May 25, 2021

Infosys: $414 Billion in Profits to be Gained by Using Cloud

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Technology
infosys
DigitalTransformation
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Infosys Cloud Radar 2021 study found specific links between business profit growth and the use of cloud to rapidly develop and launch new solutions

Infosys, a leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, today unveiled the Infosys Cloud Radar 2021 which has revealed the links between enterprise cloud usage and business growth. The independent study shows that enterprises in the 6 regions surveyed can add up to $414 billion in net new profits, annually, through effective cloud adoption.

The study found that the highest performing businesses had annual profits growth that correlated with using cloud in six ways.

1. Speed up how they develop and launch new solutions

2. Add new functions to software in use

3. Expand processing capacity

4. Foster collaboration

5. Unlock value from data via AI

6. Discover new revenue sources.  

We asked Umashankar Lakshmipathy, Senior Vice President & Regional Head (EMEA) at Infosys about whether he thinks the acceleration in cloud adoption is due to the pandemic and whether or not he thinks this acceleration will continue, he replied: 

“Our study has unearthed that for around 65% of organisations, the pandemic has indeed been a catalyst for cloud adoption. However, on the flip side 35% of companies with stronger cloud performance had already begun accelerating their shift to cloud before the pandemic took hold. The benefit for these organisations has been twofold: Companies with more established cloud systems when the pandemic hit could firstly better navigate business disruptions, and secondly return focus to strategic business goals. For those not prepared to use cloud to connect and collaborate at the outset of the pandemic, that developed into a full-time job and top priority. It’s the work that companies did pre-pandemic that really set them up to achieve better business performance in the cloud today.”

Distinct performance cohorts

The research describes four distinct performance cohorts – minimally effective, effective, highly effective, and exceptional. This means businesses can benchmark themselves against each cohort by exploring the cloud radar digital experience and learn how to improve their cloud strategy and performance.

  • Exceptional performers (16%) use a larger mix of cloud service providers and more frequently employ hybrid cloud arrangements.
  • Highly effective performers (19%) have shifted nearly as many business functions to the cloud as exceptional performers. They are motivated to use cloud for accelerating deployment of new solutions and services.
  • Effective performers (33%) have rapidly shifted business functions to cloud but started with fewer business functions in cloud two years ago. This cohort is more focused on cloud for cost savings than better-performing peers.
  • Minimally effective performers (32%) are least likely to use public cloud and have the least certainty in estimating cloud expenditures.

Despite the acceleration in cloud adoption, only a fraction of large companies reached the highest level of performance and adoption. The Cloud Radar study found that nearly 1 out of 6 companies achieved exceptional cloud performance. In cloud adoption terms, fewer than one in five have crossed the 60%  threshold to reap the profit benefits. By 2022, more than 40% of enterprises surveyed plan to shift over 60% of systems into the cloud, from 17% today.

Lakshmipathy explained how the future of the cloud is multi-faceted. “Between AI, industry-specific specialisations, regulatory standards, and regional legal requirements, companies will find themselves using a mix of clouds. The cream of the crop will develop the ability to adjust and orchestrate their clouds rapidly and frequently. Getting this right requires clear strategy and transparent orchestration. Companies using AI and data in the cloud will hit upon a virtuous cycle that leads them to more AI, more data, and more cloud. Cloud expands to handle more data and then to provide more compute for next-level AI functions. Better AI then requires more data and more data requires more cloud. The cloud has landed and is here to stay.”

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

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Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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