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VCTI Launches Investment Analytics for Broadband Infrastructure

VCTI | June 23, 2022

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To assist private investors in identifying and prioritizing broadband infrastructure investment opportunities, VCTI, the leader in broadband and network strategy and technology, introduced Broadband Infrastructure Investment Analytics. With the aid of various market data, including demographics, economic trends, and the competitive environment across regions, VCTI's Broadband Infrastructure Investment Analytics can quickly and precisely pinpoint the most profitable telecoms infrastructure projects.

VCTI can assist investors in better understanding where to prioritize their investments in broadband infrastructure because of their considerable expertise in network planning and engineering, GIS, extensive software development skills, and competency in market analytics. They deliver a thorough, accurate, and illuminating analysis that seamlessly transitions to operational implementation thanks to VCTI's machine learning, sophisticated algorithms, and NOCPlan network planning platform. This enables investors to confidently make investments based on the business case with speed to realize a return.

"There are many investment opportunities in telecommunications and internet infrastructure, which can be overwhelming for investors and service providers in their portfolio. Investors face making decisions that have long-term implications for their funds and businesses. They need to clearly understand their options and the financial implications of those options to reduce risk and ensure stronger returns."

Raj Singh, President and CEO of VCTI

The necessity of having internet connectivity in every home has been made clear by the pandemic. The economic and social well-being of a town can change when there is widespread access to high-performance internet. To address the neglected issue, there are a plethora of new government programs, grants, and chances for corporate investment.

VCTI assists investors, such as private equity firms, in doing due diligence on prospective investments in expanding or startup broadband service providers. As a starting point, a thorough analysis of the first target markets is produced. This analysis includes information on the demographics, market growth trends, income, housing prices, and present and potential competitive services. In the mapping and modeling, VCTI incorporates extremely precise location data, such as Community Anchor Institutions (CAI), underserved and unserved homes, utility pole placements, and specialized grant opportunities. Finally, the middle mile, FTTH, and Fixed Wireless network plans are modeled using VCTI's network planning tool, NOCPlan, giving a thorough perspective of all build costs and identifying the most effective ways to start the project by layering all the revenue, grant, and cost elements together.

To make confident long-term investment decisions, the investor now has quick, precise, and highly reliable knowledge of potential market prospects for broadband investment, accompanied by executable network build options.

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Fast becoming the standard for deploying containerized workloads, Kubernetes also brings new requirements for networking and security teams. This is because applications, that are designed to run on Kubernetes, are usually architected as microservices that rely on the network. They make API calls to each other, rather than the class and function calls used in monolithic applications. There are many benefits to this modern architecture, but steps must be taken to ensure proper security protocols are in place.

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Fast becoming the standard for deploying containerized workloads, Kubernetes also brings new requirements for networking and security teams. This is because applications, that are designed to run on Kubernetes, are usually architected as microservices that rely on the network. They make API calls to each other, rather than the class and function calls used in monolithic applications. There are many benefits to this modern architecture, but steps must be taken to ensure proper security protocols are in place.

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Infrastructure Optimization Innovator Sync Computing Raises $15.5M to Transform How Developers Control Data and Machine Learning Cloud Infrastructure

