Game Of Clones: The War Over Your Compute Cycles

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” ―Cersei LannisterIf you are in the IT infrastructure game, it feels like the old alliances have fallen apart, while the forces of virtualization and cloud have breached all the great walls. It’s the tech industry version of a global war, one rooted both in reality and fantasy.The “Iron Throne” of the computing industry is the compute cycle, the amount of time and resource used across servers, networking and storage for an application to complete a task. For the vendor world, there is a pitched battle for all the software, services, and miscellaneous technologies that go with it.What’s different this time around: All the large entrants’ armies are marching up and down the computing stack (e.g., servers, storage and networking), as startups have initiated guerilla actions aimed at staking out a larger territory. The downfall of client-server computing is the technology industry’s version of the murders of Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark and the chaotic war in which many viewers—er, customers—are now immersed.Just change the great brands HP, IBM, Dell, Cisco, Oracle, EMC/VMware, Intel, and Microsoft for the great houses of Lannister, Stark, Tagaryen, Tyrell, Baratheon, etc., and all you need is a weekly mini-series.Slay The Masters, Strike The Slaves’ ChainsThis is a game of clones war, however. The magical weapon category owners now use against the other is their version of the Unsullied, a commodity proxy army of their enemy’s hardware or software. Effectively, that is, an army of clones.We saw this first in the server industry in the 1990s, where the x86 server market took off, allowing generic boxes based on PC technology to stomp all over RISC minicomputers. Things didn’t get really interesting until the early 2000s when the magic of server virtualization—led by a new dragon called VMware—leveled the server playing field and decimated the great houses of Sun, DEC, SGI and many others.“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me!” —Daenerys TargaryenThis is not to say the current computing powerhouses are sulking in their castles.  Most have hot actions as well as furtive plans to either shore up their existing territory or claim the market share of others through acquisitions or headlong jumps into open source movements. These strategies fall into three broad camps:White box hardware models driven by proprietary softwareProprietary hardware and software that compete on performanceOpen software models (e.g., OpenCompute/Facebook, OpenStack, OpenFlow) across a range of hardware modelsThis is an epic free-for-all where all the major players are involved in one way or another. Each week, a new episode of intrigue and border crossing looms as the giants vie for position.Revenge Of The Smallfolk“Surely there must be ways of having me killed that would be less detrimental to the war effort!” —Tyrion LannisterUnlike businesses in the client-server revolution, IT buyers in this epic—the traditional smallfolk, if you will—have a range of compute-cycle options that extend well beyond the traditional great houses. To whit, they can:Embrace the open model like Facebook and Google and join the bare metal ecosystem—i.e., buy hardware directly from the original manufacturer and tie it together with open-source software such as the Linux network OS offered by Cumulus NetworksBuy it all as a single plug-and-play hyperconvergence package from vendors like Nutanix or Scale ComputingRent it from the cloud (Amazon)Rent pieces like storage and file sharing/collaboration from fast-rising upstarts such as BoxSkip the infrastructure and just rent the application (Workday)While little is certain in the new world of computing, one thing is certain. Any forced wedding between customers and vendors is likely to be, well, bloody.Lead image via screen capture at HBO.com IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alan s cohencenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#Open Source#Virtualization last_img read more


Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) Replace Real Estate Agents?

