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CyberRehab’s mission? To clean up the internet, one ASN block at a time – The Register

A new project aims to mitigate cybercrime by making it in the economic and business interests of ISPs and telcos to clean up the internet.

CyberRehab wants to prove that it can establish an IP range that hackers choose to stay away from. If miscreants try to attack, they will lose their infrastructure.

The IP range will be protected by a combination of honeypots, nagging and certification for good ISPs. It will probably include discrimination of non-certified ISPs through peering, tagging of suspected malicious traffic, making the ISPs closest to the hacker in charge of cleaning up, and a global secured segmented corporate-style network as a replacement for Tor and more.

Detection of malware will be based on firewalls, intrusion detection systems and internet provider security on the receivers’ end, and therefore will not introduce any packet inspection by ISPs (a class of technology that poses a privacy risk).

It’s a lofty aim and some knowledgable security observers are expressing scepticism about its practicality. “Cybercrime can’t and never will be eradicated, just like crime can’t and never will be eradicated,” said Brian Honan, founder and head of Ireland’s CSIRT and special advisor on internet security to Europol.

CyberRehab faces a cybercrime ecosystem that includes bulletproof hosting sites run by ISPs that ignore takedown requests.

The immediate focus of the project is Africa rather than eastern Europe, which many experts see as the locus of more malfeasance. “[The] problem in eastern Europe may be bigger, but governments may also be more involved which will make this much more complicated,” Oystein Torsas, a spokesman for the project, told El Reg. “The IP range may be established in an African IP range, because there are more available addresses and because African countries need a more aggressive approach to cybercrime than what is normally accepted in Europe.”

Countries and ISPs that don’t implement sufficient cybersecurity represent a problem not only to themselves but to others as well, backers of the project argue.

“CyberRehab is about making the sender responsible for blocking malicious traffic,” Torsas added. “The sender is in much better position to determine what’s malicious or not. Even better than to block, is to get rid of infected units, malicious servers and peering contracts with ISPs that are addicted to cybercrime.”

Fighting the problem of poor internet hygiene through cooperation and offering incentives to service providers that act as good netizens is preferable to approaches that rely on tougher regulations and new laws, according to CyberRehab.

“Legislations are useless because hackers know how to hide in one jurisdiction and attack in another,” Torsas explained. “That changes if we hold the sender responsible. Influencing peering agreements between ISPs is the best way to make the sender responsible for ensuring that criminals end in prison or get rehabilitated.”

CyberRehab is preparing an EU research project with some universities, mainly in Spain and the UK. The project is looking to encourage further industry and academic participation.

“It’s led by UPC university in Barcelona. Oxford also claims to be very interested along with 20+ other universities,” Torsas told El Reg. “When it comes telcos, it’s also hard to make things happen, but I’ve received positive feedback from Telefnica Spain, BT Spain, Euskaltel, Telstra, Telenor, Orange Poland, SwissCom and a few more. I wouldn’t call any of them signed up yet, though.”

CyberRehab is owned by a Norwegian NGO but will do business with for-profit partners in individual countries.”The first countries will hopefully generate proof of concept free of charge while those joining later will pay a much higher price,” Torsas explained.

Eventually a “hacker-free” IP address range could be curated and sold by commercial partners all over the world, or so the plan goes.

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Kaspersky Lab launched updated versions of Kaspersky Internet … – Software Testing News

Kaspersky Lab has launched updated versions of Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security to help people care for their devices as much as they care for their home members.

According to the Russian multinational cyber security and anti-virus provider, there are now more devices than people and pets in every home.

Increased connectivity has raised safety concerns, as according to Kaspersky, 39% of people leave their devices unprotected from cyber threats.

To help people care for their connected devices, the latest versions of Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security is designed to protect the household.

In its annualresearch,Kaspersky found that 63% of internet users are concerned aboutphishing emails and websites.

To address this concern, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security include anti-phishing technology to prevent users from falling victim to vulnerabilities.

Kasperskys research found 60% of people are concerned their children may have uncontrolled access to inappropriate content online and the latest version of Kaspersky Total Security allows parents to specify time limits for specific devices in the household, restrict the applications children can use and prevent access to pages with adult content, obscene language or information about drugs.

Elena Kharchenko, head of consumer product management at Kaspersky Lab, said:Our devices are affecting the way we and our families live our lives. They give us the power to connect, learn, communicate and complete essential transactions wherever we are. They enable our lives, and its therefore no surprise there are more devices than people and pets per home.

