Heficed offers infrastructure support frontline R&D on COVID-19

DataCenterNews North America | March 31, 2020

Netfork infrastructure provider Heficed is jumping on board the fight against COVID-19 by offering its cloud hosting, data storage and processing, and internet connections free of charge to organizations committed to fighting the virus. The company says the effects of COVID-19 have had a significant effect on the global economy, and put a strain on the network due to the increased amount of people being forced into lockdown. In a Facebook post, Heficed publicly announced its support of those on the front lines of research and development. “We invite all organizations that are racing against time to stop the COVID-19 virus, to use our resources for free. All of your hard work is an exemplary show of courage and dedication, which inspires us to stand by your side in this fight. In the time of need, we stand united, and by pulling our resources together, we can take a firm stand against the pandemic and secure a better tomorrow!”

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Nutanix Accelerates Kubernetes Adoption in the Enterprise

Nutanix | October 27, 2022

Nutanix , a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced new features in its Cloud Platform to accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes running both at scale and cost-effectively. The company announced broad support for leading Kubernetes container platforms, built-in infrastructure as code capabilities, and enhanced data services for modern applications. These new features allow DevOps teams to accelerate application delivery with the performance, governance, and flexibility of the Nutanix Cloud Platform while allowing customers to maintain control of their IT operating costs. “Kubernetes deployments are inherently dynamic and challenging to manage at scale. “Running Kubernetes container platforms cost-effectively at large scale requires developer-ready infrastructure that seamlessly adapts to changing requirements. Our expertise in simplifying infrastructure management while optimizing resources—both on-premises and in the public cloud—is now being applied to help enterprises adopt Kubernetes more quickly. The Nutanix Cloud Platform now supports a broad choice of Kubernetes container platforms, provides integrated data services for modern applications, and enables developers to provision Infrastructure as Code.” Thomas Cornely, SVP, Product Management, Nutanix According to Gartner, by 2027, 25% of all enterprise applications will run in containers, an increase from fewer than 10% in 20211. This is a significant challenge for many given most Kubernetes solutions are not meant to support enterprise scale, even less can do so in a manner that is cost effective. The Nutanix Cloud Platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes in a software-defined infrastructure environment that can linearly scale. Additionally, whether running Kubernetes on-premises or in the public cloud, Nutanix delivers a cost-effective solution that can help lower total cost of ownership by up to 53% when compared to other native cloud deployment solutions. New capabilities, including broad support for leading Kubernetes container platforms, built-in infrastructure as code capabilities, and enhanced data services, make Nutanix an even stronger proposition for enterprises looking to deploy Kubernetes at scale. Specifically, new enhancements include: Broad Kubernetes Ecosystem: The Nutanix Cloud Platform, with the built-in AHV hypervisor, now supports most leading Kubernetes container platforms with the addition of Amazon EKS-A. This builds on a large ecosystem including Red Hat OpenShift, SUSE Rancher, as well as Google Anthos, and Microsoft Azure Arc for edge deployments, along with the native Nutanix Kubernetes, Nutanix Kubernetes Engine (NKE). Built-In Infrastructure as Code Operating Model: Nutanix also announced an updated API family along with its SDKs in Java, JS, Go and Python, currently under development. This will enable automation at scale and consistent operations regardless of location—in the datacenter, on the public cloud, or at edge—both of key importance to enterprises. Additionally, when combined with Red Hat Ansible Certified Content or the Nutanix Terraform provider, a DevOps methodology can be brought to infrastructure through automation leveraging Infrastructure as Code. Strengthened Data Services for Modern Applications: Nutanix Cloud Platform’s web-scale architecture enables customers to start small and scale to multi-PB sized deployments as application needs grow. It is the only platform to unify delivery of integrated data services with file, object, and now adding database services on the same platform for Kubernetes-based applications. Today Nutanix launched Nutanix Database Service Operator for Kubernetes, which enables developers to quickly and easily provision and attach databases to their application stacks directly from development environments. The open source operator is available via artifacthub.io as well as by direct download at GitHub. Additionally, Nutanix Objects now supports a reference implementation of Container Object Storage Interface (COSI) for ease of orchestration and self-service provisioning. It also adds support for observability using Prometheus. Lastly, Objects is now validated with modern analytics applications including Presto, Dremio, and Vertica, along with Confluent Kafka to efficiently enable large-scale data pipelines often used in real-time streaming applications. These new features build on the Nutanix Cloud Platform’s ability to handle the dynamic demands of Kubernetes applications at scale. With the Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure, performance and capacity scale linearly, resilience is delivered from the ground up with self-healing nodes, and persistent storage is natively integrated. Additionally, the Nutanix Cloud Platform can help deliver cost efficiencies by eliminating unused compute and storage resources. For customers looking at cloud integrations, the same Nutanix value is delivered across hybrid multicloud endpoints with full license portability across edge, datacenter, service provider, and hyperscaler points of presence. “When we decided to bring the core platform for our solutions in-house, we decided to take a modular containerized approach to give us the desired flexibility and simplify management by maintaining customization as configurations,” said Larry McClanahan, Chief Product Officer, Nymbus. “Our partnership with Red Hat and Nutanix gives us the flexibility to innovate, the speed to get to market fast, and the tremendous scalability to support ongoing growth. We’re thrilled that we can better help our customers succeed in the digital banking market with unique solutions.” "Container development platforms promise faster application development speed, but will only be deployed by organizations who can maintain compliance, day 2 operations, and cost management control at scale,” said Paul Nashawaty, Senior Analyst at ESG. “Nutanix offers a compelling path to speed the deployment of modern applications at scale and in a cost-effective manner, with full choice of Kubernetes container development environments and cloud endpoints." About Nutanix Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making clouds invisible, freeing customers to focus on their business outcomes. Organizations around the world use Nutanix software to leverage a single platform to manage any app at any location for their hybrid multicloud environments.

