Sean  Doyle

Sean Doyle

1622769840

How Cloud can Fight a Pandemic using Text Analytics and CosmosDB

Since COVID pandemic started last year, there were more than 400k scientific papers published on the subject. All those papers are available as CORD dataset. We will see how we can use Azure services to make some insights from this dataset, such as most frequently used medicines, their combinations, or changes in strategy of treatment with time. We will use Text Analytics for Health to extract entities and their relations from paper abstracts, store them in Azure Cosmos DB, post-process using Jupyter with SQL queries, and build interactive dashboards with PowerBI.

Who is it aimed at?
Everybody who wants to understand what is the cloud, learn about how to architect and build large data analysis systems, and learn about how technology can help scientific studies.

Why should I attend?
In one session we will review multiple Azure services, and see how they all work together to achieve an important result.

For more on this series, visit https://aka.ms/HigherEdSeriesPg

Speaker info:
Dmitry Soshnikov, Ph.D.| Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft
Dmitry is a Microsoft veteran, working for more than 13 years. He started as a Technical Evangelist, and in this role presented on numerous conferences, including twice being on stage with Steve Ballmer. He then worked for 2 years as Senior Software Engineer, helping big European companies to start pilot digital transformation projects based on in AI and ML. As Cloud Developer Advocate, Dmitry focuses on creating educational content and working with academic and research institutions. He is also an Associate Professor at MIPT, HSE and MAI in Moscow, a big fan of functional programming and F#, and a maintainer/primary developer of mPyPl library. In his spare time, Dmitry explores Science Art and Technological Magic, as well as performs Chinese tea ceremonies. He can be reached at http://soshnikov.com.

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How Cloud can Fight a Pandemic using Text Analytics and CosmosDB
Adaline  Kulas

Adaline Kulas

1594162500

Multi-cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Cost

A multi-cloud approach is nothing but leveraging two or more cloud platforms for meeting the various business requirements of an enterprise. The multi-cloud IT environment incorporates different clouds from multiple vendors and negates the dependence on a single public cloud service provider. Thus enterprises can choose specific services from multiple public clouds and reap the benefits of each.

Given its affordability and agility, most enterprises opt for a multi-cloud approach in cloud computing now. A 2018 survey on the public cloud services market points out that 81% of the respondents use services from two or more providers. Subsequently, the cloud computing services market has reported incredible growth in recent times. The worldwide public cloud services market is all set to reach $500 billion in the next four years, according to IDC.

By choosing multi-cloud solutions strategically, enterprises can optimize the benefits of cloud computing and aim for some key competitive advantages. They can avoid the lengthy and cumbersome processes involved in buying, installing and testing high-priced systems. The IaaS and PaaS solutions have become a windfall for the enterprise’s budget as it does not incur huge up-front capital expenditure.

However, cost optimization is still a challenge while facilitating a multi-cloud environment and a large number of enterprises end up overpaying with or without realizing it. The below-mentioned tips would help you ensure the money is spent wisely on cloud computing services.

  • Deactivate underused or unattached resources

Most organizations tend to get wrong with simple things which turn out to be the root cause for needless spending and resource wastage. The first step to cost optimization in your cloud strategy is to identify underutilized resources that you have been paying for.

Enterprises often continue to pay for resources that have been purchased earlier but are no longer useful. Identifying such unused and unattached resources and deactivating it on a regular basis brings you one step closer to cost optimization. If needed, you can deploy automated cloud management tools that are largely helpful in providing the analytics needed to optimize the cloud spending and cut costs on an ongoing basis.

  • Figure out idle instances

Another key cost optimization strategy is to identify the idle computing instances and consolidate them into fewer instances. An idle computing instance may require a CPU utilization level of 1-5%, but you may be billed by the service provider for 100% for the same instance.

Every enterprise will have such non-production instances that constitute unnecessary storage space and lead to overpaying. Re-evaluating your resource allocations regularly and removing unnecessary storage may help you save money significantly. Resource allocation is not only a matter of CPU and memory but also it is linked to the storage, network, and various other factors.

  • Deploy monitoring mechanisms

The key to efficient cost reduction in cloud computing technology lies in proactive monitoring. A comprehensive view of the cloud usage helps enterprises to monitor and minimize unnecessary spending. You can make use of various mechanisms for monitoring computing demand.

