Chadwell will be responsible for managing SoftIron's flagship HyperDrive and HyperSwitch product families

prnewswire | September 29, 2020

SoftIron Ltd., the leader in purpose-built and performance-optimized data center solutions, today announced the appointment of Craig Chadwell to the role of Vice President of Product to lead the company's product strategy. Chadwell, who joins SoftIron from Lenovo, will be responsible for managing SoftIron's flagship HyperDrive® storage, HyperSwitch networking, and HyperCast transcoding product families, and identifying and developing new product opportunities for SoftIron.

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While DNS hasn’t changed all that much since Paul Mockapetris invented it in 1983, the skills and capabilities of today’s hackers have advanced considerably. DNS is a globally deployed routing and caching overlay network that connects public networks, corporate networks, and the Internet. The pervasiveness of its use and open-source nature of the technology make it extremely vulnerable to hacker attacks such as DDoS attacks and therefore raises serious questions: Is it sufficiently secure? Is it vulnerable to data breaches? The answer is that DNS can be abused in all sorts of unconventional ways that make it the perfect back door for hackers seeking to steal sensitive data.


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APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Run:ai Completes Proof of Concept with NVIDIA to Maximize GPU Workload Flexibility on Any Cloud

Run:AI | March 25, 2022

Run:ai, the company simplifying AI infrastructure orchestration and management, today announced details of a completed proof of concept (POC) which enables multi-cloud GPU flexibility for companies using NVIDIA GPUs in the cloud. NVIDIA's software suite includes virtual machine images, or VMIs, which are optimized for NVIDIA GPUs running in clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud. Run:ai software deployed on NVIDIA VMIs enables cloud customers to move AI workloads from one cloud to another, as well as to use multiple clouds simultaneously for different AI workloads with zero code changes. Run:ai's workload-aware orchestration ensures that every type of AI workload gets the right amount of compute resources when needed, and provides deep integration into NVIDIA GPUs to achieve optimal utilization of these resources. Run:ai's Kubernetes-based Atlas platform and NVIDIA VMIs were used together in the POC to support 'lift & shift' as well as multi-node scaling in the cloud. NVIDIA customers and partners can de-risk their AI cloud deployments with a streamlined and portable solution for cloud AI infrastructure from Run:ai. Customers looking to cost-optimize their cloud computing resources can choose among supported cloud providers for the best-fit configuration. They can also manage AI workloads on multiple clouds with a single control plane. NVIDIA VMIs are available on each of the major public cloud providers. NVIDIA publishes these with regular updates to both OS and drivers. The VMIs are optimized for performance on the latest generations of NVIDIA GPUs and allow for easy and fast deployment of GPU-accelerated instances on the public cloud. "By combining accelerated computing power from NVIDIA with Run:ai's Atlas platform, organizations have a stellar AI foundation that enables them to successfully deliver on their AI initiatives," said Omri Geller, CEO and co-founder of Run:ai. "We appreciate the close relationship we have with the NVIDIA cloud team and their commitment to support NVIDIA accelerated computing customers everywhere." "From innovative startups to world-leading enterprises, NVIDIA-accelerated cloud computing provides customers with flexible options for powering their most demanding workloads. Paired with NVIDIA-accelerated instances from leading cloud service providers, the Run:ai Atlas platform helps customers maximize the efficiency and value of AI workload operations." Paresh Kharya, senior director, Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA The Run:ai Atlas Platform brings simplicity to GPU management by providing researchers with on-demand access to pooled resources for any AI workload and has built-in integration with NVIDIA Triton Inference Server, NVIDIA's open source inference serving software that lets teams deploy trained AI models from any framework on GPU or CPU infrastructure. As an innovative cloud-native operating-system which includes a workload-aware scheduler and a GPU abstraction layer, the platform helps IT managers simplify AI implementation, increase team productivity, and gain full utilization of GPUs. Run:ai now offers a simple solution to teams with a multi-cloud AI infrastructure strategy. The solution is available in beta - reach out to partners@run.ai to learn more. Additionally, Run:ai and NVIDIA are further expanding their collaboration to support customers who are operationalizing AI development. Run:ai is among the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Software partners joining the NVIDIA AI Accelerated program, which offers customers validated, enterprise-grade workflow and cluster management, scheduling and orchestration solutions for a variety of NVIDIA accelerated systems.

