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Vultr | February 10, 2023
On February 9, 2023, Vultr, a leading privately held cloud computing firm, announced the Cloud GPU availability of the NVIDIA A16, the industry's leading graphics processing unit (GPU) for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The NVIDIA A16 is explicitly designed for high-density, graphics-rich VDI, providing remote employees with a user experience that is practically indistinguishable from a native PC. The NVIDIA A16 joins the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU and the NVIDIA A40 in the Vultr lineup, further democratizing worldwide access to accelerated computing.
Vultr is the only independent cloud computing platform offering the entire suite of Cloud GPU, Cloud Compute, Cloud Storage, Managed Databases, Bare Metal, Kubernetes, and other cloud-native services globally. In addition, Vultr became the first cloud provider to offer fractions of the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU, which drastically speeds deep learning, HPC, and data analytics, as well as the NVIDIA A40 GPU, that delivers outstanding graphical prowess for visual computing. Instead of acquiring and installing GPUs oneself or renting complete clusters from other cloud providers, Vultr's solutions allow users to just pay for the resources they require.
Cloud GPU instances supported by the NVIDIA A16 are perfect for running popular Linux and Windows desktop apps such as developer IDEs, including Android Studio and Visual Studio, or productivity apps such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Cloud GPU instances with the NVIDIA A40 may be a better match for graphics-intensive tasks such as rendering, visual effects (VFX), and computer-aided design (CAD).
By connecting to them using clients like Microsoft Remote Desktop, Parsec, and VNC, cloud GPU instances may be utilized as remote desktops. Pricing begins at $0.032 per hour or $21.50 per month, making these cloud-based virtual desktops a cost-effective alternative to IT-managed actual personal PCs.
While the NVIDIA A16 is primarily designed for VDI, it is also a flexible GPU that can be used for streaming, transcoding, and machine learning inference. Vultr now offers many interconnected NVIDIA A16, A100, and A40 GPUs as Bare Metal servers to support these compute-intensive use cases better.
Vultr is a leading privately held cloud computing firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. With its diverse range of cloud, bare metal, and storage offerings, it has mastered the art and science of cloud infrastructure, building one of the largest independent cloud computing providers in the process. It handles complex hosting scenarios and provides industry-leading performance and reliability while expanding one of the largest and most accessible global networks. The company has provided scalable, flexible, Cloud GPU, global Cloud Compute, Bare Metal, and Cloud Storage [A1] solutions to over 1.5 million clients in 185 countries.
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NordVPN | March 16, 2023
NordVPN's current product update features Meshnet file-sharing, easy file-sharing functionality, and an open-source Linux application which provides free meshnet to everyone.
Meshnet's benefits no longer require a NordVPN subscription. Computers and mobile devices are now connected via a peer-to-peer VPN tunnel. Users can bypass restrictions by routing their internet traffic through any NordVPN-enabled remote device. Windows, mac, and linux devices can be personal VPN servers. This implies consumers can now enjoy perks at home regardless of their location.
Meshnet allows instant unlimited file sharing and sharing unlimited-size photos and videos without quality loss. In addition, it is a safe approach to share files through an end-to-end encrypted peer-to-peer VPN tunnel. Users can share and receive files from their own devices and from NordVPN-installed relatives, friends, and co-workers. Two-way permission ensures privacy with the new functionality.
Meshnet lets users avoid internet restrictions by routing their traffic through any remote NordVPN-installed device. Windows, Mac, and Linux devices can serve as personal VPN servers. This means consumers can enjoy all advantages at home regardless of their location.
NordVPN has rolled out three of its products under an open-source license:
The entire NordVPN Linux application,
Libtelio, which is a networking library used throughout NordVPN apps, and
Libdrop, a Meshnet file-sharing library.
Developers can now audit, review, and contribute to these products' source code, which is publicly available. NordVPN, an opensource shows transparency, community engagement, and product trust by making these products open source. Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, and Android TV support Meshnet.
NordVPN updated its Meshnet documentation page on its website, which states:
Internet traffic routing: With Meshnet, travelers can use a laptop left at home to browse the internet with their own IP address. Meshnet lets you establish your own VPN server through your own or your friends' devices, no matter their whereabouts.
Secure Remote Device Access: To view shared folders remotely, Meshnet doesn't require public sharing. It secures your home network using a peer-to-peer VPN tunnel, so you're the only one connecting to your home network.
Gaming: Meshnet acts as a virtual local area network (LAN), allowing users to play multiplayer games with others without LAN wires. In short, users can connect to the same server from different places.
NordVPN Product Strategist, Vykintas Maknickas, remarked, "We are continuously expanding the capabilities of NordVPN. This release marks a significant change in openness by both making part of the service free as well as open-sourcing a substantial part of our client software.”
(Source – iTWire)
NordVPN, founded in 2012, is a company that protects against ISPs, advertising, and other third-party snoopers. It makes connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots easy and secure. Meshnet, a recent product, allows instant unlimited file sharing and sharing unlimited-size photos and videos without quality loss. It allows usage of personal VPN using windows, mac, and linux devices. It provides 5600+ servers in 60 countries to browse freely.
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Azul | February 08, 2023
On February 7, 2023, Azul, the only 100% Java-focused firm, announced that its high-performance Java runtime, Azul Platform Prime, now supports 64-bit Arm architectures, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Graviton-based Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. This combination enables clients to reduce cloud costs while improving the performance of popular open-source technologies, cloud-native apps, and Java-based frameworks.
Azul delivers more than 20 years of Java market leadership and supports more Java versions than any other vendor, including Oracle. Azul has long been a driving force behind Java support for developing hardware architectures, including spearheading the OpenJDK community effort (JEP 391) to enable support for Apple Silicon Arm-based Macs, and now supports AWS Graviton2 and Graviton3 processors for cloud deployments.
Azul is extending its leadership with cloud-native Java runtimes that support 64-bit Arm architectures by offering the finest Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for AWS Graviton processors with Azul Platform Prime and has received service validation from AWS Graviton Ready Program. In addition, Azul's rigorous testing shows that Azul Platform Prime performs substantially faster than competing OpenJDK alternatives. Azul Platform Prime running on AWS Graviton2 and AWS Graviton3 processors, provide improved price performance and scale required for cloud workloads.
Arm platforms are becoming increasingly popular because of their low cost-performance ratio. According to Gartner®, "By 2025, Arm-based shipments will account for around 20% of worldwide (except China) infrastructure as a services (IaaS) capabilities, and 55% of platform as a services (PaaS) capability."
(Source – Business Wire)
Azul is the only 100% Java-focused firm, providing the most trusted Java platform to the contemporary cloud enterprise. By emphasizing its clients' success, maintaining a steadfast commitment to innovation and quality, and promoting Java via community leadership, it delivers the world's finest commercial support for OpenJDK. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, the company is trusted by millions of Java developers, hundreds of millions of devices, and prominent companies, including 27% of the Fortune 100, to provide extraordinary capabilities, security, performance, value, and success for their applications.