For instance, you can use a heatmap to understand the highs and lows in computing visually. This heat map indicates the start and stop times which in turn lead to reduced costs. You can also deploy automated tools that help organizations to schedule instances to start and stop. By following a heatmap, you can understand whether it is safe to shut down servers on holidays or weekends.

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Adaline  Kulas

Adaline Kulas

1594166040

What are the benefits of cloud migration? Reasons you should migrate

The moving of applications, databases and other business elements from the local server to the cloud server called cloud migration. This article will deal with migration techniques, requirement and the benefits of cloud migration.

In simple terms, moving from local to the public cloud server is called cloud migration. Gartner says 17.5% revenue growth as promised in cloud migration and also has a forecast for 2022 as shown in the following image.

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Sean  Doyle

Sean Doyle

1622769840

How Cloud can Fight a Pandemic using Text Analytics and CosmosDB

Since COVID pandemic started last year, there were more than 400k scientific papers published on the subject. All those papers are available as CORD dataset. We will see how we can use Azure services to make some insights from this dataset, such as most frequently used medicines, their combinations, or changes in strategy of treatment with time. We will use Text Analytics for Health to extract entities and their relations from paper abstracts, store them in Azure Cosmos DB, post-process using Jupyter with SQL queries, and build interactive dashboards with PowerBI.

Who is it aimed at?
Everybody who wants to understand what is the cloud, learn about how to architect and build large data analysis systems, and learn about how technology can help scientific studies.

Why should I attend?
In one session we will review multiple Azure services, and see how they all work together to achieve an important result.

For more on this series, visit https://aka.ms/HigherEdSeriesPg

Speaker info:
Dmitry Soshnikov, Ph.D.| Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft
Dmitry is a Microsoft veteran, working for more than 13 years. He started as a Technical Evangelist, and in this role presented on numerous conferences, including twice being on stage with Steve Ballmer. He then worked for 2 years as Senior Software Engineer, helping big European companies to start pilot digital transformation projects based on in AI and ML. As Cloud Developer Advocate, Dmitry focuses on creating educational content and working with academic and research institutions. He is also an Associate Professor at MIPT, HSE and MAI in Moscow, a big fan of functional programming and F#, and a maintainer/primary developer of mPyPl library. In his spare time, Dmitry explores Science Art and Technological Magic, as well as performs Chinese tea ceremonies. He can be reached at http://soshnikov.com.

#cloud #cosmosdb

Why Use WordPress? What Can You Do With WordPress?

Can you use WordPress for anything other than blogging? To your surprise, yes. WordPress is more than just a blogging tool, and it has helped thousands of websites and web applications to thrive. The use of WordPress powers around 40% of online projects, and today in our blog, we would visit some amazing uses of WordPress other than blogging.
What Is The Use Of WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world. It is the first choice of businesses that want to set a feature-rich and dynamic Content Management System. So, if you ask what WordPress is used for, the answer is – everything. It is a super-flexible, feature-rich and secure platform that offers everything to build unique websites and applications. Let’s start knowing them:

1. Multiple Websites Under A Single Installation
WordPress Multisite allows you to develop multiple sites from a single WordPress installation. You can download WordPress and start building websites you want to launch under a single server. Literally speaking, you can handle hundreds of sites from one single dashboard, which now needs applause.
It is a highly efficient platform that allows you to easily run several websites under the same login credentials. One of the best things about WordPress is the themes it has to offer. You can simply download them and plugin for various sites and save space on sites without losing their speed.

2. WordPress Social Network
WordPress can be used for high-end projects such as Social Media Network. If you don’t have the money and patience to hire a coder and invest months in building a feature-rich social media site, go for WordPress. It is one of the most amazing uses of WordPress. Its stunning CMS is unbeatable. And you can build sites as good as Facebook or Reddit etc. It can just make the process a lot easier.
To set up a social media network, you would have to download a WordPress Plugin called BuddyPress. It would allow you to connect a community page with ease and would provide all the necessary features of a community or social media. It has direct messaging, activity stream, user groups, extended profiles, and so much more. You just have to download and configure it.
If BuddyPress doesn’t meet all your needs, don’t give up on your dreams. You can try out WP Symposium or PeepSo. There are also several themes you can use to build a social network.

