Cloud storage APIs: What are they and what can be done with them?
Cloud storage APIs: What are they and what can be done with them?


It could be argued that the contemporary world of the web is built on application programming interfaces (APIs) – or, more specifically, web APIs that allow a web application to access services and information from elsewhere.

An enormous amount of web content is based around this combining of data from different online sources. A long time ago, they were called “mashups” and people hailed it “Internet 2.0”. But such silliness has now receded, and the use of APIs is simply part of the fabric of contemporary IT.

Here, we look at storage management APIs that developers can use to provide storage services for web-centric applications.

What is a storage API?

There’s potentially some ambiguity over what is meant by storage APIs. That’s because, in the most fundamental terms, an API is just some code that allows one piece of software to connect to another.

For example, if we talk about “storage APIs”, that could include APIs provided by a storage array maker to expose monitoring and control of their products to software written by developers. We could also be talking about the localStorage web development interface that allows browser-based applications to retain data locally, and which is considered sketchy from a security point of view.

But that’s not what we’ll focus on here. Instead, we’ll be looking at the APIs that provide third-party storage or storage services (database, data lake, data warehouse) that developers can connect to via APIs written into application code.

What kinds of storage APIs are there?

Storage APIs can be categorised into a number of areas, including:

  • APIs that connect to cloud file sync and drive-type services and productivity apps such as Google Workspace or Microsoft 365 via its Graph APIs.
  • APIs to connect web apps to cloud providers’ storage services.
  • APIs that allow the use of storage-related services such as databases, data lakes and data warehouses.

What use cases are there for storage APIs?

The categories we’re going to talk about here can probably be defined as more suited to smaller-scale and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) scenarios – in the case of API connectivity to drive storage and productivity app connected services – and everything else.

When we talk about “connecting” to such services, we’re really talking about the ability to create, read, update and delete (CRUD) data, usually via HTTP methods such as Get, Post, Put, and so on.

At the entry level, it is possible to connect to services such as Google Workspace or Microsoft 365 to access files, spreadsheets, email, documents, calendars, analytics, and so on.

Beyond that, it is possible to connect to cloud providers’ storage capacity – usually object storage – via APIs to use and manipulate data according to the scenario.

At the enterprise end of things, there is also a wide range of data services accessible via API. These include databases (SQL and NoSQL) as well as higher-level layers of service often based on these, such as data lakes and data warehousing.

Who provides storage APIs and what do they cost?

Box and Dropbox make APIs available to allow numerous HTTP-based CRUD operations on data held in their systems and for developers to incorporate into applications. These allow a range of ways to manipulate files and metadata and to organise files. Access to them and development using their APIs is free below certain capacity limits.

Microsoft Graph is the developer’s API platform that can access a wide range of Microsoft products. The company offers developers a free 365 account. Beyond that, costs are based around the number of Graph objects accessed, with the cost at the time of writing $0.375 per 1,000 objects.

Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite) offers API access to a wide range of its productivity apps and beyond. These include access to email, calendars and to spreadsheets as a rudimentary form of database. There is a free trial subscription, but this only lasts 14 days.

The storage capacity of the key cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – are essentially API-based, with Rest and HTTP commands used to access cloud storage capacity. Access to the hyperscalers’ object storage offerings – such as Amazon S3 and Azure Blob – are via familiar API methods for CRUD operations.

Often, these will be accessed by applications running in the cloud, but they need not be, and APIs provide a way to expose storage to applications running elsewhere.

Database services are also accessed via APIs, such as AWS’s RDS (SQL) and DynamoDB (NoSQL) databases. There are also Azure’s SQL Database and Cosmos DB, and Google’s Cloud SQL and Datastore NoSQL counterparts.

In addition, you can run the likes of MongoDB, Scylla and PostGreSQL in the big three’s clouds.

With all these cloud databases, access can be via API. All the cloud providers have a free tier, but for small-scale and developer use cases.

