How Virtual Reality is going to Revolutionise Retail Merchandising: Raghu Polisetty, Accenture

Accenture | April 15, 2019

The virtual reality (VR) solution offered by Accenture, combines eye-tracking and analytics to help brands and retailers predict consumer behavior accurately With the digital era looming large, businesses of today are in a constant state of innovation. And regardless of what the business is, meeting customer expectations and satisfying them is of paramount importance to every industry in question. However, meeting customer expectations is easier said than done. That said, imagine if advanced technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, combined with analytics, could predict beforehand what customers expect out of a brand? That is exactly what the new Virtual Reality Merchandising Solution by Accenture aims at doing. In an interview with DataQuest, Mr. Raghu Polisetty, Managing Director – Global Digital Delivery Lead, Accenture Advanced Technology Centers, talks about the VR solution, how Accenture, Qualcomm and Kellogg Company have deployed the same, and some more trends we can expect in this space in future.

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Defense Information Systems Agency Releases VMware NSX® Security Technical Implementation Guide

VMware Inc. | April 28, 2022

VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has added the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for VMware NSX® to the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Exchange. The updated DISA STIG outlines the installation requirements, security policies and controls for deploying VMware NSX within the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The STIG will also help provide a vetted, more secure baseline for non-DoD entities to measure their security posture. Across the public sector, agencies are navigating accelerated innovation alongside the journey to Zero Trust security. As the threat landscape evolves, the release of DISA's STIG for VMware NSX will empower agencies to leverage VMware's advanced network virtualization and security platform to better protect and manage their multi-cloud environments. With VMware NSX, we are helping customers modernize their cloud networks to deliver apps faster while also protecting against today’s threats.” Jennifer Chronis, vice president, public sector, VMware. The STIG requirements confirm VMware NSX implementation is consistent with DoD cybersecurity policies, standards, architectures, security controls and validation procedures, when applicable NIST SP 800-53 cybersecurity controls are applied to all systems and architectures. The DISA STIG for VMware NSX provides guidance on configuring various components of an NSX environment, including the NSX Manager, Gateway Router, Distributed Firewall, and Gateway Firewall. The latest version of NSX joins VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN for which DISA has previously released STIGs. To view the official STIG, visit the DoD Cyber Exchange Public website and view the STIG release memo for VMware NSX. Multi‑Cloud for Mission Success Earlier this month, VMware announced the findings of a study on how government agencies are scaling the use of multi-cloud environments. The study, titled “Multi-cloud Is The New Frontier Of Government IT," conducted by Forrester Consulting, found that while the move to multi-cloud is a priority, agencies face challenges in supporting growing cloud environments, including compliance standards, data security and upskilling employees.

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Pyramid Analytics Joins AWS ISV Accelerate Program to Jointly Offer Decision Intelligence at Scale

Pyramid | April 23, 2022

AWS SUMMIT 2022 – Pyramid Analytics, a leading global provider of next-generation business analytics for enterprises, today announced it is strengthening its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) by joining the AWS ISV Accelerate Program, a co-sell program for approved independent software vendors (ISVs) that run on or integrate with AWS. The program allows Pyramid and AWS to collaboratively provide customers and partners with resources to accelerate the adoption of the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform on a global scale, helping more organizations to achieve faster time to value. The Pyramid Analytics Decision Intelligence Platform has been validated through the AWS Foundational Technical Review (FTR), ensuring the software meets the best practices established by AWS. Pyramid Analytics integrates seamlessly with AWS and cloud data sources, including Amazon Redshift, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon EMR, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Athena, SAP HANA, SAP BW4/HANA, Exasol, Snowflake, Databricks, and many more. The Pyramid Platform is used by companies around the world to unify data from any source and empower employees with insights to make faster, more informed decisions. Complete, Unified Decision Intelligence The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform unifies Data Preparation, Business Analytics, and Data Science on a single, integrated platform. This eliminates the need to use multiple disparate tools and the associated license cost and management complexity. Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), rapid rollout, quicker and direct access to all available data, and industry-leading user adoption means faster time to value. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform can be deployed on-premises, into a private or public cloud, embedded into other apps or delivered through Managed Services Providers (MSP). About Pyramid Analytics Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. Our unified decision intelligence platform delivers insights for everyone to make faster, more informed decisions. It provides direct access to any data, enables governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. The Pyramid Platform enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. Pyramid Analytics is incorporated in Amsterdam and has regional headquarters in global innovation and business centers, including London, New York City, and Tel-Aviv. Our team lives worldwide because geography should not be a barrier to talent and opportunity. Investors include Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Sequoia Capital and Viola Growth