3. Create A Forum For Your Brand’s Community
Communities are very important for your business. They help you stay in constant connection with your users and consumers. And allow you to turn them into a loyal customer base. Meanwhile, there are many good technologies that can be used for building a community page – the good old WordPress is still the best.
It is the best community development technology. If you want to build your online community, you need to consider all the amazing features you get with WordPress. Plugins such as BB Press is an open-source, template-driven PHP/ MySQL forum software. It is very simple and doesn’t hamper the experience of the website.
Other tools such as wpFoRo and Asgaros Forum are equally good for creating a community blog. They are lightweight tools that are easy to manage and integrate with your WordPress site easily. However, there is only one tiny problem; you need to have some technical knowledge to build a WordPress Community blog page.

4. Shortcodes
Since we gave you a problem in the previous section, we would also give you a perfect solution for it. You might not know to code, but you have shortcodes. Shortcodes help you execute functions without having to code. It is an easy way to build an amazing website, add new features, customize plugins easily. They are short lines of code, and rather than memorizing multiple lines; you can have zero technical knowledge and start building a feature-rich website or application.
There are also plugins like Shortcoder, Shortcodes Ultimate, and the Basics available on WordPress that can be used, and you would not even have to remember the shortcodes.

5. Build Online Stores
If you still think about why to use WordPress, use it to build an online store. You can start selling your goods online and start selling. It is an affordable technology that helps you build a feature-rich eCommerce store with WordPress.
WooCommerce is an extension of WordPress and is one of the most used eCommerce solutions. WooCommerce holds a 28% share of the global market and is one of the best ways to set up an online store. It allows you to build user-friendly and professional online stores and has thousands of free and paid extensions. Moreover as an open-source platform, and you don’t have to pay for the license.
Apart from WooCommerce, there are Easy Digital Downloads, iThemes Exchange, Shopify eCommerce plugin, and so much more available.

6. Security Features
WordPress takes security very seriously. It offers tons of external solutions that help you in safeguarding your WordPress site. While there is no way to ensure 100% security, it provides regular updates with security patches and provides several plugins to help with backups, two-factor authorization, and more.
By choosing hosting providers like WP Engine, you can improve the security of the website. It helps in threat detection, manage patching and updates, and internal security audits for the customers, and so much more.

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Siphiwe  Nair

Siphiwe Nair

1620474000

Cloud Analytics Migration: Go With The Need

The Cloud offers access to new analytics capabilities, tools, and ecosystems that can be harnessed quickly to test, pilot, and roll out new offerings.

The Cloud offers access to new analytics capabilities, tools, and ecosystems that can be harnessed quickly to test, pilot, and roll out new offerings. However, despite compelling imperatives, businesses are concerned as they move their analytics to the Cloud. Organizations are looking at service providers who can help them allocate resources and integrate business processes to boost performance, contain cost, and implement compliance across on-premise private and public cloud environments.

The most cited benefit of running analytics in the Cloud is increased agility. With computing resources and new tools available on-demand, analytics applications and infrastructure can be developed, deployed, and scaled up — or down — much more rapidly than can typically be done on-premises.

Unsurprisingly, cost reduction is seen as a significant benefit of cloud-based analytics. A complex algorithm processing large volumes of data may require thousands of CPUs and days of computing time, which can be prohibitive for companies without existing in-house compute and storage resources.

With the Cloud, organizations can rapidly access the required compute and storage power on demand and only pay for what they use. Research shows that migrating analytics to the Cloud can double an organization’s return on investment (ROI).

Standardization, cited as the third most crucial driver of migrating analytics to the Cloud, is strongly linked to the first two benefits of increased agility and reduced IT costs. Also, standardization helps organizations with simplified, streamlined IT management and shortened development cycles.

The Cloud offers access to new analytics capabilities, tools, and ecosystems that can be harnessed quickly to test, pilot, and roll out new offerings. For instance, organizations can take advantage of cloud-based data integration and preparation platforms with pre-built industry models. Leverage cloud services that offer powerful graphics processing unit (GPU)-based compute resources for complex analytics and tap into a collaborative ecosystem of data analysts within a federated data environment.

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