CES 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas, US, celebrating 50 years of one of the biggest tech trade shows on Earth.
CES 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas, US, celebrating 50 years of one of the biggest tech trade shows on Earth. Source: CES
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By João Marques Lima Published: 20:16, 5 January, 2017 Updated: 20:16, 5 January, 2017
By João Marques Lima Published: 18:30, 8 January, 2017 Updated: 18:41, 8 January, 2017
In what will be a massive shift in the data centre, humans are about to be ditched from what was before perceived as a glorified server room.
The exponential growth of data across all industries and the increasing dependence on data and real-time analytics requires faster procedures, which only machines can execute.
Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich has captured that and is driving the company towards a more data centre focused world, where everything relies on the data centre.
Speaking to CNBC during CES 2017 in Las Vegas, US, Krzanich looked at the data centre as the core of the digital age, and where Intel could see future growth built on data.
He said: “It is all about data. The thing that is explosive whether its virtual reality, or autonomous driving, is the massive amount of data.
“I always talk about that the data centres of today are build on humans, but the data centre of tomorrow will be built on the machines.
“[For example,] autonomous cars will put out something like 4,000 times the amount of data the average human does in a day. Virtual reality headsets about 2,000 times. So, it is the data centre that really powers the Intel of the future.”
According to Intel, a single autonomous vehicle could produce as much as 1.46 PB of data per year based on 4,000 GB per day every day.
The new car assets such as radar systems, cameras, sonar, GPS, lidar systems and other sensors will be responsible for turning the car into a data production machine which will require more data centre power all over the world.
CEO Krzanich also commented on the recent news which unveiled company plans that could see up to 12,000 of its staff, or 11% of its workforce, worldwide lose their job.
He said: “There was a portion of this that was about reduction and a portion that was about re-structuring how our workforce looked as we moved from a PC-focused company to focused on data centres, IoT and things like virtual reality and so there was absolutely some hiring involved in that too.”
By João Marques Lima Published: 15:04, 6 January, 2017 Updated: 15:04, 6 January, 2017
The connected car revolution is happening with most car manufacturers and large technology companies involved in the development of technologies which will lead to the next generation of vehicles.
Microsoft, the giant that gave us the most used OS of all time, has always said it would not get into the manufacturing of cars like rivals such as Apple and Google have done.
However, the company believes it can leave a mark in the automotive history by building the platforms and services that go with modern cars.
With that in mind, Microsoft unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, US, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, built on the Azure cloud and aimed at car manufacturers.
— Peggy Johnson (@PeggyJ) January 6, 2017
Set to be released as a public preview later this year, the platform will take Microsoft’s services from across the company right into the car, including virtual assistants, business applications, office services and productivity tools like AI personal assistant Cortana, Dynamics, Office 365, Power BI and Skype for Business.
Peggy Johnson, EVP for business development at Microsoft, said the platform has been designed to empower auto manufacturers to create custom connected driving experiences.
“This is not an in-car operating system or a “finished product;” it is a living, agile platform that starts with the cloud as the foundation and aims to address five core scenarios that our partners have told us are key priorities: predictive maintenance, improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation, customer insights and help building autonomous driving capabilities,” she said.
Microsoft’s Azure cloud will be used as a data portal which will leverage “huge volumes of sensor and usage data from connected vehicles”.
Vehicle manufacturers will then be able to use the cloud’s capabilities to analyse that data and apply it in a way that will benefit drive the technology forward.
Johnson said: “Today, the car is more than just a ride between two places — it is a hub of activity for daily life. People are looking to have truly connected experiences in their cars so that they can get more done, save time and make life easier.”
Nissan first to sign up
Following the unveiling of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn took to the stage at CES to announce that the car maker will use the service, making it the first auto manufacturer to publicly announce such.
Ghosn said the Renault-Nissan Alliance is continuing its partnership with Microsoft to build the next generation of connected car technologies.
His keynote included a demonstration of how Microsoft’s personal AI assistant technology Cortana can make driving more efficient and seamless.
Ghosn said: “We invite others to join us, as well, from tech partners to e-commerce companies, ride-hailing and car-sharing platforms, and social entrepreneurs who can help us to test and develop new vehicles and services, and make sure everyone has access to the latest technologies and services that bring value to their lives.”
Cars take centre stage at CES
As the car becomes more of a device, the 50th edition of the CES has seen a growth in the number of car-related exhibitions, keynotes and announcements.
Adding to Microsoft’s release, also Mobileye, BMW and Intel made announcements regarding the next generation of driving.
The three organisations announced that BMW’s 7 series will have self-driving capabilities and the series will launch as soon as H2 2017.
Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development, said: “This year our fleet of vehicles will already test this joint technology globally under real traffic conditions.
“This is a significant step towards the introduction of the BMW iNEXT in 2021, which will be the BMW Group’s first fully autonomous vehicle.”
According to PWC, connected car revenues are predicted to sky rocket to more than $155bn by 2022, up from $45bn in 2016.
By João Marques Lima Published: 16:53, 5 January, 2017 Updated: 20:17, 5 January, 2017
A data centre with the highest certification in the market today has been launched by operator Dataplanet N.V. at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
The company introduced Blue NAP Americas, a 60,000 sqf building with 50,000 sqf od hosting space and an extra 10,000 sqf for future expansion.
The data centre sitting in Curacao, equipped with dual independent fully redundant 5 MW power plants, has been designed to meet growing demand for network connectivity in Latin, Central, North America and the Caribbean markets.
According to Dataplanet N.V., the facility will help boost connectivity in the pan-Caribbean region as a network access point and provide physical colocation, private cloud services, business continuity and managed services.
By being built in Curacao, part of the Netherlands, legislation regarding data will be the same used in the European country.
In addition, the data centre sits in a e-commerce free fiscal zone with 2% profit tax, and no customs tax once a client’s IT equipment has been imported to Blue NAP Americas.
With less than 160,000 inhabitants and 444 sq km, the island of Curacao is situated in a hurricane region, however, the company claims the building has been built to withstand hurricanes of up to category five, which covers the strongest possible natural phenomenon which can register wind speeds of 252 Km/ or more (157 mph).
The data centre will be using VCE’s Vblock infrastructure with further technology from partners such as EMC, VMware, Cisco, Schneider Electric and Intel.
Paul De Geus, CEO of Dataplanet N.V., said: “At Blue NAP Americas, not only do we provide you with a secure, reliable, carrier-neutral facility with state of the art technology, we also cultivate an ecosystem of collaboration with our clients.
“Blue NAP Americas is more than just a data centre, it is a place to exchange great ideas that create a better, more connected world.”
As for CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual event takes place in Las Vegas, US, between January 5 and 7. Nearly 200,000 are expected to attend what is one of the largest technology trade shows around.