Data virtualization benefits seen in unified views IT agility

Techtarget | June 19, 2019

Data virtualization can integrate and provide access to data from different back-end systems without physically moving the data to a data warehouse or other central repository. Developers and data scientists benefit by more easily combining data sets stored across the enterprise in various formats.A data virtualization platform can also simplify security and governance around accessing this data for different user roles. And it offers the potential to reduce ongoing data integration costs compared to traditional extract, transform and load processes. Getting those data virtualization benefits isnt a given, however.Collaboration is important. Business leaders need to work closely with their data management teams when planning, deploying and using a data virtualization platform. Other crucial upfront steps include testing for possible performance issues and creating a data governance plan, according to experienced data virtualization practitioners.

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Today’s expanding organizational and work perimeters provide even greater opportunities for cyber criminals. According to the world’s leading incident response (IR) professionals, increasingly sophisticated attacks involving instances of “island hopping,” counter incident response, and lateral movement within a network are quickly becoming the new normal. Advanced phishing techniques using social engineering and programming expertise, bots, and ransomware threats also more frequently expose organizations, even those working hard to stay one step ahead.


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Technology Executive Ambika Kapur Joins Dynatrace Board of Directors

Dynatrace | February 01, 2022

Software intelligence company Dynatrace announced the appointment of Ambika Kapur to its board of directors. Ms. Kapur, an experienced go-to-market executive, has served in senior roles at leading technology companies, including VMWare, Bracket Computing, and Cisco. I am delighted to welcome Ambika to Dynatrace. Her experience directing product innovation from inception through market leadership will enable us to further scale our business to help the world’s leading organizations tame cloud complexity and accelerate digital transformation.” Rick McConnell, Dynatrace CEO “It is an honor to join the Dynatrace board,” said Ambika Kapur. “The company is addressing a huge market, and its platform has become essential for organizations executing digital transformation in the cloud. The combination of industry-leading technology, a world-class team, and happy customers position Dynatrace extremely well for ongoing success. I look forward to helping guide the company to extend this strong position.” In addition to her role on the Dynatrace board, Ms. Kapur currently serves as VP of product marketing for the Network and Advanced Security Business Group at VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW). Before this role, she served as Chief Product Officer at DataTribe, a startup foundry that invests in and co-builds world-class startups focused on generational leaps in cybersecurity and data science. Earlier in her career, she held senior leadership roles at companies including Bracket Computing, a pioneer in cloud virtualization systems, acquired by VMware in 2018, and Cisco Systems Inc as head of product management for the company’s Security Technology Business Unit. Ms. Kapur is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi, where she earned a master’s degree in economics. About Dynatrace Dynatrace provides software intelligence to simplify cloud complexity and accelerate digital transformation. With automatic and intelligent observability at scale, our all-in-one platform delivers precise answers about the performance and security of applications, the underlying infrastructure, and the experience of all users to enable organizations to innovate faster, collaborate more efficiently, and deliver more value with dramatically less effort. That’s why many of the world’s largest enterprises trust Dynatrace to modernize and automate cloud operations, release better software faster, and deliver unrivalled digital experiences.

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VMware Launches Program to Enable Persons with Disabilities to be Digital Future-Ready

