Google: Our data centers are now twice as energy-efficient as a typical enterprise facility

Siliconangle | February 27, 2020

Google LLC has revealed that, thanks to innovations such as its Tensor Processing Unit artificial intelligence chips, its data centers are twice as energy-efficient as the typical enterprise data center. Urs Hölzle, the head of engineering for Google Cloud, shared the milestone in a blog post today. The announcement was timed to coincide with a new paper published in the academic journal Science about the power consumption of the world’s information technology infrastructure. The paper, co-authored by Stanford professor Jonathan Koomey, examines data centers’ electricity usage from 2010 to 2018. The key finding is that data centers’ power consumption rose only 6% in the eight-year period even as the amount of computing done in those facilities soared 550%. As a result, IT infrastructure accounts for about 1% of global electricity consumption, roughly the same proportion as in 2010.

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Onsite host Joe Zollo asks VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram and President Sumit Dhawan to break down the news coming out of VMware Explore Las Vegas.

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Onsite host Joe Zollo asks VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram and President Sumit Dhawan to break down the news coming out of VMware Explore Las Vegas.

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Betacom Selected as One of the First Wireless Service Providers for VMware Private Mobile Network

businesswire | August 24, 2023

Private wireless pioneer Betacom today announced it has been selected by VMware as one of three inaugural wireless service provider partners to deploy and manage VMware Private Mobile Networks. Aimed at accelerating digital transformation at the edge, VMware, which today announced its latest edge initiatives at VMware Explore 2023 Las Vegas, tapped Betacom to help enterprises reduce the complexity associated with private mobile networks. “Betacom is an ideal provider partner for VMware’s edge focused innovations and initiatives,” said Saadat Malik, Vice President, VMware Edge Computing. “With their dedication to security, performance, and simplicity, together we can help our customers advance their business and operational goals to not only embrace the Industrial Internet of Things but to do it efficiently and effectively and without additional resources.” Betacom will seamlessly integrate VMware’s Private Mobile Network offering built on Edge Compute Stack into its existing private network managed service offering 5G as a Service (5GaaS), enabling rapid deployment and effortless management and orchestration of private wireless networks for enterprise clients. Betacom 5GaaS, the industry’s first fully-managed, end-to-end private wireless service, safeguards data by isolating traffic and keeping company data behind the enterprise firewall, by implementing Zero Trust design principles and Betacom AirGap Protection that features a combination of traffic segregation, 3GPP tunneling, encryption and granular access controls. Betacom delivers 24x7, 365 days a year network management from its cloud-based Security and Service Operations Center (SSOC). The new VMware Edge Compute Stack can support multiple use cases at the edge including deployments in the manufacturing, retail, campus and healthcare sectors for a wide variety of applications. For manufacturing customers, the solution supports software-defined manufacturing, predictive maintenance, inventory management, safety and security. For healthcare customers, it provides support for IoT wearables, smart utilities and surgical robotics. “We are excited to partner with VMware in support of its latest technology offering, which enables all the edge functions necessary to facilitate Industry 4.0,” said Johan Bjorklund, CEO of Betacom. “Clients are looking for high-performance, low-latency solutions that are ideal for optimizing automation, data collection and the Internet of Things, and that is exactly what VMware Private Mobile Networks is designed to deliver through our partnership.” About Betacom Betacom offers the first fully-managed private 5G network service, building on its long history as a wireless infrastructure provider to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, the company has regional offices throughout the country. Having completed more than 800 large-scale design and deployment projects, Betacom inspires confidence among their customers who have worked closely with them to meet their pressing high-performance connectivity needs. Its secure private 5G wireless service is the first managed service of its kind in the United States.

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ZEDEDA Launches Industry-First Application Services Suite, Revolutionizing Edge Computing

businesswire | July 28, 2023

ZEDEDA, the leader in edge infrastructure orchestration, today introduced ZEDEDA Edge Application Services, making it easier for customers to instantly gain granular control across all of their edge applications, including their modern AI-based applications. The number of edge devices, along with the data they produce, is growing exponentially. Gartner® predicts that “by 2025, 75% of data will be generated outside these centralized [data centers or cloud regions] facilities.”1 Edge computing is required to manage and process that data, but the complexity of distributed environments can make it difficult for customers to get started quickly. Enabling access to core services can provide an on-ramp for organizations to benefit from an initial edge use case while also establishing a foundation for future growth, just as was seen previously with cloud adoption. “Just as we saw occur with the cloud providers in the early days, it is time for the edge market to evolve beyond just infrastructure and begin to offer value-added services in addition,” said Said Ouissal, founder and CEO of ZEDEDA. “Now, with ZEDEDA Edge Application Services, we are able to offer our customers the ability to manage, configure and control their edge applications simply by leveraging the ZEDEDA ecosystem.” ZEDEDA Edge Application Services are delivered using ZEDEDA’s market-leading edge orchestration solution, which reduces cost while increasing visibility, security and control. The new industry-leading suite of services provides remote access, inventory and configuration management, and Kubernetes management services tailored to the individual needs of each deployment and customer. ZEDEDA Edge Access: A Simple and Secure Remote Access Solution The first service in the suite, ZEDEDA Edge Access, enables IT administrators and platform operations teams to instantly access any remote device from any location at any time. It is a simple solution that provides secure access, control and audit tracing for edge deployments. ZEDEDA Edge Access is secure out of the box, with built-in access controls that provide full encryption of user sessions, and requires no backend configuration or specialized skills. ZEDEDA Edge Access Service eliminates the overhead associated with conventional methods of remote access, providing a streamlined and efficient alternative. ZEDEDA Edge Access Service also provides granular user control and access, enabling customers to provide third parties secure access to their edge infrastructure. For example, if there is a problem with a specific application, the software vendor or developer can securely access, audit and troubleshoot if needed. This service, and others like it, will ultimately enable ZEDEDA partners and OEMs to generate new revenue streams. ZEDEDA’s open, distributed, cloud-native edge management and orchestration solution has attracted strategic OEM and customer relationships with Global 500 companies, including Emerson, Rockwell Automation, and VMware. The company continues to quadruple the number of edge nodes it has under management annually, scaling toward a hundred thousand edge nodes and has raised more than $55 million in capital from investors, including Coast Range Capital, Lux Capital, Energize Ventures, Porsche Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures, Emerson Ventures, Juniper Networks, Rockwell Automation, Samsung Next and EDF North America Ventures. About ZEDEDA ZEDEDA makes edge computing effortless, open, and intrinsically secure — extending the cloud experience to the edge. ZEDEDA reduces the cost of managing and orchestrating distributed edge infrastructure and applications while increasing visibility, security and control. ZEDEDA delivers a distributed, cloud-native edge management and orchestration solution, simplifying the security and remote management of edge infrastructure and applications at scale.

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Epson Announces New Ultra Compact Desktop Solutions Offering Document Management Perfect for Remote and Hybrid Workers

prnewswire | September 26, 2023

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