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The Cloud! What is it? – The Cloud Explained

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

The new technical term which is spreading all over the world like wild fire is the “cloud”.  Join IT GURUS OF ATLANTA, a Microsoft Partner on this journey to show how we arrived at the Cloud, its importance, and why companies are running to get their data on the cloud.  So, let’s start from the top, to figure what people think of when hearing the words “The Cloud”.  When at first hearing the term, the typical mind may go to the thoughts of cloud in the sky and a more technical mind would think virtual. Well to be honest, both answers are not too far from each other. The cloud in more technical terms is the elimination of physical equipment such as servers which are typically used on-premise such as in server rooms which a lot of companies and government agencies house their pertinent data. All traffic goes from the user, computer, over the internet or intranet, and then ends up being housed somewhere. From the websites that we all visit such as Google, Yahoo, CNN, or our favorite channels such as HBO, Showtime, and more are located on servers. These huge data storage devices can be further divvied up into other storage devices such as SAN (Storage Area Network) or NAS (Network Attached Storage). All data from the internet, a person’s computer is all stored somewhere and these serves store the data from the devices.

Another thought that people have is, what happens to the data that is stored on my computer? Well the storage on your computer is very limited. This means that even the larger computer storage that can be installed on laptop or desktop such as 1TB (1 terabyte) or 3TB (3 terabytes) of data is still not enough to house all the data that a company or a user may have. This causes for companies to seek out other means of storage. Years, ago companies went to portable storage devices such as disks, CDs, and portable storage devices. Then the industry realized that trusting users to handle the data and its security is where the trust line and ability for accidents gets blurred. A company and individual’s life’s work can be housed in the data that is being tallied by users. That’s where servers came into a big relief. Servers could be stored locally at the company’s designated location where the user data is uploaded and stored. The industry saw the benefit and it wasn’t long before the servers began to run redundancy which means that the servers had a back, and the backup had a backup. This increases the availability of the data in case of natural or unnatural disasters and data breaches. The data can be utilized even if whole data centers housing thousands of servers go down.  The data is immediately available by its counterpart data centers which already backed up the latest data upload. The user on the other end does not experience more than a second or millisecond in lag time between the data centers and accessing the needed data.

Data centers have become the wave of the future by housing servers, NAS, and SANs which have unprecedented amounts of storage. Unfortunately, due to the cost of owning a data center, companies only kept redundant systems at a data center and kept most of their key systems on premise. These key systems involved constant watch of a human eye to ensure high availability and engineers to do maintenance on the servers. Buying a server, maintaining the server, which includes applying the latest security patches, load balancing, error resolution, and hardware updating is a constant cost and struggle for companies to maintain. However, with this cost of doing business, most companies have accepted the cost to maintain data. Data is the heartbeat of any company, organization, or government agency. As everything that businesses and individuals do today become increasingly digital is where the data and the storage of this data becomes increasingly needed.

 

One of the aspects of technology which has taken a huge increase over the years is the ability to go virtual. Companies such as VMWare came out with VMWare, Microsoft with Hyper-V, and Citrix with XenServer. What were these products? Well to be frank, this is another link in the chain for the “Cloud”. These companies came up with virtual servers. These storage and computing devices could be housed on a physical server. This means that one server with enough memory, storage, and processing power could house 2-15 or more servers virtually. So many say, how is that done? Well from a high level, what Microsoft, Citrix, and VMWare did was allow servers to be created from each processor and core on a physical server and virtually partition the space on the physical server to be dedicated to each virtual server. In layman’s terms this means if a server has 4 processors, 16 gigs of RAM (Random Access Memory), and 120 Gigs of physical memory, then the virtual software could dedicate physical attributes to one or many more virtual servers.  An example of this is a virtual server using 1 processor, 2 gigs or ram, and 20 gigs of physical space for the predefined server to a spin up virtual server. This means that the physical server could house multiple virtual servers based on its physical attributes.

This breakthrough quickly became a trend for top companies to follow.  Going virtual saved tons of money on the front end for physical servers and saved money on the back end by eliminating teams of engineers to now only a few engineers that maintain the smaller number of physical servers. In the event of cutting down engineers that maintain and monitor physical servers, the industry changing also increased the need for professionals to learn about virtual technology with architecture, design, and support.  Information Technology is an ever changing and developing industry in which professionals constantly must learn because there are constant updates and inventions that quickly make every day utilized technology obsolete. To stay up-to-date and technologically advanced, professionals must constantly study and learn better ways of utilizing technology to be expert providers.

Even though virtual technology is utilizing physical equipment to maximize and expound servers, it has graduated into virtual desktops. Virtual desktops allow users to go from one computer to another computer and have access to all their data and desktop as if they never left it. They simply need to user their secure logon ID to access their data on a completely different computer. All of this is stemmed from virtual technology. Now with all these advancements in virtual technology from virtual servers to virtual desktops, where is the next unconquered avenue for virtual technology to go? Well this is where the “Cloud” has come into play. The “Cloud” is data centers which we referred to earlier in this article. The” Cloud” is where companies can now eliminate their on-premise servers and have all their data stored at data centers. The businesses don’t own the data centers, nor do they own the servers, but they pay a price to companies that do own the data centers and the physical servers. One of the dominant companies which has taken advantage of the move to the “Cloud” is Microsoft.

