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Etihad selects Kyndryl to help accelerate the next phase of its digital transformation

Kyndryl | December 15, 2021

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and Kyndryl, the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement to help accelerate the next stage of its digital transformation journey. Kyndryl will help Etihad modernize its IT infrastructure by facilitating the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms.

Innovation and technology have been instrumental to Etihad's agility to adapt within the aviation industry and enhance its world-renowned guest experience. Previously, the airline has relied on a private cloud infrastructure – but to achieve further flexibility, it needed to adopt a cloud strategy that integrates various public cloud environments to support its workloads.

Accordingly, Etihad will tap Kyndryl to work closely with leading cloud providers to select fit-for-purpose cloud platforms that are based on the specific requirements of Etihad's mission-critical workloads. Over the next three years, Kyndryl will also help migrate and manage Etihad's workloads across the new multi-cloud environment.

Through a multi-cloud model, Etihad will have seamless access to advanced cloud services and be able to combine the capabilities that each cloud platform provides. This will enable more efficient operations and bringing innovation to market at a more rapid pace.

"As Etihad continues to evolve, its ability to push the boundaries of innovation and digitalisation within the aviation industry is necessary to create the next generation travel experience. The airline looks forward to working with Kyndryl as their expertise in cloud environments will support Etihad in becoming a more agile and sustainable airline," 

Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad

"Etihad is long known for embedding innovation into every aspect of its operations and continuously transforming to better serve its employees and guests," said Vickram Nagi, Managing Director, Kyndryl Middle East, Africa and Turkey. "We are proud to have been selected by Etihad to help facilitate the next phase of its digital transformation through the use of best-in-breed cloud platforms. This collaboration reaffirms our commitment to support mission-critical technology systems the world depends on every day and to forge strong relationships with leading technology innovators to serve our customers better."

Kyndryl and Etihad signed the strategic agreement in November 2021.

About Etihad:
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, was formed in 2003 and quickly went on to become one of the world's leading airlines. From its home in Abu Dhabi, Etihad flies to passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Together with Etihad's codeshare partners, Etihad's network offers access to hundreds of international destinations. In recent years, Etihad has received numerous awards for its superior service and products, cargo offering, loyalty programme and more. Etihad is recognised as one of the world's leading airlines in response to COVID-19 and was the first airline in the world to fully vaccinate its crew on board.

About Kyndryl
Kyndryl is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages, and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl's nearly 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

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DJIB Launches First Ever Enterprise Grade Decentralised Data Storage Drive

DJIB | September 06, 2022

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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Bentley Systems Announces Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, Powered by iTwin