Something more like cloud point database solutions – sometimes styled DBaaS – (and usually NoSQL) are available from the likes of Fauna, DataStax, Couchbase and MongoDB’s Atlas.

Beyond this, yet more complex data storage and database solutions – such as data lakes and data warehouses – are accessible via API and available from the big three. These include Azure Data Lake, Amazon Redshift and Google BigQuery data warehouse offerings.



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LegalZoom IPO: Glendale law services firm pops in debut
LegalZoom IPO: Glendale law services firm pops in debut



LegalZoom became a publicly traded company Wednesday on the Nasdaq stock exchange, as investors snatched up shares of the Glendale firm founded in 1999 to upend the legal world.

The stock rose to a price of more than $38 a share just after its debut at 9 a.m. Pacific — well above the asking price of $28, rocketing the valuation to more than $7 billion in its first moments as a public company — and ended the day just slightly lower at $37.85.

LegalZoom counts 1 million small businesses as customers for its subscription services, along with millions of users who come to the site for help with estate planning, divorce documents and intellectual property filings, among other legal services.

But the company’s stated mission, “to democratize law,” has often put it in conflict with lawyers groups across the country since its founding, and its future success depends in part on disrupting the staid legal profession.

In the U.S. in 2020, 10% of new limited liability companies and 5% of new corporations were formed using LegalZoom services, according to the company’s filings in preparation for its IPO. The company’s business model relies on those founders coming back for more business services as their companies grow — instead of hiring lawyers to perform those services.

In a conversation with The Times minutes after the stock began trading, LegalZoom Chief Executive Dan Wernikoff explained why the company went public now, what it plans to do with its new pile of cash, and why he thinks online legal services and lawyers can work together to make the law more accessible for everyone. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Congrats on going public, and that opening price.

Yeah, good strong open. Our initial range was $24 to $27, and we raised the target, and, yeah, the opening trade I believe was a little bit more than $36, and it’s gone up from there.

What are you going to do with the money you just raised?

I joined two years ago with the strategy to recharge growth, and this is a recognition of what we’re trying to do: raise cash, pay down our debt, have cash on the balance sheet and really think of that as a tool to accelerate our growth.

Also, this is a 20-year-old business, so there’s a little bit here of making sure we’re rewarding our existing shareholders, but also thinking how we can attract more employees. We really want to be competitive, and we’re hiring a ton.

So the plan is to keep growing. After 20 years, is there still open market share for the taking?

Oh, yeah, we estimate the serviceable addressable market — the people who consume legal services today in the areas we offer it — is close to $49 billion. If you do the math here, we have less than a [percentage] point of penetration.

Almost all legal services — 92% of them — are delivered offline, which is really different than any other industry. If you think about financial services or healthcare, it’s odd there haven’t been more people adopting legal services over technology.

Is the goal to automate the legal profession and disrupt how lawyers do business?

It’s actually not to automate legal services. In a lot of ways, for people who are self-directed, we’re helping them complete their transactions with more confidence. They can do a lot of the things we offer today directly with government agencies.

The real opportunity isn’t to disrupt attorneys, it’s much more to make attorneys more efficient. We have our own independent network of attorneys that provides legal advice through our platform, and they can do it at a lower cost and more efficiently than if they were working in their own practice.

You’ve faced opposition from lawyers groups and a number of lawsuits over the years over claims that online legal services amount to the unauthorized practice of law. Do you think that’s going to continue?

Unauthorized practice of law has been pretty well settled at this point through the court system, so we feel really good about our service not running afoul. If anything, I think [state attorneys general] and different legislators are now looking at the legal system and feeling like it’s just not accessible to most people, that it’s too expensive, so a lot of people avoid it.

Multiple states now are trying to change the rules so a corporation can own a law firm and split fees with attorneys, very specifically because they believe that costs will come down. That’s already happened in Arizona, there’s a five-year sandbox in Utah, and 15 states are actually considering the same legislation. I think we’re on the right side of this debate because we’re just trying to get people access to legal services who today really don’t feel like they can afford it.

