Malaysia on the fast lane to become Cloud Computing Hub – Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit 2020

Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit, organized by W.Media, took place virtually on October 8, 2020.

The digital event saw the coming together of more than 200 IT (Information Technology) and DC (Datacenter) professionals, business leaders, and other technology enthusiasts who discussed the future of the cloud, datacenter, 5G, IoT (Internet of things) in South East Asia, particularly Malaysia.

Cloud and datacenter were at the center of discussion and were closely knitted in almost all panel discussions and thought leadership presentations.

Let’s look at some of the key highlights of the digital event.

Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Digital Summit 2020 – the major highlights

As mentioned in the starting of this write-up, cloud and datacenter technologies were one of the hot topics of discussion at the event.

Let’s explore the reason why.

Malaysia stands at the very edge of transforming into a full-fledged cloud computing hub and many factors or driving forces are leading towards this mega shift. In the budget 2020, the Malaysian government earmarked a whopping amount of MYR 21.6 bn into the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP). This move indicates the government’s focus on accelerating digital transformation by promoting more cloud adoption and roll-out of 5G connectivity through Malaysia.

The event included key sessions by leading cloud and datacenter professionals who shared their views on the digital future of Malaysia and the growth drivers.

Let’s look at some of the key session highlights.

Role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) in driving digital transformation across organizations

In his opening presentation, Aaron Tan DaniChairman, IASA ASIA PACIFIC, shared how a well-defined EA blueprint can help organizations successfully implement their digital transformation goals. Quoting a prediction by Gartner, “By 2025, organizations will predominantly focus EA on delivering business outcomes from the perspectives of their business ecosystem” he said digital transformation has become the need of the hour. According to him, 2025 is this year- 2020 only, due to the COVID-19 induced push for getting digitally transformed.

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He further shared key designs of EA principles that can drive digital transformation across organizations, as well as the key challenges faced by enterprises when moving from computerization to digitalization.

Importance of cybersecurity and risk assessment during cloud migration

Highlighting the key cloud migration challenges and risk assessment, Sina Manavi – Group AIA, shared how cloud migration is not as easy as it sounds. Presence of multiple vendors, agents, servers, administration overheads, integration issues, etc. make the process a bit complex for the first-time movers. He shared a few cloud migration challenges faced by almost every organization willing to step into the cloud:

  • What security controls to use?
  • Building a cloud security framework
  • Building a data protection framework
  • Planning for legacy apps, asset inventory, etc.
  • Access to automation tools and integration capabilities

He further shared a few solutions to overcome the above challenges. According to him, setting up a cloud risk management and governance framework can simplify the cloud migration. He also emphasised the role of cloud service providers in helping organizations swiftly move towards the cloud.

Source: Malaysia Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit, 2020

Lack of knowledge and cloud data management – key challenges to cloud adoption in Malaysia

In his session, Malaysia Cloud-First Strategy, IR. Wan Murdani Mohamad, shared Malaysia’s direction in accelerating cloud adoption from 2017 to 2021. The Malaysian government has set a target of achieving 50% cloud adoption by the year 2024. The focus in 2021 would be on the implementation of cloud-first strategy in the public sector.

To accelerate cloud adoption, Malaysia is focusing on two high impact domains – Governance and People. Formation of cloud computing committees and upskilling competencies across people through cloud awareness program are key strategies to speed-up the cloud adoption across the Malaysian economy.

He further stated lack of knowledge, skills, and experience in the cloud followed by cloud data management complexities as the key challenges that can hinder cloud adoption.

Digital Infra and cloud – the key drivers of datacenter growth in Malaysia

In his thought leadership presentation, Sabarinathan Sampath – SVP & COO, ZNet Technologies, shared his outlook on the datacenter growth in South East Asia, specifically Malaysia, and how cloud and digital infrastructure plays a key role in driving this growth.

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The presence of digital infra components like 5G, automation tools, cloud computing, and APIs can make businesses agile and help them in providing great user experience and build long-lasting customer relationships.

With its proactive measures to drive cloud adoption – from improvements in connectivity, energy sustainability, and business sophistication to enabling MYR 16 billion revenue opportunity for service providers with the advent of 5G, Malaysia is on a fast lane to cloud adoption.

