Masters of Physics in Nature

first_imgPlants and animals sometimes keep PhD physicists wondering how they do what they do.Fluid dynamics in moss. A humble little desert moss shown on PhysOrg has a “swiss army knife” of water collection tricks, allowing it to thrive in its harsh environment. Tiny barbed hairs on the leaf tips, called awns, not only collect moisture right out of the air, but send droplets into the leaves “at impressive speeds.” A video clip shows how this miniature water collection and transport system works. Fluid dynamics experts at BYU are thinking of applications. New Scientist sees a future in clean water collection using a similar mechanism. “The idea is to trap pure water from air.”Electrical engineering in bees. Why are so many insects and spiders hairy? It might be they’re covered with electric field sensors. A paper in PNAS examines the antennae and hairs of bumblebees and concludes that the hairs detect weak electric fields. Because the hairs can also sense particles touching them, “This interaction raises the possibility that particle velocity information and electrical information, and interactions between them, can be encoded by a single hair.” It also raises the possibility that “electroreception is widespread in arthropods, fulfilling functions beyond the detection of floral electric fields.”Power generation in fish. Imagine driving a toy car with electricity supplied by a torpedo ray. Japanese scientists demonstrated this feat by attaching electrodes to the electrical generation organ of such a fish, and ran a continuous current for over a minute when they supplied the electric organ with acetylcholine. When thinking about clean sources of power, why not use the best system known?Scientists from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) in Osaka began work to develop a new type of electricity generator, based on the knowledge that electric rays known as torpedoes can beat other systems by generating electric power with near 100% efficiency. The torpedo has electric organs with densely-aligned membrane proteins that convert the chemical energy of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) into ion transport energy, and a nervous system that controls the whole process.Hi-tech weaponry. An even more dramatic example of power generation shows how an electric eel can leap out of the water and deliver a stunning shock to an attacker. An account of eels attacking horses in the Amazon was thought to be a tall tale from explorer Alexander von Humboldt in 1807. Now, Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University has shown that the electric animals can increase their stun power by leaping out of the water toward an attacker (paper at PNAS). Watch the video clip on PhysOrg for demonstration. Nature News says that a mystery remains; how can the eel electrocute its victim without shocking itself.Speed plants. We don’t think of plants moving, but some species can move really fast. The “popping cress” hurls its seeds with an acceleration of 0 to 10 meters per second in half a millisecond, PhysOrg reports. “Explosive shatter of these seed pods is so fast that advanced high-speed cameras are needed to even see the explosion.” How does it do it? Scientists at Max Planck were surprised that dehydration is not involved, as previously believed; the plant can hurl its seeds even when moist. The secret is in the curl of the fruit wall, that makes it react like a ‘snap bracelet.’ You can watch the action in a short embedded video clip.Eye information processing. “At any given moment, the neuronal circuits in the brain receive and process sensory information that permits us to perceive and interact with the environment,” an article on Science Daily begins. “Yet it remains unclear how the visual brain processes natural stimuli.” An international team studied the excitatory and inhibitory responses of synaptic inputs and found a “push and pull” behavior between them, that helps the eye distinguish between natural and artificial stimuli.Quantum mechanical DNA. The weird world of quantum mechanics operates in DNA, the molecule of life, reports PhysOrg. When it comes time for the strands to separate for transcription, “sound-like bubbles whizzing around” promote the initial split. These bubbles “whiz around like bullets in a shooting gallery,” a team member at the University of Glasgow said, at frequencies billions of times higher than audible to humans or dogs. Delocalizing waves, a quantum mechanical effect, appears now to break the weak bonds between the two strands, allowing transcription and replication enzymes in to do their work.Animal intelligence: Watch the videos in this piece on The Conversation by Louise Gentle. You can see an octopus solving a puzzle, a squirrel doing Mission Impossible, and a “Houdini” honey badger employing tools in a variety of ways to get out of its enclosure. “Humans like to think of themselves as the most intelligent organisms on the planet,” Gentle writes, “so we are always surprised when animals appear clever and often outwit us.”Who taught these organisms how to take command of the laws of physics? Rocks obey the law of gravity by falling mindlessly. It takes design to lift oneself off the ground for controlled flight. It makes no sense to imagine evolution outfitting completely unrelated animals like electric eels and bumblebees with electrical engineering. A wise Creator, however, wrote the book on physical laws. He surely knows how to apply them to creatures that He made for His own pleasure and glory. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Quick Tips for Premiere Pro CC Switchers