Bentley Systems | November 15, 2022

At the 2022 Year in Infrastructure Conference, Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, its combination of enterprise systems that span the end-to-end lifecycle and value chain of the world’s infrastructure. Powered by the iTwin Platform and Bentley’s infrastructure schemas and thus seamlessly integrating with Bentley’s engineering applications, Bentley Infrastructure Cloud will enable better creation, delivery, and ongoing operation of better infrastructure, through complete and evergreen digital twins. Bentley Infrastructure Cloud encompasses ProjectWise, for project delivery; SYNCHRO, for construction; and AssetWise, for asset operations. These enterprise systems now leverage digital twin technologies, powered by iTwin, to open up data contained in engineering files through automated and intrinsic mapping to Bentley’s infrastructure schemas. By advancing these enterprise systems to become fundamentally data-centric without disrupting file-based workflows, Bentley Infrastructure Cloud provides user organizations with significant opportunities to improve collaboration, productivity, and quality. Bentley’s infrastructure schemas are both open and extensible, and now link to reality modeling and IoT devices, and incorporate carbon calculation and subsurface data. The rich data representation of Bentley’s infrastructure schemas serves well the export of Industry Foundation Classes. The ability to share data seamlessly and to enrich it throughout the lifecycle helps engineering firms and owner-operators create and derive more value from their engineering data. The potential for a unifying, cloud-based solution across the lifecycle of infrastructure engineering arises from the institutionalized limitations of fragmented information flows that have impeded connections, feedback, analytics, reuse, and knowledge transfer. Bentley Infrastructure Cloud comprises a data-centric, always on, always current, always accessible federated environment that persists and relates engineering data throughout the span of design, construction, and operations. Information mobility and semantic continuity across traditional boundaries through Bentley Infrastructure Cloud will help accelerate, among other advancements, modular design and design for constructability, and performance-based design. Bentley’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Systems Ken Adamson said, “Bentley Infrastructure Cloud stands for our commitment to connect everyone and everything in the infrastructure engineering value chain and extended project ecosystems. Infrastructure professionals deserve an evergreen digital twin environment for data that they can trust and act upon. I believe Bentley Systems is uniquely positioned to fulfill this requirement by virtue of the combined comprehensiveness of our ProjectWise, SYNCHRO, and AssetWise enterprise systems, our software’s intrinsic engineering fidelity, and our commitment to openness – including our unique resolve to semantically integrate the full range of relevant engineering file formats. The iTwin Platform, in becoming the robust foundation for unifying all of our software development, has been proven equal to this challenge.” ProjectWise, Powered by iTwin Bentley Systems also unveiled major enhancements to ProjectWise to extend its scope from work-in-progress engineering to full digital delivery. By supplementing each project’s sequential file-based workflows with data-centric information mobility and analytics across all projects: through new project portfolio and program management capabilities, ProjectWise users can now apply analytics at the level of engineering fidelity across all projects, learn from and reuse rich project data, and retain knowledge to enhance the quality and efficiency of future projects; and through new digital twin capabilities, ProjectWise users can undertake interdisciplinary design reviews and advanced design validation to improve the effectiveness and quality of their designs, and also increase the richness of their digital deliverables for construction and operations, to position their businesses for transformational digital services beyond handover. Powered by iTwin: ProjectWise leverages iTwin Capture to integrate reality modeling data, increasingly the norm, to capture and monitor the digital context of designs, geospatially coordinated with engineering data; ProjectWise leverages Bentley’s infrastructure schemas to semantically align design-file data across multiple disciplines for comprehensive design reviews, and across all projects to understand dependencies, and to reuse datasets, including for machine-learning to develop proprietary analytics; ProjectWise will leverage iTwin Experience to offer immersive visibility into project digital twins, assuring quality and improving performance; ProjectWise 4D Design Review, powered by iTwin, enables users to securely share large, complex models with their entire project ecosystem, regardless of authoring applications. Reviewers can perform virtual walk-throughs, query model information, and analyze embedded property data using a simple web browser. A streamlined interface makes interdisciplinary review of 2D and 3D models easier and more accessible, and enables reviewers to see who changed what and when, through 4D visualization; Advanced Design Validation, powered by iTwin, includes 3D digital workflows, integration with Bentley’s OpenRoads and third-party applications, and AI/ML enhanced visualization, enabling simulation of the driver experience to validate designs and assure requirements are met; ProjectWise Components Center, a cloud-based digital component management and library service with direct integration to engineering applications, drives standardization, automation, and reuse of design objects to deliver projects faster and more reliably. Engineering firms can now leverage data from one design to another, capture lessons learned, create reusable components, and truly industrialize their project delivery expertise; and Digital Delivery capabilities leverage digital workflows to automate and manage the creation, exchange, and review of contractual deliverables including PDFs and Industry Foundation Classes, as well as digital twins. ProjectWise users can avoid wasting time manually assembling and sending packages, reduce risk by gaining visibility and traceability in deliverables workflows, and by automatically maintaining a comprehensive audit trail. Powered by iTwin within Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, ProjectWise for digital delivery enhances engineering firms’ opportunities while minimizing their risks, improving project performance and quality assurance. Infrastructure digital twins created in the design phase can be valuable to owner-operators as incremental project deliverables, including engineering firms’ recurring services as “digital integrators” for data quality and security, proprietary analytics, and monitoring. Lori Hufford, vice president, engineering collaboration for Bentley Systems, commented: “Engineering firms today face unprecedented challenges to deliver more and better projects despite scarcer talent, a retiring workforce, and loss of institutional knowledge. By leveraging the iTwin Platform, we are now able to advance ProjectWise beyond engineering work-in-progress for one project at a time, to be used across all projects to maximize insights, learnings, and reuse, and for machine learning. ProjectWise users already have a wealth of project experience incorporated in their ProjectWise archives. Now as part of Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, ProjectWise can drive a necessary step-change in the efficiency, effectiveness, and transformation of engineering firms.” AssetWise, Asset Health Monitoring Solutions, Powered by iTwin Finally, Bentley also announced the availability of new asset-specific solutions, powered by iTwin, that leverage iTwin Experience, iTwin Capture, and iTwin IoT to deliver real-time asset health monitoring. AssetWise Bridge Monitoring solution transforms traditional bridge inspections into a modern, digital workflow. By flying drones and using iTwin Capture to create a 3D digital twin of the bridge, inspections can be conducted virtually, avoiding costly and hazardous field trips, while tapping into expertise remotely and leveraging AI/ML to automatically identify and classify defects. Information is made available to stakeholders across the workflow via iTwin Experience. Inspection data required to correct issues can be seamlessly handed over to maintenance, design, and construction to create substantial savings. AssetWise Dam Monitoring solution is purpose-built for engineering firms to offer digital services to dam operators who are modernizing their dam safety programs to reduce risk and address growing regulatory requirements. The upcoming solution will provide unified access to sensor data and will be able to be deployed without the need for specialized technicians. Users can incorporate sensor data in any digital twin for a contextual view of real-time data and associated metrics. Cory Baldwin, vice president, infrastructure IoT for Bentley Systems, said, “We want to enable engineering firms to become digital integrators for the infrastructure digital twins they create in the project delivery phase, and to curate performance digital twins for owner-operators. To accelerate these opportunities, engineering firms can now start quickly with iTwin Capture, iTwin Experience, iTwin IoT, and our AssetWise monitoring cloud solutions, ready to add their own branded proprietary and asset-specific analytics and service programs.” AssetWise Bridge Monitoring and Dam Monitoring solutions are in early access. Bentley Infrastructure Cloud Availability Bentley’s Chief Product Officer Michael Campbell concluded, “We are working closely with engineering firms and asset owners and clearly understand that they want innovation without disruption. With Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, users of ProjectWise, SYNCHRO, and AssetWise accelerate their generational advancement to digital twins, but don’t jeopardize their existing workflows for engineering collaboration, construction, and asset performance management. Best of all, their existing project and asset files are the springboard to their data-centric future.” About Bentley Systems Bentley Systems is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

