'Lean NFV' Aims to Reignite Virtualization

lightreading | April 04, 2019

Open Networking Summit A pedigree group of industry insiders is proposing a plan to jump-start network functions virtualization (NFV) by streamlining the architecture and processes involved in order to give virtualization efforts a new lease of life. To get the ball rolling, the collective behind the "Lean NFV" proposal have issued a white paper, setting out their ideas and goals. The time is right, according to the high-level proposal on the Lean NFV website, because "the community has waited patiently for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions to mature. However, the foundational NFV white paper is now over six years old, yet the promise of NFV remains largely unfulfilled, so it is time for a frank reassessment of our past efforts."

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SiFive’s New High-Performance Processors Offer a Significant Upgrade for Wearable and Consumer Products

SiFive | November 07, 2022

SiFive, Inc. the founder and leader of RISC-V computing, today announced two new products that address the need for high performance and efficiency in a small size in high volume applications like wearables, smart home, industrial automation, AR/VR, and other consumer devices. The SiFive Performance™ P670 and P470 RISC-V processors bring unparalleled compute performance and efficiency that is significantly raising the bar for innovative designs in these high-volume markets. The modern and innovative SiFive design methodologies bring raw compute density that is a substantial advantage for SiFive Performance products and also translates into significant cost savings for customers. “The P670 and P470 are specifically designed for, and capable of handling the most demanding workloads for wearables and other advanced consumer applications. These new products offer powerful performance and compute density for companies looking to upgrade from legacy ISAs,” said Chris Jones, SiFive VP of Product. “We have optimized these new RISC-V Vector enabled products to deliver the performance and efficiency improvements the industry has long been asking for, and we are in evaluations with a number of top-tier customers. Additionally, as the upstream enablement of RISC-V has started within the Android Open Source Project, (AOSP), designers will have unrivaled choice and flexibility as they consider the positive implications with that platform for future designs.” "We are excited to see RISC-V solutions for wearable and consumer devices becoming a reality, and we are looking at possibilities of integrating SiFive’s latest products into Snapdragon platforms,” Ziad Asghar, Vice President, Product Management- Snapdragon Technologies and Roadmap at Qualcomm "Samsung’s System LSI Business holds a wide portfolio of solutions for various applications, such as mobile, wearables and other consumer devices. We look forward to evaluating how the latest RISC-V innovations from SiFive can enhance our offerings,” said Jinpyo Park, VP of the Innovative AP Development Team, Samsung Electronics System LSI Business. “SiFive continues to be a market leader in the growing and maturing RISC-V space and again shows its leadership with its new SiFive Performance P670 and P470 RISC-V processors,” said Todd R. Weiss, an analyst with Futurum Research. “These latest and powerful new processors give SiFive feature and performance advantages that will gain plenty of attention from device makers and consumers who want more from their devices. SiFive has been growing its reputation for some time and is truly ready to shake up the marketplace.” Features The SiFive Performance P470 and P670 products offer a finely-tuned combination of compute-density, power efficiency, and robust feature sets ideal for a wide range of applications and markets: Support for virtualization, including a separate IOMMU for accelerating virtualized device IO Full, Out-of-Order, RISC-V Vector implementation, based on the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 Specification First to market with the RISC-V Vector Cryptography extensions SiFive WorldGuard system security Full RISC-V RVA22 profile compliance New, Advanced Interrupt Architecture (AIA) compliant interrupt controller, with better support for Message Signal Interrupts (MSI) and virtualization Enhanced scalability with fully coherent multi-core, multi-cluster, with support for up to 16 cores SiFive Performance P670 The P670 is ideal for applications like premium wearables, networking, robotics, and mobile. The P650, which excludes the vector unit, is already shipping to lead customers and is being used in applications that do not require the additional capabilities that vector compute offers or are more area constrained. The feature rich P670 achieves a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, has performance of greater than 12 SpecINT2k6/GHz, offering optimized performance in a constrained area and power envelope, offers higher single threaded performance and 2x compute density compared to legacy solutions, and includes a 2x 128-bit Vector ALUs compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive Performance™ P470 The P470 is SiFive’s first efficiency-focused Out-of-Order, area optimized, vector processor, ideal for applications like wearables, consumer, and smart home devices. Expanding on the proven P500-Series, the P470 is significantly smaller than competing solutions and optimized to have best-in-class performance efficiency and area density. The P470 was designed to also serve as a companion to the P670 processor for demanding applications that require a sharing of compute resources while optimizing power consumption. The P470 offers a significant upgrade to legacy efficiency cores, achieving a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, and greater than 8 SpecINT2k6/GHz, within a minimal area and power envelope. Other P470 features include: 4x compute density in comparison to leading competitor Includes 1x 128-bit RISC-V Vector ALU compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive will also release the P450 – an area-optimized version of the P470 that excludes the Vector Unit. A presentation highlighting the benefits of the new products will be made at the Linley Fall Microprocessor Conference later today. About SiFive As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms have enabled leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, data center, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

