In surprise choice, Zoom hitches wagon to Oracle for growing infrastructure needs

techcrunch | April 28, 2020

In surprise choice, Zoom hitches wagon to Oracle for growing infrastructure needs
With the company growing in leaps and bounds, Zoom went shopping for a cloud infrastructure vendor to help it with its growing scale problem. In a surprising choice, the company went with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Zoom  has become the go-to video conferencing service as much of the world has shut down due to the pandemic, and life needs to go on somehow. It has gone on via video conferencing with Zoom growing from 200 million active users in February to 300 million in March. That kind of growth puts a wee bit of pressure on your infrastructure, and Zoom clearly needed to beef up its game. What’s surprising is that it chose Oracle,  a company whose infrastructure market share registers as a strong niche player in Synergy Research’s latest survey in February. It is well behind market leaders including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and even IBM (and that’s saying something).

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Up until a few years ago, managing an IT infrastructure involved gaining visibility into the availability, performance and utilization of each and every tier of the infrastructure, correlating the performance of the different tiers and identifying where potential performance bottlenecks lie. As IT applications have been increasingly used to support online businesses, there is an increasing realization that application performance is more important than that of the infrastructure. Ensuring that a server’s CPU utilization is normal is not a guarantee that users are happy with the performance of the application. Application performance management (APM) is the area of IT performance management that focuses on applications and their performance.

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AT&T Teams Exclusively with NVIDIA to Give Gamers a 5G Boost with GeForce NOW Offer

AT&T Communications | January 05, 2022

What's the news? Gamers rejoice. AT&T is joining forces with NVIDIA to bring you one of the world's best gaming experiences. As the Exclusive 5G Technical Innovation Collaborator for GeForce NOW, AT&T 5G's fast speeds and response times can give you a smooth gaming experience on-the-go. Try it for yourself with our exclusive GeForce NOW offer. How do I get started? Experience PC-quality gaming on your phone with AT&T's 5G network and this exclusive, limited time offer. Starting today, new and existing AT&T 5G customers on an eligible rate plan get a 6-month GeForce NOW Priority Membership on us.1 You can play nearly 100 free-to-play titles and games you already own on popular PC game stores like Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, Origin, GOG and more. You'll even see realistic, state-of-the-art graphics thanks to NVIDIA RTX technology and cutting-edge artificial intelligence features that will immerse you into virtual worlds in supported games. All you need is a 5G device with a 5G plan to start playing.2 Our Network, Your Gain. Games have A LOT going on behind the scenes. With cloud gaming, a solid network is critical to deliver an excellent experience to your screen – instantly. The last thing you want is for your content to buffer or even worse – your connection to drop. When you're on AT&T's 5G network, it provides the fast ping times, reliable streaming, and secure connections needed for gaming today and in the future. Whether you want to game at home or on the go, the AT&T network offers low lag and fast speeds for responsive gaming with AT&T Fiber and AT&T 5G. And things will only get better with our 5G investment. Speeds and performance will continue to improve with AT&T's C-Band deployment, helping to enable our network to perform at its best for gamers of any level. And as part of our collaboration with NVIDIA, we'll explore new ways to deliver performance that will revolutionize gaming. What are people saying? "NVIDIA is the latest leader that has tapped AT&T 5G to turn cloud gaming up a notch because we supply the power, speed and responsiveness you need when mobile," said David Christopher, executive vice president and general manager, partnerships and 5G ecosystem development, AT&T. "These collaborations give us the insight and expertise to deliver gaming at its best as we optimize our network today and for what's to come in the future. Cloud gaming is just the beginning of the gaming evolution and our network will be ready for the changes that are on the horizon." "Pairing NVIDIA GeForce NOW with AT&T 5G delivers ultra-responsive cloud gaming backed by a fast, reliable network,We are thrilled to work with AT&T to optimize cloud gaming over 5G, and to deliver an exclusive deal that brings high-performance cloud gaming to iPhone and Android users." Phil Eisler, vice president and general manager of GeForce NOW at NVIDIA About AT&T Communications We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we ATT innovate to improve lives. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc.

