Large technology corporations are some of the biggest energy users on the planet.Huge data centers and massive buildings are usually very costly to maintain and power, but Amazon is now boarding the green energy train.They have announced plans to install rooftop solar systems on at least 50 of their fulfillment centers across North America.By the end of 2017, they expect to generate up to 41 megawatts of solar energy.Amazon already has wind and solar farms in Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia that help power AWS data centers.The new installations will generate more than ten times the power of those current projects though.
on Tuesday, hit Amazon's storage service S3 to a technical error in one of its u.s. data centers.According to the platform Catchpoint lasted the disturbance in three hours and 39 minutes on Tuesday, something that had effects on a range of sites and applications that rely on the service.– the S3 is that the air in the cloud, if it is lost, there are many web pages that can't breathe, " says Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti to IDG News.But the errors and disturbances are a part of life in the cloud.Bartoletti says that there are no reasons to panic. " this is no trend.
on Tuesday, hit Amazon's storage service S3 to a technical error in one of its u.s. data centers.According to the platform Catchpoint lasted the disturbance in three hours and 39 minutes on Tuesday, something that had effects on a range of sites and applications that rely on the service.– the S3 is that the air in the cloud, if it is lost, there are many web pages that can't breathe, " says Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti to IDG News.But the errors and disturbances are a part of life in the cloud.Bartoletti says that there are no reasons to panic. " this is no trend.
ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 3, 2017– PierianDx announced today that six leading healthcare systems and academic medical centers have chosen its leading “One Space” genomics software solution, CGW, to streamline clinical lab workflow, analysis, interpretation and reporting.More than 40 members of the PierianDx Partner Sharing Network utilize the shared constitutional and somatic genomic data within CGW to target patient-specific diagnosis and treatments for cancers and hereditary diseases.PierianDx’s new customers include: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Florida Hospital, Georgia Esoteric & Molecular Laboratory at Augusta University, Northshore University HealthSystem, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).“We are excited that so many leaders in precision medicine have chosen our unified workspace solution,” said PierianDx CEO Ted Briscoe.“Health systems and medical centers are quickly recognizing that they need a single, integrated workspace to address the accelerated NGS testing needs of their physicians and patients.” Every new PierianDx customer becomes part of a larger network that shares clinical interpretations across patient cases and patient populations, which feeds a knowledgebase comprised of millions of biomedical findings.The network has also evolved to share best practices for accelerating next generation sequencing (NGS) testing within their organizations.
“Depending on the specific project, time of year, and other factors, a solar installation could generate as much as 80 percent of a single fulfillment facility’s annual energy needs,” Amazon wrote in a press release.That energy will provide electricity for everything from keeping the lights on to powering Amazon Robotics at fulfillment centers.
AMD today released its highly anticipated Ryzen desktop processors aimed squarely at high performance computing needs — as well as at Intel.Its Ryzen 7 devices will go head to head with Intel’s Core i7, and its newly announced Ryzen 5 will go head to head with Intel’s Core i5.AMD has been behind almost across the board in processor design over the past few years.Can Ryzen really propel it back into a viable competitive position with Intel?AMD has had a difficult struggle over the past several years as it tried to find its footing in a highly competitive market.Its GPUs also suffered due to a resurgent Nvidia, who not only extended a lead in graphics but refocused its efforts in multiprocessing extensions targeted at AI and ML (e.g.., in autonomous vehicles, drones, etc.).AMD’s dabbling in ARM, including in ARM-based servers that were supposed to threaten Intel’s dominance in cloud-centric data centers but never really materialized, has not produced any dramatic improvements in AMD’s business. Inc. on Thursday blamed human error for an outage at its cloud-services unit that caused widespread disruption to internet traffic across the U.S. earlier this week.In a post on its website, Amazon said the outage started with a typo at Amazon’s northern Virginia data centers Tuesday.An employee trying to speed up the company’s S3 cloud-storage billing system tried to take a few servers offline.