Apart from key sessions and presentations, the event also had interviews of Wan Murdani Mohamad, MDEC, Vidit Arora, Securonix and interactive panel discussions like:

  • Next-gen Cybersecurity – How can Malaysia do better?

The participants were Alvin Teoh, MDEC; Peter Leong, Technology Program Director; Vidit Arora, Securonix; and Moderator: Fong Choong Fook, LGMS

  • Data Centers at the Crossroads: Transformational Strategies

The participants were Ong Chin Seong, PIKOM; Tan Tze Meng, MDEC; Mohamad Rejab bin Sulaiman, TM One; Rhys Cole, Powershield; and Moderator: James Rix, Arcadis UK

The event was sponsored by MDEC, Open Computing Singapore, HR.Exchange, Securonix, Insyghts Security, etc. DHN was one of the media partners.

Overall, it was an insightful event with a lot of takeaways for those in the cloud, datacenter, and technology domains.

If you missed the live event, you can watch the on-demand session to know more about the topics that were discussed.

If you’re looking to attend more such cloud and datacenter focused events, get ready to join Thailand Cloud and Datacenter Digital Summit on 4th November 2020. Register for this upcoming cloud event through this special link.


Hivelocity Expands Global Edge Compute Service to Frankfurt

Hivelocity, a leading global provider of IaaS, announced today the availability of its bare-metal edge compute services in Frankfurt, Germany.  Frankfurt stands first among several new European and APAC locations that Hivelocity will be launching in the coming months as it continues to extend the reach of its edge compute platform.

Frankfurt lists in New York City, Dallas, Tampa, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and Atlanta markets where Hivelocity offers its suite of infrastructure services.  Hivelocity’s platform lets users instantly deploy hundreds of Linux and Windows dedicated servers in all of these 8 global markets. Once the bare-metal is deployed, users can monitor server health and resource usage data, create the data recovery points, perform OS reloads, interact with technical support team and much more. Each server has the option of being self-managed or managed with the latter including things such as proactive monitoring and security patches.  Hivelocity’s expansion plans include adding edge compute to new markets like London, Singapore, Paris, Sydney, Amsterdam and Sao Paulo in the next three months.

“With customers hailing from over 130 countries, Hivelocity has long served a global market.  As our customers’ businesses have grown and matured, so have their needs to optimize and scale the performance of their applications all over the world.   By enabling our customers to deploy their compute and storage resources wherever in the world their end users are best served, we are providing them with a much better opportunity to maximize the end user experience and their own bottom line,” says Hivelocity CTO Ben Linton.

With businesses increasingly recognizing the benefits of having their compute nodes at the edge, there has been a recent growth in upstart edge providers.  Hivelocity believes its seventeen years of IaaS experience and obsessive focus on customer support gives it a boost on competitors.

“Our mantra has always been to be the best service provider our customers have ever worked with.  We maintain a Net Promoter Score of 74+ which is a testament to the level of satisfaction our customers feel, and frankly heads and shoulders above our competitors.  If a business needs to deploy 1000 servers or just 10 servers around the globe, you can guarantee they are going to need some help and technical support along the way.  Most of our competitors are new to the arena and all their capital is invested in developers and hardware.  We spend a lot of money on developers and hardware too, but we also employ nearly 100 technicians and engineers who work inside our data centers 24/7, providing the most exceptional technical support in the industry.  Our support solutions involve experts with years of experience working with you in real time, their solution is to have you fix it yourself or reload the OS,” says Hivelocity COO Steve Eschweiler.

ALSO READ: Hivelocity Acquires Dallas IaaS Provider,

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Understand the business value and risk of localized computing power at Edge Asia 2019

 “Around 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2025, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75%” Gartner

From a relatively obscure technology a couple of years back, Edge Computing has evolved to become one of the most talked about technologies today. The disruptive potential of edge is fueled by the growth of Internet of Things (IoT), big data, emergence of 5G networks and growth of distributed computing architecture.

According to a report by Technavio, the global edge computing market is expected to post a CAGR of 41% during the forecast period 2019-2023.