first_imgSwitching to Premiere Pro CC for the first time? Here are 5 quick tips to get you up to speed on Premiere.If you’re new to Premiere Pro CC or switching to it from something like FCP 7, there are a ton of great resources right here on PremiumBeat that can help you get started. For starters, you should definitely check out Danny Greer’s post on 10 Tips for Premiere Pro Editors, and Clay Asbury’s post on Ten New Features in Premiere Pro CC, FCP Editors Will Love for a great orientation lesson with the software.I thought I’d add my thoughts to the mix to help you make the switch by focusing on a few things that Premiere does differently that might catch you out the first time around.Getting Set Up in Premiere Pro CCFirst of all you should know that you no longer have to manage your Scratch Disks every time you open or switch projects. In Premiere Pro CC  you’ll automatically switch to whichever project is currently open and the destination you selected when you set it up. You can set all of these with one click when you setup your new project (top drop down menu in the image above), or toggle them to permanent destinations in each of the relevant drop down menus.Next, you should be aware that Premiere (unlike Avid Media Composer) really doesn’t mind what NLE you used to edit with, it’s just glad you’re here. So in a come-as-you-are approach you can easily set your keyboard shortcuts to FCP7 mappings…or Media Composer for that matter. To do this, or to create your own custom keyboard shortcuts, click on Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts to open the keyboard shortcuts window.One thing that I’ve found (am I doing something wrong?) is that if you load a custom preset (for example Jonny_FCP7, as shown in image below), and then change something inside that preset, Premiere Pro will default it the [Custom] setting. The only way to update your custom preset (Jonny_FCP7) is to then ‘Save As…’ over the top of it. This is kind of annoying.Tidy As You GoA handy thing that Premiere Pro does, that I prefer to the way Final Cut Pro 7 used to do things, is that it will automatically tidy any new asset you import or create into the bin that you had selected when you imported it. This a great way to keep your files tidy as you go. The only downside is that if you forget that you had a certain bin selected, and suddenly you can’t find your file, you’ll just have to remember to go back and find that previously selected bin.Three Tips on Working with TitlesThe text and title features in Final Cut Pro 7 where never very good (ok, they were downright terrible). One of the benefits of switching to Premiere Pro CC is that you have a much, MUCH more fully featured text function within the app and you can easily dynamic-link to After Effects for even more sophisticated functionality. That said there are a few things that Premiere Pro does differently.First of all you can’t simply copy and paste a text clip on a timeline to make a new fresh independent text clip. You will merely make a duplicate of it. This is one of the ways Premiere does things differently. So you need to create a new title every time you want another piece of text in your show.A good way to do this, especially if you have spent time finessing a particular font selection, size and design is to use one my favorite buttons in Premiere (which is highlighted by the top arrow in the image above). It’s the ‘New Title Based on Current Title‘ button. This will create a new copy with all the same text and details you can then edit. An alternative, if you Alt (or Option on PC)+ drag a text element in the timeline it will make a new independently editable version of the text clip. Just like FCP7 used to do.The second arrow at the bottom of the image above, is highlighting another great feature in Premiere Pro CC. With a few clicks, it will auto-center your text on the horizontal or vertical axis’ or both. It’s the little things that matter most!One final point about working with text elements in Premiere Pro, which may hang you up if you are used to FCP7, is that whereever the playhead is on the timeline, that is what you will see in the background of the text editing window. So if you have duplicated a text element and your playhead is still sitting on top of it, you will see it in the background but you won’t be able to touch it. The very first time I used Premiere Pro confused me a lot. It seems pretty obvious now, but at the time I just couldn’t figure it out!Anything Premiere Pro feature you like more than it’s FCP 7 equivalent? Got any tips to share for new Premiere Pro editors? Share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England in command as Bell, Pietersen hit massive tons

