Using AI to Solve Business Critical Problems

CXO Today | December 09, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the concept and study of systems with the sole aim of replicating a human’s thinking structure amalgamated with the processing power of a supercomputer. The end-goal of such systems is to make relevant decisions while taking into account both material and human factors involved in a situation. Due to this unique nature, AI systems in action are expected to be better equipped to handle pressing situations and crisis as compared to their human counterparts who always have a margin of human error while making a decision. Rightly so, AI is a transformative technology which is widely accepted to be the backbone of all business in the near future. Think-tanks and discussion groups in every industry, be it healthcare, automation, automobiles, medicine, and research, are abuzz with what AI can do. However, all of these applications stretch at least 10-20 years in the future.

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NordVPN extension now on Microsoft Edge

NordVPN | December 15, 2021

NordVPN has officially launched the NordVPN extension for Microsoft Edge browser, available on all platforms compatible with Edge. The new extension is extremely light and fast so users can switch between locations within seconds. Microsoft Edge browser is based on Chromium, which means users can install the NordVPN extension via the Chrome Web Store. With this release, NordVPN is unlocking full official support for people who were already using other NordVPN extensions on Edge. We knew many users were installing the NordVPN extension for Chrome on the Microsoft Edge browser. That's why we decided to improve their experience by releasing an official NordVPN extension designed for Edge. In terms of functionality, the new extension works exactly the same way as the ones for Chrome and Firefox, giving users a seamless experience across browsers." Vykintas Maknickas, Product Strategist at NordVPN Apart from Edge, NordVPN has browser extensions for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. "We're constantly looking for ways to enhance our user experience. For example, we recently added M1 Mac compatibility and increased our bug bounty program to $50K for all Nord brands, including NordPass, NordLocker, and NordLayer. As part of a broader effort to shift Nord Security and our brands into a broader cybersecurity suite, pushing all of these initiatives brings us closer to doing exactly this," says Vykintas Maknickas from NordVPN. To stress the importance of privacy online, NordVPN recently released the findings of its research on browser cookies and how browsing habits create different privacy and security risks. NordVPN is the first brand in the Nord Security family of products and was established in 2012. NordVPN became the premier VPN solution of choice worldwide throughout the years, now serving more than 14 million users. Nord Security has also expanded its scope to include security solutions for businesses and advanced encryption tools for consumers, including NordPass, NordLocker, and NordLayer. About NordVPN NordVPN is the world's most advanced VPN service provider used by over 14 million internet users worldwide. NordVPN provides double VPN encryption, malware blocking, and Onion Over VPN. The product is very user-friendly, offers one of the best prices on the market, has over 5,000 servers in 60 countries worldwide. One of the key features of NordVPN is the zero-log policy.

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Reveal XR Studios Network and StudioNow Partner to Create First Networked Global XR Solution

Reveal XR Studios Network | January 14, 2022

Reveal XR Studios Network, a global leader in providing Extended Reality (XR) production capabilities and Hybrid Events including Virtual (VR) and Augmented (AR) creative solutions for the most well known brand advertisers, companies and producers in the world is proud to announce a strategic partnership with StudioNow, the world's largest production marketplace with over 12,000 resources on their management platform. This partnership between Reveal XR Studios Network and StudioNow enables more seamless training, staffing, hiring and talent management as the network scales globally.” Ian Wolfman, Co-Founder of Reveal XR Studios Network Reveal XR Studios Network was formed in 2021 as a sister company solution to Reveal XR to provide a networked solution to help top companies, brands and creative producers make the shift from traditional storytelling and production techniques to pioneering XR production techniques. XR production relies on new studio environments with millions of dollars of custom configured LED technology combined with the most advanced 3D animation software to provide endless new possibilities for creatives and producers. Access to bleeding-edge XR studio capabilities and the right talent trained in XR production, along with the ability to scale at the front of the curve mean that better timelines, creative quality and ROI are within reach today. “Successfully paving the way from more limiting production techniques of the past to the seemingly limitless possibilities with XR production requires top, well trained talent throughout the ecosystem. If you build it, they will come and be disappointed without the right set of capabilities and results.” Wolfman said. The partnership immediately elevates what's possible for brands today…not tomorrow. One organization at the forefront of XR technology with the best talent supporting the biggest brands in the world. Combining forces simply provides a turnkey solution for any brand looking to shift their production to a safer production environment, controlled filming circumstances and better ROI. For more than a decade the two company’s leadership teams have successfully collaborated to support shared clients in the traditional production space, including brands like The Coca-Cola Company, Walmart, McDonalds, NASA, Procter & Gamble, Netflix and Amazon. “Our partnership is in perfect harmony with our desire to help lead our network of talent as both the creative and commercial sides of our industry begin to pioneer the way forward in XR production,” said David Mason, Chairman and CEO of StudioNow. Funding for each location in the network of XR studios begins formally in Austin, Texas, at the same time as SXSW Interactive this March, at which time the locations next available in the US and abroad will be announced. About Reveal XR Studios Network Reveal XR Studios Network is the first global extended reality (XR) studio network created to collaborate with top brands, agencies and storytellers to revolutionize content production. Reveal XR Studios Network puts the extraordinary potential of XR production within reach of your business today. To learn more visit Reveal XR Studios Network and StudioNow. About StudioNow StudioNow is the world’s largest content production marketplace. The StudioNow platform develops, implements and manages custom production solutions so you can get things done now. Create anything, anywhere, at any time, by leveraging the StudioNow Creative Network of 12,000 content creators, the StudioNow production management platform and a diverse team of in-house StudioNow producers.

