HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION STORAGE
EY | August 17, 2022
EY today announces an alliance between Kyndryl, the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, and Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), to support clients in achieving their digital transformation goals.
Many organizations are turning to digital transformation to become more effective and competitive. As they go through this journey, many face challenges related to complex IT environments and the inherent risks (e.g., cybersecurity, resiliency and IT asset management).
Recognizing this, the EY−Kyndryl Alliance provides an innovative approach and utilizes advanced technologies to help organizations transform and modernize their business. The alliance combines Kyndryl's cloud and core infrastructure services with the leading business and technology consulting capabilities of EY US in areas including cybersecurity, asset management and cloud infrastructure services.
Kyndryl is a leader in managed infrastructure and implementation services. They offer a comprehensive suite of mission-critical capabilities, while EY US is a leader in driving large-scale, complex client transformations and has deep industry experience as part of its business and technology consulting services. The combination of these complementary services will greatly assist clients on their transformation journeys while mitigating the risks of these highly complex initiatives.
Heather Ficarra, Kyndryl Alliance Leader, Ernst & Young LLP, says:
"As organizations execute on their digital transformation journeys, they face challenges in modernizing complex systems, business processes and controls. The EY−Kyndryl Alliance will help clients achieve their strategic transformation goals by providing compelling comprehensive solutions. The alliance leverages the deep domain experience of EY business and technology consulting with Kyndryl's technology transformation and support."
Greg Sarafin, EY Global Partner Ecosystem Leader, says:
"The combination of the leading business and technology consulting capabilities of EY US and the industry-leading IT infrastructure services of Kyndryl will be a powerful force in the market. The creation of innovative, joint services and solutions that address the strategy, transformation and ongoing operations will greatly benefit our mutual clients."
Stephen Leonard, Kyndryl Global Alliances & Partnerships Leader, says:
"Our alliance with EY US will help broaden the global reach and impact of Kyndryl's advanced IT infrastructure services to new customers across different industries and geographies that are seeking to modernize and transform their businesses. The combined experience and solutions that will stem from our strategic relationship with EY US will help companies overcome challenges, pursue new opportunities and derive more value from their IT environments."
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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Render | August 17, 2022
Render today announced a new monorepository feature that enables its customers to keep all of their code in one super repository instead of managing multiple smaller repositories. This feature is one of dozens that the company has unveiled this year to simplify the developer experience for hosting, managing and scaling cloud apps and infrastructure.
“We accelerated the introduction of monorepos because of significant customer demand. “Many of them prefer the monorepo approach because it gives them a shared code base with clear dependencies. Monorepos can reduce complexity and enable teams to move faster and with more confidence in their systems.”
Anurag Goel, founder and CEO of Render
Interest in monorepos has grown significantly over the past decade since Google adopted the novel approach to managing their code bases across major application platforms. More recently, smaller organizations and dev teams have adopted monorepos as a hedge against the growing complexities related to ES6, SCSS preprocessors, task managers, npm, and CI/CD just to name a few.
Render’s monorepo capabilities include:
Intuitive build filters. Developers can define precisely which files and directories Render should (or should not) watch for changes using intuitive build filters. This makes it much easier for them to have a complex monorepo setup with faster builds and deployments for every service on Render.
Base directory. If developers use this feature, they can easily mix and match code dependencies and have multiple versions of the same dependency in different directories.
Automated code and admin functions. This enables developers to build, change, and deploy from their monorepo faster.
Polyrepo compatibility. Render’s intuitive build filters and ‘base’ directory features are compatible with polyrepo setups, and help developers control their builds and deploys even in single repo situations.
“Render's newly introduced monorepo support was what led me to Render,” said Stephen Haney, Founder of Modulz. “Almost every project I work on is a monorepo, and part of the reason I use Render is so that I don't have to run CI/CD or manage certificates. Getting Render's Build Filters set up was easy with helpful examples and documentation. Without flexible monorepo support, I'd have to spend a lot more time on CI/CD.”
Early access to monorepos is available now for active Render customers. They can opt into the feature by visiting the Account/Team Settings Page and scrolling down to the Early Access section.
Render is a unified cloud services platform for engineering teams who want to focus on bringing ideas to market sooner instead of managing undifferentiated infrastructure. Render customers can easily build and scale apps and websites on the industry’s most modern developer platform with a global CDN, DDoS protection, private networks, autodeploys from Git and free TLS certificates. As the #1 alternative to platform as a service vendors, Render costs up to 80% less than Heroku and is remarkably easier to use. The company is a 2019 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield winner and is privately held by investors including General Catalyst and Y Combinator.
Inspur Information | August 16, 2022
On August 10th, OCP China Day 2022 was held in Beijing, hosted by the Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) and organized by Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider. Using an innovative approach of global collaboration, and addressing major issues of data center infrastructure sustainability, open compute is becoming an innovation anchor for data centers. OCP China Day is Asia's largest annual technology summit, offering the widest open computing coverage. It is celebrating its 4th anniversary, with nearly 1,000 IT engineers and data center practitioners in attendance.
Themed "Open Forward: Green, Convergence, Empowering", this year's summit brings together an array of experts and professionals from more than 30 world-renowned companies, universities and research institutions including the OCP Foundation, Inspur Information, Intel, Meta, Samsung, Western Digital, Enflame, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, Tencent Cloud, Tsinghua University, etc. to discuss topics such as data center infrastructure innovation, sustainable development and industrial ecosystem.
