Nokia signs multiyear deal to migrate its data center infrastructure to Google Cloud

Networking equipment provider Nokia announced that it has signed a multiyear agreement to use Google as its cloud infrastructure provider. Nokia said it will migrate its global data centers and servers, as well as various software applications, onto Google Cloud infrastructure over an 18- to 24-month period.

Nokia said the deal reflects the company’s operational shift toward a cloud-first IT strategy. The cloud move is also meant to help Nokia manage its digital operations and expand collaboration capabilities for its employees working remotely amid the pandemic.

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 Under the deal, Nokia will use a suite of Google Cloud products and services, with its infrastructure and applications running in the public cloud or via SaaS model. The companies have also worked out a customized migration schedule that will allow Nokia to exit its data centers more quickly. Google Cloud will deploy strategic systems integrators, solutions specialists, and engineers to ensure a stable migration, the companies said.

“Nokia is on a digital transformation path that is about fundamentally changing how we operate and do business,” said Ravi Parmasad, VP of Global IT Infrastructure at Nokia. “This is crucial for how our employees collaborate so that we continue to raise the bar on meeting the needs of our customers. Given Nokia’s digital ambitions and plans, this is an ideal time for Nokia to be taking this step with Google Cloud to accelerate our efforts; and doing all of this in a secure and scalable way.”


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Google, NASA, PayPal and the World Bank to Headline Neo4j’s NODES 2020 Developer Conference

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Neo4j, the leader in graph technology, announced today the key highlights for the second-annual Neo4j Online Developer Expo and Summit (NODES).

The one-day virtual conference is expected to attract more than 10,000 developers and data scientists on October 20th. The program includes diverse, interactive sessions delivered by graph experts on topics ranging from anti-money laundering and cybersecurity to contact tracing and automotive design. This year, NODES welcomes over 70 speakers from across the globe.

Michael Hunger, Director of Developer Relations at Neo4j, commented on hosting the world’s largest gathering of graph developers and data scientists.

“NODES 2020 brings together thousands of graph practitioners from all over the world to connect, share and learn about a broad range of topics from data science and visualization to application development and use case deep dives,” said Hunger. “It is gratifying to see the community share their passion for applying graphs to challenging data problems in areas such as healthcare, retail, recommendations and fraud investigations. NODES attendees will be the first to learn about Neo4j’s future technology plans.”

Neo4j is grateful to its 2020 NODES sponsors Google Cloud, Precisely, Internuntius, LARUS, Crosscode, Linkurious, Structr, GraphAware, Kineviz, Hackolade, and yWorks.

Key highlights of the event include:

  • Emil Eifrem, CEO and Co-Founder of Neo4j, speaking on the future of graph technology and the ICIJ’s latest FinCEN Files investigation
  • Google Cloud as the headlining Platinum Sponsor, speaking on developing applications with Neo4j Aura

Google unveils revamped Google Analytics with new ML models, more granular data controls


Google is rolling out what it says is the biggest overhaul of Google Analytics in nearly a decade. The revamped platform features new machine learning capabilities, unified app and web reporting, native integrations and privacy updates.

With the redesign, Google said it’s aiming to provide a more modern approach to data analytics and measurement. 

Building on the foundation of the App + Web property that Google introduced in beta last year, the new Google Analytics has machine learning models baked in, along with new integrations between Analytics and Google Ads, and new controls to help customers better manage their data.

The new machine learning models can automatically alert customers to significant trends in their data, like calculating churn or purchase probability. The new property type also includes unified measurement to remove data fragmentation across devices and platforms, and more granular data controls for things like ads personalization and activity sharing. 

Google also said the new Google Analytics 4 is privacy-centric by design, with privacy-safe measurement that it plans to build out over time as the technology landscape evolves. 

“The new Analytics is designed to adapt to a future with or without cookies or identifiers,” said Vidhya Srinivasan, VP of Measurement, Analytics, and Buying Platforms at Google, in a blog post. “It uses a flexible approach to measurement, and in the future, will include modeling to fill in the gaps where the data may be incomplete. This means that you can rely on Google Analytics to help you measure your marketing results and meet customer needs now as you navigate the recovery and as you face uncertainty in the future.”

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Google Launches New Nest Thermostat for More Energy Savings

Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report launched its latest Nest Thermostat, which monitors heating and cooling systems and can be controlled from anywhere via the Google Home app, Google Assistant, Amazon’s  (AMZN) – Get Report Alexa, or other smart devices.

Using the Soli technology for motion sensing and a user’s phone location, the Nest Thermostat will prevent unnecessary heating or cooling by setting itself to an Eco temperature, the company said in a statement.

Nest Thermostat also monitors heating and cooling systems and ensures that an HVAC system is running smoothly.

The Google Home app feature Quick Schedule lets users set custom temperatures for different times and days.

It also alerts users through the Home app or email when something is not right, enabling them to schedule a technician visit through the Mountain View, Calif., search and tech giant’s partner Handy.

This feature will be available later this month through eligible Nest thermostats in the U.S. and Canada.

Additionally, with the Savings Finder, the Nest Thermostat could tweak temperature-change schedules. For example, a small change to the sleep temperature may be suggested to a user through the Home app to save more energy.

The new Nest Thermostat is list-priced at $129 in the U.S. and will help individuals save energy by using 

Users can find out if Nest Thermostat is compatible with their homes by looking into the Compatibility Checker found online on Google Store.

Made of recycled materials, the Nest Thermostat also comes with a $15 Trim Kit to cover imperfections on walls as users remove their old thermostats.

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