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Decentralized Data Solutions Startup Oort Launches Edge Network to Scale Web3 Infrastructure

Oort | November 08, 2022

Oort (formerly Computecoin) is kicking off its in-house edge network, Oort Decentralized Edge Network (DEN), which aims to radically augment the scalability of Web3 infrastructure and pave the way for massive Web3 dApp deployment. Oort DEN will allow developers to easily scale applications on Web3 infrastructure without compromising reliability, latency, and durability. Oort is building its edge network to address the most pressing pain points facing Web3 infrastructure today. "One of the biggest challenges faced by decentralized storage service providers is scalability in terms of the number of users and tasks. "The scalability problem gives rise to other issues, like latency, reliability, and the lack of essential features like google-type file searching. When decentralized storage service providers struggle to meet the industry's scalability needs, it's hard for them to compete with traditional, centralized services. Our job at Oort is to solve these problems by drastically improving Web3 infrastructure's scalability." Dr. Max Li, Founder and CEO of Oort Decentralized networks' nature of limited scalability dictates that most dApps built on those networks cannot provide Web2-comparable user experiences. As a result, dApps today still rely on centralized infrastructures like AWS. Oort DEN strives to help Web3 developers improve their dApps' performance by providing a collection of key functionalities such as SQL database, dynamic resource allocation (storage, compute, and bandwidth), fast file indexing and searching, and content distribution, all decentralized for internet-level scalability. "With our targeted positioning and product-oriented strategy," Dr. Li continued, "Oort aims to onboard billions of Web2 users to Web3 applications and services. We at Oort envision a future where Web3 is widely adopted and used by everyone. That's why we're committed to pushing the limits of what's possible; we want to make this vision a reality." Oort DEN will comprise a large number of Oort's edge node devices (called "Deimos") deployed worldwide. Deimos devices will perform all DEN functionalities at the edge, enabling massive adoption of Web3 applications. Oort is now seeking ecosystem partners to manufacture and distribute Deimos. All ecosystem partners will be carefully reviewed and selected by the Oort Foundation to guarantee the stability and security of the network. About Oort Oort (formerly Computecoin) is a data infrastructure for the next billion Web3 users. Featuring a user-centric design, Oort offers full-service decentralized data solutions that developers and users can quickly master without knowing a thing about Web3.

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Linux and Open Source Veterans Sign On to Form CIQ Leadership Team

