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Trilogy Networks and Chat Mobility Launch the Rural Cloud Initiative Accelerating Precision Agriculture’s Digital Transformation – Yahoo Finance
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Edge Cloud Computing Paves the Way for Advanced Agriculture Business Insight and Improved Operational Efficiency and Production
BOULDER, Colo., March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Trilogy Networks and Chat Mobility today announced plans for a strategic alliance to accelerate the digital transformation of the most fertile agricultural lands in America.The relationship will pair Trilogy's distributed cloud platform with Chat Mobility's wealth of network assets in Southwest Iowa.
This alliance allows Trilogy to extend its expertise in Edge Cloud Computing and low latency networking to family farms and multi-national corporations focused on precision agriculture across rural America. Edge Computing optimizes the interaction of IoT sensors & devices with Cloud applications by bringing compute and storage closer to the sources of data. This dramatically reduces latency and bandwidth requirements, enabling automation of the agricultural ecosystem.Farmers will have access to accurate data captured in real time from connected devices throughout their farm during the entire crop cycle.
"The Precision Agriculture segment has been keenly focused on solutions to drive the next generation of efficiency in agricultural output," said George Woodward, President & CEO of Trilogy Networks. "We are at the genesis of what converged IT, OT (operational technologies), and the Internet of Things can achieve. Producers are constantly looking to increase yields and lower costs. The power of Edge computing within feet of the crops is a game changer. Trilogy's LinX network and Multi-Tenant Edge solutions will enable the most efficient and highest quality food production on earth."
"The first phase of our alliance includes the deployment of high capacity computing and storage in our data center, within our central offices, and at several cell sites across Southwest Iowa," said Brian Spurgeon, General Manager of Chat Mobility. "This forward-looking initiative continues our history of delivering the cutting-edge solutions needed by our customers, in this case, real-time analytics at the far Edge of network covering thousands of square miles of rich agricultural lands."
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Article by Intel Data Center Management Solutions senior application engineer Rami Radi.
For many of todays applications and workloads, cloud computing offers the enterprise a host of advantages over traditional data centers, including lowered operational and capital expenditures, improved time to market, and the ability to dynamically adjust provisioning to meet changing needs globally. Consequently, there has been a massive shift to cloud migration over the past decade, with cloud computing trends showing significant year-over-year growth since it was first introduced, and Cisco predicting that by 2021 cloud data centers will process 94%of all workloads.
According to MarketsandMarkets, the global cloud computing market is projected to surge at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 percent to reach approximately $623.3 billion by 2023, up from $272 billion in 2018.
Today, however, we are seeing more companies bringing workloads back into their data centers or edge environments after having them run in the cloud for several years because they didnt originally fully understand their suitability in a cloud environment. 451 Research has referred to this dynamic as cloud repatriation, and a recent survey found that 20% of cloud users had already moved at least one or more of their workloads from the public cloud to a private cloud, and another 40 percent planned to do so in the near future.
All of this begs a deceivingly simple question: How do I know when a workload would be better off running in or outside of the cloud?
When latency, availability, and control are key
As with any IT decision, an inadequately researched, planned and tested process is likely to cause setbacks for enterprise end-users when the organization at large is faced with uncertainty whether to move an application or workload out of the public cloud and return it to an on-premises data center or edge environment.
Very often, moving an application or workload from the cloud makes good business sense when critical operational benchmarks are not being met. This might mean inconsistent application performance, high network latency due to congestion, or concerns about data security. For example, we know of one Fortune 500 financial services firm that was pursuing an initiative to move its applications and data to the public cloud and only later discovered that its corporate policy prohibited placement of personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive data beyond their internal network/firewall. Although many security standards are supported by public cloud providers, because of its internal policy, the financial organization opted to keep its data on-premises.
Some companies, such as Dropbox, have chosen to migrate from the public cloud to benefit their bottom line. While cost is but one criterion for leaving, it is a major one. In the wake of leaving the cloud, Dropbox was able to save nearly $75 million over two years.
