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DartPoints® to Provide the University of South Carolina with Custom Software-Defined Data Center Solution

DartPoints | July 14, 2022 | Read time : 2 min

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DartPoints®, the leading edge digital infrastructure provider, announces today that it has formed an innovative technology partnership with the University of South Carolina. DartPoints will provide a custom Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution, which replaces the university's current data center.

DartPoints' custom SDDC cloud solution will significantly improve the university's IT agility. It adheres to UofSC's compliance requirements while providing the multi-tenancy of a public cloud infrastructure. The solution enables UofSC to reduce capital expenditures while improving functionality, reliability, and security.

"We needed a reputable provider that was readily available to ensure our team always has access to the critical data that keeps our campuses running across the state," said Dan Schumacher, executive director of infrastructure services at UofSC. "DartPoints is the ideal partner for our university and its solution is easy to use, highly configurable, and provides the comprehensive services we require."

Schumacher said moving information into a cloud-based data center will improve the university's disaster recovery capabilities and protect critical applications in the event of a catastrophic event. In addition, hosting compute services and file share services in the cloud improves efficiency and resilience because the time to respond to issues will be significantly reduced since there is no need to wait on shipping times or face equipment shortages that have occurred since COVID-19.

The University of South Carolina is leading the way for cloud-based data centers, as not many universities have fully adopted the model. Doug Foster, vice president for information technology and chief information officer for UofSC, said, "We are committed to the continuous improvement of our services to best meet the needs of our Gamecock community. This is one example of how we offer cutting-edge IT services that evolve with the ever-changing landscape. I am proud to be a part of this adventure with this great university and a talented group of employees."

An SDDC architecture helps organizations accelerate delivery of technology services while retaining control over IT, minimizing complexity, and reducing costs. It is an ideal solution for government agencies, hospitals, higher education institutions, and any organization that needs to respond quickly to demands for IT resources.

"The university had a number of factors that needed to be addressed, including latency, data location, cost, and technical expertise. "We were able to work with UofSC's team to develop a customized solution that addresses all of their needs, and we believe that similar solutions can help other large institutions."

Brad Alexander, DartPoints' CTO

DartPoints has been providing multi-tenant cloud, network connectivity, and managed services in South Carolina for over a decade, from its four active data centers in the state, located in Columbia, Greenville, North Charleston, and Spartanburg. DartPoints offers unmatched support and technical expertise backed by tenured and continuously upskilled technicians.

About The University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina is the flagship institution in the state. The public university has seven satellite campuses, in addition to the main campus that is located in Columbia, the state capital. Founded in 1801, the university is a Research 1 institution and offers more than 300 programs of study, from bachelor's to doctorate. The university has an approximate student enrollment of 35,3000 students and awards more than 9,000 degrees each year.

The Division of Information Technology works to help fulfill the academic mission of the University of South Carolina by providing technology services that maximize productivity, increase collaboration, and improve service. We strive to provide repeatable, reliable, and consistent IT services to our constituents, who span across the eight-campus system. More than 170 highly skilled individuals are employed by the division.

About DartPoints
DartPoints is the leading digital infrastructure provider enabling next-generation applications at the edge. By weaving together cloud, interconnection, colocation, and managed services, DartPoints enables edge ecosystems for enterprises, carriers, and cloud and content providers. DartPoints is building tomorrow's distributed digital infrastructure while serving today's cloud and colocation needs — and helping to bridge the digital divide.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces Next-Generation Compute Engineered for a Hybrid World

