VMware to use MinIO object storage in Kubernetes embrace

Block and File | December 23, 2019

VMware will provision storage to Kubernetes Pods using MinIO open source object storage, Minio told me last week. But first some background. VMware is embracing Kubernetes containers, an alternative, more granular form of server virtualization than its own vSphere virtual machines. VMware is the dominant form of server virtualisation on-premises, and is also available in the cloud with, for example, VMware Cloud Foundation. But cloud-native workloads use containers, not virtual machines and that is a fundamental threat to VMware.

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VMware Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Customers Launching New Business Ecosystems at Scale with its Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Platform

VMware | March 23, 2022

Based on its recent analysis of the Global Blockchain Services space, Frost & Sullivan recognizes VMware with the 2022 Customer Value Leadership Award for creating an enterprise grade-blockchain that allows companies to deploy multi-party applications with a range of popular smart contract languages. VMware is a leading multi-cloud and application technology provider with over 20 years on the market, enabling digital innovation and improving business performance with best-in-class solutions. VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. The company works to harness the next wave of innovation and help solve customers' toughest challenges through disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, edge computing, and machine learning. "Creating a private permissioned blockchain based on Byzantine fault-tolerant state machine replication, VMware's architecture facilitates enterprises to run distributed, multi-party applications in multiple smart contract languages, with network trust and resilience built in," said Nick J. Baugh, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "VMware Blockchain thus equips enterprises with a robust and highly efficient platform that does not suffer the main drawbacks of alternative blockchain models. Compared to other blockchain models, such as proof-of-work mechanism, VMware's approach is highly efficient and sustains massive numbers of nodes and data transactions." Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrates excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers, focusing on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes VMware's unique focus on augmenting its customers' value, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and customer base expansion. 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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Pyramid Analytics Joins AWS ISV Accelerate Program to Jointly Offer Decision Intelligence at Scale

Pyramid | April 23, 2022

AWS SUMMIT 2022 – Pyramid Analytics, a leading global provider of next-generation business analytics for enterprises, today announced it is strengthening its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) by joining the AWS ISV Accelerate Program, a co-sell program for approved independent software vendors (ISVs) that run on or integrate with AWS. The program allows Pyramid and AWS to collaboratively provide customers and partners with resources to accelerate the adoption of the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform on a global scale, helping more organizations to achieve faster time to value. The Pyramid Analytics Decision Intelligence Platform has been validated through the AWS Foundational Technical Review (FTR), ensuring the software meets the best practices established by AWS. Pyramid Analytics integrates seamlessly with AWS and cloud data sources, including Amazon Redshift, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon EMR, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Athena, SAP HANA, SAP BW4/HANA, Exasol, Snowflake, Databricks, and many more. The Pyramid Platform is used by companies around the world to unify data from any source and empower employees with insights to make faster, more informed decisions. Complete, Unified Decision Intelligence The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform unifies Data Preparation, Business Analytics, and Data Science on a single, integrated platform. This eliminates the need to use multiple disparate tools and the associated license cost and management complexity. Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), rapid rollout, quicker and direct access to all available data, and industry-leading user adoption means faster time to value. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform can be deployed on-premises, into a private or public cloud, embedded into other apps or delivered through Managed Services Providers (MSP). About Pyramid Analytics Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. Our unified decision intelligence platform delivers insights for everyone to make faster, more informed decisions. It provides direct access to any data, enables governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. The Pyramid Platform enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. Pyramid Analytics is incorporated in Amsterdam and has regional headquarters in global innovation and business centers, including London, New York City, and Tel-Aviv. Our team lives worldwide because geography should not be a barrier to talent and opportunity. Investors include Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Sequoia Capital and Viola Growth

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OpenShift boosts DevSecOps with VMware Tanzu in its rear view

OpenShift | May 12, 2022

Red Hat OpenShift was introduced, but the fiercest competition among DevOps platform vendors for enterprise buyers has only just begun. Red Hat first released OpenShift in 2011 and standardized its OpenShift Container Platform on Kubernetes in 2014, well ahead of the open source container orchestration framework's emergence as an industry standard. OpenShift remains, by most market analysts' measures, the most widely used DevOps platform, a category that took shape amid the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic and an industry consolidation that saw VMware acquire Heptio in 2018, forming the basis for its Tanzu Kubernetes products; IBM acquire Red Hat for $34 billion in 2019; and SUSE acquire Rancher in 2020. The latest IBM estimates put the number of OpenShift customers at about 3,500 companies. "They're still No. 1 in the market, especially with anything being done on premises with containers and Kubernetes," said Rob Strechay, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, a division of TechTarget. "In public cloud, they hold their own, while [Amazon] EKS Anywhere and [Google] Anthos haven't made as much progress on premises." Multi-faceted platform comparisons complex Here and there, however, there are chinks in OpenShift's armor, depending on a customer's technical focus. Some early adopters of edge computing, such as the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, have favored Rancher Kubernetes, for example, given it was first to market in 2019 with a stripped-down version of Kubernetes in k3s and UI support for centrally managing thousands of edge clusters. As of this week, Red Hat OpenShift Advanced Cluster Management supports up to 2,000 single-node OpenShift clusters. Analysts also point to VMware and its Tanzu platform -- despite Tanzu's status as a relative latecomer to the Kubernetes platform market after years of struggles to integrate it with Cloud Foundry PaaS -- as Red Hat's current chief rival, given the hundreds of thousands of large enterprise customers that use vSphere virtual machines and vRealize IT management tools. VMware's CEO, Raghu Raghuram, has claimed that a majority of OpenShift environments run on vSphere. VMware has also made some inroads in hybrid cloud with its VMware Tanzu on AWS offering, keeping pressure on Red Hat, according to Strechay.

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VRSim Release Software Update for Industry Favored Paint Simulator

VRSim | February 22, 2022

VRSim is pleased to announce an expansive new update for SimSpray, the industry-leading virtual reality painter training program. Update 3.3 introduces more field-specific content, an overhauled and more intuitive user interface, a performance portal complete with progress tracking, and customizable paint and material systems. Catering to specialized fields are the all-new "industry content packs". These include: Aerospace, Automotive, Building Trades, Furniture & Cabinetry, and Structural. Each industry content pack comes standard with field-specific parts (including vehicles, equipment and/or materials), customized paint and material systems, and a learning curriculum. The upgraded user interface supports new spray gun models, more immersive controls, and impressive supporting resources. SimSpray's intuitive feedback, objective scoring, Paintometer ROI tracking, and high-quality realistic simulations complete the training package. SimSpray's brand new web-based "Performance Portal" connects instructors with each of their students by tracking individual progression of the training curriculum. It also collects detailed information regarding both individual and group performance to help instructors give targeted feedback. SimSpray leads the industry in supporting training for spray coating, powder coating, and abrasive blasting applications. Both SimSpray and SimSpray Go offer customized processes and content to best fit the needs of any training program. VRSim offers added custom and/or proprietary part development as an additional upgrade. Visit with VRSim's expert sales team to determine which model is best for your program. About VRSim VRSim is a high-demand developer of interactive VR training solutions for skilled trades. VRSim, headquartered in East Hartford, CT, has reimagined industry tradition and developed next-gen training systems for welding, spray painting, construction, manufacturing, and robotics. Their training solutions have been used in programs for high schools, technical colleges, vocational training, and workforce development initiatives. VRSim has partnered with global leaders including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the National Truck Equipment Association, The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Saint Gobain, and the U.S. Navy.

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