first_imgIan Bell and Kevin Pietersen put on a record 350-run partnership, scoring massive tons, even as India were once again left searching for answers on the second day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Friday. Live Score | PhotosEngland were 457/3 with Bell (181 not out) and night watchman James Anderson (3 not out) in the middle at stumps on Day Two.Clear skies and sunshine greeted England as they started the day with an overnight score of 75 for no loss with both openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook at the crease.On Thursday, the game was abandoned post the lunch break owing to the heavy showers. As a result only 26 overs could be bowled on the day. England were 75 for no loss with openers Andrew Strauss (38 not out) and Alastair Cook (34 not out) in the middle then.On Friday Indian seamers managed to get an early breakthrough with Ishant Sharma scalping opener Alastair Cook on the fifth ball of the day when the England score was still 75. Ishant pitched the ball outside off and an edge off Cook was easily lapped up by Virender Sehwag in the slips cordon. Cook on for 34 without adding a single to his overnight score.Post that wicket Strauss and Bell batted cautiously trying to negate the effects of the early setback on the day. But the approach could save them another wicket as S Sreesanth got rid of captain Strauss when the England total was 92. A wide delivery outside off made Strauss stretch and took the edge of his bat to settle in skipper MS Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps. He fell for 40.advertisementAfter the two openers had departed, India pacemen were pressed into the attack, but Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen got going at The Oval pitch. At lunch the two were at the crease and the England total was 126/2.The second session wasn’t fruitful for the visitors as Bell and Pietersen continued to bat at ease. Soon Bell went on to score a ton, his second in the series, even as Indian bowlers found it difficult to break the stand.At tea England were cruising on 296/2 with Bell on 114 and Pietersen two runs away from his century.Immediately into the third session Pietersen too completed his century sending the message clear to the visitors that England were aiming for a complete whitewash.Deep into the third session Suresh Raina caught Pietersen off his own bowling to break his 350-run stand with Ian Bell. Pietersen walked back posting a massive 175 on board hitting 27 fours on the way.India could only manage to scalp three wickets on the day that was dominated by the English batsmen.England were 457/3 with Bell (181 not out) and night watchman James Anderson (3 not out) in the middle when stumps were drawn on Day Two.last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: India beat South Africa but unable to qualify for knockout stage

first_imgOnce AB de Villiers won the toss and invited India to bat, the equation for MS Dhoni’s men was clear- put the runs on the board and beat South Africa by 31 runs to edge out Pakistan and qualify for the semi-finals.And yet, the multi-millionaire superstars came a cropper when it mattered the most, bowing out in the Super Eights stage of the third successive World Twenty20 since the launch of the Indian Premier League.They managed to put up just 152 for six in their 20 overs, before the Proteas, playing for nothing but pride, knocked India out when Robin Peterson edged a Lakshmipathy Balaji bouncer to fine leg for a single, to take their score past 121.The run was greeted with the loudest of cheers by the Pakistani fans sitting at the ground since afternoon, and thousands of crescent and star flags were waved in every stand.Some late hitting meant India won the match by just one run, with one ball remaining.Every captain’s term has a shelf-life, and after five years at the helm, Dhoni’s seems to have come to its end.The entire match was littered with his mistakes, right from playing just one specialist spinner in R Ashwin, to bringing him into the attack as late as the 10th over.Dhoni overbowled Irfan Pathan inside the Powerplay, and his third over- the sixth the innings- went for 14.The eighth over was then handed to Rohit Sharma, who got whacked for 13 runs, including a six, as South Africa reached 63 for three.advertisementIronically, it was Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings teammate Faf du Plessis, playing his second match of the tournament, who was the destroyer-in-chief.He cracked an excellent 38-ball 65 (6×4, 2×6), despite being under pressure when the Proteas had lost Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and skipper AB de Villiers early.As the runs kept mounting, there was a distinct lethargy in the Indians’ body language that reflected in their fielding too, and it was clear that mentally, they had said goodbye to the trophy they had won in the inaugural edition in 2007.That India had so little to defend was down to the top- five batsmens collective failure, with a bit of help from some mind-boggling decision-making by Dhoni.Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag had got off to a steady, if unspectacular start, when in the fourth over, the left-hander fell to his commonest dismissal- bowled off the inside edge by a pacy Morne Morkel delivery.For only the second time in the tournament, Virat Kohli(2) failed, tickling a rising one down the leg side from Kallis, only for de Villiers to complete a terrific catch.Sehwag came down the track to smack Peterson for a six over long-on, but for the umpteenth time in his career, followed it up with an irresponsible charge, missing the slower arm ball and getting bowled.At 36 for three in six overs, it was clear that India’s dreams of a huge score were going down the drain.And yet Dhoni, perhaps India’s best player of spin, held himself back and sent Yuvraj Singh, who has always been suspect early on against the slow stuff, at No. 5 to join Rohit.Yuvraj did slam a couple of sixes but Morkel bowled him with a near-perfect slower ball to leave India at 68 for four after 10 overs.Rohit, at the other end, gave another example of why he is a frustrating waste of talent, perishing to an across-the-line sweep off Peterson for a 27-ball 25. After 105 international innings, 80 in ODIs and 35 in T20s, his batting averages have barely crossed 30.It was Suresh Raina(45, 34 balls, 5×4) who fuelled India’s fire again, and Dhoni, from No. 7, struck three boundaries in a 13-ball 23 that helped them cross 150. But at the end of the day, nothing could stop India from being humbled yet again.last_img read more

