Aug 12, 2020

Comcast: Top ten cloud companies

Cloud
Technology
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
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We take a closer look at Comcast, an innovative cloud company who claimed the fifth spot in our list of the top ten cloud companies...

Comcast Corporation is an American telecommunications company heading up its operations in Philadelphia. The company has had massive success since its founding in 1963, it is now the second largest broadcasting and cable company in the world and it is the largest home internet service provider in the United States. The company has built the nation’s largest “Gig-speed” network which allows the company to deliver unrivaled and unrelenting speeds to more businesses and people across the nation, making this a USP of the company. 

Comcast is committed to changing this current world through providing new and innovative technology solutions. However it is also committed to changing for future generations. The company says that they design all of their products to use up less energy, reduce emissions and cut down waste. Last year, employees across the company totalled 500,000 hours completing community work to try and evoke a change in its local community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a large impact on even the world’s most successful corporations, the company sent as many employees home as possible to work from home and still be able to provide its customers with good service, as we all need fast WiFi now all meetings are online. A dedicated number of Comcast employees added more fibre and ensured the maintenance of existing infrastructure to meet the challenges posed by the increased number of people working from home.

Earlier in the year, before COVID-19 took its toll, we sat down with Comcast’s distinguished engineer, Larry Macherome, to find out how the company is implementing DevSecOps at scale. Maccherone’s professional background heavily revolves around data analytics and Lean-Agile, and he started his first business while still an undergraduate at university. Upon joining Comcast in June 2016, Maccherone became responsible for overseeing the company’s DevSecOps transformation.

Since its creation over a decade ago, DevOps has become a vital component of how companies operate. Building upon the foundations of the agile movement, DevOps leverages automation, for quality and security testing as well as for formerly manual deployment and operations activities, in a bid to introduce software into production at speed. The primary goal of any DevSecOps initiative is to enable development teams to change their mindset and adopt security practices into their daily activities. 

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May 12, 2021

Confluent announces new private cloud building platform

Cloud
Data
Technology
Digital
2 min
Confluent launches its Kubernetes platform, providing developers a cloud-native data streaming experience within private cloud infrastructure

Confluent, a platform that sets data in motion, today announced Confluent for Kubernetes, the first platform purpose-built to bring cloud-native capabilities to data streams in private infrastructures.

Confluent for Kubernetes allows platform teams to bring much of the same cloud-native experience found within Confluent Cloud to their self-managed environments while enabling operations teams to retain control of their data and infrastructure. As a cloud-native solution, Confluent for Kubernetes helps achieve faster time-to-value and reduce operational burdens with a fully elastic and scalable cloud-native experience in private infrastructure.

“To compete in the digital realm, organisations need to quickly deliver personalised customer experiences and real-time operations, which are only possible with access to data from all environments and cloud-native advantages,” said Ganesh Srinivasan, Chief Product and Engineering Officer, Confluent.

“For organisations that need to operate on-premises, we’re bringing the benefits of cloud computing to their private infrastructure with Confluent for Kubernetes. Now, any company can build a private cloud service to move data across their business regardless of its environment.”

 

How can Confluent for Kubernetes help?

Organisations who are transitioning to the cloud or who need to keep workloads on-premises can use Confluent for Kubernetes’ cloud-native capabilities, including a declarative API to deploy and operate Confluent. According to the company, the platform also makes moving applications to the public cloud easier by ‘seamlessly migrating workloads to wherever your business needs them with the ability to connect and share data with Confluent Cloud’.

  • Enhanced reliability – As a cloud-native system, Confluent for Kubernetes detects if a process fails and will automatically restart processes or reschedule as necessary. Automated rack awareness spreads replicas of a partition across different racks, improving the availability of your brokers and limiting the risk of data loss.

  • Automated elasticity – Meet changing business demands with the ability to scale up using API-driven operations. The platform will automatically generate configurations, schedule and run new broker processes, and ensure data is balanced across brokers so that clusters can be efficiently utilised.

  • Simplified infrastructure management – Confluent for Kubernetes extends the Kubernetes API, enabling organisations to define the desired high-level state of clusters rather than manage all the low-level details. This infrastructure-as-code approach reduces the operational burden and achieves a faster time to value, while enhancing security with standards that can be easily and consistently deployed across an organisation.

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