HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE, IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Napatech | September 05, 2022
Napatech™ , the leading provider of programmable Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) used for Data Processing Unit (DPU) and Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) services in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide, today announced an extension of its sales and marketing collaboration initiatives with AMD that will make Napatech's hardware-plus-software SmartNIC solutions available to AMD customers worldwide through both direct engagements and global channel partners.
OEMs, enterprises and data center operators across a wide range of industries are adopting SmartNIC solutions to achieve levels of performance, security, latency and energy efficiency that are unachievable with servers or appliances equipped with traditional "foundational" NICs. As the leading provider of field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based SmartNICs, Napatech leverages the extensive portfolio of AMD Xilinx FPGAs, in combination with its own commercial-grade software suites, to accelerate and offload a variety of workloads in cybersecurity, financial systems, mobile infrastructure, data centers, network appliances and monitoring solutions.
Many companies that can benefit from Napatech's SmartNIC solutions are already customers of the extensive AMD processor portfolio, leveraging EPYC™ processors in servers or Ryzen™ processors in workstations. The expanded collaboration between AMD and Napatech is designed to enable AMD experts and channel partners to propose and architect end-to-end solutions for these companies, spanning their network infrastructure as well as their processor subsystem. Fine-tuning the balance of workloads between the processor and the SmartNIC through true system-level design results in optimized performance, system cost and energy efficiency for the target applications.
End-users who adopt Napatech's SmartNIC solutions benefit from a true "IT" experience, whereby they simply install a card, load a driver, and achieve seamless acceleration of common applications, both commercial and open source, with no need for custom programming at either the application or FPGA level.
As one example of the benefits of Napatech SmartNIC solutions based on AMD FPGAs, a tier-one global cybersecurity OEM that needed to scale the performance of their security appliance leveraged Napatech's Link-Capture™ software running on the NT200 SmartNIC with AMD Virtex® UltraScale+™ VU9P FPGA. This company achieved industry-leading performance measured in terms of packet rate, lossless throughput, low latency and millions of simultaneous flows. Similarly, an edge data center operator increased the performance of virtual switching for traffic between Virtual Machines (VMs) via the Link-Virtualization™ software running on the NT100 (Virtex UltraScale+ VU5P). This resulted in a doubling of VM density and a 49% reduction in data center OPEX calculated over a five-year period.
"Programmable SmartNICs, including IPUs and DPUs, are a critical part of modern network infrastructure and data center designs. The demand for these innovative technologies is rapidly increasing as services must be distributed as close as possible to the applications they support, without impacting CPU performance," said Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst and Practice Director at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "We expect that this expanded collaboration between AMD and Napatech will accelerate SmartNIC adoption across a wide range of use cases, given the global reach of the AMD sales team and their channel partners."
"Napatech is the leading merchant supplier of FPGA-based programmable SmartNICs with an extensive AMD FPGA-based product portfolio targeting networking and data center applications. "We are excited to make their solutions available to our customers and prospects via our global sales, marketing and channel organizations."
Sina Soltani, Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Sales at AMD
"GL Communications Inc, a leading telecom test equipment provider, is a proud user of Napatech SmartNICs based on AMD FPGAs to drive feature rich Protocol Emulators and Analyzers at up to 100 Gbps, permitting wire speed capture and analysis for 100,000+ simultaneous sessions," said Vijay Kulkarni, CEO at GL Communications. "As an established Napatech customer, we have found that their solutions provide the performance and feature velocity required for our markets, so we are delighted to see the announcement of their new partnership with AMD."
"FPGA-based SmartNICs comprise the majority of SmartNIC ports currently deployed in network infrastructure and data centers," said Napatech CEO Ray Smets. "We are excited to be working closely with AMD as a long-term supplier of the FPGAs used in our SmartNICs, and we look forward to working with them to increase the adoption of these solutions worldwide."
Napatech is the leading supplier of programmable FPGA-based SmartNIC solutions used in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide. Through commercial-grade software suites integrated with robust, high-performance hardware, Napatech accelerates telecom, networking and security workloads to deliver best-in-class system-level performance while maximizing the availability of server compute resources for running applications and services.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Dell Technologies | October 13, 2022
Dell Technologies introduces Project Frontier, which will deliver an edge operations software platform, integrated with Dell's edge portfolio, for customers to more securely manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructure for deployments at global scale.
