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VMware | April 13, 2022
-VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced the availability of VMware Cross-Cloud services on Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. VMware customers can take advantage of the trusted Azure cloud platform to accelerate application modernization, migrate workloads faster to the cloud, and more securely and efficiently scale virtual desktops to support a distributed workforce.
VMware Cross-Cloud services is a family of multi-cloud services customers can use to build, run, and manage applications in Microsoft Azure. The following VMware Cross-Cloud services are available immediately in Azure Marketplace:
Microsoft Azure VMware Solution: an integrated hybrid cloud service that delivers an operationally consistent and familiar way to run, manage and modernize VMware vSphere-based applications in the Azure Cloud, with seamless access to other innovative Azure services.
VMware Tanzu: a modular application platform for building, running, and managing modern apps on Azure and hybrid cloud infrastructure.
Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise Tier: a fully managed service for Spring applications from Microsoft built in collaboration with VMware. Enterprise tier is now in public preview.
VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure: a VMware-managed service that delivers virtual desktops and applications directly from Microsoft Azure with all the benefits of VMware Horizon.
“For enterprises today, the ability to consume and deploy solutions that can deliver immediate business outcomes is an expectation. Availability of our VMware Cross-Cloud services on Azure Marketplace will enable better time to value and speed of execution for our customers,” said Zia Yusuf, senior vice president, strategic ecosystem and industry solutions, VMware. “With VMware Cross-Cloud services, customers can drive the digital innovation they seek, with the enterprise control they demand.”
“Through Microsoft Azure Marketplace, customers around the world can easily find, buy, and deploy partner solutions they can trust, all certified and optimized to run on Azure,” said Paul Maher, General Manager (Partner), Commercial Marketplace Services, Microsoft Corp. “We’re happy to welcome VMware Cross-Cloud services to the growing Azure Marketplace ecosystem.”
The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.
VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.
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Amazon Web Services | May 24, 2022
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company today announced the general availability of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C7g instances, the next generation of compute-optimized instances powered by AWS-designed Graviton3 processors. New C7g instances use AWS Graviton3 processors to provide up to 25% better compute performance for compute-intensive applications than current generation C6g instances powered by AWS Graviton2 processors. The higher performance of C7g instances makes it possible for customers to run more efficiently a wide range of compute-intensive workloads—from web servers, load balancers, and batch processing to electronic design automation (EDA), high performance computing (HPC), gaming, video encoding, scientific modeling, distributed analytics, machine learning inference, and ad serving. There are no minimum commitments or upfront fees to use C7g instances, and customers pay only for the amount of compute used.
Since launching in 2020, Amazon EC2 instances powered by AWS-designed Graviton2 processors have provided customers with significant performance improvements and cost savings for a broad range of applications. Today, 48 of the top 50 Amazon EC2 customers use AWS Graviton2-based instances to deliver superior price performance to their customers. Customers like DirecTV, Discovery, Epic Games, Formula 1, Honeycomb.io, Intuit, Lyft, Mercardo Libre, NextRoll, Nielsen, SmugMug, Snap, Splunk, and Sprinklr have seen significant performance gains, with reduced costs, running AWS Graviton2-based instances in production. The AWS Graviton-based instance portfolio offers 13 different instances that include general purpose, compute optimized, memory optimized, storage optimized, burstable, and accelerated computing instances, so customers have the deepest and broadest choice of high-performance, cost-effective, and power-efficient compute in the cloud for all sorts of applications. As customers bring more compute-intensive workloads to the cloud to transform their organizations and fuel new opportunities, they want even better price performance and greater energy efficiency when running these demanding workloads.
To provide even better price performance for a wide variety of customer applications, new C7g instances powered by next generation AWS Graviton3 processors provide up to 25% better performance for compute-intensive applications over current generation C6g instances. Compared to previous generation AWS Graviton2 processors, AWS Graviton3 processors deliver up to 2x faster performance for cryptographic workloads, up to 3x faster performance for machine learning inference, and nearly 2x higher floating point performance for scientific, machine learning, and media encoding workloads. AWS Graviton3 processors are also more energy efficient, using up to 60% less energy for the same performance than comparable EC2 instances. C7g instances are the first in the cloud to feature the latest DDR5 memory, which provides 50% higher memory bandwidth than AWS Graviton2-based instances to improve the performance of memory-intensive scientific applications like computational fluid dynamics, geoscientific simulations, and seismic processing. C7g instances also deliver 20% higher networking bandwidth than C6g instances for network intensive applications like network load balancing and data analytics.
