Heptio Joins VMware: Meet the Creators of Kubernetes

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Kubernetes co-creators and Heptio co-founders Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda discuss joining VMware. Other topics include alignment of Heptio and VMware missions around helping customers navigate to the cloud, the difference between cloud and cloud-native, why VMware is positioned to lead the cloud native conversation, and how customers will consume Kubernetes.

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8 Epic App Innovations that Help Your Business Stand Out

Article | July 13, 2022

Contents 1. The Market for Mobile Application Development 2. Innovations in Mobile Application Development 2.1 In-App Paid Features: Android and iOS Development 2.2 Augmented and Virtual Reality 2.3 Beacon Technology 2.4 Al and Ml 2.5 Wearables 2.6 Predictive Analytics 2.7 Blockchain Technology 2.8 On-Demand Applications 3. Long-Term Benefits of Mobile App Development Innovations for Your Small Business: 4. Tying Everything Together Increased use of the internet and smartphones demands better mobile applications be developed. Innovation is the key driving force that can make or break the market regarding mobile app development. A fantastic team of mobile app developers and smart innovation employing the latest technology produce a huge hit app. Let us learn more about how the mobile app development market grows. 1. The Market for Mobile Application Development The mobile application development market is projected to grow at a 13.4% CAGR from 2023 to 2030, with a value of $187.58 billion recorded in 2021. This is due to the increased use of the internet and smartphone platforms, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The app's algorithms learn and understand user interests to deliver refined results that generate better user engagement. As Ericsson and the Radicati Group forecasted, 6.64 billion people own a smartphone today, which is around 83.32% of the world population, and by 2025, 7.33 billion people will own a smartphone. As a result, there is a substantial rise in demand for better smartphone apps, for which creative and innovative mobile application development is the need of the hour. Innovation will give your business a competitive edge it's never had before. It will also open up new ways to grow your business. Discover the top innovations in mobile app development. 2. Innovations in Mobile Application Development Some of the technological breakthroughs in mobile app development will greatly improve the user experience in the future. These focus mainly on the implementation of the latest technological innovations to realize functionality that has never been seen or done before. Let us now delve into their specifics. 2.1 In-App Paid Features: Android and iOS Development While Android has a market share of 70%, iOS has grabbed a market share of around 28% in the mobile operating systems market as of 2022. In-app advertising and in-app purchases generate the major ROI from mobile applications on both mobile operating platforms. A great UI and UX go a long way toward boosting your app and business, and they also help you rank highly in the respective app markets, i.e., the Google Play Store and the App Store. Rolling out constant updates and adhering to the security standards of the marketplace keeps your business app ranking at the top. 2.2 Augmented and Virtual Reality With the AR kit, you can design and make 3D mobile apps for your customers that use virtual reality. AR and VR are constantly changing the business of making mobile apps. You can use these trends to give mobile users really great experiences. A few of the sectors making successful use of these technologies include gaming, e-commerce, retail, interior design, real estate, tourism and travel, education, training, healthcare, manufacturing and construction, advertising and marketing, and entertainment. Your AR and VR mobile apps are more valuable if you can meet your expectations for maximum ROI with a minimum budget. You can do this by making constant improvements to your minimum viable product. 2.3 Beacon Technology The beacon technology uses a smartphone's Bluetooth to identify any store, museum, or other business in the vicinity. As mobile devices get more powerful, IoT and edge sensors will be used more and more. Because of that, beacon technology will change the way we interact with the world. This technology sends notifications to your customer’s phone about your product when the customer passes by, sends content and descriptions about an ongoing event at your location to your customers, and more. Proximity marketing and indoor navigation notifications are the few ways retail is using this technology. With the help of beacon technology, your business can track assets, keep track of contacts, offer access to loyalty programs, gather advanced data, and send mobile tickets. 2.4 Al and ML The versatility and power of innovations in Al and ML keep them relevant. For example, they let you turn pictures into animations that look real. These animations provide real-time analytics and other valuable insights. As an AI learns from its own experience, providing a better customer experience based on the data you feed it helps create intelligent chatbots. Personalized shopping assistance, fraud prevention, task automation, smart content, voice assistants, and autonomous vehicles are a few of the examples where you will see AI implemented. An AI trains itself through machine learning, or ML. ML forecasts future data trends using available historical data. This invaluable addition to your existing apps transforms the way they interact with customers. We are one step closer to a super-personalized experience. 