Why would allowing corporations to own a law firm bring down costs and improve access?

The thought is if you allow a corporation to own [a law firm], they’ll be able to hire really strong talent that can actually build out the technology platform itself. And if you enable revenue sharing, then you actually are incenting people to reduce price as much as possible — and disrupt attorneys that decide not to adopt technology.

You know, you asked me if we’re partnering with attorneys or are we not. I think we don’t partner with attorneys who don’t believe in technology, and we partner with attorneys who believe technology can make their service better.

So what’s the plan for the next year? Bringing in more small business subscribers?

We’re focused on all things small business. More specifically, we’re focused on the moment when people are forming. Right at that moment you’re not just creating an entity. You’re also thinking through things like what are the tax implications, what insurance do I need, what business license do I require?

There’s a whole set of hurdles thrown in front of small businesses; our objective is to remove each one right at that moment.

How did the pandemic affect the small-business clients you work with?

It’s been a tale of two cities. If you think about existing businesses as the pandemic hit, we saw a lot of businesses pause and fail.

But what’s really inspiring about small business is you also saw a pretty significant acceleration in formation itself. As people were in shelter-in-place at home, I think there was a significant discovery of the digital tools that are out there which make it very simple from an operational standpoint to launch an e-commerce business, or to sell your crafts online, or participate in some sort of gig platform. It used to be that you’d have to go out and get a loan and think about real estate. Now you can launch a business in a matter of weeks with almost no money upfront; it’s leveled the playing field

You said you plan to hire with the new cash on hand. Is the Glendale office still the core of the company?

We do more hiring in Glendale than anywhere else — we also have a contact center in Austin, Texas, and a product center we’ve opened in Silicon Valley, and we plan to open more sites over time.

But our team in Glendale is the lifeblood of the company. We have people who really understand the legal domain, we have a great engineering team, we really have the foundation there. But one of the things as we continue to grow is we’ll hire in all locations because we’re getting very comfortable with remote work and the concept of collaborating online.

Any last thoughts on IPO day?

A day like this, you do reflect a bit. This company has had a long history, and I’d say an incredibly innovative history. It’s a crazy idea to put legal forms online; people don’t think about that. Back in 2000? That was a really disruptive idea that has become the foundation of what could be a world-class small-business provider.

So I thank those guys, the original founders. We just want to continue with that legacy and keep growing this business.





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Nokia 105 4G Price Revealed: All You Need to Know
Nokia 105 4G Price Revealed: All You Need to Know


Nokia 105 4G price has now been revealed a couple of weeks after the phone was first launched. The new Nokia feature phone comes with features such as wireless FM radio and an inbuilt LED torch. The phone also has 4G VoLTE support. Despite being an entry-level feature phone, it offers seamless payment support via AliPay in China. Nokia brand licensee HMD Global launched the Nokia 105 4G alongside the Nokia 110 4G earlier this month. Both phones share mostly the same list of specifications, though the Nokia 110 comes with a camera that is absent from the Nokia 105 4G.

Nokia 105 4G price, availability details

Nokia 105 4G price has been set at CNY 229 (roughly Rs. 2,600), as seen on e-commerce listings for the phone, and the phone has debuted in China in Black, Blue, and Red colour options. It is currently available for pre-bookings in the country, with its shipments beginning from July 5. Customers pre-booking the phone can avail a discounted price of CNY 199 (roughly Rs. 2,300), as revealed by the company’s post on Weibo.

Details about the global pricing and availability of the Nokia 105 4G are yet to be revealed.

Nokia 105 4G specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 105 4G features a 1.8-inch QQVGA (120×160 pixels) colour display and is powered by Unisoc T107 SoC, along with 128MB of RAM and 48MB of onboard storage. The phone also comes with a microSD card slot that supports expansion up to 32GB. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, FM radio, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also an LED torch.

