APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Mozart Data Raises $15 Million to Make Data Infrastructure and Tools Accessible to Start-Ups

Mozart Data | April 29, 2022

Mozart Data Raises $15 Million
Mozart Data, the all-in-one modern data platform,  announced it raised $15 million in Series A funding led by Craft Ventures with participation from Goldcrest Capital, Spearhead, Apollo Projects, and Valor Equity Partners. Mozart Data provides a Snowflake data warehouse, ETL, transformation, and other no-code tools to consolidate, organize, and clean company data before the analysis stage. Mozart's all-in-one data platform decreases company time and resources spent on building and maintaining data infrastructure. The new funding brings the company's total funds raised to $21M.

"We're empowering customers of all technical levels to build best-in-class data stacks in under an hour, Companies can give teams the power to get the data they need without being blocked by engineering, and instead use their time to focus on the analysis that produces unique insights about their business."

-Peter Fishman, CEO and Co-Founder of Mozart Data.

Since raising its seed round in 2020, Mozart Data has had more than a 500% increase in annual recurring revenue. The new round of funding will help Mozart Data hone in on its current product, while introducing additional offerings such as the ability to support customers with existing Snowflake databases. Now, companies with a Snowflake account will be able to plug their database into Mozart Data's platform, gaining access to a collection of powerful data tools.

Mozart Data helps companies work with data more efficiently, spend less time managing their data pipelines, and empower less technical users with easy-to-use features including:
  • ETL: Over 300 data connectors available for users to easily extract data from databases, CRMs, ad platforms, payment providers, and other systems without any coding. Push cleaned data into a business intelligence tool or spreadsheet for visualization and reporting.
  • Data Warehouse: Overcome siloed data by consolidating data from multiple sources in a Snowflake warehouse.
  • Data Transformation: Automate cleaning and preparing data for analysis, create a single source of truth, and ensure everyone works with the most recent and cleanest data. Automatically capture a record of your data at regular intervals for auditing and history tracking.
  • Data Cataloging and Observability: Data lineage, version history, and run history provide a look into what's happening in the pipeline so users can quickly identify and debug problems.
  • Data Reliability: Increase reliability and trust with proactive alerts when an error is detected.

"Mozart Data lowers the barrier to building a modern data stack, By bundling and connecting best-in-class data infrastructure, Mozart empowers teams of any stage to orchestrate their businesses more intelligently."

-Brian Murray, Partner and COO, Craft Ventures

Read more about Mozart Data's modern data platform here.

About Mozart Data
Mozart Data is the all-in-one modern data platform that gives anyone the tools to consolidate, organize, and prepare data for analysis. Mozart Data is on a mission to empower anyone to get the most out of their data without engineering or technical knowledge. Businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, use Mozart Data to power their data infrastructure and free up their teams to focus on the data engineering and analysis that's unique to them. Learn more at https://www.mozartdata.com/.

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The document discusses load balancer design considerations and deployment options in Cisco ACI, specifically  with F5 BIG-IP from three aspects: network design, F5 design, and multi-tenant design. This document covers features up to Cisco ACI Release 5.2. One of the key considerations of the network design with load balancer is to ensure incoming and return traffic go through the same load balancer (one exception is direct server return (DSR), which doesn't have this requirement). There are various options you can use to insert the load balancer. One way is to use the load balancer as a gateway for servers or as a routing next hop for routing instances. Another option is to use Source Network Address Translation (SNAT) on the load balancer or use ACI Policy-Based Redirect (PBR) to make the return traffic go back to the load balancer.


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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Infosys and TK Elevator Announce Strategic Collaboration

Infosys | June 10, 2022

Infosys , a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, today announced a global strategic collaboration with TK Elevator, one of the world's leading elevator companies based out of Düsseldorf, Germany. The global seven-year collaboration is an extension of the successful modernization of TK Elevator's IT infrastructure in Europe and Africa. As part of this engagement, Infosys will consolidate and harmonize the global service desk and workplace operations. Infosys will provide AI-powered IT helpdesk services, digital workplace management, as well as network services, powered by Infosys Cobalt-driven automation framework. This will humanize TK Elevator's workplace experience by building a resilient enterprise and digitally transforming their underlying IT infrastructure. Infosys will aim to boost cybersecurity and enhance digital experience for TK Elevator's end users, by leveraging its deep domain expertise, industry-grade IT infrastructure modernization capabilities, and a strong global presence. The collaboration, while improving availability of IT infrastructure, will reduce overall IT operational costs. "At TK Elevator, IT infrastructure is the core of our digital initiatives and we continuously strive to provide state-of-the-art user services. With Infosys as a strategic partner, we are confident to achieve our target of automation, innovation and efficiency across the IT landscape." Susan Poon, Global CIO at TK Elevator "Infosys will provide our business with high-performance IT services and enhanced user experience for our employees worldwide. Leveraging artificial intelligence and automation will not only make our IT more customer-centric, but will also help improve our customer experience at reduced cost," added John Hemming, Head of Infrastructure at TK Elevator. Commenting on the collaboration, Jasmeet Singh, Executive Vice President & Global Head, Manufacturing, Infosys, said, "Enterprises globally are repeatedly choosing cloud-based modernization solutions to enable their digital journeys, rendering their businesses more resilient. We are excited to collaborate with TK Elevator to enable their digital transformation. As we work towards establishing an engagement based on mutual trust and creating a value ecosystem, Infosys' best-in-class solutions in LAN, digital workplace, cybersecurity and infra, powered by AI and hybrid cloud, will drive operational excellence for TK Elevator globally. We look forward to continuing this collaboration in the future." About TK Elevator With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €8 billion in the fiscal year 2020/2021. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive network that guarantees closeness to customers. Over the past decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world's leading elevator companies and became independent since its separation from thyssenkrupp AG in August 2020. The company's most important business line is the service business represented by over 24,000 service technicians. The product portfolio covers commodity elevators for residential and commercial buildings to cutting-edge, highly customized solutions for state-of-the-art skyscrapers. In addition, it also consists of escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based service solutions, such as the MAX platform, are gaining in importance. With these digital offerings, there are no limits to urban mobility anymore. TKE – move beyond.

