Bottlerocket, an OS for Containers, Previewed by Amazon Cloud

Virtualization Review | March 13, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a public preview of Bottlerocket, a bare-bones Linux platform tailored for hosting containers.AWS said it's being "purpose-built" for containers, unlike general-purpose OSes like the Amazon Linux server platform that require updates to be applied one package at a time. Bottlerocket incorporates a "single-step update mechanism" to greatly simplify the update process, AWS said. Instead of a package update system, Bottlerocket uses a simple, image-based model that allows for a rapid & complete rollback if necessary," wrote AWS evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post announcing the public preview. "This removes opportunities for conflicts and breakage, and makes it easier for you to apply fleet-wide updates with confidence using orchestrators such as EKS [Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes].

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Dell Technologies Delivers Industry-First Innovations with VMware to Power Multicloud and Edge Solutions

Dell Technologies | September 06, 2022

Dell Technologies is introducing new infrastructure solutions, co-engineered with VMware, that deliver greater automation and performance for organizations embracing multicloud and edge strategies. "Customers tell us they want help simplifying their multicloud and edge strategies as they look to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "Dell Technologies and VMware have numerous joint engineering initiatives spanning core IT areas such as multicloud, edge and security to help our customers more easily manage and gain value from their data." Business data and applications continue to grow in multicloud environments comprised of edge locations, public clouds and on-premises IT. Many organizations have already adopted a multicloud approach, and the number of applications running at the edge will grow 800% by 2024.1 "IDC's global research shows many organizations are struggling to balance the rapidly rising complexity and cost of data center, edge and cloud operations with relentless business demand for better data integration, security and application performance, These organizations recognize the need for a consistent operating model tightly integrated with infrastructure platforms that support sophisticated, large scale data-driven workloads." Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president, future of digital infrastructure agenda Dell VxRail delivers greater performance and smallest-ever systems at the edge Dell is introducing several new VxRail systems and software advancements that improve performance on-premises and at the edge including the industry's only jointly engineered HCI-based DPU solution with VMware.2 Improved system performance: A result of co-engineering with VMware and its Project Monterey initiative, VxRail systems support new VMware vSphere 8 software that has been rearchitected to run on DPUs. Customers can improve application and networking infrastructure performance and improve TCO by moving these services from a system's CPU to its new on-board DPU. Support demanding workloads: Select VxRail systems now support VMware's new vSAN Enterprise Storage Architecture (ESA). With up to 4x vSAN performance improvement3, customers can better support demanding mission-critical applications. Smallest edge systems: VxRail rugged modular nodes deliver high performance and scalability in the system's smallest form factor to date.4 Modular nodes are ideal for edge use cases including healthcare, energy and utilities and digital cities because of VxRail's industry-first, on-board hardware witness5, which will allow for deployment in high latency, low bandwidth locations. "The increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure services for networking, storage and security places more demands on already-strained CPUs. As more distributed, resource intensive applications are onboarded, there is a need to reimagine data center architecture to fully support the requirements of these applications," said Krish Prasad, senior vice president & general manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware. "Dell VxRail with VMware vSphere 8 will deliver a foundation for next generation data center architecture by running infrastructure services on the DPU. This will enable greater network and application performance and a new level of sophistication in adopting Zero Trust security strategies to protect modern enterprise workloads." Dell APEX expands multicloud and edge support for VMware environments Dell is adding several offers to its APEX portfolio for VMware workloads that help speed development of cloud-native apps and better allocate compute and storage resources for applications at the edge. APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud adds managed VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid services, which allows IT teams to help developers move faster by using a container-based approach to application development. With Dell-managed Tanzu services, customers can provision Kubernetes clusters through the vSphere user interface. Organizations also will be able to help speed development efforts by building, testing and running cloud-native applications alongside traditional applications on the same platform. APEX Private Cloud and APEX Hybrid Cloud offer new compute-only options that allow customers to support more workloads and increase IT infrastructure efficiency by independently scaling compute and storage resources. Organizations can start small and scale their infrastructure as their IT needs change. Customers can use Dell's industry-leading enterprise storage data services by connecting compute-only instances to Dell storage such as APEX Data Storage Services. "APEX Hybrid Cloud lets us manage our multicloud environment seamlessly and gain better insights into our VMware workloads. It's allowed us to reduce the cost of supporting applications and workloads by 20%," said Ben Doyle, chief information officer, ATN International. "We stood up the Dell APEX solution quickly, and we easily moved 70% of our infrastructure to it in under three months. We look forward to working with Dell Technologies to expand our cloud footprint moving forward." Dell Validated Designs for AI – AutoML uses AI to democratize data science Dell Validated Designs for AI – Automatic Machine Learning (AutoML) uses automated machine learning models to help data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications. The solution includes tested and proven configurations of Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure with H2O.ai, NVIDIA and VMware software to help customers speed time to insight from data with automation that delivers up to 18x faster AI models.6 Organizations report 20%7 faster time to value with Dell Validated Designs for AI, helping data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications faster. VMware Tanzu in Dell Validated Designs for AI helps provide greater container security and allows customers to run AI at the edge using VMware Tanzu services. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies ( NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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Lightbits and Intel to Demonstrate Application Acceleration and Improved Resource Utilization Using an Intel IPU and Disaggregated NVMe Storage