2.5 Wearables Wearables let you make calls, find your way to your destination, measure and analyze your vital signs in real time, and look at your own personal insights. So, app developers and businesspeople should focus on making apps that give people who use wearables a great digital experience. Getting better apps for wearable devices can greatly enhance their functionality and the user experience. From listening to your favorite music to tracking your fitness goals, taking notes, finding a parking spot, and adhering to your health and fitness regimen, a wearable device does it all. If developing your company’s wearable app delivers more value, this technology is not just a game changer but a lifesaver for many. 2.6 Predictive Analytics Predictive analytics is essential to e-commerce. When it comes to making mobile apps, predictive analysis can help improve both the process and the user experience. By putting together information from many developers, it can help predict problems and suggest solutions. Your predictive analytics will be better if you use artificial intelligence (AI), data mining, machine learning, modeling, and statistics. The data that your small and medium-scale businesses have gathered over a period of time becomes one of the most valuable sources of information that helps predict and forecast future market trends. Unexplained market rises and falls will now have an explanation, as will mobile apps that can precisely tell what, when, and where needs to be changed, replaced, or repaired. Using constants and variables that are already known, predictive analytics and data modeling can help make accurate predictions about the future. 2.7 Blockchain Technology The world of blockchain has innumerable possibilities. Applications backed by blockchain technology benefit from end-to-end encryption. This means no one but you can retain data ownership rights. Blockchain technology is used for a lot of important communication and financial transactions because it is safe and private. Blockchain holds promise for better efficiency, productivity, and performance, as well as for elevating the user experience. Blockchain is more secure and reliable, offers better transparency in financial transactions, makes you go password-free using an SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), promotes simplicity, protects your identity, safeguards access to your digital data and information, and helps transmit and receive accurate data with the help of balanced data transfer using several nodes at once. 2.8 On-Demand Applications As lockdowns and quarantines went on for a long time, many delivery apps started to appear. There were apps for taxis, grocery stores, and even medicine delivery. The on-demand model is likely to grow as more service-based companies shift their focus towards on-demand apps. Technology is always changing, and every year, new versions of technology hit the market. That's why we need to keep up with the latest updates and use them to make applications that are both new and full of features. That's a must for a successful launch of a mobile app. Making the software development process easy for the developers reduces the time it takes to develop applications using the software. There are options like rapid application development software, no code, and low-code application development software. These can include mobile app development, SaaS (software as a service), cloud apps, on-premise standalone apps, desktop apps, and web-based apps for many devices, including IoT devices. Using AI to power the application development process speeds up development, testing, and deployment, which helps a lot with scaling from small to medium to large and beyond. Some quick and effective mobile app development platforms include AppSheet, AppInstitute, Appery.io, AppyPie, Bizness Apps, Caspio, GoodBarber, iBuldApp, Quixey, Rollbar, Shoutem, and more. 3. Long-Term Benefits of Mobile App Innovations for Your Small Business: Creating a winning product doesn’t have to be a long process. Improvements on the product offered by competitors and finding competitor product shortcomings, along with using innovative technologies, help add value to your mobile app as a product. Mobile app development innovations help in many ways, such as: Improve your brand's relationship with your customers Offer 24/7 access to your business Get excellent customer insights Efficiently market your product online Save on additional marketing costs Boost employee efficiency by increasing engagement Improve communication shreds down the busy work and Streamline the data Generate a new revenue stream from ads targeted at in-app purchases. As a result, you meet customer expectations efficiently, allowing you to expand your business and attract potential customers. Your customers and potential customers are always looking for something new and exciting to experience and adopt. Sooner or later, they make habits of seeing something, and then they start thinking of that mobile app as a standard benchmark to look up to. Talking about the scalability of a mobile application, there is a lot of scope to improve using innovative technologies, and all minor to major updates take you from where you are to where you want to be. Finding the right mix of technologies will help your business grow and expand. 4. Tying Everything Together Business growth for small-scale businesses starts with new inputs and strategic technological investments in mobile app development. Although they sound promising, striking the right balance to implement innovative technologies relies heavily on rigorous predictive analysis. Tools and technologies help meet customer expectations at scale and grow the business beyond imagination with the power of innovation.