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | November 01, 2022

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced a next generation compute portfolio that delivers a cloud operating experience designed to power hybrid environments and digital transformation. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers provide organizations with intuitive, trusted, and optimized compute resources, ideally suited for a range of modern workloads, including AI, analytics, cloud-native applications, graphic-intensive applications, machine learning, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and virtualization. “The foundation of any hybrid strategy is compute,” said Neil MacDonald, executive vice president and general manager, Compute, at HPE. “HPE Compute brings businesses closer to the edge, where data is created, where new cloud experiences are delivered, and where security is integral. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers are engineered for the hybrid world to deliver an intuitive cloud operating experience, trusted security by design, and optimized performance for workloads.” Intuitive cloud operating experience On HPE ProLiant servers, an HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management subscription provides a cloud-native management console. This increases operational efficiency by securely automating the process to access, monitor, and manage servers, no matter where the compute environment lives. The console provides simple, unified, and automated capabilities to allow customers to control their compute with global visibility and insight. Customers can also easily onboard thousands of distributed devices and benefit from faster server firmware updates to focus efforts on business operations, and not on managing complex IT infrastructure. HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management also includes carbon footprint reporting for customers to view emission metrics, from individual servers to full compute environments, to monitor energy usage. Trusted security by design HPE continues to lead and deliver secure infrastructure, from edge to cloud, starting at the silicon level with the HPE Silicon Root of Trust, an industry-exclusive security capability that protects millions of lines of firmware code, from malware and ransomware, with a digital fingerprint that is unique to the server. Today, the HPE Silicon Root of Trust secures millions of HPE servers around the world. The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers build on this security innovation with the following new features to protect data and systems: Ensure verification and authentication for device components with the new version of the HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO), with iLO6. ILO is a remote server management software that enables customers to securely configure, monitor, and update HPE servers seamlessly. The latest version features new authentication using the Security Protocol and Data Model (SPDM), a key security capability in servers for authenticating and securely monitoring devices in an open standards-based approach. Prevent alterations to unique server identity access with the inclusion of platform certifications and Secure Device Identity (iDevID) by default. Gain an additional layer of authentication by monitoring a secure boot and system state through the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Adopt the highest level of security through the HPE Trusted Supply Chain. The HPE Trusted Supply Chain advances end-to-end security with certified servers that feature hardened data protection during the manufacturing process. Recently, HPE extended options for certified servers, from US-based factories, to produce and ship worldwide.1 Optimized performance for any workload As organizations run more demanding workloads, including AI, machine learning, and rendering projects, they require optimal compute and accelerated compute performance. The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers are optimized to deliver high performance on an organization’s most data-intensive workloads and support a diverse set of architectures, including 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ processors, 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors. Compared to the previous generation, the new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers support twice as much I/O bandwidth for the most demanding applications, 50% more cores per CPU for improved workload consolidation, and 33% more high-performance GPU density per server to support AI and graphic-intensive workloads. Service providers, and enterprises that are embracing cloud-native workloads, require dedicated, cloud-native compute to deliver agile and extensible capabilities to drive innovation. In June 2022, HPE announced that it was the first tier-one server provider to offer compute with optimized cloud-native silicon, using Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors in the new HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server. Delivering a pay-as-you-go consumption model with HPE GreenLake Organizations looking to transition from one generation to the next, can adopt HPE’s next-generation compute through a traditional infrastructure purchase or through a pay-as-you-go model with HPE GreenLake. HPE GreenLake is an as-a-service platform that enables customers to accelerate data-first modernization and provides over 70 cloud services that can run on-premises, at the edge, in a colocation facility, and in the public cloud. Additionally, through HPE Financial Services (HPEFS), customers can convert existing technology assets into capital to purchase new or upgraded technology. Expanding the customer experience with new services Through HPE Pointnext Services, an award-winning team of over 15,000 experts, customers adopting the HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers can leverage in-depth global expertise to deploy next-generation HPE ProLiant servers and create new experiences, gain real-time insights from their data, and modernize IT to unlock value. Today, HPE unveiled enhancements to its customer experience, supporting HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers, including: HPE Pointnext Complete Care Secure Locations offers customers assigned experts to deliver support to locations where access, connectivity as well as electronic and verbal communications, are subject to specific security measures. HPE Expert on Demand provides customers with access to services professionals with dedicated expertise related to HPE’s next-generation compute offerings. HPE Support Center, which provides online services and a support platform, has been enhanced to include greater collaboration, case management, enhanced virtual agent troubleshooting and a new digital insights dashboard. Support for HPE’s next-generation compute has been extended from three to five years, to up to seven years. About Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.

