VIRTUAL SERVER MANAGEMENT
Spectro Cloud | August 18, 2021
Spectro Cloud, a provider of a next-gen enterprise Kubernetes management platform, today announced the release of an open source CNCF Cluster API contribution supporting Canonical’s MaaS interface. The new contribution to the open source Kubernetes ecosystem addresses the need for organizations to easily deploy, run and manage Kubernetes clusters directly on top of bare metal servers, increasing performance and minimizing cost and operational effort.
“Running Kubernetes directly on bare metal servers is the next big thing for the Kubernetes community, but it has been challenging and difficult to implement,” said Tenry Fu, CEO & co-founder at Spectro Cloud. “So far, we have seen two fairly compartmentalized efforts to evolve the use of bare metal with all of its benefits and to modernize Kubernetes management. The problem has been that each of these initiatives have been siloed thus far. With the Spectro Cloud Cluster API provider for MaaS, we have built the bridge between the two—this will enable the whole market to expand.”
This latest open source contribution from Spectro Cloud is the first industry solution to bridge two paradigm shifts for Kubernetes: Cluster API, which enables comprehensive lifecycle management in a declarative manner for Kubernetes environments, and bare metal performance. It allows any team to use CNCF’s Cluster API to easily provision Kubernetes clusters on bare metal servers in any data center and manage them just like any other Kubernetes deployment target, without the extra hassle and risks, or additional technical skill sets.
The open source software, under Apache license and available for anyone to download, can be used by IT and development teams that are interested in managing Kubernetes environments at scale and have or are interested in extending to bare metal servers.
Organizations moving to production Kubernetes with multiple projects can benefit from Spectro Cloud’s Cluster API provider for MaaS through:
Simplified management: No need for complex scripting, time wasted in configurations or a virtualization skill set in-house
Improved performance: Eliminates the 7-10% Central Processing Unit (CPU) / memory hit added by hypervisors, also allows directly accessing GPUs and high-IOPS storage
Lowered costs: The ability to run Kubernetes directly on bare metal bypasses the need for hypervisor and virtualization licensing
“Kubernetes can be challenging, let alone deploying directly on bare metal servers,” adds Saad Malik, CTO and co-founder at Spectro Cloud. “The challenge with bare metal Kubernetes was always in treating those environments as one-offs that required specialized management, customizations and additional oversight. What we have built is essentially a way for any team to deploy and manage bare metal Kubernetes just like any other cluster. This open-source contribution, along with the Spectro Cloud platform, further demonstrates our work in bringing life to the CNCF Cluster API project.”
Spectro Cloud’s ongoing contributions to open-source projects push the boundaries as the market moves into the next phase of Kubernetes. The new solution promotes the company’s vision around delivering the capabilities of container-based development with Kubernetes, without the complexity that hinders widespread enterprise adoption for production-scale environments.
"Spectro Cloud's release of a MaaS provider for CNCF's Cluster API project is an important contribution to the technology industry, extending Kubernetes provisioning and management to now include bare metal target environments,” said Joseph Jacks, Founding CNCF Member and Former Board Member, Co-founder of KubeCon. “These types of open source projects and efforts help to advance the adoption of new technologies for both business and solution providers."
About Spectro Cloud
Spectro Cloud provides a complete and integrated platform that enables organizations to easily manage the full lifecycle of any combination of new or existing, simple or complex, small or large Kubernetes environments whether in data centers or clouds. With a unique approach to managing multiple clusters, Spectro Cloud gives IT teams complete control, visibility and production-scale efficiencies to provide developers highly-curated Kubernetes stacks and tools based on their specific needs, with granular governance and enterprise-grade security. Spectro Cloud is backed by Stripes, Sierra Ventures, boldstart ventures, Westwave Capital, Alter Venture Partners and Firebolt Ventures.
Virtualware | December 28, 2021
Spain-based Virtualware, the leading European provider of virtual reality (VR) solutions for industrial and educational sectors, doubled its sales in 2021 to $5,6 million following the signing of several multi-year deals with international names operating in the energy and transport sectors.
This year's expansion of Virtualware attests to the firm's sustained growth after the pandemic. It sets the stage for a thriving operation in the 2022 virtual reality market.
Virtualware is one of the leading companies in the European immersive technologies landscape. Founded in 2003 by Unai Extremo and Sergio Barrera, the company was recognized as the world's most 'Innovative VR Company' at the latest edition of the VR Awards last month.
The company, which has been working to provide virtual reality technology solutions for industrial sectors for 18 years, is regarded as a European pioneer in the industry. It currently employs more than 40 people and plans to increase its workforce by 10 percent in the first half of 2022.
The company works for companies as relevant as GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, ADIF, the Spanish Ministry of Defense, the Spanish Logistics Center, the Basque Country Technology Park Network, Biogen, and the Kessler Foundation.
The firm has created over 500 VR-driven industrial solutions to date in 33 countries for large multinationals such as Alstom, Land Rover Jaguar, Iberdrola, Petronas, Repsol, Bayer, and Merck.
The year 2021 has allowed us to consolidate our value proposition in the virtual reality industry. At a time when the concept of the metaverse is more relevant than ever, we want to continue developing the technology to offer solutions that support the real economy."
Unai Extremo, CEO of Virtualware
"Virtual Reality can improve the physical world intelligently and sustainably, and our company wants to work to bring breakthrough applications to the metaverse to support the most sophisticated companies," he added.
The company is well known for its patented and awarded VIROO platform. The firm has been spearheading over the last three years as the new standard for creating, managing, and deploying VR content that can solve complex problems.
In the past few years, when deployed with VIROO, the fuel movement VR simulator belonging to GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has become an industry-standard safety and training in a complex context.
Virtualware's flagship VIROO is a boundless all-in-one VR solution that can create, manage and deploy VR without limitations. In extension, the VIROO room allows several users to work in full-scale in the same physical space, a critical advancement that will be observed as a must in B2B VR solutions. Furthermore, the proprietary software allows content creators to manage content for different end-users so that corporations can use it in complex training and engineering environments.
To date, Virtualware has deployed 18 VIROO rooms around the world, in Wilmington and San Jose in the United States, Toronto in Canada, Bogota in Colombia, Aguascalientes and Mexico City in Mexico, and others in Spain, including in Madrid and the Basque Country.
Earlier this month, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced it will use its Nuclear Virtual Reality Solution (VRS) tool to help nuclear power plant operators train personnel for outage, operations, and maintenance work.
The Nuclear VRS technology also provides an immersive and interactive look at the BWRX-300, GEH's innovative small modular reactor.
Equinix, Inc. | September 21, 2020
Equinix, Inc. the global interconnection and data center company, today announced an expanded collaboration with VMware to help enterprises accelerate digital transformation. As part of this expansion, VMware will offer its SD-WAN Edge as a virtual network function (VNF) on Equinix's Network Edge. VMware is also extending its presence in Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East to enable greater connectivity for customers on a global scale.