Generally speaking, applications that are latency sensitive or have datasets which are large and require transport between various locations for processing are prime candidates for repatriation. Consider smart cities and IoT-enabled systems, which create enormous amounts of data. While cloud computing provides a strong enabling platform for these next-gen technologies because it provides the necessary scale, storage and processing power, edge computing environments will be needed to overcome limitations in latency and the demand for more local processing.
Additionally, if your applications and databases require very high availability or redundancy, they may be best suited to private or hybrid clouds. Repatriation also provides improved control over the applications and enables IT to better plan for potential problems.
Yes, moving to the cloud means a decrease in rack space, power usage and IT requirements, which results in lower installation, hardware, and upgrade costs. Moreover, cloud computing does liberate IT staff from ongoing maintenance and support tasks, freeing them to focus on building the business in more innovative ways. And yet, while many businesses are attracted to the gains associated with public or hybrid cloud models, they often do not fully appreciate the strategy necessary to optimize their performance. Fortunately, there are tools to assist IT teams to better understand how their cloud infrastructure is performing.
Demystifying cloud decision-making
No matter the shape of an organizations cloud public, private or hybrid data center management solutions can provide IT staff with greater visibility and real-time insight into power usage, thermal consumption, server health and utilization. Among the key benefits are better operational control, infrastructure optimization and reduced costs.
Before any organization moves its data to the public cloud, the IT staff needs to understand how its systems perform internally. The unique requirements of its applications, including memory, processing power and operating systems, should determine what it provisions in the cloud. Data center management solutions collect and normalize data to help teams understand their current implementation on-premise, empowering them to make more informed decisions as to what is necessary in a new cloud configuration.
IntelData Center Manager is a software solution that collects and analyzes the real-time health, power, and thermals of a variety of devices in data centers. Providing the clarity needed to improve data center reliability and efficiency, including identifying underlying hardware issues before they impact uptime, these tools bring invaluable insight to increasingly cloudy enterprise IT environments, demystifying the question of on-premises, public and hybrid cloud decision-making.
Here are some factors to consider when making a decision about embarking on a course of cloud repatriation:
Are you wasting money paying for capacity that is not being used? Are you experiencing regular performance and availability issues? Are you required to meet certain regulatory compliance standards? Do your workloads require low latencies? Do you have the IT staff bandwidth to take control of your workloads?
If you answered yes to a majority of the questions above, it might be time to consider cloud repatriation.
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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation has published the results of its annual survey conducted in October 2019. Among the 1337 respondents, 37% were from Europe, 38% from North America and 17% were from Asia. The survey respondents included architects, DevOps managers and backend developers.
Here are 15 interesting takeaways from the CNCF annual survey.
1. Kubernetes usage in production is skyrocketing
Compared to last year, Kubernetes usage in production has seen a dramatic rise. 78% of respondents are using Kubernetes in production, an impressive growth compared to 58% last year. Most of those testing Kubernetes last year moved into production resulting in a decrease of 48% in the evaluation.
2. Customers are running at least 2 to 5 Kubernetes clusters in production
43% of the respondents mentioned that they run anywhere between 2 to 5 Kubernetes clusters in production. This is expected to grow in the coming months.
3. Public cloud is the most preferred destination while the hybrid cloud is gaining momentum
The majority (62%) of the respondents are running their workloads in the public cloud with remaining running in a hybrid cloud environment. With the push on Kubernetes-based hybrid cloud platforms, we will see an increase in the hybrid cloud adoption next year.
4. Containers are making their way to the production environments
According to CNCF, 84% of respondents are using containers in production, an impressive jump from 73% in 2018, and from 23% in the first survey conducted in 2016. Given the interest in microservices, Its not surprising to see a massive increase in container usage.