The centralized cloud architecture alone cannot support the emerging application and business requirements. Computing at the edge can improve the overall performance, reliability, scalability and fulfill regulatory compliance for many applications.

The edge resources can be deployed both at the operator side (known as infrastructure edge) and on the user side (known as the device edge). Infrastructure and Operations leaders need to understand the associated business value and risk of localized computing power.

Covering the breadth and depth of edge computing and its potential in the Asia-pacific region, BroadGroup will be launching its inaugural Edge Asia Singapore on April 11th, 2019 powered by Datacloud.

Edge Asia will define the Edge and its importance to 5G. It will also explore the opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead in the implementation of Edge services and networks in the APAC region.

For two years we’ve been in Singapore for Datacloud Asia. This year we are bringing the Edge Computing discussion to the APAC region, especially after the success of our inaugural Edge Congresses in the US and Europe. The event is now Edge Asia, powered by Datacloud.” – Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup.

The attendees will include top executives from the edge, cloud, computing, IoT, data center and data arena.

The list of speakers include:

  • Sunil Gupta – CTO, Communication and Media Industry Vertical, APAC, HPE
  • Gordan Falconer – Chairman Advisory Board, UN, United Smart Cities Group
  • Bill Barney – Chairman and CEO, Global Cloud Xchange
  • Shehara Viswanathan – Lead Consultant, Advisory, Cisco
  • Zoe Zhuang – VP, Chindata
  • Andrew Rigoli, Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy Equinix Asia-Pacific & Interim Country Manager, Singapore
  • Manik Narayan Saha – CIO, APAC & Japan, SAP

Key topics to be discussed

  • Managing data centers
  • Asia’s evolving digital landscape
  • Mapping the edge – analyze and identify the opportunities and threats
  • Need of dynamic workforce for the changing infrastructure landscape
  • Ways to enable smart cities and connected economies
  • How 5G and IoT hold the keys to edge deployments

Why should you attend?

  • Connect with your fellow industry members, customers and partners to discuss the dominant issues.
  • Identify the opportunities in edge and how you can capitalize them.
  • Gain insights from the leaders in the edge and the cloud industry.
  • Utilize the networking opportunities presented at the event to build new business avenues.

DHN is the official media partner of Edge Asia 2019. Register now using code – DHNEDGEA19, to avail 15% discount.


Get ready to experience hyperscale enablement, cloud, data and other internet innovations at CloudFest 2019

CloudFest 2019 to be held between March 23-29 at Rust, Germany, will welcome the leaders of the cloud, hosting and internet infrastructure space to come together and connect to shape the future of the internet industry. Get ready to hear the most inspiring voices of the industry, attend compelling breakout sessions, and take advantage of the amazing networking opportunities followed by high-spirit after-hours events.

The theme of CloudFest 2019

This year, the festival’s theme is Hyperscale enablement. Hyperscalers are forecasted to cover 70 percent of the IaaS market by 2021. These large-scale operators are set to reshape the market. It’s the perfect time for the service providers to identify the potential of this opportunity and encash it for business growth.

CloudFest 2019 will bring together leading hyperscale operators. Attendees can use this opportunity to learn the best way to collaborate and enter into some astounding partnerships. These partnerships can help you make money from the different streams of the demand and value chains.

We see this as a critical juncture in the industry, a time where service providers should no longer look to hyperscalers as the competition, but to welcome them as a vital partner.” Soeren von Varchmin, CEO at CloudFest.

Why CloudFest 2019 is a must-attend?

CloudFest, over the past fifteen years, has evolved to be one of the most sought-after events for the leaders in the internet infrastructure space. CloudFest 2019, just like the previous year, will be bigger and better.

The event will be attended by over 7000 potential customers, industry leaders and professionals for a heck of a week. Prepare to witness some of the most innovative products to be exhibited during the event. Specially curated keynotes, workshops, and panels on trending topics will be another important reason to attend it.

The 4th annual hacking event – Hackathon

CloudFest will also be conducting Hackathon – the only official event to go beforehand, for the 4th time.

