Alibaba Cloud Deploys Location-Based Technology With Esri

SDxCentral | April 12, 2018

Alibaba Cloud is collaborating with Esri, a company that does spatial analytics and geospatial information systems (GIS). The partnership enables both organizations to deliver technology to their joint customers. Esri is working through its authorized distributor in mainland China, Esri China. Esri and Alibaba Cloud have already collaborated on over 20 deployments of Esri technology inside Alibaba Cloud in China. For example, the Ningxia Land and Resources Bureau built its own geospatial data platform using Esri GIS technology on Alibaba. The customer has consolidated its electronic map data, imagery, survey, and three-dimensional data into a one-stop catalog. The customer built this foundational geographic data platform using Esri’s ArcGIS Enterprise software in Alibaba’s Elastic Compute instances.

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Organized by Inspur Information, OCP China Day 2022 Is Driving Sustainable Data Center Development with Open Compute

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.

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neXt Evolution of Tintri VMstore Breaks Out of the Data Center and Into the Cloud

Tintri | August 29, 2022

Tintri®, a DDN® subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of product availability with the "neXt" evolution of Tintri's VMstore® series. Expanding on its purpose-built, auto adaptive VMstore platform, Tintri's new Virtual Series incorporates 10 unique features that comprise the company's Platform as a Service (PaaS) approach. The Virtual Series offers autonomous QOS, predictive analytics, distributed data services, and ease-of-use in a robust and efficient virtual data workload management platform for hybrid cloud ecosystems. As businesses continue to adapt to the massive influx of data and mobile workforces, there is a critical need to implement a more flexible and interconnected IT ecosystem to manage the size and complexity of applications. IT departments must not only manage code updates and new features for these applications, but also the underlying infrastructure which affects workflows while protecting data from being compromised due to ransomware and other impacts. Tintri has seen the movement toward containerization in hybrid IT environments and has adapted its intelligent analytics to enhance locality, security and predictive failure and recovery capabilities. "We are in close collaboration with our customers and partners and understand the challenges they continue to face as data and application implementation becomes more distributed. "Because of our unique architecture meant specifically for virtual data sets, we are perfectly positioned to meet these new customer challenges and bring tremendous value by rapidly advancing the technology needed to address these new industry dynamics. By decoupling Tintri's AI-powered software from our hardware platform, VMstore customers can now deploy the efficient, transparent and easy-to-use data management platform they're accustomed to with Tintri." Phil Trickovic, SVP of Revenue, Tintri Businesses have consistently turned to Tintri for ease of use, predictable performance and stable service. Customers rely on Tintri to help reduce overhead costs and resources required to manage IT operations, particularly when integrating a cloud strategy. Tintri enables customers to focus on strengthening business operations, leveraging the platform's intelligence to stay ahead of the curve. Tintri VMstore is purpose-built for virtualized workloads and is now taking this same approach to develop the virtual version of VMstore technology, opening the door to new levels of infrastructure efficiency in hybrid cloud ecosystems. Tintri Virtual Series Features Tintri's neXt data management platform will consist of a new Virtual Series solution that enables 10 technology features to lower cost and complexity and gain backup and disaster recovery efficiencies, with the option to deploy and transfer within both on-prem and cloud environments. Tintri's One Stop Hybrid Cloud Shop Tintri.io – Easy to access site for support, best practices, service recommendations, and Tintri professional services Reduce Expense and Complexity of Data Protection Backup to the Cloud – Eliminate expensive add-on backup solutions; leverage snapshot file index for faster file recovery Replicate to the Cloud – Tintri's Native Async Replication provides enhanced data protection to instantly safeguard on-prem workloads by replicating to the cloud Restore to the Cloud – Restore files, folders and full VMs 10x faster than the enterprise backup solutions Simplified Hybrid Cloud Workload Management Workload Migration – Increased flexibility to move virtual workloads from on-prem to cloud with enhanced data relocation tools Centralized Cloud Management – Manage more sites, VMstore systems and virtual workloads with ease with Tintri Global Center management Enhanced Security and Visibility Ransomware Protection – Achieve unprecedented visibility for rapid detection and recovery using Ransomware Defense suite with air-gap snapshot protection Data Security Services – Locate risk without expensive security services and impacts to production systems with Automated Vulnerability Scanning Container Data Services for Cloud Native Applications Tintri Kubernetes Services – Manage quality of service, data protection and cloning for physical and virtual clusters for containerized workloads Tanzu Integration – Support for VMware Tanzu and other common Kubernetes distributions "The new Virtual Series platform and the 10 neXt feature additions were designed to address the shift we have seen in the IT market over the last 3-5 years," said Brock Mowry, Tintri's CTO. "Because of VMstore's unique ability to see and manage virtual workloads, these neXt features give users a complete view into their hybrid cloud needs. Both performance and data protection tie back to Tintri's Analytics platform allowing users to design the infrastructure, both cloud and on-prem to best serve the organization's entire application needs." Tintri Virtual Series Availability & Beta Program The 10 Virtual Series features will roll out over the next 15 months. Tintri Data Security Services and Tanzu Integration are both available today to existing VMstore customers. Tintri will also launch several beta programs as Tintri rolls out its neXt generation platform. About Tintri Tintri, a wholly owned subsidiary of DataDirect Networks (DDN), delivers purpose-built solutions to store and manage virtual machines in enterprise data centers. Thousands of customers have saved countless administrative hours using Tintri's innovative technologies.