Sync Computing | August 18, 2022

Sync Computing, a deep tech, cloud infrastructure optimization company, today announced its $15.5M Series A funding, led by Costanoa Ventures, with support from existing investors The Engine, Moore Strategic Ventures, and National Grid Partners. As part of this latest fundraise, Sync has also received the vote of confidence and funding support from angel investors Satyen Sangani, CEO and co-founder of Alation; Ron Avnur, formerly with Google, MongoDB, and Dremio; and Rebecca Li, formerly with Databricks. Harnessing the power of mathematical optimization, Sync automatically orchestrates and provisions cloud infrastructure to achieve cost and runtime goals with one click. This radically transforms the way developers navigate and control their cloud footprint for data and machine learning workloads. Alongside its Series A, Sync also announced today the public API launch for its Apache Spark Autotuner, which enables data engineers to automatically apply optimization solutions across all of their data jobs. Already field-tested with large enterprise customers such as Duolingo, the world's #1 language learning platform serving more than 40 million monthly active users, the Autotuner has gotten traction across engineering teams at global leaders Disney and multiple other Fortune 500 companies. Matt Weingarten, data engineer at Disney Streaming Services, shared in this post: “For data engineers who are tired of trying to figure out their optimal Spark configurations by trial and error, I definitely recommend Sync Computing’s Autotuner tool. It’s worked for our team, and I want to make sure this application gets the recognition it deserves.” Initially launched as a self-serve product for Amazon EMR and Databricks on AWS infrastructure, the Sync Autotuner for Apache Spark has been expanded with the release of the public API. It not only enables data engineering teams to programmatically apply Autotuner’s intelligence to all of their jobs, but it also allows users to enable continuous monitoring and alerts through custom integration with AWS EMR or Databricks. Amalgam Insights, in a recent Preferred Vendor profile in the Amalgam Insights SmartList, recommends that organizations spending at least $100,000 a month or a minimum of $1.2 million per year on Amazon Web Services should consider Sync Computing as a cloud cost and optimization vendor candidate. The analyst firm further explains that “Sync’s proprietary and unique approach to cloud optimization and the implementation of these recommendations provides an opportunity to increase savings or performance above and beyond what is possible in the market at large.” “We are excited to be bringing Sync Computing into our portfolio of companies rethinking infrastructure for data, machine learning and artificial intelligence,” said Tony Liu, partner at Costanoa Ventures. “Sync’s seasoned cloud and data veterans are building something that hasn’t been done before, using a novel method steeped in deep mathematics. Sync Computing is flipping the cloud infrastructure world on its head.” “Amid fears of an impending economic recession, now more than ever, cloud computing costs are under the microscope. Companies are in urgent need to curb cloud spend and quickly increase their efficiency without hiring new people or driving the burden upon their team. “Sync empowers data-driven companies to do more on the cloud with less. We could not be more thrilled about our latest round of investment and the continued confidence in our team to drive innovation in the cloud ecosystem.” Jeff Chou, co-founder and CEO of Sync Computing Spun out of MIT Lincoln Laboratory by Jeff Chou and Suraj Bramhavar, Activate Fellows (Cohort 2020) supported by DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office, and MIT Startup Exchange Accelerator veterans, Sync’s technology empowers organizations who run thousands of data pipelines daily to automatically optimize low-level compute resources to make running the cloud easier, faster, and cheaper. A Gartner Cool Vendor in the Augmented Data Management category, Sync has been steadily growing its team, counting over a dozen experienced engineers from IBM, Intel, Cloudability/Apptio, Microsoft, and Netflix, and globally respected academic institutions such as MIT, Berkeley, and Harvard. About Sync Computing Sync Computing is the first company to harness the power of mathematical optimization to radically enhance the way developers control cloud infrastructure to achieve business goals for data and machine learning workloads.

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Recipe Unlimited implements mParticle as customer data infrastructure for restaurant portfolio

mParticle | August 26, 2022

mParticle, a leader in customer data infrastructure, today announced that Recipe Unlimited, Canada's largest full-service restaurant company, has selected to implement mParticle as a foundational component of their digital transformation. By adopting mParticle as their Customer Data Platform, Recipe's restaurant brands will be able to efficiently streamline their customer data sets, enhance data privacy and security, and use insights to deliver personalized and best-in-class omnichannel experiences. "Recipe is at the forefront of digital transformation in the restaurant space," explains Gary Black, Chief Technology and Digital Officer of Recipe Unlimited. "mParticle is a leader in the Customer Data Platform space. Their best-in-class platform capabilities and features, and their restaurant industry expertise, will help us continue to fuel Recipe's growth while also driving efficiency." Recipe franchises and operates some of the most recognized restaurant brands in Canada, including Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, and St-Hubert, which have garnered a large following of loyal customers. Recipe has enlisted the help of mParticle to deliver more meaningful and personalized interactions with its customers, both existing and new. mParticle will provide Recipe with a data infrastructure to manage customer databases, including privacy and security. With first-party data available via mParticle's user-friendly interface, Recipe's restaurant brands can access the data they need and connect it to tools such as Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Digital Advertising Platforms, and Customer Service Platforms without engineering support. Marketing teams across Recipe can use high-quality datasets to deliver a more holistic customer experience while increasing organizational efficiency. "Recipe is one of the most innovative restaurant companies in the world, and it's incredibly exciting to partner with them on their next stage of growth," explains Jason Seeba, mParticle Chief Marketing Officer. "By improving their customer data infrastructure, they'll be able to supercharge the rest of their tech stack and deliver more meaningful experiences to restaurant guests." About Recipe Unlimited Founded in 1883, RECIPE Unlimited Corporation is Canada's largest full-service restaurant company. The Company franchises and/or operates some of the most recognized brands in the country including Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, St-Hubert, The Keg, Montana's, Kelseys, East Side Mario's, New York Fries, Bier Markt, The Landing Group of Restaurants, Original Joe's, State & Main, Elephant & Castle, The Burger's Priest, The Pickle Barrel, Marigolds & Onions, Blanco Cantina, Añejo, Fresh and Ultimate Kitchens. About mParticle mParticle makes it easy to holistically manage customer data along the entire product and customer lifecycle. Teams across companies like Restaurant Brands International, NBCUniversal, JetBlue, Venmo, and Airbnb use mParticle to deliver great customer experiences and accelerate growth by solving the foundational challenges that impede success at scale. mParticle announced a $150M fundraise in October 2021 led by Permira on the heels of strong growth and product innovation. Founded in 2013, mParticle is headquartered in New York City with employees around the globe.

