In a recent announcement from Microsoft, an enterprise-variant of the Ethereum blockchain, Quorum, is to be powered by Microsoft Azure. Earlier this month, J.P. Morgan and Microsoft Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to partner together in order to increase adoption of enterprise blockchain. With this announcement, Quorum, that is J.P. Morgan’s platform for enterprise blockchain will be officially the first distributed ledger platform utilizing Azure Blockchain service. In this way, both partners will be able to scale blockchain networks in the cloud. This partnership also highlights that both partners will continue to work together for development of common enterprise, independent software vendor along with addressing developer needs.
Microsoft executive vice president of Business Development, Peggy Johnson, said: “Together, we’re taking a truly transformative technology like Quorum and making it available through the Azure platform to accelerate innovation for our customers.”
Quorum will continue to power Microsoft blockchain programs and first-party apps along with J.P. Morgan.
Microsoft is taking huge leaps towards the contribution in the IoT platform security. This is because the massive growth in building intelligent devices is observed since past few years and with this rate of development a huge adoption of interconnected devices shall be observed 10 years from now.
For IoT security, Microsoft has announced two major advancements:
- Azure Sphere: it is a solution for the security of nextGen IoT devices at an intelligent edge. It includes three major components that work together for security of these devices. These include
a. Azure Sphere-certified MCUs
b. The Azure Sphere OS
c. The Azure Sphere Security Service
- Security Maturity Model: This framework is proposed in order to integrate security into systems for long-term benefits. This gives IoT platform security providers a sustainable approach towards addressing IoT issues. This model is being built in partnership with and is based on Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) previously Microsoft’s “Seven Properties of Highly Secure Devices”.
Microsoft has been very keen with development platforms and simplifying IT industry with its innovative technologies that shape the market. One such product is Microsoft 365 which keeps on changing based on the IT industry needs. Microsoft philosophy for building tools and various IT services is said to be “Integrated for Simplicity”.
The modern desktop is driven by cloud computing and available on Windows 10 with Office 365 ProPlus. The scalability and intelligence feature makes it unique and an innovative approach that is integrated with Microsoft Office 365. Integrated simplicity is taken to one step further with the Microsoft 365 admin center that also gives the feature of device management.
Hence Microsoft Office 365 gives a modern cloud-connect feel to business and end users. It also provides cloud computing intelligence that is necessary for IT pros for a successful tomorrow.
IoT solutions are gaining popularity as this technology gets more fast, sleek and cost-effective. It has captured almost all aspects of businesses and daily life in general. In such a popular technology, quality control is of utmost importance.
Enterprises have started to deploy Quality control solutions in the cloud by taking a proactive approach towards quality control. For example, algorithms like Quality Early Warning System (QEWS) are developed and incorporated into the IBM Prescriptive Quality on Cloud which helps manufacturers to discover problems earlier in supplier material along with problems arising in production processes.
Considering the huge amount of data being generated by applying IoT solutions to business processes, QC solutions prioritize the problems and generate alerts based on priority and those issues shall be addressed immediately that are critical. Hence 100% Quality control is not possible; however proactive approaches provide detailed perspective regarding product quality during manufacturing and are most beneficial to adopt.
Enterprises need to know how to get info out of big data. A successful business is the one that can manage and analyze big amount of data – we are talking about data that is in petabytes!
More often, companies have got big data, collected and stored in the data center, but have little knowledge of what to do with the data. It is recommended that every company must have a data plan even before the data is consolidated in the storage i.e. the cloud. They must also have a set of tools ready to be used within their systems in order to get business value out of the stored data. Some more steps that can be taken are: understand meta data, know which data to keep and turn it into business value, consider a performance plan. The bottom line is: Only make necessary investments in data.
Since the Cloud has prevailed in almost all aspects of business, it is important to keep a check on the latest trends in order to stay competitive in the market.
• Internet of Everything (IoE)
After IoT (Internet of Things), the term IoE (Internet of Everything) will soon prevail with Artificial Intelligence being in the front of cloud. This means, devices can be interacted in an intelligent manner, much like human to human interaction.
• Rise of 5G
With more data requirements, there will be better internet quality and 5G to support the internet needs. Highly responsive, fast loading apps and services will require better quality networks.
• Security concerns
Security has always been a topic of concern with upcoming technology and cloud is no exception. There will be a greater need for enhanced security.
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