enterprise – E2E-Expert http://e2e-expert.com The Latest Technology News and information on your Mobile Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:58:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 WP Engine, a managed WordPress platform, raises $250M from Silver Lake http://e2e-expert.com/2018/01/16/wp-engine-a-managed-wordpress-platform-raises-250m-from-silver-lake/ http://e2e-expert.com/2018/01/16/wp-engine-a-managed-wordpress-platform-raises-250m-from-silver-lake/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:40:46 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=14737   While apps continue to grow in popularity as a primary route for people to interface with the digital world, there remains a very significant role for the web, and today, a startup that helps businesses build and run websites, specifically on WordPress, has raised a very large round of money. WP Engine, which claims …

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While apps continue to grow in popularity as a primary route for people to interface with the digital world, there remains a very significant role for the web, and today, a startup that helps businesses build and run websites, specifically on WordPress, has raised a very large round of money.

WP Engine, which claims to be one of the world’s largest WordPress hosts, has raised $250 million in funding led by Silver Lake, money that the company intends to use to fuel its international growth and continue developing its Digital Experience Platform, the product that underpins its main line of business.

The company did not disclose its valuation (we’re asking) in its own announcement of the funding, but in its last round, in 2015 when it picked up a modest $20 million, WP Engine was valued at just under $194 million post-money, according to PitchBook. This would imply a current valuation of at least $444 million, or more if this was an up-round.

It’s likely it was: the company boasts that it now makes more than $100 million in annual recurring revenue and has more than 75,000 customers, up 30 percent in the last year.

The company, in fact, says that its platform powers around five percent of all internet visits. WordPress itself, WP Engine says, accounts for 29 percent of the entire Internet today, versus 13 percent in 2010.

This makes WP Engine the biggest WordPress host among the 1 million most-trafficked sites on the Internet, and a significant player in its own right, putting to paid the belief that a company that is built on a platform — in WP Engine’s case, WordPress — it does not own is in a precarious state.

(For those wondering, the 29 percent stat is based on research from W3Techs from November 2017; and the ‘biggest’ stat comes from “WP Engine research identifying the Web Content Management systems’ digital fingerprints for the most visited 1,000,000 sites as identified by Alexa.”)

As you would expect for a company that works with enterprises, there is more to WP Engine than just hosting. It integrates with services like AWS and Google Cloud Platform, provides not just infrastructure but analytics and security and support, in a platform that can be used by people across the whole ecosystem of a company’s digital operations, from developers to marketers and others.

To date, the Austin, Texas-based company has raised around $290 million including this latest round, with other investors including none other than Automattic, the company behind WordPress, as well as GuidePost Growth Equity (formerly known as North Bridge), Eric Ries (of “Lean Startup” fame) and Silverton.

Silver Lake coming on is a significant addition to that mix, given its track record with a number of other big-name, outsized startups such as Alibaba, Didi Chuxing, SoFi, Tesla and many more.

“We are partnering with Silver Lake because of their incredible track record as technology investors, their understanding of digital platform businesses like ours and because of the alignment in core values we share,” said Heather J. Brunner, Chairwoman and CEO of WP Engine, in a statement. “This partnership will help us further invest in our Digital Experience Platform and bring the power of our platform to WordPress users all around the globe.”

“WP Engine’s enterprise-grade technology and excellent service enable its customers to rapidly create high quality websites with best-in-class performance,” said Lee Wittlinger of Silver Lake in the statement. “We believe WP Engine is poised to take a leading global position in the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem and we look forward to working alongside the company’s talented management team as it executes on its next phase of development.”

As part of the deal, Wittlinger, Greg Mondre, and Mark Gillett of Silver Lake are joining the board.

Updated with more clarification about the internet traffic statistics.

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Xage emerges from stealth with a blockchain-based IoT safety answer http://e2e-expert.com/2018/01/16/xage-emerges-from-stealth-with-a-blockchain-based-iot-security-solution/ http://e2e-expert.com/2018/01/16/xage-emerges-from-stealth-with-a-blockchain-based-iot-security-solution/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:31:41 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=15162   Getting the myriad of units concerned within the industrial web of issues provisioned and speaking with each other in a safe means will probably be one of many nice technological challenges dealing with corporations within the coming years. Xage (prounounced Zage) emerged from stealth right now with a blockchain-based safety answer that might assist simplify …

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Getting the myriad of units concerned within the industrial web of issues provisioned and speaking with each other in a safe means will probably be one of many nice technological challenges dealing with corporations within the coming years. Xage (prounounced Zage) emerged from stealth right now with a blockchain-based safety answer that might assist simplify this.