5. Amazon EKS is used by most respondents followed by GKE and AKS
AWS continues to be the most preferred cloud to run containers and Kubernetes. 29% of the respondents are using Amazon Elastic Kubernetes (EKS) service. Within the 17% of Kops users, there would be clusters provisioned on Amazon EC2 making AWS the top cloud platform for Kubernetes. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) is very close with 28% of respondents using it as the CaaS. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) combined with the legacy ACS Engine got decent traction of about 25% adoption from the respondents.
6. Developers are facing a cultural challenge in embracing containers and cloud native
Cultural challenges with the development team, security, complexity, readiness and monitoring are the top 5 challenges in adopting cloud native technologies.
Challenges in Using Cloud Native
7. Istio is the top service mesh used by early adopters
CNCF introduced a new survey category on service mesh. Only 18% of respondents are using it in production while 47% of respondents are evaluating the use of a service mesh. Istio followed by Consul are the most popular service mesh platforms.Consuls usage in production is higher because of the varied use cases it supports. Many deployments use Consul as a key/value database instead of service mesh.
8. Block storage services in the public cloud is the de facto storage engine
With stateful workloads becoming mainstream on Kubernetes, storage becomes the key. Given that most of the workloads on running in the public cloud, its not surprising to see the cloud-based block storage services are the most preferred backends for stateful workloads running in production.
9. AWS Lambda is the most popular Functions as a Service (FaaS) platform
Though not directly related to Kubernetes, customers are using Functions as a Service (FaaS) along with containers. AWS Lambda took a huge lead with Google Cloud Functions and Azure Functions as distant second and third.
10. Knative gets the top slot in Kubernetes-based serverless platform
Event-driven, serverless frameworks on Kubernetes are gaining traction among cloud native developers. With 34% of respondents voting for Knative, it is the most popular serverless framework followed by OpenFaaS, Kubeless and Virtual Kubelet.
Serverless on Kubernetes
11. Helm is the most preferred tool for packaging Kubernetes applications
Helm is touted as the apt-get install of Kubernetes. Its not at all surprising to see Helm as the most popular packaging tool for Kubernetes.
12. Nginx is the leading ingress provider
Nginx and Nginx Plus as ingress are used by most of the Kubernetes users. Envoy as a standalone ingress is also growing fast.
13. Minikube is the most favorite Kubernetes environment
Minikube is the reason why Kubernetes has become accessible to developers. Though Docker Desktop has Kubernetes embedded in it, many developers still prefer Minikube.
Kubernetes Dev Environment
14. Prometheus and CoreDNS are the fastest-growing CNCF projects
Within the graduated projects of CNCF, Prometheus and CoreDNS are fastest growing after Kubernetes. Prometheus is becoming the de facto for collecting and aggregating the metrics while CoreDNS provides naming services for the cluster.
15. The etcd database is the most widely used CNCF incubating projet
Kubernetes clusters rely on an in-memory, distributed database for maintaining the state. The etcd project, which is currently in the incubation stage, is found in almost in every Kubernetes deployment. Many projects and applications rely on etcd due to its smaller footprint and simplified management.
CNCF Incubation Projects
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Cloud computing is in existence for almost two decades and in spite of the advantages such as safety, speed, competitive advantage, there is a large chunk of businesses that still prefer to deal through the old ways.
According to a recent study, it has been found that almost 69 percent of the businesses all around the world are using the cloud platform in one way or another and 18 percent of them have the cloud computing solution in their consideration.
The above data shows that more companies are realizing the benefits of the cloud and thats why they have either moved or thinking to move to the cloud platform.
But why so many businesses are moving to this advanced technology and what benefits does this solution offers?
To answer all such questions, lets look at the blessings offered by the cloud platform for several businesses through this article.
Despite the benefits, there are several misconceptions which are holding the companies from adopting the very advantageous cloud computing solution. The survival of business in the tech- savvy era without the optimal utilization of the latest technology is very difficult.
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While many tech moguls dream of changing the way we live with new smart devices or social media apps, one Russian internet millionaire is trying to change nothing less than our destiny, by making it possible to upload a human brain to a computer, reports Tristan Quinn.
"Within the next 30 years," promises Dmitry Itskov, "I am going to make sure that we can all live forever."
