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Gcore Launches Advanced AI Solution for Real-Time Online Content Moderation and Compliance

AI-based video content moderation combines computer vision, optical character recognition, and speech recognition to protect viewers and brands.

Gcore, the global edge AI, cloud, network, and security solutions provider, today launched Gcore AI Content Moderation, a real-time solution that enables online service providers to automate the moderation of audio, text, and user-generated video content without needing prior artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) experience. It enables organisations to improve user safety and ensure compliance with regulations such as the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) and the UK’s Online Safety Bill (OSB).

Any platform that hosts user-generated content (UGC) — from comments to long-form video — or content that can be accessed by children, must moderate UGC to ensure its viewers are protected from offensive, violent, illegal or age-inappropriate content. Social media, gaming, ecommerce, education, and digital advertising are just some of the industries where organisations have legal obligations. Exposing users to harmful content can lead to reputational damage, legal investigation, service suspension, an operating ban, and significant fines (up to 6% of global revenue for the DSA).

 

Real-time AI content moderation

The dramatic growth in UGC means human moderation cannot keep pace with the challenge of identifying harmful and illegal content. High volumes overwhelm moderators, costs become prohibitive, or operational inefficiencies result in missed violations and delayed publishing of legitimate content.

Gcore AI Content Moderation automates the review of video content streams, flagging inappropriate content and alerting human moderators where necessary. The solution integrates cutting-edge technologies to begin reviewing videos or live streams within seconds of their publication:

 

  • State-of-the-art computer vision: Advanced computer vision models are used for object detection, segmentation, and classification to identify and flag inappropriate visual content accurately.
  • Optical character recognition (OCR): Text visible in videos is converted into machine-readable format, enabling the moderation of inappropriate or sensitive textual information displayed within video content.
  • Speech recognition: Sophisticated algorithms analyse audio tracks to detect and flag foul language or hateful speech, thereby moderating audio as effectively as visual content.
  • Multiple-model output aggregation: Complex decisions, such as identifying content involving child exploitation, require the integration of multiple data points and outputs from different models. Gcore AI Content Moderation aggregates these outputs to make precise and reliable moderation decisions.

 

Organisations can quickly integrate Gcore AI Content Moderation into their existing infrastructure through an API without the need for prior AI or ML experience. AI Content Moderation runs on Gcore’s global network of 180+ edge points of presence with a capacity exceeding 200 Tbps, ensuring low latency, speed, and resilience for customers.

“Human-only content moderation has become an unmanageable task — it is simply impossible to assign enough human resources and keep costs in check,” commented Alexey Petrovskikh, Head of Video Streaming at Gcore. “Gcore AI Content Moderation gives organisations the power to moderate content at a global scale, while keeping humans in the loop to review flagged content. This new service plays an essential role in enabling companies to protect their users, communities, and their own reputation — all while ensuring regulatory compliance.”

 

Ten Successful Go-Lives for Critical UK Organisations

FourNet’s ANTENNA Service Revolutionises Secure Cloud Services

Digital transformation and customer experience specialist, FourNet’s award-winning ANTENNA service was expanded earlier this year – making it available to all Critical National Infrastructure organisations across the UK. So, what impact is it having so far?

Over the past few months, FourNet has successfully launched ten projects including on-premise, hybrid, and FourNet cloud solutions with ANTENNA and Connecting Wales, with another ten projects poised for deployment.

Here, we explore some of the projects the Manchester headquartered business has completed and those on the horizon, which showcase the solutions and commitment to operational excellence and security across the CNI sector.

 

Relaunch

ANTENNA was relaunched earlier this year at FourNet’s ‘Secure Digital Transformation’ summit hosted at London’s Mansion House, where the group unveiled an expanded portfolio of award-winning ANTENNA solutions for Government and all Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) organisations.

With growing threats and challenges, system failures and downtime can severely impact CNI organisations. These can have potentially life-threatening consequences – seen most recently in a cyber attack on several London hospitals.

Originally developed as a shared service for central government, ANTENNA has evolved into a broader cloud platform available to all critical national infrastructure organisations. It offers always-on, resilient, reliable, and secure networking, connectivity, cybersecurity, and communication solutions such as Contact Centre to ensure safe and seamless digital transformation for essential UK services.

 

What is Critical National Infrastructure?

Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) encompasses the assets, systems, and networks that are essential for a nation’s functioning and the well-being of its citizens. These complex architectures and infrastructures include energy, water, transportation, healthcare, and telecommunications sectors.

Ensuring the security and resilience of these infrastructures is paramount, as any disruption can lead to significant economic, social, and health impacts.

CNI organisations’ crucial role requires robust, secure, and reliable technology and communication systems to prevent potential disruption and impact.

 

Transforming Critical National Infrastructure with ANTENNA

Due to the potential impact of service disruptions, CNI projects must be approached with extreme caution, making transformation projects highly complex. This has led many CNI organisations to avoid change and rely on outdated systems and legacy technology, unable to risk the downtime associated with transitions.

However, legacy technology creates challenges and security threats and limits organisations from realising the benefits of modern technology that could transform services and deliver a better return on investment.

This is where the ANTENNA solution can help. With its pedigree from Central Government and designed from the ground up, ANTENNA ensures that business networks and systems are highly secure, reliable, and functional.

ANTENNA’s services, delivered from UK-based Government Data Centres, allow organisations to easily access the tools they need, as well as data sovereignty, all supported by highly security-cleared engineers and experts.

 

Critical National Infrastructure

At FourNet, the team’s experience in the sector means it understands the unique challenges faced by Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) organisations, and recognises and place at the forefront of the service the need to ensure the continuity and security of essential services, and all  designed to meet these exacting standards.

Here’s an overview of recent projects and the key solutions FourNet has implemented:

 

Key Solutions and Recent Projects

Recent work includes the deployment of robust contact centre solutions that cater to Emergency Services such as 999, 111, and 101.  SIP services, including SIP for 999 delivery, ensure that critical communications remain uninterrupted even in the most challenging situations.

In addition, there’s been a significant focus on secure infrastructure, including SD-WAN, helping to facilitate seamless on-premises migration into the ANTENNA secure private cloud. This allows CNI organisations to leverage modern, scalable technologies without risking downtime or compromising security.

FourNet has also delivered critical services through its Connecting Wales framework, improving communication and contact centre capabilities for the Welsh Government and educational organisations, particularly schools. These projects underscore our ability to maintain operational continuity and security across various public sector domains.

However, much of our recent work has supported existing customers in migrating and upgrading legacy systems to cutting-edge solutions. FourNet has facilitated several transformation projects for customers, moving from on-premises technologies to hybrid and cloud environments. From the outset, the company’s teams are on hand to assess, develop and deliver the right solution. Removing the worry and challenges around managing complex digital transitions.

For more information on FourNet, ANTENNA and Connecting Wales, please visit fournet.co.uk

 

Businesses warned to prepare for the worst – as many don’t have a disaster recovery plan yet

There are fresh warnings for businesses that use cloud technology to put in place disaster recovery plans.

The warnings, from Solution Performance Group (SPG) advise companies to have a disaster recovery plan in place for their cloud services, just as they would for on-premises IT systems. While cloud services offer various benefits, they are not immune to disruptions or disasters.

Gareth Humphreys, group CEO at SPG, said: “In a recent PwC survey, 78% of business leaders said they had adopted cloud in most or all areas of their organisations. Disaster recovery planning is essential for modern businesses, especially those that run all or part of their operations in the cloud. Unexpected events can occur at any time and disrupt services and erase data. A major bug could be disclosed, your network could go down, or a natural disaster could affect your company.

“Disasters can take various forms, including natural disasters, cyberattacks, hardware failures, and more. A well-prepared plan helps ensure that a business can continue its critical operations despite adversity. An effective plan will re-establish access and functionality to cloud infrastructure after a disaster, whether man-made or natural. Restoring operations as quickly and safely as possible is essential.”

An effective cloud strategy can assist company leaders in realising the return on their IT investments by connecting data, systems, developing technology and devices. It offers the foundation for advancements in robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain technology, and improved analytics utilisation.

Cloud providers generally offer high availability, but no system is completely immune to downtime. Network outages, data centre failures, or software bugs can interrupt service. A disaster recovery plan helps minimise downtime by providing a way to recover critical services quickly and ensures that data is backed up and can be restored in case of data loss due to cyberattacks, accidental deletion, or other issues.

Some industries and regulatory bodies require businesses to have a disaster recovery plan to ensure data protection and business continuity. Failing to comply with these requirements can lead to legal and financial consequences.