But as we know from our research, our constant connectivity brings with it natural concerns for online safety from fears about falling victim to scams, to worries about what our children are seeing online.

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Cloud-based CAE HPC Partnership Focuses on Speed and Security of Data Transfer – ENGINEERING.com

The collaboration between Rescale and Equinix provides a scalable HPC solution. (Image courtesy of Rescale)

Engineers and managers also are concerned that trade secrets, proprietary designs and other intellectual property (IP) may be exposed to outsiders, particularly when data is communicated over the public Internet. Cloud-based high-performance computing (HPC) solutions often communicate data over the Internet to provide convenient global accessibility, but this communication network can result in undesired exposure of data, private information and competitive information. While high computational capacity is needed, viable computing solutions must provide sufficient security to protect user designs, information and privacy.

The recent alliance between Rescale, an HPC environment simulation and analysis tool suites provider, and Equinix solves the security issues and significantly improves HPC capability. The platforms provided through this collaboration allow users to enhance computational capability without risking IP, privacy and security.

The Equinix platform provides access to multiple cloud computing resources through a common interface (Image courtesy of Equinix.)

This collaboration offers a holistic approach to improving performance for computationally intensive engineering simulation and analysis. Users can integrate their own equipment with the cloud computing resources or draw on them as needed. The net result is a higher performance and cost-efficient HPC solution.

For more information visit the Rescale and Equinix websites.

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China’s cybersecurity law grants government ‘unprecedented’ control over foreign tech – The Register

China’s new cybersecurity law will enable its government to discover potential security vulnerabilities of any company doing business in the country, threat intelligence firm Recorded Future warns.

The law grants the China Information Technology Evaluation Center (CNITSEC), an office in the Ministry of State Security (MSS), the power to request source code and other intellectual property of tech suppliers operating in the country. Information gleaned might easily be exploited by CNITSEC in furtherance of its intelligence operations, Recorded Future claims.

Priscilla Moriuchi, director of strategic threat development at the firm, reckons the measures place companies between a rock and a hard place. Vendors either have to give up their proprietary technology and IP, or lose out on one of the world’s biggest and most important markets.

A white paper by Recorded Future, published Thursday, looks at the law’s impact as well as offering practical advice on how firms might navigate the rules while trading in China. Recorded Future’s cautionary take follows previous criticism that the law posed compliance difficulties to foreign companies because it imposed what’s been described as onerous, vague, and broad new legal requirements.

Bill Hagestad, a former US Marine Corps lieutenant colonel turned cyber conflict author and researcher, told El Reg that China’s tough new regulations come from a mindset moulded by “haunting memories” of when the Eight-Nation Alliance invaded and attempted to colonise China in the early 1900s.

“As a result of this foreign effrontery, China lives daily with the shame of having almost been ruled by foreign devils,” Hagestad explained. “This historical basis is the foundation for the People’s Republic of China’s New Internet Security Law.

“The digital geography of the Middle Kingdom is now sacrosanct and will not be violated as was China’s geography physically during the beginning of the 19th century.”

The impact on foreign businesses has been severalfold, according to Hagestad.

“IBM has acquiesced building servers for Larkspur to serve (no pun intended) the Chinese banking industry; Apple has removed nefarious VPN applications from its app store to appease the Communist boys and girls in Beijing… ALL foreign companies must submit to data inspections, and most importantly, if there is Chinese data it can never leave the Middle Kingdom.”

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Which Altcoins to Buy This Week? (31st of August, 2017) – Live Bitcoin News

A bullish wave was evident across multiple altcoin markets last week, boosting the price of several coins by more than 20%. The price of Ethereum ETH rose by more than 20%, as it surged from around $322 to $387 at the time of writing of this update. Monero XMR price almost doubled as it rose from around 0.19 BTC to record a week high of 0.38 BTC last Monday, before dropping down to 0.03 earlier today. Lisk LSK was one of the biggest gainers during last weeks trading sessions, as it rose from 77,000 satoshis to 145,000 satoshis, scoring more than 88% increase in market capital within less than a week.

So, what are the best coins to buy for profit this week?