Linkage between Tourism and Agricultural Sector to be Increased

first_imgGovernment is seeking to increase business between the tourism industry and the agricultural and manufacturing sectors, in a bid to boost the economy. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the linkages will boost local production and help to reduce the country’s import bill. Dr. McNeill was speaking at a stakeholders’ consultation at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on Thursday, February 28, where the linkages between the tourism and agricultural sectors were explored. A consultation with the manufacturing sector was held last year. The Minster noted that everyone was looking to tourism as the driver of economic growth in the country, but greater effort has to be made to ensure that “our homegrown produce and manufactured goods are used in the sector to ensure that the country retains more of what it earns.” To ensure this happens, a Task Force has been created with representatives from Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture, Jamaica Agricultural Society, Jamaica Manufacturers Association and other entities to work together in a bid to better serve the various sectors. Dr. McNeill also reported that there will be a unit established within the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment that will facilitate the linkages. “We are going to pull all the discussions we have had with agriculture and manufacturing, with other areas, such as entertainment and transport, and what we will be doing is putting in place a policy document that deals specifically with deepening the linkages between tourism and all the other areas of our society,” he said. Speaking on behalf of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), President, Senator Norman Grant, welcomed the initiative, calling it a “game changer” and a huge opportunity to grow the economy by engaging the large and small farmers. The Senator pointed out that the tourism sector’s current overall consumption of local fresh produce, fruits and meats is at 10 per cent. He proposes an incentive to the hotels that use locally grown produce. Senator Grant noted that the Jamaican farmers have the capacity to produce a substantial amount of the $1.5 billion worth of food that is imported in the country.last_img read more

Federal workers protested this morning before shutdown ended

first_img January 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- As they say, timing is everything. In this case, the timing was interesting.  A group of federal workers were in the middle of a protest at the airport in San Diego, when the word came down.There’s a temporary deal to reopen the government and pay federal workers.While most of the workers were excited and grateful, others see this as another ‘slap in the face’.KUSI’s Dan Plante is at the airport with more on their reaction. Federal workers protested this morning before shutdown ended Posted: January 25, 2019 Dan Plante Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