The corporate additionally introduced that Duncan Greatwood has joined the corporate as CEO. Greatwood is an skilled entrepreneur, who sold Topsy to Apple in 2013 and PostPath to Cisco in 2008. These exits have given him the liberty to select and select the initiatives he desires to work on, and he preferred what he noticed at Xage from a know-how perspective.

“That is an space the place a wave of change is sweeping by means of the business. Safety is a foundational factor of this innovation,” Greatwood informed TechCrunch.

He stated that Xage is constructing a safety cloth for IoT, which takes blockchain and synthesizes it with different capabilities to create a safe surroundings for units to function. If the blockchain is at its core a belief mechanism, then it can provide corporations confidence that their IoT units can’t be compromised. Xage thinks that the blockchain is the right answer to this drawback.

They do that by constructing a trusted community of individuals, machines and functions on the blockchain, which creates an irrefutable connection amongst these completely different entities and prevents anybody who has not been given specific permission from gaining entry.

“The blockchain is working like a distributed, redundant tamper-proof information retailer. It connects with insurance policies pushed from the cloud or configured domestically. The [security] cloth permits the units and AI and folks to speak with one another and controls the stream of data,” he defined.

Greatwood says that is serving to remedy an enormous IoT safety problem due to the super danger that’s inherent when all the things can speak to all the things. “Any to any communication at the edge with many units is the worst case state of affairs for safety since you are creating the utmost assault floor,” he stated.

However, he says, Xage’s blockchain method flips that as a result of the extra participation you might have, the safer it’s going to be. “The extra contributors you might have, the extra safety you might have, the extra redundancy you might have, the more durable it’s to assault the system and break the consensus the blockchain is there to determine,” he stated.

What finally ends up getting deployed is a safety cloth, a set of gateways and consumer units on the commercial edge that type the blockchain amongst themselves,” he stated. “ The corporate is working with IBM on the Hyperledger Fabric project to construct their blockchain together with a number of the Ethereum know-how.

The product is usually out there right now. The corporate is situated in Palo Alto and at present has 20 workers. Amongst their early prospects are ABB and Itron, which is utilizing the know-how to provision good electrical energy meters.

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Google Ventures invests in Ripcord’s paper digitizing robotics service http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/20/google-ventures-invests-in-ripcords-paper-digitizing-robotics-service/ http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/20/google-ventures-invests-in-ripcords-paper-digitizing-robotics-service/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:28:34 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=13998   The $40 million Ripcord Series B we reported again in August has simply been bumped as much as $65 million, courtesy of further funding led by Google Ventures. The added funding comes because the report holding firm continues to develop at a wholesome clip. The Bay Space primarily based service added 100 jobs this …

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The $40 million Ripcord Series B we reported again in August has simply been bumped as much as $65 million, courtesy of further funding led by Google Ventures. The added funding comes because the report holding firm continues to develop at a wholesome clip. The Bay Space primarily based service added 100 jobs this 12 months, and is on observe so as to add one other 150 in 2018.

The service came out of stealth in March of this 12 months, when it introduced that it had raised a $9.5 million Sequence A. On the time, it cited billion-dollar enterprise administration big Iron Mountain as its main competitor.

However Ripcord’s method to data is solely digital, using a military of robots able to pulling out staples and scanning paperwork at a charge it says is round 10-times sooner than people. It tasks to digitize someplace within the neighborhood of 50 million information a day by the top of subsequent 12 months.

The extra funding spherical will go towards scaling the service’s choices, as it really works to deliver extra high-profile shoppers on board. CEO Alex Fielding tells TechCrunch he believes GV took specific discover of the corporate, given a shared curiosity in indexing data.

“Google’s motivation for working with us on this spherical largely surrounded entry to data that’s by no means been accessible on a search index earlier than,” he stated in an interview. “And new and extra fascinating methods to go looking content material. There isn’t a Google Web page Rank for paper, how do you make sense of that stuff if you don’t know who authored it, you don’t understand how credible they’re, you don’t know what references it pertains to?”

To this point, the Hayward, Calif.-based service has raised $74.5 million. Google Ventures joins a listing of traders that additionally contains con Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Legend Star, Lux Capital, Silicon Valley Financial institution, Telstra Ventures and Steve Wozniak.

