Runecast | June 29, 2022
Runecast, a leading provider of patented, predictive analytics for on-premises, hybrid and multi cloud environments, today announced a strategic partnership with SVA Software, Inc., a leading IT infrastructure services provider.
The existing relationship between parent-company SVA GmbH, of Germany, and Runecast is now expanded to include SVA Software, Inc. and further the reach of both companies across North America. The SVA Software portfolio includes mainframe optimization solutions, VMware license assessments, infrastructure analytics, data archival and a disaster recovery runbook. SVA models its business on its software and service solutions scaling to meet the needs of its customers' stages of growth and to assist customers in making sense of the data that their systems produce. Customers therefore gain in-depth insights across their systems, enabling them more control in negotiating the next ELA with a vendor.
"The strength of our partnership with SVA GmbH in Germany made it an easy choice to extend that partnership also to SVA Software, Inc. in North America. "Having a channel-first approach to market means that we rely on finding the best local partners to enable Runecast growth."
Ched Smokovic, Chief Revenue Officer at Runecast
Runecast has evolved to be the go-to solution for stabilizing and securing mission-critical IT operations ranging from online shopping and banking to emergency call services and air-traffic control. Runecast is an enterprise platform which brings a proactive approach to various areas of hybrid and multi cloud management and protection. Runecast provides automated best practices, actionable insights and proactive monitoring for VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Kubernetes, as well as OS-level support for Windows and Linux. Coverage for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is planned for its July release.
Recently, G2 reviews ranked Runecast a 'High Performer' in the Spring and Summer 2022 G2 Grid® Reports for the categories Security Risk Analysis, Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPP), Vulnerability Scanner, Cloud Compliance and Cloud Security.
"We are happy to add Runecast's unique solution and strength in the VMware space to our portfolio," said Lisa Schwab, VP of Sales and Marketing. "The partnership confirms the commitment in extending an award-winning platform like Runecast to the North American market. Runecast is a perfect complement to SVA's BVQ data analytics platform providing customers with a robust set of solutions to maximize and optimize their IT infrastructures."
The Runecast vision for the future is to stay ahead of the challenges that organizations face in a fast-paced and rapidly changing IT environment, to provide the best possible proactive means of mitigating vulnerabilities and maintaining security compliance and uptime – which aligns well with the SVA approach to business.
Runecast Solutions Ltd. is a leading global provider of a patented solution for IT Security and Operations teams. Forward-focused enterprises like Avast, DocuSign, and Merck rely on Runecast for proactive risk mitigation, security compliance, operational efficiency, and mission-critical stability. Headquartered in London, U.K., Runecast is a Gartner Cool Vendor and has won Computing awards for Cloud Security Product of the Year and Best Place to Work in Digital.
About SVA Software, Inc.
SVA Software, Inc. is a 100% subsidiary of SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH, a German company. SVA Software, Inc. was founded in 2016 selling SVA GmbH developed solutions combined with value added services. SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH is the largest privately owned system integrator in Germany in the fields of Datacenter Infrastructure and is the largest global IBM Systems Integrator. The company was founded in 1997 in Wiesbaden, Germany. SVA GmbH now employs more than 2,200 employees at 25 branch offices throughout Germany with a revenue of more than $1.3 Billion (2021) servicing over 3,000 customers worldwide.
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VPLS | August 23, 2022
VPLS, an Evocative company and a global provider of Internet infrastructure, data center, and managed services, announces today that it has expanded its leadership team, setting its sights on enabling enterprises with access to a full suite of digital transformation solutions including colocation, network, bare metal, cloud and managed services.
VPLS added three core members to its management team including Mark Hassman, Vice President of Systems; Renée Lawrence, Vice President, Global Marketing; and Steve Rubin, Vice President of Network Engineering. Mark, Renée, and Steve bring complementary digital infrastructure experience to the company, fortifying operations, product and service capabilities, marketing, and customer experience for VPLS’s global roster of customers.