CIQ | September 02, 2022

Nine cloud and Linux veterans have signed on to form the leadership team for CIQ, the company building the next generation of software infrastructure for enterprises running data-intensive workloads atop the Rocky Linux enterprise Linux distribution. This follows a successful funding round in May and a teaming with Google Cloud in July. CIQ secured $26 million in Series A funding in May, led by Two Bear Capital, with the goal of building a suite of enterprise workflow orchestration and hybrid cloud solutions designed to support enterprises as compute-intensive workloads like high-performance computing (HPC) grow to include non-traditional workloads like high-end data analytics and AI/ML models, both on premises and in the cloud. In July, Google Cloud announced that it had made its optimized version of Rocky Linux generally available to users of their cloud infrastructure service. “The next generation of software infrastructure that we’re building at CIQ will help enterprises and organizations tackle data-intensive workflows—from big data analytics, to HPC for modeling and simulation, to training sophisticated machine learning models. “The CIQ team has a legendary degree of experience building and running Linux-based infrastructure at scale for some of the most demanding applications. From the base operating system, through cloud, VMs, containers, all the way up to the top of a unified application stack, the CIQ team uniquely understands the point of view of customers across a diversity of industries. Together we’re developing a game plan that will show enterprises how to embrace the future of software infrastructure with greater speed, less risk and a shorter path to success.” Gregory Kurtzer, founder and CEO of CIQ The senior leadership team at CIQ now includes: Robert Adolph, co-founder and chief product officer—Adolph has introduced disruptive innovations in technology and business strategy for the past 25 years. He has integrated engineering, and research and development experience with large partners and customers specialized in engineering, computing, digital and project management. Adolph has been an advisory board member and angel investor in many start-ups and is a premium partner for customers on innovative project development. Rob Dufalo, SVP engineering—Dufalo has worked on both ends of the computing spectrum, delivering solutions for the second largest search engine in the world and working on IoT and embedded computing solutions for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in development, quality management and in operating cloud native solutions. John Frey, CTO—Frey has spent the last 20 years of his career creating partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and operating cost efficiency. His primary focus is using his research and engineering experience to apply machine learning with data-driven insights to solve HPC and cloud computing solutions to CIQ’s current product stack. Gregory M. Kurtzer, co-founder and CEO—Kurtzer is a 20+ year veteran in Linux, open source and HPC. He is well known in the HPC space for designing scalable and easy-to-manage secure architectures for innovative performance-intensive computing while working for the U.S. Department of Energy and a joint appointment to UC Berkeley. Kurtzer founded and led several large open source projects such as CentOS Linux, the Warewulf and PERCEUS cluster toolkits, the container system Singularity, and most recently, the successor to CentOS, Rocky Linux. David LaDuke, VP marketing—LaDuke is a former marketing executive at Apple and NeXT, having started his career in open source as a founder and CMO at Linuxcare. He went on to found Sputnik, the world’s first cloud solution for managing guest Wi-Fi networks. Sputnik merged with Lokket in 2017 to form what is today a growing wireless internet service provider (WISP) focused on providing affordable broadband to schools and underserved communities across the U.S. Stephen Moody, SVP support and technology—Moody is a technology executive, formerly at MIW for over 15 years, where he has developed patented products that focus on utilizing green technologies. His experience with IBM, Boeing, Microsoft, Rackable Systems and ZT Systems has given him the opportunity to leverage his ability to build high-performing technology teams and solutions. Marlin Prager, CFO—Prager has over 26 years of experience in the media and entertainment industries where he has been directly involved in equity, debt, and merger and acquisitions deals totaling more than $10 billion. He formerly was with Legendary Entertainment, which was acquired by Wanda in 2016. He then worked on several start-up projects including Open Drives and Illuscio before joining CIQ. Prager was formerly a partner at W2 Films and also founded Digital Cinema Ventures, supporting the rollout of digital projectors in theaters. Prager began his career with Price Waterhouse, where he earned his CPA. Brock Taylor, VP HPC and strategic partners—Taylor brings over 20 years experience working in the silicon industry at Intel Corporation and most recently AMD. He has held positions of solutions architect, manager and director for HPC systems, roles in which he focused his efforts on abstracting away the complexities of HPC systems from users to help expand access of these technologies across scientific and engineering domains. Art Tyde, VP business development—Tyde is a 30-year veteran of open source with significant technology sales and engineering experience in both start-ups and the enterprise. Tyde is credited as the founder of the enterprise Linux services and support industry, having founded the San Francisco (and Silicon Valley) Bay Area Linux Users Group in 1994 and co-founded Linuxcare with CIQ VP marketing, David LaDuke. The CIQ suite of tools is designed to leverage the capabilities of Rocky Linux, which is the successor to CentOS. Red Hat is moving CentOS to end-of-life status and will eventually no longer support it. Kurtzer, founder and CEO of CIQ, is also the founder of Rocky Linux and an original founder of CentOS. Rocky Linux is a community-led project, managed by the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation. About CIQ CIQ powers the next generation of software infrastructure, leveraging capabilities from enterprise, cloud, hyperscale and HPC. From the base operating system, through containers, orchestration, provisioning, computing, and up to cloud applications, CIQ works with every part of the technology stack to drive solutions for customers and communities with stable, scalable, secure production environments. CIQ is the founding support and services partner of Rocky Linux, and the creator of the next generation federated computing stack.

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