IBIE to feature virtual reality bakery tours

IBIE | April 12, 2019

The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) announced it has partnered with iba to offer virtual bakery tours at IBIE 2019, scheduled for Sept. 7-11 in Las Vegas. The virtual bakery tours debuted at the iba trade fair in September 2018 in Munich, Germany. In a few months the tours will again come to life with enhanced content from the wholesale baking sector. Attendees at IBIE 2019 will be able to put on virtual reality glasses to view 360-degree videos showcasing bakeries from around the world, including Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, Sandholt Bakery in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Joseph Brot in Vienna, Austria.

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The Citrix Optimization for Microsoft Teams solution was developed with and endorsed by Microsoft enabling a secure unified communications platform so that you can provide unified communications with the performance of a local installation and the security and simplicity of a virtual app.

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The Citrix Optimization for Microsoft Teams solution was developed with and endorsed by Microsoft enabling a secure unified communications platform so that you can provide unified communications with the performance of a local installation and the security and simplicity of a virtual app.

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NVIDIA AI Enterprise Software Reaches General Availability

NVIDIA | August 27, 2021

NVIDIA, announced the availability of NVIDIA AI Enterprise, a comprehensive software suite of AI tools and frameworks that enables the hundreds of thousands of companies running VMware vSphere to virtualize AI workloads on NVIDIA-Certified Systems. Leading manufacturers Atos, Dell Technologies, GIGABYTE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Inspur, Lenovo and Supermicro are offering NVIDIA-Certified Systems optimized for AI workloads on VMware vSphere with NVIDIA AI Enterprise. Separately, Dell Technologies today announced Dell EMC VxRail as the first hyperconverged platform to be qualified as an NVIDIA-Certified System for NVIDIA AI Enterprise. To help teams of data scientists run their AI workloads most efficiently, Domino Data Lab today announced it is validating its Domino Enterprise MLOps Platform with NVIDIA AI Enterprise, which runs on mainstream NVIDIA-Certified Systems. “The first wave of AI has been powered by specialized infrastructure that focused adoption on industry pioneers,” said Manuvir Das, head of Enterprise Computing at NVIDIA. “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in the age of AI, as NVIDIA software brings its transformative power within reach for enterprises around the world that run their workloads on VMware with mainstream data center servers.” “As AI applications become critical, customers want to run them on their enterprise infrastructure for manageability, scalability, security and governance,” said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. “Running NVIDIA AI Enterprise on VMware vSphere delivers a certified, end-to-end AI-Ready enterprise platform that’s easy to deploy and operate.” “Partnering closely with NVIDIA, we’re deepening our product integrations by enabling the Domino Enterprise MLOps Platform to run with a broader range of NVIDIA GPUs and validating it for NVIDIA AI Enterprise,” said Nick Elprin, CEO and co-founder of Domino Data Lab. “This new offering will help hundreds of thousands of enterprises accelerate data science at scale.” Customers Simplify, Scale with NVIDIA AI Enterprise Dozens of automotive, education, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology companies worldwide are among the early adopters using NVIDIA AI Enterprise. Many are midsize companies that can now develop a broad range of applications using the world’s most widely used servers to deploy and scale data science, conversational AI, computer vision, recommender systems and more. Among the earliest to use NVIDIA AI Enterprise is Cerence Inc., a leading provider of conversational AI for automotive and mobility markets with nearly 400 million Cerence-powered vehicles shipped worldwide. The company is using AI Enterprise to develop intelligent in-car assistants and digital co-pilots. Additionally, University of Pisa, an Italian public research university, is supporting HPC and AI training across multiple disciplines to advance scientific studies with the NVIDIA software. “NVIDIA AI Enterprise allowed us to expand our support for our researchers and students who utilize data analytics and AI deep learning and machine learning, while making these applications easier to deploy and manage,” said Maurizio Davini, chief technology officer at the University of Pisa. “Our testing has shown that these latest collaborations between NVIDIA and VMware deliver the full potential of our GPU-accelerated virtualized infrastructure at near bare-metal speeds.” Powerful AI Performance on Mainstream Servers NVIDIA AI Enterprise enables IT professionals that use VMware vSphere to run traditional enterprise applications to easily and cost-effectively support AI workloads while using the same tools they use to manage large-scale data centers and hybrid clouds. NVIDIA-Certified Systems from Atos, Dell Technologies, GIGABYTE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Inspur, Lenovo and Supermicro for NVIDIA AI Enterprise feature a wide range of NVIDIA GPUs, including the A100, A30, A40, A10 and T4. These mainstream accelerated systems provide customers with a broad selection of options for scale-out, multinode, AI application performance on vSphere that is virtually indistinguishable from bare-metal servers. Availability NVIDIA AI Enterprise is now available from NVIDIA channel partners worldwide, including Atea, Carahsoft, Computacenter, Insight Enterprises, NTT, SoftServe and SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH. Subscription licenses start at $2,000 per CPU socket for one year and include Business Standard Support (five days a week, nine hours a day). Perpetual licenses are $3,595 and require additional support purchase. Customers can upgrade to Business Critical Support for 24×7 access to NVIDIA AI expertise. About NVIDIA NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market and has redefined modern computer graphics, high performance computing and artificial intelligence

