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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OTAVA Doubles Capacity in Indianapolis Data Center

Otava | November 29, 2022

OTAVA® a global leader in custom and compliant multi-cloud solutions, today announced it has doubled its Indianapolis data center capacity and is now expanding to include advanced interconnection services, including Internet Exchange access, to meet growing demand for colocation and hosting services. "Since the pandemic we continue to see an increasing flow of businesses downsizing and eliminating office space and moving their IT infrastructure to secure and compliant off-site hosting facilities. "We are thrilled to be able to expand our space and welcome new customers to our state-of-the-art data center in Indianapolis. Our fully compliant facility features a diverse power supply and a growing list of fiber interconnection partners. Our customers can count on us for reliable, secure, and compliant service." TJ Houske, SVP of Technology, Operations and Engineering, OTAVA Located in downtown Indianapolis since 2014, OTAVA's data center is strategically located to support companies in the metropolitan area, across the region, and throughout the world. The carrier neutral facility is geographically separated from the company's three other locations to create redundancies that are ideal for data protection and production solutions. It provides secure, compliant, scalable enterprise-class cloud computing, colocation, offsite backup, and disaster recovery solutions. With the expansion, OTAVA has built out an additional 4,000 feet of raised floor space to meet rising demand. "The larger footprint creates greater capacity for area businesses across all industries looking to move their workloads off-site and accelerate their digital transformation journeys. We've also added new upgrades to our Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) including moving to sustainable lithium ion batteries which create a greener footprint. We are thrilled to be able to serve more customers in Indianapolis and we plan to make even more space available in the future," concluded Houske. All OTAVA data centers are independently certified compliant with industry standards including SOC (SSAE 16/SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3), HIPAA, PCI DSS, ISO 27001. About Otava OTAVA® is a global, recognized leader in delivering secure multi-cloud solutions with a personal touch. Its extensive portfolio is powered by world-class technology partners, backed with expert intelligence, and tailored to help businesses and service providers achieve their individual goals while protecting mission-critical data. With its flexible solutions, fortified security, colocation offerings, and professional services, OTAVA empowers its clients with everything they need to thrive in the cloud and stay focused on what they do best.

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Airbyte Integrates with dbt Cloud to Bring Together Leading Data Integration and Transformation Technologies

Airbyte | December 07, 2022

Airbyte, creators of the fastest-growing open-source data integration platform, today announced a deeper partnership with dbt Labs, the pioneer in analytics engineering. The partnership now includes a new integration that allows dbt Cloud customers to trigger dbt jobs from directly within Airbyte Cloud. The integration brings together two of the leading open-source products in the data ecosystem, making it simpler than ever to move and transform data, while minimizing the risk of lock-in. Airbyte helps move data from a collection of sources, and dbt helps organize that data for analysis by, for example, consistently defining key business logic or standardizing data structures. “Our companies already share hundreds of users and now they will see the integration of our Cloud products, making it simple to use the two together,” said Michel Tricot, co-founder and CEO of Airbyte. “With partners like dbt Labs, we are building a more open modern data stack to better serve the data community.” “We’re thrilled to deepen this partnership with Airbyte, a company with whom we are aligned regarding the importance of open standards in the data ecosystem. This partnership and integration will help better serve our joint users, customers, and the data community as a whole.” Nikhil Kothari, director of technology partnerships at dbt Labs With its growing community of 10,000 data practitioners and 600 contributors, Airbyte is redefining the standard of moving and consolidating data from different sources to data warehouses, data lakes, or databases in a process referred to as extract, load, and, when desired, transform (ELT). Over the past year and a half, more than 25,000 companies have used Airbyte to sync data from sources such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Facebook Ads, Salesforce, Stripe, and connect to destinations that include Redshift, Snowflake, Databricks, and BigQuery. Airbyte’s open-source data integration solves two problems. First, companies always have to build and maintain data connectors on their own because most less popular “long tail'' data connectors are not supported by closed-source ELT technologies. Second, data teams often have to do custom work around pre-built connectors to make them work within their unique data infrastructure. dbt Cloud enables data teams to develop faster and collaborate more effectively to build and deploy production-grade data pipelines with version control and CI/CD, pre-production testing and documentation of models, modular SQL modeling, and dependency management built in. dbt Cloud provides a centralized development experience to safely deploy, monitor, and investigate transformation code with a web-based user interface. About Airbyte Airbyte is the open-source data integration leader running in the safety of your cloud and syncing data from applications, APIs, and databases to data warehouses, lakes, and other destinations. Airbyte was co-founded by Michel Tricot (former director of engineering and head of integrations at Liveramp and RideOS) and John Lafleur (serial entrepreneur of dev tools and B2B). The company is headquartered in San Francisco with a distributed team around the world.