Lightbits | September 29, 2022

Intel Innovation Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe/TCP data platform for any cloud, will be conducting a joint product demonstration with Intel at the upcoming Intel Innovation event, taking place September 27-28, 2022 in San Jose. The demonstration will highlight Lightbits software-defined, NVMe/TCP storage cluster providing high-performance block storage to compute servers equipped with Intel® IPU E2000, thereby enabling the freeing up of CPU cores to maximize the customer’s revenue without sacrificing application performance. The demo will highlight the increased infrastructure efficiency and flexibility that results from the on-demand provisioning of remote NVMe storage. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) need to reduce the CPU resources allocated to storage processing, thereby making more CPU cycles available to run customer applications. Intel Innovation attendees will see how the combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies dynamically provisions storage, significantly reduces Xeon CPU utilization for infrastructure tasks and delivers a high-performance cloud block storage solution. In this example, the number of cores was reduced by more than 4X, demonstrating significant CPU utilization savings. The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and scalability while lowering TCO. As strategic partners, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, IT organizations with private clouds, FinTech, and electronic retailers to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment. Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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Lenovo Think Report Reveals Barriers to Critical Thinking and How Technology Can Empower Progress for a Better World

Lenovo | October 07, 2022

To take a critical look at how today’s societal challenges have affected global productivity and attitudes, Lenovo today releases its first-ever Think Report. This report identifies a compromised way of thinking in today’s world, with global respondents claiming a loss of roughly two hours per day in productivity due to their inability to think purposefully, primarily because of burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced from the tremendous societal changes in the past two years. This timely report – which surveyed 5,700+ people across the US, UK, Germany and Japan – comes on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Lenovo ThinkPad. The insights look to educate people in the workforce on the importance of “real thinking,” and will enable those to use technology more intelligently, collaboratively -- and less intrusively, in a way that isn’t distracting to living life and thriving. “It is eye-opening to see that people globally feel that societal progress is in jeopardy because of a lack of real thinking. 80% of those surveyed believe that we, as a society, need to develop a new revolution in thinking, As we celebrate ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, it’s a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can catalyze better thinking in all aspects of our lives – from home to work to school and more.” Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo The Thinking Gap Respondents largely feel that the external events of the last few years (e.g., COVID-19, economic disruptions, etc.) are contributing to and exacerbating distractions, heightened multitasking and fatigue, which further impairs the quality of their thinking. Across all respondents, just 34% say they spend "all" or "most" of their thinking time in clear, deep, and productive thinking. 75% of IT Decision Makers globally say that their colleagues struggle “a great deal” or “somewhat” with engaging in clear and productive thinking. 64% of those surveyed feel that they are reliant on practical or “survival” thinking and the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important” – thus, resulting in a lack of innovative and actionable thinking that can impact advancements. In tandem, most respondents feel the situation is not improving – projecting that their lives will not get any easier or any less stressful over the next several years. The Power of Thinking Across the globe, while broad segments of respondents said they are struggling to achieve better thinking today, respondents have positive associations with improved thinking and understand the benefits that come with unlocking higher-order thinking. 65% of respondents believe that engaging in clear, deep, productive thinking will help them make better decisions. 79% of those surveyed in the U.S. consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.” Thinking Habits While people recognize the power of improved thinking, productive thinking times vary greatly depending on the region, and don’t always align with the traditional “9-to-5” workday. 37% of Americans surveyed and 24% of respondents in the UK prefer late nights or early mornings. 