Cartesi Launches Linux Infrastructure For Developing Blockchain DApps

the-blockchain | March 24, 2020

Cartesi, who claim they are the first DApp infrastructure that runs an operating system (OS) on top of blockchains, is launching their product as the simultaneously close their first round of funding. The company’s layer-2 solution is allegedly the first of its kind to bridge the gap between a Linux runtime environment and blockchain, giving developers the opportunity to create DApps using a vast array of mainstream software stacks. “We are excited to be launching the first-ever Linux infrastructure that runs on top of a blockchain, while we complete our second round of funding,” says Cartesi CEO Erick de Moura.

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While many of the basics remain the same, there are some things to take into consideration when thinking about data protection in converged, hyper-converged, and hybrid environments. In this essentials guide, you’ll learn about the difference between these environments, why you still need to think about data protection even though converged and hyper-converged systems are extremely resistant to hardware failure, why you need to approach protecting workloads on converged and hyper-converged infrastructure systems differently, and the top things to consider when selecting a data protection solution for your converged, hyperconverged, or hybrid environment.


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MFP Technology Services Expands its Partnership with Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group into Europe

MFP Technology Services | November 03, 2022

Today, MFP Technology Services announces its collaboration with Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) to support the expansion of the Lenovo Value Recovery program (LVR) into Europe. Lenovo Value Recovery reduces environmental impact and is designed to extend the life of our enterprise products through the reuse and recycling of materials by performing refurbishment and re-utilization. The collaboration is an extension of the North America program implemented two years ago and will make a select set of excess, surplus and end-of-life equipment available to customers. "We are excited to expand our strategic partnership with Lenovo ISG" added Steve Nickel, President, MFP Technology Services. "MFP has long-term loyalty for the brand and has developed a deep specialization managing excess, surplus and end of life data center products." About MFP Technology Services MFP Technology Services offers information technology hardware solutions. The company specializes in Lenovo, Intel, and AMD based servers, from parts and options to high-end configured to order Servers, Blades, Flex, Tape and Storage. MFP commercializes high quality products including closed box, open box, refurbished and fully reconditioned systems, on a global basis. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut.

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IHCS Selects ClearScale Managed Services to Optimize AWS Infrastructure

ClearScale | September 28, 2022

ClearScale, a leading AWS consulting services company, announced that it is now providing ClearScale Managed Services for Integrated Home Care Services (IHCS), the nation's leading independent home care benefits administrator. ClearScale Managed Services, an Amazon Web Services (AWS)-focused cloud MSP program, will enhance IHCS' ability to exceed its plan commitments, patient satisfaction goals, and regulatory compliance requirements. IHCS provides a fully integrated home care model for managed care organizations. The company reduces administrative costs by managing essential functions such as network development, management, and claims for more than two million members. To respond to the needs of its growing number of national health plan and patient commitments, IHCS sought a partner to enhance the scalability and availability of its IT infrastructure and systems by furthering their move to the cloud. With the support of ClearScale, IHCS migrated all remaining on-premises data center and business applications to AWS. Once the migration was successfully completed and all critical applications were transitioned to the cloud, IHCS contracted with ClearScale's MSP services to manage system compliance, infrastructure monitoring, security auditing and reporting, as well as software patch management. ClearScale Managed Services provides monitoring, remediation, and infrastructure management services for organizations on AWS. Customers select from multiple tiers offering 24x7x365 alerting, monitoring, and support services for their AWS environments, with rapid response times for critical issues. "IHCS is an example of a forward-looking company that proactively embraced the benefits of the cloud becoming a digital-first business and took dedicated steps to ensure its new cloud environment remains secure and performant according to the high standards of AWS. "By managing around-the-clock cloud operations for IHCS, ClearScale Managed Services helps IHCS focus on what it does best: providing exceptional, cutting-edge services and solutions to patients and health plans." Pavel Vasilyev, CTO for ClearScale "As the leading provider of value-based, integrated home care services for managed care organizations, it is vital that we have secure, scalable and resilient IT systems in place to support our operations," said Phil Goldenberg, Chief Information Officer for IHCS. "Our new partnership with ClearScale allows us to effectively modernize and manage our cloud infrastructure and continue to provide the high level of patient care and service that IHCS is widely-recognized for." About ClearScale ClearScale is a cloud-native systems integration, strategic consulting, and application development company founded in 2011. The company has successfully delivered more than 1,000 innovative cloud projects for clients ranging from startups to large enterprises and public sector organizations. ClearScale's cloud experts design, implement, optimize, and manage customized cloud solutions that help customers achieve their business transformation initiatives. For more information, visit www.clearscale.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. About Integrated Home Care Services Integrated Home Care Services (IHCS), the nation's leading independent home care benefits administrator, offers a value-based, fully integrated home care model for managed care organizations. Our unique model improves care quality and coordination for over two million members, while reducing administrative costs by managing key functions such as network development, management, and credentialing, utilization management, and claims. For more information about an integrated home care model, download our position paper, or to learn more about IHCS, please visit ihcscorp.com.

