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Mobile, cloud, big data platform helping to contain Ebola outbreak #bigdata

Source: Business Cloud News. October 27, 2014

IBM, working in conjunction with a number of organisations, is using a combination of mobile, cloud and analytics platforms to help Sierra Leone and Nigeria’s public health authorities contain Ebola outbreaks and help coordinate disaster relief efforts in the region.

The partners, which include Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative, Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project, Airtel and Kenya’s Echo Mobile, are deploying a platform that enables citizens to report Ebola-related issues via SMS.

Those messages are collected along with location-based data and fed into an IBM Connections-based platform that provides insight to governments about the disease’s spread, helping public health authorities identify correlations in the data and emerging outbreaks as they happen in real time.

The platform aims to help emergency workers coordinate and allocate medical resources to areas in need of Ebola-related relief.

“We saw the need to quickly develop a system to enable communities directly affected by Ebola to provide valuable insight about how to fight it,” said Dr. Uyi Stewart, chief scientist, IBM Research – Africa. Using mobile technology, we have given them a voice and a channel to communicate their experiences directly to the government.”

IBM developed the cloud and analytics platform underpinning the service along with Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative. Local telco Airtel has set up the toll-free number via which citizens can send SMS messages, while Kenyan start-up Echo Mobile anonymises the SMS data.

Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project helped incorporate questions sent via SMS into public service announcements to elicit feedback from citizens in both English and Krio.

According to IBM the organisations are working to extend the platform’s capabilities by incorporating phone signal data to track footfall, enabling scientists to map and accurately predict the disease’s spread.

IBM said it’s already opened up the IBM Connections platform to Nigeria’s Lagos State Government, which hosts an Ebola Operations Centre that coordinates disease containment efforts on behalf of the Nigerian government and other organisations.

The goal, IBM said, is to create a cloud-based Ebola Open Data Repository which will provide governments, aid agencies and researchers with free and open access to valuable data related to the Ebola outbreak.

This isn’t the first time IBM has coordinated technology deployments in a bid to support disaster relief initiatives. The company granted access to its SmartCloud platform to support both post-Haiti and Chile quake efforts in 2010.

Capgemini opens SMAC innovation lab in Melbourne #cloudasia

Outsourcing and systems integration firm Capgemini has opened a digital innovation lab in Melbourne, Australia focused on developing innovations in and helping clients implement social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies. The move comes as IBM and SAP bolster operations in what seems to be emerging as a key tech hub in the region.

Capgemini, which already has a strong presence in Australia with over 2,000 employees, said the multi-million dollar SMAC lab will be co-located with its new Global Delivery Centre, and will innovate around, and offer offer support to existing and potential customers implementing, social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing technologies in their businesses.

“Melbourne has one of the largest research and development clusters in the southern hemisphere and spends more than any other Australian city,” said Deepak Nangia, chief executive officer for Capgemini Australia and New Zealand.

“Simply put, Melbourne is a prime place for investment – it has the ICT skills, infrastructure and capabilities we needed to open our SMAC lab. Today’s announcement reinforces our ongoing commitment to the local ICT market and building tomorrow’s talent.”

The move comes as other enterprise IT incumbents look to make a splash in the booming Australian cloud services market.

SAP this week opened a new $60m Innovation Centre and a Mission Control Centre in Melbourne, which will focus on helping organisations move to cloud deployment models and provide service support to local businesses and customers.

IBM also bolstered its Australian operations as of late, announcing this week that the company is building out a SoftLayer datacentre in Melbourne, which is scheduled to go live next month and offer the full portfolio of SoftLayer cloud services to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Gartner, Australia is looking set to become one of the highest growth markets for cloud services in the Asia Pacific region. The research and analysis firm predicts spending on cloud services will grow at 23.08 per cent annually to reach $5.2bn in 2016, up from $3.2bn last year.

Source: Buissness Cloud News


Introducing SMAC

Achieving Business & IT Agility through Advanced SMAC Technologies: Social Media, Mobility, Analytics & Cloud

This year’s opening plenary and 3 dedicated streams in Enterprise ensure the opportunities and challenges surrounding the 3rd Platform’ Technologies: Social, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud are comprehensively covered!

Achieving true enterprise mobility is about more than deploying cloud computing. Cloud is the powerful platform needed to achieve business and IT agility, however cross device enterprise application management, integration of communication and social media, as well as data analytics are the game changers for the successful enterprises, SMEs and Start-Ups of the future.

Recognising the unification of these ICT trends and opportunities, Cloud World Forum Asia combines new case studies from across the SMAC: Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud landscape in the APAC region.

