VMware | May 23, 2022
Broadcom Inc. is in talks to acquire VMware Inc., the cloud-computing company backed by billionaire Michael Dell, according to people familiar with the matter, setting up a blockbuster tech deal that would vault the chipmaker into a highly specialized area of software.
The discussions are ongoing and there’s no guarantee they will lead to a purchase, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public. VMware currently has a market valuation of about $40 billion. Assuming a typical premium, the potential deal price would be higher, though the terms under consideration couldn’t be learned.
Shares in VMware rose 15% in premarket trading on Monday, which would give the company a market value of about $46 billion. Broadcom, which has a valuation of about $222 billion, fell 2.4%.
The transaction would extend a run of acquisitions for Broadcom Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan, who has built one of the largest and most diversified companies in the chip industry. Software has been a key focus in recent years, with Broadcom buying CA Technologies in 2018 and Symantec Corp.’s enterprise security business in 2019.
A representative for VMware declined to comment. A representative for Broadcom wasn’t available for comment.
“Investors have been increasingly focused on Broadcom’s appetite for another strategic or platform enterprise software acquisition—especially given the recent compression in software valuation, “ Wells Fargo analysts wrote after Bloomberg News’s report. “An acquisition of VMware would be considered as making strategic sense; consistent with Broadcom’s focus on building out a deepening enterprise infrastructure software strategy.”
Broadcom makes a wide range of electronics, with its products going into everything from the iPhone to industrial equipment. But data centers have become a critical source of growth, and bulking up on software gives the company more ways to target that market.
Broadcom was previously in talks to acquire SAS Institute Inc., a closely held software company valued at $15 billion to $20 billion. But those discussions ended last year without a deal.
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Datometry | March 15, 2022
Datometry, the pioneer in database virtualization and a Microsoft Global Partner, today announced the availability of the Datometry Hyper-Q platform in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Datometry customers can now take advantage of the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform with streamlined deployment and management.
Datometry Hyper-Q is the first virtualization platform that lets applications written for a specific database, including Teradata and Oracle, run natively on Microsoft Azure Synapse. Hyper-Q enables enterprises to re-platform to Microsoft Azure without a time-consuming, costly, and risk-laden manual database migration.
Hyper-Q emulates in real-time all database functionality that existing applications rely on using Microsoft Azure Synapse. With Hyper-Q, enterprises can modernize their data warehouse on average in under 40 weeks, without disrupting the business, while achieving cost savings of over 90% compared to other approaches.
"Microsoft Azure Marketplace has proven to be a tremendous accelerator for our sales cycles," says Chad Bonner, VP of Worldwide Sales, Datometry. "Customers are able to shorten their procurement times by weeks if not months. We also save time in budget allocations because customers can deploy funds from their Microsoft Azure commitment directly to Datometry."
We're pleased to welcome the Datometry Hyper-Q database virtualization platform to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure."
Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp
The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.
Datometry is the leader in database system virtualization. Datometry's technology frees enterprises from vendor lock-in on their on-premises database technology and accelerates any enterprise's journey to the cloud. Datometry Hyper-Q empowers enterprises to run their existing applications directly on a cloud database of their choice without the need for costly and risk-laden database migrations. Leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises worldwide realize significant cost savings and out-innovate their competition with Datometry during this critical period of transformation to cloud-native data management.
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Amazon Web Services | May 24, 2022
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company today announced the general availability of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C7g instances, the next generation of compute-optimized instances powered by AWS-designed Graviton3 processors. New C7g instances use AWS Graviton3 processors to provide up to 25% better compute performance for compute-intensive applications than current generation C6g instances powered by AWS Graviton2 processors. The higher performance of C7g instances makes it possible for customers to run more efficiently a wide range of compute-intensive workloads—from web servers, load balancers, and batch processing to electronic design automation (EDA), high performance computing (HPC), gaming, video encoding, scientific modeling, distributed analytics, machine learning inference, and ad serving. There are no minimum commitments or upfront fees to use C7g instances, and customers pay only for the amount of compute used.
Since launching in 2020, Amazon EC2 instances powered by AWS-designed Graviton2 processors have provided customers with significant performance improvements and cost savings for a broad range of applications. Today, 48 of the top 50 Amazon EC2 customers use AWS Graviton2-based instances to deliver superior price performance to their customers. Customers like DirecTV, Discovery, Epic Games, Formula 1, Honeycomb.io, Intuit, Lyft, Mercardo Libre, NextRoll, Nielsen, SmugMug, Snap, Splunk, and Sprinklr have seen significant performance gains, with reduced costs, running AWS Graviton2-based instances in production. The AWS Graviton-based instance portfolio offers 13 different instances that include general purpose, compute optimized, memory optimized, storage optimized, burstable, and accelerated computing instances, so customers have the deepest and broadest choice of high-performance, cost-effective, and power-efficient compute in the cloud for all sorts of applications. As customers bring more compute-intensive workloads to the cloud to transform their organizations and fuel new opportunities, they want even better price performance and greater energy efficiency when running these demanding workloads.
