Fonterra Co-operative Selects HCL Technologies for IT Infrastructure Transformation

Business Wire | February 18, 2020

Global technology company HCL Technologies (HCL), today announced a new large contract with New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra to modernise and manage the entire technology infrastructure Fonterra employees around the world use every day. The multi-year partnership with HCL Technologies will consolidate Fonterra’s technology suppliers and bring together the Co-op’s IT infrastructure services under one umbrella. The technology edge services provided by HCL will enhance Fonterra’s employee experience, to navigate through their business operations. This partnership will also extend HCL’s New Zealand presence to three offices within the country and will bring around 60 new jobs to the Waikato region, as the local support services for Fonterra employees will be based at its Hamilton Delivery centre.

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The explosive growth of cloud services has driven major advancements in data center, networking and telecom equipment. The next wave underway is the Internet of Things (IoT) with its billions of devices connected to the cloud. All of this growth greatly impacts the servers, storage, and networking switches that process an ever-increasing amount of data and video. It’s pushing infrastructure equipment to the limit in terms of processing power and bandwidth.


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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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AWS Launches Second Infrastructure Region in India

Amazon Web Services | November 28, 2022

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company , today announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure Region in India—the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region. Starting today, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations, will have greater choice for running their applications and serving end users from data centers located in India. Customers will have access to advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation including data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). “The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region supports India’s digital transformation and is part of our long-term investment in the country since opening our first office in 2011. Customers and partners in India will now have additional regional infrastructure to deploy applications with greater resilience, availability, and even lower latency,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “We are proud to invest in the future of the Indian technology community and workforce, and we are committed to helping organizations across industries increase agility and drive innovation.” “As a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s $1 trillion digital economy vision, the ‘India cloud’ is set for big expansion and innovation. Data centers are an important element of the digital ecosystem. AWS’s investment in expanding their data centers in India is a welcome development that would help catalyze India’s digital economy,” said Shri Rajeev Chandrashekhar, union minister of state for Electronics and Information Technology and for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. “The Government of India’s upcoming National Cloud and Data Center Policy envisions a significant increase in India’s cloud computing capacity from the current 565 MW to over 2565 MW in the near future. We look forward to greener and more sustainable data centers to power India’s expanding economy.” “We welcome AWS’s commitment to invest approximately INR 36,300 crores in the AWS Region in Hyderabad, which strengthens Telangana’s position as a progressive data center hub in India,” said Shri K. T. Rama Rao, minister for Information Technology (IT), Industries and Commerce, Municipal Administration, and Urban Development at the Government of Telangana. “We recognize the power of cloud computing, which is why we have collaborated with AWS to improve e-governance, healthcare, and municipal operations to benefit the citizens of Telangana. We are pleased that the new AWS Region in Hyderabad will spur more innovation and growth for many enterprises, startups, and public sector organizations in India.” With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, AWS now has 96 Availability Zones across 30 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations. The AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region consists of three Availability Zones and joins the existing AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, which opened in June 2016. Availability Zones are located far enough from each other to support customers’ business continuity, and near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region will enable local customers with data residency preferences to store data securely in India, while providing customers with even lower latency across the country. AWS is planning to invest an estimated $4.4 billion (approx. INR 36,300 crores) in India by 2030 through the new AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, which includes capital expenditures on the construction of data centers, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses. The investment is also estimated to support an average of more than 48,000 full-time jobs annually at external businesses during this time. These jobs will be part of the AWS supply chain in India, including construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and jobs within the country’s broader economy. The construction and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region is also estimated to add approximately $7.6 billion (approx. INR 63,600 crores) to India’s gross domestic product by 2030. Customers welcome the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region Hundreds of thousands of customers in India join millions of active customers using AWS in more than 190 countries around the world. Enterprises in India that choose AWS to speed time to market and innovate include Angel One Limited, Ashok Leyland, Axis Bank, Bajaj Capital, Broadridge, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Edelweiss, HDFC Bank, HDFC Life, RBL Bank, Tata Elxsi, and Titan. Indian public sector customers use AWS to lower costs, become more agile, innovate faster, and better serve the citizens of the region. These customers include 21K School, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Common Service Centers, CropIn, Digital India Corporation (MeitY), EnglishHelper, Government of Telangana, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, NITI Aayog, PhysicsWallah, Prasar Bharati News Services, TraceX, University of Delhi, upGrad, and Whrrl. Indian