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Netrix Announces Appointment of Russell P. Reeder as CEO

Netrix | January 13, 2022

Netrix, LLC, a leading provider of managed and professional IT and cybersecurity solutions, announced the appointment of Russell P. Reeder as Chief Executive Officer of Netrix. Reeder, who previously served as Executive Chairman of Netrix’s Board of Directors, joins from Infrascale, a cloud-based data protection, backup and disaster recovery solution provider, where he has been CEO since 2019. Reeder succeeds Rob Dang, who joined Netrix in 2012 and was named CEO following its acquisition by affiliates of OceanSound Partners, LP in July 2020. Dang will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and has been appointed Vice Chairman where he will actively focus on strategic acquisitions, product strategy, and supporting key customer and partner relationships. It has been an honor to lead the talented team at Netrix. As the Company continues to mature, I felt that the time for a transition was right. Russ’s skills are well-suited for the opportunities ahead, particularly his experience delivering growth and a scalable operational framework, which will be crucial as we expand our global delivery footprint, enhance our service offerings, and provide differentiated IT solutions to our customers. I am looking forward to continuing my active involvement in strategic growth initiatives, partnering with Russ, OceanSound, and our management team, and supporting our talented team of associates and our customers and partners.” Rob Dang, Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Netrix “Since the firm’s founding, I have been exploring opportunities to work with the OceanSound team as we are strongly aligned around core principles, specifically a shared focus on value creation achieved via revenue growth and operational excellence. I was thrilled to join the Board of Directors at Netrix following OceanSound’s investment and have been impressed by the culture of growth and unwavering focus on customers I have experienced,” commented Reeder. “Our portfolio of solutions positions Netrix in a vast and high-growth market, and I look forward to partnering with Rob, OceanSound, the senior leadership, and our team of nearly 800 personnel worldwide. The combination of our technology capabilities and partnership approach to customer relationships will continue to enhance our market position and advance us toward our goal of becoming the leading provider of mission-critical IT solutions for the mid-market.” “I’ve known and worked with Russ for nearly a decade since GoDaddy acquired Media Temple – his track record overseeing transformational growth and operational excellence in the enterprise IT sector positions him for success as the new CEO of Netrix. We are thrilled to have a proven leader of his caliber take the helm as we continue executing on our growth and value creation strategy,” said Ted Coons, Co-Founder and Partner at OceanSound. “Over the last decade, Rob has shepherded the transformation of Netrix from a regional value-added reseller into a leading provider of mission-critical IT solutions with a global footprint. His customer-centric approach and the growth-oriented culture he has fostered are core to what drew us to Netrix. We look forward to the continued partnership as he transitions into his new role as Vice Chairman,” added David Stein, Principal at OceanSound. Prior to Infrascale, Reeder served as President and CEO of the U.S. business of OVHcloud, a French cloud computing company, where he oversaw the acquisition and integration of vCloud Air from VMware in 2017. Previously, Reeder served on the Executive Leadership Team at GoDaddy, following the acquisition of Media Temple, where he served as President and COO, by GoDaddy in 2013. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia and the Advisory Board at Virtru. Reeder graduated with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Madison Center for Civic Engagement. He is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and participated in the Harvard Business School President’s Program in Leadership. About Netrix, LLC Netrix is a leading provider of cloud, security, collaboration, ITSM and application development solutions. Through both proprietary and managed solutions leveraging leading third-party tools, Netrix addresses the most mission-critical IT needs of midsize and enterprise businesses.

