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Meet the Pragmatic Cloud

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Cloud adoption is on the increase with IDC predicting that 60 percent of enterprise IT workloads will be off premise and that Cloud 2.0 is what 2018 will see evolve, writes ANDREW CRUISE, MD of Routed.

South Africa’s cloud adoption rate is on the increase and we are rapidly moving from cloud-first to a cloud-only methodology. The trend, which is rampant globally, is picking up speed as IDC predicts that 60 percent of enterprise IT workloads will be off premise and that Cloud 2.0 is what 2018 will see evolve.

The shakeout from Cloud 1.0 is where realism won through while many ideals and hype such as pure Public, pure Private and true Hybrid Cloud failed.  As we start moving into a Cloud 2.0 methodology, we will bear witness to what industry is calling the ‘Pragmatic Cloud’. This will address the messy Hybrid-and-multi-Cloud that we often see as enterprises struggle and fail to achieve perfect approach.

The move from a cloud-first to a cloud-only strategy has established a new industry standard. There are now several clouds, both public and private and the challenge is going to be for vendors to make this cloud-shift easier than the migration to Cloud 1.0. A common operating ecosystem that enterprises can easily run is vital. This ecosystem needs to assist enterprises to run, manage, connect, and secure their applications across the various clouds within the same common environment.

But, Cloud 2.0 is not necessarily for newbies. As industry develops and demands, so cloud will need to adjust and deliver. IDC says that as cloud becomes more distributed, trusted, intelligent, and industry specialised, it will greatly expand.

Locally, the continent is already experiencing seismic shifts as a result of cloud and its impact on local IT strategies. While great strides have been made, exciting ones are afoot with cloud giants such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google establishing local Points of Presence. This will change how IT works with constant innovation and new services launched almost weekly. It is here where it becomes clear that cloud is not just about a strategy, but is more and more about innovation.

Embracing Cloud 2.0 is about more than just assisting enterprises to reduce complexity, improve service delivery and reduce costs. Google’s belief is that where 1.0 enabled organisations to focus less on infrastructure, Cloud 2.0 will eliminate the need to focus on virtualisation, automation, and software.  This will place a focus squarely on data and applications.

So, as with other technologies that are better aimed at user demands, Cloud 2.0 is poised to be cloud as we know it, but with improved capabilities that assist organisations to make better and more informed bottom line decisions.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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