Snowflake secures $479m in latest funding round alongside key Salesforce partnership

Cloud Computing News | February 10, 2020

Cloud data warehousing provider Snowflake has announced the closure of a $479 million (£370.6m) funding round, taking the company’s overall funding to $12.4 billion. The funding, which represents the eighth round since 2012, was led by two new investors, in the shape of Dragoneer Investment Group and Salesforce Ventures. The latter is especially pertinent, as a strategic partnership with Salesforce was also announced. More details of the partnership will be announced at an event in June, but for now Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake, said the company was ‘looking forward to the positive impact our technologies and services will deliver to our customers and the broader market.’ Snowflake, which received two rounds of funding totalling $713m in 2018, has long since been a darling of the privately held cloud space. The company polled second, behind only Stripe, in Forbes’ most recent Cloud 100 list, with this publication noting at the time how B2B use cases were progressing significantly ahead of the consumer-based SaaS companies previously en vogue.

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Adeo Modernizes its Data Infrastructure with Datometry on Google BigQuery

Datometry | October 12, 2022

Datometry, the database virtualization company, announced today that leading French home goods retailer Adeo has completed a key milestone of the modernization of its data infrastructure by migrating from their legacy data warehouse, Teradata, to Google Cloud's BigQuery. The largest DIY retailer in Europe and third largest in the world, has 150,000 employees and 1,000 retail shops in 20 countries that meet a range of home goods needs, including renovations, DIY, and décor. The company needed to move from its highly entrenched data system to BigQuery, wanting to do so without disrupting business users worldwide. Using the Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform - the industry's first to make existing applications seamlessly interoperable with cloud databases - Adeo was able to deliver on a multi-project architecture leveraging BigQuery that serves users in multiple geographies simultaneously. In a joint effort between Datometry, Google Cloud, Adeo, and Adeo's service partners Sopra Steria and CGI, Adeo redesigned and implemented its ETL. Then, Datometry generated the mapping of over 200,000 database objects from Teradata to BigQuery, fully automatically. That set the stage for Adeo to virtualize the entire reporting and consumption layer using Datometry Hyper-Q. This approach made for a completely seamless transition so that Adeo's business users around the world would not even know that their core data platform has been replaced with BigQuery. "Adeo, a global leader in its industry, was acutely aware that a conventional database migration would come with significant disruptions to its business," said Mike Waas, CEO, Datometry. "Therefore, together with Google Cloud, we delivered on a vision that empowered Adeo to adopt BigQuery as their new data warehouse platform faster than with any other methodology—and, notably, without disrupting the business." Datometry Hyper-Q uniquely addressed Adeo's business objectives, enabling the company to transfer its existing applications natively to BigQuery without costly rewrites of SQL code, at a fraction of the time and risk associated with typical database migrations. Had Adeo chosen to rewrite and redesign their reporting layer instead of virtualizing it, Adeo would have faced additional expenses of millions of dollars over the course of several years, with no guarantee of success. "When Google Cloud first introduced us to Datometry we were thrilled. "Datometry enabled us to migrate at a highly accelerated pace and quickly unlock the benefits of Google Cloud. With Datometry Hyper-Q, we were able to implement a multi-project architecture that would have been close to impossible to build otherwise." Eric Foratier, Digital Domain Leader, Adeo "We're proud to partner with Datometry and help Adeo along its digital transformation journey," said Sudhir Hasbe, Sr. Director of Data Analytics, Google Cloud. "By migrating its data warehouse with Datometry to BigQuery, Adeo teams can access and leverage data insights at global scale, enabling elevated customer experiences for its end customers." Datometry Hyper-Q is used by leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises to accelerate cloud modernization and move workloads between data warehouses. The Datometry Hyper-Q virtualization platform eliminates risk-laden, expensive, and time-consuming application rewrites. For more information, visit www.datometry.com. About Datometry Datometry is the global leader in database system virtualization. Datometry empowers enterprises to run their existing applications directly on the cloud database of their choice without the business disruption of costly and risk-laden database migrations and application rewrites. Leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises worldwide realize significant cost savings and consistently outpace their competition by using Datometry during this critical period of transformation to cloud-native data management.

