VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRATEGIES
Scality | June 30, 2022
Scality today announced that their ARTESCA lightweight, cloud-native object storage platform is now officially supported on VMware vSphere/ESXi virtualization systems. This gives vSphere customers production-level ARTESCA virtual machine (VM) capabilities, with functionality comparable to physical servers and increased deployment options. In this time of supply chain challenges producing long lead times for physical storage server hardware, which can postpone company objectives, virtual machine support is very crucial.
Traditionally, enterprise-grade storage needed hardware with an integrated CPU, memory, and disk capacity. Scality was a pioneer in overcoming the requirement for bespoke hardware by focusing solely on software and leveraging conventional server platforms. ARTESCA now deviates from typical storage needs by supporting production-level workloads on flexible, widely used VMware vSphere virtual infrastructures, including VMware vSAN compatibility and live migration capabilities.
In addition to giving clients more deployment options, this allows partners and resellers to provide solutions to customers more quickly by avoiding supply chain delays, resulting in a faster time to revenue.
Scality ARTESCA, which will be available in 2021, is rethinking object storage for the new cloud-native era. It offers both a compact footprint at the edge and data center scalability. ARTESCA is a lightweight, cloud-native object storage solution that combines full enterprise-grade features with rapid access everywhere data dwells.
"Ongoing supply chain disruptions hamper business goals and growth. We're supporting ARTESCA software-based object storage on VMWare's ubiquitous vSphere environment to offer a solution that bypasses current supply conditions by eliminating new hardware requirements. Companies can move forward with the data storage and management they need."
Paul Speciale, chief marketing officer, Scality
VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS
BlackBerry | June 16, 2022
BlackBerry Limited has released an upgraded version of the QNX Advanced Virtualization Frameworks (QAVF) as well as compatibility for Google's newest Android Automotive OS (AAOS) reference implementation (Trout 1.0). This latest version of QAVF, which is now in use by OEMs across several production projects, will allow embedded automotive software developers to simplify development, expedite time to market, and decrease costs when designing Android Automotive OS-based IVI systems. This new invention extends BlackBerry's leading position in the embedded vehicle software industry by providing a framework for the development of both safety and non-safety applications.
QNX Advanced Virtualization Frameworks extends the functionality of the QNX Hypervisor and the QNX Hypervisor for Security to support the complex sharing and abstraction of the underlying hardware in a hypervised environment for systems such as digital cockpits, domain controllers, and other high-performance compute applications that require a combination of safety and non-safety functions. The QNX Hypervisor solutions, QAVF and Trout 1.0, work together to offer a quick application development environment while exploiting the capabilities and benefits of the Android operating system.
Virtualization is an essential necessity in present and future cockpit technologies. Trout 1.0, QNX Hypervisor for Safety, and QNX safety-certified shared device drivers work together to simplify Android integration for clients while also offering a suitable platform for designing mixed-criticality systems.
QNX is upgrading QAVF to correspond with the current VIRTIO standards and provide USB management, filesystem sharing, and specialized graphics sharing for mission sensitive situations, in addition to supporting Trout 1.0.
The advancement is yet another important automotive milestone for the company, whose BlackBerry QNX technology is in production programs with 45 different OEMs and 7/7 of the top Tier 1s, securing over 195 million vehicles globally. BlackBerry QNX is the market leader in automotive safety-certified embedded software. BMW, Aptiv, Bosch, Ford, GM, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Volkswagen rely on BlackBerry QNX software for a wide variety of safety-related systems. These include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Digital Cockpits, and Secure Data Gateways, which are becoming more common in automobiles. Moreover, with design wins with 24 of the top 25 electric vehicle automakers and providing a safe, reliable, and secure software foundation for autonomous drive vehicle systems, BlackBerry QNX is critical to the future of the automotive industry.
Service Express | July 05, 2022
Service Express, a leader in global data center and infrastructure solutions, announces the acquisition of managed services provider iTech Solutions Group and cloud hosting provider iInTheCloud. The acquisitions bring expanded IBM-specific offerings and IBM Gold Business Partner status to Service Express customers in the U.S. This deal replicates the company's existing IBM services, expertise and IBM Gold Business Partner status in the U.K. to bring comprehensive solutions to customers internationally.Based in Connecticut, iTech has over 20 years of experience offering expert solutions as an IBM Gold Business Partner. The company has worked alongside financial services, manufacturing and retail organizations, helping customers leverage IBM i infrastructure strategies. The acquisition of iTech brings a team of certified technical consultants, IBM i system administrators and skilled technicians with a deep understanding of IBM Power® Systems.
At iTech, we take pride in our dedication to the success of our people and customers, said Pete Massiello, President of iTech Solutions Group. Joining Service Express gives us the ability to expand our service offerings to existing and new customers, which was challenging as a smaller organization. I'm looking forward to working with the Service Express team to create synergy and bring our solutions to more companies around the globe.
In addition to hardware solutions, consulting and managed services, iTech provides customers with IBM i cloud hosting solutions by utilizing iInTheCloud infrastructure. iInTheCloud is a cloud hosting provider with Tier III data centers built on IBM Power Systems to deliver secure, scalable and resilient solutions for companies running IBM i, AIX and PowerLinux.
iInTheCloud allows organizations to host production, test, development or replicate environments to support disaster recovery and business continuity. The company's Michigan-based data centers grant companies access to redundant power, cooling and communication feeds ensuring environments are highly available.
"My focus has always been on creating flexible, reliable, and scalable solutions for IBM i and Power System customers around the Midwest," said Larry Bolhuis, Co-President of iInTheCloud. "With Service Express' headquarters only minutes from our data centers, the company has been the go-to service provider for many of our customers, as well as for iInTheCloud since its inception. I'm excited to expand our support options and capabilities for our new and existing customers."
Service Express offers an extensive portfolio of solutions, including data center maintenance, managed and infrastructure services designed to help customers maintain and evolve their digital IT strategies.
"The acquisition of iTech and iInTheCloud accelerate the expansion of our managed and infrastructure service offerings to the U.S., We anticipate strong company growth as we continue to broaden and diversify our solutions, bringing a wider portfolio of services to customers in the U.S. and U.K."
-Ron Alvesteffer, President and CEO of Service Express
About Service Express
Service Express is an industry-leading data center solutions provider specializing in global multivendor maintenance, hybrid cloud, managed and infrastructure services, hardware solutions and more. Companies around the globe trust Service Express to deliver reliable end-to-end support. Service Express' flagship technology, ExpressConnect®, helps IT teams automate support with monitoring, ticketing, integrations and account management. For more information, visit serviceexpress.com.
About iTech Solutions Group
iTech Solutions, an IBM Gold Business Partner, helps organizations get the most performance, utilization and return on investment from existing or new IBM Power® Systems running IBM i, while ensuring critical business data is secure. Offerings include IBM Power Systems and storage, managed administration and OS subscription services, IBM i cloud hosting, OS Upgrades, PTF maintenance, HMC and FSP Upgrades, security assessments and remediation, HA replication solutions, DR testing, tape and disk encryption, virtual tape libraries, and more. For more information, visit itechsol.com.
iInTheCloud specializes in IBM i cloud hosting solutions by leveraging IBM Power® and IBM Flash Systems in its Tier III data centers. The company works alongside organizations to deliver secure, scalable and resilient solutions to meet specific system requirements. With iInTheCloud's secure cloud, companies can consolidate workloads, increase server utilization, reduce capital costs, lower management costs, virtualize and provision memory, processor, and I/O resources. For more information, visit iinthecloud.com.