To provide even better price performance for a wide variety of customer applications, new C7g instances powered by next generation AWS Graviton3 processors provide up to 25% better performance for compute-intensive applications over current generation C6g instances. Compared to previous generation AWS Graviton2 processors, AWS Graviton3 processors deliver up to 2x faster performance for cryptographic workloads, up to 3x faster performance for machine learning inference, and nearly 2x higher floating point performance for scientific, machine learning, and media encoding workloads. AWS Graviton3 processors are also more energy efficient, using up to 60% less energy for the same performance than comparable EC2 instances. C7g instances are the first in the cloud to feature the latest DDR5 memory, which provides 50% higher memory bandwidth than AWS Graviton2-based instances to improve the performance of memory-intensive scientific applications like computational fluid dynamics, geoscientific simulations, and seismic processing. C7g instances also deliver 20% higher networking bandwidth than C6g instances for network intensive applications like network load balancing and data analytics.
“Customers of all sizes are seeing significant performance gains and cost savings using AWS Graviton-based instances. Since we own the end-to-end chip development process, we’re able to innovate and deliver new instances to customers faster. With up to 25% better performance than current generation Graviton instances, new C7g instances powered by AWS Graviton3 processors make it easy for organizations to get the most value from running their infrastructure on AWS.”
David Brown, Vice President of Amazon EC2 at AWS
New C7g instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a collection of AWS-designed hardware and software innovations that streamline the delivery of isolated multi-tenancy, private networking, and fast local storage. The AWS Nitro System offloads the CPU virtualization, storage, and networking functions to dedicated hardware and software, delivering performance that is nearly indistinguishable from bare metal. For customers looking to enhance the performance of applications that require parallel processing like HPC and video encoding, C7g instances in the coming weeks will include support for Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA), which allows applications to communicate directly with network interface cards, providing lower and more consistent latency. C7g instances are available for purchase as On-Demand Instances, with Savings Plans, as Reserved Instances, or as Spot Instances. C7g instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon), with availability in additional AWS Regions coming later this year.
Snap Inc. is a camera company focused on empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. “We trialed the new AWS Graviton3-based Amazon EC2 C7g instances and found that they provide significant performance improvements on real workloads compared to previous generation C6g instances,” said Aaron Sheldon, Software Engineer at Snap. “We are excited to migrate our Graviton2-based workloads to Graviton3, including the messaging, storage and the friend graph workloads.”
Sprinklr helps the world's biggest companies make their customers happier across 30+ digital channels—using the most advanced, sophisticated AI engine built for the enterprise to create insight-driven strategies and better customer experiences. “We run a wide variety of workloads on AWS Graviton-based instances for their significant price performance benefits,” said Jamal Mazhar, Vice President of Infrastructure and DevOps at Sprinklr. “After the announcement of AWS Graviton3, we benchmarked our workloads on the new Amazon EC2 C7g instances and observed 27% better performance compared to the previous generation instances. Based on these results, we are looking forward to adopting AWS Graviton3-based instances in production.”
NextRoll, Inc. is a marketing and data technology company with a mission to accelerate growth for companies, big and small. Powered by machine learning, NextRoll’s technology gathers data, delivers reliable insights, and provides business with approachable tools to target buyers in strategic ways – all on one platform. “We have found that AWS Graviton3-based C7g instances are ideal for bidders, ad servers, and ElastiCache clusters,” said Valentino Volonghi, CTO at NextRoll. “We are seeing about 15% more requests handled by C7g instances compared to AWS Graviton2-based C6g instances. With C7g instances, we also observed up to 40% better latency. Based on these findings, we are looking forward to adopting AWS Graviton3-based C7g instances in production.”
Ansys is a global leader in engineering simulation. “As engineers and designers face increasingly complex problems, cloud computing helps lower the barrier of access to high-performance computing, allowing users to solve problems faster,” said Prith Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer at Ansys. “Ansys has also been focusing on green computing initiatives with the goal of improving energy efficiency and reducing costs to customers. With the support of LS-DYNA on the AWS Graviton3 processor powered by AWS, Ansys customers will get the best of both worlds – access to a world-class multiphysics solver without compromising on speed, and lower energy and costs.”