Litecoin continues to rise. Lets keep on the Fib retracement we plotted during last weeks update and look onto the 4 hour LTCBTC chart from Poloniex (look at the below chart). As we can note on the chart, Litecoin price has just broke through the resistance at 0.01482468 BTC, which corresponds to the 38.2% Fib retracement, so it will most probably continue rising as the next significant resistance lies around 0.01766110 BTC (23.6% Fib retracement). Continuation of the bullish wave can be confirmed by the bullish signal shown via the SMAs of the Williams Alligator. The MACD indicator is also bullish as it lies in the positive territory and the blue positive trend line is above the red negative trend line.

I recommend buying LTC now namely below 0.016 BTC and setting a sell order for the bought coins at 0.0176 BTC.

NEM price rose from around 6,000 satoshis up to 7,100 satoshis earlier today. To set up key resistance and support points, we will plot a Fib retracement between the low recorded on July 10, 2017 (4,752 satoshis) and the high recorded on August 3, 2017 (9,007 satoshis) (look at the below chart). Note that NEM price is currently testing the resistance around 7,382 satoshis (38.2% Fib retracement). If this resistance level is broken, we can see NEM rise towards the next resistance level around 8,003 satoshis. The bullish signals shown by both the Williams Alligator and MACD indicators, indicate that NEM price will likely breach this key resistance level.

I recommend buying NEM between 7,200 and 7,400 satoshis and setting a sell order for the bought coins at 8,000 or even 9,000 satoshis.

A bullish wave has been driving Lisks market during the past couple of weeks. As shown on the below 4 hour LSKBTC chart from Poloniex, we can plot a Fib retracement between the low recorded on August 17, 2017 (42,766 satoshis) and the high recorded on August 27, 2017 (182,426 satoshis). LSK is currently testing the resistance around 149,466 satoshis (23.6% Fib retracement) and it will likely break through it, especially that the MACD and Williams Alligator are bullish.

I recommend buying Lisk between 145,000 and 146,000 satoshis and setting a sell order for the bought coins at 165,000 satoshis or even 182,000 satoshis.

Charts from Poloniex, hosted on Tradingview.com

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USRA Upgrades D-Wave Quantum Computer to 2000 Qubits – insideHPC

Today the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced it has upgraded its current quantum annealing computer to a D-Wave 2000Q system. The computer offers the promise for solving challenging problems in a variety of applications including machine learning, scheduling, diagnostics, medicine and biology among others.

The newly upgraded system, which resides at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility at NASAs Ames Research Center, has 2031 quantum bits (qubits) in its working graphnearly double the number of qubits compared to the previous processor. It has several system enhancements that enable more control over the adiabatic quantum computing process allowing it to solve larger and more complex optimization problems than were previously possible.

The Quantum AI Lab, in its first four years of operation, has supported diverse research by industry, academia and government research organizations, said Dr. David Bell, Director of the USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science. This has included research on the use of quantum computing for a range of applications including machine learning, planning and scheduling, diagnostics, medicine, biology, and finance.

Scientists in the Quantum AI Lab have directly collaborated with researchers from academia and industry, and through NASA, the Quantum AI Lab serves as a resource for multiple government research organizations to test and evaluate quantum computing approaches and applications using state-of-the-art quantum computers.

Dr. Eugene Tu, Center Director at NASAs Ames Research Center stated that Scientists at NASA Ames continue to explore the potential of quantum computingand quantum annealing algorithms in particularto aid in the many challenging computational problems involved in NASA missions. He further affirmed that NASA looks forward to advancements in this technology to achieve these goals.

The D-Wave 2000Q system is the first installation in the United States. With this third generation processor up and running in the lab, USRA has also released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to use the computer. As part of USRAs management of the science operations for the Quantum AI Lab, USRA is able to allocate 20% of the computing time free of cost to university and industrial research organizations. Details of this research opportunity are available online.

Google has a team of experimentalists and theorists focused on making practical quantum computing a reality, said Sergio Boixo, Tech Lead of the Quantum AI Theory Group at Google. Quantum annealers are one of the platforms that we are investigating, and we are cautiously optimistic that phenomena in quantum physics, such as many-body delocalization, will unlock the potential of quantum enhanced optimization.

Through these collaborative efforts, the Quantum AI Lab team is continuing to explore ways that quantum annealing computers might significantly improve the capability for organizations to find high quality solutions for a range of complex optimization problems, and to enhance the performance of machine learning systems. The objective is to identify the best approaches for achieving significant speed up as compared to the capabilities of the best known algorithms that run on classical computers.