In terms of preloaded content, the Nokia 105 4G has pre-installed games, Internet browser, and an English dictionary. The phone also comes with a Readout Assist feature to read out loud the on-screen menu items.

The Nokia 105 4G in China also comes with AliPay integration. Further, the phone packs a 1,020mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to five hours of talk time on a 4G network. It measures 121x50x14.5 and weighs 80.2 grams.


What is the best phone under Rs. 15,000 in India right now? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Later (starting at 27:54), we speak to OK Computer creators Neil Pagedar and Pooja Shetty. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.



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Time to patch increases significantly during pandemic
Time to patch increases significantly during pandemic


That the Covid-19 pandemic has left organisations struggling to secure and manage remote devices is beyond doubt, but a new report from Automox, a Colorado-based supplier of endpoint management automation services, had given fresh insight into how keeping tabs on the device estate has become more complex and time-consuming because of the new normal of hybrid working.

To compile its report The 2021 state of IT operations, Automox studied 500 IT operations and security professionals at enterprises with headcounts ranging from 500 to 25,000, in 15 different industries, and based on its data, it described the hybrid model as a potential “cyber security disaster” for the unprepared.

In the report’s preamble, Automox said it was perhaps unsurprising that organisations were struggling to get on top of their patching responsibilities. The report’s authors wrote: “To adapt and survive in this new normal, companies took swift action in 2020 to implement and support an almost entirely remote workforce.

“The effort companies made to keep employees and customers safe while maintaining business operations has been truly inspirational. But that effort was rushed, leaving IT operations with the overwhelming, if not impossible, task of managing thousands of new devices, endpoints and support requests remotely.”

Among some of the headline findings in the data was a sharp decrease in the frequency with which disclosed vulnerabilities are patched in under 24 hours – which dropped from 20% last year to 9.9% today – despite new vulnerabilities or zero-days being quickly exploited by malicious actors, as has been seen in many cases, even before disclosure.

The survey also found that about 60% of organisations take more than 72 hours to patch, and more than 20% take over 30 days, giving malicious actors a wide-open window to take advantage of the disclosed vulnerabilities to get inside target networks, establish persistence, steal data, and drop malware or ransomware.

The data also shows small, but still stark, differences, in the length of time taken to patch on-premise devices, including virtual machines (VMs) and servers, as opposed to remote desktops and laptops. Some 40.3% of remote devices were patched in between four and 30 days post-disclosure, compared with 37.9% of on-prem devices and 38.5% of cloud-hosted devices. Just 9.9% of remote devices were patched in under 24 hours, compared with 17.9% of on-prem devices and 12.3% of cloud-hosted devices.

Factors influencing the ability to patch specific remote endpoints included having multiple or separate tools for patching, time needed to test new patches, remote employees inconsistently connecting back to the enterprise network for updates, and an inability to take systems offline for maintenance. Less frequently disclosed, yet no less important, impediments to patching included insufficient staff, a lack of coordination between security and IT teams, and a lack of automated patch management solutions.

A total of 34.1% of respondents strongly agreed with the statement that the process of managing endpoints – patching, reconfiguring and inventorising software for laptops and desktops – had become harder because of the shift to more employees operating remotely. Slightly more, 45.2%, somewhat agreed, and only 4.7% strongly disagreed.

“The fact that most organisations maintain several tools in-house to manage their endpoints already poses a challenge to IT operations,” said Automox. “The growing remote workforce has exacerbated and further complicated the situation as organisations have added more endpoints that are increasingly diverse and distributed with a continuous growing list of issues to remediate.”

Automox said it found evidence that many IT operations and security teams were now looking at new ways of taking back control, with many considering cloud-native approaches to endpoint management.

“Our new normal requires a new approach – automating remote IT operations capabilities using cloud-native approaches to enable real-time visibility and control over diverse, shifting IT environments,” said the report.