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Adeo Modernizes its Data Infrastructure with Datometry on Google BigQuery

Datometry | October 12, 2022

Datometry, the database virtualization company, announced today that leading French home goods retailer Adeo has completed a key milestone of the modernization of its data infrastructure by migrating from their legacy data warehouse, Teradata, to Google Cloud's BigQuery. The largest DIY retailer in Europe and third largest in the world, has 150,000 employees and 1,000 retail shops in 20 countries that meet a range of home goods needs, including renovations, DIY, and décor. The company needed to move from its highly entrenched data system to BigQuery, wanting to do so without disrupting business users worldwide. Using the Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform - the industry's first to make existing applications seamlessly interoperable with cloud databases - Adeo was able to deliver on a multi-project architecture leveraging BigQuery that serves users in multiple geographies simultaneously. In a joint effort between Datometry, Google Cloud, Adeo, and Adeo's service partners Sopra Steria and CGI, Adeo redesigned and implemented its ETL. Then, Datometry generated the mapping of over 200,000 database objects from Teradata to BigQuery, fully automatically. That set the stage for Adeo to virtualize the entire reporting and consumption layer using Datometry Hyper-Q. This approach made for a completely seamless transition so that Adeo's business users around the world would not even know that their core data platform has been replaced with BigQuery. "Adeo, a global leader in its industry, was acutely aware that a conventional database migration would come with significant disruptions to its business," said Mike Waas, CEO, Datometry. "Therefore, together with Google Cloud, we delivered on a vision that empowered Adeo to adopt BigQuery as their new data warehouse platform faster than with any other methodology—and, notably, without disrupting the business." Datometry Hyper-Q uniquely addressed Adeo's business objectives, enabling the company to transfer its existing applications natively to BigQuery without costly rewrites of SQL code, at a fraction of the time and risk associated with typical database migrations. Had Adeo chosen to rewrite and redesign their reporting layer instead of virtualizing it, Adeo would have faced additional expenses of millions of dollars over the course of several years, with no guarantee of success. "When Google Cloud first introduced us to Datometry we were thrilled. "Datometry enabled us to migrate at a highly accelerated pace and quickly unlock the benefits of Google Cloud. With Datometry Hyper-Q, we were able to implement a multi-project architecture that would have been close to impossible to build otherwise." Eric Foratier, Digital Domain Leader, Adeo "We're proud to partner with Datometry and help Adeo along its digital transformation journey," said Sudhir Hasbe, Sr. Director of Data Analytics, Google Cloud. "By migrating its data warehouse with Datometry to BigQuery, Adeo teams can access and leverage data insights at global scale, enabling elevated customer experiences for its end customers." Datometry Hyper-Q is used by leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises to accelerate cloud modernization and move workloads between data warehouses. The Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform eliminates risk-laden, expensive, and time-consuming application rewrites. For more information, visit www.datometry.com. About Datometry Datometry is the global leader in database system virtualization. Datometry empowers enterprises to run their existing applications directly on the cloud database of their choice without the business disruption of costly and risk-laden database migrations and application rewrites. Leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises worldwide realize significant cost savings and consistently outpace their competition by using Datometry during this critical period of transformation to cloud-native data management.

