A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CLOUD

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For two days, in 5 and 6 October, Bucharest was the European technology capital of the Cloud. We witnessed an impressive concentration of forces in which a large number of specialists around the world with a rich business card in development, evangelism and implementation of Cloud tech came to EuroCloud Forum to discuss business transformations induced by Cloud and related innovations.

Any participant in technical sessions from the EuroCloud Forum lived that unique sense of partaking in something fundamental. A simple enumeration of those who were the guides in the journey through the Cloud says it all. Technical specialists with decades of experience, evangelists, developers, contractors, have initiated us in the Cloud phenomenon. Large companies such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, SAP, Veeam, and Schneider Electric Teradata, writing daily Cloud history, they have revealed their visions and strategies. Service providers, independent developers and integrators of solutions based on established platforms such as Avanade, Console, DevSecCon Ltd., FABASOFT, Intelli-Factory, Ness Technologies, Revevol or Scale-Up Tech came to Bucharest to confirm the importance of developing and diversifying the Cloud services for any company, of any size, in any industry. Leading Romanian Cloud providers as Star Storage and Ymens shared their vision about the Cloud services role in the business transformation process and presented some interesting key studies.

Amazon started the journey through the Cloud in 2006. Today it is Cloud market leader and companies of every size are using AWS to innovate across different countries and industries. Danilo Poccia, AWS EMEA Evangelist show us how AWS could simplify deployment and management letting the client to really focus on creating value for his business.

Through the likes of Compute & Container Engine, App Engine, Cloud Storage and BigQuery, Google Cloud Platform is offering to his client’s access to the same state of the art high performance compute and network infrastructure that runs Google Search, Gmail and YouTube. In this talk at EuroCloud Forum, Robert Kubis – developer advocate for the Google Cloud Platform at Google UK explained how easy it is to use these services to harness the power of Google’s Infrastructure for large-scale and highly available applications.

Microsoft is one of the most suggestive examples about how a market leader company turned his engines to the Cloud, in his own digital transformation efforts. Radu Stefan, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Romania presented which are the company strategies for Cloud development and how Azure platform could sustain the efforts to build a public Cloud for Europe.

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Dr Jens Amail, Senior Vice President Cloud Solutions and Strategic Customers MEE at SAP

SAP is another example of powerful Enterprise software provider which focused on Cloud solutions.  Dr Jens Amail, Senior Vice President Cloud Solutions and Strategic Customers MEE at SAP explained the company’s new development strategies based on Cloud services, and which are SAP proposal for digital transformation processes based on SAP Cloud platform.

In today’s digital world, we know that nothing less than 24.7.365 access to data and applications is acceptable, and enterprises embrace new technologies to deliver what their users demand. Laurent Garcia, EMEA Director Cloud & Service Providers at Veeam Software explained how Veeam has pioneered a new market of availability for the Always-On Enterprise, introducing the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. Demands for Cloud DR is on the rise and represent the number one opportunity for a Cloud & Service Provider to sell Cloud services. In a dedicated session, Veeam’s specialists demonstrated how to leverage the general data protection regulation (GDRP) for implementing business continuity, together with customer feedback on how they evaluate DRaaS providers.

But as more data streams into Cloud-based systems, the combination of data and computing resources gives the unprecedented opportunity to perform very sophisticated data analysis and to explore advanced machine learning methods such as deep learning. Clouds pack very large amount of computing and storage resources, which can be dynamically allocated to create powerful analytical environments. Natalino Busa, Head of Data Science at Teradata in Amsterdam, presented the most important advantages offered by analytics and how analytics in the cloud provides whole new ways for data analysts, data scientists and business developers.

In the today transforming world, more and more enterprises are preferring to focus on their core business, outsourcing their data centre in colocation to 3rd parties. Eduard Bodor, Solution Architect at NCEE Regional Application Center from Schneider Electric explained how  IT professionals could act now in different roles, more appropriate to their company current business model.

But business efficiency in the Cloud is depending not only on data centres’ infrastructure. The way clients are accessing the Cloud services is also critical. Connecting to Cloud services over the Internet open a lot of challenges, including but not limited to security, reliability, and throughput. John Hill, advocate and evangelist for next generation Cloud connectivity presented Console, a global next generation software defined network. The console is offering a secure and predictable connectivity between a data centre or customer premises and Cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and other SaaS ecosystem who offer Direct Connect access.

