Formula Cloud: Plug-In Satellites, "Smart" Traffic Solutions, Wind-Powered Datacenters + more

Transforming in the cloud is not easy but it is a critical point of competition
Transforming in the cloud is not easy but it is a critical point of competition
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NEW YORK - May 24, 2019 - PRLog -- Leveraging cloud can improve the quality of your decisions, help you crunch vast quantities of data, and reduce time to market for your new products. It is not easy to transform, but innovation is a critical point of competition, and companies competing on the global stage need to continually transform culture and tools.

In this episode of "Formula Cloud", we get hip to a new service that makes it more cost-effective to control satellites, hear about Google's "Cloud Run", find out about Microsoft's plans to power datacenters with wind, and see if Alibaba can make traffic "smarter'. All that, plus IBM is using advanced analytics and AI to improve agriculture, and Oracle is helping restaurants boost performance.

In our top story, satellites are used for a variety of applications, including weather forecasting, surface imaging, and communications. But customers must build or lease ground antennas to communicate with the satellites, which is not a trivial undertaking.

To address some of these pain points, AWS has launched "Ground Station", a new service that makes it more cost-effective to control satellites and download data using a fully managed network of ground station antennas located around the world.

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"Once customers upload satellite commands and data through Ground Station, they can quickly download large amounts of data over a high-speed network" says the company.

AWS says getting started with Ground Station takes just a few clicks. Plus there are no up-front payments or long-term commitments, no ground infrastructure to build or manage, and customers pay-by-the-minute for antenna access time used. In fact, Using Ground Station, customers can save up to 80% in costs by paying for antenna access time on demand, says AWS.

Meanwhile, developers love serverless. With serverless, you can focus on code, deploy it, and let the platform take care of the rest—all while only paying for exactly what you use.

But traditional serverless solutions can limit what programming languages you can use, or require you to organize your code around functions.

Google is hoping to change that with "Cloud Run", a serverless compute platform that lets you run any stateless request-driven container on a fully managed environment. In other words, with Cloud Run, you can take an app—any stateless app—containerize it, and Cloud Run will provision it, and scale it up or down.

In other news, tech companies are facing the challenge to reduce their carbon footprints, mostly due to the vast energy consumption of their datacenters. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. See where we are going with this?

Microsoft has announced a new wind energy agreement in the Netherlands where it will purchase 90 megawatts from the massive 731.5 megawatt offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco.

Eneco will provide Microsoft's datacenters with green power for 15 years starting in 2022.

"A global frontrunner like Microsoft does not see this as a challenge, but as an opportunity to boost the energy transition" said Hans Peters, CCO at Eneco.

Shifting gears a little bit, "Smart" traffic solutions are not an oxymoron at Alibaba. The company is working with Sena Traffic Systems, Malaysia's leading smart traffic system controller, to build an intelligent traffic management system.

Utilizing cloud empowered smart technologies, the system will digitally transform the traffic management infrastructure in the city and has the potential to reduce travel time by 12%.

"The smart traffic solution will constantly learn and adapt to changing traffic environments" said Selina Yuan, President at Alibaba. "(So it will be a) learning platform and no longer just an analytic tool."

We also thought this one was interesting... IBM is expanding its Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture. Now it is boosted with artificial intelligence. In fact, IBM is providing a global agriculture solution that combines predictive technology with data from The Weather Company, and internet of things data to help give farmers around the world greater insights about planning, plowing, planting, spraying and harvesting.

The average farm generates an estimated 500,000 data points per day, which will grow to 4 million data points by 2036. With a better view of the fields, growers can see what's working on certain farms and share best practices with other farmers.

Meanwhile, many point of sale solutions cannot keep up with the pressures of a modern restaurant. Services can freeze due to a high volume of orders, or the system needs constant rebooting or manager intervention – a critical issue during the busiest time of the day for a restaurant.

So how can a busy restaurant upgrade its POS solution, gain visibility into management information across its franchise network and ensure a solid platform for expected growth?

Those were exactly the goals of UK-based fast, fresh and healthy Italian street food restaurant, WOLF, who implemented Oracle Food & Beverage Simphony Cloud to support its growth ambitions and make the lunchtime rush lucrative.

WOLF is already seeing a 40 percent reduction in wait times.

"It was important for us to think strategically and find a cloud solution that would keep up with the pace of the industry and our business" said Tim Entwistle, owner of WOLF.

Oracle Food and Beverage solutions are assisting WOLF with their future franchise expansions, supporting their ambitions to grow their business across the UK.

"Formula Cloud" is produced by TVP, and sponsored by RestonLogic, cloud wizards leveraging over 10 years experience helping companies automate, transform and build highly-secure and stable systems. Click over to RestonLogic dot com to book a strategy session today.

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