Ribbon implements hybrid slicing for 5G networks using ultrascale+ xilinx virtex technology

prnewswire | September 09, 2020

Ribbon Communications Inc. a global provider of real time communications software and network solutions to service providers, enterprises, and critical infrastructure sectors, today announced that it has developed a 5G hybrid slicing solution for next-generation networks in collaboration with Xilinx Inc."Today's announcement highlights our leadership and innovation in packet optical networking," said Sigal Barda, Ribbon's VP of Product and Head of 5G Portfolio. "Our hybrid slicing capabilities enable operators to simultaneously deliver tomorrow's resource-intensive and low latency 5G services while gaining operational efficiencies from their networks, thereby maximizing the value of their infrastructure investment."

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Many companies want to take advantage of public cloud features, but aren’t willing to compromise on the performance, security and control that they require for their business applications and data. Public clouds have the potential to introduce performance issues caused by “noisy neighbors,” security concerns associated with placing sensitive data in a shared infrastructure environment, and a lack of control driven by the inability to customize and fine-tune cloud resources to meet the needs of a given application.

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Many companies want to take advantage of public cloud features, but aren’t willing to compromise on the performance, security and control that they require for their business applications and data. Public clouds have the potential to introduce performance issues caused by “noisy neighbors,” security concerns associated with placing sensitive data in a shared infrastructure environment, and a lack of control driven by the inability to customize and fine-tune cloud resources to meet the needs of a given application.

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Equinix to "Adjust the Thermostat" to Optimize Data Center Energy Use

Equinix | December 08, 2022

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world's digital infrastructure company™, today announced its commitment to reducing its overall power use by increasing operating temperature ranges within its data centers – the first such commitment by an operator of colocation data centers. Starting immediately, Equinix will begin to define a multi-year global roadmap for thermal operations within its data centers aimed at achieving significantly more efficient cooling and decreased carbon impacts, all while continuing to deliver the premium operating environment Equinix is known for. Over time, this initiative is expected to enable thousands of Equinix customers to reduce the Scope 3 carbon emissions associated with their data center operations as supply chain sustainability becomes an increasingly important part of the overall environmental initiatives of today's businesses. IT equipment within data centers, including routers, servers and storage arrays, emit high levels of heat that requires data centers to be fitted with robust cooling systems to remove that heat. "Most datacenters operate within restrictive temperature and humidity bands, resulting in environments that are unnecessarily cooler than required," said Rob Brothers, Program Vice President, Datacenter Services, IDC. "Equinix will work with enterprises to change the way we think about operating temperatures within datacenter environments and how the industry can ensure optimal service levels for mission-critical digital infrastructure, while improving data center efficiencies. With this initiative, Equinix will play a key role in driving change in the industry and help shape the overall sustainability story we all need to participate in." "As a long-time partner, we are pleased to see that Equinix is driving efficient data center operations through smart, sustainable operating practices," said Sue Preston, vice president and general manager, Advisory and Professional Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). "Optimizing data center temperatures results in more efficient operations, benefitting businesses and the planet. Through the HPE GreenLake alliance, both HPE and Equinix offer a comprehensive, cloud-smart and sustainable customer solution." As a part of this new efficiency initiative, Equinix expects to operate its facilities closer to 27°C (80°F), aligning operating limits across its global data center portfolio with the globally accepted boundaries of the A1A standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). When combined with existing Equinix initiatives such as optimizing the use of outside air temperatures to cool its data centers, this new initiative will contribute to the overall sustainability of its data centers through efficiency improvements measured through Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). PUE represents the total amount of power being used by a data center divided by the power used to run the IT equipment within the data center, providing an industry standard for data center energy efficiency. "Our cooling systems account for approximately 25% of our total energy usage globally," said Raouf Abdel, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Equinix. "With this new initiative, we can intelligently adjust the thermostat in our data centers in the same way that consumers do in their homes. Once rolled out across our current global data center footprint, we anticipate energy efficiency improvements of as much as 10% in various locations." Data centers are critical to our daily lives, housing the equipment and interconnecting the businesses that fuel our digital lives – from online shopping to sending emails to streaming movies and video calls. Data Center Services for Equinix. "As more than 10,000 businesses globally rely on Equinix's digital infrastructure, it plays a critical role in their supply chains. This initiative, once deployed, has the potential to significantly benefit these businesses as they seek to reduce the Scope 3 carbon emissions in their supply chain to meet their overall climate targets. It marks an important step in our comprehensive sustainability program and our climate-neutral commitment." Jon Lin, Executive Vice President and General Manager About Equinix Equinix is the world's digital infrastructure company™. Digital leaders harness Equinix's trusted platform to bring together and interconnect foundational infrastructure at software speed. Equinix enables organizations to access all the right places, partners and possibilities to scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences and multiply their value, while supporting their sustainability goals.

