Comcast turns up AI and ML for network insights and to improve customer experience

Fiercetelecom | October 14, 2019

Comcast is tapping into artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to gain valuable insights across its networks, and to provide a better customer experience. It has also come up with an internal program to make sense of all of the buckets of data that its ML and AI systems are gathering. Previously, Comcast's Tony Werner and Matt Zelesko spoke to FierceTelecom about how company's virtualization efforts were based on the deployment of its next-gen X1 video platform. Comcast's use of AI and ML were also founded on the back of X1. With X1, Comcast was able to establish complete telemetry and visibility into the platform, establish incremental roll outs and roll back to previous versions if there's a problem.

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Ekinops' SixSq joins 5G-EMERGE to build solutions for the satellite-enabled 5G media market

Ekinops | July 11, 2022

The 5G-EMERGE project aims at developing an integrated satellite and terrestrial system based on open standards to enable high-quality content distribution services over multi-layer IP infrastructures. Telecommunications satellites will efficiently deliver high-demand content, including streaming of live events, as close as possible to the end user – to the 'edge'. The project includes demonstrations in 5G base stations, users' homes and vehicles. A consortium of 20 companies from six European countries will collaborate on developing the distributed edge technology and service-delivery features. SixSq's contribution includes leading the demonstration work package and providing the edge-to-cloud software infrastructure based on its Nuvla.io B2B SaaS platform and marketplace of containerised applications, as well as its open source NuvlaEdge software. "leveraging satellite broadcast and 5G is a great opportunity to deliver the right high-density content at the right location with the right customization. However, this requires fine-tuned orchestration of the entire value chain and this is what SixSq edge-to-cloud software provides. We are no stranger to big challenges posed by ESA and EBU and are looking forward to pushing the boundaries of edge-to-cloud, bringing together the space sector, 5G and multi-media content delivery." SixSq CEO Marc-Elian Bégin "The 5G-Emerge project is yet another example of Ekinops' long commitment towards software innovation as a mean to add value to the telecommunications sector," commented Vincent Munière, Group Chief Technology Officer & VP R&D at Ekinops. "We are looking forward to helping set the bar in 5G services and content delivery." For SixSq, this project is a unique opportunity to showcase its edge computing software's ability to orchestrate complex scenarios for a range of new commercial use-cases, ranging from maritime, vehicle, public transport, 5G and building applications. Working with market leaders in their domain, Nuvla.io will manage apps across the edge-to-cloud continuum.

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LicenseFortress Announces Availability of LicenseFortress Discovery for purchase on VMware Marketplace

LicenseFortress | July 14, 2022

LicenseFortress Inc. today announced LicenseFortress Discovery is available for purchase on VMware Marketplace. VMware Marketplace is a one-stop shop for VMware validated and certified ecosystem solutions that enables customers to discover, try, purchase, and deploy directly to VMware environments. Partners can easily publish their solutions for VMware customers across platforms such as VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Tanzu and more. Customers will be able to access and purchase these third-party partner solutions directly from their cloud environments, while also experiencing the convenience of features such as notifications, reporting, and analytics. Built by Oracle and VMware experts, LicenseFortress Discovery is fully-integrated with VMware vSphere. Discovery of your virtualized infrastructure is automatic after the OVA is deployed. Provide OS and database credentials, and you can get a full inventory of your Oracle database environment in just minutes. Make sure you know where Oracle is running and which features are being used throughout your environment. LicenseFortress Discovery is available to purchase at monthly rate for 1- or 3-year contract terms. Rates start as low as $86.25/month. Prices are adjusted based on the size of your environment and length of contract. Additional discount available for prepaid terms. “We developed LicenseFortress Discovery for VMware customers who were experiencing problems properly licensing their Oracle workloads in VMware’s virtualized environments. LicenseFortress Discovery empowers Oracle customers to properly license their software on VMware vSphere without the threat of non-compliance,” Dean Bolton, co-founder and chief architect of LicenseFortress "We are pleased to see LicenseFortress Discovery on the VMware Marketplace," said Ramya Sarangarajan, Director, Product Marketing and Strategy for VMware Marketplace. "By enabling LicenseFortress Discovery to be purchased directly from our marketplace LicenseFortress is helping support our customers to seamlessly build, run, manage and secure their applications effectively and efficiently using VMware products and our vibrant ecosystem. We're excited to partner with LicenseFortress in empowering our customers to enable developer flexibility, maximize their investments and manage their app portfolio effectively." About LicenseFortress LicenseFortress is an independent, software asset management company providing real-time monitoring and license-compliance and legal experts to empower clients to guard against costly software licensing audits. Its independence from software giants combined with its financial and legal guarantees positions LicenseFortress as an unmatched SAM provider for organizations seeking solutions to manage the complexities of software license compliance. Founded in 2014, LicenseFortress is headquartered in the Los Angeles and serves customers globally.