It sounds preposterous, but there is no doubting the seriousness of this softly spoken 35-year-old, who says he left the business world to devote himself to something more useful to humanity. "I'm 100% confident it will happen. Otherwise I wouldn't have started it," he says.
It is a breathtaking ambition, but could it actually be done? Itskov doesn't have too much time to find out.
"If there is no immortality technology, I'll be dead in the next 35 years," he laments. Death is inevitable - currently at least - because as we get older the cells that make up our bodies lose their ability to repair themselves, making us vulnerable to cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions that kill about two-thirds of us.
So Itskov is putting a slice of his fortune in to a bold plan he has devised to bypass ageing. He wants to use cutting-edge science to unlock the secrets of the human brain and then upload an individual's mind to a computer, freeing them from the biological constraints of the body.
"The ultimate goal of my plan is to transfer someone's personality into a completely new body," he says.
Itskov's interest in making the impossible possible began as a child in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. "My biggest dream was to be a cosmonaut, to fly in to outer space," he says. One science fiction novel made a lasting impression: "The hero took some immortality pill and he ended up flying the orbit of Earth. I remember myself questioning what I was going to do if I'm immortal."
But does his plan to allow us all to upload our minds to computers amount to anything more than sci-fi? The scientific director of Itskov's 2045 Initiative, Dr Randal Koene - a neuroscientist who worked as a research professor at Boston University's Center for Memory and Brain - laughs off any suggestion Itskov might have lost touch with reality.
"All of the evidence seems to say in theory it's possible - it's extremely difficult, but it's possible," he says. "So then you could say someone like that is visionary, but not mad because that implies you're thinking of something that's just impossible, and that's not the case."
The theoretical possibility Randal refers to is rooted in questions about how our brains work that neuroscience has yet to answer. Our brains are made up of about 86 billion neurons, connected cells that send information to each other by firing electrical charges that propagate through this organ in our skulls like waves.
But exactly how the brain generates our mind is a mystery like no other in science, according to the neurobiologist Prof Rafael Yuste of Columbia University. "The challenge is precisely how to go from a physical substrate of cells that are connected inside this organ, to our mental world, our thoughts, our memories, our feelings," he says.
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To try to unlock its workings, many neuroscientists approach the brain as if it were a computer. In this analogy the brain turns inputs, sensory data, into outputs, our behaviour, through computations. This is where the theoretical argument for mind uploading starts. If this process could be mapped, the brain could perhaps be copied in a computer, along with the individual mind it gives rise to.
That's the view of Dr Ken Hayworth, a neuroscientist who maps slivers of mouse brain at the Janelia Research Campus in Virginia by day, and by night grapples with the problem of how to upload his mind. Ken believes mapping the connectome - the complex connections of all the neurons in a brain - holds the key, because he believes it encodes all the information that makes us who we are, though this is not proven. "In the same sense that my computer is really just the ones and zeros on my hard drive, and I don't care what happens as long as those ones and zeros make it to the next computer it should be the same thing with me," he says, "I don't care if my connectome is implemented in this physical body or a computer simulation controlling a robotic body."
But Ken is a realist. "We are pitifully far away from mapping a human connectome," he acknowledges. "To put it in perspective, to image a whole fly brain it is going to take us approximately one to two years. The idea of mapping a whole human brain with the existing technology that we have today is simply impossible." And there's another theoretical challenge. Even if we could create the wiring diagram of a human brain, mind uploading would also most likely require reading the constant activity of all its neurons too.
Here Itskov might get some unexpected help, according to Yuste - who helped bring about the world's biggest neuroscience research project, the Brain Initiative. As part of this $6bn American programme aimed at solving the mysteries of brain disorders like Alzheimer's, he is hoping to map the continual interaction of neurons - the patterns of firing - in the brain over time, "We want to measure every spike from all the neurons at once simultaneously. Many people said it's just impossible."