Beamr is a leading provider of image and video optimization solutions that enable professional photographers to improve their workflows, photo sharing services to improve user experience (UX) and reduce churn, and video service providers to reduce storage and delivery costs. “Beamr's JPEGmini software, written in C/C++, optimizes JPEG image files by reducing their file size without compromising quality. The application is compute-intensive and includes functions for image decoding, image encoding, and a quality measure algorithm that analyzes various image attributes,” said Dan Julius, Vice President of R&D at Beamr. “Since the mobile version of this software runs on Arm processors, we decided to test its performance on AWS Graviton3-based Amazon EC2 C7g instances. Rebuilding our software to run on C7g instances took us one working day, and the results were promising. When running on C7g instances, we saw 30% improved performance over comparable x86-based instances. Based on these results, we plan to recommend to our customers to run the Beamr JPEGmini software on Graviton3-based instances once those become GA, and we plan to benchmark Beamr’s H.264 and HEVC video encoders on Graviton instances as well.”
About Amazon Web Services
For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.
Kaon Interactive | February 16, 2022
Kaon Interactive, the leading provider of interactive sales and marketing applications for B2B enterprise brands, has launched the first metaverse collaboration platform designed exclusively for B2B sales. LiveShare changes the customer's role from observer to an active participant during virtual meetings by enabling real-time multi-user collaboration within Kaon's applications. The result is increased customer engagement, personalization, and knowledge transfer; resulting in better buying decisions, faster.
Stop Presenting. Start Collaborating.
Tailored specifically for B2B sales engagements, LiveShare was designed around the philosophy that hybrid and virtual meetings must actively involve all participants, rather than rely on passive screen sharing which results in low engagement and distraction.
Unlike video conferencing solutions (like Zoom, WebEx, Teams) which are used for screen sharing of sales presentations, LiveShare is a virtual collaboration platform that enables sellers and buyers to interact, share insights, and immerse themselves in interactive storytelling applications that accelerate buyer consensus.
LiveShare provides the ability for each session attendee to have autonomous control within a shared digital application so that they can engage and explore value propositions and solution details at their own pace. This allows prospects to self-diagnose challenges, bring real problems to the surface for sellers, while also providing the salesperson a path to close. "LiveShare encourages full engagement by everyone while still maintaining a level of guidance by the Sales host to communicate differentiated value and provide real-time contextual knowledge," says David Gould, Senior Product Manager at Kaon Interactive. "All this results in faster learning and consensus buy-in."
The focus on metaverse collaboration (a digital space where people can engage with others or explore on their own) was in anticipation of the need for distributed enterprise sales teams to transition to experiences that are calibrated for an era of digital-first remote selling. What's remarkable about LiveShare is that it brings everyone together in one collaborative session with a sales host, where some of the users can experience and explore the application in full virtual reality (from within a VR headset) while others can be using a browser on a PC, and yet others can be in-person together on a touch-screen or using a Microsoft Surface tablet or iPad Pro. They will all be collaborating together, across geographies, and from their individual roles and perspectives.
The biggest engagement threat in virtual meetings is allowing attendees to unconsciously take the role of passive observer and subsequently tune out. Cognitive science has proven that engagement and active collaboration increases learning, which leads to more informed and enthusiastic buyers, independent of the venue."
Gavin Finn, Kaon CEO and president
In a recent study, Gartner noted that 80% of B2B sales interactions between suppliers and buyers will occur in digital channels by 2025. One of the greatest challenges for enterprise sales teams in a remote environment is keeping prospects engaged and paying attention. It was found that 67% of workers find it easier to be distracted during virtual meetings versus in-person. Communicating complex subjects that articulate the differentiated value in an enterprise environment requires both a set of visually engaging interactive applications and a robust platform built to create sustained economic value.
"The transition from presentation mode to collaboration and engagement is the most urgent challenge facing enterprise sales organizations," says Finn. "At Kaon, our technology and user experience innovations have created a paradigm shift in how complex selling and storytelling takes place in a virtual or hybrid environment."
About Kaon Interactive
Kaon Interactive is a B2B software company. Kaon's interactive sales and marketing applications simplify complex product and solution stories in a visually engaging way anywhere, anytime, turning prospects into customers. The company's interactive sales and marketing applications transform product and solution marketing content into visual storytelling experiences to deepen customer engagement, reduce marketing expenses and accelerate the sales cycle. Both virtual and in-person, more than 5,000 Kaon interactive applications are being used worldwide by leading global B2B companies in such industries as life sciences, manufacturing, and technology.