“Cloud-native is an on-demand, elastic, multi-tenant service, accessible anywhere from any device, and with usage that is measured and monitored.

“An agile native-cloud approach is different from all other on-premise, hybrid and cloud approaches because it offers quick deployment; requires zero maintenance; provides the scalability for organisations to evolve and grow without boundaries; and enables real-time visibility and control over diverse, shifting IT environments.”



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Samsung Galaxy S10 Series Get July 2021 Android Security Patch: Report
Samsung Galaxy S10 Series Get July 2021 Android Security Patch: Report


Samsung Galaxy S10 series smartphones have started receiving the July 2021 Android security patch, as per a report. While the report does not explicitly mention which smartphones in the series are getting the update, it can be expected that the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are receiving the latest security patch. The update is said to be rolling out in the Czech Republic first, but other regions are likely to receive it soon. The report also says that more Galaxy smartphones should be getting the latest security patch in the coming days.

A report by SamMobile says the Samsung Galaxy S10 series of smartphones are receiving a new update that includes the July 2021 Android security patch. The update with the firmware version G973FXXSBFUF3 is said to only upgrade the security patch on the Samsung handsets and not offer any other fixes.

If you are a Samsung Galaxy S10 user and have got the notification for the update, tap it and follow the process to upgrade the phone to the latest Android security patch. In order to manually check for the update on your smartphone, head to Settings > Software update > Download and install. As mentioned, more Samsung Galaxy smartphones are expected to get the July 2021 security update in the coming days.

Samsung has been proactive in releasing monthly security updates and other fixes to its smartphones across lineups. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G and the Samsung Galaxy S21 series reportedly got the June 2021 Android security patch on May 28 in some regions. Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series smartphones reportedly got the June Android security patch on June 1.


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Sourabh Kulesh is a Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. He has worked in a national daily newspaper, a news agency, a magazine and now writing technology news online. He has knowledge on a wide gamut of topics related to cybersecurity, enterprise and consumer technology. Write to sourabhk@ndtv.com or get in touch on Twitter through his handle @KuleshSourabh.
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ServiceTitan, valued at nearly B, is a SoCal startup giant
ServiceTitan, valued at nearly $10B, is a SoCal startup giant



When Ara Mahdessian and Vahe Kuzoyan moved back to Glendale after college, they didn’t plan on sticking around.

Before heading off to Silicon Valley in the fall for programming jobs, the pair decided to work on a summer project together. Both of their dads were contractors — one in plumbing, the other in construction — and they figured they could cobble together some software to help them out before leaving.

Fourteen years later, they’re still in Glendale, and that summer project has grown into ServiceTitan, a $9.5-billion company with 1,600 employees and tens of thousands of plumbers, electricians, HVAC installers and other tradespeople as customers.

Their software, originally a simple desktop program, is now a cloud-based service that lets clients manage their back offices, dispatch field techs to jobs, show inventory and pricing options on mobile devices, and handle payments.

On Wednesday, the company announced that it had raised a new $200-million round of investment from the private equity firm Thoma Bravo and acquired Aspire Software, a St. Louis company that provides the same kind of end-to-end software for landscapers that ServiceTitan does for other types of trades, for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this year, the company also acquired ServicePro, a Columbus, Ohio, company specializing in software for pest control and lawn care contractors.

ServiceTitan has doubled its key financial metrics in the last two years. Annual subscription revenue rose from $100 million to more than $250 million this year, and its customer base has expanded at a similar clip. In 2019, 2,500 clients with a combined workforce of 50,000 were using ServiceTitan software; this year, that rose to 7,500 clients with 100,000 workers.

The company’s funding and valuation have grown in tandem. Two years ago, ServiceTitan was valued at $1.65 billion. The new cash infusion from Thoma Bravo brings its total funding to nearly $1.1 billion, and places its valuation close to the $10-billion mark.

But Mahdessian, ServiceTitan’s chief executive, said that there’s still room to grow. More than 3 million Americans work in the trades, with millions more in landscaping and lawn care.

