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Language affiliations are sometimes spread more loosely and broadly across different codebases, frameworks, and platforms

Java vs. Python: Which One Is Best for You?
By Kevlin Henney

Few questions in software development are more divisive or tribal than choice of programming language. Software developers often identify strongly with their tools of choice, freely mixing objective facts with subjective preference.

The last decade, however, has seen an explosion both in the number of languages used in production and the number of languages an individual developer is likely to employ day to day. That means that language affiliations are sometimes spread more loosely and broadly across different codebases, frameworks, and platforms. Modern projects and modern developers are increasingly polyglot—able to draw on more languages and libraries than ever before. Informed choice still has a part to play.

From that bustling bazaar of programming languages, let’s narrow our focus to two survivors of the 1990s that have very different origin stories: Java and Python.

Python’s Story
Python
is the older of the two languages, first released in 1991 by its inventor, Guido van Rossum. It has been open source since its inception. The Python Software Foundation manages the design and standardization of the language and its libraries. The Python Enhancement Proposal (PEP) process guides its development.

In programming language evolution, it is common to maintain backward compatibility indefinitely. This is not the case with Python. Python 2 arrived in 2000 and Python 3 hit the scene in 2008. They are largely compatible, but have enough functionality- and syntax-breaking differences that they can be treated as different languages. Rather than retrofit newer trends and ideas into Python 2 (complicating and compromising the language), Python 3 was conceived as a new language that had learned from Python 2’s experience. Python 3—version 3.6 at the time of writing—is where current evolution and emphasis in the Python world exists. Python 2 development has continued separately, but its final incarnation is version 2.7, which will no longer be maintained after 2020.

Python’s syntax embodies a philosophy of readability, with a simple and regular style that encourages brevity and consistent code layout. It originated as a scripting language, embodying the Unix philosophy of being able to compose new programs from old, as well as using existing code directly. This simplicity and composability is helped by Python’s dynamic type system. It is an interpreted language available on many platforms, making it a portable option for general development.

Python’s reference implementation, written in C and known as CPython, is available on many platforms and is the most commonly used. Other groups have created their own implementations, such as IronPython, which is written in C# and offers close integration with the .NET runtime.

Python is a general-purpose language built around an extensible object model. Its object-oriented core does not necessarily mean object orientation is the most common style developers use when programming in Python. It has support for procedural programming, modular programming, and some aspects of functional programming.

The language’s name—and no small amount of humor to be found peppered through its documentation and libraries—comes from British surrealist comedy group Monty Python.

Java’s Story
Although it was not released until 1995, Java’s story begins in 1991. James Gosling and others at Sun Microsystems conceived a language for programming interactive TV systems. It was released with the fanfare of being a portable internet language, particularly in the browser. It is now a long way from this starting point and the original name: Oak.

Just as it was too heavyweight at the time for its original TV target market, it lost the browser space to dynamic HTML and JavaScript (which, in spite of its name, is unrelated as a language). However, Java rapidly found itself on the server and in the classroom, helping ensure its ranking as the dominant language at the turn of the millennium.

Part of its attraction and value is its portability and relative efficiency. Although not a native language, such as C and C++, Java is a compiled language. Its execution model is more machine-centered than purely interpreted languages, such as Python and Perl. Java is more than just a language and libraries: It is also a virtual machine and, therefore, an ecosystem. The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is an idealized and portable platform for running Java code. Rather than worrying about hardware specifics and having to port code to new platforms, the promise of Java has been Write Once, Run Anywhere (WORA). That is so that as long as a JVM is present, anything compiled into its bytecode can run and interact easily with anything else written for the JVM. There are many JVM languages, including the more script-like Groovy, the functional Clojure, the object–functional hybrid Scala, and even a Python variant, Jython.

Java is an object-oriented language with a C/C++-like syntax that is familiar to many programmers. It is dynamically linked, allowing new code to be downloaded and run, but not dynamically typed. As a language, Java’s evolution has been relatively slow, only recently incorporating features that support functional programming. On the other hand, the philosophy of both the language and the VM has been to treat backward compatibility as a prime directive.

After Oracle bought Sun, the language and its compiler were eventually open-sourced. The language’s evolution is guided by the Java Community Process (JCP), which includes companies and individuals outside Oracle.

So how do these two languages stack up? Let’s break it down by category.

Speed

Although performance is not always a problem in software, it should always be a consideration. Where network I/O costs or database access dominate, the specific efficiency of a language is less significant than other aspects of technology choice and design when it comes to overall efficiency.

Although neither Java nor Python is especially suited to high-performance computing, when performance matters, Java has the edge by platform and by design. Although some Python implementations, such as PyPy, are fine-tuned for performance, raw portable performance is not where Python shines.

A lot of Java efficiency comes from optimizations to virtual machine execution. A JVM can translate bytecode into native machine code as a program executes. This Just-In-Time (JIT) compilation is why Java’s performance can often rival that of native languages. Relying on JIT is a reasonably portable assumption as HotSpot, the default Oracle JVM, offers it.

