Dell chaperones broad vmware microsoft alliance in the cloud

Crn | April 29, 2019

The long awaited vmware microsoft cloud alliance became official monday as the two enterprise technology giants unveiled the contours of a joint solution that will natively bring vmware environments into the azure cloud.

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The rise and uptake of the virtual desktop has enabled organisations to realise a number of benefits including improved user experience, better customer service and up to a 40% reduction in desktop support costs. Not to mention the ability for organisations to move from a CAPEX operating model to a more OPEX utility based platform. With most of the focus being on tangible business benefits, little has been said about the environmental benefits of virtual desktops. With rising energy costs and environmental compliance the total environmental benefits of a virtual desktop solution have been to date undervalued.


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x-cellent technologies Selects Lightbits for metalstack.cloud

Lightbits | November 21, 2022

Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe® over TCP (NVMe®/TCP) data platform for any cloud, today announced that x-cellent technologies, a German-based technology consultancy, will integrate their high-performance, persistent storage running on Intel® high-performance technologies into their metalstack.cloud infrastructure. metalstack.cloud is a new cloud service offering that was initiated by x-cellent technologies on base of Open-Source solutions like Gardener as an alternative to public cloud solutions. metalstack.cloud targets customers and developers who require a secure tech platform to run Kubernetes as a Service for their applications from different industries and market domains, such as manufacturing companies, software companies, consulting companies, and startups. The service is produced and operated in Germany. metalstack.cloud is a set of microservices that implements Kubernetes (K8s) as a service on bare metal and enables elastic cloud infrastructure. It leverages K8s clusters so that end users can easily, securely, and cost-effectively launch their apps on the platform without having to worry about server hardware, networking, and storage management. The architecture is based on their open-source software, metal-stack.io, which was developed for the highly regulated financial sector and is being used successfully by CSPs, including Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FI-TS), which is also the developer of metal-stack.io and a Lightbits customer. By using metalstack.cloud end users have access to a full K8s stack to develop and run their applications on and can be up and running within 15 minutes. “We have found Lightbits to be a perfect match for K8s workloads, a much simpler, and higher performing alternative to Ceph and other enterprise storage solutions, We have integrated Lightbits software with Intel high-performance hardware into our state-of-the-art Platform as a Service (PaaS), metalstack.cloud, because it allows us to manage the entire infrastructure of the data center with a lot of flexibility and in a highly available way.” Stefan Majer, Chief Technology Officer at x-cellent technologies GmbH The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and cost-efficiency for any cloud. Together, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, like metalstack.cloud, 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. “We are proud that x-cellent technologies have chosen Lightbits for their cloud platforms. It’s a good match, as their business philosophy closely aligns with our own—build state-of-the-art cloud data platforms that are simple to consume and deliver an unbeatable price-to-performance ratio at scale,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits Labs. “Our solutions help rid customers of the costly dependencies to hyperscalers, and vendor lock-in, but without compromising high-performance, security, scalability, and ease of use.” metalstack.cloud is in beta release, with general availability in 2023. About Lightbits Labs 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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Virtana Expands Kubernetes Strategy for Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) and Monitoring within Container Environments