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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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Softchoice Achieves Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration Competency Status

Softchoice | October 31, 2022

Softchoice has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration Competency status. To receive the designation, solution partners must have AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. The AWS Migration Competency recognizes Softchoice’s excellence in helping customers move to AWS through all phases of complex migration projects: discovery, planning, migration and operations. It further strengthens Softchoice’s offering as an AWS Partner with proven technical proficiency and customer success and adds to Softchoice’s other AWS competencies, which include: Nonprofit Consulting Storage Consulting Microsoft Workloads Consulting “Softchoice is proud to have earned the AWS Migration Competency Status. The agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS offers are pivotal to our vision and value proposition. “As a strategic partner, our team’s focus is to help customers succeed in their digital transformation agendas. This competency is an endorsement of our ability to strategize and execute cloud migrations for customers across sectors and stages of maturity.” Chris Woodin, Vice President, Cloud Business Unit at Softchoice AWS enables scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions for organizations ranging from startups to global enterprises. The AWS Competency Program supports the integration and deployment of these solutions by helping customers find AWS partners, like Softchoice, with deep industry experience and expertise to support AWS-led transformation projects. Softchoice recently completed a critical AWS migration for Nortek, a leading manufacturer of HVAC systems for residential, commercial and data center locations. “Softchoice’s performance, reliability, security, and technical expertise are ahead of every partner we evaluated. Their understanding of and relationship with public clouds like AWS were also a major draw for us to work with them,” says Brad Green, Group Vice President and CIO of Nortek. “Softchoice’s solution-first mindset, consulting capabilities, and deep technical expertise with AWS were the pillars of our cloud migration. The team offered critical operational support, cloud management capabilities, and valuable advice at every step of our migration, helping us secure and modernize our systems and redesign our IT architecture for growth.” With AWS, Softchoice helps organizations advance their digital transformation agendas, including developing and delivering new, differentiated digital customer experiences. Moving infrastructure, data, and application services to the cloud is a crucial enabler of this offering, and the AWS Migration Competency validates organizations’ trust in Softchoice’s approach and experience to follow best practices while delivering business value. About Softchoice Softchoice is a software-focused IT solutions provider that equips organizations to be agile and innovative, and for their people to be engaged, connected and creative at work. That means moving them to the cloud, helping them build the workplace of tomorrow, and enabling them to make smarter decisions about their technology portfolio.

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Despite disappointing numbers, NVIDIA's core business remains strong, as shown by Liftr Insights data

Liftr Insights | November 11, 2022

Liftr Insights, a pioneer in market intelligence driven by unique data, shows strength within NVIDIA's business. Recent disappointing activity with NVIDIA has drawn many eyes, but a deeper dive shows that one of their business units has remained strong while others have faltered. That part? Data center revenue. NVIDIA data center revenue revolves around GPU accelerators sold to public and private cloud centers. Public cloud providers continue to grow and expand their use of NVIDIA accelerators. Sales and deployment of components such as GPUs on public clouds providers are important indicators because public clouds mirror the needs of the larger semiconductor market, public and private. Liftr Insights, a provider of reliable data about public clouds and semiconductors, recently assessed the continued growth of NVIDIA's data center business. The data show that NVIDIA continues to dominate the accelerator space despite attempts by AMD, Intel and other providers to gain a foothold. Among those other contenders are the cloud providers themselves, designing and building their own accelerators as they have been doing with ARM-based CPUs. "We're proud to have over 40 months of data on companies like AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA that investors can use to track progress. "Particularly in uncertain times and when data center sales are a core part—the backbone—of these businesses." Tab Schadt, CEO of Liftr Insights The top six cloud providers, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Aliyun, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud, represent over 75% of the total public cloud market. These data show growth of NVIDIA in size and market share. "The data show effects from recent semiconductor backlog issues, but also the continued investment in companies like NVIDIA, despite the challenges," says Schadt. NVIDIA's most recent quarterly statement demonstrates that data center revenue represents 57% of NVIDIA's quarterly revenue, up from 41% the year prior. This percentage is expected to continue to increase in upcoming earnings reports. Since data center revenue represents the majority of NVIDIA's business, this segment is critical to monitor as the other markets for NVIDIA products (e.g., gaming, crypto mining) have become fickle. "Our customers see our objective data as a reliable indicator in uncertain times," says Schadt. "We look forward to seeing what the next rounds of data this month will signal." About Liftr Insights Liftr Insights generates reliable market intelligence using unique data, including details about configurations, components, deployment geo, and pricing for: Server processors: Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, and AWS's Arm-based Graviton brands Datacenter compute accelerators: GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs, and AI chips from NVIDIA, Xilinx, Intel, AMD, AWS, and Google As shown on the Liftr Cloud Regions Map at https://bit.ly/LiftrCloudRegionsMap, among the companies tracked are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud as well as semiconductor vendors AMD, Ampere, Intel, NVIDIA, and Xilinx. Liftr Insights subject matter experts translate company-specific service provider data into actionable alternative data. Market intelligence consumers can easily ingest this timely, standardized, and operationally-compliant information into their predictive financial models.

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