HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
StackPath | November 04, 2022
StackPath, the industry-leading edge computing platform today announced the third expansion of its participation in the Solana Foundation Server Program.
The Solana Foundation Server Program provides access to best-in-class, approved-for-blockchain cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) around the world, with advantageous contract terms, to be used for Solana RPC nodes or Solana validators.
StackPath has already deployed 1,200 servers that host ultra-low latency virtual machines (VMs) for members of the Server Program. By the end of 2022, the company will deploy an additional 1,100 servers, providing VMs in a total of 39 cities around the world.
"The decentralized structure of edge computing aligns with the decentralized nature of blockchain. "We're glad to have StackPath as part of the Server Program, providing its edge computing solutions to our community. Partnerships like this have been a critical part of Solana becoming the fastest growing blockchain ecosystem."
Alex Kehaya, Network Infrastructure Lead at the Solana Foundation
The StackPath platform consists of edge locations deployed in the world's most populous urban areas. That gives its edge IaaS closer proximity to data sources and destinations, as well as greater geographic diversity than traditional cloud computing platforms. In addition, StackPath edge locations are connected by a private network backbone, letting systems communicate within and between sites entirely without using public internet. It all combines to provide blockchain workloads significant speed and predictability advantages.
"The industry has spent the last two decades optimizing cloud IaaS for cloud-native workloads," said Kip Turco, StackPath CEO. "But blockchain workloads—from cryptocurrencies to Web3 applications—really are edge-native. Sure, they can run on traditional cloud. But at the edge they can unlock the full potential of their architecture. That's why we believe we have a powerful role in the Server Program and intend to become a leading platform for blockchain."
StackPath participation in the Server Program is in partnership with Inflect, a high-touch advisory specializing in digital infrastructure and connected solutions.
"The Server Program is an invaluable resource for Solana developers," said Mike Nguyen, CEO of Inflect. "The blockchain community has been challenged by issues ranging from supply chain shortages to service providers backing away from blockchain use cases. The Server Program is designed to mitigate those challenges, helping foster sustainable growth and advance the overall decentralization of the Solana ecosystem."
StackPath will join Inflect to exhibit at Solana Breakpoint in Lisbon, November 4 through 7, 2022, The Pateo da Gale, location 4, where it will provide demonstrations and announce an exclusive special offer for Breakpoint attendees through the Solana Foundation Server Program.
StackPath is a cloud platform built at the internet's edge, providing infrastructure and services physically closer to the source or destination of data than hyperscale cloud service providers. StackPath Edge Compute (including virtual machines and containers), Edge Delivery (including CDN and serverless scripting), and Edge Security (including WAF) solutions run in edge locations strategically deployed in high-density markets and united by a secure global network and a single management system. Customers ranging from Fortune 50 enterprises to one-person startups trust StackPath to give their latency-sensitive workloads and real-time applications the speed, security, and efficiency they require.
Inflect facilitates frictionless transactions for digital infrastructure services, no matter how complex. We believe businesses should be able to easily find and buy the digital infrastructure they need — for every use case and every location in the world. But finding and buying internet infrastructure has historically been a slow, manual process. Inflect's platform simplifies buying and selling of complex infrastructure with an easy-to-use online marketplace, intuitive research tools, and customer and partner management programs.
About Solana Foundation
The Solana Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Zug, Switzerland, dedicated to the decentralization, adoption, and security of the Solana ecosystem.
Solana is a global state machine, and the world's most performant blockchain. It gives developers the confidence to build for the long term by delivering predictable scaling without compromising security or composability. Solana's performance is driven by a single global state, which is capable of processing tens of thousands of smart contracts at once, and by Proof of History, a distributed clock that unlocks low-latency, sub-second finality across the global state.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Micro Focus | September 12, 2022
Global digital transformation leader Micro Focus today announced the successful modernisation of AG's mission-critical business systems. By using Micro Focus solutions and services, Belgium's largest and oldest insurance provider has established a contemporary, collaborative application development environment that meets the company's current needs, while enabling continued evolution and future change.
During the significant modernisation project, critical applications comprising more than 80 million lines of code were moved from the incumbent mainframe system to new infrastructure that supports 14 million transactions per day. The project began in mid-2018 with a completion goal of four years. The efficiency of the project resulted in its completion in three years. Vitally, during the transition and since, there were no interruptions to daily business activities for AG or the services offered for its three million clients.
"The whole operation has resulted in an innovative and open environment that enables a new data-driven strategy, as well as our company enjoying a lower total cost of ownership now and far into the future. The modernisation project opened the door for utilising the cloud and aligned operational systems more closely with the data analytics systems. The end result is a modern IT infrastructure that allows AG to efficiently meet its customer and distribution partners expectations and needs. We couldn't have realised this huge project without the partnership and excellent collaboration with Micro Focus."
Philippe Van Belle, Chief Information & Technology Officer of AG
In addition to bolstering its already excellent customer services, AG is now accelerating its own digital transformation with its modernised IT architecture. As part of this change, AG will now offer more services and conduct business operations in the cloud as they leverage new technologies in their continued digital evolution. Another advantage of the modernisation project is that AG has a cutting-edge environment for the recruitment of a new generation of developers, as well as the retention of existing talent with an uplift in development skills and program knowledge.