The collaboration between NASA and USRA builds on a thirty-year history of collaboration between the USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) and the NASA Ames Research Center, which started with a focus on supercomputing and artificial intelligence, and has extended that focus to include the intersection of quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Founded in 1969, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. Government, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered to advance space-related science, technology and engineering.

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Quantum encrypted box hints at unhackable communication – Wired.co.uk

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Quantum-encrypted communication and quantum computing promise to be safer and more secure ways of communicating, but a variety of challenges are keeping these goals from being achieved.

But new research has taken us an inch closer to the goal.

Quantum communication involves the sharing of quantum information over long distances. But in order to crack this, first the concept of quantum memory needs to be addressed.

Quantum memory means an interaction between light and matter that allows quantum information, stored in light, to be retrieved in a similar way to the memory in a classical computer.

Previous attempts at building a quantum memory storage system have been too big to be of use at the scale needed, the size of a computer chip.

Now researchers in China and the US have come up with quantum storage box, small enough to be used on a chip. The device is a nano-sized cavity, around one thousandth of a millimetre, filled with the element neodymium inside a crystal structure. The paper is published in the journal Science.

The photons are stored in an ensemble of rare-earth neodymium atoms, says Andrei Faraon, from the California Institute of Technology, and co-author on the paper.

Inside, the atoms are trapped in a crystal called yttrium orthovanadate (YVO4). The ensemble is small, and by itself would not be able to absorb the photons, says Faraon. This is why we make an optical cavity, or resonator, in the YVO crystal, that enhances the interaction between the atoms and the light, so the absorption of photons by the atoms becomes efficient.

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To store the photons, the cavity is prepared in a special way using a sequence of laser pulses. This preparation means that after the photons are absorbed they are automatically re-emitted after a certain short amount of time, or 75 nanoseconds to be precise. To implement a quantum memory using this device, we store photons that are shaped as two pulses, early and late pulse, says Faraon.

Quantum mechanically the photon exist in a superposition of early and late. This means they exist as a combination of the two phases at the same time. After the pulses are retrieved, it closely resembles the stored pulses, meaning the memory works.

Faraon hopes this new device, which is much smaller than anything made previously, will help us to crack quantum communication. In the future it could be used to transfer information at the quantum level at long distances via optical fibres, Faraon says. A quantum memory is essential in most schemes to transfer quantum information at long distances.

Quantum-encrypted communication would be much more secure than the mathematical algorithms used currently. This is because of the properties of quantum mechanics called Heisenbergs uncertainty principle.

Currently, information can be encrypted with techniques based on mathematical algorithms. It is difficult to figure out the exact algorithm used to encrypt a piece of data, making the approach largely safe for now.

However, experts anticipate computers powerful enough to crack the codes will surface in the next 10 to 20 years. This development would mean current encryption methods would be redundant as they could easily be broken.

Last year, researchers at Chatham House’s International Security Department said satellites and other space communications technology are at significant risk from hackers and cyber attacks.

But there is a potential solution and this is where quantum mechanics comes into it. Heisenbergs uncertainty principle means the act of observing a particle creates certain changes in its behaviour.

Specifically, it means we cannot know both the momentum and position of a particle to the same degree of certainty at once. Quantum encryption uses this to create encoded data in the form of light that, if intercepted, will change its behaviour. This can alert the people communicating that the security key is not safe to use.

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Quantum Computer Programming: What You Need to Learn to Get … – TrendinTech

Quantum computers, at long last, finally seem to be coming into their own with the promise of being far superior from its competition by years end. But this leads to one big problem, very few people actually know how to work them, let alone program them. So what is quantum programming anyhow? Quantum programming is a set of programming languages that express quantum algorithms using high-level constructs. It is through these complex algorithms, that conventional computers arent capable of handling, that set apart quantum computers from the rest. A normal computer is based on bits, which are variables that just have two possible values (0 or 1/true or false), where as quantum computers are also based on these two variables, but where it differs is that they are also based on qubits. These qubits mean that between these two variables there can exist many other variables which we call superposition states.

These states can be summed up as values that exist part way between. After Google unveiled a new quantum chip design, the bold claim of quantum computers achieving quantum supremacy was born. This phrase, summed up, means to perform tasks and calculations that are physically impossible for a normal computer to achieve. There is a lot of conventional belief that quantum programming is a drastically complex process, that very few scientists are able to understand. But with companies such as IBM and Google already having created quantum devices, the time to start looking into quantum programming as a mainstream action is now.