If your business relies on cloud services to provide products or services to customers, a well-structured plan can help maintain customer trust by ensuring the availability and reliability of your services.

 

Gareth concluded: “When creating a disaster recovery plan for cloud services, consider factors such as data backup and recovery procedures, failover strategies, communication plans, and regular testing to ensure that the plan works effectively. Cloud service providers often offer tools and services that can assist in implementing disaster recovery solutions, but it’s important for businesses to take an active role in planning and testing their strategy to meet their specific needs and requirements.”

 

With offices in Newcastle and Leeds, SPG is an ecosystem of digital transformation, resourcing and software subsidiaries that work across the public and private sectors to deliver optimised technology solutions, highly efficient processes and empowered, successful teams. Its clients include the emergency services, government departments and social housing organisations.

Pictured: Gareth Humphreys.

New Report Shows AI Technologies Ushering In New Era of Data and Infrastructure Modernisation

Nutanix a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today released the Nutanix State of Enterprise AI Report, a global research study providing insights into Enterprise decision-making around AI. The report provides a holistic view into how enterprises are approaching AI technology strategy and adoption, as well as how future plans will affect IT spending and budgeting.

“In just one year, Generative Artificial Intelligence (genAI) has completely upended the worldview of how technology will influence our lives and Enterprises are racing to  understand how it can benefit their businesses,” said Sammy Zoghlami, SVP EMEA at Nutanix. “While most organisations are in the early stages of  evaluating the opportunity, the State of Enterprise AI report confirms that most consider it a priority. More importantly, the survey uncovered an important theme among enterprises adopting AI solutions: a growing requirement for data governance and data mobility across data centre, cloud, and edge infrastructure environments making it even more important for organisations to adopt a platform to run all apps and data across clouds.”

Key findings for EMEA include:

  • EMEA organisations plan to embrace AI solutions but are slowed by a generative AI skills-gap. 90% of EMEA respondents said that AI is a priority to their organisation. Today, the top two AI solutions deployed by EMEA organisations include virtual assistants/customer support bots, as well as a mix of generative AI solutions. However, when it comes to AI solution implementation, EMEA respondents indicate they lack generative AI and prompt engineering skills, and they also require more data scientists and data science skills to support their initiatives.  
  • AI data security, scale, and management will be top challenges for EMEA organisations. More than 90% of EMEA respondents say that security, reliability, and disaster recovery are important considerations in their AI strategy. EMEA organisations also ranked “managing and supporting AI workloads at scale” as their organisation’s #1 challenge over the next one to two years – higher than any other region. When it came to AI data governance, over half of EMEA organisations indicated that AI data governance requirements will force them to better understand and track data sources, age, and other data qualities. Addressing data security, workload scale, and data visibility/management will be critical tenets of success for EMEA AI initiatives.
  • Infrastructure modernisation and data security are at the forefront of EMEA AI decision-making – not cost. Cost ranked as the third-lowest consideration for EMEA organisations running or planning to run AI workloads. Furthermore, when we asked about the key drivers behind upgrades for AI applications or infrastructure, EMEA respondents once again ranked “cost” as the lowest priority. By contrast, over 90% of EMEA respondents agree that their IT costs and cloud spending will both increase due to AI applications.  EMEA organisations are showing a willingness to spend in support of their AI initiatives, a sentiment which AI solutions/services providers will benefit from.

The report is based on a global research study conducted by Vanson Bourne, on behalf of Nutanix, surveying 650 IT, DevOps, and Platform Engineering decision makers between July and September, 2023. The respondent base spanned multiple industries, business sizes, and the following geographies: the Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and the Asia-Pacific-Japan (APJ) region.

To learn more, read the full Nutanix State of Enterprise AI Report here.

About Nutanix

Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software, offering organisations a single platform for running apps and data across clouds. With Nutanix, companies can reduce complexity and simplify operations, freeing them to focus on their business outcomes. Building on its legacy as the pioneer of hyperconverged infrastructure, Nutanix is trusted by companies worldwide to power hybrid multicloud environments consistently, simply, and cost-effectively. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on social media @nutanix.

