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On Edge: The Future of Computing
Microsoft’s latest edge database offering, the buzzwordy Azure SQL Database Edge (ASDE), is supposed to make edge computing (where Microsoft insists 75% of data will be created and processed by 2025) possible. For organizations at leading edge (ha!) of the IoT revolution, Microsoft wants to be the vendor of choice.
If the proliferation of IoT devices proceeds as predicted, enterprises are going to generate more data at the edge of the network than they can reliably process in the cloud, or even in the data center. Microsoft’s solution, announced in May 2019, is to provide a lighter database solution.
According to Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Julia White, ASDE will support cloud and disconnected (true edge) deployments, Power BI (and other BI tools), and a write once deploy anywhere software paradigm based on a “common programming surface area across Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on-premises, and Azure SQL Database Edge.”
For use cases where connectivity might not always be available, but where analytics are valuable (drilling platforms, or remote mine sites), this could be a game changer.
ASDE is yet another acknowledgement from a major cloud provider that the straight public cloud is not an achievable future in all cases. The future of the edge is the future of computing. Data is the new oil (right down to the impact of leaks!); those organizations that can generate and exploit it will be well-positioned for the future. A standard platform that those organizations can use to generate insight across cloud, data center, and edge environments could provide meaningful substantive benefits.
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On February 24-25, 2021, Zoho held its annual ZohoDay – a conference aimed at communicating the state of the business and product roadmaps. The event coincided with Zoho’s 25th year as a company, testament to Zoho’s long-term business approach: grow organically, have zero debt, zero external investments, remain cashflow positive, and plow cashflow back into the business and customers.
On February 22, 2021, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) released its Q4 report. While overall global revenues were down on last year’s Q4, ALE’s cloud-based solutions continued to surge. These surges are in part explained by mid- to large-sized organizations beginning significant investments to prepare for a post-pandemic world.
These are the trends we predict will be most important is it relates to Enterprise Architecture in 2021.
On December 8, Masergy – a software defined networking services company – briefed Info-Tech on its UCaaS solution. Masergy UCaaS is built on the Cisco collaboration platform, providing a value-added service through Masergy’s SD-WAN solution and Secure Edge Network.
On December 1, Twilio – a cloud communications platform – briefed Info-Tech on its contact center as a service (CCaaS) solution, Flex.
On December 1, Zendesk – a global customer service software company – briefed Info-Tech on its contact center as a service (CCaaS) solution, Zendesk Talk.
On January 14, Revation Systems – a provider of cloud-based compliant messaging and communications – briefed Info-Tech on its unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solution, LinkLive. LinkLive encompasses several UCaaS solutions that are primarily aimed at industries with high security and compliance requirements. These industries especially include banking and healthcare.
Transparency, explainability, and trust are pressing topics in AI/ML today. While much has been written about why these are important and what organizations should do, no tools to help implement these principles have existed – until now.
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