Hackathon will see 50+ developers from more than 20 companies  create innovative solutions to solve persistent tech problems. It will take place during the weekend, before the main event, in Santa Isabel Hotel at Europa Park, Rust, Germany.

The projects again this year will be focused on open-source communities, not for profit and interoperable.


CloudFest is an annual get-together of not only the professionals in the internet infrastructure space, but it also draws celebrities, influencers, newsmakers and experts from around the world. CloudFest 2019 will also see the line-up of such headliners:

  • Tatiana Tropina – Cybercrime Expert, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
  • Daniel Kraft – Chief Developer, Namecoin Project
  • Will Pemble – CEO, Goal Boss
  • Hank Shocklee – Producer, Public Enemy
  • Bhavin Turakhia – CEO & Founder, Flock

Key topics

Hyperscaling with the Domain Name System

Andy Simpson – Principal Data Scientist at Verisign, will talk about the significance of domain names and how they can be used in various customer engagement strategies.

Beyond the Hype – PKI and the Cloud

Dan Timpson – CTO at DigitCert, will talk about seamless integration of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) into your cloud-native architectures. He will also throw light on the role of PKI in datacenter environments, web security etc.

The WordPress Hosting Experience – Bought Cheaply And Paid Dearly?

Jan Loffler – CTO at Plesk, will discuss and share his vision of a best-in-class WordPress hosting. He will also bring a surprise guest who will guide the audience on how to make a WordPress user happy and allow hosters to stand out in the crowd.

Power your Moonshots with the Cloud

Yuval Dvir – Head of Online Partnerships at Google Cloud, will talk about the changing technology landscape, increasing convergence of infotech and biotech and how cloud is the underlying factor here because of its high-availability and non-comprising security.

DHN is the official media partner of CloudFest 2019. Use code CF19AJL and register now for free.

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The shift to Edge to be the most profound change in decades: Edge Europe 2019

The global Edge Computing Market is expected to reach USD 3.24 billion by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 41.0% during the forecast period.*

Over the last few years, we have seen the prodigious value brought to the market by the cloud computing and the shift towards centralized data centers. While the cloud infrastructure has proven to be an effective and economic platform for businesses, it has also increased the amount of data generated.

With the onset of the internet of things (IoT) and demand for a connected world, computing is more dispersed and centralized infrastructures alone will fail to be a silver bullet. The rapid progression of an increasingly connected and smart world as a result of IoT and other advanced technologies necessitates bringing the computing closer to the resources with the consumer – or what we call the Edge.

This trend of distributed architecture will further multiply with the convergence of new technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, smart cities, autonomous cars, micro-datacenters, edge facilities etc. thereby, marking the shift towards the Edge Computing.

Edge Europe 2019 – a part of the global Edge Congress Series, will extensively cover this shift towards edge on January 31st 2019 at Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Organized by BroadGroup, the one-day congress will have everything you will need for an all-encompassing edge ecosystem. The agenda includes sessions and thought leadership across critical IT infrastructure market. It will bring together the thought leaders, innovators, enterprise users, investors and IT solution providers under one roof.

Why attend Edge Europe 2019?

  • To learn about the constantly evolving edge infrastructure landscape.
  • To know about the impact of edge on the data center.
  • To be a part of the next industrial revolution.
  • To know about the role of automation, AI and machine learning.
  • To discuss and learn about the connection between edge computing and digital transformation.

A look at the speaker lineup

The event will have key sessions led by expert leaders, like:

  • Cyril Perducat, EVP IoT & Digital Offers, Schneider Electric.
  • Ben Tian, Senior Strategic Director, Alibaba Cloud Research.
  • Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President Global Business Unit IT, Rittal
  • Cara Mascini, CEO & Founder, EdgeInfra B.V.
  • Chad Boulanger, Managing Director, EMEA, FogHorn Systems.
  • Wilfried Dudink, Director Content Solutions, Product Management EMEA, CenturyLink.

You can check the entire list here.

DHN is the official media partner of the event. Register for Edge Europe 2019 using code DHNEDGEE19 and get 15% discount.



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Edge Data Center market to cross USD 13 billion by 2024, finds report

According to a new market research by Global Market Insights Inc., Edge Data Center market is projected to cross USD 13 billion by the year 2024. The increasing demand for cloud and edge computing is driving the market for Edge, per the report.