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HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 in Dubai: Innovative Infrastructure Drives Industrial Digital Transformation

Huawei | October 13, 2022

HUAWEI CONNECT Dubai was held in the United Arab Emirates, with more than 3,000 industry stakeholders coming together to discuss around the theme of "Innovative Infrastructure to Unleash Digital". Representatives from Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Nigeria's Galaxy Backbone Limited, Huawei, and other organizations shared their latest digitalization practices, exploring new paths to industrial digital transformation. Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman, delivered a keynote outlining three ways the ICT ecosystem can help break through common barriers in digital transformation: Boost digital infrastructure, including more robust connectivity and stronger, more diverse computing resources. Help organizations go beyond simple cloud adoption and truly make the most of cloud, focusing on advanced technology services that drive leapfrog development. Build out local digital ecosystems including partner development, strengthening the digital talent pool, and providing more support for SMEs. Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Africa Area, gave the opening remark that expressed gratitude to customers and partners for their ongoing trust, and reaffirmed Huawei's commitment to contributing to local development. He also talked about three key initiatives of Huawei and its customers and partners to unleash digital productivity. Together, they work to build a solid digital foundation for all and reinforce local digital ecosystems to support the future of digital nations. Innovative, scenario-based technologies enhance digital infrastructure to unleash digital productivity Bob Chen, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise BG, discussed how multi-tech synergy is critical for finding the right technology for the right scenario. He explained in his keynote speech "Innovative Digital Infrastructure Accelerates Digital Transformation" that "Data is at the core of digital transformation, and data ingestion, transmission, storage, and analysis are key steps. Huawei provides full-stack products and product portfolios to support end-to-end data processing, accelerating customers' digital transformation." In terms of data connectivity, Huawei unveiled NetEngine AR5710, a hyper-converged gateway that is ideal for small and midsize branches, and NetEngine 8000 F8, an ultra-compact universal-service aggregation router. These all-new products are helping lay a solid data foundation to further unleash digital productivity. In terms of data transmission, Huawei has been exploring how to apply the fifth generation fixed network (F5G) evolution across various industries. In addition, Huawei and a Dubai customer jointly launched a digital pipeline corridor inspection solution based on the optical fiber sensing technology, enabling automatic pipeline corridor inspection. Regarding data storage, Huawei and Commvault, a data management software company, jointly launched a data protection solution that provides enterprise customers with secure and reliable data protection from end to end. This helps create a reliable and efficient storage foundation, allowing enterprises to maximize the value of data. Joy Huang, President of Huawei Cloud Strategy & Industry Development, pointed out that Huawei's approach to digital transformation has three pillars: greener infrastructure, ongoing innovation, and shared experience. Huawei Cloud aims to be the best digitalization partner for customers, and is working with partners and customers to unleash digital with Everything as a Service. Innovative infrastructure is being deployed in industries to drive industrial digitalization At the event, customers from various industries in the Middle East and Africa also shared their best practices with Huawei in digital transformation. Dr. Hesham Farouk Ali, Egypt's Assistant Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that ICT would make education more people-centric and accelerate the transformation of both teaching and learning methods. Huawei's expertise in education and research networks, cloud, and AI is providing key support and laying groundwork for the digitalization of higher education in Egypt. Baffajo Beita, CIO of Galaxy Backbone Limited, stated that Galaxy and Huawei have been innovating together to help Nigeria build a unified e-government cloud network, accelerating the government's digitalization and boosting the country's digital economy. Huawei Empower Program: building a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners At the event, Huawei launched the Huawei Empower Program, which aims to help develop a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners. Through this program, Huawei will conduct joint innovation with its partners via OpenLabs, empower partners with a new framework, a new plan, and an integrated platform, and create a talent pool through the Huawei ICT Academy and Huawei Authorized Learning Partner (HALP) programs. Huawei also announced an investment of US$300 million into this program over the next three years to support its global partners.