Cloud skills gap causes 32% of businesses to miss financial objectives while delaying digital transformation projects by five months, SoftwareOne survey finds

London. 08, 11, 2023:   A report published today by SoftwareOne Holding AG, a leading global software and cloud solutions provider, shows that 98% of organisations globally are facing a cloud skills gap. This is causing digital transformation projects to fall behind by an average of five months, with one-third of businesses claiming their financial objectives will take a significant hit as a result.

The SoftwareOne Cloud Skills Survey canvassed the opinions of 500 IT decision-makers (ITDMs) from the UK, Benelux, North America, and Australia to understand how the cloud-skills shortage is impacting IT teams and how they plan to combat it in 2024. Almost all (95%) of the IT decision-makers believe their team has been negatively impacted by the cloud skills gap, while almost two-thirds (62%) report having their workload increase in the last 12 months.

When looking at how the cloud skills gap had impacted the teams’ work, the survey found that vital areas were being missed. 43% of respondents noted their organisations have struggled to keep up to date with security and compliance, 41% have had application performance issues and outages and 38% have missed KPIs on delivering new innovations to the business. One-third even said they had to restrict their use of the cloud altogether.

When looking to the future, the IT-decision makers were confident that the cloud skills gap within their organisation would improve in the years to come, with 87% saying they believe it will get better in the next five years. In the interim, the survey respondents view investing in cloud managed services as the key to success. Almost all (93%) respondents agree that investing in cloud-managed services will be a priority in the next 12 months, with respondents also claiming that investing in cloud-managed services could increase productivity globally by as much as 156%.

“For companies who want to accelerate their digital transformation, closing the cloud skills gap is critical. We have seen our clients innovate faster through cloud and application mastery while reducing their risk profile,” stated Craig Thomson, Senior Vice President Cloud & Application Services, SoftwareOne. “Our research into the cloud skills gap shows how much is at stake. The majority of organisations see cloud managed services as a crucial way to bridge the gap, with the option of scaling back these resources as they build their own internal capabilities for the future,” added Thomson.

For more information about the Cloud Skills Gap Report, please visit https://www.softwareone.com/en/now/technology-and-the-talent-gap

 

About SoftwareOne: 

SoftwareOne is a leading global software and cloud solutions provider that is redefining how organisations build, buy and manage everything in the cloud. By helping clients to migrate and modernise their workloads and applications – and in parallel, to navigate and optimise the resulting software and cloud changes – SoftwareOne unlocks the value of technology. The company’s 9,000+ employees are driven to deliver a portfolio of 7,500 software brands with sales and delivery capabilities in 90 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, SoftwareOne is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the ticker symbol SWON. Visit us at www.softwareone.com

 

Alibaba Cloud Launches Tongyi Qianwen 2.0 and Industry-specific Models to Support Customers Reap Benefits of Generative AI

New AI Model Building Platform and a suite of innovative cloud products launched to cater for the surging demand among customers and developers

 Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of Tongyi Qianwen 2.0, its latest large language model (LLM), along with new industry-specific models at its annual flagship tech event Apsara Conference. This release signifies significant progress in Alibaba Cloud’s pursuit of cutting-edge AI innovation and its ongoing commitment to fuelling digital transformation in businesses.

In response to the surging demand for powerful infrastructure supporting generative AI development, Alibaba Cloud also unveiled an AI model training platform and a series of innovative cloud products. New initiatives to bolster the open-source AI model community and global AI startups were also unveiled during the Conference. These resources are designed to enable customers, partners, developers, startups, and the wider community to fully harness the potential of generative AI.

“Currently, 80% of China’s technology companies and half of large model companies run on Alibaba Cloud. We aim to be the most open cloud in the era of AI. We hope that through this cloud, it will become easier and affordable for everyone to develop and use AI, so we can help, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to turn AI into huge productivity,” said Joe Tsai, Chairman of Alibaba Group.

Tongyi Qianwen 2.0: A Leap Forward in LLMs

Tongyi Qianwen 2.0, a generic LLM with a few hundreds of billions of parameters, represents a substantial upgrade from its predecessor launched in April. The model successfully exceeds some leading LLMs in benchmarks across domains ranging from language understanding to arithmetic problem solving and question-answering.

With an expanded model size and improved alignment technique, Tongyi Qianwen 2.0 demonstrates remarkable capabilities in understanding complex instructions, copywriting, reasoning, memorising, and preventing hallucinations. The model is now accessible to the public via its website and mobile applications, and available for developers through APIs.