Using these technologies, organizations can set up infrastructure facilities closer to their source of data generation. This gives complete control over data processing and storage at the network edge, which is comparatively better than establishing it in a traditional centralized facility.

The application of these technologies in the industrial sector can result in reduced network traffic, low operating costs, real-time data analysis and improved business operations.

Need for a secured data environment is propelling the growth of edge data centers

Edge facilities are pre-built with protection against environmental conditions like humidity, heat, fire, rain etc. Further, the manufacturer products are coupled with various cooling and fire protecting devices which can save infrastructure facilities from any external damage. Thus, the application of these technologies gives an increased level of protection and privacy to the customer data.

IT and telecom service providers witness increased requirements for Edge facilities to meet their high computational power and 5G needs

IT and telecom sector is seeing a huge adoption of edge data center facility due to the rise in the demand of high computational power. The amount of data generated in the telecom market is also growing rapidly, which further requires them to deploy edge-based solutions to lower latency and optimize costs.

Telecom providers need to meet customized demands with a variety of plans they offer. The speed and security of Edge drives telcos towards it.

Also, with the upcoming 5G boom, telecommunication companies will be forced to deploy their facility closer to the 5G towers for faster services.

DCIM solutions are witnessing huge demand in the Edge Data center market

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are seeing a huge demand in the Edge Data Center market. Increased application of these software for asset management, incident management and data recovery, drives its demand in the market.

IT managers also depend on these solutions to manage data center power and cooling facility.

Accurate data generation, better forecasting, less manual intervention and centralized management are some of the advantages of a DCIM software.

Strong demand for Edge data center installation and integration services

The report suggests a huge demand in installation and integration services in the edge data center due to rise in application of Edge in several business sectors. Companies who wish to deploy these facility via their own IT department have to compromise with the cost. Hence, most the companies, depend on manufacturers to maintain, manage and install these IT facilities. Thus, driving its growth.

Edge Data Center growth by application

IT & telecom sector secured 30 % of the overall market share of Edge data center. BFSI sector also witnessed a huge adoption rate. Concern for security and safety of data were identified as the driving factors. Edge technology will offer them faster disaster detection, reduced risk of loss or theft of data, reduction in data transmission durations and many other benefits.

Source: Global Market Insights

Amongst the region wise Edge data center market distribution and trend, North America edge data centers are projected to grow at 19% CAGR. Increasing adoption of advanced infrastructure facilities in the European countries is the major driver of growth in the Europe region.

Major players identified include Huawei Technologies, Rittal GmbH & Co., Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation, Eaton Corporation, EdgeConneX, Schneider Electric SA and many others.

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Arista, Cisco and Juniper lead Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking

In its latest research, Gartner has identified Arista Networks, Cisco, and Juniper Networks as the leaders in Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking.

Data center networking is a fast and scalable way to establish and interconnect all the physical and network-based devices and equipment within a data center facility. It ensures connection between the equipment and data center infrastructure nodes, so that data can be transferred between each other and on external networks.

With the rise in adoption of cloud computing models and support for digital business initiatives, the demand for improved data center networking agility has increased. The data center networking has now expanded beyond speed and scalability to switches and switch ports.

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Companies are demanding better automation, orchestration, as well as integration with the data center infrastructure which includes storage, compute, cloud, management, and container management.

According to Gartner, the percentage of manual data center networking operational activities will fall below 50% by 2021, down from 80% today. The pre-dominant data center networking server access port speed is expected to shift from 10 gigabytes per second to 25 gigabytes per second during first quarter of 2020.

Gartner’s latest research about data center networking will help infrastructure and operations (I/O) organizations to decide which vendors best fit their requirements.

Arista Networks, Cisco, and Juniper Networks have been positioned as leaders in Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, for completeness of vision as well as for ability to execute.

Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking

Gartner believes that the leaders have a sustained ability to address changing requirements for enterprise data centers. They also have high visibility in market, and ability to drive, shape and transform the market.