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CEVA Accelerates 5G Infrastructure Rollout with Industry's First Baseband Platform IP for 5G RAN ASICs

CEVA, Inc. | September 21, 2022

CEVA, Inc., the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and co-creation solutions, today introduced PentaG-RAN™, the industry's first 5G baseband platform IP for ASICs targeting cellular infrastructure in both base station and radio configurations, including distributed units (DU), and Remote Radio Units (RRU), from small cell to Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple Output (mMIMO). This heterogeneous baseband compute platform has been designed to significantly reduce the entry barriers for companies wishing to break into the new market opportunities available in Open RAN (O-RAN) equipment. The burgeoning market for 5G base station and radio ASICs is fueled by the digital transformation that continuously calls for higher cellular bandwidth at lower latency. More recently, network disaggregation driven by the Open RAN initiative and the drive for mMIMO has gained the attention of silicon vendors worldwide to the cellular infrastructure market opportunity. Global technology intelligence firm ABI Research forecasts that shipments of 5G outdoor mobile infrastructure equipment, including mMIMO radios, O-RAN radios, small cells and virtual basebands is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% from 2022 to 2027, surpassing 23 million units annually by 2027. The inability of the current platforms to scale effectively to mMIMO dimensions or support new O-RAN use cases where power and cost are significant factors has disrupted the market and opens the door for new entrants. With this in mind, PentaG-RAN provides a groundbreaking platform for a complete L1 PHY (physical layer 1) solution with optimal hardware/software partitioning, incorporating powerful vector DSPs, PHY control DSPs, flexible 5G hardware accelerators and other specialized components required for modem processing chains. It delivers up to 10X savings in power and area compared to available FPGA and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) CPU based alternatives. To further reduce design risk and expediate ASIC design, CEVA's co-creation services are available to PentaG-RAN customers for the development of their entire PHY subsystem, and up to designing the complete chip. Guy Keshet, Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Business Unit at CEVA, stated: "CEVA has been at the leading edge of DSP technology in cellular infrastructure for the last decade, collaborating with leading Tier-1 OEMs to deliver the most advanced DSP architectures deployed in 5G RAN today. Our PentaG-RAN platform was formed out of this extensive experience and brings the next level platform solution to help drive the next generation of 5G chipsets for mMIMO systems and new O-RAN use cases." The PentaG-RAN platform addresses both base station and radio compute configurations: Base station, supporting Macro DU/vDU and Small Cell – offering a scalable compute platform for L1 inline DU/vDU acceleration. This configuration handles the complete acceleration of the main processing chains (data and control), for both symbol-to-bit domains (including FEC) and frequency processing (including FFT and equalization). Advanced algorithms including channel estimation and MMSE calculation are mapped to the CEVA-XC DSP for optimal processing and power efficiency. It includes a powerful resource pool for accelerating COTS platforms and supports high-PHY and low-PHY 7.2x split partitioning based on Open RAN specifications. Radio, supporting Open RAN Low-PHY, Massive MIMO and Beamformer – offering a scalable compute platform for Massive MIMO beamforming processing on RRU side, including Beamformer and Beamforming weight calculation. This configuration offers unmatched compute and PPA efficiency, enabling customers with a competitive path for cost reduction and integration options with transceivers, compared to FPGA and other COTS solutions. It supports a range of use-cases from Small Cell and Macro, to Massive MIMO 32TR to 64TR and beyond, for both Sub-6 and mmWave and supports O-RAN 7.2x splits. To further expedite time-to-market for PentaG-RAN licensees, the platform is supported by CEVA's new Virtual Platform Simulator (VPS), a unified System-C modeling environment that allows pre-silicon software development, solution dimensioning, architecture proof-of-concept, and modeling of all platform components. The VPS also includes reference software implementation for main processing chains, as well as beamforming use cases. About CEVA, Inc. CEVA is the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and co-creation solutions for a smarter, safer, connected world. We provide Digital Signal Processors, AI engines, wireless platforms, cryptography cores and complementary software for sensor fusion, image enhancement, computer vision, voice input and artificial intelligence. These technologies are offered in combination with our Intrinsix IP integration services, helping our customers address their most complex and time-critical integrated circuit design projects. Leveraging our technologies and chip design skills, many of the world's leading semiconductors, system companies and OEMs create power-efficient, intelligent, secure and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, robotics, industrial, aerospace & defense and IoT.

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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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