The complexities of edge operations—in locations from manufacturing floors and retail stores to remote wind turbines—are growing as more organizations want to manage and secure data at the source but have limited IT support to do it. According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of businesses say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is putting together an entire edge solution1. With the amount of data generated growing nine times annually and expected to reach 221 exabytes by 20262, organizations need a simple and effective way to manage and secure the diverse ecosystem of edge technologies.
"We're seeing exponential growth in applications running at the edge, making edge the next frontier of business transformation—where devices, infrastructure and data come together to deliver real-time insights at scale. "With this growth, comes complexity. It's not feasible to have IT staff deployed at every edge location. Our decades of edge experience combined with our new solutions help customers simplify their edge and streamline their data to gain insights ranging from factory safety and the speed and precision of patient care in hospitals, while providing more choice in how they realize their edge and multicloud technologies."
Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, Dell Technologies
Dell's Project Frontier to more securely scale edge operations for any enterprise use case
With the Project Frontier edge operations software platform, customers can expect:
Their choice of software applications, IoT frameworks, operational technologies (OT), multicloud environments and future technologies supported by an open design that will consolidate existing and new enterprise edge use cases.
Zero Trust-enabled security protection across edge applications, data and infrastructure, from design to deployment, backed by end-to-end supply chain security measures.
Greater efficiency and reliability of end-to-end edge operations with centralized management, zero-touch deployment and secure device onboarding.
Minimal need for IT expertise in the field with automation to streamline edge deployments and operations across potentially thousands of edge locations.
Integration of edge compute and storage hardware with workloads for ease of serviceability and increased security.
Global planning and support services across 170 countries to help design edge deployments and create a roadmap for scaling customers' edge infrastructure to meet new demand.
As an example, Dell Technologies is one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and manages one of the largest global supply chains. Dell plans to deploy the edge platform to deliver increased production line efficiencies by simplifying operations, securely connecting critical data from the production floor to IT infrastructure and enabling real-time reporting of automation data. Additionally, with the Dell Edge Design Program, Dell is collaborating with customers to help design and shape the development of Project Frontier to meet their specific needs.
"IDC sees a wide range of locations where modern edge workloads will be deployed, and it is critical that these environments are highly resilient and can operate with limited human intervention," said Jennifer Cooke, IDC Research Director for Edge Strategies. "Dell's efforts with its Project Frontier look to be a strong step forward in realizing an architecture to address these needs and help customers streamline their edge operations."
"Dell Technologies and Atos have long worked together to deliver more value to businesses by helping them realize the full potential of their data," said Arnaud Langer, Global Edge and IoT senior product director, Atos. "We look forward to collaborating on new edge innovations that can help organizations significantly simplify and secure their edge while improving business outcomes."
Innovations across Dell infrastructure and end user portfolio simplify edge deployments
As Project Frontier comes to life, Dell is expanding its current edge portfolio to help businesses scale and manage their edge deployments.
Edge analytics and operations: Manufacturers can remove complexities and streamline how they deploy edge applications with an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge. The solution now includes new Dell-validated partner applications to support advanced edge use cases and improve factory processes and efficiencies, while reducing waste and raw materials usage for more sustainable operations. For example, Claroty provides asset discovery, network protection, threat detection and vulnerability and risk management for cyber-physical systems. Cognex machine vision helps improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking information during the production process. Telit automates data collection and management from sensors, devices, machines and factories with its IoT platform. XMPro creates composable digital twins of factory operations to help manufacturers save time and materials during the factory operating process. Manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in demand and enable reconfigurable production lines with Dell's private 5G capability.
Edge compute and analytics: The Dell PowerEdge XR4000 is the shortest depth server in the Dell PowerEdge family at about the size of a shoebox. The XR4000 is 60% shorter than traditional data center servers, and its multiple mounting options allow it to be installed in a rack, on walls or ceilings, saving valuable floor space. The multi-node, 2U chassis server can survive unpredictable conditions like heat waves or falls. While small, the XR4000 is a high-performance server capable of supporting a wide range of edge workloads and is designed with Intel® Xeon® D processors with multi-operating system as well as optional GPU support. The XR4000 is available with the Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge and powers new Dell VxRail rugged modular nodes, delivering high performance and scalability in high latency, low bandwidth locations.