Despite the focus on innovative digital technologies, most companies still have a long way to go in their digital transformation journeys. Successful digital transformation comes not only from implementing new technologies but from transforming the existing organisation to take advantage of the possibilities that new technologies provide. Catalin Paunescu, CEO at Star Storage presented how the Cloud services provided by the Romanian company help top business around the world on their digital transformation journey to accelerate cost-efficiency and time to market by rethinking operations and processes.

From the beginning, Ymens was one of the first Romanian companies with a 100% Cloud-oriented activity. Razvan Savu, Cloud Strategy Officer at Ymens offered to EuroCloud Forum participants a practical approach to the Cloud, presenting very interesting real cases for Cloud project implementations, from private to hybrid, and to public Cloud, and from custom-developed SaaS to PaaS.

The demand for saving costs and increasing the productivity of companies causes a higher need for a mobile workforce and therefore for a secure and synchronised access to data and documents. Andreas Dangl, Managing Director at Fabasoft Cloud GmbH, a leading European cloud provider for B2B collaboration “Made in Europe” and the first EuroCloud Member with a  StarAudit 5 stars certification, explained how mobile force is increasing the shadow IT risks, demanding secure and controlled Cloud services.

The Cloud market demonstrated a demanding growth to hybrid Cloud solutions. Gavin Williams, VP Hybrid Cloud at Avanade from London proposed a journey to Hybrid Cloud, discussing what capabilities an enterprise would need to be able to use Hybrid cloud, how to align the business behind a journey to the cloud, and how to understand the implications and workload.

Despite the clear technology arguments, security is still one of the Cloud adoption issues. Francois Raynaud, the founder of DevSecCon has made a very critical assessment of the current security industry from a security professional. He presented some different DevSecOps ideas to support this approach with the aim to work effectively with the DevOps community.

Today Cloud is way more than just a buzzword and is making its way into European enterprises. Christoph Streit, co-founder of company ScaleUp discussed the benefits offered by Open Cloud Technologies like OpenStack. Using open source and open APIs are important factors for interoperability, collaboration and federation, especially in a European context.

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Peter Linhardt, the Health solution architect at Ness Technologies Slovakia

Google Analytics is one of the best tools to learn what keeps the users engaged and what should be improved to make the app more successful. Romain Vialard, Google Developer Expert at Revevol Paris made a very practical presentation, giving as example Yet Another Mail Merge, an add-on for Google Sheets.

Developing server and client-side code in the same language gives a tremendous boost to programmer productivity. Adam Granicz, CEO at IntelliFactory, a 6x F# MVP and the author of five F# books, key F# community member and evangelist, presented the fundamentals of writing full-stack web applications using WebSharper, a functional, reactive web framework, and introduced CloudSharper and other our upcoming new tools that enable online development, interactive data exploration, and deployment automation in a single cloud-based offering.

One of the most interesting presentation from EuroCloud Technical stage was related to Private national health Cloud system of Slovak Republic, being one of the first centralised eHealth solutions among European countries. Peter Linhardt, the Health solution architect at Ness Technologies Slovakia, explained how the National health information system (NHIS) Cloud of Slovakia stores the eHealth related registers and data, demographic and clinical EHR of Slovakia patients. Using Cloud solution more than 20 000 physicians and health professionals has access to the health informatics resources and how all 5.5M Slovakian citizens can access their personal health history and personal clinical health records. The NHIS cloud is operated by National centre of health informatics, which represents a structure of Slovak Republic Ministry of health.

The industry already talks about Cloud and Cloud 2.0. From all the Tech stage presentations in EuroCloud Forum 2016 we really understood the 3rd wave of Cloud computing is here to help us concentrate on what matters: “Building” instead of “Running”.

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Realitatea Augmentată înseamnă mai mult decât vânătoarea de Pokemoni

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Dacă nu știați încă nimic despre realitatea augmentată, cu siguranță că isteria Pokemon Go v-a făcut să vă întrebați despre ce este vorba. Care sunt tehnologiile din spatele acestei scamatorii? Iar dacă nu ați avut încă timp pentru asta, iată câteva informații care vă vor ajuta să vă faceți o idee.