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SeekGene Increases Efficiency by 500% by Leveraging MemVerge Memory Machine in the Cloud

SeekGene | May 13, 2022

MemVerge™, the pioneers of Big Memory software, today announced that SeekGene, a biotechnology research firm focusing on single-cell technology, has significantly reduced processing time and cost for data intensive single-cell analysis tasks using MemVerge Memory Machine running on AliCloud i4p compute instances. As a result, SeekGene is seeing a five-fold increase in output per virtual machine (VM) in its analytical operations. In particular, the data loading and exporting performance of its single cell sequencing pipeline has improved by two orders of magnitude, and it has doubled the sample size of the dataset used in the analyses. SeekGene is a biotechnology enterprise focusing on single-cell technology that supports clinical diagnosis and development of precision medicine. The medical biopharmaceutical organization owns an exclusive microporous chip and water-in-oil dual technology platform and performs independent research and development of high throughput single-cell products, experiments, and full-chain services for bioinformatics analysis. SeekGene's SeekOne NGS single-cell library platform, the SeekGene Online automated online data analysis platform, and its proprietary droplet method and micropore method dual platform sequencing capabilities provide data analysis for international scientific researchers. The sequencing services are deployed on AliCloud. However, because analytical processes use expression data as high as hundreds of thousands of reads, sequencing analysis can fail on traditional VM instances due to insufficient memory. In addition, the export and loading process of temporary data on disk during sequencing tasks can also be extremely lengthy. Using MemVerge Memory Machine Cloud Edition software running on AliCloud i4p VM instances, which feature Intel Optane persistent memory (PMem), SeekGene is now able to use large memory resources with no change to its code. This allows SeekGene to double its sample size and enables up to five times more concurrent processes to run. Further, with MemVerge Memory Machine Cloud Edition, SeekGene is able to improve data loading and exporting performance by two orders of magnitude by eliminating the I/O bottleneck that is caused by disk reads and writes. Specifically: On a traditional VM instance which uses NVMe SSD to save temporary data, it takes over 15 minutes to store the dataset. By employing MemVerge Memory Machine snapshot technology, saving the data takes only 2.5 seconds. When compared to AliCloud ESC.g5, the previous AliCloud VM instance used by SeekGene, the AliCloud ECS.i4p, together with MemVerge Memory Machine technology, enables SeekGene to run five concurrent tasks, each with twice the size of the original dataset. "Using MemVerge Memory Machine, we are able to employ large memory resources in the cloud without refactoring our code, and eliminate the delay caused by storage I/O otherwise required in our pipelines," said Xingyong Ma, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of SeekGene. "As a result, we are able to cut our analytical time and costs significantly while optimizing our single-cell sequencing capabilities for researchers worldwide to promote faster development of precision medicine." The SeekGene use case is a typical example of how biotechnology researchers can revolutionize their computational analyses by leveraging Big Memory technology in the cloud. These data intensive workloads can now be performed at record speeds and at dramatically lower cost. For the biotechnology industry, this can be a true gamechanger." Jonathan Jiang, Chief Operating Officer, MemVerge. MemVerge Memory Machine enables applications to utilize 100% of available memory capacity across multiple memory types with no code refactoring required, while providing new operational capabilities to memory-centric workloads. MemVerge Memory Machine Cloud Edition extends these benefits to cloud workloads, delivering memory virtualization, in-memory fault-tolerance and mobility services that organizations can easily add to their cloud infrastructure. Stateful, non-fault-tolerant, and long-running apps can now realize the promise of cloud agility and flexibility. More information on Memory Machine Cloud Edition is available here. About MemVerge MemVerge is pioneering Big Memory Computing for a multi-cloud world. Major gaps exist in today's cloud infrastructure for data-intensive high-performance applications. MemVerge® Memory Machine™ delivers software-defined, composable memory and intelligent memory service to bridge these gaps. As a software leader in the CXL ecosystem, MemVerge composable memory technology provisions, tiers, disaggregates, and pools heterogeneous memory to scale memory capacity and decrease memory cost. MemVerge ZeroIO™ in-memory snapshot services transparently checkpoint, clone, replicate, and restore running applications anytime, anywhere in a multi-cloud computing environment. Overall, Big Memory Computing technologies shorten time-to-results and are delivering unprecedented in-memory application availability and mobility for leading enterprises, research institutions and cloud service providers. MemVerge aims to democratize data-intensive compute for researchers, scientists, analysts and engineers around the world, and liberate all workloads to move in multi-cloud environments everywhere.

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