“Customers of all sizes are seeing significant performance gains and cost savings using AWS Graviton-based instances. Since we own the end-to-end chip development process, we’re able to innovate and deliver new instances to customers faster. With up to 25% better performance than current generation Graviton instances, new C7g instances powered by AWS Graviton3 processors make it easy for organizations to get the most value from running their infrastructure on AWS.”
David Brown, Vice President of Amazon EC2 at AWS
New C7g instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a collection of AWS-designed hardware and software innovations that streamline the delivery of isolated multi-tenancy, private networking, and fast local storage. The AWS Nitro System offloads the CPU virtualization, storage, and networking functions to dedicated hardware and software, delivering performance that is nearly indistinguishable from bare metal. For customers looking to enhance the performance of applications that require parallel processing like HPC and video encoding, C7g instances in the coming weeks will include support for Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA), which allows applications to communicate directly with network interface cards, providing lower and more consistent latency. C7g instances are available for purchase as On-Demand Instances, with Savings Plans, as Reserved Instances, or as Spot Instances. C7g instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon), with availability in additional AWS Regions coming later this year.
Snap Inc. is a camera company focused on empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. “We trialed the new AWS Graviton3-based Amazon EC2 C7g instances and found that they provide significant performance improvements on real workloads compared to previous generation C6g instances,” said Aaron Sheldon, Software Engineer at Snap. “We are excited to migrate our Graviton2-based workloads to Graviton3, including the messaging, storage and the friend graph workloads.”
Sprinklr helps the world's biggest companies make their customers happier across 30+ digital channels—using the most advanced, sophisticated AI engine built for the enterprise to create insight-driven strategies and better customer experiences. “We run a wide variety of workloads on AWS Graviton-based instances for their significant price performance benefits,” said Jamal Mazhar, Vice President of Infrastructure and DevOps at Sprinklr. “After the announcement of AWS Graviton3, we benchmarked our workloads on the new Amazon EC2 C7g instances and observed 27% better performance compared to the previous generation instances. Based on these results, we are looking forward to adopting AWS Graviton3-based instances in production.”
NextRoll, Inc. is a marketing and data technology company with a mission to accelerate growth for companies, big and small. Powered by machine learning, NextRoll’s technology gathers data, delivers reliable insights, and provides business with approachable tools to target buyers in strategic ways – all on one platform. “We have found that AWS Graviton3-based C7g instances are ideal for bidders, ad servers, and ElastiCache clusters,” said Valentino Volonghi, CTO at NextRoll. “We are seeing about 15% more requests handled by C7g instances compared to AWS Graviton2-based C6g instances. With C7g instances, we also observed up to 40% better latency. Based on these findings, we are looking forward to adopting AWS Graviton3-based C7g instances in production.”
Ansys is a global leader in engineering simulation. “As engineers and designers face increasingly complex problems, cloud computing helps lower the barrier of access to high-performance computing, allowing users to solve problems faster,” said Prith Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer at Ansys. “Ansys has also been focusing on green computing initiatives with the goal of improving energy efficiency and reducing costs to customers. With the support of LS-DYNA on the AWS Graviton3 processor powered by AWS, Ansys customers will get the best of both worlds – access to a world-class multiphysics solver without compromising on speed, and lower energy and costs.”
Beamr is a leading provider of image and video optimization solutions that enable professional photographers to improve their workflows, photo sharing services to improve user experience (UX) and reduce churn, and video service providers to reduce storage and delivery costs. “Beamr's JPEGmini software, written in C/C++, optimizes JPEG image files by reducing their file size without compromising quality. The application is compute-intensive and includes functions for image decoding, image encoding, and a quality measure algorithm that analyzes various image attributes,” said Dan Julius, Vice President of R&D at Beamr. “Since the mobile version of this software runs on Arm processors, we decided to test its performance on AWS Graviton3-based Amazon EC2 C7g instances. Rebuilding our software to run on C7g instances took us one working day, and the results were promising. When running on C7g instances, we saw 30% improved performance over comparable x86-based instances. Based on these results, we plan to recommend to our customers to run the Beamr JPEGmini software on Graviton3-based instances once those become GA, and we plan to benchmark Beamr’s H.264 and HEVC video encoders on Graviton instances as well.”
