Technological evolution speeds up exponentially

We are heading to 18 years into the 21st century and we have to admit now by the end of 2017 that the technological progress has been outstanding throughout the last years. A decade ago, smartphones and other high-end products as we know them by today’s standards were unknown or did not even exist while nowadays leading companies like Apple and Samsung lead a struggle for supremacy by releasing year after year new smartphone models to exceed customers’ expectations. Generally speaking, today’s technological progress and the wealth of modern economies have reached an impressive level. While in the early period of human history, the pace of technological progress was relatively slow, nowadays time to market and being state-of-the-art are key factors for competitiveness. Consequently, companies have to be quick and predict successfully the development of new and old technologies. Amazon is a good example to show to what extent a right prediction can make exceptional success possible. Amazon’s decision makers did very well to concentrate on the development of their cloud services in 2006 already. In the coming years, the total global public cloud market is expected to grow at a 22% compound annual growth rate.

The future is approaching much faster than we realize. Technologies are therefore believed to grow exponentially. It is out of question that each generation of technology has a boosting effect on the rate of progress. However, specific technologies will not grow exponentially forever. From this point of view, the cloud market is expected to grow also through the injection of new technologies attracting more customers and hence pushing companies worldwide towards cloud based solutions and infrastructures.

The power of attraction between cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI)

A recent study by Accenture drew attention to the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is believed capable to double the gross domestic product growth of many developed economies by 2035. Cloud computing is on everybody’s lips, so is artificial intelligence. Impressively, there seems to be a power attraction between these two hot topics. Nowadays, we are used to intelligent assistants like Cortana, Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. Experts predict an inevitable AI and cloud fusion in the future. The big number of servers as an important part of cloud technology hold the data which an AI can access. AI needs these data to function properly, make decisions and more importantly learn things. In other words, the cloud is distinguished by a calculation power and the capability of treating a number of data and intelligence.

As AI learns, the newly developed information and data can be easily sent back to the cloud helping other AI’s to profit from this process of learning as well. AI has existed for long time but its definition changed over time. The first time AI appeared as a term was in 1950. The reason why we speak more and more about AI today is because of highly discussed topics such as data, cloud and intelligence. A modern application generally takes these three areas into consideration. In addition, every system of intelligence is believed to transform products, engage customers, optimize operations and empower employees. Therefore, AI is present everywhere across all sectors.

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n’ and its role as a “Swiss made” alternative to Amazon AWS, Azure & Co.

Amazon AWS is without fuss or quibble the de facto leader in cloud computing and enjoys a seemingly monopolistic market share of over 30 percent. Beating a strong and well-positioned incumbent is extremely difficult. In consequence, it is not a big surprise that the serious competition only comes from Microsoft Azure, Google, IBM and Alibaba. What is certainly surprising is the missing presence of a European alternative. Many European company would certainly accept a European alternative to the big 5 with open arms.

While artificial intelligence plays an increasingly important role at Netkom, we have developed with n’ a “Swiss made” alternative to the big 5 (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Alibaba). The idea behind n’ is to enable customers to design a cloud according to their own taste with the same product, either as a service model, as an ON-PREMISE application in existing IT environments or even as a hybrid variant. In addition, all cloud service models from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), over Platform as a Service (PaaS) to Software as a Service (SaaS) are part of the platform. All this is surrounded by an innovative internal n’ application catalogue. Within the latter, n’ offers more than 142 applications from 30 different IT categories “free and ready to go” as well as the opportunity to upload also other development applications and tools easily. What allows n’ to stand out from the competition along personal support and competitive pricing models, is the API connectivity for easy and fast transfers of existing developments from or to other major cloud platforms. n’ users can easily transfer their developments from VMware, Amazon AWS, and in early 2018 from Google and Microsoft Azure to n’ or back again – quickly and easily. Interestingly, n’ can also be deployed as ON-PREM-VERSION on any commodity infrastructure while it’s hyperconverged software architecture allows significant immediate and long-term reduction in IT budgets and investment planning and impacts in how cloud computing can be used efficiently as an in-house solution. The on-prem version can be used centrally or as a multi-cloud variant in a satellite network and is tailored for the requirements of large companies or any equivalent with a high demand in data and development protection. n’ ON-PREM comes along in a license model with personal support from Netkom. The customer decides whether the administration of the cloud platform is taken over by Netkom, through its own IT department or in a mix of both. Flexibility and simplicity in managing all workloads and resources, via a single development and production platform characterizes n’ Netkom’s main focus hereby is that a cloud platform is freed from all known limitations by hardware vendors.

“Swiss Made” with a good reason and the first Indian customer

Distinguished by long-term cloud experience and a broad customer base since 2009, Netkom provides its customers personal support, an in-house DevOps team and attractive partner models in the context of the global expansion strategy, also importantly a hyper security data center in the Swiss mountains. The particularity of this data center is that it is hidden in a former Swiss military bunker and built on industry leading technology and infrastructure. Netkom hereby enjoys with its products a well-deserved and outstanding degree of “Swiss-Made” in terms of reliability, fail-safety and high security standards. This is definitely something that does not remain unconcealed for longtime.

As a result of its successful expansion strategy on an international level, Netkom has recently won with SplendorNet Technologies Pvt. Ltd. its first customer and partner from India. With customers from all around the world, SplendorNet Technologies is a well-known technology company and provider of web and mobile applications, e-commerce solutions and various other special web and software development activities from Pune. Since the beginning of this month SplendorNet Technologies started to work on n’ and is partnering with n’ in various projects in India and Europe.