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Elon Musk-owned electric vehicle company Tesla is working on moving driver profiles to the cloud for backing up driver profiles. In Tesla software updates reports there is a reference to a new feature called "Cloud Profiles", which gives the user the option to Enable Vehicle Sync' for individual driver profiles.
Musk previously said cloud-synced profiles were on the way and one can expect Cloud Profiles feature to be available in a software update later this year. Musk has also been talking about putting user profiles in the cloud to automatically load all preferred settings onto a new Tesla vehicle.
US-based rental car company Hertz recently announced that it had ordered 100,000 Tesla vehicles, however Musk said no contract has been signed with Hertz after the rental car company. Meanwhile, Hertz told BBC that deliveries of the Teslas have already started. "As we announced last week, Hertz has made an initial order of 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles and is investing in new EV (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure across the company's global operations," a spokeswoman was quoted as saying.
Hertz refused to confirm if a contract had or had not been signed with Tesla in the light of Musk's tweet, adding it did not discuss details of its business relationships or discussions. (IANS/ MBI)
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By Mohammad Ali
Over the past few decades, there hasn’t been any field of IT that has created as much investment, interest, and hype as cloud computing. Even though the term might mean different for different users, the cloud is a permanent fixture for service providers and end-users, as well as global organizations of different sizes. This is also the reason why cloud computing gets a lot of attention and coverage from certification providers and companies providing cloud-related services such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, VMware, and Microsoft. They offer certifications for several cloud-based roles including the Cloud Architect. In this article, we will be discussing how you can get started on your journey to becoming a cloud architect.
What is a Cloud Architect?
Cloud computing architecture includes all the components and subcomponents needed for setting up cloud computing. The components usually consist of backend platforms, a front-end platform, a network, and a cloud-based delivery. When these components are combined, you get a cloud computing architecture. The design of the cloud solutions has the same architectural methods and procedures that have been used for the past two decades.
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As a cloud architect, your job will include converting the project’s technical requirements into the design and architecture that will be guiding the final project. You will also have to bridge the gap between the solutions in the cloud and the complex business problems. You will work with developers and DevOps engineers to ensure the right technologies are built.
What are the prerequisite skills?
If you are planning to become a Cloud Architect, ideally, you will have a strong background in either cloud computing or other technical areas. If you are comfortable working with most of the concepts or at least a few of them, you are on the right track. If not, you can work in some of these areas or study them before tackling the role of a Cloud Architect.
- Operating System – You must have an in-depth understanding of at least one operating system which can be Windows, Linux, Unix, Ubuntu, or Solaris. You must have experience working as an architect or an administrator in any of these operating systems as it will help you transition into the role of a cloud architect.
- Networking – You must have a good understanding of networking concepts such as IP addresses, TCP/IP, DNS, and HTTP before you pursue the position of a cloud architect.
- Programming Languages – Even though knowledge of at least one programming language is not a must, it will definitely help you in your job as a Cloud Architect. You can learn C++, Java, Python, or Ruby.
- Security – If you want to be a Cloud Architect, then you should have a high-level knowledge of core security concepts. Security is crucial in the cloud and knowledge of crucial concerts like firewalls is a must.
It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive. However, if you want to be a Cloud Architect, you must have a strong technical background.
What is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect?
In May 2013, Amazon Web Services launched its AWS certification program. Currently, they are offering several role-based credentials available at professional, associate, and foundation levels along with many specialty certifications. Through their certifications, they aim to prepare candidates for the architect, operations, and developer roles.
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate and Professional certification targets networking professionals with some experience in designing as well as deploying cloud solutions on AWS. If you want to work in this role, you must know how to assess the needs of the client, plan and design solutions meeting those requirements, recommending an architecture that can implement and provision AWS applications, and provide guidance throughout the project’s lifecycle.
During the associate level certification training, you will learn how to identify and collect requirements for the solution plans and provide guidance on best architectural practices throughout the AWS projects. It is also a prerequisite for professional-level certification. Before you go for the professional level certification, you must make yourself familiar with concepts such as business continuity, high availability, network design, costing, data storage deployment management, hybrid structure, elasticity and scalability, security, and cloud migration.
Here are a few other certifications from the AWS:
- AWS Certified Developer – Associate: This credential is the best fit for someone who wants to design, develop, and implement cloud-based solutions using the AWS platform.