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A10 Networks steps up its strategic partnership with Incedo to accelerate innovation and new product introduction

A10 Networks | August 22, 2022

Incedo Inc., a global digital transformation consulting and technology solutions firm and A10 Networks, a US-based company providing global infrastructure and cybersecurity solutions to service providers and Enterprises are stepping up their partnership to accelerate innovation and new product introduction. The Global Delivery Center (GDC) at Pune, which was set up in 2020 as part of a strategic initiative to streamline global operations and accelerate innovation, is now fully operational and provides a foundation to accelerate Incedo's roadmaps. In order to scale the GDC, Incedo will be hiring deep technology talent with niche skills to expand this state-of-the-art innovation center. This partnership opens a host of opportunities for the technology talent in and around the Pune region, to work on the industry's award-winning cybersecurity and infrastructure products in the multi-cloud security and AI/ML DDoS protection segments. This state-of-the-art GDC, acts as an innovation hub and an extension of the A10 San Jose center, leveraging Incedo's deep expertise in Product Engineering, Business Operations, and digital technologies. Incedo's R&D team has been set up to jointly accelerate cloud transformation and introduce cutting-edge, next-generation products for A10. "A10 Networks has been built upon a very strong technology foundation over 10 years with 8,000+ global customers who trust us for high-performing network infrastructure. As the need for cybersecurity continues to grow around the world, we are well positioned to provide next-generation solutions to our customers to build and protect their systems. In response, we have recently increased investments to address more customer problems and also accelerated cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions that are being used by global leaders in cloud, service providers and Enterprises. Our partnership with Incedo has been critical in accelerating our roadmap alongside our team in San Jose and our presence in Pune has helped us to access a strong talent base." Dhrupad Trivedi, President and CEO of A10 Networks "Our partnership with A10 Networks is a testimony to our mission of building long term partnerships with our clients and delivering transformational business impact by leveraging data and digital technologies. The pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation, and as we move beyond crisis mode, organizations are now laser-focused on digital resilience and cybersecurity to shore up their defenses. A10 Networks' top priority is to innovate and empower their customers with advanced security strategies, as well as secure and accessible digital experiences, to address the challenges of this ever-changing digital world. Incedo with its deep expertise in Product Engineering, Business Operations, digital technologies and cyber security is uniquely positioned and committed to accelerate innovation and new product introduction for A10 networks and help them achieve their business priorities and take our partnership to the next level," said Nitin Seth, CEO of Incedo Inc. About A10 Networks A10 Networks provides secure application services for on-premises, multi-cloud, and edge-cloud environments at hyperscale. Our mission is to enable service providers and enterprises to deliver business-critical applications that are secure, available, and efficient for multi-cloud transformation and 5G readiness. We deliver better business outcomes that support investment protection, new business models and help future-proof infrastructures, empowering our customers to provide the most secure and available digital experience. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is based in San Jose, California and serves customers globally. For more information, visit www.a10networks.com. About Incedo Incedo is a digital transformation expert empowering companies to realize sustainable business impact from their digital investments. We help clients win in the digital age with our integrated services and platforms that connect strategy and execution, are built on the foundation of design, AI, data, and strong product engineering capabilities blended with our deep domain expertise from digital natives.

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