Aldous Huxley claimed that “most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” While Huxley wasn’t writing about voice-assisted devices, his understanding of our propensity to cheerlead new technology without fully acknowledging what we sacrifice perfectly captures the new world of voice interfaces ushered in by Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.Huxley’s Brave New World centers on the trade-off between individual liberty and societal stability.Scientific advancement is valued in a world fueled by willful ignorance and collective complacency about what’s being left behind.Although published in the early 1930s, his book raises questions that are still important.Considering the evolution of voice-based smart home devices, it’s worth asking: What exactly are we getting into here?With more voice-based smart devices in our homes, everything is up for redesign.Certain aspects of traditional shopping are taken for granted, and the impact of their loss can more severe than confusing a voice assistant’s names with those of your kids.Voice fingerprinting will follow the example of biometric touch identification.Associated information attached to our acoustic identity will include details like payment methods, addresses, and more.Price sensitivity is primed to take a backseat to convenience with the evolution of smart home devices.
Amazon has announced that it intends to power dozens of its fulfillment centers around the world with solar energy, with plans in place to deploy “large-scale solar systems” on the centers’ rooftops.The company says that 15 fulfillment and sortation centers across the U.S. will receive the solar panels in 2017, generating up to 41 megawatts (MW) of power at the company’s facilities in New Jersey, California, Maryland,  Delaware, and Nevada.Amazon says that it plans to introduce solar panels at 50 centers globally by 2020.A few years back, a Greenpeace study of “clean” internet companies revealed that Amazon and its cloud-focused AWS business had a lot to improve on.The report noted:However, Amazon has been upping its game in recent times and six months ago announced its biggest renewable energy project to date when it committed to a 253-megawatt Texas wind farm, which is due to open this year.That initiative was mostly about powering the company’s data centers — the latest solar power project is about powering the heart of Amazon’s consumer-focused commercial operations.The company says that a specific solar installation could generate “as much as 80 percent of a single fulfillment facility’s annual energy needs,” though this will naturally depend on the time of year, among other environmental factors — some centers will be located in places where there is more sunshine.“As our fulfillment network continues to expand, we want to help generate more renewable energy at both existing and new facilities around the world in partnership with community and business leaders,” said Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations, in a press release.“We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability — this is good for the environment, our business and our customers.
Jackson Health System, which was in a financial crisis and on the brink of closure earlier this decade, has sprung back to health, thanks to new leadership, increased patient volumes, and a vote of confidence from the citizens of Miami-Dade County, who supported a bond referendum to remodel Jackson’s aged facilities and build new ones.More stable finances allowed for the purchase of badly needed technology upgrades, which have helped Jackson improve talent acquisition and retention, as well as job satisfaction, in line with the health system’s cultural rejuvenation.The system also includes a children’s hospital, two community hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health hospital, primary and ambulatory care clinics, and a network of mental health facilities.Jackson has also developed a new line of business—a network of urgent care centers—to take some of the burden off Jackson’s emergency rooms, says Anna Fababeir, director of talent acquisition at Jackson Health.The goal was to make Jackson the healthcare provider of choice for everyone in Miami-Dade County—not just a place people turn to in emergencies.For years, however, Jackson suffered from a poor reputation.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.A year after acquiring IoT startup Jasper, Cisco made several announcements at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that showcase the platform's diverse set of applications, TechCrunch reports.The networking hardware giant is expanding its reach in the IoT by adding support for low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) connectivity and forming partnerships in the wearables and connected-car spaces.Since the purchase of Jasper — which connects more than 40 million devices — the platform has become one of Cisco's largest monetization assets thanks to its appeal for a variety of IoT use cases.Here are more details on the announcements and what they mean for each space:The company announced Jasper will now support narrowband IoT LPWAN connectivity.This is part of a growing body of evidence that suggests, as BI Intelligence noted last month, LPWAN connectivity will remain a popular option for connecting IoT devices.This agreement will allow Jasper to power the Bright Box infotainment centers in many of Honda’s European vehicles.This adds to the long line of connected car platforms powered by the platform, as TechCrunch notes that Cisco now has around 50 automotive partners that use Jasper for their connected-car platforms.A large number of IoT platforms on the market are tailored for specific use cases, limiting the scope of their client base.