Arista Networks

Arista is Santa Clara-based networking company focused on data center networking. It delivers Universal Cloud Network (UCN) solution to cloud providers, large enterprises and financial services sector. The UCN includes Extensible Operating System (EOS) software, CloudVision management software and 7000 series of switches/routers.

Arista’s data center networking solution is an ideal fit for enterprises which require programmable infrastructure integrated with third-party software orchestration like VMware, Puppet, and Ansible.

Gartner said that Arista delivers increasing levels of automation and uniform policy across multi-cloud environments.

  • Number of DC networking customers— 5,000
  • Relevant geographies— Solid base in North America and Western Europe, with less coverage in rest of the world.


Cisco has the broadest portfolio of hardware switches, which includes several form factors, interfaces and performance characteristics. Cisco ACI, the flagship data center networking offering of Cisco, includes Nexus 9000 hardware switches and the APIC controller.

It delivers increasing levels of automation, management and uniform policy across multi-cloud environments.

  • Number of DC networking customers— 100,000
  • Relevant geographies— All over the world.

Juniper Networks

Juniper is leading networking and security vendor based in Sunnyvale, California. It delivers a full portfolio of hardware switches, network operating system (NOS) and network overlay to enterprises.

The flagship data center networking solution of Juniper includes QFX switches running Junos software. Juniper’s portfolio of hardware and software services can help enterprises meet all the data center demands.

Based on open standards, the Juniper’s solution is ideal for large-scale environments for service providers and large enterprises.

  • Number of DC networking customers— 3,000
  • Relevant geographies— All over the world.

Also read: Top companies that featured in Leaders Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2018: Gartner

While these three are the leaders in data center networking market, Gartner identified Huawei and Extreme Networks as challengers.

A complimentary copy of the full report is available here.

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Cloud adoption, DevOps and IoT devices majorly driving growth of machine volume: Report

The number of machines on enterprise networks is rapidly rising with the increase in number of applications and services hosted by the machines. In this era of cloud computing, the DevOps teams independently deploy software applications which create a constant flow of compact machines. These machines are deployed, changed and destroyed in moments at machine speed.

According to The Machine Identity Crisis report by cybersecurity leader Venafi, the devices and applications globally are growing very faster than the human population. The four top trends driving the growth of machine volume are cloud adoption, DevOps continuous progression, mobile device growth, and IoT device extension.

Top trends driving growth of machine volume:

  • Dynamism of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing helps companies to get their apps up and run them faster, reduce maintenance, improve manageability, and continuously adjust resources to meet fluctuations in business.

In the cloud environments, the machines automatically create, configure and destroy themselves according to business demands. Hence, with the rapid rise in cloud adoption, the machine volume globally has significantly grown.

  • DevOps Adoption

Like cloud, the DevOps also provides a lot of benefits to businesses, including speed, agility, efficiency, and economics of scale.

The DevOps reduces the latency in software development, and accelerate the delivery of software-driven business solutions. The IT developers use software containers to run applications that contains microservices. According to Venifa, the evolution of DevOps has sped up the creation of machines, and made the security of machine-to-machine communication a little more complex.

  • Upsurge in IoT Devices

Internet of things (IoT) devices includes a broad range of physical devices with embedded electronics, software, sensors, etc. These devices play a major role in managing the critical infrastructure like smart devices, intelligent transportation systems, health monitoring, and notification systems.

Businesses are increasingly adopting IoT solutions because of lower operational costs and increased productivity. According to Gartner, there will be 25 billion IoT devices in the world by 2020, accounting for 70% of the total devices on internet.

  • Growing Number of Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are the ideal definition of physical machines, which have been around for years. Even though the adoption of mobile devices is slowing, the number of these continues to increase.

There will be more than 16 billion mobile devices globally in 2020, from 11 billion in 2016.

Suggested reading: Top trends in app development, DevOps maturity, and low-code adoption

Venafi highlighted in its report that securing and protecting the data flowing through the machines is an ongoing challenge for enterprises. IT and security teams are concerned about the protection of machine identities. Intelligent automation is one solution for businesses to protect their data.

The clear visibility into all the machine identities that passes the networks can help organizations to detect the cyberattacks, automatically remediate the vulnerabilities and secure the machine to machine communications.