VMware | April 27, 2022

VMware, Inc (NYSE:VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software today launched VMware Aurora, a program that aims to empower persons with disabilities with the digital skills needed in today's digital workforce. The program will provide free training with a diverse set of courses and learning materials in digital and sales skills ranging from computer security and internet safety to customer relationship management, to help persons with disabilities to upskill and increase their employability in today's digital workforce. VMware Aurora marks VMware's regional commitment to support persons with disabilities. Outside of its global initiatives, Aurora is currently catered for Singapore, with plans to expand to other countries in Asia Pacific and Japan. Working closely with various industry partners in the ecosystem such as SG Enable, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, Tomowork, Up 2 Speed and LinkedIn, the programme aims to equip 1,000 persons with disabilities with both business and technical skills for the future economy. The self-paced courses are delivered online via a combination of VMware curated courses and LinkedIn courses, and will provide individuals with digital and sales skills of varying capability levels from one to five. Individuals will be awarded certifications that indicate course completion after successfully completing each level and undergoing its relevant assessments. "Our vision of building a more equitable, sustainable and secure future for our region is rooted in creating equal opportunities for everyone. To create a truly inclusive economy, it is fundamental to equip persons with disabilities with the right skills so that they too are future-ready and remain employable in IT and broader industries. We believe that technology can level the playing field for persons with disabilities and enable them to reap benefits in a digital future. The digital economy offers many opportunities and benefits and with the right skills and knowledge, we hope to empower persons with disabilities to better their lives and drive them towards greater success with their unique skillsets." Craig Dobson, VMware's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead, Asia Pacific and Japan, and Vice President of Professional Services. According to UNESCAP, there is an estimated 472 million working-age persons with disabilities in Asia Pacific and Japan. This highlights the importance for individuals to upskill themselves with digital skills so that they have an opportunity to participate in the technology industry and bridge the talent gap. The program will be made available to those with disabilities who are citizens or permanent residents residing in Singapore aged 17 and above who have completed a secondary level of formal education or who are graduating students of a local Polytechnic or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and have a keen interest in learning or working in the tech industry. The launch of VMware Aurora builds on VMware's commitment to build disability inclusion into its agenda by creating a more inclusive workplace for those with disabilities and deepening its understanding of disability inclusion. Over the past two years, VMware kicked off multiple global inclusion initiatives which includes its first-ever Accessibility Week with a summit followed by an accessibility hackathon across five countries and six business units resulting in the development of ten concepts that tackle the challenges persons with disabilities face. VMware also launched a Disability Power of Difference (POD) community to roll out a series of awareness-building learning courses. About VMware VMware software powers the world's complex digital infrastructure. The company's cloud, app modernization, networking, security, and digital workspace offerings help customers deliver any application on any cloud across any device. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough technology innovations to its global impact.

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Les Mills takes martial arts into the metaverse with BODYCOMBAT VR app

Odders Lab | February 07, 2022

BODYCOMBAT – the world's most popular martial arts workout, enjoyed by millions globally each week – moves into the metaverse as fitness and gaming converge Les Mills is bringing exercise motivation to the metaverse with the launch of the BODYCOMBAT VR app, fusing globally-renowned trainers with virtual reality (VR) for an out-of-this-world fitness gaming experience. The group fitness leader has teamed up with VR specialist Odders Labs to transform the world-famous BODYCOMBAT™ workout into a high-octane VR gaming app on the Quest Platform. Led by BODYCOMBAT's legendary program directors Rachael Newsham and Dan Cohen – the game pits players against martial arts challenges across a variety of levels, spanning intergalactic deserts and neo-city skylines. Players earn points for their effort and technique, with Rachael and Dan providing coaching cues and motivation to power them through the workouts. Rachael Newsham, Program Director of BODYCOMBAT, said: "The cultural convergence between fitness and gaming is sparking exciting collaborations and innovative products, so naturally we jumped at the chance to team up with Odders Labs to create something truly magical. "The BODYCOMBAT VR app transports you into the middle of the most popular martial arts workout on the planet. The gamification and stunning VR vistas combine with the incredible moves, music and instruction that BODYCOMBAT is famous for to create an exhilarating experience that's so fun you forget you're even exercising. "Our mission is to create a fitter planet and we hope the launch of the BODYCOMBAT VR app enables us to reach new audiences and break down barriers to exercise, helping more people to start their fitness journey and reap the rewards of an active lifestyle." After many years of taking BODYCOMBAT classes in gyms and at home, it's been an incredible journey to work on bringing the experience to VR.” Jaime Pichardo Garcia, Odders Labs Business Director “This is a new step towards the future of fitness, and a revolution for VR workouts by bringing one of the biggest IPs in the fitness world with the same focus as Odders: innovation as the key differentiation of our products." Standout features of the game include: Bodycombat’s Signature Style The BODYCOMBAT VR app goes beyond jabs, hooks, and uppercuts. Squat and slip to dodge walls, throw sky punches to break targets, ram home hammer punches, and grab targets to slam with your knee! Access all types of workouts – including boxing fitness, speed workouts, core exercises, lower body, and more. Unbeatable Results All workouts are scientifically-designed to deliver results, with players able to track their performance and progress throughout the app experience. First-class Coaches World-famous Instructors Dan Cohen & Rachael Newsham are on hand to help hone technique and motivate players to push through each and every workout. Amazing Music Specially-curated soundtracks featuring the hottest up-and-coming artists to keep players pumped throughout their workouts. About Les Mills Les Mills is the global leader in group fitness and creator of 20 programs available in leading fitness facilities around the world. Les Mills programs include the world's first group exercise resistance training workout BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT (martial arts), RPM (indoor cycling), BODYBALANCE (yoga), LES MILLS GRIT™ (30-minute high-intensity interval training) and the revolutionary immersive cycle experience, THE TRIP™. Each workout is refreshed and updated with new choreography and music every three months. The company was founded by Les Mills – a four-time Olympian and head coach of New Zealand's track and field team – who opened his first gym in 1968 with the aim of taking elite sports training to the masses. Today, Les Mills workouts are delivered by 140,000 certified Instructors in 21,000 clubs across 100 countries and are available as live, livestream, virtual and immersive classes, as well as via the LES MILLS+ streaming platform. About Odders Lab Odders Lab is an innovative VR development studio creating unique titles with a spin. Based in Seville, Spain, we develop consistent products with a spin by adding unique characteristics that make our titles stand out from the crowd. With this focus on innovation, it was just a no-brainer to create a partnership with LES MILLS to bring the most innovative fitness experience to the VR market.