25% of Japanese respondents favor mid-morning. On the other hand, 35% of Germans think more clearly in the evenings. Across the board, those surveyed believe the #1 must-have for better thinking is a quiet environment – and respondents in the US, UK and Germany expressed noise-cancelling technologies are most valued to help with deeper thinking. Better Thinking Empowered by Technology Based on the research, evolutions in communication and collaboration technologies are considered as the most helpful features in promoting better thinking. In addition, learning how to use technology more purposefully – including setting some boundaries, limiting distractions and decreasing clutter of information – can help us build better thinking habits. 66% of Business End Users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help with clear, deep and productive thinking. They are also more willing than the general population to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many feel that simplifying tasks could help individuals achieve better thinking. 40% of respondents in Germany would learn how to use technology more purposefully. 39% of respondents in the U.S. would set boundaries around their technology usage. For example, setting time aside to play an instrument or exercise. Overwhelmingly, IT Decision Makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their coworkers have access to and how it enables clear thinking for employees and organizations. Whether it’s crunch time to meet deadlines, a need for business minds to come together, or the opportunity to invent – more than 60% of those surveyed think that technology helps individuals engage in critical, reflective, collaborative, expansive/exploratory and/or new types of thinking. Thinking for Humanity Overall, respondents believe that improved thinking has the potential to leave long-lasting impacts. A majority of those surveyed agree that better thinking would increase our collective humanity and we would be closer to solving challenges facing humanity and society for future generations to come. 62% in the US, 54% in the UK and 52% in Germany say that our society would be kinder if we engaged in more clear, deep and productive thinking. The full Think Report can be viewed here. Methodological Note Fieldwork for this study was conducted via an online survey of 5,768 respondents from July 4 to 24, 2022. The survey sample was comprised of a combination of Gen Pop, BEUs1, and ITDMs2 from the markets of U.S., U.K., Germany, and Germany. The margin of error for individual market samples of Gen Pop respondents is +/- 3. About Lenovo Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

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VNET Announces Changes to Leadership Team

VNET Group | September 26, 2022

VNET Group, Inc. a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced that Mr. Samuel Yuan-Ching Shen decided to resign from his positions as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of Retail IDC Business Group due to personal reasons, and he will remain with the Company as a senior advisor to the senior management. Mr. Jeff Dong, the Company's president, has been appointed to succeed Mr. Shen as the Company's Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. "I would like to thank Samuel for his contributions and dedication to our success throughout his tenure. His leadership has been instrumental in driving value and growth for VNET. We look forward to his ongoing guidance in his new role as our senior advisor." Mr. Josh Sheng Chen, Founder and Chairman of VNET "Meanwhile, I am pleased to welcome Jeff to the executive leadership team. We are confident that Jeff's extensive industry insight and deep investment expertise, acquired over a long and illustrious professional career, will continue to drive our dual-core growth strategy and fuel our ongoing commitment to achieving sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value." Mr. Jeff Dong has served as president of the Company and chief executive officer of VNET Capital since June 2022. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dong served as the head of the real assets investment department of Taiping Capital Asset Management, a subsidiary of China Taiping Insurance Group, from June 2020 to June 2022. Mr. Dong has extensive experience in real assets investment in infrastructure, TMT and new energy sectors. Mr. Dong's related experience spans more than 15 years, including over a decade serving in various roles at China Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund of China. Mr. Dong received his Ph.D. from Manchester Business School. About VNET VNET Group, Inc. is a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. VNET provides hosting and related services, including IDC services, cloud services, and business VPN services to improve the reliability, security, and speed of its customers' internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and equipment in VNET's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone. VNET operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of over 6,500 hosting and related enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

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