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Dell Technologies Brings IT Infrastructure and Cloud Capabilities to Edge Environments

Dell Technologies | June 22, 2020

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), the leader in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)1, announces two new VxRail systems—including the first ruggedized VxRail model and introduction of AMD EPYC processors—bringing the power and simplicity of HCI to the most challenging and space-constrained edge environments. "More data is being created at the edge, and more companies are moving their data management infrastructure closer to where data is created. But sometimes the edge is a 100-degree rooftop, not a temperature-controlled traditional data center," said Tom Burns, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Integrated Products & Solutions. "With the new ruggedized VxRail systems, location and conditions don't matter."

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Mavenir announces the creation of an OpenRAN Acceleration Business Unit

businesswire | December 16, 2020

Mavenir, the business' just start to finish Network Software Provider, reports an extended Radio association as its industry initiative and progress proceeds in OpenRAN. Mavenir has been an early promoter for OpenRAN to drive transparency, development, and security in 5G and this extension will invigorate the Remote Radio Unit environment. The OpenRAN business relies upon accessibility of transporter grade, ORAN-agreeable radios that can meet the developing necessities and prerequisites of Public and Private Mobile organizations. To this end, Mavenir is reporting another specialty unit to create equipment and programming creation quality plans for OpenRAN radios, that will empower merchants/accomplices to construct radios for explicit business sectors. Mikael Rylander will lead this Business Group as SVP and GM, Radio Business Unit, to zero in on RRUs and RRU environment. “Our OpenRAN deployments and trials are gaining momentum globally. To further strengthen our roadmap and ongoing Radio Access strategic initiatives, I am pleased to announce the formation of an RRU Business Unit,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir. “With our leadership in OpenRAN, we want to enable best-in-class partner ecosystem that can together deliver a portfolio of compelling OpenRAN radios. We will support this ecosystem with RRU software, expertise, facilitation of appropriate production sites and RRU validation with our vRAN products. These radios will be available for use by any OpenRAN vendor and not exclusively to Mavenir.” Likewise, Puneet Sethi will join Mavenir as SVP/GM, to lead the RAN Business Unit and spotlight on making and conveying market driving CU and DU Software arrangements. Mavenir's CU and DU arrangements are planned dependent on OpenRAN standards and are as of now sent with numerous OpenRAN consistent outsider radios. Staying focused on those OpenRAN standards, Mavenir's CU and DU programming arrangements will work with both Mavenir radio unit items and outsider radio units, consequently offering clients the broadest decision in the business. Puneet joins Mavenir most as of late from Qualcomm where he set up Small Cells and RAN Infra Business ground up to its current industry driving situation in 5G. He had the general obligation of the specialty unit P&L, execution, item guide and business improvement. While conveying huge business development, he effectively advanced FSM RAN items including baseband SoC, SW and RF through 3G/4G/5G industry advances to address the issues of Qualcomm's worldwide client base. Before his present job, he held different functions at Qualcomm including UWB business improvement and driving PHY programming group liable for Qualcomm's first LTE UE modem dispatch. He additionally brings assorted arrangement of telecom encounters from his earlier parts at Radioframe Networks, Comneon and Ubinetics. About Mavenir: Mavenir is the industry's only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider. Focused on accelerating software network transformation and redefining network economics for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) by offering a comprehensive end-to-end product portfolio across every layer of the network infrastructure stack. From 5G application/service layers to packet core and RAN – Mavenir leads the way in evolved, cloud-native networking solutions enabling innovative and secure experiences for end users. Leveraging industry-leading firsts in VoLTE, VoWiFi, Advanced Messaging (RCS), Multi-ID, vEPC, and Virtualized RAN, Mavenir accelerates network transformation for more than 250+ CSP customers in over 120 countries, serving over 50% of the world’s subscribers.

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Spotlight

Up until a few years ago, managing an IT infrastructure involved gaining visibility into the availability, performance and utilization of each and every tier of the infrastructure, correlating the performance of the different tiers and identifying where potential performance bottlenecks lie. As IT applications have been increasingly used to support online businesses, there is an increasing realization that application performance is more important than that of the infrastructure. Ensuring that a server’s CPU utilization is normal is not a guarantee that users are happy with the performance of the application. Application performance management (APM) is the area of IT performance management that focuses on applications and their performance.