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VodafoneZiggo selects Cognizant as Strategic Partner to Consolidate its Services for IT Infrastructure and Virtualized Networking

VodafoneZiggo | November 09, 2022

Cognizant announced today that it has been selected by VodafoneZiggo, a leading provider of fixed, mobile and integrated communication and entertainment services to consumers and businesses, as its managed services partner to consolidate and support VodafoneZiggo's operations of IT and virtualized mobile network infrastructure. This will enable VodafoneZiggo to improve the availability and reliability of its communications services through proactive monitoring of infrastructure operations, more accurate planning, and with faster deployments of new services to its more than five million mobile business and consumer customers in The Netherlands. As part of the five-year operations and maintenance agreement, Cognizant will harmonize and simplify the current on-premise landscape through increased levels of automation designed to reduce the total cost of ownership and enable more efficient onboarding of VodafoneZiggo's standard as well as containerized and virtualized NFV (Network Function Virtualization) infrastructure. "Due to the ongoing growth in the demand for data services and digital customer experiences, we continuously aim to optimize our services to serve customers in the best way. This goes hand in hand with a strong drive to establish the best efficiency and effectiveness in our operations and IT infrastructure. "We have chosen Cognizant as a trusted partner with the experience and expertise to assist us with maintaining and improving the infrastructure underpinning our mobile network operations and deploy new functions and services at scale." Diana Geels - de Koos, Lead for Cloud Infrastructure Tribe at VodafoneZiggo "We are proud to have been chosen by VodafoneZiggo based on a combination of our deep industry and domain expertise in infrastructure managed services for large-scale, global companies across various industries, including telecoms and communications," said Saket Gulati, Country Manager, Netherlands at Cognizant. "Due to our longstanding relationship and deep-rooted knowledge of VodafoneZiggo's challenges, we are confident that we will be able to support the company in meeting its next digitization targets and introduce a new level of stability to its IT infrastructure." About VodafoneZiggo VodafoneZiggo is a leading Dutch company that provides fixed, mobile and integrated communication and entertainment services to consumers and businesses. As of September 30, 2022, we have over 5 million mobile, over 3 million video and fixed broadband internet and approximately 2 million fixed telephony subscribers. Approximately 7,000 people are employed by VodafoneZiggo. Our offices are located in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Hilversum, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Nijmegen, Helmond and Rotterdam. The VodafoneZiggo JV is a 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global, one of the world's leading converged video, broadband and communications companies, and Vodafone Group, one of the world's leading technology communications companies. About Cognizant Cognizant engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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Opvizor Delivers Risk and Performance Monitoring across Multiple Clouds and On-Premises Data Centers

Opvizor | December 07, 2022

The Opvizor monitoring product has been extended from the data center to support cloud providers Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Now, Opvizor provides performance and risk monitoring as well as log analysis from the data center to the edge including storage, network, and virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). With Opvizor, it’s possible to find performance bottlenecks quickly and easily by using the same dashboard and analytics whether the environment is VMware vSphere, AWS, or Azure. The solution provides deep insights into hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure to analyze the performance of applications and, where possible, reduce their resource requirements. Opvizor also shows how applications interact with each other to optimize them and save money on infrastructure. This helps realize maximum operational efficiency from complex hybrid and multi-cloud computing infrastructure by using the same monitoring platform. With its mature and highly graphical monitoring and analysis, Opvizor aggregates data points for more effective and faster root cause analysis of issues and increases overall visibility of IT infrastructure. “This latest version of Opvizor enables customers to monitor their workloads wherever they run, on-premises on VMware vSphere, as well as in the cloud, and makes sense of the information by looking at one pane of glass,” “In addition, alerts are sent on changes in security risks.” Dennis Zimmer, co-founder and chief technology officer, Codenotary. “With Opvizor we have a one-stop visualization to monitor our resources across our VMware infrastructure and Microsoft Azure cloud deployments,” said Michael Wagner, chief information security officer, PureFacts Financial Solutions. “This makes it easy for us to pinpoint performance issues and their root causes independently of the platform. This is something difficult to achieve with the monitoring tools provided by either VMware or Azure." Previously, Opvizor was optimized for VMware vSphere running in the data center. Now, by adding AWS and Microsoft Azure, Opvizor helps enterprises deal with the challenges of monitoring performance across different computing platforms while improving their ability to troubleshoot and also track security issues.

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