Chatbots have cropped up as a way for marketers and media companies to push out content posted elsewhere.Octane AI, a company that offers tools to create chatbots for Facebook Messenger, has developed a tool that packages a predefined message thread into an individual piece of content.Called Convos, these episodic conversations can be distributed as links outside of Messenger, like a branded video or news article.For example, a cosmetics brand could convert a step-by-step makeup tutorial into a series of text messages walking someone through the application.Or a media company could produce fictional or non-fictional stories, a la popular podcast “Serial,” that play out as weekly series of conversational episodes.Given the number of Messenger bots that function as refurbished RSS feeds or shinier customer service call centers, the idea of using a chatbot to push out native content remains relatively novel, if not exactly new.
Global Agreement Partners Industry-Leading Cirrus Data Migration Server with the Technology Services business unit of HPE – Resulting in a Next-Generation Data Migration Storage Solution SYOSSET, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 1, 2017– Cirrus Data Solutions Inc (CDS), the market leader in SAN data migration, data acceleration, and data protection technology, today announced a global agreement with HPE to utilize the powerful Cirrus Data Migration Server (DMS) capabilities as part of its Data Migration Services.Under the terms of this agreement, CDS’ technologies will enable lightweight and seamless “end-to-end” SAN data migration services for existing corporate data deployed on legacy and third-party storage systems, applications or operating systems configuration to HPE enterprise storage arrays including all-flash and XP Storage systems.Available to data managers worldwide since 2011, Cirrus Data’s DMS technologies are deployed in hundreds of data migration projects globally.Corporations are under increasing pressure to move their data from one storage technology to another and CDS dramatically reduces the risk, along with the time requirements and complexity of the data migration.The DMS is a single migration technology that delivers “Any O/S, Any Application, Any Storage” data movement between platforms from leading global companies.Cirrus’ patented Transparent Datapath Intercept (TDI) and Adaptive Automatic QoS technology empowers organizations like HPE (specifically its Technology Services Consulting business unit and its professionals) to provide these end-to-end migration services to data centers, co-located and remote, and cloud storage platforms and environments.
An outage at Inc. s cloud-computing service disrupted internet traffic across the U.S. on Tuesday, showing the increasing power cloud companies have over large portions of the web.The outage, which began around 1 p.m. EST, stemmed from a failure at Amazon s S3 cloud-storage service at its North Virginia data centers.Hours later, Amazon was still working to fix the problems, which disabled and slowed apps and websites...
A few months ago, Amazon scored a major hire.It convinced Adrian Cockcroft to come work for the company as VP Cloud Architecture Strategy.Cockcroft had been consulting for Battery Ventures, helping the VC find cloud startups to invest in.But he's best known for his years at Netflix as Amazon Web Services' most famous first customer.He led the project, way back in 2009, to have Netflix build out its movie streaming service on AWS and not use its own data centers.Cloud computing back then was mostly known as a crummy, unreliable and perhaps unsafe alternative to owning your own computers.When, in 2010, Netflix started to publicly talk about that decision, the world thought Netflix was being somewhere between idiotic and reckless."I did a talk at a conference at the end of 2010 to 100 people or so.
Amazon Web Services, the remote data centers that power some of the world's most popular websites, experienced a major disruption lasting several hours on Tuesday that left numerous apps and websites — including Business Insider — difficult to access for many users.On its status page on Tuesday, Amazon placed the blame with its S3 storage service, which it said was seeing "high error rates" for websites and apps hosted from its flagship US East (Northern Virginia) Region data center.Among the sites and services that appeared to be affected were Slack, Quora, Lonely Planet, Snapchat's Bitmoji, and even the US Securities and Exchange Commission website.(Let's hope Snapchat parent company Snap doesn't file an update to its IPO prospectus.)Amazon S3 is a very common service that sites use to store files, and the US East data center is one of its biggest facilities, meaning that this is wreaking havoc all over the web.Sites like Imgur use S3 to store their photo files, for instance, making those sites slow to load, if they load at all.Shortly before 2 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Amazon said the situation had been resolved:"As of 1:49 PM PST, we are fully recovered for operations for adding new objects in S3, which was our last operation showing a high error rate.The Amazon S3 service is operating normally," Amazon said on its status page.An Amazon spokesperson said the company had no comment beyond the status update, declining to provide any information about what caused the disruption or how widespread the problem was.Notably, this wasn't technically an "outage," since Amazon's S3 wasn't not entirely out of commission and some services were only partially affected.In an ironic twist that underscored the chaos triggered by the situation, Amazon Web Services tweeted at one point that the "dashboard" that allows users to see the status of its own services was not able to update itself because of the S3 technical problem.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: Eating these fruits and vegetables can help whiten your teeth — here's howLoading video...