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Empowering Industry 4.0 with Artificial Intelligence

Article | July 11, 2022

The next step in industrial technology is about robotics, computers and equipment becoming connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and enhanced by machine learning algorithms. Industry 4.0 has the potential to be a powerful driver of economic growth, predicted to add between $500 billion- $1.5 trillion in value to the global economy between 2018 and 2022, according to a report by Capgemini.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Businesses

Article | July 26, 2022

Whilst there are many people that associate AI with sci-fi novels and films, its reputation as an antagonist to fictional dystopic worlds is now becoming a thing of the past, as the technology becomes more and more integrated into our everyday lives. AI technologies have become increasingly more present in our daily lives, not just with Alexa’s in the home, but also throughout businesses everywhere, disrupting a variety of different industries with often tremendous results. The technology has helped to streamline even the most mundane of tasks whilst having a breath-taking impact on a company’s efficiency and productivity

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The advances of AI in healthcare

Article | February 11, 2020

With the Government investing £250 million into the project, the Lab will consider how to use AI for the benefit of patients – whether this be the deployment of existing AI methods, the development of new technologies or the testing of their safety. Amongst other things, the initiative will aim to deliver earlier diagnoses of cancer. It is estimated that in excess of 50,000 extra patients could see their cancer being detected at an early stage, thus boosting survival rates. More specifically, a study has shown that AI is quicker in identifying brain tumour tissue than a pathologist.This would have a positive knock-on effect in other areas, such as enabling money to be saved (that otherwise would have been spent on further treatment) and reducing the workload of staff (at a time when there is a crisis in NHS workforce numbers).

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Kubernetes’ Push to the Edge Shows Innovation, Challenges

SDxCentral | March 19, 2019

Kubernetes continues to proliferate across the cloud ecosystem, with one of its latest efforts focused on pushing the container orchestration platform further toward the edge. This is becoming more important as organizations look to extend the orchestration capabilities of Kubernetes across their cloud infrastructure and as the overall edge market sees increased service provider attention tied to 5G deployments. A recent example of this push toward the edge was Rancher Labs’ launch of its K3s platform. That platform is basically a slimmer version of Kubernetes, which is often referred to as “K8s.” That slimness is important because edge locations are more resource constrained compared with data center or network core locations. Shannon Williams, co-founder and vice president of sales at Rancher Labs, said the vendor pulled “alpha-level features that were still in development and also deprecated features” that were no longer needed or supported. This allowed the vendor to push out a platform that consumes just 40 megabytes of space and can run on x86_64, Armv8-A, and Armv7-A architectures. “We completely changed how Kubernetes works,” Williams said. “We removed drivers that were not essential for edge deployments, but still allow a customer to pull down those drivers if they need them.” Full to the Edge: While Rancher Labs moved to strip down Kubernetes, other vendors have been plugging the full version into their efforts. Mirantis last year plugged Kubernetes into its Cloud Platform Edge product to allows operators to deploy a combination of containers, virtual machines (VMs), and bare metal points of presence (POP) that are connected by a unified management plane.