startups, including Acko General Insurance, Chingari, epiFi, Fibe, INDMoney, Jupiter, Lendingkart, and Loco, are building their businesses on AWS to scale rapidly and expand around the world. Acko is considered India's first built-for-the-cloud general insurance company. "Since our inception in 2016, we have run our entire platform on AWS, which enables us to scale quickly to serve more than 50 million customers seeking seamless insurance experiences,” said Vishwanath Ramarao, chief technology and product officer at Acko. “We are obsessed with making insurance effortless. The launch of the new AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region will enable us to run our applications across multiple highly available data centers in India to provide a seamless experience for customers while supporting our growth ambitions.” Axis Bank, currently India’s third-largest private sector bank, offers an entire spectrum of financial services to customer segments covering large and mid-size corporations, small and medium enterprises, agriculture, and retail businesses. “With AWS as our primary cloud provider, we have successfully migrated more than 70 applications to the cloud, including digital offerings such as virtual debit card and credit card engagement platforms. We plan to migrate 70% of our on-premises workloads to the cloud in the next two years,” said Avinash Raghavendra, president and chief information officer at Axis Bank. “We welcome the launch of the second AWS Region in India, which will enable us to further expand the availability of our banking applications to customers, while ensuring that their data remains onshore.” PhysicsWallah is an educational platform in India that provides affordable and comprehensive curricula to middle and high school students, and for national degree entrance exams. “We have collaborated with AWS since 2020 and use services such as Amazon CloudFront, AWS Elemental, and Amazon Redshift to seamlessly and securely deliver our live video classes to more than 6 million students across India,” said Prateek Maheshwari, co-founder at PhysicsWallah. “As user engagement across our app, website, and YouTube channel continues to grow across the country, a second AWS Region in India will enable us to continue to scale and provide even lower latency for students accessing our platform.” Tata Elxsi is a world-leading provider of design and technology services across several industries, including the automotive, broadcast, and healthcare sectors. Part of the Tata Group, Tata Elxsi has over 12,000 designers, engineers, and technologists working in more than 36 offices worldwide. "At Tata Elxsi, we support our customers in reimagining their products and services by applying design thinking and using innovative technologies. Previously, our on-premises infrastructure curtailed our capabilities to deliver high-performing differentiated consumer experiences and services continuously. We embarked on our digitization journey with AWS and migrated several business-critical processes to the cloud, including our own industry-specific software products, platforms, and R&D projects,” said Nitin Pai, chief strategy officer and chief marketing officer at Tata Elxsi. “AWS's robust cloud infrastructure and affordable services enable us to launch new and innovative solutions, scale based on our clients’ needs, and enable compliance across different jurisdictions. The launch of the second AWS Region in India offers a welcome boost for us to foster greater business resilience.” India-based AWS Partners also welcome the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region The AWS Partner Network (APN) includes tens of thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs) around the world. AWS Partners build innovative solutions and services on AWS, and the APN helps by providing business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support to customers. AWS SIs, consulting partners, and ISVs help enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications, and provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services for customers' cloud environments. Examples of India-based AWS Partners include Biz2credit, BlazeClan, BluePi, Capillary, Cloud Kinetics, Darwinbox, Dataevolve Solutions, Deloitte, Gupshup, Hostin, Infosys, Manthan, Minfy Technologies, Powerupcloud, Progressive Infotech, Redington, Tata Consultancy Services, Trigyn Technologies, Umbrella Infocare, and Wipro. For the full list of AWS Partners, visit aws.amazon.com/partners. Built-in-the-cloud systems integrator Minfy is an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner headquartered in India with offices in Southeast Asia, United States, and Australia. Since 2016, Minfy has helped more than 320 commercial and public sector customers innovate and digitally transform in the cloud. “Minfy works with many companies, state governments, and large public sector organizations in India, including National Skill Development Corporation, Dalmia Bharat, Exidelife, BookMyShow, MapmyIndia, and Tata Trusts, that build and run their service offerings at scale,” said Vikram Manchanda, CEO at Minfy. “As many of our customers manage highly confidential citizen data, we need to meet strict data security and governance requirements when we migrate their workloads to the cloud. The AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region will help us confidently meet these requirements while we deliver highly reliable and available solutions that help customers improve the quality of their service delivery for citizens with our deep tech capabilities in healthcare, life sciences, financial services, energy, and sustainability.” Commitment to sustainability As part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to reaching net-zero carbon across its business by 2040 and is on a path to powering its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the original 2030 target. Amazon is the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, and as of the end of 2021, reached 85% renewable energy across its business. In September, Amazon announced its first utility-scale renewable energy projects in India—420 megawatts (MW) of combined capacity across three solar farms located in the state of Rajasthan. Once fully operational, these solar projects will have the combined capacity to generate 1,076,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy per year, enough to power more than 360,000 average-sized households in New Delhi annually (based on the average energy consumption per Indian household of 250 kilowatt hours from Statista). Amazon now has 57 renewable energy projects across Asia Pacific. About Amazon Web Services For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 96 Availability Zones within 30 geographic regions, with announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon.

