Weekly CloudNews: Cloud Stress Tests, Taoglas Analytics, High-Performance Computing

Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Earlier this week, we looked at tips for buying a cloud services management platform.

With that, onto this week’s news:

COVID-19 stress tests cloud services

Paul Krill, InfoWorld, March 24, 2020

“With the COVID-19 virus putting millions of more people into the “working from home” category, cloud service providers are being put to the test. In response, global cloud leaders are stress-testing their infrastructure and activating pandemic-specific resiliency testing procedures, research from Forrester indicates.

Forrester advises cloud users not to panic about cloud capacity, given the past decade of massive cloud buildouts. While the long-term impact of how people will work in the future is unclear, the pandemic offers a powerful case study and a first look at the promise of cloud computing.

GlobalData sees COVID-19 spurring demand for not only cloud computing, but also other IT solutions such as edge computing. While cloud technology providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon might benefit from COVID-19 over a 12-month period, second-tier and tertiary IaaS (infrastructure as a service) providers with less reliable customer bases could lose out, as could cloud service and infrastructure providers whose businesses depend on vulnerable industries hit by the economic fallout.”

Taoglas launches analytics platform to track public gatherings

Kelley Earley, SiliconRepublic, March 24, 2020

“Taoglas has announced a new analytics platform called Crowd Insights, which tracks the movement of people to assist with the urgent public health need for managing crowd sizes and social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Taoglas, the solution can be deployed in a single day, remotely through a cloud management platform. It can be used by healthcare facilities, retail stores, venues, restaurants, airports and cities.

The company said: ‘No special software is required on the phones or on the Wi-Fi networks to get started and the solution works seamlessly with Meraki, Cisco, Ruckus, Aruba and other Wi-Fi equipment.’”

Cloud Giants Tackle COVID-19 With High Performance Computing

David Ramel, Virtualization Review, March 24, 2020

“The cloud computing giants have teamed up with the federal government and academia to provide High Performance Computing (HPC) resources to further research about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industry partners in the new COVID-19 HPC Consortium include IBM, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft (Azure). They are teaming up with several major universities, federal agencies and Department of Energy National Laboratories.

‘The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines,’ says the site, which is housed on IBM’s Bluemix platform.”

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