Magic Leaps next move

Thinknum | June 12, 2019

If Magic Leaps ($MAGICLEAP) first foray into the augmented reality business didn't go as well as it originally planned, its next pivot appears to be a move into the sci-fi-like field of lifestreaming. This all rests on the notion that Magic Leap users will wear the company's augmented reality headsets to record and share their lives.In other words, if a Facebook update with a selfie is a status update, think of lifestreaming as an always-on status TV channel.If that sounds farfetched, Magic Leap's job listings say otherwise. That's because openings at the company aren't just at their highest levels since we began tracking them, but the lion's share of the new jobs are focused on lifestream tech.

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes AT&T with the 2021 North American Managed SD-WAN Services Market Leadership Award

Frost & Sullivan | January 19, 2022

Frost & Sullivan recently evaluated the North American managed SD-WAN services industry and, based on its findings, recognizes AT&T with the 2021 North American Managed SD-WAN Services Market Leadership Award. The company has the largest deployment of SD-WAN sites in North America and led the 2020 market in terms of revenue share. Based on the number of contracted sites yet to be deployed and deals closed in the first three quarters of 2021, the company is well-positioned. AT&T's managed SD-WAN solutions portfolio is among the most comprehensive in the industry. It recently added Aruba Networks (Silver Peak), Palo Alto Networks, and Fortinet to its mix of existing partner vendors, which include Cisco and VMware. Customers have access to network-based SD-WAN via an AT&T FlexWareSM device, over-the-top (OTT) SD-WAN through vendor-specific appliances, or a hybrid of the two options. Security and networking continue to converge and make way for secure SD-WAN or SASE services, enabling AT&T to build a robust portfolio of SASE solutions. The company currently offers SASE solutions from Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and Cisco, with plans to add VMware to the mix in the future." Roopa Honnachari, VP of Research, Network & Edge Most businesses deploying SD-WAN opt for managed service at all sites to enable consistent performance and address the challenges of lack of knowledge in-house and trouble with LAN discovery at branch sites. AT&T understands the level of complexity involved in designing global WANs as a long-time leader in the business network services industry. Some benefits of AT&T managed SD-WAN service include: The Expert Engineer, offering customers high-touch solution support and deep network design verification covering WAN, LAN, and applications. The Integrated Service Experience (ISE) team, acting as a single point of contact for managed services support across overlay, underlays, and security solutions, eliminating the complexity of deployment. Immediate customer response for any kind of incidents or outages. Network management tools and orchestration platform, enabling seamless service chaining, reducing uCPE price by over 50% in the last couple of years. Multiple key network functions in virtual formats (e.g., routing, WAN optimization, security, session border controllers), which reduces appliance sprawl, improves network scalability, and eases manageability. AT&T FlexWare devices eliminating the need for a separate CPE and allowing businesses to seamlessly integrate SD-WAN functionality into their WAN architectures, driving additional revenue growth and creating customer loyalty. AT&T investments in software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) position it strongly as businesses speed up their digital strategies. AT&T's hybrid networking solutions allow customers to grow at the pace of their WAN infrastructure. It enables customers to access a range of network service options (broadband, DIA, Ethernet, wireless, IP VPN, and MPLS) with SD-WAN, driving loyalty. With its focus on building and supporting managed SASE services, the company offers a simplified and future-proofed approach to security and SD-WAN services for businesses. "This recognition from Frost & Sullivan is a testament to our approach to SD-WAN and commitment to caring for our customers as their businesses evolve," said Will Eborall, Assistant Vice President, Edge Solutions Product Marketing Management, AT&T Business. "From emerging SD-WAN technologies to existing solutions, AT&T's comprehensive portfolio, global reach and ability to scale operations is enabling customer digital transformation journeys with managed end-to-end SD-WAN services." "AT&T is the leading communication service provider in US markets with a broad range of solutions and deep expertise in the network services market. Its brand strength has earned it the highest market share in 2020 and various recognition for its excellence," said Honnachari. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in various regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analyses, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry. About Frost & Sullivan For six decades, Frost & Sullivan has been world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders, and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models, and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success.