Microsoft’s Cloud Services Growth Drives Second Expansion of its Dublin Datacentre

Microsoft is sponsoring as Enterprise Cloud Partner at the CLOUD WORLD FORUM  this year

Microsoft today announced plans to further expand its Europe Middle East and Africa mega datacentre in Dublin, Ireland. The expansion, due for completion in Spring 2014, represents a new investment of €170m million. Construction of the facility, which has already commenced, will create 380 building-related jobs. Once the new datacentre is operational next year, an additional 20 people will join the team of approximately 80 already based at the company’s existing facility.

This second expansion brings the total level of investment at the company’s Dublin facility to €594 million, increasing the datacentre campus’ computing capacity by 15,700 m2 (169,000 square feet) bringing the total footprint up to 54,255 m2 (584,000 square feet). The datacentre was officially opened in 2009, with the first expansion announced in February 2012. This continued programme of investment is driven by the growth in demand from consumers and businesses for Microsoft’s cloud services.

Welcoming the investment, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D. today said: “We welcome this further commitment from Microsoft, one of the earliest multinational investors in Ireland. As a country, we have a strategy to become the Cloud Centre of Excellence and the country of choice for datacentre investments. Microsoft contributed greatly to this strategy when it chose Ireland as the home for its first mega datacentre outside of the United States. We realised that the factors that influenced that decision were key differentiators that could also attract further investors.

“We are delighted that Microsoft continues to choose Ireland as a location and welcome the decision to further expand its footprint in Dublin. I’d like to congratulate Microsoft on today’s announcement and thank Cathriona Hallahan and her team for its continued support in positioning Ireland as a location of choice for Cloud Services and the associated infrastructure.”

Speaking about the investment Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland said: “This expansion is evidence of the continued demand for Microsoft’s cloud services such as Office 365, Bing, Skype, Xbox Live, and the Windows Azure platform across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As the demand for these Cloud-based services continues to grow we are investing to meet our customers’ needs.

“Not only does this highlight the growth in our cloud services business but it also highlights our continued commitment to investment and innovation in Ireland and Europe. I’d like to thank the Government and the IDA for their continued support and look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

Mr. Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA said “Data centres have been a buoyant sector for IDA for the past number of years and Microsoft’s continued investment in the sector will allow Ireland to win further investments worldwide. This investment, by such a well-respected global brand, reinforces Ireland’s credentials as the leading location in cloud computing.’’

The expansion of the datacentre will help Microsoft meet growing customer demand for its cloud services, and provide a reliable, scalable, secure, efficient and cost effective cloud infrastructure for future cloud growth.

The datacentre makes extensive use of Ireland’s cool outside air to efficiently cool its facilities year round with air side economization, resulting in greater power efficiency and an annual Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) average of 1.25during peak usage hours. The datacenter is also 50 percent more efficient than traditionally built facilities and use only 1 percent of the water used by other similarly sized datacentres in the industry today. With a strong focus on sustainability, approximately 99 percent of all waste at the facility is recycled, including packaging, pallets, crates, and cabling.

Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure – By the Numbers

  • 1989: The year Microsoft opened its first datacentre on its Redmond, Wash., campus.

  • 1 billion customers, 20 million businesses: The number of customers and businesses in more than 89 countries that use the Microsoft cloud.

  • 109: The number of marketplaces that our cloud services are available in today.

  • 200-plus: The number of online services delivered by Microsoft’s datacentres 24x7x365.

  • €11 billion-plus ($15 billion-plus): Microsoft’s investment in building our huge cloud infrastructure.

  • 1 million-plus: The number of servers hosted in our datacentres.

  • 2.5 billion-plus: Our infrastructure storage capacity in megabytes globally.

  • 1.125: Microsoft’s average PUE for its new datacentres. Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is a metric of datacentre energy efficiency and is the ratio of the power and cooling overhead required to support our server load. The industry average is 1.8.

  • 2.3 billion kWh: The amount of green power purchased by Microsoft as part of our carbon-neutral goal — ranking as the third most purchased by any U.S. company, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • 3: The number of times Microsoft’s fiber optic network in North America, (one of North America’s largest), could stretch to the moon and back.

  • 16: The number of carbon offset projects Microsoft has invested in, including projects in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Turkey and the United States. (including Keechi Wind Power investment announced November 4, 2013)

  • 100: The percentage of our servers and electronic equipment that we send to a third-party vendor for recycling and/or reselling after it has been securely decommissioned.

  • 2007: The year Microsoft began sharing its best practices for cloud infrastructures with the industry. Download our latest Top Ten Best Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Datacentres white paper.


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