Nearly one-third of remote workers in US are burnt out, SD-WAN from Cisco and VMware gives customers multi-vendor flexibility and Asia outpacing the world in cloud adoption

September 25, 2020 | Posted by: Jin Woo

Published every Thursday, The Blue Print recaps the industry’s most intriguing news, unexpected shifts and developing trends that are defining the business and technology landscape.

TechRepublic: Microsoft Ignite 2020: Work Trend Index details remote worker burnout, stress, and productivity
On Tuesday, Microsoft kicked off its annual Microsoft Ignite event. This year, the three-day event is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the virtual event, Microsoft also announced the results of its Work Trend Index. The report details various ways the coronavirus pandemic has impacted remote workers around this globe. According to the report, employee burnout has increased due to the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately one-third (30%) of respondents said the pandemic has “increased their feelings of burnout at work.” Interestingly, this uptick in burnout is not consistent across all countries. As part of the study, respondents were asked to rank a list of stressors. Concerns about contracting COVID-19 existed as the top stressor globally. The second-ranked stressor related to the diminished separation between personal life and the workday. Feeling isolated from co-workers and “unmanageable workload or hours” rounded out the top four.

Why It Matters: Developing a routine to separate work from personal life, and finding ways to have personal time is critical for health, productivity and morale. Although that’s easier said than done with fires in the Western part of the United States, hurricanes on the East Coast and many families balancing childcare and kids at home with online classrooms, while others may be self-isolating. To help with this Microsoft also introduced a slew of new features to Teams, which is also intended to help the Redmond, Washington based software giant better compete with other communications tools including Slack and Zoom.

Tags: Microsoft, Ignite, Work Trend Index, remote work, pandemic, Coronavirus


SDXCentral: Red Hat, Google, Rancher Top Managed Container Ranking
Red Hat, Google, and Rancher Labs scored prime spots in Forrester Research’s latest ranking of multi-cloud container development platforms, which is another way of saying Kubernetes-based hosted platforms. Those three ranked ahead of five other vendors on the list including VMware, D2iQ, and Mirantis. Amongst the “leaders,” Red Hat offers the leading platform for both developers and operators,” the Forrester Research claims. It added that the company, and new parent IBM, have continued to focus their container efforts on its Kubernetes-heavy OpenShift platform that “is the most widely deployed multi-cloud container platform and boasts powerful development and unified operations experiences across many public and on-premises platforms.”

Why It Matters: As usage of containers and multi-cloud strategies continues to grow, organizations are looking for ways to simplify the development and deployment process with managed container-as-a-service (Caas) seeing strong momentum. Flexera’s 2020 State of the Cloud Report, published in May, found 53 percent of those surveyed already use managed container-as-a-service (Caas) in its organization.

Tags: Red Hat, Google, Rancher Labs, Forrester Researchlatest, multi-cloud, container development, Kubernetes, VMware, D2iQ, Mirantis, SUSE, IBM, Caas


FierceTelecom: VMware’s SD-WAN finds a home on Equinix’s data centers as a virtual network function
VMware’s VeloCloud SD-WAN has found a home in Equinix’s data centers, which means VMware can now offer it as a virtual network function (VNF.) The VMware/VeloCloud SD-WAN VNF is now available on Equinix’s Network Edge platform. Network Edge enables organizations to deploy virtual network services by using network function virtualization (NFV) to give customers a choice of VNFs from multiple vendors. “With VMware SD-WAN Edge now available as a virtual network service on Equinix’s Network Edge, enterprises, partners and service providers alike will be able to have unique, globally available network solutions optimized for intrinsically secure access to any public, private or SaaS cloud for remote and branch users,” said VMware’s Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, VeloCloud business unit, in a statement.

Why It Matters: With Equinix’s 210 data centers in 26 countries, VMware is deepening its long-time partnership to ensure reliability for its customers as the company beefs up its SD-WAN and larger SASE strategy.

Tags: VMware, VeloCloud, SD-WAN, Equinix, VNF, network, edge


Network World: Cisco extends SD-WAN options with AWS, Azure hybrid-cloud integration
Cisco has further broadened the cloud-integration options available to its SD-WAN customers with new connectivity options to AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud services. With these additions, Cisco’s goal is to ensure cloud-destined traffic gets into the cloud network faster, improving management, performance, security and reducing the latency that can impact cloud workloads.

Why It Matters: While most organizations are increasingly relying on a hybrid multi-cloud approach, it’s been well documented that there are design, migration and implementation considerations and challenges including security, portability and management. This helps customers simplify the experience at the edge while attempting to improve its own cloud strategy.

Tags: Cisco, Merkai, SD-WAN, Amazon, AWS, Microsoft, Azure


SiliconAngle: Intel launches new chips to boost AI performance at the edge
Intel Corp. announced a new series of processors today that it says will provide more advanced artificial intelligence, real-time, security and functional safety benefits for “internet of things” and edge workloads.The company said its new 11th Gen Intel Core processors, the Intel Atom x6000E Series and the Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors package software tools and hardware modules that allow them to be customized for a variety of edge applications. Those applications, including things such as sensing, vision and automation, can benefit immensely when computation is performed locally, since that helps to improve response times and save bandwidth.

Why It Matters: Intel predicts that 70% of all enterprises will have edge critical processing demands by 2023. Among the key industries driving this demand are industrial, transportation, healthcare, retail, financial services, utilities and hospitality.

Tags: Intel, edge, IoT, 5G


Capacity: Cloud players record 20% revenue rise in first half
New data has highlighted just how much the world shifted to the cloud in the first half of 2020, driving revenues up 20% on last year’s figures. Across four key cloud service and infrastructure market segments, operator and vendor revenues for the first half of 2020 reached US$187 billion and it is likely annual spending on cloud services could double by 2024. “Cloud-associated markets are growing at rates ranging from 10% per year to well over 40% and we forecast that annual spending on cloud services will double in under four years,” said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst at Synergy Research Group, which published the figures.

Why It Matters: While overall cloud spending is up in the first half of the year, it was a near even split between public and private cloud. Another interesting observation from Synergy’s research is that Asia is showing the strongest growth that is outpacing both North America and EMEA. However, in Asia, individual countries vary greatly on the vendor of choice.

Tags: Synergy Research Group, cloud, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba


Inc: ‘A Growth Industry Like I’ve Never Seen’: Inside America’s No. 1 Fastest-Growing Company
“There’s a lot that goes on behind the cookie banner,” says Kabir Barday, the founder and CEO of OneTrust. He’s talking about that now-ubiquitous pop-up on websites that lets you know the site is collecting data on your visits and activity in order to personalize your experience–or sell your information to third parties. The cookie banner is perhaps the most visibly identifiable sign of his company’s software, but the real work is the invisible machinery churning away behind that banner. Atlanta-based OneTrust, which landed at No. 1 on this year’s Inc. 5000, with more than $70 million in 2019 revenue and a staggering 48,337.2 percent three-year growth rate, is among the global leaders in privacy-law-compliance technology. In the most straightforward terms, OneTrust builds a suite of digital tools that gives companies a clearer view of all the user data they accumulate. This enables them to comply with privacy laws, like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that give consumers greater control of how and whether com­panies use their data.

Why It Matters: After first considering opening pizza restaurants, Kabir Barday realized a massive opportunity with everything becoming increasingly digital and more privacy laws forthcoming. Despite a near 50 percent 3 year growth rate, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Gartner predicts that 65 percent of the global population will be subject to national privacy laws by 2023, compared to 10 percent today.

Tags: OneTrust, Kabir Barday, online privacy