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Alkira | February 17, 2023
Cloud networking pioneer Alkira has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Networking Competency status in the Network Connectivity category. The designation acknowledges that Alkira has demonstrated AWS technical expertise and customer successes as a Software as a Service (SaaS) network provider.
Alkira CEO and Co-founder, Amir Khan, said, "Alkira, recognized by AWS as a true network SaaS offering, is built for the cloud and consumed as a service with no hardware or software to install—ever." He added, "All you have to do is draw and deploy your network from our digital design canvas, and you’re up and running in no time."
Alkira's fully automated global unified network infrastructure allows organizations to connect to AWS and Amazon Virtual Private Clouds via an intuitive point-and-click interface within minutes. Alkira's pay-as-you-go SaaS offering delivers agility, scale, and cost-effectiveness to organizations that want to connect, unify, and scale their network to AWS infrastructure. Alkira is available on the AWS Marketplace.
Alkira is regarded as a pioneer in cloud networking as a service. Their enterprise network is entirely cloud-based, connecting multiple clouds, sites, and users. The network is managed using familiar network administrator controls, policies, and security, and it can scale instantly as needed. This network is provided as a service, so there is no need to install new hardware, download software, or learn a new cloud architecture. Alkira's solution is trusted by Fortune 100 companies, leading system integrators, and global managed service providers.
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IDTechEx | March 27, 2023
Thermal Interface Material (TIM) plays an important role in power electronics, computing processors, sensors, and energy storage devices. TIMs are the materials used to fill the void between heat sources and heat sinks to enhance heat transfer. TIMs come in a variety of forms, including gap pads, thermal greases, thermally conductive adhesives, and phase change materials. The form varies significantly across target application areas, cost, and ease of mass deployment. With the ever-increasing power demand and heat generation for many emerging industries, such as data centers, 5G, and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), TIMs are experiencing rapid growth and evolution, leading to significant market opportunities and massive potential for each of the target industries.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a fast-growing market; IDTechEx forecasts that electric vehicle markets across land, sea, and air will generate US$2.6 trillion by 2042 with a double-digit annual growth rate. The battery is undoubtedly one of the most important components of an EV. Together with the fast adoption of EVs, there is also a trend for higher power density, larger battery capacity, and faster charging.
TCAs have the fastest growth but gap fillers retain their dominant position over the next ten years. Source: IDTechEx - "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
The most used TIM forms in the EV battery industry include gap pads, gap fillers, and thermally conductive adhesives (TCAs). There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution when it comes to TIM form, and the choice is ultimately subject to battery design configuration. Gap filler is by far the most widely adopted TIM for EV batteries at this stage, thanks to their superior ability to be efficiently dispensed at high volumes. However, in order to increase energy density and achieve a longer range, EV batteries have been shifting from modular to cell-to-pack designs. This shift is expected to have profound impacts on the adoption of TIMs. Modular battery designs consist of multiple individual battery modules connected to form a battery pack. Each module has a separate casing and requires a separate TIM to transfer heat from the cell to the cooling system. In contrast, the cell-to-pack design combines the battery cells into a single, large battery module, eliminating the need for separate module housings and TIMs.
This battery transition reduces TIM usage per vehicle as there are fewer thermal interfaces between the cells and the cooling plate. The elimination of module housings means cells can directly contact the cooling plate, thereby changing the performance requirements of the TIM. The TIM needs to transfer heat efficiently to avoid hotspots, as well as present good material compatibility with the cold plate. As the TIMs are positioned directly between the cells and the cold plate, an increased adhesion of TIMs is needed to stick the cells and cold plates together. Therefore, IDTechEx forecasts thermally conductive adhesives to be increasingly adopted thanks to this battery design transition, and by 2020, the market size of TCA within the EV industry is expected to have a 15-fold increase. More details about the opportunities associated with this transition are included in IDTechEx's latest research, "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
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ePlus inc. | February 14, 2023
On February 13, 2023, ePlus Inc., announced the evolution of its Cloud Disaster Recovery and Cloud Hosted Infrastructure services to allow quicker cloud adoption while removing the operational burden of maintaining data center infrastructure. ePlus Cloud
Hosted Services, which are powered by VMware Cloud on AWS, include:
ePlus Cloud Hosted Infrastructure, provides a specialized VMware Cloud environment operating on AWS Global Infrastructure to speed and simplify the migration of workloads to the cloud. With proximity to AWS native services, enterprises can upgrade applications selectively over time to boost agility and save costs.
ePlus Cloud Disaster Recovery offers off-site replication using the most recent VMware data security advancements with ransomware detection and AWS high-performance, on-demand infrastructure. This solution is tailored to the unique recovery needs of each firm and lowers initial capital expenditures with a flexible consumption-based pricing structure. ePlus builds on a decade of providing cloud disaster recovery failover assistance and testing to help companies decrease risk and prepare for the unexpected.
The VP of cloud and data center solutions at ePlus, Justin Mescher, said, "This evolution of our Cloud Hosted Services supports ePlus' strategy to extend the data center to the cloud and accelerate cloud adoption." He added, "Through this offering, we help customers leverage a familiar VMware platform to protect and move workloads out of the data center while connecting them to AWS in support of application modernization goals."
(Source – PR Newswire)
About ePlus inc.
ePlus, Inc. is an American firm based in Herndon, Virginia, that sells and finances IT assets. In 1999, the business previously known as MLC Holdings, Inc. changed the name to ePlus, Inc. It has an unshakable and unrelenting commitment to leverage technology to generate innovative and disruptive business solutions for its clients. It has proudly achieved more than 30 years of success in the business, guiding customers through adversity, rapidly changing environments, and other obstacles by providing a comprehensive portfolio of solutions as well as a full range of consultative and managed services across the technology spectrum. The firm is a trusted adviser, providing enterprises across all industry sectors with knowledge, credentials, talent, and a comprehensive grasp of new technologies, including security, data centers, cloud, networking, collaboration, and emerging solutions.