AMD Chips Give Clouds, Data Centers EPYC Power

SDxCentral | April 15, 2020

AMD announced its latest EPYC data center processors with support from cloud providers, server manufactures, and software providers including IBM Cloud, Microsoft, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), VMware, and others. The three processors, EPYC 7F32, EPYC 7F52, and EPYC 7F72, which have eight, 16, and 24 cores, respectively, are part of AMD’s second-generation EPYC chip family and target database, commercial high-performance computing (HPC), and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) workloads. AMD says the new additions make EPYC the “world’s highest per core performance x86 server CPU.” Based on AMD internal and external tests comparing its EPYC processors to Intel’s Xeon Gold and Xeon Platinum chips, AMD claims its new processors offer up to 17% higher SQL Server performance, HCI with up to 47% higher VMmark score (using VMware’s vSAN as the storage tier in a 4-node cluster), and commercial HPC with up to 94% higher per core computational fluid dynamics.

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Kyndryl Unveils Cyber Resilience Solution Featuring Advanced Security to Protect Critical Business Data

Kyndryl | April 18, 2022

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Scala Data Centers Celebrates Entry of Dell Technologies in its digital ecosystem

Scala Data Centers | March 11, 2022

Scala Data Centers, the sustainable hyperscalable data center platform, founded by DigitalBridge, an investment holding company in digital infrastructure, announces that Dell Technologies, one of the largest IT infrastructure companies in the world, chose Scala to host its colocation environment in data centers (DCs) SP1 and SP2, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Through Scala's platform, which features ultra-connectivity, renewable and certified energy to accommodate infrastructure expansions in long-term scenarios, and full 24x7x365 support, Dell brings to the market the ServicesSelect. The solution consists of a set of management services and support of IT infrastructure environments in as a service mode. With greater choice and savings, this type of hiring is a global trend as it facilitates the complexity of the digital transformation. According to IDC, more than 75% of edge infrastructure will be consumed as a service, as will more than half of DC infrastructure, by 2024. ServicesSelect enables companies looking for digitization or a journey to the cloud to reach this level in a flexible, agile and simple way, both operationally and financially. Dell's new offering also supports customers to maximize their results and focus on their business goals through the quality of the DCs, the technologies selected for use and the IT responsibility transferred and assumed by the specialists from Scala and Dell itself. Due to that, the choice of a strategic DC provider is an important step in the process of offering the managed infrastructure. "With Scala, we solve any customer concerns about the IT environment, generating more savings, due to the transformation of their budgets from CAPEX to OPEX, and greater innovation and efficiency for their business," says Christiano Lucena, Vice President of Storage Platforms and Solutions at Dell Technologies Latin America "We enable the infrastructure necessary for key partners like Dell to sell, through our platform, in a secure and highly scalable way." Cleber Braz, Vice President of Business Development and Customer Services at Scala About Scala Data Centers Scala Data Centers is the Sustainable Hyperscalable Data Centers platform based in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge. Developed to meet and exceed the growing demand for digital access in Latin America, Scala has a highly qualified team of more than 300 professionals and applies a flexible and innovative approach to offer exceptional colocation services for hyperscale customers, service providers and cloud software, and large companies. We customize cutting edge solutions for each customer in the construction of state-of-the-art data centers, with high availability, high energy efficiency and very high density. All of this combined with the best sustainability practices guided by our ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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Neustar Security Services’ UltraDNS Integrates Terraform for Streamlined, Automated DNS Management