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VMware Paves the Way for Radio Access Network (RAN) Modernization

VMware | October 27, 2021

Service providers are transforming their RAN to architectures that are open and programmable. This provides an opportunity for developers to create innovative apps and services to be deployed across the RAN. A proponent of this wave of RAN innovation, VMware announced several updates to its RAN portfolio of products and introduced VMware RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC). VMware RIC, along with VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN, will help service providers smoothly transition to Open RAN. “When it comes to Open RAN, the genie is out of the bottle. The potential benefits of increasing innovation while reducing operational expense are compelling. As such, VMware is pushing to accelerate the transformation of the RAN along with Open RAN principles. VMware is paving the way for service providers to modernize the RAN so it is programmable and intelligent, built with best-of-breed solutions from a vibrant partner ecosystem.” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware Introducing VMware RIC The RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) is a new function introduced by the O-RAN Alliance that enables service providers to deploy cloud-native control and management apps in the RAN. VMware is today introducing VMware RIC, a platform that abstracts the underlying RAN infrastructure and provides developer APIs for xApps and rApps to program the RAN. VMware RIC platform will consist of two RICs that can run independent of each other, or together: VMware Centralized RIC, an implementation of the non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (non-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host rApps that have control functions with response timing greater than one second. VMware Distributed RIC, an implementation of the near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (near-RT RIC) in the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture. It will manage and host xApps that have control functions with response timing less than one second, typically on the order of 10’s of milliseconds. VMware RIC will provide service providers with: Choice and flexibility to transform the RAN into an open, intelligent RAN while minimizing business disruption. An agile RAN architecture so they can quickly respond to customer needs, changes in traffic pattern, as well as any unforeseen events that require a sudden shift. Programmability and intelligence to enable innovations introduced by a broad ecosystem. Enhanced security to better safeguard a larger attack surface inherent to the distributed nature of RAN sites and the devices connected to them. VMware has engineered its RIC to seamlessly integrate with traditional RAN equipment as well as virtualized RAN network functions independent of them being O-RAN compliant. A large ecosystem of xApps and rApps enables service providers to maximize the benefits of an Open RAN to address their unique requirements and priorities. To drive the growth of this ecosystem, VMware plans to offer a RAN application developer program to help partners jump-start and accelerate development of xApps and rApps with VMware RIC SDKs, access to VMware RIC development licenses, developer support, testing environment, and interoperability certification. The planned program will be centered around the developer experience, from the initial design of the xApp/rApp all the way to the deployment. Examples of partners who are already working with VMware to integrate their xApps and/or rApps as microservices on VMware RIC through SDKs, include: Cohere Technologies’ Spectrum Multiplier xApp improves spectral efficiency for service providers by as much as 2x with the use of its unique Delay-Doppler channel representation. Polte's location xApp pioneers more secure, accurate and global location intelligence for service providers and their customers. AirHop xApps and rApps support a broad spectrum of use cases, including RAN configuration and operation optimization, interference management, capacity and coverage optimization, and mobility optimization. Cellwize RAN intelligence technology and rApps enable backward compatibility alongside O-RAN future proof management and orchestration of multi-vendor networks. Intel is a strategic partner as VMware works with service providers to virtualize the RAN. VMware RIC is based on Intel FlexRAN reference architecture, enabling a flexible and programmable platform for software-defined RANs. “Intel FlexRAN software allows operators transitioning to a cloud-native architecture to run their RAN and AI workloads on the same standard hardware platform as other workloads, from core to edge to access," saidCristina Rodriguez, vice president of Intel’s Network Edge Group and general manager, Wireless Access Network Division. "VMware RIC, powered with Intel AI and Machine Learning capabilities, supports a wide variety of xApps and rApps that will help operators optimize their network performance, deliver new functions and features, and offer new value-added services.” VMware RIC SDKs are expected to be generally available in VMware’s Q4 FY22. VMware RIC is expected to be initially available in VMware’s Q1 FY23. New VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN Capabilities VMware RIC, combined with VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN, paves a clear and simple path toward RAN transformation. Service providers can virtualize RAN functions on a horizontal platform specifically optimized for RAN. The same platform, with VMware RIC, can be utilized for Open RAN, providing service providers flexibility and a smooth evolution toward the future without disrupting their business operations and overhauling network design. Advancements to VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN aim to strike a balance between network performance and operational flexibility. The platform’s enhanced performance meets strict latency requirements to support even the most demanding RAN workloads, while its hypervisor functions as the unheralded workhorse to provide operational flexibility. New VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN features will provide service providers with: Superior performance: VMware ESXi delivers real-time performance for RAN workloads (read the blog). Cost reduction: VMware Tanzu for Telco combined with VMware ESXi allows service providers to mix and match various cloud-native RAN workloads and custom 5G applications on the same physical appliance, ideal for open and disaggregated RAN where space is limited at the cell site and the number of sites keeps growing. Operational consistency: VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN provides a common platform and end-to-end automation and orchestration across 5G networks to prevent creating siloed islands of network functions. O-RAN Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) Service providers are adopting a multi-vendor service and orchestration management (SMO) framework as defined by the O-RAN Alliance. This SMO framework includes the non-real-time RIC, O-Cloud management, and FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security) management. VMware’s RAN portfolio is uniquely positioned to address all these functions: VMware Centralized RIC with associated SDK and rApps. VMware Telco Cloud Automation for O-Cloud management. VMware Telco Cloud Operations for FCAPS spanning RAN infrastructure, transport and mobile core. While the above components will integrate seamlessly for a simplified experience, customers may choose to deploy any component independently. VMware Partners with Aspire to Streamline RAN Testing and Validation Aspire Technology is a well-established leader within the Open RAN ecosystem, not only with its Open RAN Lab services, but also through a wide range of projects with global service providers, technology partners, systems integrators and Open RAN communities. Leveraging Aspire’s deep heritage in networks, the Aspire Open RAN Lab enables technology partners, like VMware, and service providers to fast-track development, integration, test and deployment of Open RAN-based networks. VMware and Aspire are announcing today they have entered into a strategic partnership to accelerate and simplify testing and integration of Telco Cloud Platform RAN as part of a service provider’s end-to-end network. Bill Walsh, CEO of Aspire Technology, stated, “As an independent supplier, we believe that Open RAN is a transformational move in network disaggregation, thus we are excited to partner with VMware in helping service providers smoothly transition to Open RAN.” About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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NordVPN enters the antivirus market by launching Threat Protection

