IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Pure Storage redefines AI-ready infrastructure with AIRI/S built on NVIDIA DGX systems

Pure Storage | June 09, 2022

Pure Storage
Pure Storage, the IT pioneer that provides the world's most sophisticated data storage technology and services, introduced AIRI/S, the next version of its comprehensive AI-ready infrastructure, created by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, at Pure/Accelerate techfest22. AIRI/S is a simple, on-demand platform that helps businesses accelerate AI initiatives at any scale.

AI's capacity to drive innovation and gain a competitive edge with key business insights has been acknowledged by businesses across industries. However, the complexity and rigidity of legacy infrastructure technologies – both on-premises and in the cloud – is a hurdle for businesses hoping to realize the promise of AI-based data science. Moreover, the complexities of a "do-it-yourself" approach hinder too many AI ventures, resulting in considerable delays and idle time. Instead, in order to promote faster innovation and gather actionable, modern insights, AI necessitates an entirely new infrastructure.

With the release of AIRI/S, powered by FlashBlade®/S, NVIDIA DGX A100 systems, and end-to-end networking based on NVIDIA Quantum and Spectrum networking platforms, Pure has taken the next step in its partnership with NVIDIA. AIRI/S provides enterprises with a proven, simple, and scalable architecture for all phases of the AI data pipeline. In addition, AIRI/S is the first solution to feature Pure's groundbreaking new FlashBlade/S, which offers significant improvements in non-disruptive performance, density, power economy, and scale, resulting in optimal alignment with DGX systems' industry-leading AI training performance and parallelism benefits.

"Traditional approaches to AI infrastructure often result in silos of servers and storage that are either over-spent on capacity or starve AI workloads. With a focus on simplicity and scalability, AIRI//S enables global enterprises to achieve better time to insights and make the most out of their data with AI. We're incredibly excited to expand on our collaboration with NVIDIA to deliver the next-generation of AI-ready infrastructure."

Amy Fowler, Vice President, Strategy and Solutions, FlashBlade, Pure Storage

Customers can also take advantage of both always-modern infrastructure subscriptions and valid, consumption-based storage subscriptions by leveraging Evergreen/Forever (formerly Evergreen Gold) and Evergreen/One (formerly Pure as-a-Service) to manage their investments as they grow their AI infrastructure efficiently.

"Enterprises are turning to AI to grow top-line results while enhancing customer experiences and reducing costs. These complex challenges require integrated, full-stack computing optimized for AI, and AIRI//S built on NVIDIA DGX systems provides customers with modular, high-performance enterprise infrastructure that scales easily as these demands continue to grow." – Charlie Boyle, Vice President, DGX systems, NVIDIA.

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Daejeon University is one of South Korea’s leading private university. With the proliferation of smart devices, it created massive strain and challenges to the network infrastructure when students and staffs access online lectures and submit tutorials online with their smart devices. Apps performance is tardy and infrastructure runs a higher risk to sophisticated cyber-attacks such as Deface and DDoS. With F5 Application Delivery Controller (ADC), they are able to deliver the required IT services in more optimized and stable manner with improved operation reliability and visibility into web vulnerabilities.

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Daejeon University is one of South Korea’s leading private university. With the proliferation of smart devices, it created massive strain and challenges to the network infrastructure when students and staffs access online lectures and submit tutorials online with their smart devices. Apps performance is tardy and infrastructure runs a higher risk to sophisticated cyber-attacks such as Deface and DDoS. With F5 Application Delivery Controller (ADC), they are able to deliver the required IT services in more optimized and stable manner with improved operation reliability and visibility into web vulnerabilities.

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Kyndryl and Elastic Announce Expanded Partnership to Enable Data Observability, Search and Insights Across Cloud and Edge Computing Environments

Kyndryl | September 23, 2022

Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, and Elastic (NYSE: ESTC), the company behind Elasticsearch, today announced an expanded global partnership to provide customers full-stack observability, enabling them to accelerate their ability to search, analyze and act on machine data (IT data and business data) stored across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments. Under the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic will collaborate on creating joint solutions and delivery capabilities designed to provide deep, frictionless observability at all levels of applications, services, and infrastructure to address customer data, analytics and IT operations management challenges. The companies will focus on delivering large-scale IT operations and AIOps capabilities to joint customers by leveraging Kyndryl’s data framework and toolkits and Elastic’s Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security solutions, enabling streamlined migrations, modernized infrastructure and tenant management, and AI development for efficient and proactive IT management. As part of the partnership, Kyndryl and Elastic plan to collaborate to support customer needs and requirements via joint offerings and solutions across the following areas: IT Data Modernization – Helping organizations manage exponential storage growth and giving them the capability to search for data wherever it resides. IT Data Management Services for Elastic – Providing flexibility to users of Elastic by letting Kyndryl manage the entire stack infrastructure and analytics workloads for IT operations. Intelligent IT Analytics – Enabling actionable observability through AI/ML capabilities that deliver unified insights for proactive and efficient IT operations with technology domain-specific insights. Data Migration Services for Elastic – Delivering the capability to streamline migrations and deploy self-managed Elastic workloads to the hyperscalers of a customer’s choice. Kyndryl’s global team of data management experts will also participate in the global Elastic certification program to expand their expertise in advising, implementing and managing Elastic solutions across critical IT projects and environments. “Customers in all industries are seeking to improve their capacity to search and analyze the data stored in the cloud and on edge computing environments. “We are happy to partner with Elastic to create and bring forward a unified approach that will help customers overcome hurdles and improve their ability to access and gain insights at scale from their business data.” Nicolas Sekkaki, Applications, Data & AI global practice leader for Kyndryl “Enabling customers to gain actionable insights from their data is a key enabler of data-driven digital transformation,” said Scott Musson, Vice President, Worldwide Channel and Alliances at Elastic. “The combination of Kyndryl’s global expertise in managing mission-critical information systems and the proven scale and flexibility of the Elastic Search Platform provides the critical foundation to help organizations drive speed, scale, and productivity, and address their observability needs across hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and edge computing environments.” For more information about the Kyndryl and Elastic partnership, please visit: https://www.kyndryl.com/us/en/about-us/alliances About Kyndryl Kyndryl is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The Company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. About Elastic Elastic is a leading platform for search-powered solutions. We help organizations, their employees, and their customers accelerate the results that matter. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we enhance customer and employee search experiences, keep mission-critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Delivered wherever data lives, in one cloud, across multiple clouds, or on-premise, Elastic enables 18,000+ customers and more than half of the Fortune 500, to achieve new levels of success at scale and on a single platform.