Download the full report here.

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Microsoft Cloud is up to 93% more energy efficient than traditional on-premise datacenters: Report

Microsoft Cloud services are up to 93% more energy efficient and up to 98% more carbon efficient than traditional enterprise datacenters, according to a new report “The carbon benefits of cloud computing”.

The report issued by Microsoft in partnership with WSP, a leading consultant company, highlights the potential of Microsoft Cloud in reducing the energy and carbon emissions when compared to on-premises datacenters.

Four cloud applications of Microsoft were considered for the study, which together account for around 50% of the energy consumed in Microsoft datacenters. These applications included Azure Compute, Azure Storage, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online.

The carbon benefits of cloud computing

“The world is producing more data than ever, making our infrastructure decisions about how to power this digital transformation incredibly important,” said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, Microsoft. “Today’s report confirms what we’ve long believed — that investing in sustainability is good for business, good for customers and good for the planet.”

With the rise in use of cloud computing around the world, the energy consumption in cloud is also increasing. Datacenters in US alone consume around 70 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity every year, which is 1.8% of the total electricity consumed in the country.

It is expected that datacenters in US will consume 73 billion kWh of electricity by 2020, which is equal to the energy used by 6 million homes in US per year. It will be a high amount of electricity consumption, and cloud and datacenter providers need to optimize their services.

The key attributes to energy and carbon savings in Microsoft Cloud were the company’s significant investment in IT operational efficiency, IT equipment efficiency, datacenter infrastructure efficiency, and renewable electricity.

Microsoft said that it designed faster and more efficient chips that could do more using less energy, and invested significantly in renewable energy projects in three continents.

Also read: Microsoft and Red Hat bring OpenShift to Azure as a jointly managed service

As per Cisco GCI report, global cloud traffic will nearly triple over the next five years, accounting for 95% of total datacenter traffic by 2021. Hence, Microsoft said that it will continue to measure and manage the environmental impact of its cloud service offerings.

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Microsoft and Red Hat bring OpenShift to Azure as a jointly managed service

Microsoft and Red Hat are expanding their existing partnership on cloud computing. The companies are bringing Red Hat OpenShift on Azure, to enable developers run container applications on public cloud and on-premises.

OpenShift is a Kubernetes container orchestration platform that builds, runs, and scales the applications in cloud, while Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. OpenShift on Azure will be offered as a fully managed service in cloud.

“Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our vision to deliver simplicity, choice and flexibility to enterprise developers building cloud-native applications. Today, we’re combining both companies’ leadership in Kubernetes, hybrid cloud and enterprise operating systems to simplify the complex process of container management, with an industry-first solution on Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft.

Red Hat and Microsoft will together manage, engineer and design the OpenShift on Azure. The joint solution will support the customers of both the companies, and it will be jointly managed by Red Hat and Microsoft.

The new offering will help developers to use OpenShift and move apps between on-premises and Azure. They will be able to securely connect between Azure and on-premises OpenShift clusters with hybrid networking.

Microsoft said that the joint solution will allow developers to access a number of Azure services like Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure SQL DB.

Microsoft will enable hybrid cloud support for OpenShift on Azure Stack, so that customers can develop, deploy and manage cloud apps on Microsoft infrastructure. Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will include support for Windows containers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux containers for multiarchitecture container management.

Furthermore, it will have integrated Microsoft SQL Server across OpenShift, offering more options to harness data.

“Very few organizations are able to fully silo their IT operations into a solely on-premises or public cloud footprint; instead, it’s a hybrid mixture of these environments that presents a path toward digital transformation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat. “By extending our partnership with Microsoft, we’re able to offer the industry’s most comprehensive Kubernetes platform on a leading public cloud, providing the ability for customers to more easily harness innovation across the hybrid cloud without sacrificing production stability.”

Visual Studio Enterprise and Visual Studio Professional subscribers will get Red Hat Enterprise Linux credits. It will allow developers to work with Java, .NET, and other frameworks on the OpenShift on Azure.

Also read: Red Hat and HPE collaborates to accelerate container application delivery

Announced at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, the Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will be available for preview in coming months.

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