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DJIB Launches First Ever Enterprise Grade Decentralised Data Storage Drive

DJIB | September 06, 2022 | Read time : 02:50 min

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Today DJIB launched the first ever end-to-end encrypted, enterprise grade decentralised data storage drive with embedded multi chain non-fungible token functionality. It enables the widespread adoption of NFTs in business applications.

Cloud data storage is dominated by services such as Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. However, in the age of blockchains, users find traditional storage limiting as it is centralised in the hands of individual corporations. User data can be potentially accessed without their knowledge by employees of such providers. The currently missing ability to save objects as NFTs will be increasingly required in business applications.

This is why, while being AWS S3 compatible and blazingly fast, the DJIB data storage drive for the first time addresses all of these concerns by being end-to-end encrypted, censorship resistant, and with built-in NFT functionality. It reimagines the concept of NFTs, treating them as a new type of file format, whereby users can "Save as NFT" any file stored on the drive, thus demystifying the creation of NFTs. Files can be up to 5TB large, which removes currently existing technical constraints. Users can either attach custom business logic to their NFTs, or use pre-defined templates from a library without knowing how to code. For example, a musician can publish a song with pre-defined licensing rights, or a pharmaceutical company can allow patients to share and profit from their medical data with very granular permissions and usage rights - all without the need of any intermediaries or use of specialist software. Any asset can now be tokenised. Any financial director can issue share certificates in NFT format.

Such NFTs are immediately interoperable with all the blockchains with which DJIB has a connector. It started from Solana, Ethereum and BSC, but will soon cover all key networks. DJIB is already working on connectors with teams from major blockchains, starting with those that are enterprise focused and see this as an opportunity to foster the development of applications within their ecosystems.

Moe Sayadi, DJIB CEO whose background is of a solutions architect at Microsoft and Avaloq, says: "Making our decentralised drive available to enterprise customers and removing the mystery behind the creation of NFTs opens an unimaginable trove of opportunities. It puts a powerful tool into the hands of non-technical domain experts. They can focus on the business logic attached to any document and potentially physical item, and move entire business processes to the cloud. This enables Object Oriented Business Process Management and many other exciting innovations which are in our pipeline and will be announced soon. We are discussing with corporate CTOs some very interesting use cases and I can confidently say that NFT evolution has finally passed the apes stage."

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DRFortress Announces Major Data Center Expansion to Meet Accelerated Demand for IT Services

DRFortress | October 18, 2022

DRFortress, the largest carrier-neutral data center and cloud marketplace operating in Hawaii, announced today that it has commenced construction for further expansion to its data center campus in Honolulu, helping to support the region's evolving technology needs. The new development will add 200 cabinets for a total of 800 cabinets available to lease and a space of nearly 65,000 square feet. As Hawaii's digital hub and largest business network, the expansion will also provide new features to support the company's growing number of enterprise customers. This includes a customer training and conference room that can accommodate up to 40 people, two multi-purpose customer kiosks, and a coffee bar and snack area with available workstations. The spaces were built specifically for customers to host events or group trainings as well as serve as a secure business continuity office space in the case of an unexpected disaster. "Our customers and the Hawaiian business community are always at the center of every decision we make, and this fourth facility expansion is no different," said Rosa White, Co-President and Founder of DRFortress. "These new additions to our campus enable our customers to continue operating at the highest levels while we simultaneously provide our comprehensive, state-of-the-art colocation and cloud solutions. For the last 16 years, we have invested in our flagship data center and seen exponential growth – we're excited to see what the future holds." Since 2006, the DRFortress data center has completed three expansions and grown its customer base, space and power capacity almost tenfold. Backed by a team with 100+ cumulative years of industry expertise, the Honolulu-based facility is the largest data center and cloud marketplace in Hawaii and is one of the most respected data center infrastructures in the U.S. DRFortress offers an unmatched footprint, service portfolio, experience, and skillset to deliver connectivity, cloud, CDN, and business continuity to Hawaiian businesses. About DRFortress DRFortress is Hawaii's largest carrier-neutral data center and cloud computing services provider operating in Hawaii since 2006. Based in Honolulu, the DRFortress world-class data center facility is currently a 55,000+ square foot facility with 600 racks available for colocation. As Hawaii's Digital Hub and largest business network, DRFortress houses the densest concentration of IP carriers and networks in Hawaii. In addition to hosting the largest commercial Internet Exchange in the state, DRFortress also offers Cloud Connect services with dedicated private connections to the leading global public clouds.

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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. 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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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Inspur Information Propels Data Center Sustainability with Open Compute Technology Innovation and Industry Collaboration at 2022 OCP Global Summit

Inspur Information | October 20, 2022

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Together with KDDI and Oracle, Nexar Unveils AI Application that uses Crowd-Sourced Vision Data to Find Available Street Parking in Tokyo

Nexar | September 14, 2022

Nexar, the leading computer vision AI company, released a video demonstrating the first ever AI-powered parking space-finder app. Demonstrated with Oracle & KDDIs' mobile and edge infrastructure, the app reviews dash cam footage to detect on-street free curb space in Tokyo's busy streets using edge compute environments. Nexar, KDDI and Oracle are part of the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC), which works to create the computing and connectivity infrastructure for connected cars of the future. Nexar's app can dynamically and safely scale the sharing of transient conditions in near real-time. This demonstration comes on the heels of a similar real-time on-street parking app pilot in New York City, where thousands of Nexar's popular dash cams were driven around the city, capturing 220 million miles of driving each month and spotting empty parking spaces in real-time. 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