IBM Injects 'Data Science' AI Into Its Db2 Database

Forbes | June 04, 2019

IBM doesnt release a whole lot of news detailing the ins and outs of its Db2 database division. Indeed, database vendors including Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and open source champions such as Apache Cassandra, MongoDB and Redis tend to take up more column spaces in the tech-business press. Each vendor is constantly trying to outstrip the other in terms of its databases supposed ability to scale upwards in size, handle deeper analytics complexity and work increasingly effectively (marcoms people like to say ‘seamlessly) on different types of data pipeline jobs, all in different cloud environments. What brought IBM forward to start talking about Db2 then? As is the case with the lion’s share of technology augmentations currently playing out at the end of this decade it’s all about adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) via the Machine Learning (ML) methods that fuel it.

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Here I build a virtualization server which can be rack mounted inside an IKEA Lack table converted to host a Cisco CCNA-CCNP home lab (with GNS3 for Cisco router emulation) and virtualization lab for studying. This video is a shorter, updated and compressed version of a video which I uploaded half a year ago about building a cheap virtualization host for home use, i.e. not involving expensive industry grade server components. The VT-x (AMD-v) virtualization extension and VT-d (IOMMU) feature for direct PCI-e device direct bypass/passthrough to VMs are discussed.

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Here I build a virtualization server which can be rack mounted inside an IKEA Lack table converted to host a Cisco CCNA-CCNP home lab (with GNS3 for Cisco router emulation) and virtualization lab for studying. This video is a shorter, updated and compressed version of a video which I uploaded half a year ago about building a cheap virtualization host for home use, i.e. not involving expensive industry grade server components. The VT-x (AMD-v) virtualization extension and VT-d (IOMMU) feature for direct PCI-e device direct bypass/passthrough to VMs are discussed.

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Great Plains Communications Announces GPC SD-WAN, Powered by VMware

Great Plains Communications | May 19, 2022

Great Plains Communications (GPC), the Midwestern telecommunications provider with a growing, privately-owned 16,500+ mile fiber network reaching 13 states, has announced the launch of GPC SD-WAN, powered by VMware. The fully managed GPC SD-WAN, or software-defined wide area network, enables companies to more securely and reliably manage their wide area network —from branch offices to data centers and the cloud. “We are continually seeking solutions that enable our customers to leverage the latest technologies and meet the bandwidth demands that today’s hybrid work model and other factors are placing on their networks,” said Tony Thakur, Chief Technology Officer of Great Plains Communications. “The GPC SD-WAN solution provides companies with greater agility to optimize and scale their network bandwidth, simplify their operations and manage costs.” “VMware is pleased to be partnering with Great Plains Communications to help reduce network complexity and give IT teams more time to drive innovation and strategic outcomes across their businesses. VMware SD-WAN delivers networking and security services seamlessly, enabling simple access to information, no matter where it’s located.” Abe Ankumah, Vice President, Product Management, VMware SASE About Great Plains Communications Great Plains Communications is one of the largest privately-owned telecommunications providers in the Midwest and is headquartered in Blair, Nebraska. It has over a century of experience providing business and residential customers in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Southeastern Indiana communities with forward-thinking, fiber-based technology services including high-speed internet, Ethernet, video, hosted and traditional voice solutions. The company also takes pride in its progressive approach to accommodating the unique needs of all regional and national telecommunications carriers, LECs, ISPs, wireless carriers and other service providers utilizing superior engineering and custom-build strategies. At the core of its service offering is an extensive, MEF-certified 16,500-mile regional fiber network that reaches 13 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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EonStor DS U.2 SSD Boosts Performance for Database and Virtualization Applications

Infortrend | December 01, 2021

Infortrend Technology, Inc., the industry-leading enterprise storage provider, introduces U.2 NVMe SSD EonStor DS 4000U all-flash SAN storage solution to boost IOPS and reduce latency for increased I/O operation request responsiveness in performance-demanding SAN applications like database and virtualization. Oftentimes, database is a mission-critical component performing a function essential for business operations, thus, reliable high-performance storage is needed: It must be protected from potential failures and promptly serve many simultaneous random real-time transactions/inquiries from clients. As for organizations' virtualized environments, storage is required to quickly respond to I/O requests from multiple virtual machines. EonStor DS high availability SAN storage supports the market-trending cost-effective U.2 SSD to deliver 1000K IOPS and 11GB/s throughput (90% performance increase compared to the previous model). With high performance and significantly reduced latency, it is capable to quickly process multiple I/O requests of virtual machines and database data queries. In a hybrid configuration, the auto-tiering function automatically allocates data to high-performance or high-capacity tiers to provide better storage efficiency. Importantly, DS guarantees uninterrupted services with complete data protection design: multiple RAID levels prevent data loss due to drive damage, snapshots and remote replication fulfill local and remote data backup, while supercapacitor ensures that data is not lost if the system is powered off. For virtualized environments, EonStor DS was certified as VMware Ready to assist businesses in keeping up with the growing demand for IT resources. Also, DS features SSD optimization technology, allowing to extend SSD service life, improve data protection, and simplify SSD management. When it comes to such performance-critical SAN applications as database and virtualization, enterprises rely heavily on storage devices, and EonStor DS 4000U with U.2 SSD support provides low latency and incredibly high IOPS to ensure quick I/O operations for these workloads.” Frank Lee, Senior Director of Product Planning About Infortrend Infortrend has been developing and manufacturing storage solutions since 1993. With a strong emphasis on in-house design, testing, and manufacturing, Infortrend storage delivers performance and scalability with the latest standards, user friendly data services, personal after-sales support, and unrivaled value.

