DataBank Announces Strategic Investment in EdgePresence

prnewswire | October 21, 2020

DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, today announced that it has made a $30M strategic investment in EdgePresence, an owner and operator of multi-tenant, modular data centers, providing space, power, bandwidth, and interconnection across key U.S. markets. EdgePresence's Edge Data Centers (EDCs) are modular, purpose-built data centers, comprehensively and compactly designed to include critical power, monitoring, physical security and cooling. Located at targeted locations at the base of cell towers, key real estate, and enterprise campus locations, these EDCs will enable DataBank to colocate its customer workloads at the "far edge" to further reduce latency and improve performance for select applications.

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Organizations are increasingly moving to private or hybrid cloud architectures. They are following the lead of cutting-edge web companies that have built next-generation scale-out infrastructures that are inherently different from traditional datacenters. It's important to note that change is happening not just in the infrastructure but also across the entire stack, from middleware to applications as well as how datacenters, IT, and developers operate. Driving the need for these modern platforms that can service users and deliver applications faster is the movement by companies toward digital transformation (DX). Modern, connected digital technology is fueling a huge wave of innovation and disrupting nearly every industry with new business models, digital products, and new competitors.

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Organizations are increasingly moving to private or hybrid cloud architectures. They are following the lead of cutting-edge web companies that have built next-generation scale-out infrastructures that are inherently different from traditional datacenters. It's important to note that change is happening not just in the infrastructure but also across the entire stack, from middleware to applications as well as how datacenters, IT, and developers operate. Driving the need for these modern platforms that can service users and deliver applications faster is the movement by companies toward digital transformation (DX). Modern, connected digital technology is fueling a huge wave of innovation and disrupting nearly every industry with new business models, digital products, and new competitors.

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Infura Announces Plan to Foster a Decentralized Infrastructure Ecosystem

ConsenSys | September 17, 2022

Infura, the world's leading Web3 API provider from ConsenSys with more than 430,000 developers globally, today announced its plan to launch a Decentralized Infrastructure Network to complement the existing offering. The decentralized protocol will be a community of highly engaged infrastructure providers participating in an open source ecosystem that can together overcome the limitations of the existing marketplace. The decentralized protocol will exemplify the promise of Web3, ensuring that millions of future users across the world can seamlessly access the information and services they need without outages and downtime due to a single point of failure. It is planned to be launched in the first half of 2023. The demand for decentralized alternatives to the world's current centralized systems and services continues to grow quickly. Data hacks and outages in the status quo hurt users. Decentralizing access to blockchain APIs is a vital step to improve network uptime and importantly, give people sovereignty of their personal data. “Decentralization has always been the overarching goal of ConsenSys. Now that we are seeing natural product market fit, our product teams are decentralizing what we do and how we do it. A Decentralized Infrastructure Network via Infura is the natural continuation of that goal,” said Joseph Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys. Providing a more decentralized option Infura launched its service in 2016 with the goal of reducing friction for Web3 developers and simplifying access to the Ethereum and IPFS networks. Since then, Infura’s Ethereum API has enabled over 430,000 developers to build products ranging from blockchain-based games, decentralized finance applications, NFT marketplaces, and DAOs. Infura provides the core infrastructure backend for popular Web3 products such as MetaMask, the Ethereum Name Service, and Layer 2 scaling solutions. The Web3 developer community started on Ethereum, but it has expanded to several new and complementary networks. Infura recognizes the rise of a multi-chain world is inevitable and this is why Infura supports an increasing variety of blockchain APIs. “Infura was founded on the belief that the Web3 developer community can create a world where economic freedom, shared truth, and digital security are guaranteed to everyone on the planet. Today we’re announcing an important evolution that aims to underscore these values and affirm our commitment to being the world’s leading blockchain development suite for Ethereum and other networks. A Decentralized Infrastructure Network was always an inevitable part of our future,” added Eleazar Galano, co-founder of Infura. Infura provides the critical infrastructure behind leading DeFi applications, sustainable Layer 2 networks, and other creative use cases being built on Ethereum and other networks. Infura’s infrastructure backend has been battle-tested with years of experience managing high-throughput requests for thousands of customers, but as a single service provider, it will never be perfect. The future launch of a Decentralized Infrastructure Network will complement its current service, offering the possibility of increased resilience and greater collaboration in the ecosystem. A long-term vision to help create a new public good with new network roles The new decentralized protocol will be implemented in incremental stages, and over time, it will help ensure: A robust community of infrastructure operators who will be able to handle high-throughput requests similar to a multi-cloud database – without a single point of failure. The long-term viability of Web3 through scalable collective governance and data sovereignty that meets the needs of the demanding, digital-native users, while ensuring ownership, security, and transparency. Qualified infrastructure providers can now apply to an early access program to be a test operator on the new network through this link. ABOUT CONSENSYS ConsenSys is a leading Ethereum and decentralized protocols software company. We enable developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. Our product suite, composed of Infura, Quorum, Codefi, MetaMask, MetaMask Institutional, Truffle, Diligence and our NFT platform, serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. Ethereum is the largest programmable blockchain in the world, leading in business adoption, developer community, and DeFi activity. On this trusted, open-source foundation, we are building the digital economy of tomorrow.