Fanii serialului Star Trek știu foarte bine rolul camerelor speciale holodeck de pe puntea navei Starship Enterprise. Dar mediile virtuale unde echipajul interstelar se relaxa sau era implicat în diferite activități de cercetare este o realitate virtuală. O ficțiune, atât în film, cât și în realitate.

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Sensorama Machine

Puțini știu însă că în 1962, cu patru ani înainte de debutul serialului realizat de NBC, Morton Heilig – filozof, producător de filme și inventator, considerat părintele realității virtuale, a realizat Sensorama Stimulator, un dispozitiv de simulare care îmbina imaginea 3D cu secvențe audio stereo, trepidații, mirosuri și adierea vântului prin păr…

Dar nimeni nu auzise încă de realitate virtuală sau de realitatea augmentată pe vremea aceea… Greu de crezut, dar apariția termenului de realitate augmentată nu e legată de producătorii de jocuri și nici de cinematografie… Cel care a folosit pentru prima oară termenul de realitate augmentată este Tom Caudell, cercetător la Boeing, care în 1990 căuta o alternative la clasicele machete de simulare folosite de constructori la instalarea și asamblarea cablajelor din cabina de pilotaj a avionului. Caudell a propus un dispozitiv mobil care se putea purta pe cap și care putea să suprapună schemele de asamblare a cablurilor peste aparatura de bord.

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Thomas P. Caudell a folosit pentru prima oara termenul Augmented Reality

Realitatea Augmentată este un concept în care lumea reală și modelele virtuale se suprapun într-o unică imagine și care este inclus deja în topul trendurilor tehnologice realizate anual de toate marile case de cercetare. Studiile recente relevă că AR a ieșit deja din sfera cercetărilor aplicative și din interfața platformelor de jocuri și își face drum cu pași sigur către aplicațiile industriale.  În scurt timp tehnologiile utilizate la proiecțiile și vizualizarea realității augmentate și-au dovedit extraordinara putere de adaptare, prin aplicabilități în aproape toate domeniile, de la arhitectură, proiectare, arheologie și paleontologie, la educație, jocuri, medicină și aplicații pentru industria producătoare.

Creșterea este spectaculoasă. Dacă anul acesta valoarea pieței de soluții de realitate augmentată e aproximată la circa 1 miliard de dolari, pentru anul 2020 evaluarea realizată deDigi-Capital estimează o valoare totală a pieței de peste 120 miliarde dolari.

Iată o enumerare succintă a câtorva zone de aplicabilitate unde soluțiile de realitate augmentată pot avea un rol tot mai important:

Arheologie: Există deja aplicații pe dispozitive mobile care permit vizualizarea unor obiective istorice prin simpla suprapunere peste excavații sau monumente aflate în ruină;

Artă: Cu ajutorul unor dispozitive special, persoanele cu dizabilități pot realiza desene sau schițe prin simpla mișcare a ochilor;

Comerț: Aplicațiile AR oferă multe opțiuni de customizare sau informații adiționale despre un anumit produs;

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Cine n-a auzit de Pokemon Go?

Educație: Cu ajutorul unei tablete, elevii sau studenții pot vizualiza texte special, grafice 3D, desene, secvențe video sau hărți tipărite în noile tipuri de manuale multimedia;

Modă: ”Oglinzile fermecate” vă pot ajuta să vizionați care este machiajul cel mai potrivit și cum v-ar sta cu o anumită coafură;

Jocuri: Probabil cea mai răspândită arie de aplicabilitate. Tehnologia AR asigură interacțiunea jucătorului cu universal paralel al jocului, folosind un background din lumea reală;

Medicină: Doctorii pot vizualiza diferitele părți din organism sau funcționarea organelor interne prin imagini care se suprapun pe piele; O importanță tot mai mare o au imaginile AR pentru intervențiile chirurgicale deosebit de complexe;

Sectorul militar: De la jocuri la realitate nu e mare distanță. Aplicabilitatea realității augmentate devine cât se poate de critică și poate salva mii de vieți omenești prin simularea unor condiții de luptă speciale sau studiul efectelor armelor neconvenționale;

