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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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.”
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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Imprivata | November 03, 2022
Imprivata, the digital identity company for mission- and life-critical industries, and IGEL, provider of the managed endpoint operating system for secure access to any digital workspace, today announced from Microsoft Ignite an expanded partnership which has resulted in the co-development of secure identity and access management for Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Windows 365 Cloud PC environments from IGEL OS. Together, the companies have integrated the Imprivata OneSign® digital identity platform into IGEL OS for seamless and secure access to workspaces powered by Microsoft Azure.
This expanded Imprivata and IGEL partnership extends the companies' longstanding relationship which has empowered thousands of healthcare users to achieve secure, quick, and easy access to clinical applications using IGEL OS-powered endpoints. Through IGEL's active participation in the Imprivata Developer Program, the companies have jointly integrated Imprivata OneSign with IGEL OS to enable users of Microsoft AVD and Windows 365 Cloud PC seamless No Click Access® to desktops and applications using Imprivata single sign-on and authentication management technology. This gives healthcare organizations that want to migrate their digital workspaces to the cloud a new, secure option to use Microsoft's AVD or Windows 365 Cloud PC solutions in their clinical environments.
"IGEL and Imprivata have collaborated for over a decade on delivering a secure and seamless single sign-on experience for the access our mutual customers need to workstations, applications and virtual desktops, We are pleased to now extend this secure digital identity capability for customers that want to benefit from extending their workspaces to the cloud with Microsoft AVD and Windows 365 Cloud PC. Together, our combined solution delivers the strong data security and simplified compliance healthcare organizations need when moving to Microsoft Azure-powered workspaces."
Matthias Haas, Chief Technology Officer, IGEL
"Our co-development work to integrate Imprivata OneSign with the simple, smart and secure IGEL OS has resulted in a unified solution for the compliant and safe access of digital workspaces, data and apps in the Azure cloud," said Wes Wright, Chief Technology Officer, Imprivata. "Now, organizations considering Microsoft AVD or Windows 365 Cloud PC have assurance that they can use the secure, friction-free digital identity and agile, easy to manage operating system from a single, proven solution."
The Imprivata OneSign integration with IGEL OS is now available for beta customer trials. For more information or to register for trial access, please visit: www.igel.com/avd. To test drive IGEL OS on a LG or Lenovo laptop, please visit www.igel.com/whycompromise and use the code "PR2022."
Imprivata is the digital identity company for mission- and life-critical industries, redefining how organizations solve complex workflow, security, and compliance challenges with solutions that protect critical data and applications without workflow disruption. Its platform of interoperable identity, authentication, and access management solutions enable organizations in over 45 countries to fully manage and secure all enterprise and third-party digital identities by establishing trust between people, technology, and information.
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Lenovo | October 07, 2022
To take a critical look at how today’s societal challenges have affected global productivity and attitudes, Lenovo today releases its first-ever Think Report. This report identifies a compromised way of thinking in today’s world, with global respondents claiming a loss of roughly two hours per day in productivity due to their inability to think purposefully, primarily because of burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced from the tremendous societal changes in the past two years.
This timely report – which surveyed 5,700+ people across the US, UK, Germany and Japan – comes on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Lenovo ThinkPad. The insights look to educate people in the workforce on the importance of “real thinking,” and will enable those to use technology more intelligently, collaboratively -- and less intrusively, in a way that isn’t distracting to living life and thriving.
“It is eye-opening to see that people globally feel that societal progress is in jeopardy because of a lack of real thinking. 80% of those surveyed believe that we, as a society, need to develop a new revolution in thinking, As we celebrate ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, it’s a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can catalyze better thinking in all aspects of our lives – from home to work to school and more.”
Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo
The Thinking Gap
Respondents largely feel that the external events of the last few years (e.g., COVID-19, economic disruptions, etc.) are contributing to and exacerbating distractions, heightened multitasking and fatigue, which further impairs the quality of their thinking.
Across all respondents, just 34% say they spend "all" or "most" of their thinking time in clear, deep, and productive thinking.
75% of IT Decision Makers globally say that their colleagues struggle “a great deal” or “somewhat” with engaging in clear and productive thinking.
64% of those surveyed feel that they are reliant on practical or “survival” thinking and the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important” – thus, resulting in a lack of innovative and actionable thinking that can impact advancements.
In tandem, most respondents feel the situation is not improving – projecting that their lives will not get any easier or any less stressful over the next several years.
The Power of Thinking
Across the globe, while broad segments of respondents said they are struggling to achieve better thinking today, respondents have positive associations with improved thinking and understand the benefits that come with unlocking higher-order thinking.
65% of respondents believe that engaging in clear, deep, productive thinking will help them make better decisions.
79% of those surveyed in the U.S. consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.”
While people recognize the power of improved thinking, productive thinking times vary greatly depending on the region, and don’t always align with the traditional “9-to-5” workday.
37% of Americans surveyed and 24% of respondents in the UK prefer late nights or early mornings.
25% of Japanese respondents favor mid-morning. On the other hand, 35% of Germans think more clearly in the evenings.
Across the board, those surveyed believe the #1 must-have for better thinking is a quiet environment – and respondents in the US, UK and Germany expressed noise-cancelling technologies are most valued to help with deeper thinking.
Better Thinking Empowered by Technology
Based on the research, evolutions in communication and collaboration technologies are considered as the most helpful features in promoting better thinking. In addition, learning how to use technology more purposefully – including setting some boundaries, limiting distractions and decreasing clutter of information – can help us build better thinking habits.
66% of Business End Users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help with clear, deep and productive thinking. They are also more willing than the general population to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many feel that simplifying tasks could help individuals achieve better thinking.
40% of respondents in Germany would learn how to use technology more purposefully.
39% of respondents in the U.S. would set boundaries around their technology usage. For example, setting time aside to play an instrument or exercise.
Overwhelmingly, IT Decision Makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their coworkers have access to and how it enables clear thinking for employees and organizations. Whether it’s crunch time to meet deadlines, a need for business minds to come together, or the opportunity to invent – more than 60% of those surveyed think that technology helps individuals engage in critical, reflective, collaborative, expansive/exploratory and/or new types of thinking.
Thinking for Humanity
Overall, respondents believe that improved thinking has the potential to leave long-lasting impacts. A majority of those surveyed agree that better thinking would increase our collective humanity and we would be closer to solving challenges facing humanity and society for future generations to come.
62% in the US, 54% in the UK and 52% in Germany say that our society would be kinder if we engaged in more clear, deep and productive thinking.
The full Think Report can be viewed here.
Fieldwork for this study was conducted via an online survey of 5,768 respondents from July 4 to 24, 2022. The survey sample was comprised of a combination of Gen Pop, BEUs1, and ITDMs2 from the markets of U.S., U.K., Germany, and Germany. The margin of error for individual market samples of Gen Pop respondents is +/- 3.
Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.