It is an approach that does not rely on mapping the connectome first. In research yet to be published, Yuste has for the first time imaged over time the hypnotic electrical flashes that make up the activity of nearly all the neurons - up to several thousand - in one of the simplest nervous systems in evolution, a tiny invertebrate called a hydra. "It was very exciting," he says. But "today we just cannot tell you what these patterns mean. So it's a bit like listening in on a conversation in a foreign language that you don't understand."
Within 15 years Yuste hopes to map - and interpret - the activity of all the neurons in a mouse cortex. But the ultimate aim is to read the activity of the human brain.
"If the brain were a digital computer, if you wanted to upload the mind you need to be able to decipher it or download it first. So I think the Brain Initiative is a step that is necessary for this uploading to happen."
But Itskov is far from home and dry. At Duke University, one leading neuroscientist argues that the brain's dynamic complexity - from which the human condition emerges - cannot be replicated. "You cannot code intuition; you cannot code aesthetic beauty; you cannot code love or hate," says Dr Miguel Nicolelis, who is developing a mind-controlled exoskeleton aimed at helping the paralysed walk. "There is no way you will ever see a human brain reduced to a digital medium. It's simply impossible to reduce that complexity to the kind of algorithmic process that you will have to have to do that."
Yuste is also very far from certain the brain works like a computer and could ever be copied in a machine. But because neuroscience cannot yet explain how exactly the brain gives rise to us and prove that mind uploading is impossible, he believes society should start considering what the consequences might be if Itskov succeeded in his ambition.
"The pathway that leads with the new neural technologies to our understanding of the brain is the same pathway that could lead, theoretically, to the possibility of mind uploading," says Yuste. "Scientists that are involved in these methods have the responsibility to think ahead."
Mind uploading would usher in a world fraught with risks.
"If you could replicate the mind and upload it into a different material, you can in principle clone minds," says Yuste. "These are complicated issues because they deal with the core of defining what is a person."
Itskov is more sanguine: "I will answer you to the question of ethics by the opinion which was given to me by his holiness the Dalai Llama when I visited him in 2013. His point was that you can do everything if your motivation is to help people."
But this assurance is not enough for Yuste, who sits on the Brain Initiative's ethics panel: "I would put mind uploading in the list of the topics that should be very carefully discussed and thought through."
Itskov is already planning his endless life. "For the next few centuries I envision having multiple bodies, one somewhere in space, another hologram-like, my consciousness just moving from one to another."
It is estimated that 107 billion people have died before us. As our understanding of the brain advances in the decades ahead it will become clear whether Itskov is really the momentous visionary he claims to be, or merely the latest dreamer of impossible dreams.
Tristan Quinn produced and directed Horizon: The Immortalist, which will be shown on BBC 2 Wednesday at 20:00 on 16 March 2016 - viewers in the UK can catch up later on the BBC iPlayer
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Celebrating International Womens Day on Sunday, men can start taking over their partners simple daily chores without fear of being labeled bucin.
Bucin is a portmanteau of the Indonesian termbudak cinta(slave to love) popularized among millennials and members of Generation Z as submission by men or women to their partners.
Local baby boomers have their own acronym for men who are dominated by their partners, which is ISTI, or Ikatan Suami Takut Istri (the Association of Husbands Afraid of their Wives). The other portmanteau with a religious nuance is ISTIQOMAH, which is short for Ikatan Suami Takut Istri Kalau di Rumah (the Association of Husbands Afraid of Wives When at Home), which usually refers to married men who go wild only when outside of their homes.
In a patriarchal society like Indonesia, these terms, normally used in jokes among men, only reflect deep-rooted gender inequality in the country. The cynical abbreviations suggest that men should instead demonstrate supremacy over women, for example by way of abuse or by leaving all the household chores to women.
The unequal gender relations are believed to be the root of many problems both in the domestic and public spheres. Marital rape, sexual harassment either verbal or physical, disparity in wages, for instance, are rampant and widely accepted as normal practices.
