Day: August 26, 2020

Cloud is going to take time

$233.4 billion. That’s how much analyst firm IDC said the world spent on cloud (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) in 2019. It sounds like a lot of money, right? According to a quick Internet search, $233 billion is how much China plans to spend on defense. It’s now much Bill Gates could save by “reinventing the toilet.” And it’s how much the meeting industry expects to lose due to the pandemic curtailing travel.

But $233.4 billion is a rounding error compared to the $4 trillion that organizations will spend on IT in 2020, according to IDC.

Read More

5 ways to avoid cloud waste

Today, everyone uses the cloud. According to Flexera’s State of the Cloud 2020 Report, 98% of businesses are using at least one public or private cloud. The other 2% are fibbing or still running Windows XP. The No. 1 reason to move to the cloud is to save cash.

But, simply moving your IT infrastructure from a “build-your-own data center” capital expenses (CapEx) model to the public cloud’s operational expenses (OpEx) model doesn’t magically save you money.

As David Smith, a Gartner Distinguished VP Analyst puts it, “The prevalent myth about the cloud is that it always saves

Read More

Why you should look beyond the big 3 cloud providers

The cloud has, for the most part, become a commodity. Most enterprise cloud workloads require a small variety of hardware. After all, how many organizations are actually doing quantum computing or even AI training workloads in the cloud? The fact is, the majority of businesses simply need core cloud services: compute, block and object storage, CI/CD and testing environments, backup and failover, and low-risk options for hybrid cloud or multicloud deployments.

That’s why technology analysts have recognized “alternative cloud providers” as a legitimate and growing segment of the cloud services market, clearly distinct from the Big Three hyperscale public cloud

Read More

How to use Microsoft Word’s new ‘Transcribe’ tool

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

Microsoft today announced a new feature for Word: a transcription tool that allows you to get spoken words into your document without you having to type all of them. We’ll show you how to use it.

The new tool works with recorded audio and live speaking, and can detect different speakers. It’ll also allow you to pull quotes from the transcription and insert them as you please into the document. As a former intern

Read More

Gitpod open-sources cloud IDE platform

Development environment technology provider Gitpod has open-sourced its self-named cloud-based IDE platform for automatically spinning up ready-to-code development environments.

The open-sourcing will allow the Gitpod community to participate in the technology’s development and make it easier for developers to integrate Gitpod into their workflows, the company said.

A Kubernetes application, Gitpod allows developers to maintain development environments as code, turning manual steps into a machine-executable part of a project’s source code. The platform monitors changes in the repository, and preps development environments for every change. This preparation includes:

  • Setting up tools.
  • Checking out the correct Git branch.
  • Compiling code.
  • Downloading
Read More