So where to begin looking if you are interested or curious about learning quantum programming? Well for starters it may be relieving to learn that you do not need a quantum computer in order to begin learning quantum programming. Simple quantum programs can easily be simulated on a normal computer. QISKit offers developers a way to explore IBMs Quantum Experience. It uses a Python interface which enables a user to experiment with and work with quantum circuits.

One of the main reasons that are stopping the growth of quantum programmers is the lack of accessibility to quantum computers. Where as you can start on a normal computer with APIs offered through different sites, quantum computers are likely to behave quite different than normal computers. This is a problem facing quantum programming since until there are tangible incentives for someone to learn the skill and until the software to run it is more widely available, it is hard to convince programmers to invest time and their skills into learning quantum programming especially since, unlike other programming languages, a knowledge in quantum programming doesnt necessarily transfer over to other programming languages where most programming languages have significant overlap amongst each other.

Also, with all these advancements and leading edge technologies that exist within quantum programming, its not a surprising fact that programming a quantum computer is much harder than that of conventional computers. To start, building a quantum algorithm is far more complex than what most programmers are used to seeing, which means an understanding of quantum physics, which is what will give qubits their properties, is recommended. While it is not a requirement to have a degree in the field, a basic understanding will definitely help since it is a far departure from that of normal computer programming.

These are some of the problems that the companies building these machines have recognized, which is why we have recently started seeing services offered where anyone can go and start using quantum computing through APIs and other programs. Also, these companies are really investing a lot of effort into making the programming framework in a way that will allow programmers to use them efficiently. Where as, just like any new technology, there are risks involved into dedicating time and effort into learning quantum programming, the potential pay off in being on the cutting edge in the next major evolution of programming offers huge incentives. Even if quantum computers only perform at a marginally faster speed than a normal computer, it will be enough of an incentive for most companies and users to switch to quantum computing in the future. Though if early indications are reliable, quantum computing should far surpass that of its predecessors. The opportunity to learn quantum programming now, and get a head start on other programmers, is not only a great opportunity but the tools necessary to help you get started are already readily available to you.

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3 No-Brainer Stocks to Buy in Cloud Computing – Motley Fool

The global cloud services market is expected to grow from 18% annually to $246.8 billion this year, according toGartner’s latest estimates. Wikibon expects enterprise cloud spending to grow at a compound annual growth run rate of 16% between 2016 and 2026.

Those figures make the cloud computing market a lucrative one for tech investors, but it’s tough to narrow down the best buys in the industry. Today, I’ll focus on three “no brainer” stocks in that market, which will benefit from the growth of the cloud computing market over the next few years.

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Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is the 800-pound gorilla of cloud computing, since its AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform is the biggest cloud infrastructure service in the world. AWS stores data and hosts content for companies, and its tools enable developers to create and run cloud-based apps. It added over 400 new tools to AWS in the last quarter alone.

During thatquarter, AWS’ revenue rose 42% annually to $4.1 billion and accounted for 11% of Amazon’s top line. That gives the segment a run rate of $14.5 billion over the past four quarters. Wikibon expects AWS to generate $43 billion in annual revenues by fiscal 2022 — which would account for 8.2% of all cloud spending worldwide.

AWS’ operating profit rose 28% to $916 million last quarter, compared to just $628 million in operating income for the entire company. Therefore, the growth of the higher-margin AWS unit easily offsets bottom line declines at its North American and International marketplace businesses — which are using low-margin and loss-leading strategies to lock in customers. That virtuous cycle enables Amazon to continue dominating both the cloud computing and e-commerce markets.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) rules the software-as-a-service market with consumer-facing products like Office 365, Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management), and Skype. Its cloud platform, Azure, is the second largest cloud infrastructure platform in the world after AWS. Microsoft reported that all these services generated a “commercial cloud” annualized run rate of$18.9 billion last quarter.

That puts Microsoft on track to exceed CEO Satya Nadella’s goal of hitting $20 billion in annual cloud revenues by the end of fiscal 2018. That figure would represent nearly a fifth of its projected revenue for the year, and reduce its overall dependence on traditional Windows licenses.

Microsoft missed the shift toward mobile operating systems, and itrecently killed off Windows Phone. But it’s clawing its way back in the mobile market with mobile versions of its flagship apps (Office, Outlook, OneDrive, and OneNote) for iOS and Android. By tethering its cloud-based ecosystem to those two operating systems, Microsoft can remain relevant in the “mobile-first, cloud-first” market which Nadella highlighted in hisfirst email to Microsoft employees.

Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) is thelargest provider of cloud-based CRM services in the world. These services help companies retain and organize relationships with customers. Salesforce controlled 18.1% of that market in 2016, according to IDC, while its closest rivals — Oracle and SAP– respectively controlled just 9.4% and 7.2%.

Salesforce is still firing on all cylinders. Its revenue rose 26% to $8.39 billion last year, and analysts anticipate 24% growth this year. Its non-GAAP earnings also jumped 35% last year, and Wall Street expects 30% growth this year. However, the bears often note that Salesforce isn’t consistently profitable on a GAAP basis. They also point out that Microsoft’s Dynamics is gaining ground in the CRM market with the support of Outlook, Skype, Azure, LinkedIn, and other applications.

Nonetheless, Salesforce remains the go-to vendor for CRM solutions, and new features like Einstein — which uses AI to crunch customer data into business predictions — should further widen its moat against the competition.

Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce are all smart ways to invest in the growing cloud computing market, but investors shouldn’t ignore the risks. Amazon and Salesforce’s valuations are high relative to their peers, so a market downturn could sink both stocks. Microsoft’s cloud growth is impressive, but those investments are also weighing down its bottom line growth.Investors should weigh these risks against the potential rewards to see if these cloud-oriented stocks are right for their portfolios.

Teresa Kersten is an employee of LinkedIn and is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft. Leo Sun owns shares of Amazon. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon and Gartner. The Motley Fool owns shares of Oracle. The Motley Fool recommends Salesforce.com. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Telecom ponders future amid surging cloud computing popularity – TechTarget (blog)

With cloud computing popularity on the ascent, Ben Chen has to think big. Chen is president of business development at a U.S. branch of China Unicom, a state-owned telecom and the second-largest wireless carrier in the worlds most populous country. I spoke to him at the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego earlier this month.

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Based in San Jose, Calif., Chens division helps U.S. companies moving to China get set up with telecommunications, connecting their facilities abroad with stateside headquarters. And it does the same for Chinese companies building outposts in the U.S.

With the steep and rapid increase in the number of cloud adopters, especially in the U.S., Chen wonders, how relevant will a traditional telecom remain to customers?

Maybe they will rely on more cloud services, because they have all their content on the cloud, and the cloud can be synchronized, so maybe they wont need real connectivity between China and their headquarters anymore, Chen said. So we have to think about what role we are going to play.

In China, China Unicom offers mobile and traditional voice and data services very similar to AT&T, Chen said. China Unicom, though, offers public cloud services, unlike AT&T and other U.S. telecoms, which have left the cloud market because they couldnt compete with the likes of Amazon and Microsoft.

But China Unicom also cant compete with the research-and-development power of providers like Alibaba Cloud, which are pouring money into innovative new technology and features, Chen said. Instead, it needs to find another way to take advantage of the current mass migration to the cloud.

China Unicoms big differentiator is its vast mobile infrastructure, supporting approximately 300 million mobile customers, Chen said. Many users of mobile devices in China have no landline telephones just handsets packed with mobile apps and reliant on connections to the internet and public cloud providers. Such a network can be leveraged in the face of accelerating cloud computing popularity, he said.

That can play a more important role, working with the cloud providers and the users, Chen said. This is our value now rather than the traditional phone service and the other services. We should leverage our value to create more value thorough mobile.

The internet of things (IoT) presents another market for growth, Chen said. China Unicom is working with technology vendors on smart homes, myriad smart devices, machines and vehicles; for example, it partnered with Cisco IoT division Jasper on a service to help automakers build connected cars.

Big data is a third area, Chen said. By collecting information on how its hundreds of millions of mobile customers use their devices, China Unicom can determine where service is concentrated and can put in a new cell tower, for example.

Of course, cloud adoption, especially in China, which lags a few years behind the U.S. in taking on new technology, Chen said, isnt 100%. So carriers like China Unicom that do traditional connecting with dedicated circuits arent feeling the heat of rising cloud computing popularity.

Maybe we have a few years. [Companies are] in migration not everyone has moved to cloud yet, Chen said. But we have to be ready.

To learn about what IT professionals at Gartner Catalyst said about cloud strategies at their organizations, read this SearchCIO report.

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