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Luxcore Announces Its Pivot Into A Decentralized Cloud Infrastructure Company And Hosts a Global Launch Event in Dallas, Texas

Luxcore | November 14, 2022

Luxcore emerges from stealth mode to announce and debut its latest innovation disruption, merging Internet, cloud, and blockchain technologies. On Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, Luxcore will host a global launch event, announcing its newest product and service offering for current and potential investors and members of the press. The company will reveal its decentralized cloud infrastructure (DCI) platform that leverages its long-time expertise in optical systems, chip design, and distributed, network-based, multi-level secure operating systems. "Luxcore's decentralized cloud platform is designed to be the first cloud computing platform based on micro clouds and distributed ledger technology ("DLT"), also known today as blockchain. "Today, we are the first decentralized cloud infrastructure provider with the ability to provide managed, hosted blockchain services with cross-blockchain integration, uniquely positioning us to offer "Blockchain-as-a-Service" with an unparallel emphasis on speed and security. Ultimately, our vision is to be the "Architects of the Next Internet." And this announcement is the second major step in our journey. Gerald Ramdeen, CEO of Luxcore Luxcore plans to vertically integrate the entire hardware and software stack, from the network layer up through the software layer, onto a single chip that can be deployed globally wherever 5G and 6G mobile infrastructure is deployed. In addition, at the event, Luxcore will be announcing a new major strategic partnership with a Fortune 500 company, one of the industry's most respected technology service providers in cloud and blockchain technologies. This strategic partnership will allow both companies to provide secure mass data storage and transit on our Decentralized Cloud Infrastructure ("DCI") platform together as we build the next Internet for the future of finance, commerce, and mobility. Ramdeen will unveil the DCI and "Blockchain-as-a-Service," their growth potentials, and revenue projections. This new first-of-its-kind partnership could generate $20-50 million in revenue per year beginning next year in 2023. Also, at the event, Ramdeen will be announcing Luxcore's return to the private institutional capital markets to secure institutional capital to fuel the company's expected growth. About Luxcore Ultimately, our vision to be the "Architects of the Next Internet" will undoubtedly be fulfilled by our ability to integrate the entire hardware and software stack vertically. From the network layer up through the software layer onto a single chip, can now be deployed globally wherever 5G and 6G mobile infrastructure is deployed, resulting in significantly lower infrastructure costs and energy savings.

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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

