LAS VEGAS -- Top Sony executives took to the stage this evening here at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show to reveal, bit by bit, that the company is mobilizing its many divisions to create an ecosystem that delivers 3D content to many of the products it makes, from televisions and tablets to camcorders and computers. The name of the platform at the center of it all? Qriocity. (As in, "curiosity.") The platform itself isn't new. Sony debuted it last year, offering video on demand in select markets overseas. But Wednesday, Sony unveiled a new Qriocity service called "Music Unlimited" that hints at how expansive it could be. Music Unlimited is a new cloud-based streaming music service that offers more than six million songs, from "all the major record labels." It learns your preferences over time, tracks behavior and makes music recommendations. Key is that the service will be embedded in Sony products, from TVs to PCs to PS3 (beginning this year in the U.S., Canada … [Read more...] about CES: With Qriocity cloud platform, can Sony spur adoption of 3D content?
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Google Cloud Platform continued its targeting of enterprise customers on Thursday, promoting recent investments and advancements in data centers, security, and container technology as part of its day two keynote at the GCP Next conference in San Francisco. Google's Greg DeMichillie opened the keynote, explaining that Google viewed these three areas as "the most critical in the evolution of cloud." DeMichillie then introduced data center head Joe Kava, who walked through Google's data center strategy. According to Kava, the core principles of Google's approach to data centers are availability, security, and performance. Kava explained the company's 24x7x365, and strong approach to both physical and virtual security. In terms of performance, he addressed Google's proprietary hardware designs, high efficiency cooling, and full integration through the stack. Listed in Kava's presentation slides was a new OCP (Open Compute Project) announcement, a rack specification that includes 48V … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform touts investments in security, data centers, and containers
Ericsson has announced partnering with automotive software developer Zenuity to develop an end-to-end platform for connected safety, advanced driver assistance support (ADAS), and autonomous driving software and functions. Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo and automotive safety system company Autoliv, will use Ericsson's mobile connectivity management Internet of Things (IoT) solution, IoT Accelerator, with its own connected cloud solution for data management and security. According to Ericsson, the Zenuity Connected Cloud will integrate vehicle software and systems with connected safety data gathered from surrounding infrastructure and vehicles. "The end-to-end offering will consist of in-vehicle software integrated with other vehicle functions, onboard sensors, and cloud support functions that will provide external data from other vehicles and cloud infrastructure," Ericsson explained. "This will enable real-time visibility to guide vehicles with information and events in … [Read more...] about Ericsson developing autonomous vehicle software cloud platform
Last month the Google Cloud Platform gained a major customer when Spotify decided to ditch its own data centers and rely on Google’s platform instead. That seemed to be a big deal for Google at the time, but the latest client it has landed for its cloud platform makes that deal look like small potatoes.Google’s latest customer is not only a bigger name than Spotify, but also a direct competitor in more than one market. But that hasn’t stopped Apple from signing a deal to power part of iCloud using the Google Cloud Platform, according to a report from CRN, which has sources saying that Apple is spending anywhere from $400 million to $600 million on the deal.Until now, iCloud has been powered by a combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and its own servers. Apple hasn’t entirely abandoned AWS, and remains a customer, though it has significantly reduced its reliance on the platform.Google has a long history of not sharing numbers any more than it … [Read more...] about Apple signs deal to power part of iCloud with Google Cloud Platform
Originally positioned as a Web-based service for synchronizing files and data folders across different devices, Microsoft's Live Mesh is poised to emerge as a cloud-based development environment at the company's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October.Originally positioned as a Web-based service for synchronizing files and data folders across different devices, Microsoft's Live Mesh is poised to emerge as a cloud-based development environment at the company's Professional Developers Conference in October.According to the agenda for the PDC, Microsoft plans to provide a clearer view into how developers can build APIs to leverage Live Mesh -- which the company is calling a "cloud services and client platform" -- to connect applications and services across various devices.This is a slightly new positioning for Live Mesh, which Microsoft introduced in April as a folder-sharing and synchronization service. While the company introduced a developer component for the platform so … [Read more...] about Live Mesh may emerge as Microsoft ‘cloud’ platform