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New Venzee tool brings data transformation and validation to your blockchain project http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/10/new-venzee-tool-brings-data-transformation-and-validation-to-your-blockchain-project/ http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/10/new-venzee-tool-brings-data-transformation-and-validation-to-your-blockchain-project/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:41:30 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=9726   If the blockchain is going to be an immutable record, you need to start with clean data. The question is, how do you get clean data into a blockchain database to begin with. It’s kind of a quandary for use cases not starting with a green field, but Venzee, a startup that has been …

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If the blockchain is going to be an immutable record, you need to start with clean data. The question is, how do you get clean data into a blockchain database to begin with. It’s kind of a quandary for use cases not starting with a green field, but Venzee, a startup that has been helping customers clean up their retail supply chain data to share with large vendors, thinks it has an answer.

Venzee CEO Kate Hiscox sees this as a data transformation problem, something her company has been working to solve for the past three years in the retail space. That sector is awash in spreadsheets that have to be manually prepared to share with big retailers and their database requirements, she says.

Venzee acts as a data transformation layer, taking your spreadsheet information in its current form and helping to convert that data into a format that the big retailers like Amazon and Walmart can use. It’s bringing a level of automation, she says has been missing from this industry, one she has worked in for 18 years.

If you think about the blockchain, it’s really just a fancy new database, one where you have to ensure that the data going in is correct or you face having bad data in a system that is supposedly immutable and irrefutable. That would be a real problem.

Hiscox’s company has created a product called Mesh to deal with this. It’s essentially a data transformation tool for the blockchain that can work for a retail supply chain kind of scenario or other blockchain data transformation requirement and prepare the data to be moved in the appropriate format while providing a data review phase to ensure that it’s accurate, she says.

This involves a three-phase process. In the first, the data is validated, and this is a key phase for blockchain data. In the second it’s transformed to work in the new format and finally it’s transferred.

Say for example, you were moving data from a land registry to the blockchain. It would require moving the data from its current format, then validating the ownership records before putting it on the blockchain. This tool offers a path to doing that, but it also raises questions about the validation process.

If the blockchain is supposed to a trust-based system, how do you ensure that you aren’t creating a means to alter data instead of validating it? These are questions that need to be answered, but this tool is about getting the data ready and moving it. The system will require checks and balances beyond that.

This tool is currently available in private Beta and will be released in the first half of 2018.

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Conversive helps companies construct the digital equal of face-to-face conversations http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/09/conversive-helps-businesses-build-the-virtual-equivalent-of-face-to-face-conversations/ http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/09/conversive-helps-businesses-build-the-virtual-equivalent-of-face-to-face-conversations/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:46:21 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=9607   When you’ve ever interacted with a chatbot and felt like there was simply one thing lacking, the founders of a brand new startup known as Conversive assume they know the lacking ingredient — face-to-face interplay. And that, basically, is what they’re attempting to allow with their expertise. Conversive clients can create a personality (animated …

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When you’ve ever interacted with a chatbot and felt like there was simply one thing lacking, the founders of a brand new startup known as Conversive assume they know the lacking ingredient — face-to-face interplay.

And that, basically, is what they’re attempting to allow with their expertise. Conversive clients can create a personality (animated or recorded human) to signify them, place that character in a three-dimensional surroundings after which construct out an entire conversational circulation.

The top consequence for shoppers is a “generated particular person” (as co-founder and Chief Income Officer Kevin Lenane described it) that they’ll discuss to, verbally or not, as in the event that they have been having a dialog with an actual particular person. That dialog would possibly happen in digital actuality, on an Apple TV or on a cell or desktop web site.

“At a really excessive degree, Conversive is actually a dialog engine,” Lenane stated. “It permits companies to facilitate one-on-one communication with people.”

Regardless of Conversive’s use of machine studying and pure language expertise, I don’t assume most of you can be below any phantasm that you just’re having a dialog with a dwell human being. Nonetheless, Lenane stated it nonetheless feels nearer to the true factor as a result of a lot data will get communicated nonverbally, by issues like facial expressions and eye motion.

Lenane’s co-founder and CEO Kevin Cornish added that it’s mistaken to think about these as pretend conversations, since they’re speaking actual messages to your questions. He in contrast it to sending an electronic mail, the place the message isn’t any much less real as a result of it goes out to a number of recipients.