All loved up

first_imgAn alluring décor, extravagant food for a love buffet, ceaseless flow of sparkling wine and musical renditions by live singers will create an unforgettable experience in Baywatch at Sheraton, Saket. It is Rs 2500 plus taxes, per person for the dinner buffet. Book a table for a great evening! Festivities start 8pm onwards on Friday.Let high dining set your mood this Valentine’s Day! Nehru Place’s Eros hotel has quite a spread planned for you. Treat your love to a lavish multi-cuisine spread with Ghazal singers and live band  at Blooms and Singh Sahib (Rs 2750 plus taxes per person with sparkling wine; Rs 3,750 plus taxes with Drappier Champagne). Delight your beloved to a candle-light dinner at Empress of China at Rs 2495 plus taxes per person or make your sweetheart feel like a princess! We put romance on the menu of our Private Terrace and welcome couples for an intimate and exclusive candle-light dinner with first class service. Experience every moment of love under the star-lit sky (Rs 20,000 plus taxes per couple)! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Delectable five course menu with a glass of champagne create magical ambience while tugging your heartstrings in signature canopies placed by the sprawling gardens at 1911, The Imperial (all day dining restaurant). Priced at Rs 20,000 plus taxes. You can also choose from the lavish dinner buffet spread for a magical evening at 1911 priced at Rs 7000 plus taxes per couple or opt for a satiating brunch buffet in the afternoon priced at Rs 6000 plus taxes per couple. One couldn’t ask for more than a specially crafted five course aphrodisiac menu put together under a starlit sky by the San Gimignano lawns ( Tuscan Italian restaurant), it is priced at Rs 50,000 plus taxes per couple. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe South East Asian five course menu offered with a bottle of sparkling wine is an affair to remember with the traditional Thai Khantok seating, artistically raised on a wooden platform and beautifully lit up with candles, at The Spice Route courtyard, priced at RS 50,000 plus taxes per couple. While Daniell’s Tavern (Pan Indian restaurant) offers an exquisite Indian fare at Rs 12000 all inclusive per couple, giving you the taste of ancient Hindoostan from the culinary journey of Daniells. Guests at Shangri-Las’s Eros Hotel can celebrate Valentine’s week with exquisite sweet delights such as Chocolate Duo Mousse, Strawberry Cheese Cake, Caramel Fudge and Chocolate Ganache Tart, Strawberry Swan; White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake amongst others, crafted by our Master French Patissier Cedric Houze at UNO2GO. Tune into passion at all day dining restaurant, Café Uno with rose wine, soulful music performances and a buffet spread that says the three magical words. It is priced at Rs 6000 plus taxes per couple and includes a glass of sparkling or rose wine and unlimited soft beverages. For dinner with unlimited soft beverages only, the price is Rs 5000 plus taxes per couple. Guests will have a blast with our funky photo booth set up at Cafe Uno with loads of valentine props. We help you capture the romantic moments with a picture to take away as a special memory. Enamouring notes by Russian crooner Iryna at specialty Asian restaurant, 19 Oriental Avenue along with an exquisite romantic dinner with live music and a menu titled ‘love is in the air’. The  Island Bar is the perfect destination to celebrate love, as guests dance the night away to popular tunes played out by a live band and a guest DJ. Each couple is can enjoy a barbecue and unlimited select alcoholic beverages for Rs. 5000 plus taxes, party starts at 8 pm. The Spa at Shangri-La offers an amorous journey called ‘Moksha’. Guests can spend quality time with their beloved over a couple’s spa date. Each treatment lasts one hour and thirty minutes and priced at Rs 9440 plus taxes per couple.last_img read more

Two arrested from Siliguri over gold smuggling

first_imgSiliguri: Two persons arrested in connection with gold smuggling were produced at Additional Chief Judidical Magistrate (ACJM) Court in Siliguri on Friday. They had been arrested by the sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and gold worth around Rs 2 crores was seized from them.DRI sleuths arrested the duo from Pradhannagar area of Siliguri on Thursday. Around 2 kg 308 gm of gold with markings of a foreign country was recovered from the possession of Nagendoseyanam (29) and Kapliyasanga (20). They are the residents of Mizoram. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Preliminary investigations have revealed that the gold was routed in from China through the Indo-Myanmar border in Mizoram. The smugglers had planned to get a bus to Kolkata from the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus in Siliguri. They had already fixed up a customer in Kolkata,” stated Tridib Saha, lawyer representing the DRI.The plans of the alleged smugglers were foiled. Working on a tip off, the DRI officers raided the lodge, where the two had put up in Siliguri. Investigations are on.Siliguri is fast emerging as a gold smuggling corridor with its close proximity to international borders and is also the gateway to North East.Gold from China is being smuggled into Siliguri through Bhutan and Indo-Myanmar border in North East India. From Siliguri, the smuggled gold makes its way to different parts of the country.last_img read more

