Microsoft Invests Significantly in Its Canadian Cloud Infrastructure To Stimulate Innovation In The Country

Microsoft News Center Canada | January 09, 2020

Microsoft Canada announced today that it is undertaking the largest expansion of its Canadian cloud infrastructure since 2016, when it launched its two cloud regions across the country. In fact, the company announced the addition of new Azure availability zones in the Central Canada region, thereby increasing the computing capacity in this region by more than 1,300% since it went online in 2016. The Availability provides users with high availability for their most demanding applications and services as well as confidence and protection against potential hardware and software failures by using at least three separate physical locations within an Azure region .Microsoft will also significantly increase computing capacity in the Eastern region of Canada in the first half of the year. This expansion, which builds on Microsoft's significant presence in Canada, will help local businesses access new innovations that will accelerate their development.

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DigitalOcean Announces New Data Center in Sydney

DigitalOcean | November 16, 2022

DigitalOcean Holdings, Inc., the cloud for developers, startups and SMBs, today announced it is expanding its global presence with a new data center in Sydney, Australia (SYD1). This new facility will better support DigitalOcean’s current and prospective customers who are based in or have end-users in Australia and New Zealand. Sydney is the ninth global region to house a DigitalOcean data center and the fifteenth facility overall. The SYD1 data center features the most up-to-date network architecture and is connected to DigitalOcean's private internet edge and backbone network, providing 400 Gbps of on-net access to Asia, North America, and Europe. This reduces dependency on public internet and, as a result, mitigates jitter, latency and packet loss for users. All equipment has redundant network and power connections that can route traffic smartly in case of unexpected failures, making for a reliable and secure experience. “With hundreds of thousands of current customers using our global network today, we’re excited to expand the breadth and capability of our infrastructure to better serve small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers in Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region. “This state-of-the-art data center will provide low-latency connectivity and our IaaS and PaaS productivity tools for startup businesses and SMBs in these important, rapidly growing markets.” DigitalOcean CEO, Yancey Spruill The cloud computing market in Australia is expected to grow 12.5% by 2025, with cloud spending by SMBs expected to grow marginally faster than enterprise organizations. The strong and growing technology business landscape in Australia and in particular Sydney, coupled with the telecommunications connectivity options, including submarine communications cables connecting directly to the United States and Asia, made Sydney an ideal choice for the next DigitalOcean data center. “This new data center was built with our small business customer’s needs in mind,” said Gabe Monroy, Chief Product Officer at DigitalOcean. “Scalability, availability, and security have been top priorities for our customers and were baked into this build, ensuring that end customers always have a great and secure experience.” The Sydney facility will provide direct connectivity to the market and improve the overall experience of end customers utilizing applications hosted on the DigitalOcean platform. SYD1 will also provide seamless peering with hyperscalers, making a multi-cloud strategy simple for SMBs and startups who utilize more than one cloud provider. Beginning today, users can deploy droplets, spin up DigitalOcean Kubernetes clusters, provision a managed database, or utilize any other DigitalOcean product from the SYD1 region. About DigitalOcean DigitalOcean simplifies cloud computing so builders can spend more time creating software that changes the world. With its mission-critical infrastructure and fully managed offerings, DigitalOcean helps developers, startups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) rapidly build, deploy and scale applications to accelerate innovation and increase productivity and agility. DigitalOcean combines the power of simplicity, community, open source and customer support so customers can spend less time managing their infrastructure and more time building innovative applications that drive business growth.

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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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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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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. 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." About Nexar 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.

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