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Leading Global Logistics Company Completes Milestone in Data Platform Modernization with Datometry

Datometry, | May 21, 2022

Datometry, the pioneer of database virtualization, announced today that a leading integrated container logistics company has completed a critical milestone of its data platform modernization with Datometry Hyper-Q. Using the Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform – the first to make existing applications fully interoperable with cloud databases without disrupting existing business processes – the company migrated from their on-premises system to Microsoft Azure Synapse in record time. The logistics company, ranked within the Forbes Global 2000, sought to migrate from its legacy, on-premises data warehouse – which was known for being one of the most complex and sophisticated installations of its kind – to a modern cloud data warehouse (CDW) that is cost effective, highly scalable, and supports the flexibility and speed demanded by its customers' supply chains. The company needed a solution that would enable it to maintain its existing high-volume ETL processes and simultaneously serve a large user community of business analysts and data scientists. Datometry Hyper-Q uniquely addressed its customer's business objectives, enabling the logistics leader to transfer its existing applications natively to Azure Synapse without costly rewrites of SQL code, at a fraction of the time and risk associated with typical database migrations. The customer saved tens of millions by migrating with Datometry, and its new, fully managed CDW is much more cost-effective to operate than its legacy database. The customer was able to preserve its long-standing investments in ETL, analytics, reporting and BI entirely. As a global pioneer in ocean and inland shipping, our customer – arguably the worldwide leader in logistics - has long been on the forefront of organizations' ability to meet the needs of businesses - and those businesses' customers - worldwide. An enterprise the size and scope of this customer migrating to the cloud with Datometry and Microsoft so quickly, without the cost and risk of a typical migration, demonstrates how database virtualization can unlock the benefits of the cloud for any organization." Mike Waas, CEO, Datometry. Datometry's customer considered a conventional database migration at first, but decided on Datometry for its digital transformation upon determining a conventional migration would take at least five years, cost several tens of millions of dollars, yet present only a 20% chance of success. Datometry Hyper-Q is used by leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises to accelerate cloud modernization and move workloads between data warehouses. The Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform eliminates risk-laden, expensive, and time-consuming application rewrites. About Datometry Datometry is the global leader in database system virtualization. Datometry empowers enterprises to run their existing applications directly on the cloud database of their choice without the business disruption of costly and risk-laden database migrations and application rewrites. Leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises worldwide realize significant cost savings and consistently outpace their competition by using Datometry during this critical period of transformation to cloud-native data management.

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Netcracker Extends Strategic Relationship With T-Mobile, America’s 5G Leader

Netcracker Technology | February 02, 2022

Netcracker Technology announced that T–Mobile has extended its BSS and managed services partnership for its wholesale business, which includes the MVNO and IoT markets. Netcracker Digital BSS, including Netcracker Partner Management, and Netcracker Managed Services will help T-Mobile continue leveraging best-in-class capabilities for revenue management while optimizing a range of operations, such as reduced bill run times and improved billing accuracy. The complete BSS suite will allow T-Mobile to enhance customer experience across all channels. In addition, Netcracker will provide a comprehensive set of services, such as Agile and DevOps methodologies for development, configuration and delivery. Netcracker Digital BSS serves as T-Mobile’s billing platform for its wholesale line of business and is used to deliver the best possible offerings and customer experience across its growing subscriber base. “We are pleased to renew our partnership with Netcracker to help us realize current and future goals for our wholesale operations, including our industry-leading MVNO business as well as our IoT business, along with seamless operations and onboarding,” said Dan Thygesen, SVP and GM, Wholesale at T-Mobile. We are extremely proud to be the strategic partner of an industry trailblazer like T-Mobile, which continues to lead the increasingly competitive North American IoT, MVNO and wholesale markets with best-in-class technologies and differentiated service offerings for enterprise customers, partners and consumers. Our innovative and cutting-edge products and services provide T-Mobile with the tools to transform customer experience and support their business for future technologies.” Frank DeTraglia, Chief Customer Officer at Netcracker About Netcracker Technology Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, offers mission-critical digital transformation solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 25 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.