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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Cato Joins Infrastructure Masons Climate Accord to Help Data Centers Achieve Carbon Neutrality

Cato | May 02, 2022

We are proud to announce that Cato is a founding member of the Infrastructure Masons Climate Accord (ICA). The ICA has brought together over 70 companies including Cato, AWS, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, T5 Data Centers and dozens of other global companies, to accelerate the digital infrastructure industry's journey to carbon neutrality. "This incredibly important initiative is uniting the builders of the digital age on carbon reduction, including two of Cato's important partners, Schneider Electric and T5. The most sustainable data center is one that is never built. Cato's M9 software unlocks stranded power capacity in data centers increasing utilization and efficiency slowing the need to build more." Teri Klug, VP of Business Development at Cato At Cato, we believe that digital infrastructure is the foundation for an equitable and inclusive world, where every person on the planet participates in the digital economy. But our digital future won't be better unless it's also sustainable. The iMasons' Industry Sustainability Vision, "Every Click Improves the Future", is a powerful motivator for us. We aspire to create a future where digital infrastructure is able to run itself maximizing utilization and efficiency. Cato M9 software makes that autonomy possible by delivering two major sustainability benefits. First, maximizing usage of existing data center power capacity and reducing the need to build more. Secondly, new data centers are built to be highly optimized from day-one decreasing capital investments and associated embodied carbon. "Cato software allows us to sell more capacity by delivering cloud-like flexibility on-prem to our tenants," said Craig McKesson, Chief Customer Officer at T5. "By enabling elastic power through Cato's M9 software, we help our customers align their workloads to different SLAs, just like cloud. The result is higher utilization, lower costs and lower carbon." T5 is deploying Cato software across three US markets to enable their customers to safely maximize the use of their power infrastructure and lower their costs. This slows the deployment of additional resources, lowering the carbon emitted for every click across the T5 portfolio. "Cato's M9 software is enabled by Schneider Electric intelligent hardware," said Joe Reele, Vice President of Solutions Architects at Schneider Electric. "Data center ecosystems thrive when you achieve a harmonious balance between hardware and software to maximize efficiency, resiliency and sustainability. At Schneider Electric, we remain committed to driving data center sustainability through purposeful innovation and industry collaboration." Cato, Schneider Electric and T5 are partnering to unlock stranded power capacity in data centers across the globe doing their part to deliver on the iMasons Climate Accord to reduce carbon in materials, products and power. About Cato Cato is a software company enabling autonomous digital infrastructure for a better world. By deploying Cato's groundbreaking M9 product, data centers can unlock stranded power capacity increasing revenue and efficiency, deferring capital investments and lowering embodied carbon by safely increasing utilization of existing capacity versus building more. Cato elastic-power offers cloud-like flexibility in on-premise data centers.

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DATA STORAGE

Dell Technologies Storage Software Innovations Power New Levels of Automation, Security and Multi-Cloud Flexibility

Dell Technologies | May 04, 2022

Dell Technologies is enhancing software across its industry-leading1 storage portfolio, driving increased intelligence, automation, cyber resiliency and multi-cloud flexibility. "Organizations all over the world look to Dell to help them move faster while turning their data into a competitive advantage," said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies. "We're delivering major software innovation across our portfolio to help customers make the most of their data and resources." Introducing Dell storage software innovations More than 500 software advancements across Dell PowerStore, PowerMax and PowerFlex deliver faster data insights, better multi-cloud data control and increased cyber resiliency at no cost to existing customers. These advancements are the latest examples of Dell storage software innovation following the introduction of Project Alpine, which will bring the enterprise capacity, performance and protection of Dell storage software to public clouds. "IQVIA uses the power of data science to help customers accelerate clinical development and healthcare outcomes," said Ken Boyer, director of global storage, IQVIA. "Driving transformative outcomes requires an infrastructure partner just as focused on innovation. Dell Technologies storage delivers the automation, security, performance and scale we need as we reimagine life sciences." Dell PowerStore, the fastest ramping new architecture in company history, will deliver up to a 50%2 mixed workload performance boost and up to 66%3 greater capacity. Customers can better plan business continuity strategies with software-only high availability metro replication configured in as few as five clicks. Additional software advancements make it possible for organizations to: Better support and secure file workloads with file level retention, native file replication and support for third-party file monitoring and ransomware protection. Take advantage of deeper VMware integrations including improved VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™ (vVols) latency and performance plus simplified disaster recovery with vVols replication, VM-level snapshots and fast clones. Maximize performance of new hardware with end-to-end NVMe support and increased networking speeds. Dell PowerMax, the world's most secure, mission-critical storage,4 will introduce cyber resiliency advancements including cyber vaults for traditional and mainframe deployments. CloudIQ ransomware capabilities help detect cyberattacks early to minimize exposure and speed recovery. PowerMax now offers up to 65 million secure snapshots to improve cyber recovery and increases efficiency with new 4:1 data reduction guarantee.5 Additional software-driven updates help organizations: Increase productivity with automated storage operations such as multi-array smart provisioning, workload optimization, and health monitoring and remediation. Quickly move data to public clouds with faster cloud snapshot shipping and recovery, built-in high availability to minimize downtime and easy restore of cloud-based object storage data. Experience double the performance6 with up to 50% better response times7 in demanding application and mainframe environments on two new NVMe-based PowerMax models. Anytime Upgrade customers are eligible for non-disruptive upgrades. Dell PowerFlex software-defined infrastructure will consolidate traditional and modern workloads with new file services that allow for unified block and file capabilities on a single platform. PowerFlex simplifies multi-cloud and DevOps with the broadest file and block8 support for all major Kubernetes and container orchestration platforms from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, SUSE and VMware. Additional updates allow customers to: Realize greater TCO savings by consolidating traditional and containerized workloads using unified block and file storage services across bare metal and virtualized deployments. Simplify PowerFlex deployment through NVMe-over-TCP connectivity with consistent standards-based storage networking. Streamline operations with new unified compute, storage and system lifecycle management capabilities within PowerFlex Manager software. "Organizations are increasingly seeking IT infrastructure that delivers a cloud-like experience wherever their data lives," said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. "Dell has designed these sweeping software and hardware enhancements across its comprehensive, multi-cloud infrastructure portfolio to deliver that experience with greater automation, security and control." "Our customers choose Dell Technologies storage because it is trusted and delivers meaningful innovation that helps organizations keep pace with the changing business and IT landscape," said Mike Heintzelman, vice president, Advanced Solutions, TD Synnex. "The significant software innovations introduced across the Dell storage portfolio will help organizations simplify IT operations, innovate securely and get more value from their data." 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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BBT.live has been selected by Cellcom for SD-WAN services