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Kubernetes, Docker, ContainerD Impacted by RunC Container Runtime Bug

SDxCentral | February 11, 2019

The Linux community is dealing with another security flaw, with the latest bug impacting the runC container runtime that underpins Docker, cri-o, containerd, and Kubernetes. The bug, dubbed CVE-2019-5736, allows an infected container to overwrite the host runC binary and gain root-level code access on the host. This would basically allow the infected container to gain control of the overarching host container and allow an attacker to execute any command. “It is quite likely that most container runtimes are vulnerable to this flaw, unless they took very strange mitigations beforehand,” explained Aleksa Sarai, a senior software engineer at SUSE and a maintainer for runC, in an email posted on Openwall. Sarai added that the flaw is blocked by the proper implementation of user namespaces “where the host root is not mapped into the container’s user namespace.” The bug has received an “important” impact rating from some vendors. Sarai said the flaw has a 7.2 out of 10 CVSSv3 vector score. A patch for the flaw has been developed and is being sent out to the runC community. A number of vendor and cloud providers have already taken steps to implement the patch. RunC was initially spun out of work done by Docker Inc. It’s an Open Container Initiative (OCI)-compliant command line interface (CLI) tool for spawning and running containers.

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DriveScale Says Composable Is the Answer to Data-Intensive Compute

SDxCentral | January 15, 2019

DriveScale’s founders wanted to solve the problem of infrastructure over-provisioning when they started their company. But the technology wasn’t called composable infrastructure back then. “That was before 2013, and they were looking at the changing data center applications and workloads being created in the hyperscale clouds,” said Denise Shiffman, chief product officer at DriveScale. These were workloads like Hadoop, Casandra, and Spark, and they behaved differently than traditional data center workloads like Oracle and SAP. “These applications were much more dynamic and the demands for latency were very high, while the history had been running predictable applications in the data center,” she said. In addition to performance problems, data-intensive workloads also lead to server sprawl. Companies can’t predict how much storage and compute capacity they need. So they over-buy. “Many customers we talk to are really only using about 20 percent of the infrastructure they’ve deployed,” Shiffman said. “The [DriveScale] founders believed there was a new way to fix this and that was taking storage outside the server and putting it on the network.” Duane Northcutt, Satya Nishtala, and Tom Lyon founded DriveScale in March 2013. Northcutt, CTO at DriveScale, previously held that post at other tech companies including the Connected Home Division of Technicolor, Trident Microsystems, and Silicon Image. Nishtala, also a DriveScale CTO, is a former Cisco distinguished engineer. And Chief Scientist Lyon previously co-founded several companies including Ipsilon Networks and Nuova Systems, which was acquired by Cisco and became the basis for its UCS servers.

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Kubernetes’ Push to the Edge Shows Innovation, Challenges

SDxCentral | March 19, 2019

Kubernetes continues to proliferate across the cloud ecosystem, with one of its latest efforts focused on pushing the container orchestration platform further toward the edge. This is becoming more important as organizations look to extend the orchestration capabilities of Kubernetes across their cloud infrastructure and as the overall edge market sees increased service provider attention tied to 5G deployments. A recent example of this push toward the edge was Rancher Labs’ launch of its K3s platform. That platform is basically a slimmer version of Kubernetes, which is often referred to as “K8s.” That slimness is important because edge locations are more resource constrained compared with data center or network core locations. Shannon Williams, co-founder and vice president of sales at Rancher Labs, said the vendor pulled “alpha-level features that were still in development and also deprecated features” that were no longer needed or supported. This allowed the vendor to push out a platform that consumes just 40 megabytes of space and can run on x86_64, Armv8-A, and Armv7-A architectures. “We completely changed how Kubernetes works,” Williams said. “We removed drivers that were not essential for edge deployments, but still allow a customer to pull down those drivers if they need them.” Full to the Edge: While Rancher Labs moved to strip down Kubernetes, other vendors have been plugging the full version into their efforts. Mirantis last year plugged Kubernetes into its Cloud Platform Edge product to allows operators to deploy a combination of containers, virtual machines (VMs), and bare metal points of presence (POP) that are connected by a unified management plane.

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