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STL, VMware and ASOCS unveil end-to-end 5G Enterprise solution at MWC 2022

Sterlite Technologies Ltd. (STL) | March 04, 2022

STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, together with ASOCS and VMWare, announced the launch of industry's first end-to-end 5G Enterprise solution to address the growing demand for private 5G enterprise connectivity for campus, industrial and venue applications. Unveiled at MWC 2022, where STL demonstrated its All-in 5G offerings, this 5G Enterprise solution will comprise Garuda, STL's O-RAN 5G indoor/outdoor small cells, CYRUS, Open Distributed Unit and Centralised Unit from ASOCS and VMware Edge Compute Stack as the virtualization layer and cloud management . 5G Enterprise networks have proven to be game changers for businesses and are set to have a market value of US$ 14 billion by 2028. These future-ready 5G networks will be enabled by open standards-based architectures and will be able to handle dense environments required for seamless indoor coverage. STL's Garuda small cell radio is ideal for small, medium and large enterprises, supporting more than 30 concurrent user devices per radio. ASOCS' CYRUS, a fully virtualized O-RAN CU/DU enterprise solution, delivers standalone and 5G connectivity in a single software stack. VMware Edge Compute Stack is an edge computing solution that helps to build, run, manage, and protect edge-native applications at the Near and Far Edge. The combination of STL, ASOCS and VMware offers a powerful on-premise fully virtualized and open RAN 5G solution on general purpose servers; this solution can be hosted alongside enterprise IT infrastructure on general purpose commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers, seamlessly blending with an enterprise's existing infrastructure. In December 2021, STL & ASOCS had jointly demonstrated the 5G enterprise use-case as a part of the O-RAN Alliance annual plugfest, including the interoperability of Garuda with ASOCS' Distribution Unit/Centralised Unit. Our strong partnership with STL and VMware brings a strong end-to-end Private 5G enterprise network solution which we already see being adopted in Smart Manufacturing and the digital transformation to Industry 4.0. With our CYRUS virtual RAN solution along with STL's Garuda and computation at the edge with VMware, enterprises will be able to easily deploy and manage 5G networks with high high-performance level, security, and flexibility." Gilad Garon, ASOCS CEO Commenting on the solution, Muneyb Minhazuddin, vice president of edge strategy, VMware, said: "We are delighted to associate with STL and ASOCS to bring the 5G enterprise networks solutions to provide compelling benefits to businesses. VMware Edge Compute Stack provides a purpose-built, integrated VM and container-based stack that enables organizations to deploy and secure edge-native apps at the far edge. It will complement STL's Garuda and ASOCS' CYRUS in paving the way for more seamless 5G enterprise connectivity." Speaking on the collaboration, Chris Rice, CEO, Access Solutions, STL, said: "This collaboration is a testament to the benefits of open networking principles - bringing three partners together to offer a very powerful solution to address various 5G Enterprise opportunities, globally. Enterprises will now be able to leverage a robust, secure 5G network that is easy to scale and upgrade and drives greater levels of service efficiency." About STL - Sterlite Technologies Ltd STL is a leading integrator of digital networks providing All-in 5G solutions. Our capabilities across wireless connectivity, optical networking, software, and services, place us amongst the top 5G RAN vendors by Gartner. These capabilities are built on open-source and converged architectures helping telcos, cloud companies, citizen networks, and large enterprises deliver next-gen experiences to their customers. STL partners with service providers globally in achieving a green and sustainable digital future in alignment with UN SDG goals. STL has a strong global presence in India, Italy, the UK, the US, China, and Brazil.

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