How South Africa CHPC Responded to Unprecedented Computing Needs To Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The South Africa Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) has joined the ranks of HPC centers who are converging their supercomputing and cloud infrastructures. The 1.3 petaFLOPS Lengau supercomputer has been the fastest machine on the continent. Adding its OpenStack Production Cloud in early 2020 allowed users to begin taking advantage of orchestrated general purpose computing and storage resources. But, when South Africa went into lockdown on March 26, 2020, due to COVID-19, the country’s computing needs vastly outgrew the resources provided by Lengau and the OpenStack Production Cloud.Supercomputing at CHPCAs a key center for large-scale computing in Africa, South Africa CHPC supports both academic and industry research, and most recently was part of the effort to identify the South Africa variant of...

Cloud computing: Cloud providers seeing accelerated growth owing to the pandemic

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"All of the cloud providers, whether it is in the alternative sector or the hyperscalers, have seen increased growth rates during the pandemic as remote work, streaming media and online education exploded," said Blair Lyon, VP, Cloud Experience, Linode. He said that the company has seen a growth in larger workloads being moved to the independent open cloud provider as a result of the pandemic. When interacting with clients, he said these companies accelerated their cloud journeys owing to Covid-19. Liking this story?Get one mail covering top tech news of the day in under 5 minutes!Thank you for subscribing to Tech Top 5We'll soon meet in your inbox.Please wait... "Linode's sweet spot is typically small to medium size businesses and startups. We have seen several larger companies moving their workloads to Linode over the last year," he said. "Due...

Microsoft earnings rise as pandemic boosts cloud computing and Xbox sales

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Microsoft reported its Azure cloud computing services grew 50 per cent, the second quarter of acceleration in a business that had begun to slow as the global pandemic benefited the software maker’s investment on working and learning from home. The company’s shares rose 5 per cent in extended trading on Tuesday after gaining about 41 per cent in 2020 as Covid-19 shifted computing to areas where the software maker has bet big. It also saw a surprise recovery in sales on the LinkedIn professional social network and navigated a chip shortage that had threaten to hold back its Xbox business. The shift to work from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated enterprises’ switch to cloud-based computing, benefiting Microsoft and...

Microsoft earnings rise as pandemic boosts cloud computing, Xbox sales

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Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Tuesday reported its Azure cloud computing services grew 50%, the second quarter of acceleration in a business that had begun to slow as the global pandemic benefited the software maker's investment on working and learning from home.The company's shares rose 5% in extended trading after gaining about 41% in 2020 as COVID-19 shifted computing to areas where the software maker has bet big. It also saw a surprise recovery in sales on the LinkedIn professional social network and navigated a chip shortage that had threaten to hold back its Xbox business.The shift to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated enterprises' switch to cloud-based computing, benefiting Microsoft and rivals such as Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) cloud unit and Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google Cloud. On a conference call with investors,...

Pandemic Accelerates Australia’s Broad Move Toward Cloud

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SYDNEY, Australia, Dec. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Many Australian companies are joining a broad movement in the country toward cloud computing and digital transformation, a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2020 ISG Provider Lens™ Digital Business – Solutions and Service Partners report for Australia, the first such ISG report focusing on the country’s digital business provider ecosystem, finds many Australian enterprises looking for digital ways to be more competitive, improve supply chains, enable remote working and ensure business continuity. These goals became even more urgent with the arrival of the pandemic, which severely disrupted business practices even though it did...