BBT.live | December 29, 2021

BBT.live, which developed a market leading SD-WAN-based SASE solution, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cellcom, one of Israel's leading telecommunications service providers. Cellcom will launch a SD-WAN cloud-based secured connectivity service designated to the growing SMB/SME market in Israel. BBT.live's solution, built for service providers and optimized to meet SMB/SME needs, enable the delivery of enterprise-grade secured connectivity service based on the underlay of public mobile and broadband networks. BBT.live's software disaggregation technology allows network operators to mix and match diverse hardware under a single operating system, reducing the time and effort required to plan, deploy and operate the SD-WAN-based SASE cloud infrastructure. By creating a flexible consumption model for xSPs and network operations, operational efficiency is thus streamlined across the entire infrastructure on any hardware (cloud and edge units) ensuring an open and reliable experience for faster innovation in the cloud. BBT.live's unique SD-Flat network technology flattens the customer WAN and LAN networks providing a single pane of glass and user-friendly centralized network orchestration. "We are excited to cooperate with Cellcom in order to launch a secured connectivity service in the highly competitive Israeli market. Cellcom plans to address the big and growing SMB/SME market and support their clients in the digital transformation journey. BBT.live's cloud first solution fits the market shift from on-premises to cloud infrastructure" Moshe Levinson, BBT.live founder & CEO About Cellcom Israel Ltd. Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is a leading Israeli communications group, providing a wide range of communications services. Cellcom Israel is the largest Israeli cellular provider, providing its cellular subscribers with a broad range of services including cellular telephony, roaming services, text and multimedia messaging, advanced cellular and data services and other value-added services in the areas of mobile office, data protection etc. And for the business sector Cellcom also provides transmission infrastructure and internet services, cloud managed services, telephony for business, data centers and cyber security, networking and system turnkey solutions based on Cellcom Israel's technologically advanced infrastructure. The company operates advanced networks enabling high speed broadband and advanced multimedia services. Cellcom Israel offers nationwide customer service including telephone customer service, retail stores, and service and sale centers. Cellcom Israel further provides OTT TV services, internet infrastructure and connectivity services and international calling services, as well as landline telephone services in Israel. About BBT.live BBT.live, founded in 2020, provides a cloud-native SD-WAN-based SASE solution that combines enterprise-grade networking with network security and visibility into a single solution. BBT.live's offering is specifically designed for service providers, allowing them to provide their SME clients with a cost-effective holistic solution that is easily deployed and managed.

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While DNS hasn’t changed all that much since Paul Mockapetris invented it in 1983, the skills and capabilities of today’s hackers have advanced considerably. DNS is a globally deployed routing and caching overlay network that connects public networks, corporate networks, and the Internet. The pervasiveness of its use and open-source nature of the technology make it extremely vulnerable to hacker attacks such as DDoS attacks and therefore raises serious questions: Is it sufficiently secure? Is it vulnerable to data breaches? The answer is that DNS can be abused in all sorts of unconventional ways that make it the perfect back door for hackers seeking to steal sensitive data.

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