About Amazon Web Services
For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.
RiverMeadow | April 19, 2022
RiverMeadow Software Inc., a leading provider of Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Software and Services, announced today that it has added new capability to its market-leading Cloud Migration Platform to allow customers the option to carry out VM-based or OS-based migrations to any cloud. This makes RiverMeadow the only Multi-Cloud Migration Platform in the market to offer customers the choice of how they migrate to Public Clouds, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Amazon Web Services (AWS).
"RiverMeadow is fanatically focused on delivering the most flexible Migration Platform in the market", states Jim Jordan, President and CEO of RiverMeadow. "We offer flexibility in terms of how you deploy, flexibility in terms of which cloud you're going to, and now flexibility in terms of how you migrate – by VM or by OS. By leveraging our Migration Platform in this way, RiverMeadow is uniquely positioned to address the vast majority of diverse use cases, making cloud adoption faster and more cost-effective."
Key benefits of RiverMeadow's Multi-Cloud Migration Platform include:
Flexibility of Migration:Migrate by VM - ideal for Lift and Shift; minimal impact to resourcing and minimal organisation change
– Migrate by OS - ideal for OS modernization as part of the migration; rightsizing; support for nonstandard and deprecated hypervisors
Migrate to any Target - supports VMware on any public cloud and native IaaS on Azure, AWS and GCP
Cloud Mobility - Supports migration off of public cloud and onto private or on prem or migrate between any public cloud with ease
Ease of Deployment - The Platform set can be instantiated and ready for migration inside an hour
Flexibility of Deployment - SaaS or local deployment (in choice of public cloud hypervisor or on premise)
Speed of Migrations - Designed with the principles of speed and accuracy of migrations
OS Modernization - Retire legacy Operating Systems as you migrate; the only automated modernization technology endorsed by Microsoft for Windows OS upgrades
Multi-Cloud - Single Pane of Glass to handle all migration efforts to any private or public cloud
Data Only Migration - Decouples data from the OS
– Full Migration (OS + Apps + Data)
– User Profile Migration (Physical endpoint / VDI -> VDI PaaS)
Integrated Disaster Recovery – Migrate and Protect workloads
"We are committed to delivering greater value to our customers," explains Greg Dennis, Chief Technology Officer at RiverMeadow. "The added flexibility to offer both VM-based and OS-based migrations from ANY source to any public or private cloud with zero impact to the source environment shows the extent to which we are further differentiating ourselves as an industry leader in the cloud migration market."
RiverMeadow provides a broad range of fixed-price Multi-Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Services and Product capability to dramatically reduce the time, cost and risk of moving physical, virtual and cloud-based workloads into and between public or private clouds.
VIRTUAL SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE
VRSim | February 22, 2022
VRSim is pleased to announce an expansive new update for SimSpray, the industry-leading virtual reality painter training program. Update 3.3 introduces more field-specific content, an overhauled and more intuitive user interface, a performance portal complete with progress tracking, and customizable paint and material systems.
Catering to specialized fields are the all-new "industry content packs". These include: Aerospace, Automotive, Building Trades, Furniture & Cabinetry, and Structural. Each industry content pack comes standard with field-specific parts (including vehicles, equipment and/or materials), customized paint and material systems, and a learning curriculum.
The upgraded user interface supports new spray gun models, more immersive controls, and impressive supporting resources. SimSpray's intuitive feedback, objective scoring, Paintometer ROI tracking, and high-quality realistic simulations complete the training package.
SimSpray's brand new web-based "Performance Portal" connects instructors with each of their students by tracking individual progression of the training curriculum. It also collects detailed information regarding both individual and group performance to help instructors give targeted feedback.
SimSpray leads the industry in supporting training for spray coating, powder coating, and abrasive blasting applications. Both SimSpray and SimSpray Go offer customized processes and content to best fit the needs of any training program. VRSim offers added custom and/or proprietary part development as an additional upgrade. Visit with VRSim's expert sales team to determine which model is best for your program.
VRSim is a high-demand developer of interactive VR training solutions for skilled trades. VRSim, headquartered in East Hartford, CT, has reimagined industry tradition and developed next-gen training systems for welding, spray painting, construction, manufacturing, and robotics. Their training solutions have been used in programs for high schools, technical colleges, vocational training, and workforce development initiatives. VRSim has partnered with global leaders including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the National Truck Equipment Association, The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Saint Gobain, and the U.S. Navy.