Driving data center sustainability with green technology
"The confidence that our fellow members and external companies have in OCP is at the root of the community's growing influence," said Steve Helvie, OCP's Vice President of Channels. "Open source hardware designed and validated by a wide range of experts breeds confidence for the companies that purchase and deploy these devices; and efficient hardware designs within the community that can reduce carbon emissions are helping to build confidence for data center sustainability. In the future, the community's research projects in thermal reuse, cooling environments, and other areas will inspire even greater confidence in data center infrastructure innovation."
As data centers become more visible as a new type of infrastructure, there is a growing concern over data center sustainability, such as utilizing renewable energy, recycling, thermal reuse, and the use of liquid-cooling technologies to reduce water consumption. The resulting greener carbon footprint, is one of OCP's top research priorities.
The newly established Cooling Environments Project has become OCP's largest cross-industry collaboration to date, with representatives from multiple companies and industries putting the spotlight on innovations in data center liquid-cooling technologies. The project integrates five sub-projects including Advanced Cooling Solutions (ACS) and Advanced Cooling Facilities (ACF). Examples include the ACS Cold Plate Sub-Project, ACS Door Heat Exchanger Sub-Project, ACS Immersion Sub-Project, Waste Heat Reuse Sub-Project, etc. The goal is to standardize the aforementioned sub-projects and physical interfaces through cross-project coordination between different cooling methods in data centers in order to accelerate data center innovation.
According to William Chen, Server Department Product Planning Director, Inspur Information, the rapidly growing scale of data centers is putting new pressure on global sustainability. Consequently, data centers must adopt and promote new technologies to reduce environmental impact as sustainability has become absolutely essential. A variety of solutions, whether liquid-cooling innovations, improved data center layouts, and clean energy usage, will help reduce energy consumption and overall environmental impact.
In addition to taking an active part in OCP's Cooling Environments Project, many community members have also contributed to data center sustainability. For example, Inspur Information has put forward the company-level strategy of "All in Liquid Cooling" and built the largest liquid-cooled data center production and R&D base in Asia. Its four-product series includes general purpose servers, high density servers, rack servers and AI servers, all of which support cold plate cooling.
Accelerating data center innovation with global collaboration
The Open Compute Project, has created a new global collaboration model that eliminates technical barriers and makes hardware innovation faster than ever before.
Hou Zhenyu, Corporate Vice President, Baidu ABC Cloud Business Group, points out that as data centers move toward centralization and scale, IT infrastructure is encountering bigger challenges in terms of performance, power consumption, and deployment. Open compute is committed to transforming the design standards of data center equipment from closed source to open source, accelerating the implementation of new technologies and facilitating the construction and efficient development of green data centers through the sharing in IT infrastructure including products, specifications and intellectual property.
With over 10 years of development, OCP's innovations now cover all aspects of data centers design, development and management. This includes heterogeneous computing, edge computing and other forward-looking technologies. The newly launched Open Rack 3.0 specification delivers more improvements in terms of space usage, load bearing, power supply, and liquid-cooling support. The design of ORv3 connectors enables blind insertion, and servers, when added to a rack, can be directly inserted into the liquid-cooling manifold. In the field of high-speed network communications, the OCP Mezz (NIC) specification has become the industry standard for I/O options, and SONIC/SAI has been deployed commercially in large volumes in Internet, communications and other industries. The OAM specification for Domain-Specific Architecture Design (DSA), which supports standardized access to multiple AI chips can meet the explosive growth in demand for AI accelerators worldwide, while the BoW specification for Chiplet interconnect allows chip manufacturers to mix and match chips using different manufacturing technologies to enable high-performance chip design across a variety of process steps. The DC-SCM standard (Data Center Security Control Management Module) defines a security control management module that is decoupled from the motherboard, enabling decoupling of the computing and security management units, allowing further simplification of motherboard design.
Dr. Weifeng Zhang, Chief Scientist of Heterogeneous Computing at Alibaba Cloud, noted that in recent years, there has been a clear trend toward decoupling computing system architectures to offset the slowing of Moore's Law. With ongoing advances in chip and interconnectivity technologies, interoperability between computing devices has become key to the sustainable development of future computing.
Open hardware, open software, and hardware-software layered decoupling have emerged as prominent trends in data center development. This has also prompted vendors to shift from a closed proprietary mentality to one which emphasizes open source and collaboration. This openness gives more companies the opportunity to contribute to data center infrastructure innovation and inspire more innovative ideas through global collaboration.
Traditional industries embrace open compute for ecological empowerment
Open compute promotes standardization and ecosystem building by forming a consensus via open collaboration and enabling the delivery of infrastructure in line with open source specifications. This facilitates the rapid application of more innovative technologies. This industrial ecosystem allows hyper-scale data centers to apply open compute technologies on a large scale, and also encourages industry users and even SMEs to start deploying cutting-edge solutions based on open compute.
Open compute has been accelerating to expand from the Internet to other industries, such as telecommunications, finance, gaming, healthcare, auto manufacturing, etc. Omdia predicts that the market share of non-Internet industries in open compute will grow from 10.5% in 2020 to 21.9% in 2025.
The unique technical edge, subtle design thinking, and ecosystem collaboration of open compute are breaking boundaries in data center innovation and enabling the convergence of more technologies. In the future, global collaboration and co-innovation revolving around open compute will drive further data center advancement while addressing worldwide issues such as carbon emissions.
About Inspur Information
Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.