In the past month, things haven’t changed much. Earth is on lockdown; people are in search of activities to make quarantine more exciting or entertaining, and most importantly, doctors are the new superheroes but with a white cape. Though the number of cases is still escalating, however, the recovery rate has started coping up with it. Not just that, some businesses are still up and running, thanks to Microsoft, zoom, or any other video conferencing service. In this tough time of social distancing, companies are getting closer, and launching of new services or features is still on. So, here we brought another edition of top news and events that happened in the cloud world.
COVID-19 has an impact on Cloud Computing market:
Post COVID-19, the report “COVID-19 Impact on Cloud Computing Market by Service Type (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)), Vertical and Region – Global Forecast to 2021”- has expected to grow from $233 billion in 2019 to $295 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.5% during the forecasted period. Organizations have increased the level of innovation over the years; with the outbreak of COVID-19, most operations have been compromised. This has caused companies to work in an unoptimized way, as a result of which they are looking for new areas that can increase their revenue by a small amount.
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Microsoft is set to assist the NBA to enhance the audience experience
In Mid-April, Microsoft and National Basketball Association (NBA) announced their new multi-year partnership deal. This collaboration will allow Microsoft to become the Official Artificial Intelligence Partner, an official cloud provider and laptop partner of NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, and USA Basketball. The deal will kick-off from NBA’s 2020-21 season. However, the duration of this deal is still yet to be disclosed.
AWS Marketplace and Data Exchange is now available for Australian and New Zealand Vendors
Amazon Web Services opens the gates of their Marketplace and data exchange for Australia and New Zealand based vendors. It enables the independent software vendors (ISVs), service providers, and consulting partners to transact that are located in the area.
The AWS Marketplace offers a sales channel for ISVs and consulting partners to sell their solution to AWS customers. While, The AWS Data Exchange is a service, i.e., designed to help customers to find, subscribe, and use third-party data in the cloud that was launch in November last year.
Pentagon has no issues with awarding the contract to Microsoft over Amazon.
The Pentagon barred from discussing Trump and awarding the $10 billion ‘war cloud’ contract to Microsoft over Amazon. However, admitting it can’t entirely prove that the White House didn’t interfere.
A massive 313-page report is released on 15 April; the Defense Department’s (DoD) inspector general believed the contract acquisition process both reasonable and consistent with the law.
Though Amazon sued the DoD last year, asserting that President Donald Trump’s personal issues with CEO Jeff Bezos influenced the Pentagon to give the lucrative JEDI contract to Microsoft, their biggest rival.
Google cloud introduces the Managed Memcached Service
Recently Google announced the MemoryStore beta for Memcached, a new service providing a fully managed memory database compatible with the open-source Memcached protocol. It will be joined by Redis in the
MemoryStore family, which was first launched in 2018. This announcement gives your caching layer more flexibility and choice.
Memcached provides a simple but robust in-memory key-value store and is popular as a front-end cache for databases. Using Memcached as a front-end store not only offers an in-memory caching layer for faster query processing, but it can also save cost by reducing the load on your back-end database.
PlanetScale launches database service For Hybrid Cloud Environments
Recently, PlanetScale Inc., a Database-as-a-Service provider, announced a new version of its product based on the Kubernetes container management open-source software. The database will also be based on the open-source software Vitess that enables it to cluster MySQL supported databases. The company said that the product will now be available in beta on the various clouds across multiple regions.
PlanetScaleDB is powered with cloud-spanning capabilities; all thanks to the open-source Vitess project. It is one of the core technologies on which PlanetScaleDB is based upon. You need to know what Vitess actually is; if not, it is a database solution for deploying, scaling and managing large clusters of open-source database instances.
Microsoft is releasing Azure Edge Zone in partnership with 5G carriers
Microsoft announced Azure Edge Zones, an extension of Azure Public Cloud, which will be available on Microsoft’s global network, telecom provider’s 5G networks, and customer data centers.
AWS launches Codeless Amazon Application Streams for SaaS Applications
Later in April, AWS introduces Amazon AppFlow. This new integration service makes it easy for developers to transfer data between AWS and SaaS apps such as Google Analytics, Marketo, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Slack, Snowflake, and Zendesk. Like other similar services, such as Microsoft Azure Power Automate, developers can trigger these flows based on specific events, preset times, or on-demand.
Google made the Cloud HealthCare Api general available.
Google has announced the availability of the Cloud Healthcare API, which makes it easy to transfer data between healthcare applications and solutions built on Google Cloud. The API enables companies to integrate and manage data from a variety of inputs and systems, and then analyze the data using secure A.I. And machine learning, too.
Google Anthos is now generally available for AWS
Continuing to enhance the capabilities of its Anthos hybrid and multi-cloud platform; Google Cloud recently announced the general availability of Anthos for AWS.
Anthos has always promised that it would allow companies to write their applications once, package them in containers, and then manage their multi-cloud deployments across GCP, AWS, Azure, and their on-site data centers.