@CloudExpo Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Roger Strukhoff

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

A Trip to the Real Amazon Cloud

If you're looking for a place to both play and do business than Rio is for you!

I just returned from a week in spectacular Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. I will admit that before I travelled to Brazil I had a bit of a mis-conception of the country. Turns out my preconceived perceptions of both the country and city of Rio were almost completely wrong. Instead I found a modern, safe and vibrant city full of culture and excitement. Rio is in one word > Awesome.

What brought me to Brazil was an invitation of Giuseppe Romagnoli at Serpro -- a public IT company created by the government of Brazil which offers technology advice as well as implements internet solutions for the Brazilian Government. Serpro is considered one of the largest IT organizations in the government sector in Latin America. Recently one of Serpro's primary focuses has been in creating Brazil's national cloud computing strategy. As part of this strategy is the Cloud Computing Brazil (CCBrazil) conference in Rio last week which I had the honor of providing the keynote presentation. The conference brought together the key local industry influencers, policy makers and academics from around the country to discuss the opportunities and challenges for cloud computing in the region. Let me tell you, the opportunities are abundant.

During my time in Brazil I discovered that the country is currently under going a major economic renaissance brought about by strong foreign investment thanks in part to huge oil reserves recently found at Tupi, located some 250km offshore of the southern Brazilian coast. In one of my conversations with someone who worked for the Brazilian Oil firm Petrobras, he put the Tupi Oil field into opportunity into context, saying the oil lies some 4.5 miles beneath the ocean's surface. To reach it, Petrobras will have to run lines through 7,000 feet of water and then drill up to 17,000 feet through sand, rock, and a massive 1 mile deep salt layer before they can get to the oil. But he also said that Tupi is probably the world's biggest oil find of the last 30 years. This vast oil find is quickly moving Brazil into the position of being a major economic power player not just in América do Sul, but globally. All this new money is directly effecting how Brazil as a nation will compete on the global stage. The government also seems to realize that to do so -- they need more than just the raw resources oil provides but also the IT infrastructure to enable the country to rise as modern IT / business centric economy similar to places like the USA or Canada. It would seem that Cloud computing may play a critical roll in the revitalization of Brazil and is arguably just as important as the oil in the sense that all the oil in the world is meaningless if the average person doesn't see an increase in the quality of life because of it.

Also the reason I refer to Brazil as going through a renaissance is as I walked to through Rio last week what struck me was the style, it was a snap shot of 1970's architecture -- a kind of porthole into another heyday long since past. Today Rio is yet again an exciting place full of culture, great people and amazing sights. I was also very lucky to have a personal guide for the week in that of Paola Garcia Juarez (A.K.A Cloud Girl). Paola is a recent graduate of the Master program in Computer Science at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) as well as a key cloud evangelist in South America. Paola was one the key organizers for CloudCamp Rio which was held along side CCBrazil. (I should also note that she is currently organizing CloudCamp Lima for November) More importantly, she knew the best places to see and best places to eat (and drink) in Rio.

Needless to say, Rio is Awesome, (oh I said that already). If you're looking for a place to both play and do business than Rio is for you!

More Stories By Reuven Cohen

An instigator, part time provocateur, bootstrapper, amateur cloud lexicographer, and purveyor of random thoughts, 140 characters at a time.

Reuven is an early innovator in the cloud computing space as the founder of Enomaly in 2004 (Acquired by Virtustream in February 2012). Enomaly was among the first to develop a self service infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform (ECP) circa 2005. As well as SpotCloud (2011) the first commodity style cloud computing Spot Market.

Reuven is also the co-creator of CloudCamp (100+ Cities around the Globe) CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas and is the largest of the ‘barcamp’ style of events.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

CloudEXPO Stories
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one bottle of the oil for commercial purpose. But from its medical properties to its culinary importance, skin lightening, moisturizing, and protection abilities, down to its extraordinary hair care properties, prickly seed oil has got lots of excellent rewards for anyone who pays the price.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected path for IoT innovators to scale globally, and the smartest path to cross-device synergy in an instrumented, connected world.
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of the world’s largest data centers. Click here to schedule a meeting with our experts and executives.
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understanding as the environment changes.