Java has had support for concurrency from its first public version, whereas Python is more resolutely a sequential language. This has implications for taking advantage of current multi-core processor trends, with Java code more readily able to do so. The Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) in the dominant implementation of Python, CPython, stands in the way of such scaling. Python implementations without hits restriction exist, but relying on them can interfere with some of the portability assumptions underpinning Python code.

Legacy

Often language choice is not about the design and intrinsic qualities of the language itself. Languages exist to create code, and that code has a context in business, economics, history, software architecture, skills, and development culture.

Legacy systems have inertia around their incumbent technologies. Changes will more easily follow the path already laid down, shifting gradually and incrementally rather than by rewrite and revolution. For example, an existing Python 2 codebase is more likely to find a new lease on life in Python 3 than in a rewrite. The back-end of an existing Java enterprise project is likely to grow its functionality with more Java code, perhaps migrating to a more current version of the language, or by adding new features in other JVM languages such as Scala and Groovy.

Java’s history in the enterprise and its slightly more verbose coding style mean that Java legacy systems are typically larger and more numerous than Python legacy. On the other hand, organizations may be surprised to find how many of the scripts and glue code that hold their IT infrastructure together are made up of Python. Both languages have a legacy problem, but it typically presents differently.

Practical Agility

Development culture and trends have benefited both Java and Python. By virtue of publications that have used Java as their lingua franca and tools that focused on working with Java, Java is often seen to have the closer association with agile development and its community. But no community is static and so easily defined. Python has always had a presence in the agile space and has grown in popularity for many reasons, including the rise of the DevOps movement.

Java enjoys more consistent refactoring support than Python thanks on one hand to its static type system which makes automated refactored more predictable and reliable, and on the other to the prevalence of IDEs in Java development (IntelliJ, Eclipse, and NetBeans, for example). Python’s more dynamic type system encourages a different kind of agility in code, focusing on brevity, fluidity, and experimentation, where Java is perhaps seen as a more rigid option. That very same type system, however, can be an obstacle to automated refactoring in Python. Pythonic culture favors a diverse range of editors rather than being grounded in IDEs, which means there is less expectation of strong automated refactoring support.

The early popularity of JUnit and its association with test-driven development (TDD) has meant that, of all languages, Java enjoys perhaps the most consistent developer enthusiasm for unit testing of any language. The automatic inclusion of JUnit in IDEs has, in no small part, helped.

That said, Python’s origins in scripting and the inclusion of test features in its standard library mean that Python is no stranger to the emphasis on automated testing found in modern development, although it is more often likely to be integration rather than unit testing.

Human Resources

Sometimes language choice is more about the application of skills than it is about the software applications themselves. Staffing may count for more than language design and tooling. If the ideal language for the job is one that no one has skills in—and no one wants skills in—then it is probably not the ideal language for the job after all. On the other hand, if developers are keen to embrace a new technology then all other things being equal, this can be a good enough reason to go with that technology. In the Java world, the pill of a legacy Java codebase can often be sweetened by embracing another JVM language, such as using Groovy or Clojure for automated testing, or stepping outside the Java universe altogether, such as using Python to handle the operations side of the system.

Another side to the staffing question is the skills market. Both Java and Python are stalwarts of the TIOBE Index programming language popularity top 10 list. Java has consistently been more popular than Python, but Python has experienced the greater growth of the two languages, picking up where Perl and Ruby are falling.

Following the idea that one of the greatest influences on both personal choice and employment interest is going with what you know, both languages have a strong foothold in education, with Java more typically used on university courses and Python used in high school. Current IT graduates have one or both of these languages on their résumé almost by default.

Architecture

Skills and existing software systems and choices inform the programming languages used in any given software architecture. Software architecture is also matter of frameworks and libraries, reuse, and integration. In many cases, it is the technologies people want to take advantage of that dictate language choice rather than the other way around. A software architecture conceived around a Python web framework will not get far with a Java-only development team.

Both Java and Python enjoy a seemingly endless supply of open-source libraries populated by code from individuals and companies who have solved common and uncommon problems, and who are happy to share so others can take advantage of their solutions. Indeed, both languages have benefited from—and been shaped by—online forums and open-source development.

When questions of legacy, reuse, performance, and development skills have all been accounted for, some architectural decisions can still leave the choice of language open. For example, the rise of microservice architectures (where internet-facing systems are partitioned into small, cooperating processes) make the choice of language more of a localized detail than a dominant consideration across a project.

For all the diversity present in the modern programming landscape and its software architectures, some teams and businesses prefer to reduce some of their technology choices rather than live with a jumble of past decisions and personal whim. But consolidation can reduce options, so this is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is worth keeping an eye on trends in languages and frameworks to avoid taking the wrong fork in the road.

Conclusion
Java and Python are both in it for the long haul. Along with their development communities, they’ve evolved and adapted since the 1990s, finding new niches and replacing other languages—sometimes competing in the same space. Both languages are associated with openness, so companies, teams, and developers are best keeping an open mind when it comes to making a decision.

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In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory? In her Day 2 Keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Aruna Ravichandran, VP, DevOps Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies, was jo...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
"Since we launched LinuxONE we learned a lot from our customers. More than anything what they responded to were some very unique security capabilities that we have," explained Mark Figley, Director of LinuxONE Offerings at IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...