Navigația: Cele mai modern sisteme permit vizualizarea indicațiilor rutiere, destinației și a altor informați despre locații, trasee și vreme, direct pe o hartă reală;

Sport: Tehnologia augmentată permite vizualizarea demarcațiilor terenului, traseului unei mingi de tenis sau traiectoria pucului de hochei, facilitând evaluarea rapidă a diverselor situații și sporind atractivitatea sportului;

Televiziune: Una dintre primele aplicații ale realității augmentate a fost suprapunerea indicatorilor meteorologici direct peste relieful tridimensional.

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SmartFactory

Iată și o aplicație din industria producătoare: SmartFactory este primul proiect de cercetare și producție din Europa bazat pe asimilarea tehnologiilor AR. Sistemul SmartFactory în combinație cu aplicația ARIS MashZone permite rularea pe dispozitive mobile a unor aplicații care ajută lucrătorii dintr-o linie de producție să își eficientizeze activitatea. Fiecare etapă a procesului de asamblare poate fi urmărită pe o tabletă sub formă de animații 3D. Această modalitate de instruire practică bazată pe tehnologii de realitate augmentată reprezintă o componentă cheie în viziunea deschisă de conceptul Industry 4.0.

Aria de aplicabilitate a tehnologiilor asociate realității augmentate este practic nelimitată, iar dezvoltarea accelerată a dispozitivelor mobile facilitează rularea aplicațiilor de pe orice terminal.

Acest articol a fost publicat in revista IT Trends si postat online pe 5 Octombrie 2016.

EuroCloud Forum 2016: Hot Impressions View After Day 1 – Must See in Day 2

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1st Day Finish: Panel discussion with the EuroCloud Awards 2016 Nominees. Image cloud☁mania

We just finished the first day of EuroCloud Forum in Bucharest. It was a full presentation day with two presentation stages dedicated to Policy & Legal and Technology.

cloud☁mania was there. I had the pleasure to moderate the Technology Stage where our journey in the Cloud was drive by recognised leaders of Cloud market like Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Veeam, and Schneider Electric, B2B solution integrators like Ness Technology and Revevol, and Romanian Cloud services providers Ymens and Star Storage. More about the main topics discussed will come in the next articles.

Tomorrow will be another full day with a lot of presentation. You can see the EuroCloud Forum Agenda of Day 2 on the Forum Web site.

cloud☁mania invite you to assist to one of the most interesting presences in EuroCloud Forum 2016 edition. Come to see the presentation sustained by Dr Michaela Iorga, Senior Security Technical Lead for Cloud Computing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), from Washington, DC, USA.

Michaela has more than 10-year experience in the development of complex security architectures and more than 20 years of overall programming experience. She is recognised as an expert in Cloud computing, information security risk assessment, information assurance and ad-hoc mobile networks. Michaela will speak tomorrow about “Setting the standards for the cloud: towards real-time security and accountability”

In June 2014, cloud☁mania published the first interview with Michaela Iorga in the Romanian media, named “Despre Cloud, reglementary si specification de securitate cu doamna Dr Michaela Iorga”. Romanian version of this interview was published also in “Catalog Cloud Computing Romania – 2nd Edition, IaaS” released in June 2014.

michaela-iorga-cu-citat“In the United States, the Federal Government is one of the World’s pioneers of cloud computing. The term cloud computing was initially coined in 1997 by Professor Ramnath Chellappa of Emory University that referred to the cloud as an important new “computing paradigm where the boundaries of computing will be determined by economic rationale rather than technical limits alone”. The international IT literature and media came forward afterwards with many definitions, models, and architectures, but it was not until the 2011 when United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Special Publication 800-145 that defines the cloud computing, the cloud deployment models and cloud service models that the world settled for, and widely adopted, the concept, the definition and the description as provided by NIST. Five years later, the entire world is speaking the same cloud “language” and clearly understands what, for example, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) public cloud means”, said Michaela Iorga in an interview published a few weeks ago on the Blog section from the EuroCloud Forum 2016 web page. Read HERE the full interview.

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