Virtana | December 15, 2022

Virtana, a leading provider of AI-driven solutions for hybrid cloud management and monitoring, today announced the expansion of its Kubernetes strategy across the full portfolio of Virtana Platform. This release brings Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) and Monitoring support for container environments using Virtana Platform, following September's announcement of a Kubernetes rightsizing feature through Virtana Platform's cloud cost management solution. With the new IPM Kubernetes capabilities of Virtana Platform, users will have access to the same real-time, high-definition performance and dimensional information for containers that they enjoy today for legacy cloud infrastructure. This will expand access to Virtana Platform hybrid features to include rightsizing, monitoring, and capacity planning for Kubernetes-based workloads. Virtana's Multi-Cloud Insights Platform delivers benefits including rapid problem resolution (up to 80% decrease in mean-time-to-resolution), de-risk optimization initiatives (up to 50% staff productivity gains without impacting application performance), and cost reduction (up to 30% on cloud cost savings). "Today, Kubernetes customers are inundated with metrics and data points that are hard to understand or put into context. By using Virtana, our customers can now gain meaningful insights from Kubernetes and the key supporting infrastructure layers in relation to the application service. Providing full Kubernetes support across the entire Virtana Platform portfolio has always been our goal, from cloud cost management to IPM, which is key to enabling our customers' digital transformation journeys." Jon Cyr, Head of Product for Virtana Through a combination of agentless integrations with Prometheus and the Kubernetes API, customers can use Virtana to collect health, utilization, and performance metrics from their container environments—accelerating the achievement of their digital modernization goals. Virtana is empowering customers to use their choice of external management suites, like RedHat OpenShift, VMware Tanzu, and Rancher, so they can gain deeper insights with the tools they have already deployed. Through the Virtana Platform Cost Savings Opportunities dashboard, users can tailor their default rightsizing recommendations based on constraints for CPU and memory—to meet specific business requirements and risk tolerance. About Virtana Virtana provides a unified multi-cloud management platform to simplify the optimization, migration, and monitoring of application workloads across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. The cloud-agnostic SaaS platform allows enterprises to efficiently plan their cloud migrations and then right size workloads across their hybrid cloud infrastructure for performance, capacity, and cost—most customers see 25% cloud cost savings or more within the first 10 days of use. Get a free 14-day trial of Virtana's optimization solution. Virtana was named Coolest Cloud Company by CRN, Top Cloud Leader Reducing Public Cloud Costs by Business Insider, Best Company Culture by Comparably, and a Customer First company by Gartner.

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Space Software Provider Antaris™ Announces Launch Readiness of World's First Cloud-Built Demonstration Satellite

Antaris | December 06, 2022

Antaris, the software platform provider for space, announced today that the first-ever satellite fully conceived, designed and manufactured using the company's end-to-end software is ready for launch. Creation of the satellite, dubbed JANUS-1, involved eight organizations spanning seven countries collaborating virtually through the Antaris cloud-based platform, which features open APIs and core open source elements. The project was completed in just 10 months from concept to launch readiness with a cost savings of 75% over comparable satellite missions. Based on data captured during the build, Antaris anticipates that future spacecraft missions can be ready for launch in as few as six months. "This is a tremendous moment for the space industry," said Antaris Co-Founder and CEO Tom Barton. "Satellite development has historically been slow and extremely costly because of proprietary hardware and software, excessive vertical integration and outdated interfaces, APIs and protocols. Antaris has changed all that. Our cloud-based platform has enabled constellation sponsors, satellite designers, component providers and manufacturers from across the globe to come together seamlessly and collaborate to get a satellite ready for launch in just months, not years, from start to finish. Nothing like this has ever been done before." JANUS-1 is a 6U satellite conceived as a technical demonstration to showcase the unprecedented efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the Antaris platform and will feature five different payloads running on its SatOS™ satellite software once in orbit. XDLINX Labs and Ananth Technologies served as the primary manufacturing partners for the JANUS-1 satellite with ATLAS Space Operations providing ground station services. "The satellite industry has historically lagged behind the tech industry in the adoption of Software-as-a-Service models," said Brad Bode, Chief Technology Officer of ATLAS Space Operations. "The Antaris SaaS platform is a long overdue approach to the design, simulation and operation of satellites and a perfect complement to our own GSaaS, or Ground Software as a Service, model. We're excited to be part of the historic JANUS-1 mission." "Ananth Technologies is pleased to be collaborating with Antaris on this novel demonstration project, We support their mission of driving collaboration across the space economy and see tremendous potential in this new approach to satellite design and operations. The build process for JANUS-1 was highly efficient even for a complex design with multiple payload providers from around the world." Dr. Subba Rao Pavuluri, Chairman and Managing Director of Ananth Technologies. Antaris recently open sourced its SatOS Payload Software Development Kit (SDK), which enables users of the platform to effectively integrate payloads into SatOS-powered satellites. Additionally, Antaris released the go-satcom library to help the broader space community work with open space communications protocols. Payload and subsystem technology providers including AICRAFT, Netra, Morpheus Space, SayariLabs Kenya, SpeQtral, Transcelestial and Zero-Error Systems (ZES) will perform internet of things (IoT) communications, advanced experimental laser communications, radio communications and machine learning (ML) inference during orbit. A virtual twin of JANUS-1 running on Antaris TrueTwin™ technology is functional today, and the physical satellite is expected to launch into orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre of India under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of Indian Space Research organization (ISRO). About Antaris Antaris, the software platform provider for space, exists to make space easy. Our software dramatically simplifies the design, simulation and operation of satellites to support mission success. We bring New Space thinking to an Old Space world, giving our customers maximum control and flexibility while mitigating supply chain risk to improve time-to-orbit, reduce cost and optimize engineering reuse. With investors including Lockheed Martin Ventures, Acequia, HCVC and E2MC, Antaris is revolutionizing Software for Space.

