The cloud as commodity, just like your utility bill


NEW YORK–What if you could pay for usage of your Internet and your mobile phone data the way you use your gas or electricity bill?  At the TheoRise event at Rise last July 15, Nich Chung of Paper and Soap at Rise hosted a talk on cloud as community with panelists Tim Martin, COO of  Universal Compute; Jon Finkel, head trader and managing partner of Landscape Capital; Jack Thorburn, COO of Global Commodities.

The topic is timely as TheoRise theorizes how The Cloud could be treated (and traded) like a commodity or utility as innovation and investment slows, and chasing competitive parity becomes the norm among the Apples, Amazons and Googles of the world.

If not, many prophesy that what is termed “internet bankruptcy. “(Many companies) would not know how to pay for this,” he said.

Developers can use up more space, because the company they work for is growing and innovating; the more important it is then to have the cloud work as a commodity.

In our world of on-demand and open-source, TheoRise said approaching IT as a commodity would not only be a cost-effective measure, it could help pave the way for a truly neutral, universally accessible Internet. Even developing countries who can’t afford cloud could benefit substantially from it. “It will be advantageous for bit players,” Finkel said.

“(The cloud) would be like a metering company,” Martin said.

It’s a new way of thinking that will usher in ways of measuring services in the cloud.

It’s already happening. Martin said businesses can now measure their cloud consumption. When you plug your electric appliances, you don’t know where that power is coming from. With IT, there is a sense of security as much as there are ways to get data.

The cloud is a collection of physical assets. Its computing power will be key resources for a company, creating a transparency, according to Thorburn.

Commodity markets trading a contract in cloud services is not far-fetched.

The meetup used instant feedback and data from Remesh.

How drones, the cloud, and cognitive computing work for enterprise, saving lives

By Dennis Clemente

NEW YORK–Software architect Andrew Trice spoke about “Drones & The Mobile Enterprise” at the  New York City Bluemix meetup  last May 25 with DJI Phantom 3 and DJI Phantom 4 units on display, the drones he used to demonstrate his recent mobile enterprise experience.

Trice says drones will become a big part of big business, as it moves beyond videography and photography to enterprise the way it helps process workflows and drive efficiency.

“Drones are now used to track disease outbreaks, search and rescue operations, improve agriculture management, aid in wildlife preservation, real estate mapping, law enforcement, automated deliveries, inspect power line infrastructure, firefighting and many more,” he said.

Quoting from the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, he said drones are predicted to become an $82-billion industry by 2025.

Trice talked about how drones, the cloud, and cognitive computing all come together now. Even better, you can use a low-cost accessible and portable consumer drone — and still get the job done.

In his proof of application concept called Skylink, he showed how captured aerial images delivers results to an enterprise system–and this can reportedly be done even when the drone is still in the air. The application connects a DJI drone aircraft to Bluemix using an Apple iPad to bridge the connection from aircraft to the external network and cloud services. The aircraft remote control connects directly to the controller via a USB connection.

This allows the drone to send a live video stream, captured media, and telemetry data directly to an app running on the iPad. This also allows the iPad to send control instructions to the aircraft, enabling the app to control what the aircraft is doing. All communication back and forth between the aircraft and app on the iPad is handled using DJI’s developer toolkit.

In the sample application, he leverages the following services on Bluemix:

If you’re wondering how to fly a drone, the DJI Phantom is easy to fly; you’d be flying in 10 minutes.

What’s next?

“Watson, push notifications, advanced analytics, BPM/workflow, you name it,” he said. Drones for insurance? Why not? Insurance companies evaluate drones.

Cloud is at critical point but adoption faces cultural challenge

Cloud faces cultural challenge

“The cloud is at that critical point. We’re in for a major disruption.”

This was Michael Liebow of Accenture Cloud  speaking last December 11 at the NY Enterprise Tech meetup that included Randall Hunt of Amazon Lambda and Jonathan Fullam of Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

Liebow was talking about how many corporations can approach the cloud from the technical, commercial and cultural standpoint. Now, if only most of them can step out of their comfort zones and embrace it. If not, a disruption enabler is clearly needed–to bring some governance and make it easy to deploy services.

Liebow came with CTO Paul Daugherty, also of Accenture, to announce and demonstrate version 3 of Accenture Cloud at NYET’s meetup at Cooley LLP.

The Accenture Cloud Platform (ACP) is a self-service cloud management portal, hosted and managed by Accenture and offered “as a Service.” ACP manages the virtual infrastructure of its public and private clouds. “We sell it as a service, (but) it’s a product within Accenture,” Liebow said.

Cloud-based, scalable, pay-as-you-go consumption of IT infrastructure services is now essential to delivering the business capabilities required by a digital business.

ACP allows digital businesses to get fast access to pre-vetted, quality cloud services through an extensible service catalog for IT governance and self-service provisioning of cloud computing services.

“It’s fully customizable. Through encryption and our solutions, you can create a secure design,” Liebow said.

ACP supports leading providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, NTT Communications and others.

The next presenter was Amazon Lambda, a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you, making it easy to build applications that respond quickly to new information.

AWS Lambda starts running your code within milliseconds of an event such as an image upload, in-app activity, website click, or output from a connected device. You can also use AWS Lambda to create new back-end services where compute resources are automatically triggered based on custom requests. With AWS Lambda you pay only for the requests served and the compute time required to run your code.

With AWS Lambda you pay only for the requests served and the compute time required to run your code. Billing is reportedly metered in increments of 100 milliseconds, making it cost-effective and easy to scale automatically from a few requests per day to thousands per second.

Hunt called Amazon Lambda “a zero-administration computer platform, because your infrastructure should not interfere with your life.”

Last presenter was Fullam of Pivotal Cloud, a new platform that converges both application developer and IT operator processes so enterprises can quickly iterate on software while achieving built-in operator efficiencies.

Pivotal demonstrated how Cloud Foundry PaaS enables a developer to deploy an application in seconds and remove the complexities around application health management, updates, and scaling.