Microsoft Eyes on $20 Billion Target for Cloud Computing by 2017

Consistent growth in Azure cloud sale has made the Microsoft team more ambitious to hit $20 mark by 2017.

MS  The ecstatic feeling with the exciting commercial results of Microsoft cloud services during the first two quarters of the current fiscal year has made the company more ambitious and firm in setting high business targets for the future.

The company is eyeing on a whopping $20 billion of revenue from its cloud services by the end of the year 2017. The company announced its commercial results that show a substantial increase in the cloud services during the past quarter. It is a consistent phenomenon during past many quarters that Microsoft is recording a higher growth in the revenue of its cloud based offering.

Microsoft Azure is the one of the fastest growing platforms that is noticing sustainable growth in its customer base on a regular basis. The company has noticed more than 200% growth in its cloud revenue.

The CEO of the company, Mr. Satya Nadella, who is also a strong supporter of cloud computing business as the main driver of the company in the future time, said, “Azure cloud computing service registered more than 200 percent increase in sales in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015”. The financial results of the cloud business clearly show the growth in the revenue. The present revenue of the Microsoft Azure based cloud services stands at about $6.7 billion in the second quarter of this year.

These latest commercial results left a good impression on the stock prices of the company shares, which rose over 15% in just one day time.

While talking about the Microsoft Azure based cloud business in China and European regions, the CEO of the company further said, “the success of the Azure platform can be attributed to its ability to run a variety of different applications on both public cloud and a corporate data center. The success of the Azure platform can be attributed to its ability to run a variety of different applications on both public cloud and a corporate data center”.

Many experts in the domain of IT business believe that Microsoft Azure is posing itself as the most powerful contender for the top position in the cloud business in the future. It is expanding its global cloud footprints and business prospects to challenge the AWS, the cloud market leader at present.

Power Demand Decreases Substantially in Cloud Environment, US Government Says

The power demand is anticipated to stand at a flat rate by 2020 due to the anticipated ‘hyperscale data center’ implementation.

cloud computing and electric  Lawrence Berkely National Labs, a reputed research institute of the US department of Energy, conducted a nationwide survey regarding the status of the demand for electric power in the domain of cloud computing industry. The survey found amazing trends pertaining to the power demand in the survey.

According to the survey, a substantial decrease in the demand of electric power has been noticed during the past six years. The current consumption of electric power across the industry in 2014 stood at about 70 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). This power was consumed in maintaining all types of cloud infrastructure, like servers, air conditioning systems, heaters, storage equipment, networking and other devices along with the lighting and other systems associated with the security and safety measures.

The study compares the electricity demand during 2005 to 2010 with the existing one. The demand for power during 2005-10 was quite high. The increase in the rate of demand during that period of time was recorded at about 24% per annum. The main reason for that high growth in demand was due to low adoption of cloud computing data centers.

With the increase in the adoption of the cloud based data centers in the industry, the demand decreased to just a single digit. The study forecasts that the demand for electric power is going to stand at about 4% during 2014 to 2020. It is also anticipated that the demand at the end of 2020 will become static in the cloud computing industry. The concept of hyperscale data center is being considered as the major driver behind this huge decline in the power demand. With the implementation of hyperscale data centers based on cloud computing will provide more energy efficiency for the companies across the USA.

Meanwhile, the study revealed that the current rate of increase in the server shipment stands at about 3% in 2015, which is driving the growth of the power at almost the same level.

This is important to note that a hyperscale data center is the one that has 400,000 square feet or above covered area with huge scale cloud integration. The new concept of data centers will prove to be very beneficial for both the companies as well as the government bodies to decrease the energy cost and reduce the carbon footprints.

IBM Launches Quantum Computing Service for Cloud Users

The Quantum Experience that is quantum computing platform of IBM is available now to the general public through the cloud platform of the company to access and run experiment on it.

IBM  IBM announces the launch of IBM Quantum Experience a platform that will be delivered to any desktop and mobile device. It will drive IBM’s hard work to redefine its view in the business. The company trusts that quantum computing is the future of computing and has the possibilities to resolve certain troubles that are not possible to resolve on today’s supercomputers.

Qubits are a quantum bit, the fundamental unit of quantum computing, different from classical computing. Qubits can be zero or one or both. The chance for superposition, being both a one and a zero, means that quantum computers can execute some workloads significantly more rapidly than classical computers.

“Quantum computers are very different from today’s computers, not only in what they look like and are made of, but more importantly in what they can do. Quantum computing is becoming a reality and it will extend the computation far beyond what is imaginable with today’s computers,” said Arvind Krishna, SVP at IBM Research. “This moment represents the birth of quantum cloud computing.”

IBM is permitting concerned clients to access a 5 qubit quantum computer, it’s called IBM Quantum Experience. The real hardware is in the IBM Research Lab in New York State. IBM is given a programming interface and the capability to run trial programs on a real quantum computer. IBM has produced its own quantum chip running at 5 qubits.  It is estimated that it could take a machine running between 50 and 100 qubits to surpass the potentials of today’s fastest supercomputers.

“By giving hands-on access to IBM’s experimental quantum systems, the IBM Quantum Experience will make it easier for researchers and the scientific community to accelerate innovations in the quantum field, and help discover new applications for this technology.”

IBM’s step to present the service is attractive because it permits common people to try out infrastructure that has usually been limited to highly confined research labs. Though researchers expand more powerful quantum computers, IBM wishes to know which applications and algorithms will be significant and useful to businesses, using what’s accessible now. IBM planned an arrangement system that allows tests run in sequence. After a job is executed, the service sends out the outcome of the trial in an email.