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CoreStack | January 31, 2023
CoreStack and Logicalis announced a strategic partnership to offer customers a cloud governance solution that is the best in the business. CoreStack's NextGen Cloud Governance platform and Logicalis's Cloud Management Portal (CMP) will work together as part of the partnership to power the Production Ready Cloud (PRC) solution.
The solution provides customers with visibility and insight into their cloud consumption, governance, and security postures. The NextGen governance solution allows for multi-cloud governance and 360-degree visibility for financial management, security operations, and cloud operations in a single dashboard.
VP of Global Solutions, Stephen Buhagiar, noted, "We are excited to partner with CoreStack to help customers scale and accelerate their digital journey." CoreStack's NextGen platform provides transparency to help customers be more cost-effective, compliant, and secure, and to achieve seamless operations with increased availability.
(Source - Businesswire)
The platform connects directly to the Logicalis Digital Fabric platform and gives customers insights they can use and real-time visibility into how their digital ecosystem is doing. CoreStack's AI-powered solution has led to transformational results, including a 40% increase in cloud operational efficiencies, a 50% decrease in cloud costs, and 100% compliance with security standards.
CoreStack is a NextGen Cloud Governance platform that helps businesses make more money, be more efficient, and gain a competitive edge through real-time cloud governance that is powered by AI. It helps FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps make the most of their cloud spending while making sure security and compliance across multiple clouds. With executive dashboards for real-time insights, CoreStack has been recognized as a leader in cloud management by top industry analysts and strategic advisors and is affiliated with major cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Oracle Cloud, and Google Cloud.
Verizon | December 09, 2022
Verizon, the leader in Virtualized Radio Access Network (VRAN) innovation, announced today it has extended its network virtualization efforts with the addition of the first Ericsson virtualized cell site (also referred to as Ericsson Cloud RAN), with support from Intel and RedHat providing the processing and cloud-native orchestration functions.
The advancements in Radio Access Network virtualization allows Verizon to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs, and provides greater flexibility and agility in the introduction of new products and services. The move to a cloud-native, virtualized architecture with standardized interfaces in every part of the network leads to greater flexibility, faster delivery of services, greater scalability, and improved cost efficiency in networks. Verizon has been a global leader in virtualizing its network, announcing recently it already has 8,000 cell sites already virtualized in its network with an eye towards virtualizing 20,000 sites.
Virtualizing the far edge of the RAN – the cell sites closest to the customer - is a function of decoupling the hardware and software associated with a cell tower and transitioning the software so that it’s not just stored in the cloud, but is designed for a cloud-native architecture and operation.
Just this week, Verizon and Ericsson published a position paper outlining the optimal technology path for VRAN in order to maximize the performance and efficiency of the network, disaggregate hardware from software, and simplify deployment wherever possible. This technology is built into the first Ericsson virtualized cell site deployed in the Verizon network.
Components of VRAN
Verizon coordinated with many ecosystem partners to welcome Ericsson’s first virtualized cell site.
Ericsson provided its commercial 5G Cloud RAN solution, consisting of a virtualized Central Unit (vCU), a virtualized Distributed Unit (vDU), and radio units. This software-based 5G Cloud RAN solution spans across all of Verizon’s frequency bands, utilizing both FDD and TDD 5G spectrum assets, including Massive MIMO support for C-band and interconnecting previously deployed equipment to enable Ericsson Spectrum Sharing between LTE and NR carriers. The Ericsson Cloud RAN solution offers Verizon efficiency and in network deployment and operational management transformation.
Intel provided its 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor, Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 and Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810 to deliver the processing, acceleration and connectivity requirements.
Red Hat provided Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes to manage their fleet at scale in collaboration with Red Hat Consulting. As part of the solution, Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management delivers cloud-scale manageability by configuring the 5G RAN using a Distributed Unit (DU) profile, which deploys real-time OS kernel optimizations to run vRAN and other cloud-native application workloads from a single console. Red Hat OpenShift also incorporates zero-touch provisioning to enable distributed deployment at scale required to operate a large scale RAN.
Virtualization paves the way for exciting innovation
Verizon has been leading the way in virtualization with its vendor partners for years. Verizon began the journey by virtualizing the core of its network. In the years since, Verizon has been working with partners in lab trials and field tests and has been deploying cloud-based cell sites, building programmability into the network to meet the needs of today’s 5G customers and 5G solutions of tomorrow.
Key 5G use cases focused on providing the best, most efficient network for customers, will heavily rely on the programmability of virtualized networks. Networks must serve IoT devices that do very little networking and stay in place, smartphones with infinite opportunities to use data in a highly mobile environment, and complex solutions like Augmented Reality that require massive computing capabilities on the edge of the network. These various network solutions rely on a correlated variety of resources from the network, which until recently have been defined rigidly and manually. Using orchestration and automation capabilities at scale on virtual infrastructure, Verizon automates network configuration changes and resource scaling dynamically based on demand. This is one of the greatest benefits of virtualizing a network - essentially building programmability into the network.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.
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Kahoot | January 09, 2023
Kahoot! has announced a partnership with Zoom to introduce Kahoot!’s 360 Essential premium app as part of Zoom’s curated Essential Apps. This allows users with Zoom One Pro, Business, or Business Plus online plans to add collaborative learning and engagement to their virtual meetings. The collaboration between Kahoot! and Zoom improves engagement with fun and collaborative learning games, even when they are held remotely.
The app is now available for these subscribers and allows them to access the app, along with other Essential Apps, on a dock within Zoom Meeting. From there, users can instantly join a Kahoot! session or host their own using a collection of ready-to-use interactive learning sessions. This provides an exciting way for Zoom users to take their virtual meetings to the next level with collaborative learning activities.
"Online meetings now play an essential role in the modern workforce, but many companies have yet to realize their potential for engagement and productivity. With powerful solutions like Kahoot!, corporate teams can transform their virtual meetings to bring learning to life, spark collaboration, build team spirit and more. Now, users have even easier access to Kahoot! during their online meetings as part of Zoom curated Essential Apps, empowering any meeting host to take engagement to the next level in seconds."
Eilert Hanoa, CEO, Kahoot!
Users with these plans can also redeem a free one-year Kahoot! 360 Essential license, which includes premium features to make virtual meetings, training, and presentations more engaging with Kahoot! This provides an excellent opportunity for subscribers to access more engaging and collaborative learning activities. It offers an easy way for Zoom users to connect with their colleagues and students through interactive activities that foster discussion and encourage active participation.
Kahoot! is a learning platform that is dedicated to making learning fun and engaging for everyone. It allows individuals and organizations to create and host learning sessions that are interactive and compelling. Since its launch in 2013, Kahoot! has hosted millions of learning sessions for over 8 billion participants in more than 200 countries. The company has a number of subsidiaries, including Clever, DragonBox, Poio, Drops, Actimo, Motimate, and Whiteboard.fi. Kahoot! is based in Oslo, Norway, but has offices around the world, including in the US, UK, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Spain, and Poland. It is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker KAHOT.