Microsoft has well over 42 different data centers around the world and close to a million physical servers as they expand their cloud grasp on the world. Microsoft Office 365 is their flag ship which started by allowing businesses and government agencies to get rid of their physical exchange servers, cut down on the need to keep exchange architects, and allow users to access their mail data from anywhere and on any device securely. This quickly began a wave of movement of companies rapidly signing up for Office 365. The next aspect of their “Cloud” came Azure which allows the use and accessibility of Active Directory in virtually.  The other aspects of the Microsoft Cloud came InTune for MDM (Mobile Device Management), and RMS (Rights Management Suite). It wasn’t long before Microsoft decided to bundle all these products together under EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite). This comprehensive product currently encompasses the largest products that are completely virtual saving companies millions and billions of dollars while drastically increasing productivity. This is an easy decision which is why government agencies have been signing up by the boatload for the Microsoft Government Cloud space. The stigma of security concerns over the crowd is gradually weaning away as Microsoft has shown that their “Cloud” product not only complies with security requirements of companies and government organizations, but it surpasses it.  Microsoft allows for users to utilize both on-premise and “Cloud” technology in hybrid modes that allow companies and agencies to still utilize their current equipment while still having the ability to access their data via the Microsoft Cloud.

It’s clear the “Cloud” is not going anywhere anytime soon, but in fact is the platform for even greater advancements in virtual technology to come. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA is a trusted Microsoft Partner which is certified to service clients wishing to advance to the Microsoft Cloud space. We are also paired with most major manufacturers as a reseller to provide computer hardware solutions to companies, government agencies, and data centers. We pride ourselves as a low cost, thoroughly experienced, certified, and a quantifiable company.  IT GURUS OF ATLANTA delivers services and products that exceed the current standards while proving to be a one-stop IT service and hardware provider.

We hope you enjoyed our journey in learning about the “Cloud”, where it is headed, where it is currently, and how to get the most out of this growing technology.

 

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Apple iPhone 8

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The anticipation is rising and the peak is nowhere near in sight yet. We are less than a month away from the launching the new flag ship from Apple. After many rumors and reported leaks over the 10th year anniversary device, the truth about what Apple has been doctoring up has finally surfaced. To the delight of many Apple fans, they can see that it is worth the wait. This flag ship phone from Apple is designed to change the way how people use this device for years to come, not just from a technology standpoint but also from the ability to gain access to information with the least effort.

 

This new roll out of the iPhone is not just one phone but a flag ship of the iPhone 8 accompanied by 3 other phones from Apple. The first of which is the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus. All phones are not only an upgrade to the existing line of Apple iPhone, but also a demonstration of the latest in technology from Apple. Many carriers have already primed up their users to utilize their “upgrade every year” plans to accommodate the new technology being rolled out by Apple.

 

Security Features Integrated

The iPhone 8 has cutting edge design features that are never before seen by Apple or any of their product lines. Starting from the edge to edge feature of the display which no longer encompasses a hardware based “home” button. The home button is now built into the display with the fingerprint touch integrated into the screen.  Combining this feature along with the new integrated facial recognition enhances the security features of this new product.

Wireless Charging

No more cords to require the phones to connect to electrical outlets. Now simply place the phone on top of a wireless charging station and the phone will charge the same way it would with the fast charging of the cord charger.  This new charging feature which has already been utilized by Android devices is called inductive charging. The compatibility of Apple’s wireless charger is yet to be depicted as with most Apple products, Apple has ensured that their products are limited on their compatibility with other manufacturers.

Body Style and Design

The new body style of the iPhone encompasses a new stainless-steel design which has a glass body. This means that the back of the phone where the Apple symbol is located, it is encompassed in the stainless-steel body. The display is constructed of the hard guerrilla glass making it transparent, but still yet durable against normal wear and tear.  This new body is going to be available in multiple colors with a reflective mirror-like finish to add sleekness to the design.

Waterproof and Water resistance

The current iPhone 7 has waterproof and water resistance capabilities that have astonished Apple users by allowing them the ability to get their phone’s wet without the stress. This also comes with the ability for the phones to be submerged under water for up to 30 minutes. Apple has new improved features for this capability that is said to be game changing for the entire industry. The current iPhone 7 has an IP rating of IP67, but the new iPhone will have a rating of IP68.

Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality Technology

Apple has stepped up their game with the ability to integrate VR games and technology with their AR capabilities. One of the key features to take note of is the rear-facing 3D laser that allows the user to experience a better depth perception.  Depth perception is a key feature with VR as that is how a person can tell how big, tall, wide, short, deep, or shallow an object is. The better the depth effect is the more real the experience is for the user.

Increase in Memory

The current Apple line of iPhones supports the minimal memory of 32 GB, but the new iPhone 8 will support a minimum memory of 64GB, meaning that the new line of iPhones will have a much larger memory capacity than the current capacity of 256GB on the high end. The new line of Apple iPhones will have a much larger capacity which has not been revealed yet.