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WINDOWS SERVER MANAGEMENT

Microchip Introduces Fully Integrated Precise Time Scale System

Microchip Technology | May 23, 2022

The strength of a nation’s infrastructure is increasingly dependent on the accuracy of time. With pervasive cybersecurity threats to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), utilizing an alternative time system is a matter of national security. To address this need, Microchip Technology Inc. today announces its Precise Time Scale System, a world-class timing system that is traceable to Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) and not dependent on GNSS—providing nations, institutions, critical infrastructure operators and scientific labs with complete control over the time source that their infrastructure depends on. The Precise Time Scale System (PTSS) is a fully integrated system capable of providing timing accuracies comparable to the world’s best national laboratories. The core products integrated into the PTSS are: SyncSystem 4380A Time Scale Edition generates an autonomous time scale derived from combining sever­al highly accurate independent clocks with a multi-channel instrument for measuring and comparing clock performance. Time Scale Orchestrator is a software platform providing a unified view with a built-in database that integrates the management, monitoring, alarming, and reporting functions of the individual prod­ucts that form the time scale system. 5071A Cesium Clock Primary Frequency Standard and MHM 2020 Active Hydrogen Maser are Microchip’s atomic clocks which provide accurate and stable frequencies that are continuously measured against each other to compute and generate the ensemble time scale frequency. The Precise Time Scale System integrates the new portfolio of time scale products into a turnkey solution, available in a single rack and guaranteed by a complete Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) that exceeds the most stringent requirements. The PTSS offers nations the ability to independently and efficiently operate their own time scale system—aligned to UTC as calculated by the Bureau International des Poids et Measure (BIPM)—within the borders of their country. Microchip's SyncServer® S600/S650 and TimeProvider® 4100 time servers are integrated into the system to provide Trusted Time™ to critical infrastructure using both Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP). “Microchip’s Precise Time Scale System provides a high-quality back-up or alternative to GNSS as a source of time, which can be distributed through eLoran, IEEE 1588 over fiber, two-way time transfer, and other methods. “By implementing an autonomous time source, a nation can control and leverage time as a utility to safeguard critical infrastructure including its transportation, financial sector, communications and power utilities.” Randy Brudzinski, vice president, Microchip’s frequency and time systems business unit Alternatively, for customers constructing their own time scale systems, Microchip’s time scale products can be purchased individually to provide core time scale functions, such as clock measurement and clock ensemble generation, along with system management, monitoring and performance reporting. This system modularity allows timekeepers the ability to procure the system over time as budgets permit and technology evolves. Availability The Precise Time Scale System is a custom solution designed to customer requirements and consists of four core products including the SyncSystem 4380A Time Scale Edition, Time Scale Orchestrator, 5071A Cesium Clock Primary Frequency Standard and MHM 2020 Hydrogen Active Masers. For additional information or to purchase, contact a Microchip sales representative. About Microchip Technology Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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Nutanix Named a 2022 Gartner® Peer Insights™ Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software and Distributed Files and Object Storage

Nutanix | May 24, 2022

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APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

EdgeQ Showcases and Samples 5G Small Cell and O-RAN PCIe Accelerator Card

EdgeQ | June 16, 2022

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The document discusses load balancer design considerations and deployment options in Cisco ACI, specifically  with F5 BIG-IP from three aspects: network design, F5 design, and multi-tenant design. This document covers features up to Cisco ACI Release 5.2. One of the key considerations of the network design with load balancer is to ensure incoming and return traffic go through the same load balancer (one exception is direct server return (DSR), which doesn't have this requirement). There are various options you can use to insert the load balancer. One way is to use the load balancer as a gateway for servers or as a routing next hop for routing instances. Another option is to use Source Network Address Translation (SNAT) on the load balancer or use ACI Policy-Based Redirect (PBR) to make the return traffic go back to the load balancer.

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