Scaling the ladder: IBM leverages Watson tools and open source to bridge AI gaps

Silicon Angle | November 05, 2019

When it comes to artificial intelligence, IBM Corp. is increasingly finding itself having to fill gaps. There are skills gaps for data scientists who build training models, organizational gaps where companies struggle over how AI should be built and implemented in the enterprise, and credibility gaps as adoption has grown, but many people are still uncertain about its potential or nervous about it taking away jobs. Yet perhaps the most-significant gap that exists today is the knowledge fundamental to the technology’s future success: What exactly is AI? This has led the head of IBM’s Watson AI technology group to take the unusual step of unpacking the “black box,” a system or device that performs a function without widespread knowledge around how it actually works inside.

Spotlight

Business applications have become the battleground for customer loyalty. To compete, IT organizations are under pressure to deliver applications faster and with higher quality. Continuous Delivery (CD) of code offers a solution. CD may be paired with DevOps, Agile and other methodologies. However, QA and testing can be an obstacle to CD’s rapid development and deployment of high quality code. Testers and developers must engage in Continuous Testing, continuously testing software for performance, quality and user experience as it’s being developed. Continuous Testing is not a push button process, though. It requires a comprehensive approach. This paper outlines the common challenges to Continuous Testing and highlights results from real users who have used technology to get to succeed with the Continuous Testing process


Other News
SERVER VIRTUALIZATION

Virtual Reality In Gaming Market Research Shows High Growth Rate Of 29% - TBRC

The Business Research Company | February 25, 2022

Virtual reality in gaming market consists of sales of virtual reality gaming hardware and software devices by entities (organizations, sole traders, and partnerships) that offer the ability to take players into the game in real-time. Virtual reality technology uses computing hardware, software, and other VR peripherals to create virtual environments that immerse the user in the game's 3D environment. The global VR in gaming market size is expected to grow from $9.39 billion in 2021 to $12.13 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.2%. The change in the virtual reality in gaming market growth trend is mainly due to the companies stabilizing their output after catering to the demand that grew exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The virtual reality in gaming market is expected to reach $33.65 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 29%. How 5G Is Shaping The Virtual Reality In Gaming Market 5G-based VR cloud games are shaping virtual reality in gaming market. 5G VR cloud is a combination of cloud, virtual reality, and 5G connectivity in gaming. Major companies operating in virtual reality in gaming sector are focused on developing 5G based VR cloud games to offer customers low latency and high bandwidth services. For instance, in May 2020, Archiact, a Canada-based VR games studio merged with Migu Co. Ltd., a China-based consumer technology company to bring VR games to its 5G cloud gaming platform. Archiact states that by teaming with Migu, it will be able to work together to establish the vision of 5G VR cloud gaming, making VR even more available. Virtual Reality In Gaming Market Overview The main types of components in virtual reality in gaming are software and hardware. Virtual reality gaming software builds immersive 3D environments which can be used in VR games. The virtual world is created by software developers, who create a virtual environment for users so that they can interact with the place and objects in that environment. The different types of games include racing, adventure, fighting, shooting, mystery thriller, puzzle, and science fiction and use various devices such as personal computers, gaming consoles, mobile devices. Such software is used by verticals including commercial spaces and individuals. Key Players And Their Activity In The Virtual Reality In Gaming Industry Major players in the virtual reality in gaming market are Facebook Technologies LLC., Google, HTC Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Fove Inc, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, Nintendo Co. Ltd., Razer Inc., Oculus HR, Microsoft Corporation, ZEISS Group, Advanced Micro Devices, Sega Corporation, Kaneva LLC, Nvidia, Qualcomm, bHaptics Inc., and Electronic Arts Inc. Mergers and acquisitions help players maintain their position in the market. In February 2020, Facebook, a US-based social networking service company acquired Sanzaru Games for an undisclosed amount. Sanzaru Games is a US-based video game development company. This acquisition enabled Facebook's persistent interest in propping up VR gaming firms and aligning them around their goals while allowing them to operate autonomously. About The Business Research Company The Business Research Company is a market intelligence firm that excels in company, market, and consumer research. Located globally it has specialist consultants in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, chemicals, and technology. The World's Most Comprehensive Database The Business Research Company's flagship product, Global Market Model, is a market intelligence platform covering various macroeconomic indicators and metrics across 60 geographies and 27 industries. The Global Market Model covers multi-layered datasets which help its users assess supply-demand gaps.