“VPLS has experienced tremendous growth in these past few years. “In 2019, Evocative acquired VPLS and its full suite of enterprise-class solutions including Internet, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions, and managed services, followed by the acquisition of facilities in Dallas and in Silicon Valley. As we bring together additional team members with proven track records of successfully integrating and innovating enhanced infrastructure solutions for the enterprise, our organization is well positioned to empower future generations of digital solutions.”
Arman Khalili, CEO of VPLS
Mark Hassman brings more than 25 years of Internet technology experience to his role as Vice President, Systems at VPLS. Commenting on his new role, Hassman states, “I’m pleased to bring the cumulation of my experience in systems architecture, automation, and infrastructure services to VPLS. Our colocation solutions, combined with our broad data center footprint, global network backbone, capabilities for private, public, and hybrid cloud, and managed services offer companies exceptional options for their evolving digital infrastructure requirements.”
Renée Lawrence is a corporate communications and brand strategist joining the team as Vice President, Global Marketing. She brings to this role extensive experience in product and solutions marketing, product management, partner program development, digital marketing, and competitive insights and analytics. Lawrence remarks, “I am very happy to be joining the team at VPLS. It’s an exciting time for our organization and I’m looking forward to bringing our brand and our product and services portfolio into this next phase of our growth.”
Steve Rubin’s more than 30 years of experience in the digital infrastructure industry brings core backbone engineering, data center connectivity, hardware, software, and cloud interconnection expertise to his role as Vice President of Network Engineering. Remarking on his new role, Rubin said, “I am thrilled to be fortifying the VPLS network infrastructure as we focus on scale and security. Our clients are confronted with challenging network and security decisions and it’s an honor to be a trusted partner, advisor and resource.”
VPLS, an Evocative company, is a global leader in enterprise-class data center, bare metal, network, cloud, and managed services solutions that enable exceptional digital experiences. VPLS’s global footprint includes 18 data centers supporting over 68,000 servers across strategically located metros in North America, Europe, and Asia regions. Through a series of acquisitions including VPLS, assets from Carrier-1 Data Centers, Wave Broadband, and more, the company continues to expand its presence to power enterprise workloads at the edge. VPLS is dedicated to helping to drive digital businesses forward, both now and in the decades to come. VPLS is a brand under its parent company, EVODC LLC.
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LDRA | September 05, 2022
LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, software code analysis, and test tools, today announced integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help small- and medium-sized organizations more efficiently deploy security into the earliest stages of software development.
AWS is a cloud-hosted development and deployment solution that offers more than 200 fully featured services from global data centers. Millions of customers, including startups, large enterprises and leading government agencies, develop with AWS to lower cost, become more agile and innovate faster. The LDRA tool suite adds testing to the AWS cloud pipeline to more efficiently assess an operation, a file or groups of operations/files while also helping focus. The integration of LDRA tools to AWS’ existing testing tools improves software robustness, enhances security and delivers faster time to market.
“With advanced cloud-development platforms like AWS, even the smallest organization can build software that is high quality, safe and secure without the need for expensive servers and infrastructure,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director, LDRA. “Couple AWS with an analysis and testing tool like our tool suite, and they can easily test and analyze the software for any security holes so they can be fixed long before they get to market.”
Startups, Enterprises, Government Agencies Benefit from Cloud-based DevSecOps
This LDRA/AWS integration, a model for integration in public and private clouds, brings development, security and operations together to improve efficiencies and automation from the start. Using the LDRA tool suite with AWS lets them execute security tests more efficiently across one or many tasks in parallel. This is especially critical for organizations where security is critical, including a large US-hosted defense contractor who recently moved to AWS for Defense.