 

While the rest of the world is gearing up for this much-anticipated release from Apple for their coveted anniversary, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA preps for the release date on September 22nd, 2017, that we can deep dive into the specs as we take a part the phone from screen to CPU detailing all the specs that are currently listed.

 

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China now using Face-Recognition software to grant access to facilities and Track criminals

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

 

Companies like Face++ are changing the landscape in China when it comes to technology and utilizing facial-recognition software. The company is a startup company, but is already valued at over a billion dollars. Face++ is using its investments in order to diversify and integrate facial-recognition software into critical security systems.

The software updates done by Face++ are cutting edge which allows devices to track 83 facial points at the same time, and from multiple angles to give recognition ability which is like no other.  The updates that Face++ has been giving facial-recognition is already being integrated in many popular applications such as Alipay and Didi. Both applications are major applications in China that are used to make mobile payments and get rides like Uber has done in the US. The Didi app allows users to double check the driver that is coming by making them move their heads and use speech recognition that no one can substitute the driver or use a photo. Payments via the Alipay app allows users to use face and voice combinations in order to complete payments.

 

The Chinese government has already invested using Face++ facial-recognition software to tap into surveillance being done on criminals by tapping into their centralized ID databases and cameras to quickly apprehend and document activity by known criminals. Even though the mugshots and the images obtained from cameras are not all the time accurate, it gives a percentage possibility of that person being the person of interest and narrows down the possibility of monitoring or apprehending the wrong suspect. Utilizing cameras and face-recognition is definitely ahead of its time and is geared to change not only the Chinese government’s methods of fighting crime, but will soon spread to other countries as it gains more popularity in the security front.

 

 

 

Behind the nuts and bolts of Face++ facial-recognition software is their innovative artificial intelligence which is constantly getting better with each use. Deep learning is dubbed the brain-power behind the facial-recognition software that depicts the motions and movements of the face from infinite angles and positions to categorize the facial expression possibilities. Deep learning bridges the gap between AI and machine learning. With Deep Learning the capabilities are endless by utilizing what is dubbed “neural networks” which essentially translates human related data into machine learning for AI to utilize.

 

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Humanoid Robot – Google’s Boston Dynamics Team create “Atlas”

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Atlas 2

 

StarTrek is a favorite tv series which captured the minds of many different sci-fi lovers that allowed its audience to envision a possible future where there was blend of technology, robotics, and also a unified strive for knowledge. It often had the drawbacks which depicted people unwilling to change and how rationale and positive thinking can change the views of the different people and aliens they interacted with.

 

With so many advances in technology, how many devices that were used in StarTrek are currently what we use in our everyday lives? You would be surprised. Many of those devices which were thought to be unrealistic are now becoming an everyday necessity.  One of those technologies which is now being developed is an android. Yes, do you remember Lieutenant Data which was a self-sustaining android which mimicked human characteristics in order to be “more human”. Well the team at Google are spinning wheels in an effort to create just that.

Atlas 1

The Google team at Boston Dynamics has created an AI robot called Atlas. Atlas stands about 6 foot 2 inches and weights about 330lbs. Currently Atlas has 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision.  Atlas is still currently in the learning stages, but recently Atlas was released openly in the forest to learn the terrain and how to walk on various surfaces. Needless to say, Atlas did a fantastic job of exploring the forest and also keeping it’s balance the entire time. During the experiment, noticeable cabling was attached to Atlas as it currently does not have a self sustaining battery, but the Google team is currently working on a 3.7-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack for the robot.

 

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First Flying Car? Myth or Truth? AeroMobil 3.0 says Truth!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

AeroMobil 1

Flying cars? Ok, so who has been watching too many “Back To The Future” reruns?  Yes, flying cars is no longer a mystery or something thought up in some sci-fi film. Flying cars are finally here. The latest introduction of the AeroMobil 3.0 seems to be the trendsetting leader with seamless integration between road and air. This vehicle is changing the way how manufacturers and aeronautics look at the coalition of flying your car to your destination or driving to complete your journey without any wait or excessive plane fares.

AeroMobil 2

Who said that traffic jams don’t have a solution? Not more roads is the solution, but taking your car to the air and flying to your destination. Although the AeroMobile 3.0 only fits two people at a time, what it lacks in passenger capacity, it makes up for in specs and usability.   When the AeroMobil 3.0 is in car mode, it can top off at 100mph.  As a an airplane, the vehicle can get to top speeds of 124mph.  As far as economizing, the vehicle has a traveling distance of up to 540 miles when driving.  The wing span is 27 feet and is 19.7 feet in length.

 

 

 

 

The company states that it is gearing sales mainly towards developing markets which may not have much roads, highways, or airports as part of their infrastructure.   Even though its maiden flight made the Vienna Pioneers Festival in Austria a buzz, it is not yet ready for full blown production.  However, once it is ready for production, the only thing a person needs is $200,000-$300,000 plus a pilot’s license. Once those key requirements are in order, then you can be first in line to receive your own AeroMobil 3.0.

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