Neustar Security Services | April 22, 2022

Neustar Security Services, a leading provider of cloud-oriented security services that enable global business to thrive online, has launched an integration with Terraform, an open-source infrastructure-as-code software tool created by HashiCorp. The new integration, UltraDNS Terraform Provider, enables DevOps teams to provision DNS changes when applications are deployed to realize enhanced productivity during that deployment. Integrating UltraDNS into the Terraform ecosystem enhances Neustar Security Services’ capability to deliver a platform that provides speed, stability and extensibility when managing DNS. The new integration supports DNS standard and advanced records, including features such as SiteBacker, Simple Monitor/Failover, Simple Load Balancing and Traffic Controller. Available to DevOps teams on the Terraform registry, UltraDNS Terraform Provider includes four categories, 11 resources, 11 data sources, 94 self-check modules and 37 help files. “As IT infrastructure has grown increasingly complex, so too has the task of managing DNS strategy. UltraDNS’s integration with Terraform enhances our customers’ velocity to accurately deploy, manage and automate DNS updates across complex cloud environments.” Enrique Somoza, director of product management with Neustar Security Services The integration will allow Neustar Security Services to enable its customers’ application of Terraform across different use cases and environments. “This latest integration reflects Neustar Security Services’ commitment to listening to and addressing the evolving needs of its customers, particularly those who use Terraform to define, build and version infrastructure safely and efficiently,” added Somoza. About Neustar Security Services The world’s top brands depend on Neustar Security Services to safeguard their digital infrastructure and online presence. Neustar Security Services offers a suite of cloud-delivered services that are secure, reliable, and available to enable global businesses to thrive online. The company’s Ultra Secure suite of solutions protects organizations’ networks and applications against risks and downtime, ensuring that businesses and their customers enjoy exceptional interactions all day, every day. Delivering the industry’s best performance service, Neustar Security Services’ mission-critical security portfolio provides best-in-class DNS, application and network security (including DDoS, WAF and bot management) services to its Global 5000 customers and beyond.

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City of Williamsburg Selects Auvik to Modernize IT Infrastructure

Auvik Networks | June 08, 2022

Auvik, an award-winning provider of cloud-based network management software, today announced it has been working with the City of Williamsburg, Virginia to provide network monitoring and asset management services for automated, real-time network visibility. Williamsburg is one of Virginia’s oldest municipalities and one of the U.S.’ most popular historical destinations, renowned for its preservation of American colonial history. In addition to the city’s year-round residents the region receives an average of 1.5 million visitors per year. Ensuring superior digital service delivery is important for this bustling city, but with limited resources, Williamsburg’s IT Department had traditionally relied on basic tools like spreadsheets to log and track configuration changes, device statuses, and details of available IT assets. With zero visibility into their networks, the team had to spend hours to find the root causes behind any network issues. As part of the City Council’s Williamsburg of 2040 initiative, the IT Department was tasked with modernizing its infrastructure in order to better support the Williamsburg community and its vital tourism industry. Specifically, the IT team needed a solution that could automate many of its manual network management processes and provide real-time network visibility, so it could resolve issues quickly. “Network uptime is critical since it’s tied to so many services provided by the city, such as emergency services, citizen communications, public health access, tourism and recreation, and other aspects of daily business and citizen engagement. “By implementing Auvik, we’ve drastically reduced the amount of time spent on manually identifying and addressing network issues - improving network reliability and freeing our team up for more value-driven activities. Auvik has proven itself to be a life-saver many times over for us.” Mark Barham, Director of Information Technology, City of Williamsburg Prior to its work with Auvik, the IT team relied on support tickets for any network requests or incidents. Then, they’d have to go through lines of code for multiple devices, and refer to manual documentation to resolve the issue. With Auvik, Williamsburg has automated network inventory and documentation processes, resulting in cost and time savings and more optimized IT resources. Additionally, with improved network visibility, the IT team has not only been able to speed up troubleshooting but proactively mitigate network and device issues before they become a problem, with a streamlined troubleshooting process with a set of 50 proactive alerts and in-depth visibility. “Williamsburg may be the oldest municipality in Virginia, but the Williamsburg of today still requires a modern IT infrastructure,” said Marc Morin, CEO and co-founder, Auvik. “We’re proud to work with state and local governments like the City of Williamsburg to help achieve their digital transformation goals and deliver on the digital services citizens have come to expect in the 21st century.” About Auvik Networks Auvik makes network management easier. By automating and simplifying network management, our cloud-based software improves the efficiency and capacity of IT teams and helps protect their business from network risk. Auvik is one of the fastest growing North American technology companies, and is winner of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Deloitte Fast 500, and was recognized as the #1 ranked Canadian company in the FT Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies. Visit www.auvik.com or follow @AuvikNetworks on Twitter. Auvik is a registered trademark of Auvik Networks Inc.

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This decade began with an event that, like 9/11, sent the message of something changing in a way we knew could never go back. Since the Pandora’s box of the Stuxnet virus, we have seen numerous attack variations that have demonstrated how these threats can manifest themselves into serious, sometimes massive, costly damage.

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