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InfraCloud's BotKube - a popular ChatOps platform for Kubernetes troubleshooting acquired by Kubeshop

InfraCloud Technologies | July 08, 2022

InfraCloud Technologies and Kubeshop.io have signed a definitive agreement whereby Kubeshop.io has acquired a majority stake in BotKube. InfraCloud Technologies is a Kubernetes focussed B2B Open Source Cloud Native Computing company which has been building products, services, and solutions to modernize applications and infrastructure. BotKube is an open-source product developed by InfraCloud which monitors Kubernetes clusters and helps with interactive debugging. BotKube allows developers and teams with a 'master view' of their Kubernetes resources with the ultimate goal of accelerating the pace and improving the quality of their work. Vishal Biyani, CTO & Founder at InfraCloud, said, "This is a great validation of InfraCloud's strategy to build Open Source Products that help end-users with adopting Kubernetes. We are happy to see a new leadership for BotKube and be part of the growth along with Kubeshop." With this majority stake, BotKube will have access to people, network, and expertise to grow its community and user base. "Helping BotKube grow made perfect sense to us - making the Kubernetes journey simpler and easier for developers, DevOps engineers, and teams is our main mission," said Kubeshop CEO Dmitry Fonarev "We are excited to drive product expansion and invest in BotKube's growing community of users and contributors." Ole Lensmar - Kubeshop CTO Girish Shilamkar, CEO & Founder at InfraCloud, said, "The acquisition of BotKube further demonstrates our ability to build innovative and customer-centric products and services in the Kubernetes ecosystem to drive cloud adoption." InfraCloud was one of the first Kubernetes partners and have been contributing to the open source community around cloud-native technologies. It has been growing almost 100% for quite a few years consistently.

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KuCoin Labs Advances Metaverse Exploration by Incubating Univers Network

KuCoin Labs | August 12, 2022

KuCoin Labs, the investment and incubation arm of the KuCoin ecosystem, has officially announced its proceeding incubation programme with Univers Network, a metaverse infrastructure project designed to empower communities and revolutionize Web-3. As an independent metaverse project designing infrastructure tools to enable interoperability across virtual worlds, Univers Network has over 50+ developers from its team based in Paris, France, working in both blockchain and game engines to develop an SDK that will allow for metaverse interconnectivity. The Univers Network is developing a proprietary mechanism called 'Choose-to-Earn', which will connect developers and users while creating value for the user bases of both projects involved. Its Decentralized Publishing Company (DPC) will be launched later this year, with additional projects and development studios to be involved in their ecosystem. Another main focus for the Univers Network in 2022 will be the unification of game engines, bringing E-Sports to the blockchain, with the goal of redefining the way humans interact with virtual worlds. "KuCoin Labs aims to enhance Web-2 entrepreneurs' understanding and adoption of Web-3. KuCoin Labs is advising Univers Network in various aspects, sharing knowledge regarding Web-3 community incentives, technical structures, business strategy, marketing orientations, fundraising, as well as go-to-market plans, etc.” Lou YU, Head of KuCoin Labs In the future, KuCoin Labs will explore potential and diversified collaborations with Univers Network, which will grant it the scalability and resources required to be the leading innovative and metaverse infrastructure solution. About KuCoin Launched in September 2017, KuCoin is a global cryptocurrency exchange with its operational headquarters in Seychelles. As a user-oriented platform focused on inclusiveness and community action reach, it offers over 700 digital assets. Currently, it provides Spot trading, Margin trading, P2P fiat trading, Futures trading, staking, and lending to its 20 million users in 207 countries and regions. About Univers Network The Univers Network is an independent metaverse project designing infrastructure tools to enable interoperability across virtual worlds. It is providing a suite of tools and SDKs to create and connect the first true metaverse. Univers’ core values are based on the importance of freedom in the metaverse that will be expressed through technology capable of engine interoperability, a blockchain SDK for developers, and a robust DeFi infrastructure.

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