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional: This role involves provisioning, managing, and operating distributed applications using AWS. Here are a few other responsibilities of a DevOps Engineer:
- Implementing and managing delivery systems, governance, compliance validation, and security controls.
- Defining and deploying monitoring, logging, and metrics systems.
- Maintaining operational systems.
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate: With this credential, you will be responsible for provisioning services and systems on AWS, automating deployments, monitoring metrics on AWS, following and recommending best practices.
- AWS Cloud Practitioner: This is the only foundation-level certification from AWS. Even though it is not required, it is recommended for the associate, professional, and specialty AWS certifications.
AWS also offers specialty certifications in the field of networking, big data, and security:
- AWS Certified Security – Specialty
- AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty
- AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty
Amazon is currently on the top spot in the field of cloud computing services. Because of this, the AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification is a must-have for someone who wants to work as a Cloud Architect in a company that relies heavily on AWS for their business. This certification will distinguish you from your competitors and give you an advantage while pursuing new clients.
Cloud Architect is a crucial role in an organization that comes with high demand and endless possibilities. There is no denying that this demand will only grow exponentially over the next few years. So, getting a Cloud Architect certification will be the right step for your career growth. It will be your opportunity to learn the new and exciting technologies that are emerging in the cloud arena.
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Although there is an acceleration in tech adoption and innovation across sectors in India, the key challenge now is to scale new-age technologies like Cloud, AL/ML and data in a way that these can empower more than a billion people in the next decade, global IT major Infosys co-founder and Chairman Nandan Nilekani said on Tuesday.
In a conversation with Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft during the first virtual edition of ExpertSpeak, Nilekani said that in health, education and financial services, tech has an extremely important role to play.
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“One of the first challenges we have is of scale and technology is the only way we can reach more than 1.3 billion people. Second, we have a young population demanding a better life and better jobs and speed is critical, making technologies like the cloud so important to be able to deliver value to a billion people,” he stressed.
“Equally on the data side, as the data byproduct of this activity goes up, we can apply AI and big data and use that to deliver better learning outcomes, better loans and better health diagnostics,” he noted.
According to Nilekani, everything that human beings do will be amplified with AI and data.
“So, I see a big role for cloud, AI and data in the coming years for India to really transform itself,” he said.
Maheshwari said that the pace of tech adoption is reshaping every sector in the country — from education, health, public services, to traditional sectors like retail, financial services, manufacturing, MSME and agriculture.
“Microsoft has been a long-standing partner in helping India build self-reliance in technology. We were among the first companies to invest in data centers in India. Today, we see organisations leverage public tech platforms at scale, along with building their own capabilities and IP,” he informed.
“Through our tech stack, we are very focused on helping organisations across India build their own IP and digital infrastructure to achieve technological self-reliance,” Maheshwari added.
According to Nilekani, we are building in India whether it’s identity payments like UPI or the data empowerment architecture.
“These are Indian homegrown innovations which have allowed us to use global technology but in a way that India is not locked in,” he noted.
The discussion also highlighted the need for a responsible and ethical tech ecosystem in the country that drives innovation and fuels consumer confidence.
“People will only use technology that they trust. It is critical that tech platforms are built for privacy, security, AI ethics and internet safety, especially for children,” said Maheshwari. (IANS/GA)
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on a new password protection feature that will encrypt chat backups in Cloud, making them accessible only to the users. WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted but this protection currently doesn’t apply to online backups stored on Google Drive and Apple iCloud. WABetaInfo, a website that closely tracks WhatsApp updates in Beta, said on Monday that WhatsApp is working on cloud backup encryption.
“The chat database and media will be safe from unauthorized access when using a password. The password is private and it’s not sent to WhatsApp. It will be available in a future build for iOS and Android,” WABetaInfo said in a tweet.
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The feature was spotted last year and now, it has been shared via screenshots. “To prevent unauthorized access to your iCloud Drive backup, you can set a password that will be used to encrypt future backups. This password will be required when you restore from the backup,” read the screenshots.
“The chat database is already encrypted now (excluding media), but the algorithm is reversible and it’s not end-to-end encrypted. Local Android backups will be compatible with this feature,” the report said. The chat DB and media will be encrypted using a password that only you know.