“It’s not that these folks aren’t actual — they’re actual folks,” Cornish stated. “It’s simply the dialog is going on asynchronously … It’s this concept of scaling dialog.”

Earlier than beginning Conversive, Lenane was a co-founder at Veenome, which was acquired by Integral Ad Science, whereas Cornish is founding father of the VR company Moth + Flame.

The primary challenge powered by Conversive falls on the VR facet. It comes from Oculus and Software of North America, and it’s known as “Fall in Love.” Principally, it’s a VR dialog that recreates the 36 questions that are supposed to lead to love — you may check out a model of “Fall in Love” within the embedded video beneath.

Conversive’s expertise can work inside a typical video advert unit, however Lenane emphasised that it’s not only for promoting. He stated he’s already speaking to potential shoppers in worker coaching, and he additionally sees alternatives in gross sales and customer support.

The startup has raised greater than $600,000 in preliminary funding.

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Google launches a paid enterprise version of its Dialogflow chatbot builder http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/09/google-launches-a-paid-enterprise-edition-of-its-dialogflow-chatbot-builder/ http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/09/google-launches-a-paid-enterprise-edition-of-its-dialogflow-chatbot-builder/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:33:25 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=9798   Google in the present day announced the beta launch of its enterprise edition of Dialogflow, its instrument for constructing chatbots and different conversational functions. As well as, Dialogflow (each in its free and enterprise model) is now getting built-in help for speech recognition, one thing that builders beforehand needed to supply via the Google …

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Google in the present day announced the beta launch of its enterprise edition of Dialogflow, its instrument for constructing chatbots and different conversational functions.

As well as, Dialogflow (each in its free and enterprise model) is now getting built-in help for speech recognition, one thing that builders beforehand needed to supply via the Google Cloud Speech API or comparable providers. Unsurprisingly, this additionally speeds issues up (by as much as 30 p.c, Google tells me), as a result of apps solely need to make a single API name.

Dialogflow now additionally options a lot of fundamental analytics and monitoring capabilities, courtesy of Google’s Chatbase service.

You should still keep in mind Dialogflow as API.AI, which was its identify when Google acquired it last year, however the firm has since renamed it. The principle concept behind API.AI/Dialogflow was at all times to present firms the constructing blocks they should construct their conversational brokers and different text- and voice-driven interactions and to make them straightforward to make use of.

To realize customers rapidly, the service was at all times obtainable free of charge (with some fee restrictions), however that’s not what large enterprises need. They’re comfortable to pay a price in return for getting 24/7 help, SLAs and enterprise-level phrases of service that promise information safety, amongst different issues.

With the Dialogflow Enterprise Version, they’ll now get all of this. Dan Aharon, Google’s product supervisor for Google Cloud AI, additionally famous that this model of Dialogflow is now a part of Google Cloud. That will sound like a minor factor, nevertheless it implies that enterprises that wish to undertake it will probably achieve this below the identical phrases they have already got in place for Google Cloud. “Say you might be Spotify, now you can add Dialogflow fairly simply as a result of it already solutions all the necessities of being a Google Cloud product,” he instructed me. This additionally implies that customers who need to join the enterprise version have to take action via the Google Cloud Platform Console.

Google is charging enterprises $zero.002 per textual content interplay request and $zero.0065 per voice interplay request.

Aharon additionally pressured that the free model of Dialogflow isn’t going wherever. Certainly, free customers will even get entry to the brand new speech recognition integration, although with a restrict of 1,000 interactions per day (or 15,000 per 30 days). Each variations additionally proceed to supply help for 14 languages and integrations with nearly any main chat and voice assistant platform, together with from Google opponents like Microsoft and Amazon.

When Google acquired API.AI, it was already one of the vital widespread instruments for constructing chatbots and Google argues that this momentum has solely continued. Google PR instructed Aharon to not say that it’s the preferred instrument of its sort available on the market, however likelihood is it truly is. He instructed me that the service now has now signed up “a whole bunch of 1000’s” of builders — and undoubtedly excess of the 150,000 builders quantity the corporate shared at its Cloud Subsequent occasion earlier this yr.

“What we hear from prospects time and time once more is that the standard of the pure language understanding is head and shoulders above something they’ve tried,” he stated. “You don’t wish to deploy one thing in manufacturing if it’s not very, excellent” (although some firms clearly do…).

