IBM To Offer Cloud-Native Software on Red Hat OpenShift

virtualizationreview | August 01, 2019

IBM Corp. today announced that it has reengineered its software portfolio to now be "cloud-native and optimized to run on Red Hat OpenShift." This will allow enterprises to build "mission-critical" apps once and "run them on all leading public clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba and IBM Cloud and on private clouds," according to the announcement. IBM says that more than 100 IBM products will be optimized to run on the enterprise Kubernetes container solution and delivered on the company's hybrid multicloud platform. According to the announcement, IBM will be delivering the cloud-native capability via "IBM Cloud Paks." These bundles provide "containerized software [that will] provide a common operating model and common set of services -- including identity management, security, monitoring and logging -- and are designed to improve visibility and control across clouds together with a unified and intuitive dashboard.

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Verge.io | November 09, 2022

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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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Exoprise Customers Achieve Significant ROI With SaaS and Digital Experience Monitoring

Exoprise | September 12, 2022

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Radioip partners with nextnav for vertical location intelligence in vpn client

NextNav | November 17, 2022

RadioIP, a leader in secure mobile communications, has selected NextNav, the leader in vertical location positioning, to empower its industry-leading VPN solutions with mission-critical z-axis location intelligence. While mobile apps are used in many operations, many users need options that provide the ability to be tracked without being visible to others. With this partnership, first responders and security agencies can ensure personnel are safe and securely located, and that command can have the situational awareness required, without fear of their mission being compromised. Through the NextNav Pinnacle network, RadioIP will be positioned to bring a new level of efficiency and connectivity intelligence, providing end users with a secure and location-intelligent network node that allows precise tracking without the screen presence of a traditional mobile app. Whereas RadioIP's Armada™ VPN mobile app currently allows for x/y location, adding NextNav's Pinnacle z-axis service will allow for command to not only know the health of the connection but discreetly locate personnel in complex urban environments where vertical location is a must-have. When combined with RadioIP's Synopsis Metrics platform, agencies will have a complete view of all location services and network performance so that responders are secured and the connectivity they rely upon performs as required. "One of the most critical aspects of communication today is how the path is secured, As we have frequently seen from location spoofing and the risk it places on responders, it is critical that not only are communications secured but, when combined with NextNav's z-axis service, encrypted end-to-end. We designed Armada VPN to secure and measure connectivity of responder end points, and as we explored how to solve unique customer needs, we recognized that including z-axis is highly necessary in today's day and age." Roch Tremblay, COO at RadioIP "As the use of mobile apps increases in public safety, new and highly unique capabilities continue to emerge that will provide critical capabilities for public safety and security operations", said Dan Hight, VP of Business Development at NextNav. "RadioIP is a natural partner and, with NextNav's Pinnacle solution and service embedded in their ecosystem, agencies and end-users will benefit from having a "headless app" that protects those who serve with precision vertical location and secure connectivity. This partnership is one we see having tremendous benefit to not only agencies but our partner ecosystem as well." The Pinnacle network delivers precise vertical location in 4,400 cities and towns – capturing 90% of buildings greater than three stories – in the United States. NextNav Pinnacle powers applications across the public safety community to support stronger situational awareness for first responders. Earlier this year, a tier-one wireless carrier selected NextNav Pinnacle to bring z-axis capabilities to wireless 9-1-1 phone calls to enhance caller geolocation and emergency response outcomes. About RadioIP : A leader in mobile communications, Radio IP Software offers a portfolio of mobile VPN solutions to overcome the performance, security, connectivity and roaming challenges associated with wireless networks to achieve faster response times. Designed for today's wireless and mobile environments, our solutions enable mobile users to seamlessly roam across all network environments. Radio IP provides award-winning services for mission-critical and business-critical communication. We work with corporations, utilities, and government agencies in North America, Europe, South East Asia, and Australia. About NextNav: NextNav Inc. is a leader in next generation GPS, enabling a whole new ecosystem of applications and services that rely upon vertical location and resilient geolocation technology. The company's Pinnacle network delivers highly accurate vertical positioning to transform location services, reflecting the 3D world around us and supporting innovative, new capabilities. NextNav's TerraPoiNT network delivers accurate, reliable, and resilient 3D positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services to support critical infrastructure and other GPS-reliant systems in the absence or failure of GPS.

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