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RADCOM Launches Cloud-Native, Automated 5G Assurance on Amazon Web Services

RADCOM | September 01, 2021

RADCOM Ltd. today announced the launch of RADCOM ACE on Amazon Web Services (AWS), providing real-time subscriber analytics and advanced troubleshooting for telecom operators adopting cloud for rolling out 5G, Internet of Things, and edge services as well as operators already running 4G and VoLTE networks. RADCOM ACE helps operators enhance the Mobile Wireless CX (Customer Experience) and ensure service quality on a public cloud. The integration of RADCOM ACE with AWS enables operators to dynamically deploy an automated, cloud-native service assurance platform while utilizing AWS to scale efficiently and reduce time to market.

"We're excited to be working with Amazon to provide telecom operators a fully integrated, cloud-native service assurance solution for deploying and optimizing 5G, 4G and VoLTE services on the AWS cloud and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) for on-premises implementations," said Hilik Itman, RADCOM's Chief Operating Officer. "Telecom operators will be able to use AWS Cloud, and Amazon Managed Kubernetes Services along with RADCOM ACE to simplify 5G rollouts and smartly manage network services more automatically."

RADCOM ACE provides end-to-end network coverage, dynamic slice management, and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based anomaly detection algorithms to quickly pinpoint and resolve network degradations. As a result, RADCOM believes its solution is uniquely positioned to help operators overcome the challenges of rolling out new 5G standalone networks. Running as a cloud-native function within the AWS cloud and leveraging a microservices-based architecture, RADCOM ACE is deployed, scaled, and managed through Amazon EKS.

Additionally, RADCOM ACE supports the Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) architecture. Operators deploying 5G Next Generation Radio Access Network (NG-RAN) usually split the UPF function at the edge in addition to the split on the RAN side. As a result, it can benefit from elasticity, scalability, and cost-efficiency in OPEX and CAPEX. Due to its patented CUPS solution, RADCOM ACE enables operators to smartly monitor these edge deployments by correlating the control plane data in real-time, which is critical for gaining visibility into the subscriber experience and optimizing network performance. In addition, RADCOM ACE reduces Mean Time to Resolution. It provides a fully integrated Continuous Development/Continuous Integration pipeline for rapid product customizations and automated testing, so services are continually monitored 24/7/365 from the edge to the core.

Being controlled by Amazon EKS—a container-based orchestration system—provides operators with a closed-loop automated approach to assurance in the cloud for large-scale networks, thus enabling operators to deliver an improved customer experience while saving operational costs using minimal data center resources in implementing end-to-end automation.

RADCOM ACE employs patented load-balancing, packet-brokering technology for cloud environments, containerized probing for capturing and processing network packets, and real-time streaming analytics for capturing and processing network events and event detail records. By combining innovative cloud-native technologies, advanced 5G capabilities, and utilizing AI/Machine Learning (ML), RADCOM ACE provides operators with a dynamic, automated service assurance solution for deploying and optimizing 5G services on the AWS cloud and Amazon EKS for on-premises implementations.

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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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Scala Data Centers launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America

Scala Data Centers | September 02, 2022

Scala Data Centers, the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market, launches the largest vertical data center in Latin America, SGRUTB04, with a total capacity of 18MW. Located in the Tamboré Campus, the company's complex in Greater São Paulo, Brazil, SGRUTB04 goes into service dedicated to a single hyperscale client, with a commitment to full capacity for more than a decade. With almost 140,000 sqf of total built area, this new Scala data center is 56 meters high, has seven floors, with four dedicated to data halls, which add up to more than 1,500 racks. Developed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which is focused on sustainable constructions, the single-tenant data center has a modern refrigeration system with indirect free cooling (technology to optimize energy use at low temperatures), a redundant UPS system and very high energy efficiency with PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) around 1,35, one of the lowest rates in the region. SGRUTB04 is also equipped with meet-me rooms, dock, storage area, and an office fully dedicated to the customer. "Latin America's largest vertical data center, SGRUTB04, is an excellent example of Scala's multi-build approach. With this, we introduce the concept of built-in reserved capacity, bringing unprecedented scalability to the Latin American sector. This approach allows our clients to grow their business in a sustainable way and in record time for decades." Marcos Peigo, CEO of Scala The executive also states that SGRUTB04 materializes Scala's successful commercial strategy, in which the client employed the reserved capacity, doubling the contracted capacity even before the initially planned production start date. "Unlike the market in general, Scala does not just deliver contractual commitments; we actually invest in our clients, positioning ourselves as true partners," he details. To build SGRUTB04, Scala applied a proprietary methodology called One Scala Template, specially designed by Scala's Center of Excellence in Engineering (CoE) to meet the demands of the hyperscale market. An unprecedented initiative in the segment in Latin America, the CoE consists of a specialists' team responsible for the entire chain of design, project, construction, and commissioning of new data centers. By verticalizing all stages, delivery time is reduced, ensuring standardization that leads to gains in scale, and allowing unique levels of customization and unparalleled dedication to projects. Formed by more than 150 professionals, including architects, engineers, and specialists in construction, design, and commissioning, Scala's CoE also develops new technologies to bring more efficiency to the construction and operation of data centers. With the SGRUTB04 delivery, Scala now has five data centers in operation, three of which are in Tamboré Campus, one in São Paulo downtown and another in Campinas, Greater São Paulo. In addition to these data centers, the company continues its accelerated expansion plan, with new projects in course, such as the SGRUTB05, which will have a capacity of 10MW and is scheduled to start operations in early 2023, and the SGRUTB06, with 28MW of capacity for the beginning of 2024. The projects above ensure that Scala's Tamboré Campus has 90MW of hired capacity and 170MW of capacity contractually reserved for hyperscale clients, becoming the largest data center complex in Latin America and one of the largest worldwide already in its first phase of development. Also in Brazil, the company develops projects in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Jundiaí, Campinas, and Fortaleza - all anchored by hyperscale clients. In the rest of the region, Scala conducts advanced processes for constructing data centers in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. About Scala Data Centers Scala Data Centers is the leading Latin American platform of sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market. Headquartered in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge, it was developed to meet and exceed the growing demand for digital access in Latin America. Scala has a highly qualified team of over 500 professionals and applies a flexible and innovative approach to providing exceptional quality colocation services to hyperscale clients, cloud-based software and service providers, and large enterprises. We customize state-of-the-art solutions for each client in the construction of the latest generation data centers, with high availability, energy efficiency and superior density. All this combined with best sustainability practices guided by our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program.

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Announcing NetApp BlueXP: The Unified Data Experience for the Evolved Cloud

NetApp | November 01, 2022

NetApp®, a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, today announced the availability of NetApp BlueXP, a unified control plane delivering a simple hybrid multicloud experience for storage and data services across on-premises and cloud environments. Organizations today have increasingly moved to hybrid multicloud environments to accelerate their digital transformation and drive growth, even in uncertain times. But in managing these environments, companies face daunting challenges and inefficiencies that can impede innovation. With BlueXP, NetApp is leading the way to a more “evolved cloud” to simplify and automate critical operations across on-premises and public clouds in order to help organizations drive business impact and improve customer experience. NetApp BlueXP allows users to manage their broader hybrid multicloud data estate, including on-premises unified storage and first-party native storage with the leading public cloud providers. Offering a simple, yet powerful experience driven by AIOps, BlueXP delivers integrated, broad data service capabilities to deploy, automate, discover, manage, protect, govern and optimize data, infrastructure, and the business processes that support them – with the flexible consumption options required in today’s cloud-led environment. “Today’s cloud environments are complex. 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