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Run:ai Launches Full-Stack Solution for Hyper-Optimized Enterprise AI Built on NVIDIA DGX Systems

Run:ai | November 11, 2022

Run:ai, the leader in compute orchestration for AI workloads, today announced the launch of the Run:ai MLOps Compute Platform (MCP) powered by NVIDIA DGX™ Systems, a complete, full-stack AI solution for enterprises. Built on NVIDIA DGX systems and using Run:ai Atlas software, Run:ai MCP is an end-to-end AI infrastructure platform that seamlessly orchestrates the hardware and software complexities of AI development and deployment into a single solution, accelerating a company's ROI from artificial intelligence. Organizations are increasingly turning to AI to grow revenue and improve efficiency. However, each level of the AI stack, from hardware to high-level software, can create challenges and inefficiencies, with multiple teams competing for the same limited GPU computing time. "shadow AI," where individual teams buy their own infrastructure or use pricey cloud compute resources, has become common. This decentralized approach leads to idle resources, duplication, increased expense and delayed time to market. Run:ai MCP is designed to overcome these potential roadblocks to successful AI deployments. "Enterprises are investing heavily in data science to deliver on the promise of AI, but they lack a single, end-to-end AI infrastructure to ensure access to the resources their practitioners need to succeed," said Omri Geller, co-founder and CEO of Run:ai. "This is a unique, best-in-class hardware/software AI solution that unifies our AI workload orchestration with NVIDIA DGX systems — the universal AI system for every AI workload — to deliver unprecedented compute density, performance and flexibility. Our early design partners have achieved remarkable results with MCP including a 200-500% improved utilization and ROI on their GPUs, which demonstrates the power of this solution to address the biggest bottlenecks in the development of AI." "AI offers incredible potential for enterprises to grow sales and reduce costs, and simplicity is key for businesses seeking to develop their AI capabilities. "As an integrated solution featuring NVIDIA DGX systems and the Run:ai software stack, Run:ai MCP makes it easier for enterprises to add the infrastructure needed to scale their success." Matt Hull, vice president of Global AI Data Center Solutions at NVIDIA Run:ai MCP powered by NVIDIA DGX systems with NVIDIA Base Command is a full-stack AI solution that can be obtained from distributors and simply installed with world-class enterprise support, including direct access to NVIDIA and Run:ai experts. With MCP, compute resources are gathered into a centralized pool that can be managed and provisioned by one team, but delivered to many users with self-service access. A cloud-native operating system helps IT manage everything from fractions of NVIDIA GPUs to large-scale distributed training. Run:ai's workload-aware orchestration ensures that every type of AI workload gets the right amount of compute resources when needed. The solution provides MLOps tools while preserving freedom for developers to use their preferred tools via integrations with Kubeflow, Airflow, MLflow and more. This bundle is the latest in a series of Run:ai's collaborations with NVIDIA, including Run:ai's Atlas Platform certification on the NVIDIA AI Enterprise software suite, which is included with NVIDIA DGX systems. About Run:ai Run:ai's Atlas Platform brings cloud-like simplicity to AI resource management — providing researchers with on-demand access to pooled resources for any AI workload. An innovative cloud-native operating system — which includes a workload-aware scheduler and an abstraction layer — helps IT simplify AI implementation, increase team productivity, and gain full utilization of expensive GPUs. Using Run:ai, companies streamline development, management, and scaling of AI applications across any infrastructure, including on-premises, edge and cloud.

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Element Critical Partners with Megaport

Element Critical | November 15, 2022

Element Critical announces its partnership with Megaport, a leading Network as a Service (NaaS) provider, to optimize enterprise network agility for customers adopting hybrid data center architectures. Network interconnection demand is accelerating with the adoption of edge infrastructures and connected network services. Enterprises increasingly require practical and highly connected data storage solutions to meet performance, compliance, security, and cost optimization business outcomes. Through this partnership, Element Critical customers will be able to directly connect to the world's leading cloud providers, such as AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Megaport's global ecosystem of over 700 enabled data centers and 360+ service providers, via a secure flexible network. "Element Critical has established a footprint in several of the nation's fastest-growing markets, and we're pleased to partner to help customers simplify their data center interconnect and hybrid cloud deployment strategies." Nick Balletta, senior vice president of Global Corporate Development, Megaport Anchoring Element Critical's cloud connect offerings, the Megaport network will help customers optimize their hybrid IT solutions with secure and direct interconnection to public cloud service providers with higher performance, lower latency, greater control, and improved reliability. Customers that adopt private interconnection avoid risky public internet connection and benefit from reduced cloud egress fees compared to internet rates, delivering significant cost savings. Customers will also have the flexibility to right-size their connections to ensure they can scale services while optimizing costs, dialing bandwidth up or down at any time. Near instantaneous provisioning also offers rapid business agility. "Interconnection solutions for digital infrastructure are vital to scale in today's business-everywhere landscape," said Steve Weaver, chief revenue officer of Element Critical. "Megaport will help our customers unite business connectivity in an easy-to-use platform and extend their reach everywhere they need to be." Element Critical customers can establish seamless connectivity between regions and cloud service providers without the need to own and manage physical infrastructure at the cloud edge. Establishing direct connectivity to numerous leading cloud and network providers will help customers achieve global reach over localized connections on the Megaport network. About Element Critical Element Critical is among the fastest-growing data center service providers in the United States, with locations in Chicago, Austin, Houston, Silicon Valley, and Virginia. Led by an executive team comprised of industry veterans, the company features an expanding portfolio of Hybrid IT-ready facilities in strategic markets across the country with a steadfast commitment to meeting the diverse needs of today's business and technology leaders. About Megaport Megaport is a leading provider of Network as a Service (NaaS) solutions. The company's global Software Defined Network (SDN) helps businesses rapidly connect their network to services via an easy-to-use portal or our open API. Megaport offers agile networking capabilities that reduce operating costs and increase speed to market compared to traditional networking solutions. Megaport partners with the world's top cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as the largest data center operators, systems integrators and managed service providers in the world. Megaport is an ISO/IEC 27001-certified company.

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