A little after 6pm on Tuesday, countless websites and web services ground to a halt following a reported widespread outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS).Everything from Slack to Quora to Gizmodo US saw major disruptions.Before Down Detector itself went down, the site showed outages on the tier 1 network Level 3 in most major population centers in the United States.It’s unclear what’s causing the problem, but AWS did say on its website that it’s experiencing “increased error rates.” More specifically, the company said in an alert:We’ve identified the issue as high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is also impacting applications and services dependent on S3.We are actively working on remediating the issue.
AMD's press event revealed what's to come from the company's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the PC gaming and VR space.During AMD s Capsaicin & Cream press event, AMD s Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri revealed the official brand for the upcoming graphics cards based on the new Vega architecture: Radeon RX Vega.He said that the Vega name has become so popular that the team decided to incorporate the code name into the official brand.The press event didn t reveal anything new on the hardware level, but did showcase several upcoming VR games, and announced a collaboration between AMD and Bethesda.Game streaming service LiquidSky also said it plans to stock up its data centers with Vega-based graphics cards, meaning subscribers will be playing PC games running on Vega-based virtual PCs when the cards go retail.On the Bethesda front, Arkane Studios Raphael Colantonio said that the company teamed up with AMD to optimize the entire Bethesda library for eight-core Ryzen processors and Vega-based graphics.
After two decades of Verizon, AT, and Sprint ads, you know how the big telcos deliver cellular service to your smartphone.Each builds its own nationwide wireless network, boasting that its particular web of data centers, fiber lines, and antennas is faster and more reliable (or at least cheaper) than the others.It’s a battle of the color-coded maps: Verizon’s blood-red cell towers challenging the blue of AT and the yellow of Sprint, telcos competing through vast empires of hardware.But this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw the further rise of a movement that seeks to upend this business model, encouraging telcos to build common infrastructure they all can share.The movement spans many companies and projects.Rather, it’s a company that has made a habit of putting its name, money, and power behind efforts to democratize the development of new technology: Facebook.
BCloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services AWS today confirmed that it s looking into issues with its widely used S3 storage service in the major us-east-1 region of data centers in Northern Virginia.We are investigating increased error rates for Amazon S3 requests in the US-EAST-1 Region, AWS said at the top of its status page.The issues appear to be affecting Adobe s services, Amazon s Twitch, Atlassian s Bitbucket and HipChat, Autodesk Live and Cloud Rendering, Buffer, Business Insider, Carto, Chef, Citrix, Clarifai, Codecademy, Coindesk, Convo, Coursera, Cracked, Docker, Elastic, Expedia, Expensify, FanDuel, FiftyThree, Flipboard, Flippa, Giphy, GitHub, GitLab, Google-owned Fabric, Greenhouse, Heroku, Home Chef, iFixit, IFTTT, Imgur, Ionic,, Jamf, JSTOR, Kickstarter, Lonely Planet, Mailchimp, Mapbox, Medium, Microsoft s HockeyApp, the MIT Technology Review, MuckRock, New Relic, News Corp, OrderAhead, PagerDuty, Pantheon, Quora, Razer, Signal, Slack, Sprout Social, StatusPage which Atlassian recently acquired , Travis CI, Trello, Twilio, Unbounce, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission SEC , Vermont Public Radio, VSCO, Xero, and Zendesk, among other things.Airbnb, Down Detector, Freshdesk, Pinterest, SendGrid, Snapchat s Bitmoji, and Time Inc. are currently working slowly.Apple is acknowledging issues with its App Stores, Apple Music, FaceTime, iCloud services, iTunes, Photos, and other services on its system status page, but it s not clear they re attributable to today s S3 difficulties.Parts of Amazon itself also seems to be facing technical problems at the moment.Ironically, it s restricting AWS ability to show errors.AWS outages do happen from time to time.In 2015 an outage lasted five hours.