Read More

VMWARE

Envoy Gateway Makes Using Envoy Proxy Easier for Developers and Reverses Fragmentation

VMware | May 16, 2022

Members of the steering group for Envoy Gateway (EG), including Envoy creator Matt Klein and representatives from Ambassador Labs, Fidelity Investments, Tetrate, and VMware, Inc., today announced their joint commitment to the project, which launched today at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Europe 2022, under the auspices of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®). Envoy Gateway is a new effort within the Envoy proxy open source project to simplify Envoy use in cloud-native application development. Envoy Gateway will reduce existing, redundant efforts around Envoy and make it much easier for application developers to use Envoy as a basic API gateway “out of the box” and as a Kubernetes Ingress controller. Exposing a simplified set of APIs, and implementing the Kubernetes Gateway API, EG makes it easier to extend Envoy. Developers will now have a cost-free, unfettered way to provide external access to their work in progress. At the same time, Envoy Gateway will not replace API management features currently found in commercial products. “Envoy has achieved a great deal of success since we first released it in 2016,” said Matt Klein, founder of the Envoy proxy project. “And community has been at the heart of Envoy from the beginning. With the community-driven Envoy Gateway project, we see the opportunity to make Envoy accessible to many more users through the addition of simplified APIs and new capabilities explicitly targeted at north-south / edge proxy use cases.” Envoy is already widely used for traffic between separate services in a microservices application—that is, east-west traffic. With Envoy Gateway, Envoy will also be easy to use for north-south traffic—traffic between an application and the outside world, as with consumers of an application’s APIs. Envoy Gateway—Extensible Open Source Infrastructure for the Cloud-Native Future IT organizations worldwide want to establish and use a rich, robust, modern stack of open source software for cloud-native application development and delivery, under the management of organizations such as the Linux Foundation and CNCF. Commercial offerings and projects within each IT team can then add value on top of this core infrastructure. Envoy is fast becoming the go-to networking substrate within this modern, cloud-native stack. However, the need for API access, traffic routing, and other ingress capabilities has recently led to fragmentation in the Envoy ecosystem. Envoy Gateway will bring this needed functionality back into the main Envoy project and make it less confusing and time-consuming for developers to access Envoy. Implementation Via Kubernetes Gateway API Envoy Gateway will expose a version of the Kubernetes-native Gateway API, with Envoy-specific extensions. This is an expressive, extensible, role-oriented API well-suited to use by developers. Gateway API is either implemented, or in progress, for Istio, the Contour project (which originated at VMware), Emissary-ingress (which originated at Ambassador Labs), and others. When users create Gateway API resources, they will be translated into native Envoy API calls, so Envoy and xDS, its native API, will not need to be changed to add this new support. Advantages for Developers, Infrastructure Administrators and Business Decision-Makers Application developers will experience the most positive impact from Envoy Gateway. They will be able to run Envoy Gateway and begin routing traffic to their applications. They will no longer need to build their own control plane, or extend an existing control plane such as a Go or Java control plane, or bring in a vendor solution at the early stages of their projects. They can just configure routes for the application and share them. Infrastructure administrators will be able to easily offer an Envoy-native experience to application teams, without needing to adopt a vendor solution just to get basic gateway functionality. They will be able to manage instances of Envoy Gateway without interfering with developer access to them. Envoy Gateway will allow them to deliver consistent application networking capabilities across heterogeneous environments. Executives and decision-makers will have Envoy as a standard and, we expect, widely-used solution for API access and Kubernetes ingress. They will also benefit from faster and easier development and delivery of more secure and robust software and services. About Envoy Originally created by Matt Klein and built at Lyft, Envoy is a high performance C++ distributed proxy designed for single services and applications, as well as a communication bus and “universal data plane” designed for large microservice “service mesh” architectures. Built on the learnings of solutions such as NGINX, HAProxy, hardware load balancers, and cloud load balancers, Envoy runs alongside every application and abstracts the network by providing common features in a platform-agnostic manner. When all service traffic in an infrastructure flows via an Envoy mesh, it becomes easy to visualize problem areas via consistent observability, tune overall performance, and add substrate features in a single place. About Ambassador Labs Ambassador Labs, the cloud native developer experience leader, enables developers to code, test, ship, and run applications faster and easier than ever. Maker of top Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source projects, including Emissary-ingress and Telepresence, Ambassador Labs delivers a developer control plane for Kubernetes that integrates the development, deployment, and production infrastructure for developers and organizations worldwide including Microsoft, PTC, NVidia, and Ticketmaster About Fidelity Investments Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $11.3 trillion, including discretionary assets of $4.2 trillion as of March 31, 2022, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers. Privately held for over 75 years, Fidelity employs more than 57,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