The awareness about a level playing field between men and women came to the fore, at least historically, in Indonesia in the 19th century through Raden Ajeng Kartini. Fast forward, the sweeping reforms in 1998 played a pivotal part in promoting gender equality in the country. Thanks to the changes, Indonesia has seen its first female president, and more women have held key ministerial posts and public offices such as regents and governors.
But gender inequality has remained an unresolved issue. How to help end the gender disparity, which the world has accepted as a major barrier to sustainable development?
You, men, could start with simple actions at home, such as sharing the burden of household jobs like washing the dishes and doing the laundry with your wives. In a show of respect for gender equality, husbands in Asias developed nations like South Korea take one-month paternity leave to help their wives take care of their new-born babies.
I am married to a woman from the Minang ethnic group in West Sumatra. My parents-in-law appear to feel ashamed when they see me washing the dishes after dinner. This despite the fact that Minang is one of the few ethnicities in the country that adopts the matrilineal kinship system.
Another small step is appreciating womens work and letting them develop themselves intellectually and publicly. In this regard, the husbands of female ministers and the late Taufik Kiemas, husband of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, deserve appreciation.
You do not have to take to the streets to support the sexual violence eradication bill or to reject the family resilience bill. But if you do care, you can simply express your views on social media. For baby boomers, you may rally support for gender equality in your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts.
The International Womens Day commemoration comes against the backdrop of potential prosecution of actress Tara Basro under the draconian Electronic Transactions and Information (ITE) Law for uploading a black-and-white semi-naked picture of herself on Twitter. Tara has since deleted the post.
Of course you can join the International Womens Day march at the National Monument in Central Jakarta this Sunday. Never mind people who may call you a social justice warrior for supporting womens equal rights.
You will also contribute to gender-equality promotion by stopping making sexist jokes and rape jokes during conversations where female colleagues are present, as the anecdotes may hurt them. It is okay not to befriend sexist people.
You can also skip seminars and public discussions that feature male panellists only. If you organize a seminar or other events, you can promote female scholars from various fields, ranging from politics to religion, which this nation has in abundance.
Religion, or rather the interpretation of religious teachings actually, is the enemy of gender equality. The family resilience bill, which has been proposed by a number of politicians from several parties, speaks volumes for the efforts to give the state the authority to breach the privacy of its citizens, particularly women.
Those proposing the draft law are apparently inspired by old values or the interpretation of religious teachings that reduce womens roles to mere domestic work rather than in the public sphere.
Indonesia has an association of women clerics, who study and develop female religious teachings. The groups activities are still minor but with the help of the media and progressive people from all walks of life, the moderate principles will further spread.
Giving women more opportunities they deserve is important if we are to support equality for all genders. More affirmative action is also needed to help build a just and peaceful world for all genders.
It is quite easy for men to uphold equality for men and women. It starts from simple acts and starts with you.
Staff writer of The Jakarta Post and founder of the Alliance of Journalists for Pluralism (Sejuk)
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Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis has been hospitalised with a chest infection.
Uploading a video onto her Instagram account, the 26-year-old informed her followers about the recent health scare, which is why she's been inactive on social media.
"The reason why I've not been about is because I've not been well," she began. "I've not wanted to post about it, or say anything. I didn't want anyone to worry because I'm alright now."
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Stephanie continued: "I have been in for over a week. But I feel like I have turned a corner so I just wanted to come on.
"Sorry about the way I look... I've just been really run down for a long time, obviously since my relapse last year, and obviously when I tried to... and everything. I just haven't looked after myself for a long time, my chest, everything like that."
Last month, the soap star bravely opened up about a previous suicide attempt in an emotional statement.
"To feel like your life isn't worth something is the worst feeling I've ever experienced in my life, total despair and helplessness that I wouldn't wish on anyone," she wrote.
"And then I just got rapidly worse, I just gave up, I fought so hard to carry on to try, but I couldn't see a way out."
Adding that she was "in a really good place right now", she urged anyone experiencing a period of mental ill health to reach out, saying: "If it's not OK it's not the end. We can and will fight this together."
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