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CEVA Accelerates 5G Infrastructure Rollout with Industry's First Baseband Platform IP for 5G RAN ASICs

CEVA, Inc. | September 21, 2022

CEVA, Inc., the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and co-creation solutions, today introduced PentaG-RAN™, the industry's first 5G baseband platform IP for ASICs targeting cellular infrastructure in both base station and radio configurations, including distributed units (DU), and Remote Radio Units (RRU), from small cell to Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple Output (mMIMO). This heterogeneous baseband compute platform has been designed to significantly reduce the entry barriers for companies wishing to break into the new market opportunities available in Open RAN (O-RAN) equipment. The burgeoning market for 5G base station and radio ASICs is fueled by the digital transformation that continuously calls for higher cellular bandwidth at lower latency. More recently, network disaggregation driven by the Open RAN initiative and the drive for mMIMO has gained the attention of silicon vendors worldwide to the cellular infrastructure market opportunity. Global technology intelligence firm ABI Research forecasts that shipments of 5G outdoor mobile infrastructure equipment, including mMIMO radios, O-RAN radios, small cells and virtual basebands is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% from 2022 to 2027, surpassing 23 million units annually by 2027. The inability of the current platforms to scale effectively to mMIMO dimensions or support new O-RAN use cases where power and cost are significant factors has disrupted the market and opens the door for new entrants. With this in mind, PentaG-RAN provides a groundbreaking platform for a complete L1 PHY (physical layer 1) solution with optimal hardware/software partitioning, incorporating powerful vector DSPs, PHY control DSPs, flexible 5G hardware accelerators and other specialized components required for modem processing chains. It delivers up to 10X savings in power and area compared to available FPGA and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) CPU based alternatives. To further reduce design risk and expediate ASIC design, CEVA's co-creation services are available to PentaG-RAN customers for the development of their entire PHY subsystem, and up to designing the complete chip. Guy Keshet, Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Business Unit at CEVA, stated: "CEVA has been at the leading edge of DSP technology in cellular infrastructure for the last decade, collaborating with leading Tier-1 OEMs to deliver the most advanced DSP architectures deployed in 5G RAN today. Our PentaG-RAN platform was formed out of this extensive experience and brings the next level platform solution to help drive the next generation of 5G chipsets for mMIMO systems and new O-RAN use cases." The PentaG-RAN platform addresses both base station and radio compute configurations: Base station, supporting Macro DU/vDU and Small Cell – offering a scalable compute platform for L1 inline DU/vDU acceleration. This configuration handles the complete acceleration of the main processing chains (data and control), for both symbol-to-bit domains (including FEC) and frequency processing (including FFT and equalization). Advanced algorithms including channel estimation and MMSE calculation are mapped to the CEVA-XC DSP for optimal processing and power efficiency. It includes a powerful resource pool for accelerating COTS platforms and supports high-PHY and low-PHY 7.2x split partitioning based on Open RAN specifications. Radio, supporting Open RAN Low-PHY, Massive MIMO and Beamformer – offering a scalable compute platform for Massive MIMO beamforming processing on RRU side, including Beamformer and Beamforming weight calculation. This configuration offers unmatched compute and PPA efficiency, enabling customers with a competitive path for cost reduction and integration options with transceivers, compared to FPGA and other COTS solutions. It supports a range of use-cases from Small Cell and Macro, to Massive MIMO 32TR to 64TR and beyond, for both Sub-6 and mmWave and supports O-RAN 7.2x splits. To further expedite time-to-market for PentaG-RAN licensees, the platform is supported by CEVA's new Virtual Platform Simulator (VPS), a unified System-C modeling environment that allows pre-silicon software development, solution dimensioning, architecture proof-of-concept, and modeling of all platform components. The VPS also includes reference software implementation for main processing chains, as well as beamforming use cases. About CEVA, Inc. CEVA is the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies and co-creation solutions for a smarter, safer, connected world. We provide Digital Signal Processors, AI engines, wireless platforms, cryptography cores and complementary software for sensor fusion, image enhancement, computer vision, voice input and artificial intelligence. These technologies are offered in combination with our Intrinsix IP integration services, helping our customers address their most complex and time-critical integrated circuit design projects. Leveraging our technologies and chip design skills, many of the world's leading semiconductors, system companies and OEMs create power-efficient, intelligent, secure and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, robotics, industrial, aerospace & defense and IoT.