Beside the pure language understanding, although, it’s additionally Dialogflow’s flexibility that permits builders to transcend fundamental determination bushes and options like a deep integration with Cloud Capabilities for writing fundamental serverless scripts proper in its interface that set Dialogflow aside from a few of its opponents. Dialogflow additionally makes it straightforward to hook up with different functions — regardless of the place they’re hosted. That’s one thing you want if you wish to combine your conversational app together with your ordering and delivery techniques, for instance.

Aharon tells me that it took a couple of yr to port all the API.AI options to the Google Cloud. Now that that is achieved, the service’s customers can revenue from all of Google’s investments in AI and machine studying. And on condition that Google is doing its finest to draw extra enterprises to its platform, it doesn’t come as a shock that Dialogflow is becoming a member of this parade now, too.

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AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy providers and Rekognition options http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/09/aws-ramps-up-in-ai-with-new-consultancy-services-and-rekognition-features/ http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/09/aws-ramps-up-in-ai-with-new-consultancy-services-and-rekognition-features/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:22:26 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=10190   Forward of Amazon’s massive AWS division Re:invent convention subsequent week, the corporate has introduced two developments within the space of synthetic intelligence. AWS is opening a machine studying lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine studying consultants with clients trying to construct options utilizing the AI tech. And it’s releasing new options inside …

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Forward of Amazon’s massive AWS division Re:invent convention subsequent week, the corporate has introduced two developments within the space of synthetic intelligence. AWS is opening a machine studying lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine studying consultants with clients trying to construct options utilizing the AI tech. And it’s releasing new options inside Amazon Rekognition, Amazon’s deep learning-based picture recognition platform: real-time face recognition and the ability to recognize text in images.

The brand new lab and the enhancements to its picture recognition platform underscore the push that Amazon and AWS are giving to AI on the firm, each internally and as a possible space to develop its B2B enterprise on this space. They arrive a few month after AWS introduced it will be collaborating with Microsoft on Gluon, a deep learning interface designed for builders to construct and run machine studying fashions for his or her apps and different providers.

The truth that these two bulletins had been made right this moment, a day earlier than Thanksgiving, makes me marvel if AWS is laying groundwork for extra AI information at Re:invent, or if they’re indicating that this won’t be a spotlight because it has been in earlier years. It was final 12 months that Amazon used Re:invent to announce Amazon AI, which is the division that may oversee the options lab.

The ML Options Lab — which Amazon mentioned is obtainable to any AWS Enterprise Help buyer — is an fascinating growth as a result of it factors to Amazon ramping up not simply in AI, however in enterprise consultancy, which is a key cornerstone of offering IT providers to company clients at firms like IBM.

“We will’t look ahead to builders to begin their journeys into machine studying with the Amazon ML Options Lab,” mentioned Swami Sivasubramanian, vice chairman of Amazon AI, in a press release. “By combining the experience of the very best machine studying scientists and practitioners at Amazon with the deep enterprise information of our clients, the Amazon ML Options Lab will assist clients rise up to hurry on machine studying rapidly, and begin placing machine studying to work inside their organizations.”

Early clients will embody The Washington Publish, Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical division Janssen and the World Financial institution Group.

The brand new Rekognition options, in the meantime, level not solely to how Amazon continues to make main advances in laptop imaginative and prescient, however its sturdy dedication to monetizing them by turning them into merchandise for exterior clients.

Notably, one of many greater clients utilizing the brand new Rekognition options is Pinterest, which is fascinating when you think about that image-related capabilities like search and classification are a number of the firm’s core options. Pinterest tells me the overwhelming majority of their visible search tech is developed in-house; this Rekognition utilization is a part of smaller mission.

“We’re within the early phases of exploring Rekognition with Amazon to scale a subset of Pins in AWS S3, however proceed to have a visible discovery crew devoted to constructing and scaling applied sciences inside Pinterest,” a spokesperson mentioned.

Pinterest has been an AWS buyer for years, with thousands and thousands of Pins presently saved in an Amazon S3 cloud, so it is sensible that if Amazon has developed a brand new strategy to determine textual content in these photos, it’s a logical selection to make use of it.

“As a visually-driven platform, Pinterest depends closely on the velocity and high quality of photos, however the textual content behind these photos is simply as necessary, because it offers context and makes Pins actionable for our 200M+ lively Pinners,” mentioned Vanja Josifovski, CTO, Pinterest. “In working with Amazon Rekognition Textual content in Picture, we will higher extract the wealthy textual content captured in photos at scale and with low latency for the thousands and thousands of Pins saved in Amazon S3. We look ahead to persevering with to develop the partnership with AWS for top of the range and quick experiences for Pinners and companies on Pinterest.”