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neXt Evolution of Tintri VMstore Breaks Out of the Data Center and Into the Cloud

Tintri | August 30, 2022

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of product availability with the "neXt" evolution of Tintri's VMstore® series. Expanding on its purpose-built, auto adaptive VMstore platform, Tintri's new Virtual Series incorporates 10 unique features that comprise the company's Platform as a Service (PaaS) approach. The Virtual Series offers autonomous QOS, predictive analytics, distributed data services, and ease-of-use in a robust and efficient virtual data workload management platform for hybrid cloud ecosystems. As businesses continue to adapt to the massive influx of data and mobile workforces, there is a critical need to implement a more flexible and interconnected IT ecosystem to manage the size and complexity of applications. IT departments must not only manage code updates and new features for these applications, but also the underlying infrastructure which affects workflows while protecting data from being compromised due to ransomware and other impacts. Tintri has seen the movement toward containerization in hybrid IT environments and has adapted its intelligent analytics to enhance locality, security and predictive failure and recovery capabilities. "We are in close collaboration with our customers and partners and understand the challenges they continue to face as data and application implementation becomes more distributed," said Phil Trickovic, SVP of Revenue, Tintri. "Because of our unique architecture meant specifically for virtual data sets, we are perfectly positioned to meet these new customer challenges and bring tremendous value by rapidly advancing the technology needed to address these new industry dynamics. By decoupling Tintri's AI-powered software from our hardware platform, VMstore customers can now deploy the efficient, transparent and easy-to-use data management platform they're accustomed to with Tintri." Businesses have consistently turned to Tintri for ease of use, predictable performance and stable service. Customers rely on Tintri to help reduce overhead costs and resources required to manage IT operations, particularly when integrating a cloud strategy. Tintri enables customers to focus on strengthening business operations, leveraging the platform's intelligence to stay ahead of the curve. Tintri VMstore is purpose-built for virtualized workloads and is now taking this same approach to develop the virtual version of VMstore technology, opening the door to new levels of infrastructure efficiency in hybrid cloud ecosystems. Tintri Virtual Series Features Tintri's neXt data management platform will consist of a new Virtual Series solution that enables 10 technology features to lower cost and complexity and gain backup and disaster recovery efficiencies, with the option to deploy and transfer within both on-prem and cloud environments. Tintri's One Stop Hybrid Cloud Shop Tintri.io – Easy to access site for support, best practices, service recommendations, and Tintri professional services Reduce Expense and Complexity of Data Protection Backup to the Cloud – Eliminate expensive add-on backup solutions; leverage snapshot file index for faster file recovery Replicate to the Cloud – Tintri's Native Async Replication provides enhanced data protection to instantly safeguard on-prem workloads by replicating to the cloud Restore to the Cloud – Restore files, folders and full VMs 10x faster than the enterprise backup solutions Simplified Hybrid Cloud Workload Management Workload Migration – Increased flexibility to move virtual workloads from on-prem to cloud with enhanced data relocation tools Centralized Cloud Management – Manage more sites, VMstore systems and virtual workloads with ease with Tintri Global Center management Enhanced Security and Visibility Ransomware Protection – Achieve unprecedented visibility for rapid detection and recovery using Ransomware Defense suite with air-gap snapshot protection Data Security Services – Locate risk without expensive security services and impacts to production systems with Automated Vulnerability Scanning Container Data Services for Cloud Native Applications Tintri Kubernetes Services – Manage quality of service, data protection and cloning for physical and virtual clusters for containerized workloads Tanzu Integration – Support for VMware Tanzu and other common Kubernetes distributions "The new Virtual Series platform and the 10 neXt feature additions were designed to address the shift we have seen in the IT market over the last 3-5 years, Because of VMstore's unique ability to see and manage virtual workloads, these neXt features give users a complete view into their hybrid cloud needs. Both performance and data protection tie back to Tintri's Analytics platform allowing users to design the infrastructure, both cloud and on-prem to best serve the organization's entire application needs." Brock Mowry, Tintri's CTO Tintri Virtual Series Availability & Beta Program The 10 Virtual Series features will roll out over the next 15 months. Tintri Data Security Services and Tanzu Integration are both available today to existing VMstore customers.Tintri will also launch several beta programs as Tintri rolls out its neXt generation platform. About Tintri Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN), delivers purpose-built solutions to store and manage virtual machines in enterprise data centers. Thousands of customers have saved countless administrative hours using Tintri's innovative technologies.

