VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENTS

Virtuozzo’s Mature Linux Distribution VzLinux Now Available to Public

Virtuozzo | May 27, 2021

Virtuozzo, a world leader in high-efficiency virtualization and hyperconverged software solutions, today made available to the general public its latest VzLinux operating system (VzLinux 8). For more than 20 years, Virtuozzo has used VzLinux, an enterprise distribution, as a base OS for the company's OpenVZ virtualization solution and other commercial products, as well as a guest OS. Web hosting companies and other end users that deploy the technology benefit immediately from a stable, long-term supported Linux distribution maintained by the open-source community.

VzLinux 8 is a free, multi-purpose software designed to run in containers, virtual machines, or on bare-metal servers. It is intended to support I/O-heavy, enterprise-level applications and workloads. Virtuozzo currently provides a ready-to-use utility for converting from CentOS 8 with no downtime, as well as hyperscaler templates that allow customers to run VzLinux 8 as a guest OS under several hypervisors. The conversion utility allows for the seamless conversion of CentOS 8 bare-metal servers, virtual machines, and containers, efficiently managing risk while minimizing business impact. In terms of containers, Virtuozzo provides sophisticated features such as conversion dry-run, snapshot creation for rollback, and unattended mass conversion. Converting options from CentOS 7 will be available in a future update.

“With CentOS's scheduled exit later this year, the enterprise Linux distribution market is shifting away from CentOS-dominated Linux servers,” stated Maik Broemme, Senior Product Manager, Virtuozzo. “The resulting market gap requires a dependable solution with longevity, which is why we chose to make our VzLinux publicly available.” We simply want to provide the industry with a viable, free alternative that enables a seamless transition.”

Virtuozzo has long supported and contributed to well-known open-source projects including OpenVZ, KVM, Docker, OpenStack, and CRIU. The company's confidence in its VzLinux distribution has led to the conversion of more than 200 CentOS servers in-house, ensuring Virtuozzo's infrastructure is future-proofed well beyond December 2021, when CentOS is set to be taken down.

About Virtuozzo

Virtuozzo is a leading global provider of software solutions for hybrid virtualization, storage, and cloud enablement. The company's software-defined, hyperconverged self-service platform and resource management capabilities enable hosting and service providers to offer public and private cloud services to their clients. Virtuozzo is a pioneer in the industry, having created the first commercially accessible container technology 21 years ago. Over 450 service providers, ISVs, and enterprises worldwide use the company's software solutions and services to enable over 500 thousand virtual environments running mission-critical cloud workloads. Virtuozzo, a major force in the open-source community, sponsors and/or contributes to several open-source projects, including KVM, Docker, OpenStack, OpenVZ, CRIU, and the Linux kernel.

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Headquartered in Switzerland, the Coop Group operates in retail, wholesale and production sectors. Approximately 2,000 retail outlets in Switzerland and 115 cash-and-carry markets across Europe. Coop Group has a workforce of approximately 77,000 employees across Europe with 53,000 in Switzerland.


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Intelligent Waves LLC Names Tony Crescenzo as Chief Executive Officer