NordVPN | February 11, 2022

NordVPN, the world's leading VPN service provider, took yet another step to solidify its position as a market leader in cybersecurity with the release of Threat Protection, which is integrated into the NordVPN app. This new feature offers comprehensive security against cyber threats by blocking trackers, phishing attempts, intrusive ads, malicious websites, and infected files. At Nord Security, we know that cybersecurity evolves rapidly, and cybersecurity tools must evolve too. And as part of a broader effort to shift into a more encompassing cybersecurity company, introducing Threat Protection brings us one step closer. With the introduction of Threat Protection, we will be able to offer more services and more comprehensive protection that doesn't depend merely on your VPN connection." Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN Threat Protection mitigates three primary kinds of threats. These include web trackers and malicious ads, harmful websites, and infected files. Web trackers and malicious ads. Fighting off trackers typically falls outside of the scope of a VPN, which is where Threat Protection comes into play. Threat Protection enhances the whole web privacy experience by blocking trackers entirely. You can monitor and manage the blocked trackers in real time. Harmful websites. Also use Threat Protection while browsing the web to avoid malicious websites. Threat Protection displays a warning prompt prior to the page loading. This allows you to exit in lieu of continuing to a harmful site and being phished or having your data collected. Infected files. Additionally, when you download a file from the internet, Threat Protection can be the first line of defense. It will scan for malware and, if no threats are detected, the file will be marked as safe without any interruptions. But if malware is found, the file will be deleted before it can do any harm. You will also be able to access a log of the scanned files available to view at any time. "Threat Protection takes what was once the task of antivirus software and merges it with NordVPN," says Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN. "Regardless of how long you have been using the internet, you can end up falling victim to some kind of precarious website or download. This is exactly why Threat Protection was introduced — to add a layer of security to make your online browsing safer, cleaner, and more private." To utilize Threat Protection, users need to download the latest OpenVPN version of the NordVPN app from the official website. Once enabled, the feature will protect users without them needing to connect to a VPN server. Threat Protection is currently available for all macOS users and is being gradually rolled out for Windows. NordVPN is part of Nord Security. Nord Security is moving with confidence towards becoming an all-around cybersecurity solution. Apart from NordVPN, the company is home to three other market-leading products: NordPass, a next-generation password manager; NordLocker, an encrypted cloud storage solution; and NordLayer, an advanced network access security solution.

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