Read More

SECURITY

Intelligent Waves LLC Names Tony Crescenzo as Chief Executive Officer

Intelligent Waves LLC | January 20, 2022

Intelligent Waves LLC, a leading-edge trusted IT systems integrator that delivers high-impact transformational IT solutions to Government’s most mission-critical challenges, is pleased to announce that Tony Crescenzo, IW’s President, has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Jared Shepard, IW’s founder, and the owner will continue to lead IW in the role of Chairman of the Board. Under Crescenzo's leadership, the company has experienced two consecutive years of aggressive growth and profitability. "Intelligent Waves has grown and matured into a respected market leader,” stated Jared Shepard. “By initially hiring Tony Crescenzo as President in 2020, I set a strategic goal of elevating IW's growth trajectory and scalability to the next level. It has been awesome to see how Tony Crescenzo's leadership has materialized my vision for the company. Tony's high-energy leadership style and ability to recruit top management talent has enabled us to maximize the value and impact of our company." Intelligent Waves has recently successfully launched several innovative and disruptive cybersecurity solutions that serve the Defense and Intelligence Community, including GRAYPATH, an ultra-secure next-generation VPN, and Phantom, an award-winning cyber defense solution for the most demanding and secure communications. It is a tremendous honor to take the reins as the CEO of Intelligent Waves, and I look forward to helping the company fulfill its full potential through innovation in the Government’s most demanding and critical areas. Intelligent Waves is at the forefront of innovation in support of real-world mission outcomes, and I am proud to lead such an exceptional organization.” Tony Crescenzo, IW’s CEO Intelligent Waves was founded in 2006 by Jared Shepard. Under his leadership, Intelligent Waves has grown from a two-person team to a thriving, award-winning business with over two hundred employees. Intelligent Waves has received numerous accolades and awards, including ranking as one of Washington Business Journal's 100 largest veteran-owned companies for 2020, ranking as a top company on Inc.'s VET100 List, and ranking among Monster.com and Military.com Rated top 10 Best Company for Veterans Nationwide in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In addition to serving IW as Chairman of the Board, Jared Shepard spun out his second company in 2021, Hypori Inc. where he serves as the company's President and CEO. Hypori is an award-winning SaaS company providing secure mobility for government and commercial customers. Its innovative solution puts the power and speed of the cloud on any mobile or edge device, enabling remote users to access critical data and apps through a separate, secure workspace. About Intelligent Waves LLC Intelligent Waves LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. The firm provides enterprise systems engineering, cloud computing and managed services, cyber and security architecture, mobility, operations, and intelligence analytics.

Read More

VMWARE

OpenShift boosts DevSecOps with VMware Tanzu in its rear view

OpenShift | May 12, 2022

Red Hat OpenShift was introduced, but the fiercest competition among DevOps platform vendors for enterprise buyers has only just begun. Red Hat first released OpenShift in 2011 and standardized its OpenShift Container Platform on Kubernetes in 2014, well ahead of the open source container orchestration framework's emergence as an industry standard. OpenShift remains, by most market analysts' measures, the most widely used DevOps platform, a category that took shape amid the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic and an industry consolidation that saw VMware acquire Heptio in 2018, forming the basis for its Tanzu Kubernetes products; IBM acquire Red Hat for $34 billion in 2019; and SUSE acquire Rancher in 2020. The latest IBM estimates put the number of OpenShift customers at about 3,500 companies. "They're still No. 1 in the market, especially with anything being done on premises with containers and Kubernetes," said Rob Strechay, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, a division of TechTarget. "In public cloud, they hold their own, while [Amazon] EKS Anywhere and [Google] Anthos haven't made as much progress on premises." Multi-faceted platform comparisons complex Here and there, however, there are chinks in OpenShift's armor, depending on a customer's technical focus. Some early adopters of edge computing, such as the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, have favored Rancher Kubernetes, for example, given it was first to market in 2019 with a stripped-down version of Kubernetes in k3s and UI support for centrally managing thousands of edge clusters. As of this week, Red Hat OpenShift Advanced Cluster Management supports up to 2,000 single-node OpenShift clusters. Analysts also point to VMware and its Tanzu platform -- despite Tanzu's status as a relative latecomer to the Kubernetes platform market after years of struggles to integrate it with Cloud Foundry PaaS -- as Red Hat's current chief rival, given the hundreds of thousands of large enterprise customers that use vSphere virtual machines and vRealize IT management tools. VMware's CEO, Raghu Raghuram, has claimed that a majority of OpenShift environments run on vSphere. VMware has also made some inroads in hybrid cloud with its VMware Tanzu on AWS offering, keeping pressure on Red Hat, according to Strechay.

Read More

Spotlight

Business applications have become the battleground for customer loyalty. To compete, IT organizations are under pressure to deliver applications faster and with higher quality. Continuous Delivery (CD) of code offers a solution. CD may be paired with DevOps, Agile and other methodologies. However, QA and testing can be an obstacle to CD’s rapid development and deployment of high quality code. Testers and developers must engage in Continuous Testing, continuously testing software for performance, quality and user experience as it’s being developed. Continuous Testing is not a push button process, though. It requires a comprehensive approach. This paper outlines the common challenges to Continuous Testing and highlights results from real users who have used technology to get to succeed with the Continuous Testing process

Resources