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Dropbox companions with Autodesk to assist customers collaborate on massive design information http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/08/dropbox-partners-with-autodesk-to-help-users-collaborate-on-large-design-files/ http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/08/dropbox-partners-with-autodesk-to-help-users-collaborate-on-large-design-files/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:43:06 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=8946   Dropbox introduced a few merchandise right now to make it simpler for Autodesk customers to entry and share massive design information. The merchandise embody an built-in desktop app for opening and saving Autodesk information saved in Dropbox and an app for viewing design information with out the necessity for proudly owning Autodesk. These merchandise …

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Dropbox introduced a few merchandise right now to make it simpler for Autodesk customers to entry and share massive design information. The merchandise embody an built-in desktop app for opening and saving Autodesk information saved in Dropbox and an app for viewing design information with out the necessity for proudly owning Autodesk.

These merchandise are lengthy overdue on condition that Dropbox’s Ross Piper, who’s head of ecosystem and developer platforms, says they’ve 1.5 billion (with a B) Autodesk information saved in Dropbox with 85 million being added each month, an astonishing quantity contemplating the dimensions and complexity of those information. However it’s exactly as a result of they’re massive and complicated cloud storage resolution is a compelling thought.

The businesses determined to associate to assist make working with these information a neater and extra streamlined enterprise.

The Dropbox desktop app, which will probably be accessible beginning right now, allows Autodesk customers to open and save .dwg design information within the cloud instantly from the AutoCad utility. Customers merely open these information instantly in AutoCad, and they’re pulled from Dropbox, and open as regular. When customers are completed engaged on the information, they’re saved again to Dropbox mechanically.

As well as, Dropbox additionally introduced a local viewer app, which is coming quickly, which is able to allow Autodesk customers to share design information with customers who don’t personal the Autodesk software program. What’s extra, these customers will be capable to touch upon the information, making it simpler for architects and challenge managers to share modifications even when contractors, prospects and different events don’t personal the core product.

As an illustration, you may have a look at an architect’s drawing and choose a room or space, then remark particularly about that space.

Customers can obtain these new instruments from Autodesk’s AutoCad App Store, set up them and they’re good to go.

This announcement is a part of a broader play by Dropbox to have third-party companions like Autodesk combine the Dropbox product extra instantly into enterprise purposes the place persons are doing work, quite than having to open Dropbox explicitly to seize these information.

It’s price noting that Box has had a similar partnership with Autodesk in place for a few years.

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Google Cloud Spanner replace contains SLA that guarantees lower than 5 minutes of downtime per yr http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/04/google-cloud-spanner-update-includes-sla-that-promises-less-than-five-minutes-of-downtime-per-year/ http://e2e-expert.com/2017/12/04/google-cloud-spanner-update-includes-sla-that-promises-less-than-five-minutes-of-downtime-per-year/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:14:50 +0000 http://e2e-expert.com/?p=8801   Cloud Spanner, Google’s globally distributed cloud database got an update today that features multi-region assist, that means the database may be replicated throughout areas for decrease latency and higher efficiency. It additionally received an up to date Service Stage Settlement (SLA) that ought to please clients. The latter states Cloud Spanner databases could have …

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Cloud Spanner, Google’s globally distributed cloud database got an update today that features multi-region assist, that means the database may be replicated throughout areas for decrease latency and higher efficiency. It additionally received an up to date Service Stage Settlement (SLA) that ought to please clients.

The latter states Cloud Spanner databases could have 99.999% (5 nines) availability, a degree of downtime that interprets into lower than 5 minutes per yr, in accordance with Cloud Spanner product supervisor, Deepti Srivastava.

“We have now engineered the system to be extremely out there and environment friendly and we count on service to have the ability to present that,” she mentioned. It’s value noting that earlier than Google packaged Cloud Spanner as a service, it used it in-house to run merchandise like AdWords. From Google’s perspective, if AdWords goes down, it’s not getting cash, so it was engineered to remain working. Right this moment, a lot of its fashionable providers are working on Cloud Spanner.

“It’s been battle examined with mission-critical utility that Google runs,” Srivastava defined.

However the product lacked assist throughout a number of areas, that means you may solely home a Cloud Spanner database inside a single location. That modified right now with the announcement of multi-region assist, which implies that firms can put the database nearer to customers. That ought to lead to a extra responsive expertise with decrease latency.