Industry-specific Models: AI for Enhanced Business Performance 

In addition, Alibaba Cloud also released new industry-specific models to help businesses unlock the transformative potential of generative AI across sectors for enhanced business performance. These sectors include customer support, legal counselling, healthcare, finance, documentation management, audio & video management, code development, and character creation.

“Large language models hold immense potential to revolutionise industries. We’re committed to using cutting-edge technologies, including generative AI, to help our customers capture the growth momentum forward,” said Jingren Zhou, CTO of Alibaba Cloud. “To help businesses better reap the benefits of generative AI in a cost-effective way, we are launching a more powerful foundation model as well as industry-specific models to tackle domain-specific challenges. Through these initiatives, we hope that our proprietary models can deliver real value to our customers to improve operational efficiency and stay competitive.”

GenAI Service Platform: A Comprehensive AI Model Building Platform

To cater to the burgeoning demand for generative AI, Alibaba Cloud introduced GenAI Service Platform, an all-in-one AI model building platform aimed at streamlining the model development and application building process. The platform offers a comprehensive suite of tools for data management, model deployment and valuation, and prompt engineering, making it easier for enterprises of all sectors to develop their enterprise-specific AI models.

Innovative Cloud Products to Drive Generative AI Development

To support the increasing computing and data processing needs required in generative AI development, Alibaba Cloud has launched a series of innovative cloud products across machine learning, container and database.

  • To improve efficiency of LLM models training and inference, Alibaba Cloud has upgraded its Platform for Artificial Intelligence (PAI), featuring enhanced computing power, network, storage, computing, container, model training and inference capabilities. AI and metaverse technology firm Futureverse has been training its text-to-music generation model on PAI leveraging its high performance and easy-to-scale capabilities to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.
  • To expedite the process of building customised generative AI applications, Alibaba Cloud has enhanced its full range of database solutions – including cloud-native database PolarDB, cloud-native data warehouse AnalyticDB, and cloud-native multi-model database Lindorm – with its proprietary vector engine. It has also introduced LLM-powered database ecosystem tools, including the intelligent data analytics assistant Data Management Service (DMS) Data Copilot.
  • To enable a more scalable and efficient cloud infrastructure for application development, Alibaba Cloud unveiled Alibaba Cloud Container Compute Service (ACS),a pioneering serverless solution that integrates container services with its cloud computing resources. ACS enables businesses and developers to deploy the resources of Kubernetes, a container-centric management software, in a more cost-effective and user-friendly way.

Community Programs to Foster AI Development 

In a bid to support the broader AI community, Alibaba Cloud has pledged to contribute more to open-source communities, including ModelScope, the company-initiated AI community with over 100 million model downloads since its inception a year ago. The cloud pioneer plans to opensource its 72 billion-parameter version of Tongyi Qianwenlater this year.

Alibaba Cloud also announced the Alibaba Cloud Startup Catalyst Program, offering cloud computing resources, including cloud credit support of up to USD $120,000, free online learning memberships, and networking opportunities to promising global startups including AI companies.

About Alibaba Cloud 

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com) is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services. Alibaba maintained its position as the third leading public cloud IaaS service provider globally since 2018, according to IDC. Alibaba is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in U.S. dollars since 2018, according to Gartner.

Nutanix Hybrid Multicloud Platform Recognised as a Leader

Receives Among the Highest Scores in Current Offering Category and Highest in Strategy Category

Nutanix has announced it has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Q3 2023, published by Forrester Research, Inc. The report evaluated 11 HCI vendors on Current Offering, Market Presence, and Strategy, and Nutanix was positioned as a leader with the highest possible scores in the vision and innovation criteria. Nutanix also received the highest scores in the storage and data, and support and experience criteria. Nutanix believes these results show the company’s strength in helping organisations build a hybrid multicloud platform to run all apps and data anywhere – whether in the datacentre, in public cloud or at the edge.

“Most organisations are grappling with the messy, accidental multicloud reality of managing applications and data across multiple clouds and on-premises, resulting in operational complexity, increased costs and security risks,” said Thomas Cornely, SVP, Product Management at Nutanix. “Nutanix addresses these challenges with one platform to run applications and data anywhere. To us, this report underscores our leadership in this market and recognises our strong offering and vision to help customers simplify their hybrid multicloud environments.”