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Osterman Research Survey Finds 84% of Companies Have Only Rudimentary Capabilities for Securing Their Cloud Infrastructure

Ermetic | August 05, 2022

Ermetic, the cloud infrastructure security company, today released the findings of a research study conducted by Osterman Research on the cloud security maturity level of organizations in North America. The survey found that 84% of respondents were at an entry level (one or two) in terms of their cloud security capabilities and only 16% ranked at the top two levels. Meanwhile, 80% of companies reported they lack a dedicated security team responsible for protecting cloud resources from threats. The survey also revealed the top five priorities that all highly mature companies have in common when it comes to cloud security. Osterman Research surveyed 326 organizations in North America with 500 or more employees and who spend a minimum of $1 million or more each year on cloud infrastructure to establish an industry baseline against the Ermetic Cloud Security Model. The model was designed to provide organizations with a lightweight framework for determining their maturity level (1 - Ad Hoc, 2- Opportunistic, 3- Repeatable, 4- Automated & Integrated) across multiple domains, while allowing them to develop a specific, actionable roadmap for advancing their capabilities. “One of the most unexpected findings that emerged from this study was the lack of cloud security maturity among the largest enterprises surveyed,” said Michael Sampson, senior analyst for Osterman Research and author of the report. “Less than 10% of companies with more than 10,000 employees reported being at the top two maturity levels, while nearly 20% of smaller enterprises have achieved repeatable or automated & integrated cloud security capabilities.” Other Report Highlights Demonstrable ROI: 42% of companies investing more than 50 hours per week on cloud security are achieving the highest levels of maturity (Levels 3 and 4) Bigger not better: Only 7% of companies with more than 10,000 employees were at level three or four in terms of maturity, compared with 18% for companies with between 2,500 and 9,999 employees, and 24% for companies with 500 to 2,499 employees Overall, maturity is low: 84% of companies were at level one or two (41.5% Ad Hoc and 42.5% Opportunistic) and only 16% at level three or four (11.1% Repeatable and 4.9% Automated & Integrated) More clouds doesn’t equal more maturity: the percentage of companies that ranked at the highest levels of maturity (3 & 4) decreased with multicloud usage. For example, the number of organizations achieving Repeatable or Automated & Integrated security capabilities dropped nearly 50% when going from one (10%) to three (6%) cloud platforms Shared blindspot: 81% of organizations lack full visibility into all resources that are directly accessible from the Internet “This survey makes two things very clear. Without the right tools, spending lots of time and resources on cloud security will not necessarily make you more secure,” said Shai Morag, CEO of Ermetic. “And, by focusing on the right priorities you can achieve a very high level of security maturity regardless of your organization’s size.” Five Habits of Highly Mature Companies Organizations that reported focusing on the five following security priorities achieved the highest levels (3 or 4) of maturity: Detecting general cloud misconfigurations (e.g., unencrypted resources, MFA) Achieving the ability to track and investigate activities performed by human users and applications/service accounts across the cloud infrastructure Establishing Just-in-Time (JIT) access for developers / DevOps / Cloud operations teams to cloud infrastructure environments Evaluating and reporting on alignment with security best practices (e.g., AWS well-architected, CIS) and compliance standards (e.g., NIST, ISO, SOC2, PCI-DSS) Achieving least-privilege for identities in the cloud (both human identities and service accounts) About Ermetic Ermetic helps prevent breaches by reducing the attack surface of cloud infrastructure and enforcing least privilege at scale in the most complex environments. The Ermetic SaaS platform provides comprehensive cloud security for AWS, Azure and GCP that spans both cloud infrastructure entitlements management (CIEM) and cloud security posture management (CSPM). The company is led by proven technology entrepreneurs whose previous companies have been acquired by Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks and others. Ermetic has received funding from Accel, Forgepoint, Glilot Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Qumra and Target Global.

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