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COMsolve Inc. Joins Public Safety Broadband Network Innovation Alliance

COMsolve Inc | November 20, 2021

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COMsolve is pleased to announce that we joined the PSBN Innovation Alliance (PIA) in an advisory role. The PSBN Innovation Alliance (PIA) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to expanding the current PSBN infrastructure in Canada. COMsolve shares PIA’s vision to provide first responders and municipal agencies with faster and reliable cellular communications. Our goal with the PIA is to ensure that we are helping lay the foundation to build PSBN Innovation Alliance for the long term.

“The PIA is a crucial step in securing the public safety telecommunication infrastructure for Canada, and with our extended knowledge in wireless technologies – COMsolve is eager to help contribute to PIA’s success,” 

Ofir Smadja, CEO of COMsolve Inc

In our advisory role to PIA, we work on public safety innovation through COMsolve’s services critical for the reliability of broadband communications networks and bridging 9-1-1 gaps. Currently, COMsolve is excited to be working with Halton Regional Police to help secure locations for future LTE sites.

"We are excited to have COMsolve join the PIA as leaders and experts in Canada’s telecom space, and as our Association continues to grow, we are very fortunate to have COMsolve on board as both advocates and indeed stakeholders in Canada’s 9-1-1 emergency telecommunications posture, given their role as Canada’s Numbering Administrator, providing telephone numbering functions for Canada’s telecommunications industry,” said Peel Regional Police Deputy Chief Anthony Odoardi. "The PIA looks forward to both innovation and collaboration with COMsolve on all areas of telecom policy in Canada, as we together aim to improve the quality of wireless broadband services for Canada’s First Responders from coast to coast, in light of the many generational technology changes underway in telecom infrastructure for lifesaving 9-1-1 services."

"We welcome COMsolve Inc. to the PSBN Innovation Alliance. As active drivers of the telecommunications industry, they are uniquely positioned to reduce barriers to infrastructure deployment and to accelerate the Alliance’s pursuit of mission-critical communications," said Chief Stephen Tanner of the Halton Regional Police Service. “COMsolve brings valuable regulatory and governance experience to the table; we are fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with them and look forward to bolstering public safety for all.”

About COMsolve Inc.
COMsolve is a proud Canadian company founded in 2006 that provides solutions for leading-edge Information and Communications Technology (ICT). We provide deployment and professional services to carriers, data centers, service providers, municipalities, and enterprises. COMsolve specializes in turnkey infrastructure deployment solutions such as macro site, small cell, in-building and structured cabling services. Our wealth of experience in regulatory affairs, design, installation, testing and maintaining infrastructure enables our team to ensure the success of your business implementation.

COMsolve has built long-term partnerships with the Canadian Government and Canadian telecommunication service providers. We are founding members of the Structure, Tower, and Antenna Council (STAC) and active members of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). Amongst the agencies fore-fronting PIA’s initiative, our years of management experience within the ICT industry can work through regulatory and technical challenges.

COMsolve is the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) under contract with the Canadian Numbering Administration Consortium (CNAC), authorized by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). All parties work together with the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) to ensure efficient and effective use of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) resources.

Our team of experts provides technical resources that help Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) with Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) testing to the Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILEC) Emergency Service IP Network (ESInet) and Next Generation Core Services (NGCS). We have been directly involved in testing PSAP-ILEC and Originating Service Provider (OSP)-ILEC interfaces as part of the ongoing Canadian ILEC trials. 

About PSBN Innovation Alliance 
Formed in 2019, the PSBN Innovation Alliance (“PIA”) is a not-for-profit association driving the development of secure, reliable data communications for First Responders. Through the leadership of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, founding members of the PSBN Innovation Alliance (the Halton Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police, City of Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and many others) work together as a not-for-profit entity advocating for public safety agency oversight of the Public Safety Broadband Network.

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SoftIron Introduces HyperCloud, a Turnkey, Fully-integrated Intelligent Cloud Fabric™