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SUBARU Goes Live with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for High Performance Computing

Oracle | September 29, 2022

Oracle today announced that SUBARU Corporation has moved its simulation and 3D visualization workloads responsible for improving the quality of collision safety performance and driving performance to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). SUBARU was able to improve its development cycle, gain significant efficiencies and reduce operational costs by reducing computational timeframes by approximately 20 percent with High Performance Computing (HPC) on OCI. With a focus on improving drivers' "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind," SUBARU is implementing improvements to enhance design and development efficiency, agility, and flexibility. To achieve this, SUBARU recognized it needed to increase the resources supporting its computationally intensive HPC workloads that perform vast and complex simulations to improve its vehicles' collision safety and performance. Aware of how cloud technology is being used in the automotive industry to provide HPC resources to support computer aided engineering (CAE) simulations, SUBARU selected OCI to move its large HPC workloads of up to tens of thousands of cores to OCI from an on-premises environment. "Our goal has always been to be a trusted partner for our customers and to provide attractive and distinctive products that bring enjoyment and peace of mind. We rely on technology to help us continuously improve and innovate so that we can offer the best experience to our customers. Being able to quickly conduct the vast number of simulations needed to improve crash safety and driving performance is a key focus for us. We selected OCI HPC to improve the speed of computations of collision simulations and to optimize costs. OCI gives us access to the cloud tools we need so we can automate and run jobs seamlessly, enabling faster design and development. Mr. Yoshihiro Takekuma, IT Operation and Management Section, Engineering Information Management Department, SUBARU Corporation Using OCI bare metal HPC computing, coupled with fast cluster networking, which delivers less than 2 microseconds of latency and 100 Gbps of bandwidth, SUBARU now has the computing resources it needs to scale rapidly to meet demand peaks. Previously, system expansion within its on-premises environments was often restricted by lack of space, power, cost, and IT resources. Since using OCI to deliver consistent high performance and greater stability for its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, SUBARU has been able to make improvements to the internal acoustics of its vehicles to deliver a quieter drive. It has also enabled SUBARU to eliminate any variation in computation of collision analysis, by providing ideal conditions to perform structural calculations. OCI also supports various third-party solutions through Oracle Cloud Marketplace to help customers quickly find applications and services that can help them optimize their cloud deployments, including from Altair®, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI). SUBARU has further reduced costs by using the cloud bursting function of Altair® PBS Professional® in combination with OCI to start the nodes required for calculation and delete the nodes when the calculation is completed, bringing flexibility to the allocation of resources. "In automotive engineering, having access to powerful and affordable HPC, is essential to run the computationally intensive and highly latency sensitive simulations and calculations needed to deliver the best outcomes when it comes to car safety and the driving experience. By providing high performance and elasticity at lower cost, OCI HPC is ideal for companies like SUBARU that require large simulation environments. We look forward to OCI fueling further technological innovations for SUBARU and contributing to their improved competitiveness," said Karan Batta, vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. ARGO GRAPHICS Inc., one of SUBARU's long-term IT partners, supported the migration of SUBARU's HPC workloads to OCI, which started operations in May 2022. SUBARU also leveraged Oracle Cloud Lift Services as part of its initial verification process to support its proof of concept to help issues relating to cloud migration with its production machine testing environment. Oracle Cloud Lift Services also provided SUBARU and ARGO GRAPHICS with the necessary OCI HPC skills training. About Oracle Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.

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While many of the basics remain the same, there are some things to take into consideration when thinking about data protection in converged, hyper-converged, and hybrid environments. In this essentials guide, you’ll learn about the difference between these environments, why you still need to think about data protection even though converged and hyper-converged systems are extremely resistant to hardware failure, why you need to approach protecting workloads on converged and hyper-converged infrastructure systems differently, and the top things to consider when selecting a data protection solution for your converged, hyperconverged, or hybrid environment.

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