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UiPath Strengthens Global Sales Leadership to Meet Demand for Enterprise Automation Software

UiPath | September 08, 2022

UiPath a leading enterprise automation software company, today announced it has strengthened its global sales leadership team with the addition of Mark Gibbs and the promotion of Ryan Mac Ban – each of whom brings decades of experience in enterprise technology and sales leadership. Mark Gibbs joins UiPath as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of EMEA. He joins UiPath from SAP, where he held several international roles and most recently served as President of SAP Greater China where he oversaw SAP’s overall businesses in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Previously Chief Operating Officer of SAP Asia Pacific Japan, Gibbs was instrumental in revitalizing the company’s business in the market, recording solid double-digit revenue growth. Under his leadership, SAP built strong relationships both internally and externally that were key to accelerating and furthering the company's footprint and reputation across the market. “Mark’s decision to join UiPath is further evidence of our ability to attract world-class talent as we drive toward our objective of increasing market penetration in the region, UiPath has the industry’s most compelling vision for customers and I’m excited about the expertise Mark brings to enhance our operations in EMEA.” Chris Weber, UiPath Chief Business Officer In addition, UiPath veteran Ryan Mac Ban has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales for the Americas. He previously served as Senior Vice President for Worldwide Growth Sales at UiPath where grew the overall Growth business significantly year over year, with UiPath being recognized for the first time as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Cloud Testing Platforms*. Previously to UiPath, Mac Ban served in several sales leadership roles at VMware and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Networking, Security, and Automation. He’s also served in sales leadership positions at Cisco. “Ryan has an impressive history of scaling large enterprise software companies, and his sales approach aligns perfectly with our values,” continued Weber. “As we make our vision of the fully automated enterprise a reality, scaling customers successfully is our number one goal. Ryan’s experience and passion for customers will be a great combination toward extending our leadership position throughout the Americas.” About UiPath UiPath has a vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise™, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.

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Wipro invests in new dedicated VMware Business Unit

Wipro | November 11, 2022

Wipro Limited a leading technology and consulting services company, and VMware, Inc. announced an extended collaboration to help mutual customers accelerate their digital journey and maximize their VMware Cloud investments. As part of this expanded relationship, Wipro will launch a new dedicated VMware-focused business aligned to Wipro’s broader strategy of driving growth through strategic partnerships. The unit will focus on the power of Wipro FullStride Cloud Services’ in-depth expertise across industries along with VMware Cross-Cloud services to help enterprises drive enhanced agility, speed, and innovation. The goal will be to streamline VMware implementations and accelerate deployment of applications, leading to better, faster ROI. “Multi-cloud, modern applications and anywhere workspace strategies are increasingly more critical to enterprise success, We are thrilled to join forces with Wipro to tap into our collective strengths and help make adoption of digital transformation strategy easier for large enterprises. Together, we look forward to providing enterprises with the Cloud Smart solutions and services they need to achieve value from technology investments faster, compete more effectively, and operate their businesses more efficiently and securely.” Monty Bhatia, Vice President, Global Systems Integrators, VMware Wipro’s new business unit will work with VMware on deepening the companies’ collaboration on deploying VMware solutions, including VMware Anywhere Workspace, which allows employees to work from anywhere with more secure and frictionless experiences. All solutions will be implemented with an eye toward sustainability and reduced carbon footprint as a key business outcome. “The innovative solutions we have created with VMware thus far enable enterprises to accelerate the development and deployment of more secure modern apps and empower their global workforce while dramatically simplifying the management of a multi-cloud infrastructure,” said Jason Eichenholz, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Ecosystems & Partnerships, Wipro Limited. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with VMware to help clients realize better, faster value from cloud investments.” “This new Wipro business unit will accelerate our clients’ journey to the cloud, helping drive innovation, resilience, and agility,” said Jo Debecker, Senior Vice President & Global Head, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited. “Wipro’s VMware-dedicated Business Unit will be an important vehicle for clients across every major industry to maximize the transformative power of hybrid/public clouds to deliver new experiences, new solutions and innovations to their end users.” Wipro will offer a full portfolio of digital transformation services in collaboration with VMware across industries, with major focus on Banking & Financial Services, Healthcare, and Consumer and Retail. The unit will leverage Wipro’s 10,000+ domain experts in these verticals including the expertise acquired through acquisitions like Capco and Designit. Wipro will be significantly scaling the technical competency in VMware Cross-Cloud services for multi-cloud infrastructure, modern apps, anywhere workspace, networking, and security, and will have 5,000 cross-trained professionals for these areas over next two years. The Wipro and VMware collaboration will be truly global, covering the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, and will involve multi-million-dollar investments across sales, alliances, and delivery resources in each of these regions. The delivery will be executed through Wipro FullStride Cloud Studios in US, Europe, and India. About VMware 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. For more information, please visit www.vmware.com/company. About Wipro Limited Wipro Limited is a leading technology services and consulting company focused on building innovative solutions that address clients’ most complex digital transformation needs. Leveraging our holistic portfolio of capabilities in consulting, design, engineering, and operations, we help clients realize their boldest ambitions and build future-ready, sustainable businesses. With over 250,000 employees and business partners across 66 countries, we deliver on the promise of helping our customers, colleagues, and communities thrive in an ever-changing world.