The Forrester Wave™ report ranked Nutanix as a leader and states, “Nutanix is known for simplifying infrastructure complexity and is applying that philosophy to hybrid cloud infrastructure as well.” It also notes, “The Nutanix vision focuses on building a hybrid and multicloud platform for business applications, easing adoption of cloud-native architecture.” Additionally, the report notes, “Nutanix puts customers at the heart of its innovation strategy, using its strong community ties to source new features for its roadmap.”

This news comes on the heels of continued strong innovation and momentum from Nutanix, including:

  • The launch of Nutanix GPT-in-a-Box to simplify adoption of generative AI among enterprises. This full-stack software-defined AI-ready platform allows customers to easily procure AI-ready infrastructure to fine-tune and run generative pre-trained transformers (GPT), including LLMs at the edge or in their datacentre, while maintaining control of the data.
  • The global strategic partnership with Cisco® to accelerate hybrid multicloud deployments by offering the industry’s most complete hyperconverged solution for IT modernisation and business transformation. Cisco Compute Hyperconverged with Nutanix delivers best-in-class cloud operations, unparalleled flexibility, and industry-leading customer support and resiliency.
  • Strengthened cyber resilience with accelerated ransomware detection and recovery with new features in Nutanix Data Lens™ and Nutanix Unified Storage™. These new capabilities enable organisations to detect a threat, defend from further damage and begin a 1-click recovery process within 20 minutes of exposure. The features build on the strength of Nutanix Cloud Platform to protect and secure customers’ most sensitive data across clouds.
  • Expanded product capabilities delivered with the AOS 6.7 release. This release expands the hybrid multicloud featureset while enhancing existing capabilities. It includes new enterprise virtualisation features, denser storage configurations with greater storage performance, greater resiliency for deployments in the public cloud, and enhanced hybrid multicloud management.
  • Strong customer momentum including Micron Technology, which selected Nutanix Cloud Platform for its manufacturing facilities globally, and the Department for Work and Pensions, the UK’s largest central government organisation which standardised on Nutanix for their hybrid cloud environment.

 

For a copy of the Forrester Wave™ for Hyperconverged Infrastructure, please visit: here.

Parallels Research: 72% of Mid-Size Companies Report Cloud Management Skill Gaps Are a Significant Roadblock to Company Growth

The shortage of skilled talent is driving businesses towards a hybrid cloud approach, with 64% of companies already following this model

Parallels, a sub-brand of the global technology company Alludo, today announced findings from its 2023 Hybrid Cloud Survey, conducted among IT professionals. A hybrid cloud setup is a combination of public clouds, private clouds, and on-premises infrastructures used together by organizations to store, manage, and run their data and applications. The research revealed that the ease of talent search plays a pivotal role in driving the adoption of the hybrid cloud. In fact, a significant majority of IT professionals (69%) find a lack of cloud management skills to be a barrier to growth, an issue even more prevalent in mid-size* companies (77%).

To cope, companies are increasing their use of hybrid cloud infrastructure. Nearly two-thirds of the survey respondents, 66%, had already implemented a hybrid approach, and 29% of all respondents plan to further embrace a hybrid cloud approach in the next year.

The research also looked at the usage of the public cloud, uncovering that the majority derive most value from it. However, within large enterprises, 18% of respondents admit to not getting the most value out of the public cloud. 11% across all companies find themselves in a similar position. Among this group of respondents, 56% cite concerns over the complexity of migrating to the public cloud. This challenge is further exacerbated by a lack of in-house cloud expertise (30%) and IT recruiting challenges (22%).

“While it’s true that cloud use is not a ‘one size fits all’ proposition, it is clear that a hybrid cloud model is preferred by companies, both large and small,” said Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology & Product Officer, Alludo. “As organizations struggle to find and retain the talent they need to manage complex cloud implementations, hybrid cloud can be the solution. By using a more incremental cloud adoption approach, supported by easy-to-manage software solutions that are enhanced with automation and security, IT professionals can realize the flexibility and cost savings they want from the cloud, without specialized cloud management expertise.”

IDC’s xOps Census and Forecast 2022 to 2027 shows that the current gap of approximately 1.5 million IT professionals worldwide has already made it challenging for small and medium businesses to get the resources they need, driving a need for new innovation and infrastructure solutions”, said Shannon Kalvar, IDC Research Director.  “That gap will expand to almost 8 million IT professionals worldwide by 2027 due to retirements and a lack of new entrants, forcing the industry to adopt entirely new ways of getting work done.”