"The completion of this project with AG is the latest in an extensive line of successful core business system modernisation projects for Micro Focus," said Neil Fowler, Micro Focus AMC General Manager. "Our role was to enable and support AG's modernisation journey as they delivered their business outcomes through a combination of application, process and infrastructure modernisation. This has resulted in an agile platform that allows AG to leverage their core applications and continue to deliver increasing value to their customers. With Micro Focus' more than 40 years of experience in modernising business-critical applications running on the mainframe or distributed environments, we as a company are proud of the results that we were able to deliver to AG.
"AG has been a Micro Focus customer for more than ten years, and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts that this modernisation project has on the insurance services AG provides to its customers and the company's reduction in TCO for its infrastructure."
The modernisation project entailed the shift of AG's z/OS workloads to a Windows-based environment. To do so, AG utilised the Micro Focus Enterprise Developer and Enterprise Server products, as well as the expertise of the company's Professional Services group. The AG modernisation project also included collaboration from HP Enterprise as system integrator and Capgemini as the testing partner.
As a company, Micro Focus supports its customers' choice for modernising their applications, process and infrastructure. Digital transformation demands a flexible and adaptive strategy aimed at improving results and accelerating time to value. Through the Micro Focus Modernisation Maturity Model, IT leaders can quickly map their current IT environment to their future business strategy—while finding the right balance between costs, risk and speed.
About Micro Focus
Micro Focus is one of the world's largest enterprise software providers, focused on solving the IT dilemma—how to balance today's needs with tomorrow's opportunities. We deliver mission-critical technology that helps tens of thousands of customers worldwide manage core IT elements of their business. Strengthened by our strategic services and support organisations, and an extensive partner network, our broad set of technologies for security, IT operations, application delivery, governance, modernisation, and analytics provides the innovative solutions organisations need to run and transform— at the same time.
With a share of 29,5% in the Life insurance market and 16.7% in Non-life, AG is the undisputed leader in the Belgian insurance market. To better tailor its offer to fulfil different customer needs, AG has a multi-channel distribution strategy that includes independent brokers and Fintro agents, bank branches (BNP Paribas Fortis, bpost bank) and collaboration with large corporate clients and sectors for their group insurance. AG employs over 4,000 specialised staff members.
APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION STORAGE,DATA STORAGE
Aviatrix | December 06, 2022
Aviatrix, the pioneer of Intelligent Cloud Networking™, today announced it is collaborating with Equinix, the world's digital infrastructure company™, to deliver Aviatrix Edge software across 25+ of Equinix's global International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers. The combined solution, which leverages Equinix's Network Edge and Equinix Fabric™, delivers the highest performance encrypted connection to the cloud and provides the multicloud visibility and control enterprises require.
"We are all in on cloud for the agility and speed, but native cloud networking was a challenge we needed to overcome. It was like we went from a full box of crayons on-prem to a couple of broken up sticks of colored wax in the cloud," said Jim Setty, Network Architect at Masco Corporation. "Aviatrix was the answer to those challenges. Now, as a result of this collaboration, we have seamlessly extended our Aviatrix cloud network and network management with the global reach of the Equinix platform."
The solution allows Aviatrix Edge software, deployed on a Network Edge instance, to encrypt traffic over Equinix high-performance private cloud networking services at up to 10 Gbps connection speeds. Leveraging Equinix Fabric, customers can access thousands of clouds and networks, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect, Azure ExpressRoute and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Cloud Interconnect. In addition to high-speed encryption, Aviatrix on Network Edge extends multicloud visibility and provides the control and security enterprises require via the world's largest number of cloud on-ramps.
"We see Enterprise customers moving to an interconnection-oriented architecture that allows them to take advantage of rich network and cloud ecosystems, and move applications and workloads across private, public and hybrid cloud deployments," With Aviatrix Edge software now integrated as a native option on Network Edge, customers can quickly spin up robust, encrypted multicloud connectivity in minutes and gain visibility and security controls that are critical for hybrid cloud deployments."
said Zachary Smith, Global Head of Edge Infrastructure Services at Equinix.
"Equinix has been a premier digital infrastructure and network interconnection provider to enterprises for decades. Customers are looking to optimize their cloud-first strategies and deliver seamless, real-time experiences for employees and consumers, making Equinix a top choice for enterprises," said Michael Welts, Chief Marketing Officer at Aviatrix. "As the center of gravity for enterprise IT moves to the cloud, IT leaders are flipping traditional thinking from 'connect on-prem to the cloud' to 'extend the cloud out to the edge'. Our joint solution delivers on that vision, extending the Aviatrix multicloud operating model out to the Network Edge with integrated access to Equinix's global platform."
Aviatrix, the pioneer of Intelligent Cloud Networking™, optimizes business-critical application availability, performance, security, and cost with multicloud networking software that delivers a simplified and consistent enterprise-grade operational model in and across cloud service providers. Combined with the Aviatrix Certified Engineer (ACE) program, the industry's first and only multicloud networking certification, innovative enterprises are transforming their business by upgrading their cloud networking with Aviatrix.