps, DevOps has reached “Escape Velocity”. On the basis of this data indication, analyst firm Forrester has declared 2018 as “the year of enterprise DevOps”. The term DevOps is used in multiple ways but in its broadest meaning, DevOps is an operational culture that aims at continuous development & integration and rapid IT service delivery by promoting better communication and improved collaboration between developers and operators. It has become an integral part of different industry sectors- all, from startups to large enterprises are leveraging DevOps tools to support their business processes – project planning until delivery. With the increasing use of cloud computing and virtualiza...

Hyper-V vs vSphere vs XenServer vs KVM─ comparing top hypervisors in 2018

This article approaches the technical overview and comparison of best server virtualization software, from an application and performance point of view. What is server virtualization? Creating a virtual or isolated form of an IT environment is called virtualization. Typically, only a single application or operating system can be run by servers, which leads to inefficient resource utilization. When the servers are virtualized, a single server can run multiple applications and operating systems. It increases overall efficiency, as well as cost-effectiveness. The server virtualization software is generally referred to as hypervisor. Best server virtualization software in 2018 Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, and Red Hat KVM, are the biggest players in the server virtualiza...

Cortana now supports more smart home devices and IFTTT 

Microsoft Cortana is adding support for more smart home providers, as well as integration with if this then that (IFTTT), to make it easier for users to control their smart home devices on the go. IFTTT is a free platform that works with over 600 services from various providers and help users connect their apps and services together. Cortana on IFTTT will open a lot of possibilities for users, like adding items to shopping list on Trello, post a tweet, log weight on Fitbit, etc. Cortana currently supports a few smart home platforms including Nest, Phillips Hue, Wink, Samsung SmartThings, and Insteon. With the additional devices’ support announced recently, users will now be able to integrate smart home devices from Honeywell Lyrics, ecobee, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, LIFX, TO-Link Ka...

Top 4 announcements in Union Budget 2018 for the technology sector

Last and full union budget of Modi government is finally out. Presented by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Union Budget 2018 focuses on Government’s commitment to leverage digitalization & technology for India’s development strategy across multiple sectors- education, law, railways and more. It focuses on certain key initiatives that will help India in its transition to a digital economy and progress in areas of emerging technologies, globally. It highlights the needs for technology solutions to address different issues and the necessity of deploying them across many verticals – leaving ball in the court of startups and IT industry to make use of the emerging opportunities, intelligently. Proposals like 25% income tax for companies with the annual turnover up to INR 250 cr...

Mozilla’s Things Gateway paves way for secure, decentralized IoT 

Mozilla, the Firefox maker, announced an open framework of software and services, using which anyone can create an open gateway to control IoT devices. Internet of Things (IoT) has been rapidly gaining ground for last few years, but every vendor who develops IoT devices, keep the control in his hand. These IoT devices work only with their own brand. For example, the connected thermostat works only with Amazon Echo, connected lightbulbs work only with Siri, etc.   The user needs to have an individual gateway to control each connected device, which makes costs of IoT devices and their implementation high, thus, slowing down their adoption and the market growth. Mozilla’s open standard framework, called ‘Project Things’, decentralizes the use of IoT devices, and gives complete control of thes...

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