Hybrid Cloud for Hybrid Work

The Parallels research found that hybrid cloud infrastructure is the most prevalent model for supporting a hybrid workforce. Out of the 83% of respondents who currently work in a hybrid (working both remote and in the office) structure, 82% use the hybrid cloud.

The top five benefits reported for the use of hybrid cloud, compared to 100% public cloud or 100% on-premises infrastructure, are:

  • Increased flexibility (51%)
  • Improved security (39%)
  • Cost savings (48%)
  • Increased reliability (44%)
  • Scalability (41%)

Legacy Applications Persist

The continued significance of legacy applications is also contributing to the ongoing adoption of hybrid cloud. Nearly all (96%) of the IT professionals surveyed claim that they currently need legacy Windows and Linux applications, and almost half (53%) report that they will need to continue to access these legacy applications more than five years from now.

This is especially true for smaller companies with 54% signifying this is very important. Only 4% of those surveyed reported that they did not use any legacy applications. A hybrid cloud approach helps overcome the legacy application challenge by enabling incremental changes to the IT infrastructure, without a wholesale upgrade to applications that may not be cloud-ready.

Parallels enables the simplified adoption of a hybrid cloud approach with its Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server) solution. The latest release of Parallels RAS enhances automation and security for end-user computing in a hybrid cloud environment while enabling cost efficiency and saving IT administration time in environments including Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). For more information click here.

Survey Methodology

Parallels’ Hybrid Cloud Survey was conducted in July 2023 with data from 805 IT professionals that are using the public cloud to some extent in U.S., UK and Germany. To see the full results of the study, click here.

*Note: Mid-size companies are defined as those with 500 to 1,999 employees.

About Parallels

Parallels is a global leading brand in cross-platform solutions that make it simple for businesses and individuals to use and access the applications and files they need on any device or operating system. Parallels helps customers leverage the best technology out there, whether it’s Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and user-experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for businesses and individual customers to use applications anywhere, anytime. Parallels is part of the Alludo™ portfolio. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.

About Alludo

Alludo™ is a global technology company helping people work better and live better. We’re the people behind award-winning, globally recognizable brands including Parallels, Corel, MindManager, and WinZip.

Our professional-caliber graphics, virtualization, and productivity solutions are finely tuned for the digital remote workforce delivering the freedom to work when, where, and how you want.

With a 35+ year legacy of innovation, Alludo empowers all you do, helping more than 2.5 million paying customers to enable, ideate, create, and share on any device, anywhere. To learn more, visit www.alludo.com.

Gcore Launches Generative AI Cluster Powered by NVIDIA GPUs

Amid Overwhelming Global Demand for Nvidia AI Server Semiconductors, Gcore Makes State-of-the-Art Infrastructure Available in Europe and the UK

 

Gcore, a leading European AI cloud provider announced the launch of its Generative AI Cluster powered by NVIDIA A100 and H100 Tensor Core GPUs. This state-of-the-art AI cloud infrastructure offers exceptional GenAI capabilities, allowing a wide range of users to accelerate their AI/ML model training, driving innovation in the pioneering field of AI. 

The Gcore Generative AI Cluster accelerates the development of generative AI models and makes cutting-edge research facilities accessible to diverse users, from startups to enterprises. This development is fuelled by a significant investment in the high-performance, market-leading GPUs including the NVIDIA A100 and H100.

Gcore Cloud offers a range of solutions for seamlessly and reliably training models and executing inference on NVIDIA GPUs. These solutions include direct access to AI clusters and deployments using Managed Kubernetes with NVIDIA GPU nodes, as well as the ability to set up workspaces in MLOps platforms and globally server large-scale models with minimal latency. Gcore Cloud powered by NVIDIA GPUs can be customized to suit different development requirements and workflows.

Gcore is a European provider of global, high-end infrastructure for AI and this has been a factor in its growth as a key provider of IT services in Europe and the UK. Currently, most of the world’s AI infrastructure is located in the US. Europe and the UK need a comparable innovative network able to address complex technological challenges and enable thriving AI projects.  This is where Gcore’s AI innovation is revolutionising the European scene.