“As we see customers transition their traditional infrastructure to AWS and AWS for Defense, LDRA's ability to interoperate in a cloud environment has become increasingly important,” Hennell added. “Our tool suite can run in traditional AWS, AWS GovCloud and AWS GovCloud with ITAR restrictions, helping customers meet their security needs regardless of which version of the AWS they’ve deployed.”
LDRA tool suite supports multiple on-premises, cloud-hosted deployment options
In addition to AWS, the LDRA tool suite supports other on-premises and cloud-hosted deployment options such as Wind River Studio and Azure DevOps platforms to support environment hardening and simplifying achieving security at scale. Deployment options include hardened “Zero Trust” environments that rely on always available “known good” containers, eliminating systemic vulnerabilities.
For more than 45 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, and India coupled with an extensive distributor network.
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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. Locations and photos are shared instantly to Nexar's app, so that a circling driver can quickly grab the empty space.
Using the power of AI and the distributed edge architecture, Nexar solves the issue of latency, and compute and connectivity costs by consolidating and verifying multiple vehicles at the network edge. Nexar's goal is to solve the geolocation class of problems: HDMap fresh change collection, intelligent driving hazards, provide blockages and convenience alerts, and create traffic scheduling cruise assist, using edge compute environment and resources. This way, Nexar can spot and map empty parking spaces "seen" by these dash cams as they drive through the city, sharing them through push notifications to other drivers to the free parking spot.
Tokyo's AECC pilot is a breakthrough in proving the viability of such applications for the future of 5G networks, using in-car camera SDKs to compute the Uber H3 spatial index, which is used to distribute data across multiple edge clouds including Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). The pilot also uses AECC aggregation and consolidation on the network edge. This PoC proves the feasibility of cost-effective scale and elasticity of automotive edge services that will drive different use cases leveraging the powerful 5G and edge compute industry trends. In addition, Toyota, DENSO, NTT, Ericsson and Intel are charter AECC members.
The parking-finder app used the AECC's distributed edge architecture, deployed on KDDI and OCI, and using the standards that Nexar, Cisco and UPC have been developing in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Running on OCI, the app relies on fast, flexible, and affordable compute capacity through OCI Compute and Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes to run live data points for the AI algorithm.
"We are honored to be a part of this state of the art PoC demonstration with Nexar and Oracle in order to envision very advanced business use cases and their technical solutions developed by AECC. "Such business use cases and edge/cloud computing technologies in the mobility domain are one of the most significant KDDI's strategies over 5G mobile networks. For that purpose, we are actively working for AECC as a member company as well as a chair of the PoC committee, and making every effort to contribute to a smart society in near future."
Dr. Tomohiro Otani, General Manager of KDDI Corporation
"Smart mobility services allow drivers to find available street parking efficiently and fast," said Toshimitsu Misawa, member of the board, CEO and president of Oracle Corporation Japan. "These services collect a very large amount of data which need to be processed near real-time. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is designed to run nearly all applications more securely with enhanced data processing capabilities to increase speed and accuracy. We are glad to collaborate with Nexar and KDDI to continue to make advances in automotive edge services.
"In the near future, all vehicles will come equipped with dash cams, but the issue of how to upload the collected data without crashing the infrastructure will remain," said Bruno Fernandez Ruiz, CTO and co-founder of Nexar. "Partnering with AECC, KDDI and Oracle, we've discovered how to share this data scalably and economically in order to produce a collective value, enabling new applications such as parking detection. To deliver on the vision of real-time parking data, automakers will need to learn how to share data rather than assume that a siloed approach can succeed. With the AECC, KDDI and Oracle, we have accomplished just that."
Nexar turns cars into vision-sensors to understand the world. Its platform powers car vision connected services and apps, at scale, making new vision-based applications for better driving, powered by a crowd-sourced vision feed. Using anonymous, aggregated data captured from this network, Nexar has developed a portfolio of vision-based data services for public and private sector partners to make roadways safer and more efficient. Nexar's platform is already deployed across hundreds of thousands of cars, detecting parking spots, managing city safety and more.