Spending on cloud computing hits $42bn worldwide

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Spending on "cloud infrastructure services" is up nearly $11 billion from the first three months of 2020 SAN FRANCISCO: A record-high $41.8 billion was spent on cloud computing in the recently ended quarter as businesses leaned heavily on the internet to survive the pandemic, market tracker Canalys said on Thursday.Spending on "cloud infrastructure services" around the world was up nearly $11 billion from the first three months of last year, according to Canalys. "Cloud emerged as a winner across all sectors over the last year, basically since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of lockdowns," said Canalys research analyst Blake Murray. "Organisations depended on digital services and being online to maintain operations and adapt to the unfolding situation." Despite...

Quantum Ccomputing Hits Growing Pains

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Quantum computing at the edge offers immense compute capabilities for Internet of Things devices, particularly at the edge. But make no mistake: quantum is still in transition. The future of edge computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) may be shaped in part by what happens now at the edge of the atmosphere. In late 2019, an “ultra-precise quantum sensor” was delivered to the International Space Station as part of a core subsystem for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL). In January 2021, Chinese scientists said they had created the “first integrated quantum communication network” that combined optical fibers on the ground with two ground-to-satellite links to achieve quantum key distribution over a total distance of 4,600 kilometers. The quantum sensor used to measure gravity at the space station was the...

Edge Computing Hits An Inflection Point

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic produced few net-new technology and business developments, but it certainly accelerated many technology trends already in motion. Edge computing is one of the most notable among these accelerated technologies. Every type of technology vendor — hardware, software, and cloud — has jumped on the edge bandwagon, crowding the market and confusing buyers. The coming year will prove to be the real inflection for edge computing. Practical applications are finally emerging where this architecture can bring real benefits. Forrester predicts the following key developments in edge computing that will illustrate this inflection point in 2021: Data center marketplaces will emerge as a new edge hosting option. When people talk about the location of “the edge,” their descriptions vary widely. Regardless of your own...