“We originally started in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical trades. That’s where Vahe’s and my core expertise was because of the work our parents did,” Mahdessian said. “But our mission from Day One has always been to help all hardworking contractors across all trades, and we want to help all of them reach the level of success they deserve.”

ServiceTitan’s core clients in home maintenance saw an uptick in work during the pandemic, and the need for remote work attracted more software customers, Mahdessian said.

“In the beginning it was wild: COVID happened, lockdowns happened, and everybody literally shut their door and wouldn’t let anybody in,” Mahdessian said.

But after a few weeks, when people became more comfortable with social distancing protocols and started to realize the homes they were stuck in needed some work, business picked back up.

Fermin Rivera, the owner of Red Apple Air in L.A.’s Harbor City neighborhood, said that ServiceTitan has transformed how he manages his 15-person HVAC operation. After he saw a colleague posting about the company on Facebook a few years back, he looked into it and decided to sign up. “Once we made the switch, it was like, ‘Oh, we’re playing with the big toys now.’”

The software has helped him automate part of his marketing and customer relationship operations, easily create a menu of special HVAC packages for customers, and track performance across his team.

“It gives you a bunch of information. You’ve got all your metrics up in your face,” Rivera said. “It just keeps getting better and better.”

Byron Deeter, an investor who sits on ServiceTitan’s board and led its first big round of funding as a partner at the venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners, said that the company’s relationship with its blue-collar customer base was key to its growth. “They steadily listen to customer pain points, and the customers take them to the next opportunity,” Deeter said.

“The interesting thing is the customers talk with each other, even competitors, so it is very hard to win their business, but when you do, the bonds are deep and tight,” Deeter said. “They don’t switch on a whim, they absolutely go through complex buying decisions, they talk to a lot of industry folks, but that’s what’s beautiful: When the snowball starts rolling downhill, it gets big fast.”





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Salomon selects on-demand GreenLake to support flexible business
Salomon selects on-demand GreenLake to support flexible business


Outdoor sports equipment manufacturer Salomon has selected HPE GreenLake to enable it to meet growing business demands and to help it achieve sustainability targets.

Due to greater fluctuations in business demands that resulted from the impact of the pandemic, Salomon needed to scale up and down its technology environment to provide more resiliency, business flexibility, agility and cost efficiency. The company will be using HPE Synergy software-defined composable infrastructure and HPE Nimble Storage provided on-demand to improve cost management.

HPE and its business partner, Cheops Technology, designed a software-defined platform, delivered as a service through HPE GreenLake to meet Salomon’s increased demands for flexibility, resiliency and cost efficiency with pay-per-use billing.

According to HPE, GreenLake also provides Salomon with an agile platform for its developer community to use to accelerate new software development in a DevOps mode, and to enable Salomon to reduce the environmental impact of IT. This will help the company meet its sustainability goal to achieve a 30% reduction of carbon emissions by 2025.

From a sustainability perspective, HPE said GreenLake has helped Salomon increase capacity utilisation and reduce the resources required for power and cooling, while also ensuring additional capacity is still available to support increased business demand.

Eric Gauffre, IT infrastructure and services director of Amer Sports Corporation, the parent company of Salomon, said: “We believe innovative technologies have a critical role to play to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Better capacity planning helps us to achieve greater long-term growth and allow us to adapt our business to the ever-changing environment.

“The new infrastructure allows us to transform our IT operations with a high-performing, sustainable technology environment that will bring even greater value to our customers through a more secured service level.”

The on-demand infrastructure is being used to support Salomon’s virtualised workloads, including Oracle database workloads. The company is also looking to support containerised applications on GreenLake.

The IT environment is automated and orchestrated by HPE OneView, which enables Salomon to scale up and down the compute and storage resources separately and as-needed to respond to the different peaks and demands for IT capacity.