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Boba Network Announces Public Mainnet Launch of Layer 2 Optimistic Rollup

Boba, Enya, OMG Foundation | September 20, 2021

Boba Network, a next-generation Ethereum scaling solution, is thrilled to announce the mainnet launch of its Layer 2 Optimistic Rollup. Developed by OMG Foundation core contributor Enya, and based on the publicly available, open-sourced Optimism codebase, Boba Network aims to deliver a faster, cheaper, more seamless experience for the next billion users of Ethereum. In addition to its public mainnet launch, OMG Foundation will be releasing its new $BOBA token to support decentralized governance of the network. Boba’s mainnet launch is only the beginning of the community’s efforts to expand the Ethereum ecosystem by reducing gas fees, improving throughput, and extending the capabilities of decentralized finance and NFT projects through Hybrid Compute. Boba’s extensible smart contracts enable developers across the Ethereum ecosystem to build decentralized applications that trigger code executed on web-scale infrastructure, making it possible to use algorithms that are either too expensive or impossible to execute on-chain. As this technology matures, Boba’s Hybrid Compute will enable developers to build dApps that make use of the world’s most powerful algorithms, from cutting-edge cryptography to machine learning classifiers. In support of the Boba mainnet, OMG Foundation is releasing a new governance token for the platform, $BOBA. $BOBA tokens will be airdropped to existing $OMG token holders who have bridged their $OMG tokens to Boba Network by a snapshot date later next month. FTX, one of the largest crypto exchanges, has already committed to support the airdrop, with additional exchanges to follow suit. This new token will be the basis for voting on the Boba DAO, the next natural step of Boba’s focus on users, the community, and decentralization. $BOBA tokens staked on Boba Network will also receive a portion of the transaction fees earned by the network through an on-chain distribution governed by the community. “From the beginning, our mission has been to create and grow an inclusive, decentralized ecosystem for developers and end users,” said Alan Chiu, Founder and CEO of Enya. “Boba’s mainnet will allow Boba developers to deliver a faster, cheaper, and more delightful experience to the next billion users of Ethereum. We are thrilled by the support of OMG Foundation in creating the new $BOBA token to offer the community the ability to participate in the governance and growth of Boba Network.” Since its beta launch last month, Boba Network has partnered with an array of leading crypto projects, including DODO, Coin98, MEW, Frax, Anyswap, Sake, Band, API3, and Witnet. Boba has a vision of expanding and democratizing the Ethereum ecosystem, and its L2 is the first step towards bringing that vision to life. Boba and its large, diverse community will focus on creating a great experience for developers and users by offering a native fast exit bridge, NFT bridging between L2 and L1, and leveraging Ethereum for security. The Boba team will be showcasing the Boba Network’s unique product features and recent integrations during Messari Mainnet in New York City from September 20 - September 22, 2021, Booth #301. To build on Boba, visit boba.network. About Boba Boba is an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible Layer 2 Optimistic Rollup that helps Ethereum smart contracts scale while delivering a delightful user experience. Boba enables Ethereum developers to build dApps that trigger code running on web-scale infrastructure such as AWS Lambda, making it possible to leverage sophisticated algorithms that are far too expensive, far too slow, or otherwise practically impossible to execute on-chain. About Enya Founded by Stanford faculty and alumni, Enya pioneered decentralized privacy and became the largest provider of secure multiparty computation services, serving more than 10 million users across 91 countries. Enya creates decentralized infrastructure solutions that serve the next billion users, leading with Boba Network. Boba is an Ethereum Layer 2 solution that scales and augments Ethereum, helping developers deliver a more delightful and inclusive user experience. Enya is a core contributor to OMG Foundation. About OMG Foundation OMG Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the Ethereum ecosystem to encompass as many developers and users as possible in order to bring the ideals of the Web3 movement into reality. The Foundation currently supports the development of Boba Network, an EVM-compatible Ethereum L2 platform with capabilities for advanced computations, and OMG Plasma Network, a high-throughput token transfer network on Ethereum.

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