Q&A WITH MORGAN GREGORY GOOGLE CLOUD OFFICE OF THE CTO: STRATEGY & PROGRAMS AT GOOGLE

DECK 7 | April 30, 2020

Q&A WITH MORGAN GREGORY GOOGLE CLOUD OFFICE OF THE CTO: STRATEGY & PROGRAMS AT GOOGLE
Morgan Gregory, Google Cloud Office of the CTO: Strategy & Programs at Google runs strategy and programs for Google Cloud's CTO Office, working closely with their senior leaders and technical CXOs of strategic customers on co-innovation and thought leadership initiatives. Morgan has a passion for paradigm-shifting technology and has side hustle in AI. She's particularly interested in AI for Good and Responsible AI - topics that marry her technical background and desire to make a difference.

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prnewswire | November 16, 2020

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The association of things likewise requires omnipresent inclusion to help the enormous network of IoT terminals. Industry associations, which are applied first in quite a while, require capacities, for example, adaptable high uplink, low idleness, and high-exactness situating to be sent on request. To meet these separated prerequisites, Huawei proposes "1+N" 5G target networks for full-range advancement toward 5G and building a pervasive high-limit establishment organization, with high-data transmission mid-groups as its center and other recurrence groups to accomplish separated advantages and on-request overlay of 'N' capacities. Manufacture One Foundation Network for Ubiquitous Connectivity Any undertaking starts with one stage. Client experience is the premise whereupon jumped 5G administrations are created. The expense per piece of 5G networks must be diminished to offer constant cross-age client experience. The mix of high-transmission capacity mid-groups and Massive MIMO (M-MIMO) is the way to building up a high-transfer speed organization to accomplish universal network. Scaled arrangement worldwide has indicated that TDD high-transfer speed M-MIMO has been exceptionally perceived over the business. TDD mid-band M-MIMO accomplishes co-inclusion at similar locales with 1.8 GHz and a negligible of a ten times improvement in client experience contrasted and that of 4G. The presentation of a similar equipment changes significantly with various calculations. As the foundation of M-MIMO execution, calculations extraordinarily influence the exhibition of business organizations. Huawei's spearheading calculations will empower administrators to fundamentally improve client experience and the cell limit of 5G networks. Huawei's versatile high goal (AHR) calculation will assist administrators with facilitating grow network limit in situations with high client thickness and solid impedance. The UL/DL decoupling arrangement improves the uplink inclusion of TDD mid-band. It improves M-MIMO inclusion by 6 dB to 7 dB in the uplink and by 2 dB to 3 dB in the downlink. At MBBF 2020, Huawei additionally delivered the multi-band UL/DL decoupling arrangement, which underpins the mix of 3.5 GHz/3.7 GHz and 1.8 GHz/2.1 GHz/700 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 1.8 GHz/700 MHz, 4.9 GHz and 2.3 GHz. In 2019, Huawei dispatched the business' first Blade AAU, which coordinates Sub-3 GHz and 32T32R M-MIMO to address the issue of amazingly restricted recieving wire spaces in certain business sectors, empowering disentangled sending of single-radio wire 5G M-MIMO. This year, Huawei delivered Blade AAU Pro, which underpins 64T64R M-MIMO and Sub-3 GHz full-band. The arrangement accompanies the special "straightforward" reception apparatus innovation which rearranges organization and subsequently decreases costs. For business sectors in which high-transfer speed TDD is difficult to find or the limit load is weighty, Huawei dispatched the business' first FDD M-MIMO, which generously improves cell ability to three to multiple times that of 4T4R organizations. The imaginative metamaterial dipole plan and tiny without pim channel innovation empower FDD M-MIMO to have a plentifulness width of under 500 mm and designing details comparable to TDD M-MIMO. "Huawei's wide array of mid-band M-MIMO solutions and advanced software algorithms can help operators build a mid-band high-bandwidth foundation network for ubiquitous connectivity that delivers optimal user experience," Yang added. How "N" Capabilities Simplify Deployment and Offer Key Benefits While running basic services on high-bandwidth mid-band network bands, operators can also develop differentiated advantages by using other spectrums, such as those assigned for FDD or Super Uplink. 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DataCore | November 19, 2021

DataCore Software, the largest independent vendor of Software-Defined Storage solutions, announced it will acquire MayaData, the original developer of OpenEBS and developer of MayaStor. The move follows a joint venture between the two companies in January 2020 that included funding, technology licensing, transfer of the DataCore container team to MayaData, and seats on the board of directors for DataCore’s CEO and primary investors. Today, MayaData and its entire San Jose, CA-based team become part of DataCore. Financial terms were not disclosed. As more container workloads enter production, Container-Attached Storage has generated significant interest for elegantly solving the problems of storage persistence, portability and performance that remain with container-native approaches. 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