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Alibaba Cloud and VMware Deliver Next-Generation Alibaba Cloud VMware Service to Accelerate Digital Innovation

Alibaba | April 21, 2022

Alibaba Cloud and VMware, Inc. today announced the next evolution of Alibaba Cloud VMware Service, a jointly-developed public cloud service. With Alibaba Cloud VMware Service, enterprises across China can accelerate enterprise cloud transformation to support digital innovation with lower costs and risk Alibaba Cloud VMware Service enables enterprises in China to migrate and modernize applications faster and seamlessly move workloads between on-premises VMware environments and Alibaba Cloud at scale. Alibaba Cloud VMware Service is operated by Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. The service features the power of the entire VMware Cloud stack running natively on Alibaba Cloud’s advanced infrastructure to maximize performance, availability, security and increase workload density. Customers can use a consistent VMware Cloud platform that can support vMotion migration of workloads to Alibaba Cloud VMware Service with zero disruptions. “In today’s app-driven economy, more and more Chinese enterprises are adopting a hybrid cloud model to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group at VMware. “Alibaba Cloud VMware Service helps customers modernize applications, infrastructure and operations faster with demonstrable economic benefits and less risk.” “Alibaba Cloud VMware Service enables enterprises to seamlessly migrate workload to cloud and reduce the costs of both operations and migration,” said Ms. Lijuan Chen, Vice President of Alibaba Group. “It also helps enterprises leverage leading cloud technologies to further unlock the benefits of digital transformation.” With the integration of VMware’s innovative technologies and Alibaba Cloud services, Alibaba Cloud VMware Service is an ideal cloud platform on which to run enterprise applications, featuring: Enterprise-Grade Compute, Storage, Networking Capabilities: ideal platform for customers’ enterprise applications. Designed for business-critical/tier-1 workloads with high availability, strong security, and granular resource control built into the core VMware Cloud infrastructure. Unified Infrastructure and Management: consistent infrastructure and operations. Achieve high visibility and automation through unified VMware Cloud infrastructure and management running and operating across on-premises and Alibaba Cloud environments supporting both VMs and containers. Security and Disaster Recovery: better protect apps and workloads with faster recovery outages. Create offsite disaster recovery site to safeguard VMs in any operating system and application, achieve fast and predictable recovery time objectives (RTOs), and automate disaster recovery workflows to reduce disaster recovery costs. Service complies with China's cybersecurity regulations and provides extremely high security and availability to help enable business continuity. Comprehensive App Modernization Platform: modernize enterprise applications faster. Combine Kubernetes, popular developer tools and frameworks, and access to native Alibaba Cloud services to achieve a fast path to production for applications. Attractive TCO: lower upfront migration and ongoing operating costs. Familiar vSphere capabilities maximize the value of the underlying hardware resources. Advanced infrastructure enables on-demand scaling of capacity based on business needs. Costs of retooling, re-platforming, and retraining to move vSphere workloads to non-vSphere public clouds are mostly eliminated. IT Operations Efficiency: leverage investments in people and processes. Skills built up over years of VMware experience are directly transferable to Alibaba Cloud VMware Service. No retraining or new hires are needed to accommodate the entirely different operational processes required for running traditional or cloud native applications in a VMware-based public cloud. “Seeing the benefits of the public cloud, we considered adopting hybrid cloud for our environments, but initially there wasn’t a consistent public cloud platform with the same VMware architecture,” said Mr. Ming Xu, deputy director of process and IT department at United Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd. “After deploying Alibaba Cloud VMware Service, we solved many challenges including enabling seamless cloud migration with no negative effects on the core business, efficiently managing simultaneous environments on and off the cloud, and removing the high cost of data center operations. The service also enhanced elastic scaling and rapid expansion of VMware resources on the cloud.”

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