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, announced today it is showcasing four recently Open Compute Project (OCP) certified systems at the 2022 OCP Global Summit being held October 18-20, 2022 in San Jose, CA. The OCP Inspired™ products include three General-Purpose (GP) Enterprise servers, namely the Inspur NF5180M6, NF5280A6, and NF5280R6, and one high-density cloud-optimized system called Inspur NF8260M6. Inspur continues to promote the data center sustainability, accelerating the adoption of open computing from computing to storage. NF5180M6 is powered by 3rd generation Intel® Xeon®, a mainstream 1U 2-socket platform providing performance, flexibility and reliability for not only cloud Tier 1 service providers but also enterprise customers. NF5280A6 is a high-end dual-socket server that uses the 3rd Gen AMD® EPYC™ Processors, fulfilling a variety of complicated workloads such as data analysis and processing, cloud, and high-performance computing. NF5280R6 is a high-end dual-socket server featuring the Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max processors, addressing multiple workloads such as cloud container deployment, Android cloud games, and big data. Contributing GP-Enterprise servers across all three different platforms will help accelerate adoption of the open compute technologies by our customers. Open compute is breaking boundaries in data center innovation and enabling the convergence of more technologies with its unique technical edge, subtle design thinking, and ecosystem collaboration. Global collaboration and co-innovation revolving around open compute will drive further data center advancement while addressing worldwide issues such as carbon emissions. With the growing concern over data center sustainability, such as utilizing renewable energy, recycling, thermal reuse, and the use of liquid-cooling technologies to reduce water consumption, creating a greener carbon footprint is one of OCP's and Inspur’s top priorities. Inspur Information is taking an active part in green technology. Inspur Information has put forward the company-level strategy of "All in Liquid Cooling" and releases its full-stack liquid-cooled products, with cold plate liquid-cooling technology being available in all of its products including general-purpose servers, high-density servers, rack servers, and AI servers. In addition, Inspur Information builds the largest liquid-cooled data center production and R&D base in Asia to march towards being carbon neutral. “Soaring temperatures and energy prices are leading data centers to adopt liquid cooling technology to cut carbon emissions, reduce electricity usage and improve efficiencies. “Inspur’s open development and green technology innovations demonstrate our commitment to enabling data center sustainability.” Alan Chang, Vice President of Technical Operations for Inspur Information During the 2022 OCP Global Summit, Inspur Information is also announcing and demonstrating partnerships and collaborations with key industry leaders. The collaboration between Ampere and Inspur is driving the transition to Cloud Native with optimized designs that deliver leadership performance, scalability, and power-efficiency. We will showcase the Inspur NF5280R6 platform based on Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max processors at the OCP Summit. This platform is now broadly available and is in volume production at multiple customers. Inspur is a lead engineering partner for Ampere’s next-generation customer-reference platform, Mt. Mitchell. Ampere has contributed the Mt. Mitchell motherboard specification to OCP to accelerate the ecosystem adoption of Cloud Native Processors and platform hardware. In collaboration with Habana, an Intel company, Inspur is developing AI servers based on open computing specifications that can integrate Habana® Gaudi2 deep learning processors. The Gaudi2 HL-225H mezzanine card is utilized in Inspur’s next-gen OAM platform to accelerate AI development on open architecture and supports a variety of AI computer vision and natural language processing workloads. Since the announcement of Poseidon V2 E3.x reference system in last year’s 2021 San Jose OCP Global Summit, the joint team has made great progress and in this year’s Summit you will witness a demo of this system that is close to PVT production ready and with the most up to date Gen5 NVMe performance under stress. Poseidon V2 E3.x is a joint open storage solution which adopted composable architecture to maximize the benefits of EDSFF E3.x form factor, accommodating not only the PCIe Gen5 SSDs but also various devices like AI/ML accelerators or CXL Memory Expanders. Data center users can configure the system according to applications needs. Inspur Information actively participates in the establishment of AI, edge and other standards specification. Examples are participating in the improvement of the DC-SCM2.0 specifications for the OCP Hardware Management Module project, and taking leadership role in OAM UBB specifications, Scorpion standards, edge OITT specifications, etc. Additionally, Inspur Information promotes the productization of technological standards and has contributed, among the first vendors, a number of products to the community, such as OAI AI system, OTII edge server, and a rack scale system meeting three major open organization standards (OCP, ODCC, Open19). Open compute has been accelerating to expand from the Internet to other industries, such as telecommunications, finance, gaming, healthcare, auto manufacturing, etc. Omdia predicts that the market share of non-Internet industries in open compute will grow from 10.5% in 2020 to 21.9% in 2025. About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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The explosive growth of cloud services has driven major advancements in data center, networking and telecom equipment. The next wave underway is the Internet of Things (IoT) with its billions of devices connected to the cloud. All of this growth greatly impacts the servers, storage, and networking switches that process an ever-increasing amount of data and video. It’s pushing infrastructure equipment to the limit in terms of processing power and bandwidth.

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