Airspan brings the small cell game to the next level

RCRWireless | February 09, 2018

With hundreds of thousands of cells installed world-wide, Airspan is delivering on the promise of small cells to improve wireless network capacity and coverage, increase macro network efficiency and revolutionize TCO. Airspan is helping operators densify their networks and lay the foundation for 5G, delivering enhanced mobile broadband Gigabit speeds today on ultra-dense 4G small cell architectures by leveraging features and platforms such as LAA and cloud based V-RAN.

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Network Functions Virtualization is more than just moving network infrastructure functionality to a virtualized environment. It’s about orchestrating, delivering, and managing end-to-end services by chaining together software-based network functions, and doing this in an automated and programmatic fashion. The NFV list of benefits definitely includes lower CAPEX and OPEX, but more than that, NFV allows operators to be more flexible. It does this by enabling a framework for operators to build networks and roll out services at software speed. It also allows them to automate many tasks that in a traditional network architecture - with elements running on proprietary hardware - cost prohibitive and not feasible.

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Network Functions Virtualization is more than just moving network infrastructure functionality to a virtualized environment. It’s about orchestrating, delivering, and managing end-to-end services by chaining together software-based network functions, and doing this in an automated and programmatic fashion. The NFV list of benefits definitely includes lower CAPEX and OPEX, but more than that, NFV allows operators to be more flexible. It does this by enabling a framework for operators to build networks and roll out services at software speed. It also allows them to automate many tasks that in a traditional network architecture - with elements running on proprietary hardware - cost prohibitive and not feasible.

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InfraCloud's BotKube - a popular ChatOps platform for Kubernetes troubleshooting acquired by Kubeshop

InfraCloud Technologies | July 08, 2022

InfraCloud Technologies and Kubeshop.io have signed a definitive agreement whereby Kubeshop.io has acquired a majority stake in BotKube. InfraCloud Technologies is a Kubernetes focussed B2B Open Source Cloud Native Computing company which has been building products, services, and solutions to modernize applications and infrastructure. BotKube is an open-source product developed by InfraCloud which monitors Kubernetes clusters and helps with interactive debugging. BotKube allows developers and teams with a 'master view' of their Kubernetes resources with the ultimate goal of accelerating the pace and improving the quality of their work. Vishal Biyani, CTO & Founder at InfraCloud, said, "This is a great validation of InfraCloud's strategy to build Open Source Products that help end-users with adopting Kubernetes. We are happy to see a new leadership for BotKube and be part of the growth along with Kubeshop." With this majority stake, BotKube will have access to people, network, and expertise to grow its community and user base. "Helping BotKube grow made perfect sense to us - making the Kubernetes journey simpler and easier for developers, DevOps engineers, and teams is our main mission," said Kubeshop CEO Dmitry Fonarev "We are excited to drive product expansion and invest in BotKube's growing community of users and contributors." Ole Lensmar - Kubeshop CTO Girish Shilamkar, CEO & Founder at InfraCloud, said, "The acquisition of BotKube further demonstrates our ability to build innovative and customer-centric products and services in the Kubernetes ecosystem to drive cloud adoption." InfraCloud was one of the first Kubernetes partners and have been contributing to the open source community around cloud-native technologies. It has been growing almost 100% for quite a few years consistently.

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SatixFy Technology Enables First 5G link through a LEO constellation

SatixFy Communications Ltd | July 11, 2022

SatixFy Communications Ltd. (“SatixFy”), a leader in next-generation satellite communication systems based on in-house developed chipsets, today announced its critical role in enabling the first ever demonstration of a high-speed, low-latency link with a LEO satellite constellation incorporating 5G (video available here). SatixFy has partnered with OneWeb under the ESA Sunrise Partnership Project, with support from the UK Space Agency, to develop a compact electronically steered multi-beam array suitable for mobility services over both LEO and GEO satellites simultaneously. The terminal can also be integrated into 5G equipment to allow end-to-end access to a LEO constellation network via a 5G signal. 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Infrastructure Optimization Innovator Sync Computing Raises $15.5M to Transform How Developers Control Data and Machine Learning Cloud Infrastructure