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Luxcore Announces Its Pivot Into A Decentralized Cloud Infrastructure Company And Hosts a Global Launch Event in Dallas, Texas

Luxcore | November 14, 2022

Luxcore emerges from stealth mode to announce and debut its latest innovation disruption, merging Internet, cloud, and blockchain technologies. On Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, Luxcore will host a global launch event, announcing its newest product and service offering for current and potential investors and members of the press. The company will reveal its decentralized cloud infrastructure (DCI) platform that leverages its long-time expertise in optical systems, chip design, and distributed, network-based, multi-level secure operating systems. "Luxcore's decentralized cloud platform is designed to be the first cloud computing platform based on micro clouds and distributed ledger technology ("DLT"), also known today as blockchain. "Today, we are the first decentralized cloud infrastructure provider with the ability to provide managed, hosted blockchain services with cross-blockchain integration, uniquely positioning us to offer "Blockchain-as-a-Service" with an unparallel emphasis on speed and security. Ultimately, our vision is to be the "Architects of the Next Internet." And this announcement is the second major step in our journey. Gerald Ramdeen, CEO of Luxcore Luxcore plans to vertically integrate the entire hardware and software stack, from the network layer up through the software layer, onto a single chip that can be deployed globally wherever 5G and 6G mobile infrastructure is deployed. In addition, at the event, Luxcore will be announcing a new major strategic partnership with a Fortune 500 company, one of the industry's most respected technology service providers in cloud and blockchain technologies. This strategic partnership will allow both companies to provide secure mass data storage and transit on our Decentralized Cloud Infrastructure ("DCI") platform together as we build the next Internet for the future of finance, commerce, and mobility. Ramdeen will unveil the DCI and "Blockchain-as-a-Service," their growth potentials, and revenue projections. This new first-of-its-kind partnership could generate $20-50 million in revenue per year beginning next year in 2023. Also, at the event, Ramdeen will be announcing Luxcore's return to the private institutional capital markets to secure institutional capital to fuel the company's expected growth. About Luxcore Ultimately, our vision to be the "Architects of the Next Internet" will undoubtedly be fulfilled by our ability to integrate the entire hardware and software stack vertically. From the network layer up through the software layer onto a single chip, can now be deployed globally wherever 5G and 6G mobile infrastructure is deployed, resulting in significantly lower infrastructure costs and energy savings.

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Web3 Decentralized Storage Company W3 Storage Lab Changes Name to Fog Works

Fog Works | September 23, 2022

W3 Storage Lab announced today it has changed its name to Fog Works. The new name better reflects the company’s positioning, has greater brand-building potential, and is more indicative of the company’s vision of being a key builder of Web3 infrastructure, applications, and devices. The name Fog Works is derived from the term fog computing which was coined by Cisco. Fog computing is an extension of cloud computing: a network architecture where computing and storage is mostly decentralized and pushed to the edge of the network, but a cloud still exists in the center. Web3 is a fully decentralized, blockchain-enabled iteration of the internet. By being entirely decentralized, Web3 is essentially the ultimate fog computing architecture with no cloud in the center. “Our goal is to make Web3 a reality for everyday consumers. “Because we’re making Web3 work for everyone, the name Fog Works really encapsulates our vision. We’re excited to build a brand around it.” Xinglu Lin, CEO of Fog Works Fog Works has co-developed a next generation distributed storage ecosystem that is based on the public blockchain, CYFS, and the Datamall Coin. CYFS is a next-generation protocol that re-invents basic Web protocols – TCP/IP, DNS, and HTTP – to create the infrastructure necessary for the complete decentralization of Web3. It has been in development for over seven years, practically eliminates latency in file retrieval – a huge problem with current decentralized storage solutions – and has infinite scalability. Fog Works is developing a series of killer applications for both consumers and enterprises that will use both CYFS and the Datamall Coin, which facilitates a more efficient market for decentralized storage. To further the development of decentralized applications (dApps) on CYFS, Fog Works is co-sponsoring the CodeDAO Web3 Hackathon. CodeDAO is the world’s first fully decentralized code hosting platform in the world. During the hackathon, developers will compete for prizes by developing dApps using CYFS. Teams will have seven days to develop their projects. The CodeDAO Hackathon runs October 15, 2022, to October 21, 2022. For more information, please visit https://codedao.ai/hackathon.html. About Fog Works Fog Works, formerly known as W3 Storage Lab, is a Web3 decentralized application company headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA with operations around the world. Its mission is to leverage the power of Web3 to help people manage, protect, and control their own data. Fog Works is led by an executive team with a highly unique blend of P2P networking experience, blockchain expertise, and entrepreneurship. It is funded by Draper Dragon Fund, OKX Blockdream Ventures, Lingfeng Capital, and other investors.

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