SoftIron | September 07, 2022

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The goal of an intelligent cloud fabric is to dramatically reduce the complexity of operating a resilient, multi-site hybrid cloud by providing stateless building blocks holistically designed and pre-integrated for assimilation by a distributed cloud orchestration control plane. Using these building blocks - the addition of more storage and/or compute resources becomes simply "plug and play." The result radically simplifies the architecting of a cloud, enabling operations teams to quickly empower application owners and data users to consume and manage services seamlessly across private and public resources. Independent of all public cloud vendors, HyperCloud enables IT generalists to build and operate highly sophisticated hybrid and/or multi-cloud infrastructures that operate with a level of reliability, availability, elasticity and serviceability previously available only to hyperscale cloud builders with specialist skills and access to large engineering teams. HyperCloud's modular nature, combined with the simplicity with which new compute and storage resources can be added, and the out-of-the-box secure multi-tenancy capabilities mean that the cloud fabric can be scaled up or down just in time, eliminating needless over-provisioning and reducing financial outlay. "Building and running clouds today is overly complex as engineers battle to integrate disparate layers of technology into a resilient, performant and scalable solution," said Kenny Van Alstyne, CTO for SoftIron. "It was time to take a step back and architect an entire platform, from the ground up, with the single task of making cloud consumable. HyperCloud removes the complexity of integrating the many independent hardware and software layers needed to build a cloud into a unified purpose-built fabric. With HyperCloud, you can deploy virtualised and containerised workloads across federated on-premises zones and public clouds, with support for secure multi-tenancy, full programmability, and full lifecycle automation all 'out of the box.' We're giving organisations sophisticated control of their cloud architecture, eliminating the need for complex integrations between multiple vendors and technologies while providing the ability to scale limitlessly as workloads demand, incrementally adding resource services as needed." "Public Cloud is popular because it creates a consumption-based experience hiding the complexity of operating a resilient, elastic infrastructure, and the sheer brute force of engineering that is needed to accomplish it - historically, that's only been possible at hyperscale. "It's a useful utility in your IT tool belt, but most organisations today want a hybrid model. Creating a complexity breakthrough required a totally new approach to deliver the first and only complete technology to be used specifically for building clouds. After a decade of innovation, HyperCloud realises that goal and will forever change expectations of how clouds can and should be built." Phil Straw, CEO of SoftIron "In today's highly competitive infrastructure market, we believe the team at SoftIron is developing and delivering innovative solutions to solve cloud complexity across the stack," said Daniel Newman, Principal Analyst and CEO of Futurum Research. "Leveraging its trusted supply chain hardware model, coupled with its comprehensive consumption-based offerings, we see a robust long-term growth trajectory for SoftIron as it focuses on meeting the rapidly shifting demands of enterprise IT." "We see many of our larger customers embarking on data repatriation projects, tired of the unpredictable egress fees being charged resulting from hosting their apps and data in the public cloud," commented Dev Tyagi, CSMO at SoftIron+Co channel partner, Boston Limited. "We're excited by HyperCloud from SoftIron and its ability to make these hybrid clouds a reality in what promises to be a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the skills needed." HyperCloud is available immediately from SoftIron and its partners in the SoftIron + Co. channel program. It is delivered fully capable with no additional licensing required to access any features, compute or storage capacity. About SoftIron® SoftIron makes the products that underpin the next evolution of IT infrastructure. Our blueprint is radical. 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Equinix and NUS Centre for Energy Research & Technology Partner to Advance Hydrogen Technologies for Data Centers

Equinix | September 21, 2022

Continuing its efforts to advance the sustainability of digital infrastructure and reach its climate neutral targets, aligned to science-based targets, by 2030, Equinix, Inc. today announced a partnership with the Centre for Energy Research & Technology (CERT) under the National University of Singapore's (NUS) College of Design and Engineering to explore technologies that enable the use of hydrogen as a green fuel source for mission-critical data center infrastructure. Together, Equinix and CERT will launch the world's first research project to compare the efficiency of proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and fuel-flexible linear generator technologies. PEM fuel cells are a leading contender for hydrogen energy, while fuel-flexible linear generators enable operators to easily switch between various clean fuel options including hydrogen, biogas and various renewable liquid fuels. 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By driving innovation in Singapore, the Equinix and CERT partnership aims to accelerate disruptive technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of global data centers, particularly in tropical locations. This partnership forms part of Equinix's Future First strategy that underscores the company's commitment to greening the digital economy. Green hydrogen has been identified as a viable source of sustainable energy for data centers. However, hydrogen generation on an industrial scale remains several years away from being commercially viable, making it imperative to assess and adopt alternatives even as global research and development continues. "Data centers serve as the conduit powering the digital economy, and greening their operations can drive the rise of sustainable business throughout the broader economic landscape. Working with like-minded partners like the Centre for Energy Research & Technology at NUS empowers us with the combined experience and expertise to advance the growth of digital economies in line with environmental obligations, benefiting the data center industry, global economies, and the planet." Yee May Leong, Managing Director, South Asia, Equinix Associate Professor Lee Poh Seng, Director, Centre for Energy Research and Technology, NUS College of Design and Engineering "Sustainability is a key pillar of the global economy. To complement the efforts made by the public sector, timely progress also requires collaboration with stakeholders in the private sector and academia. We are keen to work with industry partners like Equinix, which is known for its sustainability efforts and provides us access to a global network of data centers that can serve as a testbed for a more accurate assessment of operational viability. 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Inspur Information Becomes a Benchmarking Vendor in Gartner's Market Guide for Edge Computing

Inspur Information | November 02, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, was selected as a Representative Vendor in Edge Computing Server Solutions in the Market Guide for Edge Computing published by Gartner. This accolade exemplifies Inspur Information's leading software and hardware solutions and technologies in edge computing. It was the first time that Gartner published The Market Guide for Edge Computing ("Market Guide"). It is Gartner’s most important report for the edge computing sector. It comprehensively evaluates and studies global edge computing manufacturers from dimensions such as market definition, market direction, and market analysis. By selecting world-leading representative vendors, it provides important references and benchmarks for global users to choose their edge computing solutions. The Market Guide notes that edge computing is pushing a variety of vendors into a new marketplace. 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