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ControlUp Accelerates Adoption of DEX Management Platform With Ability to Monitor Zoom, MS Teams, and Other Unified Communications Tools

ControlUp | September 02, 2022

ControlUp, the industry leader in Digital Employee Experience (DEX) management, today announced that ControlUp Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Yoni Avital will host a bad user experience smackdown at VMware Explore 2022. ControlUp, a VMware Partner, is also breaking its Edge DX adoption records, a solution that allows IT teams to not only monitor productivity tools like Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and Zoom but allows for advanced data analytics to proactively address issues. See a demo of Edge DX and more at ControlUp's booth in South Hall 1302. "With the new ability for IT teams to monitor Zoom and MS Teams, Edge DX is the fastest growing product in our portfolio to date. This is a testament to how important having real-time data analytics accessible to IT teams, The solution also allows for rapid deployment, which is crucial when it comes to the sales cycle. For example, one financial services client deployed 192,000+ seats in a matter of weeks." Asaf Ganot, Co-founder and CEO, ControlUp Recently recognized as a strong performer in end-user experience management by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™, ControlUp continues to bring data together in unique ways to optimize the digital employee experience while proactively addressing network latency issues, availability of SaaS apps and virtual desktops, and slow logons. With the ability to deploy Edge DX at scale in minutes, IT teams can virtually sit side-by-side with work from anywhere (WFA) employees to fix issues quickly on endpoint devices so team members can get back to work fast. Similar to our recent integration to monitor functionality with MS Teams, our new integration with Zoom provides IT teams usage insights across employee calls and meetings. Data analysis monitors the quality of calls for technical issues that may impact the digital experience of participants. Edge DX makes remediation actions available for addressing and preventing issues that impact productivity. By proactively identifying potential bottlenecks and failure points, IT teams can now provide resolutions before Help Desk tickets are filed. VMware Explore attendees have the opportunity to hear and see how ControlUp helps remove IT dark zones with real-time visibility that improves employees' productivity in two sessions: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 3:15-3:45 p.m., Joel Stocker, Director of Product Marketing, ControlUp, and Tom Fenton, Tech. Mrkt. Engr., ControlUp, will present "Improve Remote Work Experience with Last-Mile Monitoring From ControlUp" in The Expo Theater. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Yoni Avital, Co-founder & CPO, ControlUp, and Trentent Tye, Tech Marketing, ControlUp, will hammer things out in a "Bad User Experience Smackdown: Easy Horizon Troubleshooting with ControlUp" in a Breakout Session. "ControlUp is proud to be an established VMware Partner with deep integrations that help VMware users capture real-time data insights for on-the-fly troubleshooting," said Avital. "It is no secret that work-from-anywhere is here to stay, which solidifies the ongoing need for our DEX management platform to help IT teams monitor performance, availability, and productivity for networks, apps, and unified communications tools like Zoom and MS Teams." Microsoft, MS Teams are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. VMware, Horizon, and VMware Explore are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. About ControlUp ControlUp powers the work-from-anywhere world by delivering a Digital Employee Experience (DEX) Management Platform built for IT teams to make remote work more flexible and reliable. Whether your desktops are physical or virtual, your applications are local or SaaS, IT can optimize remote work environments from the datacenter or from the cloud with rich, real-time visibility across the entire digital employee experience. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with R&D in Israel, ControlUp supports over 2,000 customers and counting.

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