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Verge.io Continues Record-Setting Growth, 300% Growth Quarter over Quarter in ARR Bookings

Verge.io | November 09, 2022

Verge.io, a leader in private cloud software, today announced that it saw the second straight quarter of record quarter-over-quarter growth driven by both new customer acquisition and existing customer expansion. To further capitalize on these transformative opportunities, the company appointed Mike Wall as chairman of its board of directors. In Q3 Verge.io closed over 3x more annual recurring revenue (ARR) than Q2, for the 2nd best quarter in company history. This continued upward trajectory is the result of existing customers increasing their deployment of the Verge-OS virtualization software and acquisition of new customers replacing their incumbent implementations due to cost, complexity, inability to scale and lack of ransomware protection. Additionally, Verge.io increased sales velocity, even closing new logos in a matter of weeks. Verge.io also ended Q3 with the strongest pipeline in company history. Multiple transformative opportunities were added to the pipeline that would exponentially increase top line. In addition, numerous new distribution channels are under review that would dramatically increase sales velocity in 2023. These successful results are in part due to Verge.io’s recent expansion of sales and marketing efforts to educate potential customers on the company’s ability to simplify the software defined data center into a single, powerful piece of software that runs on commodity hardware. These efforts, a newly launched website and a new technical wiki and online self-paced training system have earned the attention of analysts and editors. To help continue the momentum that Verge.io is building, the company recruited Mike Wall to serve as its chairman. Wall spent 15 years at Intel, ran its storage division, then spent time at a few VC-backed early-stage ventures in the storage space. His repeated, high-multiple exits in the space further positions Verge.io to capitalize on recent growth to add market valuation. “Coming off of a record-breaking quarter makes this is an exciting time to be a part of the Verge.io team and I look forward to helping continue the sales velocity that we’ve achieved,” said Wall. “From increasing our market visibility to growing our pipeline of global customers to quickly closing sales opportunities, we’ve developed a strong foundation for success. The future is bright for further building our business and providing customers with the cost and IT simplicity that they need.” “Such strong quarter-over-quarter success shows that our efforts to provide a single piece of software that simplifies the data center process and offers a secure multitenancy for clouds is resonating in the marketplace, We are very pleased with the results of Q3 2022 given that we launched our website only 7 months ago and most of our sales team has only been in place for 6 months. From increased bookings with new and existing customers, expanded partnership opportunities and adding experience to our executive board, Verge.io is poised to continue its pattern of growth as we provide a better alternative to traditional legacy cloud architectures that are too complex and require too much management.” Yan Ness, Verge.io CEO Verge-OS software delivers virtualized data centers with more compelling economics and efficiencies than competing platforms. Verge-OS abstracts compute, network, and storage from commodity servers and creates pools of raw resources that are simple to run and manage by an IT generalist. A single license replaces disparate hypervisor, network, storage, data protection, and management tools to simplify technology stacks. Secure virtual data centers based on Verge-OS include all enterprise data services like global deduplication, disaster recovery, continuous data protection, snapshots, long-distance synch, and auto-failover. About Verge.io Verge.io provides a simpler way to virtualize data centers and end IT infrastructure complexity. The company’s Verge OS software is the first and only fully integrated virtual cloud software stack to build, deploy and manage virtual data centers. Verge-OS delivers significant capital savings, increased operational efficiencies, reduced risk, and rapid scalability.

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