first_imgWe live in an era of burgeoning artificial intelligence (AI). We use digital assistants to perform online searches and handle scheduling, chatbots for customer service, and in the near future, we may even rely on AI for more personal interactions, like therapy.So could AI-backed robots and algorithms one day be able to replace real estate agents?A Future With AI Real Estate AgentsThere are certainly some strong points in favor of AI in this application. Already, human agents are working with AI to help uncover better deals, negotiate more appropriate price points, and even curate a better selection of properties for buyers.AI would have a number of advantages over real estate agents:Data processing. Machine learning algorithms are far better at processing vast amounts of data than their human counterparts. Real estate agents often need years, if not decades of experience buying or selling thousands of homes before they get a feel for what’s normal in the industry. But an algorithm could feasibly look at sale prices, home values, and variables from decades of transactions to gain that experience in a matter of days. On top of that, AI bots can use data from customer preferences to make custom property showcases, fine-tuned on an individual level.Cost efficiency. There’s a reason automation is replacing so many human jobs: it’s cheaper. Coming up with the machine learning algorithms capable of crunching thousands of data points isn’t fast or easy, but because it can be managed cheaply and scaled indefinitely, it has the potential to be far more cost-efficient than a human agent. Given the option, most home sellers would rather pay a smaller commission to a machine—so long as it means selling the house for as much as possible, as quickly as possible.Objectivity. AI algorithms also have the advantage of being objective decision makers. When a machine tells you a property is a good deal, it’s because it has calculated that answer based on all the data that’s available to it. When a human real estate agent tells you it’s a good deal, it may be because of their intuition, or because they have a vested interest in getting the property sold.The ObstaclesHowever, there’s no guarantee that AI could fully replace human agents. There are still several obstacles to overcome:Property preparation. For the foreseeable future, homebuyers will want to personally tour their properties before making the purchase, and that means someone will have to step in to make sure their first impression is a good one. Robots may be able to make suggestions, but it takes a human body to do the work—and real estate agents will be able to sort out those recommendations, combined with their own experience, to create an atmosphere that welcomes and impresses potential homebuyers.Intuition and personalized negotiation. In the previous section, we credited AI systems with having more objectivity, relying less on intuition than on data. While that can be a source of strength, it also undermines the power that intuition can have in the process of negotiation—especially when negotiating a deal between two human parties. Human real estate agents are, for the time being, better at reading the emotions and subtle cues of other human beings, and can use that information to make more intelligent offers—and therefore, close deals faster and more efficiently.The personal experience. For many prospective homebuyers, the homebuying process is a personal and emotional one. They want to share the excitement of touring new homes and negotiating a deal with someone who understands what they’re feeling, and can have a real conversation with them. Humans simply offer a better personal experience than machine learning algorithms can, and that makes human agents difficult to replace.So can AI one day replace human real estate agents? In some ways, it already can, but it still has a long way to go before it wipes out the profession entirely. Instead, we’ll probably see increased rates of real estate agents working with AI, side by side, to help real estate buyers and sellers negotiate the complex world of real estate. Frank Landman Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagecenter_img Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more


Grizzlies coach Bickerstaff gets $25,000 fine from NBA

first_imgBickerstaff was ejected with 7:41 remaining in the Grizzlies’ 92-88 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Clippers handle Griffin, Pistons AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Memphis Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff calls to players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)NEW YORK — Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate comments toward a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after an ejection.The NBA announced the fine on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more


We are looking to rip through India’s top-order: Gul

first_imgSpeedster Umar Gul on Monday upped the ante ahead of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal clash, saying that his side has the edge in bowling attack and would look to rip through the home side’s much vaunted top order to stop them on their tracks.He said Wednesday’s match would be the battle between India’s batting and Pakistan’s bowling and his side are primed to end the four-match losing streak against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.”Their (India’s) batting line-up is very strong but our bowling is very good and equally up to the task. (Skipper Shahid) Afridi is the leading wicket-taker. We have a bit of an advantage with our bowling but I am happy with the way the batsmen played in the quarterfinal,” Gul told reporters after his team’s two-hour practice session.”The first three wickets (of India) are very crucial for us. They (India) are depending on the top-three. I am in good form and am looking for these three wickets,” said Gul, who has taken 14 wickets so far in the tournament, when asked about the plans of his team to tackle the explosive duo of Tendulkar and Sehwag.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had said that from the perspective of cricket fans, the India-Pakistan match is bigger than the final and Gul agreed with it.”What he (Dhoni) said must have been not from his side but from the expectations of Indian people. From a player’s perspective, no one would say this is bigger than the final. Our people also feel that we must beat India in each match. So from that perspective, it is a final for us too and we hope we can play well and beat India,” Gul said.advertisement”Whether it is a knockout match or a league match, any match against India is a big match always, a high-pressure match. The last time we played here, we chased 327 but it depends on how the wicket behaves. The average good score here will be 270-280,” he said.Pakistan have never won against India in a World Cup tie though they have beaten them at Mohali on previous two occasions, and Gul said history will have no bearing in tomorrow’s match and his side would be looking to end the jinx.”Hopefully, we will play good cricket and try and do what we have not done till now. Semifinal is a big match, big opportunity because both bowlers and batsmen are in good form.So we are hoping for the best,” Gul said.”The team morale is very high. I am hopeful the batting will also click and if we get a similar start like in the quarterfinals, I am sure we will do well,” he saidlast_img read more