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Nokia deploys next-generation fiber technology for a smarter, faster and greener Australian National Broadband Network

Nokia | December 05, 2022

Nokia and NBN Co today announced the deployment of Nokia’s next-generation broadband platform and its Altiplano Access Controller to deliver a smarter, faster and greener nbn® network. The deployment is the first for the Lightspan MF-14 in the Southern Hemisphere. With unmatched capacity, space efficiency, low latency, intelligence, reliability and power efficiency, the MF-14 will help nbn address Australia’s broadband needs well into the future and help the company realize their Toward Zero Carbon Ambition. Nokia’s Altiplano Access Controller is a software-defined (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) tool used to drive greater automation and virtualization. It enables innovation in the way the network is managed with an open API to automate and program the network. nbn recently welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to invest an additional $2.4 billion to roll out more fiber to communities across Australia. The new investment will enable an additional 1.5 million homes and businesses currently served by Fiber to the Node (FTTN) to upgrade to Fiber to the Premises (FTTP). Coupled with the additional homes and businesses connected by fiber, nbn is evolving the FTTP technology platform to enable higher speed services and has recently successfully completed lab evaluations of 25Gbps FTTP technology. Full fiber connections will help deliver faster broadband speeds, better reliability and energy efficiency , as well as support additional data capacity for the nbn network. These upgrades will help ensure eligible customers can more effectively work from home and operate online businesses, participate in online education, engage in telehealth consultations, stream entertainment and connect with friends and family. nbn will be the first operator in the Southern Hemisphere to adopt the MF-14 platform following announcements by US and UK operators in October 2022. Deployment will commence in 2023. Stephen Rue, CEO at nbn, said: “Rapid technological advances will play a critical role in driving the economic prosperity of our nation and in enabling our transition to a smarter, digitally enabled economy. By leading the deployment of this next-generation technology, we can help meet our nation’s data demands now and into the future. “Together with our network investment that is pushing fibre deeper into communities and extending fixed wireless and satellite coverage and capabilities, we are helping unlock social and economic benefits for households, businesses and communities across Australia. “More than 8.5 million households and businesses are connected to services over the nbn network – this equates to approximately 20 million people relying on our network every day.” Nokia and nbn have been partners for more than 10 years and we’re excited to continue to support nbn in this next technological evolution, deploying more advanced and energy-efficient networking technology. Using Nokia’s advanced fiber technology coupled with our network optimization and automation capabilities, Nokia and nbn can meet customer demand for a faster, smarter, greener broadband network today and well into the future.” Ricky Corker, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Nokia About Nokia At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together. As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

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The rise and uptake of the virtual desktop has enabled organisations to realise a number of benefits including improved user experience, better customer service and up to a 40% reduction in desktop support costs. Not to mention the ability for organisations to move from a CAPEX operating model to a more OPEX utility based platform. With most of the focus being on tangible business benefits, little has been said about the environmental benefits of virtual desktops. With rising energy costs and environmental compliance the total environmental benefits of a virtual desktop solution have been to date undervalued.

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