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  • Discover Artificial Intelligence with Microsoft Azure

    Microsoft Azure, the Cloud platform so well known for its multi-faceted service offerings, guaranteeing its users a secure and optimized management of their data, has embarked over the past few years to further expand this fleet of services by drawing inspiration from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and even more from Machine Learning and even Deep Learning.

    Artificial Intelligence: Unlimited power

    We currently live in a world where machines are able to automatically perform tasks that sometimes exceed human intelligence.

    Indeed, the transcendent potential of Artificial Intelligence has largely facilitated its infiltration in almost all sectors of daily life including health, education, social networks and many others. Its effect is so powerful and majestic that we meet it, use it everywhere and all the time without realizing it.

    Intelligence "Cloudified" by Azure

    Microsoft had the idea to combine the potential of Azure and Artificial Intelligence to create an intelligent cloud, providing another variety of services making it easier for users, especially enterprises to keep up with the accelerated rise of Artificial Intelligence.

    Indeed, thanks to Microsoft Azure, we can now create, deploy and manage applications with special intelligence, with ease and security.

    These services are mainly intended for companies so that they will be able to modernize their products and applications and thus target other customers allowing them to distinguish themselves from their competitors in the market.

    Indeed, Azure combines a very powerful infrastructure, efficient and sufficiently powerful development and programming tools, sophisticated libraries and services based on Artificial Intelligence (cognitive services, the Bot service, API's, etc.) to allow companies and developers a flexible and easy handling ensuring a rapid deployment and implementation of applications.

    Let's create wonders with Microsoft Azure

    Like any kind of technological revolution, Artificial Intelligence would certainly have an undeniable impact on the future of humanity. For this reason, it is important to emphasize and respect the ethical aspects in order to ensure a better alliance between this technology and its beneficiaries, thus favoring its development in the long term and on good foundations.

    Microsoft's approach to integrating intelligent services into Azure is to respect the dignity and identity of its users and to ensure their fair and reliable inclusion in all its applications, ensuring better collaboration between humans and machines that could create wonders.

  • Microsoft Azure: Best Guide to High Performance Computing

    For large companies with large amounts of complex data to process and analyze, such as those specializing in scientific research, meteorology, aviation and even design offices, the need for a powerful infrastructure with high-performance computing servers and clusters is essential.
    The HPC (High Performance Computing), also known as High Performance Computing, comes indeed to the rescue of these companies, with the aim of helping them to accelerate the processing and the calculation of data and to decrease the risks or likely problems.
    That said, this giant infrastructure requires so much material and management time and maintenance to keep it running, as well as significant financial resources to acquire it properly.
    But with the emergence of the Cloud and its various services, these two big technologies can help large companies to gain time and productivity in the market.

    Creating wonders with HPC:

    High performance computing can be defined as software with "supercomputers" capable of performing delicate and deep data processing based on the power of the multiprocessor system that is integrated into it.
    Working with a modern parallel architecture and programming tools for scientific research and industry.

    Indeed, it is able to perform tasks that are difficult for simple computers and that is why it requires a great investment on the part of companies wanting to deploy it to accelerate and increase as much as possible their productivity and, or, their sales figures.
    For this reason, it is widely used today by the largest industries around the world in virtually every field. For example, in healthcare, HPC has proven to be very effective in the development of medical instruments, especially in medical imaging. Similarly, in engineering. Thanks to the efficiency and speed of deployment of its clusters, HPC enables virtual prototypes and real-time simulations of models, allowing companies to go to market with significant speed and thus improving productivity.

    Last but not least, in the energy field. The HPC allows a rapid study of seismic data analysis, the location of oil fields as well as an important storage of the data in order to accelerate the analysis of the data and to benefit from a remarkable security of the obtained results which prove to be very sensitive and important for possible projects.
    That said, the high energy consumption of this infrastructure must be taken into consideration, as well as the monetary value of acquiring the necessary hardware for deployment and maintenance.

    The Cloud: Helping HPC

    For small businesses, HPC deployment is very tempting and motivating because of its great ability to accelerate time to market and its speed to market. But, unfortunately, this is limited to the budget they have for HPC infrastructure deployment.
    Fortunately, with the emergence of the concept of the Cloud, many SMEs and also large companies can take advantage of it thanks to its wide range of services that largely save in terms of cost and time for these companies, regarding the acquisition, deployment and maintenance of the HPC infrastructure.
    Microsoft Azure, the famous Microsoft Cloud, offers its users a wide range of preconfigured hardware and software resources to benefit from HPC without any constraints.
    For example, Azure guarantees virtual machines with a variety of operating systems and an infrastructure consisting of high-performance computational and graphics processors for the analysis and simulation of HPC data. This resource exists in Azure under the name "HPC VM".
    Blob storage accounts on Azure enable unstructured data to be stored and run flexibly and quickly and can be integrated with virtual machines to form an HPC-ready cluster.
    Azure allows you to benefit from supercomputers for the simulation of complex tasks such as those related to artificial intelligence. This supercomputer, named Cray and linked to virtual machines, allows you to accelerate the analysis of data and thus obtain better results with an availability of 99.9%.
    There are plenty of other resources on Azure to take advantage of HPC in a simple and easy way for any type of business that wants to take advantage of it.
    Certainly the costs of using HPC on Azure seem a bit expensive compared to its other services, but this does not prevent that this move to the Cloud will allow companies to limit other hardware and software expenses and focus, on the other hand, to increase their revenues on the market.

Microsoft is a multinational technology company and the world's No. 1 provider of operating systems software for PCs and servers and ranked in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications and Web Conferencing.

Microsoft embodies the modern technological evolution as cloud service providers.

With a revenue increase of 96.657 billion euros and a capitalization of $660 billion in 2017, the giant occupies the 28th position on the Fortune 500 list for the same year.

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