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Options Achieve VMware Cloud Verified Status in LHC

Options Technology | April 25, 2022

Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, today announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in their London LHC data center. The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year, along with cloud verified status at LD4 and NY5 sites. Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to specifically meet individual client needs. VMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications with the confidence the service received is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies. Extending our VMware Cloud Verified status to LHC is the latest step in our roadmap to a truly multi-Cloud offering across our global locations. We are proud to be VMware Cloud Verified across multiple sites and augment our footprint to deliver a holistic, flexible, and resilient cloud strategy for our clients to meet their bespoke cloud requirements.” Options President and CEO Danny Moore Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including hosting capabilities in Euronext Aruba IT3 Bergamo, a fifth Microsoft gold partner status, and the appointment of Charlotte Montgomery as VP. In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres. About Options Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems. Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper. Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses, and exchanges. With offices in 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand, Options are well placed to service its customers both on-site and remotely. In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally. Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.

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Liqid Welcomes VMware Cloud CTO to its Board of Directors

Liqid | June 03, 2022

LIQID Inc., one of the world’s leading software companies delivering data center composability, announced today that the company has welcomed VMware Cloud CTO Marc Fleischmann as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. With a technology career spanning IT infrastructure, cloud and data services, machine learning and analytics, and global IT business services, Fleischmann will collaborate with the Liqid Board and the company’s leadership team to identify new opportunities to expand Liqid Matrix™ composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) software into new world-class solutions and services for Liqid’s customers and partners. “Marc’s expertise will be invaluable as Liqid continues to expand our footprint from edge to cloud and everywhere in between, and we are excited to welcome Marc to the Liqid board, As a technology leader at VMware, Marc intimately understands the challenges IT is facing and how new solutions like CDI are being incorporated into the data center in tandem with virtualization, artificial intelligence (AI), and other high-value applications. We look forward to working with him as CDI becomes central to evolving data center architectures.” Sumit Puri, CEO & Cofounder, Liqid At VMware, Fleischmann is the CTO for business franchises within the organization such as VMware Managed Cloud (VMC - on AWS, Azure, and GCP), the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP, a $10B ecosystem), Cloud Foundation (VCF) private clouds, HCI, vSphere, and vSAN. Before joining VMware as Cloud CTO, Fleischman was founder and CEO for storage software company Datera, and social gaming company Smeet. Fleischmann is also a founder of Europe's largest open-source ecosystem hub, the Open Source Business Alliance, which has more than 150 active members across the continent. He has also held leadership positions at Innotek, Microsoft, Pixelworks, Transmeta, and HPE. “As AI is infused into every element of the enterprise, organizations need innovative new ways to approach infrastructure that are more dynamic and flexible, while also making responsible choices when weaving together solutions for sustainable data center ecosystems that can answer the proliferation of data,” Fleischmann said. “I look forward to working with the Liqid team to identify growth opportunities for their composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions, forge powerful industry alliances, and better understand how CDI thrives in an edge-to-cloud world.” Liqid Matrix software enables IT users to configure and scale bare-metal servers in seconds from pools of disaggregated compute, accelerator, storage, and networking resource pools to address business needs in real-time. Resources can be released when no longer needed, for use by other applications. This new approach to infrastructure management helps avoid the costly overprovisioning, power and cooling challenges, unlocking new levels of efficiency and sustainability. To learn more about how Liqid Matrix software solutions seamlessly integrate with VMware virtualization technologies, read this solutions brief. Schedule an appointment with an expert on solutions based on Liqid Matrix CDI software-based and set up a free infrastructure evaluation by going here. Follow Liqid on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest Liqid news and industry insights. About Liqid Liqid’s composable infrastructure software platform, Liqid Matrix ™, unlocks cloud-like speed and flexibility plus higher efficiency from on-prem infrastructure. Now IT professionals can configure, deploy, and scale physical, bare-metal servers in seconds, then reallocate valuable accelerator and storage resources via software as needs evolve. Dynamically provision previously impossible systems or scale existing investments, and then redeploy resources where needed in real-time. Unlock cloud-like datacenter agility at any scale and experience new levels of resource and operational efficiency with Liqid.

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