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Amazon Web Services Official: PM Modi Building Cloud-First Approach to Empower Indians

Adopting the secure Cloud-first approach is top priority for governments the world over

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For a country like India, the hope lies in a visionary leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pixabay

For a country like India, the hope lies in a visionary leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is aiming to create a Cloud-first approach towards skilling and digital transformation, thus empowering over a billion people, says Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Carlson, who reports directly to AWS CEO Andy Jassy and has been in India twice in recent times to explore the government’s digital transformation initiatives, hailed the return of Modi government to power.

“Leaders like him understand that they require transformative actions and sustainable economic development models to drive the change which would eventually benefit the masses.

“Adopting the secure Cloud-first approach is top priority for governments the world over. Data is like currency because that’s where all the information and the opportunities lie, which can make a real difference in the lives of millions of people,” Carlson told IANS on the sidelines of AWS Public Sector Summit attended by over 18,000 technologists here on Tuesday.

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AWS is the Cloud arm of retail giant Amazon. Pixabay

AWS is the Cloud arm of retail giant Amazon. In the first quarter of 2019, AWS reported an annualized revenue run rate of $31 billion, registering 41 per cent (year-on-year) growth.

According to Carlson, who joined AWS in 2010 and organised the first Public Sector Summit with just 50 people participating, it is high time for the Indian government to deploy Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning-driven Cloud models to make sense of humongous sets of data — analyse it, share it and parse out the key insights to researchers and related stakeholders who could then better help communities.

“I strongly feel that the Indian government can unlock the potential of data-sets across the domain with the help of AI and ML and use the models in ways that actually help citizens in solving their real-life problems,” emphasised Carlson, who would be to New Delhi for the AWS Public Sector Summit in September.

Cloud today has become the new normal, she said, adding that when she started the public sector Cloud business, customers didn’t even really understand what Cloud computing was.

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“But today, not only do they understand it, they actually choose it as their first choice. They’re making massive acquisitions around Cloud computing and understand their ability to move quickly and scale up the workloads,” Carlson told IANS.

Since launching AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has seen the client list growing from state, local and central governments to educational institutions, ed-tech companies and non-profit organisations.

Over 28,000 non-profit organisations globally are building a better world for millions on AWS Cloud.

“The customers today are using the Cloud-based technologies to experiment, try out things and then scale it. They may face failures but this helps them become builders. And that’s really what has changed in the last few years,” she added.

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Carlson, who reports directly to AWS CEO Andy Jassy and has been in India twice in recent times to explore the government’s digital transformation initiatives. Pixabay

In a bid to add more customers in the growing Indian market, AWS last month announced the third availability zone in its Mumbai Cloud Region.

The company launched AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region with two availability zones in 2016 and has seen tremendous growth in adding new customers in the region.

The AWS Cloud spans 66 Availability Zones within 21 geographic Regions around the world, with announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and four more Regions in Bahrain, Cape Town, Jakarta and Milan.

According to Carlson, once the governments have Cloud-first policy in place, “they need strong leadership to take steps to push it forward.

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“We’ve learned through experience that unless you have leaders that really drive things forward for all the right reasons like security, cost reduction, scalability, privacy and rapid acceleration of citizen services, peoples’ lives won’t transform,” Carlson told IANS. (IANS)

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Amazon, Toshiba Announce First Budget-friendly TV with Dolby Vision

The company has continued to iterate on the Fire TV software to embrace Alexa voice controls as well

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E-commerce giant Amazon has announced the first budget-friendly Toshiba-branded 4K TV with built-in Fire TV software and Dolby Vision.

Up until now, the Dolby Vision — which is an HDR format that offers a wider colour palette and brighter highlights — has been widely available in premium-priced smart TVs, it is still trickling down to entry-level sets.

The Toshiba set would be available in 55-inch, 43-inch and 50-inch variants for $449.99, $329.99 and $379.99 respectively, The Verge reported on Thursday. The TVs would be available exclusively on Amazon and Best Buy stores.

The news comes as Amazon prepares to open an installation at the Dolby experiential space in New York City’s Soho neighbourhood where it would showcase theatre-like viewing experience with Dolby’s audio and visual technologies on recent Fire TV hardware.

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Smart televisions are becoming a popular trend.

Amazon’s Fire TV has over 34 million active monthly users and the company currently includes the Stick.

The Fire TV Stick 4K supports Dolby Vision, while the Cube offers Dolby Atmos audio but not the visual side, the report added.

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The company has continued to iterate on the Fire TV software to embrace Alexa voice controls as well.

The Fire TV Edition with Dolby Vision was a necessary step for Amazon to better square off with the line-up of Roku TVs on the market like TCL, which already offers Dolby Vision output, the report noted. (IANS)