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Big Data Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

MAHADEV
Cisco

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

FELICIANO
AMDG

PAUL
VenueNext

SMITH
Eviot

BEAMER
goTraverse

GETTENS
goTraverse

CHAMBLISS
ReadyTalk

HERBERTS
Cityzen Data

REITBAUER
Dynatrace

WILLIAM-
SON

Cloud
Computing

SCHMARZO
EMC

WOOD
VeloCloud

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

VARAN-
NATH

GE

SRIDHARA-
BALAN

Pulzze

METRIC
Linux

MONTES
Iced

ARIOLA
Parasoft

HOLT
Daitan

CUNNING-
HAM

ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
SIAN

Cypress

NAMIE
Cisco

NAKA-
GAWA

Transparent
Cloud

SHIBATA
Transparent
Cloud

BOYD
Neo4j

WARD
DWE

MILLER
Covisint

EVAVOLD
Covisint

MEINER
Oracle

MEEHAN
Esri

WITECK
Citrix

LIANG
Rancher Labs

BUTLER
Tego

ROWE
IBM Cloud

SKILLERN
Intel

SMITH
Numerex
Big Data Expo New York All-Star Speakers Include

CLELAND
HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

HINCH-
CLIFFE

7Summits

DE SOUZA
Cisco

RANDALL
Gartner

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

HARLAN
Two Bulls

GOLO
SHUBIN

Bit6

PROIETTI
Location
Smart

MARTIN
nfrastructure

MOULINE
Everbridge

MARSH
Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

PEROTTI
Plantronics

HOFFMAN
EastBanc

WATSON
Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

Big Data Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
Intrepid

NAKAGAWA
Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

VARAN NATH
GE

COOPER
M2Mi

SENAY
Teletax

SKEEN
Vitria

KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

MAGUIRE
HP

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

STEINER-JOVIC
AweSense

LYNN
AgilData

HEDGES
Cloudata

DUFOUR
Webroot

ROBERTS
Platform

JONES
Deep

PFEIFFER
NICTA

NIELSEN
Redis

PAOLALANTORIO
DataArchon

KAHN
Solgenia

LOPEZ
Kurento

KIM
MapR

BROMHEAD
Instaclustr

LEVINE
CytexOne

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
Systems

THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

DE SOUZA
Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
-WITHANA

WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
-MANIAN

Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


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@SteveMar_Msft
General Manager of Window Azure
 
How does Cloud Expo do it every year? Another INCREDIBLE show - our heads are spinning - so fun and informative."
@SOASoftwareInc
 
Thank you @ThingsExpo for such a great event. All of the people we met over the past three days makes us confident IoT has a bright future."
Yasser Khan
CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

@Peak_Ten


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Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architect, explored how storage and software-defined solutions from IBM have evolved for the road ahead. Lea...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration and discussed ways to control cloud costs.
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the ability to deliver applications at warp speed using infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a ...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud hosts. This BriefingsDirect cloud services maturity discussion focuses on new ways to gain container orc...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the basics of Blockchain, previewed the Blockchain Reference Architecture, and introduced the mechanics o...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application performance guarantees & data privacy.
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infrastructure/applications, self-remediation workflows, integrating monitoring and complimenting integra...
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored.
Bitcoins are a digital cryptocurrency and have been around since 2009. As a substitute for legal tender, they are becoming the rage for investors and others but because there is no government agency auditing or performing regulatory oversights, you wonder if it is the perfect breeding ground for electronic nano crime. Since the introduction of the Bitcoin, some competitors have emerged and the whole segment of cryptocurrencies are defined as Altcoins. Altcoins include Dogecoin, Ethereum Feathercoin, Litecoin, Novacoin, Peercoin, and Zetacoin. Some of these cryptocurrencies are considered impro...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management c...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
Blockchain offers impeccable security with its cryptography-based decentralized system as well as the plethora of possible uses retailers could exploit in the near future. In a world of increasing cyberattacks, internet fraud and online hacking, blockchain comes as a breath of fresh air. With its encrypted data and decentralized network system, it's a thorn in every hacker's side. Generally being associated with the finance sector, blockchain is now taking retail by storm. It's on a course that will change the retail industry as we know it. But how exactly is it going to achieve such a feat?
Making informed network investment decisions about emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help evolve the network to keep pace with the innovations of the devices and people it’s connecting. As you work with business leaders to make decisions about upgrading your infrastructure with these networking developments, it’s important to understand the similarities, differences, and benefits of dual NFV and SDN implementation. With their ability to offer a new way to design, deploy, and manage the network and its services, NFV a...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience b...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our persona...
Most of us understand that artificial intelligence (AI) offers opportunities for productivity improvements in the form of speed, automation, standardized actions and responses, plus the opportunity for continuous improvements via machine learning. These opportunities are enabled by data inputs that are analyzed and processed through AI algorithms that execute a desired decision and action. For all of the great capabilities and benefits that AI can provide, there is also a potential dark side. AI solutions can easily codify our prejudices, bias, gender stereotypes and promote injustices intenti...