The operations and management are handled by HPE InfoSight, which is offered on HPE Nimble Storage to deliver cloud-based artificial intelligence-driven operations to monitor, predict and prevent infrastructure problems before they occur.

Salomon was one of the organisations highlighted by HPE during its annual Discover 2021 conference. The company used the virtual event to showcase how it is bolstering GreenLake, and announced vertically optimised cloud services.

These vertically optimised cloud services – which can be deployed on-premise, at the edge or in colocation centres – cover workloads such as managing electronic medical records, financial payments, risk management, machine learning operations, SAP, Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Microsoft SQL server, 5G Core for Telco and Splunk.

“Organisations know that to succeed in their industries, they must pursue a cloud everywhere mandate, which enables them to collect, analyse and act on data, wherever it resides,” said Antonio Neri, president and CEO at HPE.

“The HPE GreenLake edge to cloud platform empowers organisations to harness the power of all their data, regardless of location, and today’s announcements further extend HPE’s leadership in this hybrid cloud market. From silicon, software and security, to workloads that organisations rely on to run their businesses, HPE continues to extend the reach of the HPE GreenLake cloud platform.”



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Oppo Reno 6 Series to Launch in India Soon, Flipkart Teases
Oppo Reno 6 Series to Launch in India Soon, Flipkart Teases


Oppo Reno 6 series has been teased to launch in India soon. The new series has been listed on Flipkart, confirming availability, and teasing the arrival of two phones in the market. Oppo is launching the base Oppo Reno 6 variant and the Oppo Reno 6 Pro phones in India. The Oppo Reno 6 series debuted in China in May this year and three models were launched then – Oppo Reno 6, Oppo Reno 6 Pro, and Oppo Reno 6 Pro+. The most premium variant has not been teased on Flipkart.

Oppo Reno 6 Pro, Oppo Reno 6 price in India (expected), availability

As the teaser page has gone live on Flipkart, the Oppo Reno 6 Pro and Oppo Reno 6 phones are confirmed to go on sale on the e-commerce site. The site has listed to phones as coming soon, but an exact launch date hasn’t been announced. The teaser page has published the render of the Oppo Reno 6 Pro model, showing off the back camera design and colour finish. It is identical to what has launched in China earlier.

The prices of the Oppo Reno 6 Pro and Oppo Reno 6 are expected to be similar to their Chinese counterparts. In China, the Oppo Reno 6 Pro is priced at CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 39,800) for the 8GB + 128GB storage model and the 12GB + 256GB storage option is priced at CNY 3,799 (roughly Rs. 43,200). Oppo Reno 6, on the other hand, is pricedat CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 31,800) for the 8GB + 128GB storage model and CNY 3,199 (roughly Rs. 36,400) for the 12GB + 256GB storage option.

Based on the teaser on Flipkart, Oppo Reno 6 Pro+ will not be launching alongside the other two phones in the Oppo Reno 6 series. It may presumably launch at a later date.

Oppo Reno 6 Pro specifications

If the Oppo Reno 6 Pro is identical to the China model, then it should feature a 6.55-inch full-HD+ OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. It will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. Oppo Reno 6 Pro should have a quad rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel secondary camera, and two 2-megapixel additional sensors. At the front, Oppo Reno 6 Pro is likely to offer a 32-megapixel selfie camera just like Oppo Reno 6. It will pack a slightly larger 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging.

Oppo Reno 6 specifications

Similarly, the Oppo Reno 6 is expected to have identical specifications to the China model. It should run on Android 11-based ColorOS 11 and feature a 6.43-inch full-HD+ hole-punch AMOLED display with 90Hz screen refresh rate. The phone will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 25GB storage. There is likely to be a triple rear camera setup on Oppo Reno 6 with a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor. At the front, the phone packs a 32-megapixel selfie camera. There will be a 4,300mAh battery on board with 65W fast charging. Oppo Reno 6 should come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.


