The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games might not be as big an event in global terms as the Olympics but they represent a watershed moment in Australian sports broadcasting. Clive Dickens is the COO of Seven West Media and leads the team that is bringing an unprecedented amount of broadcast and streamed sports content across the world. Seven West Media doesn't just have the local broadcast rights - they are also the host broadcaster which means they provide the images used by all the other international broadcasters covering the games. I spoke with Dickens at this week's AWS Summit about how they bring thousands of hours of sport to global audiences watching on everything from a 3.5 inch smartphone to massive screens in homes, pubs and clubs across the world.
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Over the last four years, Microsoft has been battling with the US court system over the ability for US law enforcement to compel them to hand over data that is stored on servers outside the US. While that case focussed on data relating to a drug trafficking operation, Microsoft saw it as a test of how data sovereignty is enforced in the courts. One of the Microsoft's arguments was that the courts were the wrong place fo such a matter to be resolved and that the US Congress should decide. That happened, and now we have the CLOUD Act.
Following on from the announcement that Microsoft has opened the new Australia Central regions for Azure, in partnership with CDC, I spoke with the company's CTO for Azure, Mark Russinovich about this and the state of the cloud when it comes to local businesses and government.
Citrix has launched a locally-hosted instance of their Cloud Management Control Plane. This will give companies in Australia and New Zealand local access to a suite of Citrix cloud services. This means they won't need to be "beholden to a management plane that sits in the Americas or European Union" according to Les Williamson, the area vice president for Citrix in Australia and New Zealand. This will offer better performance though lower latency and assurance that entire cloud operations can be fully managed onshore he said.
Cloud computing has completely revolutionised the way everyone, from an individual working at home to the largest enterprises in the world, works. The promise has been an always on, universally accessible platform we could all depend on to store data, run software and deliver services. But the cloud is fracturing, and the repercussions for everyone are significant.
Chinese multinational Huawei has announced grand plans for its cloud computing arm. In short, it wants to form a global "cloud alliance" with telco partners around the world. This will allow for greater collaboration on the delivery of cloud solutions for international enterprises, similar to how airline alliances operate today.
The local healthcare sector has a reputation for spending big on some types of innovation but lagging when it comes to back-end systems and other applications. Electronic record keeping is gaining ground but paper and fax machines remain popular. However, according to a study by analysts Technavio, the global healthcare cloud computing market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 20% over the next four years.
Modern data centres need a bunch of things to operate. They need a robust perimeter so they can be secured, plentiful low-cost power, easy access to communications infrastructure and an environment that makes cooling as easy as possible. That's why US-Norwegian company Kolos is putting thir 600,000 square metre facility in the Arctic Circle.
Splunk's new Insights for AWS Cloud Monitoring provides end-to-end security, operational and cost management insights on AWS. It delivers an analytics-based approach to cloud monitoring and provides end-to-end visibility into a customer’s AWS infrastructure, delivering real-time awareness of performance, health, configuration, security and infrastructure spend.
While there's a lot to be said for the convenience of Google Docs or Office 365, there are times when you might prefer to DIY. That might be so you can be assured that you know precisely where your data is, or because you just prefer doing things yourself. A number of Synology NAS devices, like the DS1517+ I looked at a few weeks ago, let you do just that. You can run a mail server, productivity applications and other web services from a box that fits on a book case in your office. I decided to take Synology's productivity apps out for a run to see how they stack up.
Last week, audio sharing service SoundCloud laid off 40% of its staff with reports indicating the free service had just 80 days of operating capital remaining. For musicians, podcasters and others who rely on the service, that has caused great consternation. But an announcement by the CEO and tweets from a musician who made their start on SoundCloud suggest a different story.
At the Microsoft Inspire conference being held this week, the company announced a number of new products and programs to their global partner network. Office 365 has been bundled with Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Their Surface as a Service program is in Australia and three partners are delivering an on-perm Azure stack for those wanting to run private cloud solutions.
For the last four years, Microsoft has been fighting a battle with the US courts over the right for law enforcement to access data held in servers that are outside their physical jurisdiction. The battle concerns the email account of someone involved in a drug trafficking investigation. The US Government argues that they have jurisdiction as the data can be accessed by the click of a mouse from within the USA. Microsoft says that since the data is in Dublin, Ireland the US government lacks jurisdiction.
Earlier this month, I reported that Dropbox was adding their own point of presence (PoP) in Sydney to speed up local services. This followed similar moves in other territories. The PoP isn't a local storage facility but a proxy that is used to speed up sync performance back to the servers in US, which is where almost all Dropbox's storage capacity is located - there's also storage in Germany to satisfy EU data sovereignty requirements. But, it seems Dropbox's ambitions are much grander, as they are building their own private network to service customers.