The Gcore Generative AI Cluster, which is based in Luxembourg, invigorates the region’s AI ecosystem, helping to bring European and UK AI to the world stage. UK start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to explore AI opportunities will benefit from Gcore’s high-performing infrastructure.

 

Andre Reitenbach, CEO at Gcore, comments, “We at Gcore are immensely proud to be a part of the transformation and development of the AI landscape. With the launch of Gcore’s Generative AI Cluster, we are ushering in a new era of opportunities for AI development and research in Europe and the UK. This launch underlines Gcore’s commitment to providing cutting-edge infrastructure and fostering AI-driven innovation.”

 

The new Generative AI Cluster is equipped with servers based on NVIDIA A100 GPUs, the leading data centre AI accelerator. Later this year, Gcore plans to expand with an additional 128 servers powered by the latest NVIDIA H100 GPU to further enhance its infrastructure.

 

Gcore AI Clusters have already been established in Amsterdam and Newport, Wales.

WSO2 Ranked No. 5 In ‘Highest-Rated Cloud-Computing Companies to Work For’ List

Battery Ventures Names WSO2 Among Private Cloud Companies with Highest Levels of Self-Reported Employee Satisfaction 

WSO2, the leader in digital transformation technology, was recently recognised as one of the highest-rated cloud-computing companies to work for in the sixth-ever list released by Battery Ventures, the globally, technology-focused investment firm, created with data provided by Glassdoor.

The list recognises the top 25 private and top 25 public companies—all business-to-business (B2B) cloud-computing companies—where employees self-report the highest levels of satisfaction at work, according to feedback shared on Glassdoor, a provider of insights about jobs and companies. WSO2 ranks in the Top 5 companies among Cribl, Notion Labs, Ironclad, and Experience.com. Glassdoor was a Battery portfolio company.

“Being recognised as one of the top 5 cloud-computing companies to work for in 2023 by Battery Ventures is a testament to the dedication and passion of our global team. At WSO2, we believe that fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and inclusivity is at the heart of our success. It reaffirms our commitment to providing an exceptional workplace where our employees can thrive and continue to drive innovation in the technology space,” said Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder and CEO of WSO2.

“The companies on this year’s Highest-Rated Cloud-Computing Companies to Work For list have managed to create and preserve stellar corporate cultures during a very tumultuous time in the technology markets—and also as traditional workplace norms, like working in the office, have dramatically shifted post-Covid,” said Neeraj Agrawal, a cloud-computing investor and Battery general partner. “Cultivating employee happiness and satisfaction is more challenging than ever, so we commend this year’s winners for their efforts.”

“Company culture is pivotal for attracting elite talent and sustaining a competitive edge in the marketplace, and its significance becomes even more pronounced in challenging economic times. We hope that all companies featured on this list will take pride in this well-deserved recognition,” added Brandon Gleklen, a Battery principal.

To qualify for the 2023 list, a cloud company must have received at least 30 company reviews on Glassdoor between the 1st of July 2022 and the 30th of June 2023. The private-company report tracks independent, non-public cloud companies that, according to Battery research and data from research service Crunchbase, are based in the United States; have a B2B business model; are categorised as SaaS, software, cloud computing and/or enterprise software, according to Crunchbase; have more than 200 employees as of the 7th September 2023, according to company data provided to LinkedIn; and have raised funding on or after the 1st July 2019.

The full private and public company lists can be found here: https://www.battery.com/blog/highest-rated-cloud-companies-2023

 

About WSO2

Founded in 2005, WSO2 is the largest independent software vendor providing open-source API Management, Integration and Identity & Access Management (CIAM) products and the next-gen internal developer platform, Choreo. WSO2 enables thousands of enterprises in over 90 countries globally to drive their digital transformation journeys. Using WSO2 products and platforms, these organisations are harnessing the full power of their APIs to securely deliver their digital services and applications. Our open-source, API-first approach frees developers and architects from vendor lock-in, enabling rapid digital product creation. WSO2 is also the inventor of the open-source integration-friendly programming language, Ballerina. Our consistent recognition as leaders by various industry analysts underscores our commitment to excellence and innovation in the technology space. WSO2 has over 800 employees worldwide with offices in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, the UAE, the UK, and the US, with close to USD100M in annual recurring revenue. Visit https://wso2.com to learn more.