Sync Computing | August 18, 2022

Sync Computing, a deep tech, cloud infrastructure optimization company, today announced its $15.5M Series A funding, led by Costanoa Ventures, with support from existing investors The Engine, Moore Strategic Ventures, and National Grid Partners. As part of this latest fundraise, Sync has also received the vote of confidence and funding support from angel investors Satyen Sangani, CEO and co-founder of Alation; Ron Avnur, formerly with Google, MongoDB, and Dremio; and Rebecca Li, formerly with Databricks. Harnessing the power of mathematical optimization, Sync automatically orchestrates and provisions cloud infrastructure to achieve cost and runtime goals with one click. This radically transforms the way developers navigate and control their cloud footprint for data and machine learning workloads. Alongside its Series A, Sync also announced today the public API launch for its Apache Spark Autotuner, which enables data engineers to automatically apply optimization solutions across all of their data jobs. Already field-tested with large enterprise customers such as Duolingo, the world's #1 language learning platform serving more than 40 million monthly active users, the Autotuner has gotten traction across engineering teams at global leaders Disney and multiple other Fortune 500 companies. Matt Weingarten, data engineer at Disney Streaming Services, shared in this post: “For data engineers who are tired of trying to figure out their optimal Spark configurations by trial and error, I definitely recommend Sync Computing’s Autotuner tool. It’s worked for our team, and I want to make sure this application gets the recognition it deserves.” Initially launched as a self-serve product for Amazon EMR and Databricks on AWS infrastructure, the Sync Autotuner for Apache Spark has been expanded with the release of the public API. It not only enables data engineering teams to programmatically apply Autotuner’s intelligence to all of their jobs, but it also allows users to enable continuous monitoring and alerts through custom integration with AWS EMR or Databricks. Amalgam Insights, in a recent Preferred Vendor profile in the Amalgam Insights SmartList, recommends that organizations spending at least $100,000 a month or a minimum of $1.2 million per year on Amazon Web Services should consider Sync Computing as a cloud cost and optimization vendor candidate. The analyst firm further explains that “Sync’s proprietary and unique approach to cloud optimization and the implementation of these recommendations provides an opportunity to increase savings or performance above and beyond what is possible in the market at large.” “We are excited to be bringing Sync Computing into our portfolio of companies rethinking infrastructure for data, machine learning and artificial intelligence,” said Tony Liu, partner at Costanoa Ventures. “Sync’s seasoned cloud and data veterans are building something that hasn’t been done before, using a novel method steeped in deep mathematics. Sync Computing is flipping the cloud infrastructure world on its head.” “Amid fears of an impending economic recession, now more than ever, cloud computing costs are under the microscope. Companies are in urgent need to curb cloud spend and quickly increase their efficiency without hiring new people or driving the burden upon their team. “Sync empowers data-driven companies to do more on the cloud with less. We could not be more thrilled about our latest round of investment and the continued confidence in our team to drive innovation in the cloud ecosystem.” Jeff Chou, co-founder and CEO of Sync Computing Spun out of MIT Lincoln Laboratory by Jeff Chou and Suraj Bramhavar, Activate Fellows (Cohort 2020) supported by DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office, and MIT Startup Exchange Accelerator veterans, Sync’s technology empowers organizations who run thousands of data pipelines daily to automatically optimize low-level compute resources to make running the cloud easier, faster, and cheaper. A Gartner Cool Vendor in the Augmented Data Management category, Sync has been steadily growing its team, counting over a dozen experienced engineers from IBM, Intel, Cloudability/Apptio, Microsoft, and Netflix, and globally respected academic institutions such as MIT, Berkeley, and Harvard. About Sync Computing Sync Computing is the first company to harness the power of mathematical optimization to radically enhance the way developers control cloud infrastructure to achieve business goals for data and machine learning workloads.

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