Youve Got Cloud Now What

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read So, you’ve managed to sell the idea to your CEO that your company should move to the productivity and efficiency heaven that is the cloud. And he or she agrees.Related: Why Cloud Technology Is the Smart Move Right From Start UpAnd, why not? No longer just a cost -cutting solution, the cloud today, with its many facets, has become a business enabler, offering companies large and small the ability to be fast, agile and innovative.But while multi-cloud adoption is through the roof, many businesses realize too late that the real battle begins only after the cloud has been adopted. From not sizing bandwidth needs to assuming the cloud is secure just because someone else is handling it, these unsuspecting companies’ failure to define the cloud has taken a toll on many of them.Don’t let your company be one of them. Make sure that you get the best bang for your buck by using the following suggested four strategies to make your cloud experience the best one yet …Use server-less computing.Don’t let the name fool you: “Server-less computing” still requires server (all cloud computing does), but hides server management from the operators: hence the name. Server-less computing is simply a cloud-computing execution model that dynamically allocates resources based on demand.Also known as “function as a service,” server-less computing breaks up applications into individual functions which are performed as individual tasks; these tasks can be scaled to any limit, as needed. So, even as you work in traditional cloud computing, you rent space in a server or container that is constantly running, in FaaS, and pay only when your function runs.Server-less computing presents numerous advantages over regular cloud usage, including a faster time to market, incredible scalability and even more reduced costs. These advantages make it an ideal addition to your cloud strategy.Add data de-duplication to the mix.Companies that rely on a high number of redundant operations always have to deal with managing server space and bandwidth. Traditionally, every time a new version of a file is created, both versions are stored, resulting in wasted storage.Data deduplication gets around this storage efficiency problem by storing only unique pieces of information instead of the whole group of files. So, if the same 1MB file has been sent as an attachment 100 times over email, your backup will need 100MB of space to save them all. With de-duplication, your system will store only one instance of the file and point back to it for every other instance, thereby reducing the total demand to just 1MB.Data deduplication can be performed on the client side or server side and can reduce storage space requirements by 80 percent.The advantages of such a system cannot be overstated. Storing and transferring less data over a network means greater security, as your disaster recovery can cover data that was previously not stored. Sending less data to backup also means less cooling will be required, which reduces a company’s carbon footprint.Use SaaS business intelligence.While most companies will be tempted to have their own set of data-analytics tools in-house, cloud analytics tools can help you do everything your own hosted software can, without any of the drawbacks.The cloud-based analytics solution offers substantial benefits over on-premise analytics. First, you don’t have to bother with a data center, upgrade and patching. All maintenance is handled by the service provider. Since cloud-based business intelligence (BI) is usually deployed as a pay-as-you-go model, you can forgo the licensing and maintenance fees of a traditional BI software. In fact, it’s easy to shell out 300 percent to 500 percent of a software license’s ancillary cost when going for an onsite setup.Cloud-based business intelligence systems can automate everything from data discovery to report generation. Greater data security, more configurable options and enhanced agility are all points squarely in favor of using a SaaS BI.Use a multi-cloud architecture.Since clouds are not an all-or-nothing sort of affair, companies can go for different services and technologies depending on their budgets or requirements. In the past, a multi-cloud strategy was used to avoid redundancy and vendor lock-ins.Related: 4 Reasons Small Businesses Should Migrate to the CloudToday, however, companies opt for a multi-cloud approach to help them accomplish their business goals. These can include two advantages: 1) harnessing more features, capacity or speed of certain providers over others; 2) and obtaining greater redundancy and more price options to explore. By opting for a multi-cloud approach, you can distribute your resources across the different service providers that best suit your needs.Such an approach offers many benefits. For instance, certain cloud providers might provide better data warehousing while another might have a more efficient sales-support setup. Your developers might also prefer the virtual environment of one cloud service. A multi-cloud approach can also help you scale effortlessly in the future.Related: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the CloudConclusionCloud computing is all about scaling hardware and software to the tasks at hand; so it’s best not to think of it as a start-all, be-all. Keeping your options open will help you not only to cut costs, but add (or subtract) services as — and when — they are needed. Doing so will help you manage some of the risks inherent in cloud computing while keeping your organization secure and future proof. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 22, 2018 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more