Edge data collection: Built to withstand the most demanding edge locations, the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the industry's lightest3, most powerful4, 12" fully-rugged tablet. Designed to operate in extreme cold and hot environments, this tablet is rated for maximum protection against dust, dirt and water—ideal for first responders and outdoor environments. New Wi-Fi 6E5 capability with dual-band support provides more reliable connectivity, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver powerful performance, and optional integrated features, such as a barcode scanner, GPS module and smartcard reader, increase productivity in the field. The tablet is made to be viewed in the brightest, harshest lighting with the largest screen-area for a 12" fully-rugged, military-grade tablet6.
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Zesty | September 14, 2022
Zesty, a pioneer in dynamic cloud infrastructure solutions, today announced a $75 million Series B funding round led by B Capital and Series A investor Sapphire Ventures. Previous investors Next47 and S-Capital also participated in the round. Zesty has raised $116 million in total since its founding in 2019. Zesty's customer base has grown by 127% from 2021 to 2022 and the company has tripled its revenue since its Series A last year.
The static nature of cloud infrastructure today encumbers DevOps with the burdensome task of managing cloud resources in a constantly shifting business environment. DevOps teams burn countless hours trying to make predictions and manual adjustments to ensure their infrastructure efficiently meets application demand. Budgets are further strained as cloud infrastructure spend is expected to hit over $90 billion in 2022 – 22% more than in 2021.
Zesty's solutions spearhead the evolutionary transition to dynamic cloud infrastructure by automatically adapting compute and storage to meet real-time business needs. As a result, businesses can finally fulfill the promise of the cloud by gaining the flexibility they need to scale up or down. This allows DevOps teams to significantly reduce cloud costs, maintain optimal app performance, and alleviate the stress of managing static infrastructure. Zesty's solutions require zero human input – so engineers no longer waste time monitoring, measuring, predicting, and adjusting resource allocations, and can instead focus on developing new products and features.
"The cloud has become the foundation for critical functions for countless companies, but more often than not, DevOps teams are stuck with static infrastructure, like discount program commitments or allocated storage volumes that waste time and money. "This situation is no longer tenable in today's volatile economic environment, or any environment for that matter. DevOps teams shouldn't be wasting their time babysitting the cloud. That's why we're excited to help companies save significant resources, both financial and human. This investment will help us grow our team and further develop our products to meet the exploding demand for greater cloud flexibility."
Maxim Melamedov, CEO and co-founder of Zesty
Zesty's suite of products are designed with DevOps teams in mind, providing the first automated solutions for resource optimization tasks that are traditionally manual and labor intensive.
Their customer base includes hundreds of international companies – including Heap, Gong, Yotpo, Monday, and Wiz.
"Despite its enormous value and scalability, the cloud still lacks flexibility and that's holding DevOps back," said Rashmi Gopinath, General Partner at B Capital. "Teams are forced to make impossible predictions regarding future infrastructure needs, which leads to wasted money and is a huge drag on DevOps productivity. Dynamic cloud infrastructure is the game-changer so many businesses have been waiting for, and we're excited to be part of this cloud revolution."
"Cloud computing continues to hold huge potential and promise for companies of all sizes and at all stages of the cloud adoption journey," said Casber Wang, Partner at Sapphire Ventures and Zesty board member. "But that promise comes at a high associated cost: management intricacy, cloud waste, margin erosion, imprecise budgeting, and much more. Cloud needs have always been dynamic, and with Zesty's differentiated optimization platform, companies can now see the ROI and stop making such a trade-off, programmatically."
Zesty helps organizations adapt to changing business needs by making their cloud infrastructure more dynamic. With offerings for compute, block storage, and Kubernetes, Zesty automatically scales resources to meet application demands in real-time. This helps DevOps teams to slash cloud costs, maintain perfect app performance, minimize the hassle of managing infra and fully realize the true flexibility of the cloud.