Google is known for experimenting heavily with new technologies, but it's becoming clear that machine learning is becoming a real value proposition for the search giant.On Thursday, at the Google Cloud Platform Next conference, Google's Julia Ferraioli broke down some of the key announcements that Google made around machine learning the day prior, and how developers could take advantage of them. Machine learning has struggled with a formal definition, but Ferraioli said that Google views it as how developers can add intelligence to their applications. And, using that data and intelligence is growing in importance. "How well you use your data can determine the degree of your success," Ferraioli said. SEE: Machine automation policy guidelines template (Tech Pro Research)Machine learning has long been the realm of a few specialized individuals and used to require education at the PhD level to implement. At its core, machine learning is built on three components: Data, … [Read more...] about How developers can take advantage of machine learning on Google Cloud Platform
As Google continues to position its Google Cloud Platform for enterprise use, three key aspects are leading the company's future investment in the platform: Data centers, security, and container technology.On Thursday, at the 2016 Google Cloud Platform Next conference in San Francisco, Google leaders took the stage at the day two keynote to market existing successes and explain future investments in the platform.Greg DeMichillie, director of the cloud platform for Google, opened the keynote and said that these three components are "the most critical in the evolution of cloud." SEE: Network Security Policy Template (Tech Pro Research)Joe Kava, one of the heads of Google's data center efforts, was the speaker who explained the company's strategy in the data center. Early on, there was a big push in the concept of "your data centers are Google's data centers," likely to position the proposed ease of use that comes with a cloud deployment. One piece of news that was listed in a slide … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform’s 3 keys to the roadmap: Data center, security, containers
When considering Google Cloud Platform, most people will think about how companies are building out websites and backend infrastructure. However, Google is increasingly targeting another kind of development on its platform—IoT.On Wednesday, at the Google Cloud Platform Next conference, Google's head of IoT solutions, Preston Holmes, lead a breakout session explaining how Google approached IoT development and how it wants to support the infrastructure. SEE: The Power of IoT and Big Data (Tech Pro Research)Holmes began by giving his working definition of IoT. While there's no definitive definition of IoT just yet, he said, "IoT is a period of transformation." And, once all these devices get connected, they will no longer be the IoT, they will simply be what we use in our everyday, connected lives. People have been held back from experimenting with IoT because of the complexity involved, Holmes said. For starters, you have to choose a hardware provider, whether … [Read more...] about How Google Cloud Platform supports IoT development
On Thursday, Dell EMC and Microsoft announced the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, a joint offering that aims to speed the process for organizations looking to deploy and manage a hybrid cloud strategy. For enterprises looking to build a hybrid cloud deployment based on Microsoft Azure, the Dell EMC integration will offer automated delivery of IT services for both cloud-native and traditional applications, according to a press release. The joint service also seeks to unify the experience across the Azure public cloud environment and the Azure Stack private cloud, making it easier to deploy new new apps in the cloud, regardless of which cloud they are deployed to. Cost-effective application access and secure sharing of services in both traditional Azure environments and Azure Stack environments are additional benefits offered by the new platform, the press release said. SEE: Hybrid cloud: The smart person's guide "Cloud is an operating model, not a place, and adopting a … [Read more...] about Dell EMC, Microsoft partner on hybrid cloud platform to boost digital transformation
We're very early in the private cloud business -- which is precisely why such large and influential vendors as Oracle, Intel, HP, VMware, Citrix and Red Hat are jumping into the market with initiatives and pledges for standards and support. We're seeing some whoppers here at Oracle OpenWorld, from Oracle, Intel and HP in particular. Why? The early birds that can establish de facto standards on data portability and resources governance -- minding the boundaries between the private and public clouds and their digital condensates -- will be in a position to define the next abstraction of meta operating system (for lack of a better term). In just the last two weeks, VMware, Citrix and now Oracle have pledged to come to market with the infrastructure that enterprises and service providers alike will want. The cloud wanters need cloud makers, the picks and shovels, to build out on the vision of next-generation data center fabrics -- of dynamic resource pools of infrastructure, platform, … [Read more...] about Hey, you, get onto my cloud!