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React JS training Online Know More About This Program
React JS training Online Know More About This Program


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France TV repatriates backup and archive from public cloud
France TV repatriates backup and archive from public cloud


France Télévisions Publicité moved its backup to cloud storage, but now the advertising arm of the publicly owned France TV has repatriated its most critical data back on-site in a move that has boosted performance and enhanced control over its assets.

France Télévisions Publicité handles advertising for 40 TV channels and 30 related websites. The organisation had been 100% cloud with Rubrik backup and archiving and S3 and Blob storage from public cloud providers AWS and Microsoft Azure.

That critical data included contracts and client files, as well as application data from the Francetv Pub Exchange marketplace.

The backup dataset did not include advertisement media, but the volume was still substantial – in excess of 250TB – and access to contractual data was often required.

“We had already deployed Rubrik with archiving in the public cloud, and with that came the difficulties of repatriating data that come with the cloud,” said France Télévisions Publicité technical director Pascal Laffut.

“So we decided to review the way we did archiving and the storage used for archiving on-site. Also, there was critical business data that we needed control over, and it is for those reasons that we made the choice to repatriate.”

For the organisation, the scope of the backup dataset was well defined, so the public cloud’s ability to extend its storage capacity infinitely was of secondary importance. Management of data volume was something Laffut’s team had mastered and they were able to estimate the cost of storing backup on-prem in the long term, and therefore the feasibility of the project.

Only Rubrik was retained as part of the new architecture deployed. In terms of storage hardware, it would be based on NetApp’s object storage StorageGRID, which was deployed with the help of integrator Scasicomp and its B-Zen managed backup-as-a-service offering.

Laffut explained the choice: “We have worked for a long time with Scasicomp, and B-Zen fitted the bill for our needs perfectly. This was the first time we would depend on a managed service, but we chose a solution from a supplier with which we had a long relationship and it was a way of testing a new approach for us.”

Deployment was decided on in 2020, just before the first Covid lockdown, but it was able to go ahead with a two-phase roll-out.

“Despite a difficult year, we carried out the deployment with only slight delays to plans that are insignificant in the light of the overall situation,” said Laffut.

One person was nominated internally to be responsible for backup, and according to the level of difficulty in setting up new backup sources and their availability at the time, they could pass tasks on to B-Zen.

“If it was a small change needed to a workflow, we’d do that ourselves,” said Laffut. “But if there were complex settings to deal with, Scasicomp would step in. It’s a smart way to share tasks with Scasicomp.”

Scasicomp delivers regular activity reports, while meetings with the supplier ensure the service is delivered according to the terms of the contract. Backups are verified regularly, and the technical team accesses data from time to time, notably when business demands access to archived contracts. Data is provided to users on the day they ask for it, which wasn’t always possible with a 100% cloud solution.

The infrastructure has been sized to absorb five years of activity in archiving alone. “To ensure the success of the S3 archiving service, there will be a need to grow the infrastructure,” said Laffut. “This is all new for us, but I’m pretty confident about scalability of the solution.”

In parallel with the on-prem backup infrastructure deployment, Laffut’s team has rented colo space to deploy hardware to complement its own equipment on-site. “The colo operator is Greendata, but it just hosts for us – we look after management of all the infrastructure we have at their site,” said Laffut.

Using this colo provider will allow France Télévisions to have two geographically separated sites for its backup data, but that is beyond the scope of the current project. Deployment of the backup service is the first stage of a much larger strategy.

Its objective is much more ambitious and aims for a hybrid cloud strategy for the group. “We want to offer other services via our hybrid cloud setup, such as application hosting, S3 storage and databases,” said Laffut. “On the backup side, we are going to extend B-Zen to applications that need a backup component.”

Another stage in the strategy is set for completion in 2022 – the activation of a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan.

“We started with archiving, then we added hosting services for applications,” said Laffut. “Now the objective is to offer a service platform from our datacentres and the BCDR plan will be set up to match the criticality of our applications.”



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