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MFP Technology Services Expands its Partnership with Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group into Europe

MFP Technology Services | November 03, 2022

Today, MFP Technology Services announces its collaboration with Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) to support the expansion of the Lenovo Value Recovery program (LVR) into Europe. Lenovo Value Recovery reduces environmental impact and is designed to extend the life of our enterprise products through the reuse and recycling of materials by performing refurbishment and re-utilization. The collaboration is an extension of the North America program implemented two years ago and will make a select set of excess, surplus and end-of-life equipment available to customers. "We are excited to expand our strategic partnership with Lenovo ISG" added Steve Nickel, President, MFP Technology Services. "MFP has long-term loyalty for the brand and has developed a deep specialization managing excess, surplus and end of life data center products." About MFP Technology Services MFP Technology Services offers information technology hardware solutions. The company specializes in Lenovo, Intel, and AMD based servers, from parts and options to high-end configured to order Servers, Blades, Flex, Tape and Storage. MFP commercializes high quality products including closed box, open box, refurbished and fully reconditioned systems, on a global basis. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut.

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Fiber Broadband Association and Wireless Infrastructure Association Join Forces to Strengthen Broadband Workforce Development

the Fiber Broadband Association | October 28, 2022

The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) today announced they have entered into a Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement to advance critical workforce education and training for the broadband communications industry. With $42.45 billion in Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funding for broadband infrastructure, in addition to the $80 billion invested annually by the broadband industry, there has never been more demand to build broadband networks. To meet that demand, it is essential that industry and government join hands to address workforce gaps. This agreement helps to promote both associations’ workforce development programs: the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) that is nationally sponsored by WIA for broadband and 5G technicians and the Fiber Broadband Association’s Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path™) program that trains fiber technicians . The associations will work together to promote Registered Apprenticeship, develop world-class curriculum, establish industry-recognized credentials and certifications, and articulate career pathways. “The Fiber Broadband Association is aggressively pursuing the goal to bring our fiber optic training to community colleges, veterans, and training institutions in all 56 U.S. states and territories. However, it is partnerships with accomplished organizations like WIA that enable our industries to truly advance mutual initiatives to enable every community to experience the benefits of high-speed connectivity. “We’re seeing considerable NTIA funding as well as private investments that will help create digital equity across North America, but we can’t do that without a larger technical workforce to actually build the networks. This partnership with WIA will help close that workforce gap.” Gary Bolton, President and CEO at the Fiber Broadband Association “Thanks to strong support from industry and our partners in the federal government and across the states, WIA has been expanding quality training programs across the U.S. to meet the demand for a highly-skilled broadband workforce, including through our Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), and our 5G Readiness Program,” said Patrick Halley, President and CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association. “Our partnership with the Fiber Broadband Association comes at an exciting time for the telecommunications industry, and we look forward to working closely with them to further expand and enhance training and registered apprenticeships.” Within the Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement, both associations will promote each other’s training and apprenticeship programs. The Fiber Broadband Association will gain a seat on WIA’s Apprenticeship Advisory Committee for TIRAP and will help ensure that the OpTIC Path training program is mapped to WIA’s TIRAP occupation requirements. Additionally, the Fiber Broadband Association will work to promote TIRAP apprenticeship programs within its existing and future network of community colleges and other learning institutions that offer the OpTIC Path course. The Fiber Broadband Association will also help WIA develop new apprentice occupations and career paths related to the fiber broadband industry. WIA will provide its operational and administrative expertise and resources to advance fiber broadband workforce development efforts; FBA members and Fiber Optic Technician employers can receive incentive funds managed by WIA for the adoption and operation of registered apprenticeship programs. The Fiber Broadband Association and WIA recently held an industry webinar to help educate the state broadband offices, NTIA, and Internet Service Providers interested in applying for BEAD funding on their workforce development efforts. The webinar is available for replay here. The next Fiber Broadband Association Regional Fiber Connect event, held November 3 in Columbus, Ohio, will feature WIA CTO Dr. Rikin Thakker on a panel that explores Ohio Broadband and 5G Partnerships. The event will also host a live “Train the Trainer” workshop to expand OpTIC Path instructor training opportunities. About WIA The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) represents the businesses that build, develop, own, and operate the nation’s wireless infrastructure. WIA advocates for the widespread, responsible deployment of wireless infrastructure to enable mobile broadband for communities everywhere. About the Fiber Broadband Association The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association that represents the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts, and deployment specialists dedicated to the advancement of fiber broadband deployment and the pursuit of a world where communications are limitless, advancing quality of life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers, communities, and policy makers make informed decisions about how, where, and why to build better fiber broadband networks. Since 2001, these companies, organizations, and members have worked with communities and consumers in mind to build the critical infrastructure that provides the economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. The Fiber Broadband Association is part of the Fibre Council Global Alliance, which is a platform of six global FTTH Councils in North America, LATAM, Europe, MEA, APAC, and South Africa.

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