Intelligent Waves LLC | January 20, 2022

Intelligent Waves LLC, a leading-edge trusted IT systems integrator that delivers high-impact transformational IT solutions to Government’s most mission-critical challenges, is pleased to announce that Tony Crescenzo, IW’s President, has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Jared Shepard, IW’s founder, and the owner will continue to lead IW in the role of Chairman of the Board. Under Crescenzo's leadership, the company has experienced two consecutive years of aggressive growth and profitability. "Intelligent Waves has grown and matured into a respected market leader,” stated Jared Shepard. “By initially hiring Tony Crescenzo as President in 2020, I set a strategic goal of elevating IW's growth trajectory and scalability to the next level. It has been awesome to see how Tony Crescenzo's leadership has materialized my vision for the company. Tony's high-energy leadership style and ability to recruit top management talent has enabled us to maximize the value and impact of our company." Intelligent Waves has recently successfully launched several innovative and disruptive cybersecurity solutions that serve the Defense and Intelligence Community, including GRAYPATH, an ultra-secure next-generation VPN, and Phantom, an award-winning cyber defense solution for the most demanding and secure communications. It is a tremendous honor to take the reins as the CEO of Intelligent Waves, and I look forward to helping the company fulfill its full potential through innovation in the Government’s most demanding and critical areas. Intelligent Waves is at the forefront of innovation in support of real-world mission outcomes, and I am proud to lead such an exceptional organization.” Tony Crescenzo, IW’s CEO Intelligent Waves was founded in 2006 by Jared Shepard. Under his leadership, Intelligent Waves has grown from a two-person team to a thriving, award-winning business with over two hundred employees. Intelligent Waves has received numerous accolades and awards, including ranking as one of Washington Business Journal's 100 largest veteran-owned companies for 2020, ranking as a top company on Inc.'s VET100 List, and ranking among Monster.com and Military.com Rated top 10 Best Company for Veterans Nationwide in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In addition to serving IW as Chairman of the Board, Jared Shepard spun out his second company in 2021, Hypori Inc. where he serves as the company's President and CEO. Hypori is an award-winning SaaS company providing secure mobility for government and commercial customers. Its innovative solution puts the power and speed of the cloud on any mobile or edge device, enabling remote users to access critical data and apps through a separate, secure workspace. About Intelligent Waves LLC Intelligent Waves LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. The firm provides enterprise systems engineering, cloud computing and managed services, cyber and security architecture, mobility, operations, and intelligence analytics.

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VIRTUAL SERVER MANAGEMENT

AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon EC2 C7g Instances Powered by AWS-designed Graviton3 Processors

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.

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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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iolo Launches World’s Most Private & Affordable VPN Service

iolo | March 11, 2022

iolo, the award-winning privacy and security software company today announced the immediate availability of ioloVPN. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) software subscription service features privacy-first hosting infrastructure, costs as little as $1.16 per device per month for five simultaneous devices. Privacy is delivered via bank-grade 256-bit encryption over a 100% dedicated VPN server infrastructure with a zero-tolerance policy for data logging or tracking. Moreover, ioloVPN is the only VPN service to offer extra 24/7 customer phone support delivered by live human beings. “The VPN market is very competitive. We are confident ioloVPN will stand taller than the rest due to our unwavering commitment to privacy and affordability,” said Avani Patel, VP of Product at iolo. “We are a privacy-first company! ioloVPN is built for maximum customer privacy – encrypting your connections and providing you the most speed. Lastly, we do not and will never track, log, aggregate or sell your information, browsing patterns, giving you the most privacy.” User benefits of ioloVPN subscription service include: Encrypts all data traffic with bank-level 256-bit data security Works anywhere in the world, on any WiFi hotspot, on both PCs and mobile devices Privacy is assured: zero customer data is tracked, logged, aggregated or sold Unlimited data; access your favorite streaming content from anywhere Activates automatically Protects 5 simultaneous devices for one low price starting at $5.80/month when billed annually (which works out to just $1.16 per device) Money-back guarantee 24/7 live phone support available at extra cost Running underneath, ioloVPN operates on a world-wide network of VPN server locations on every major continent on the planet (except Antarctica). Each datacenter location is dedicated to VPN processing only (unlike cloud-based providers such as AWS or Azure) and runs OpenVPN, IPSEC, and IKEv2 with MOBIKE (RFC4555) services. iolo also enables Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) throughout its VPN network, which is optimal for securing instant messages because it switches encryption keys after every message. About iolo iolo is a brand of RealDefense LLC, which develops award-winning software that optimizes and secures both mobile phones and PCs. iolo’s product line of software and services includes its flagship System Mechanic®, which is an 8-time winner of PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice awards.

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