When Google introduced the Beta of Cloud Spanner earlier this year, it sounded nearly magical. It’s a database that provides builders the transactional consistency of a SQL database with the scalability of the NoSQL selection. It’s a uncommon mixture and firms like Evernote and Marketo are utilizing Cloud Spanner right now.

The corporate claims you may be up and working in Four-clicks, however in actuality if you’re migrating an current database to Cloud Spanner, it may very well be extra advanced. Srivastava says it actually relies on the kind of system. Clearly, these firms beginning with a model new utility are going to get going sooner than these rearchitecting an current database system to work on Cloud Spanner, she mentioned.

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A couple of years ago while a guest of Marc Benioff onstage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce customer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that seemed to signal a new period of amicable cooperation for his company. Several pieces of evidence seem to suggest that the period of friendly cooperation that was in full bloom in 2015 could be over, and not just with Salesforce.

At the time, Nadella said something rather profound about the need for big brands to cooperate in the age of the cloud: “It is incumbent upon us, especially those of us who are platform vendors to partner broadly to solve real pain points our customers have,” Nadella said in 2015.

When you looked at the comment against the backdrop of the time, it appeared to be a giant signal that Microsoft was open to forging new agreements with competitors that would be mutually beneficial to the companies involved, and would help customers solve those real pain points he alluded to.

Essentially, Nadella was stating the obvious that in the age of the cloud, companies needed to work together more than ever before because customers were demanding it. Yet even at that time, Nadella made it clear his company fully intended to compete hard within markets against Salesforce and everyone else — the cooperation only went so far — but he saw an opportunity for his company by playing the role of affable partner.

This was in stark contrast to the model that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer followed. Back then, it was more of a battle of large companies with full stacks trying to lock customers into their computing approach. In that world, working together wasn’t a desirable goal, which is why Nadella’s more conciliatory tone was so surprising to hear in 2015.

The same went for long-time rival Apple. After years of going at it with Apple, Microsoft was looking to soften things a bit. Perhaps Tim Cook put it best at the partnership announcement when he said, “Apple and Microsoft can partner on more things than we can compete on, and that is what the customer wants…Office on the Mac is a force. Partnering with Microsoft is great for our customers and that’s why we do it,” Cook told the audience at BoxWorks in 2015 when that spirit was in its full glory

By 2017, however, it has become increasingly clear that the message we should have listened to wasn’t the cooperation part, but the fact the Microsoft would compete hard in markets. As they move forward, Microsoft’s softer side under Nadella appears to be hardening a bit. The tone has shifted and gotten a bit harsher and they are, as he told us, competing hard.

When the company beat out Salesforce last year for some CRM business at HP, Microsoft cloud head, Scott Guthrie, couldn’t hide his competitive glee when he called the deal a “Salesforce takeout.” Suddenly the two firms were competing a bit more fiercely, the tone was getting a bit harsher and the time for nice talk and smiles was over.

Onstage last week at Dreamforce, while announcing a deal with his new bestie Diane Greene, head of Google Cloud, Benioff took a swipe right back at Microsoft’s flagship Office product. “We have 30,000 users on G Suite, and have for a very long time. Getting off of Microsoft Office was probably one of the best decisions we ever made,” Benioff said. (Who says the enterprise is boring?)

Meanwhile, last week at a talk in India, Nadella told two Indian journalists using iPads that they should get “real computers.” It was said in a joking manner, but it was also clearly a swipe at Apple, too. His company’s hardware is a real computer, whereas Apple is what? A toy computer? You can fill it in, I guess.

The ad campaigns over the last several years have also taken aim at Apple, pointing out the things that computers like the Microsoft Surface Pro can do that Apple computers can’t. Of course, it’s one thing for an ad to take aim at a rival, it’s another when the CEO does it.

Even as they continue to use harsher language regarding competitors, Microsoft is still finding ways to interoperate with rivals, and that’s not going away. At the same time, Microsoft has become a significant contributor to the open-source community under Nadella (see herehere  and here as examples), and that is unlikely to change either.

Look, you don’t expect competing companies to join hands around the campfire singing Kumbaya, but there clearly has been a shift in tone over the last couple of years. It appears that while Microsoft and its technology industry rivals are still looking for ways to make the products work together for the sake of customers, maybe they are doing so now a bit more begrudgingly.

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