HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,DATA STORAGE
Bentley Systems | November 15, 2022
At the 2022 Year in Infrastructure Conference, Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, its combination of enterprise systems that span the end-to-end lifecycle and value chain of the world’s infrastructure. Powered by the iTwin Platform and Bentley’s infrastructure schemas and thus seamlessly integrating with Bentley’s engineering applications, Bentley Infrastructure Cloud will enable better creation, delivery, and ongoing operation of better infrastructure, through complete and evergreen digital twins.
Bentley Infrastructure Cloud encompasses ProjectWise, for project delivery; SYNCHRO, for construction; and AssetWise, for asset operations. These enterprise systems now leverage digital twin technologies, powered by iTwin, to open up data contained in engineering files through automated and intrinsic mapping to Bentley’s infrastructure schemas. By advancing these enterprise systems to become fundamentally data-centric without disrupting file-based workflows, Bentley Infrastructure Cloud provides user organizations with significant opportunities to improve collaboration, productivity, and quality.
Bentley’s infrastructure schemas are both open and extensible, and now link to reality modeling and IoT devices, and incorporate carbon calculation and subsurface data. The rich data representation of Bentley’s infrastructure schemas serves well the export of Industry Foundation Classes. The ability to share data seamlessly and to enrich it throughout the lifecycle helps engineering firms and owner-operators create and derive more value from their engineering data.
The potential for a unifying, cloud-based solution across the lifecycle of infrastructure engineering arises from the institutionalized limitations of fragmented information flows that have impeded connections, feedback, analytics, reuse, and knowledge transfer. Bentley Infrastructure Cloud comprises a data-centric, always on, always current, always accessible federated environment that persists and relates engineering data throughout the span of design, construction, and operations. Information mobility and semantic continuity across traditional boundaries through Bentley Infrastructure Cloud will help accelerate, among other advancements, modular design and design for constructability, and performance-based design.
Bentley’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Systems Ken Adamson said, “Bentley Infrastructure Cloud stands for our commitment to connect everyone and everything in the infrastructure engineering value chain and extended project ecosystems. Infrastructure professionals deserve an evergreen digital twin environment for data that they can trust and act upon. I believe Bentley Systems is uniquely positioned to fulfill this requirement by virtue of the combined comprehensiveness of our ProjectWise, SYNCHRO, and AssetWise enterprise systems, our software’s intrinsic engineering fidelity, and our commitment to openness – including our unique resolve to semantically integrate the full range of relevant engineering file formats. The iTwin Platform, in becoming the robust foundation for unifying all of our software development, has been proven equal to this challenge.”
ProjectWise, Powered by iTwin
Bentley Systems also unveiled major enhancements to ProjectWise to extend its scope from work-in-progress engineering to full digital delivery. By supplementing each project’s sequential file-based workflows with data-centric information mobility and analytics across all projects:
through new project portfolio and program management capabilities, ProjectWise users can now apply analytics at the level of engineering fidelity across all projects, learn from and reuse rich project data, and retain knowledge to enhance the quality and efficiency of future projects; and
through new digital twin capabilities, ProjectWise users can undertake interdisciplinary design reviews and advanced design validation to improve the effectiveness and quality of their designs, and also increase the richness of their digital deliverables for construction and operations, to position their businesses for transformational digital services beyond handover.
Powered by iTwin:
ProjectWise leverages iTwin Capture to integrate reality modeling data, increasingly the norm, to capture and monitor the digital context of designs, geospatially coordinated with engineering data;
ProjectWise leverages Bentley’s infrastructure schemas to semantically align design-file data across multiple disciplines for comprehensive design reviews, and across all projects to understand dependencies, and to reuse datasets, including for machine-learning to develop proprietary analytics;
ProjectWise will leverage iTwin Experience to offer immersive visibility into project digital twins, assuring quality and improving performance;
ProjectWise 4D Design Review, powered by iTwin, enables users to securely share large, complex models with their entire project ecosystem, regardless of authoring applications. Reviewers can perform virtual walk-throughs, query model information, and analyze embedded property data using a simple web browser. A streamlined interface makes interdisciplinary review of 2D and 3D models easier and more accessible, and enables reviewers to see who changed what and when, through 4D visualization;
Advanced Design Validation, powered by iTwin, includes 3D digital workflows, integration with Bentley’s OpenRoads and third-party applications, and AI/ML enhanced visualization, enabling simulation of the driver experience to validate designs and assure requirements are met;
ProjectWise Components Center, a cloud-based digital component management and library service with direct integration to engineering applications, drives standardization, automation, and reuse of design objects to deliver projects faster and more reliably. Engineering firms can now leverage data from one design to another, capture lessons learned, create reusable components, and truly industrialize their project delivery expertise; and
Digital Delivery capabilities leverage digital workflows to automate and manage the creation, exchange, and review of contractual deliverables including PDFs and Industry Foundation Classes, as well as digital twins. ProjectWise users can avoid wasting time manually assembling and sending packages, reduce risk by gaining visibility and traceability in deliverables workflows, and by automatically maintaining a comprehensive audit trail.
Powered by iTwin within Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, ProjectWise for digital delivery enhances engineering firms’ opportunities while minimizing their risks, improving project performance and quality assurance. Infrastructure digital twins created in the design phase can be valuable to owner-operators as incremental project deliverables, including engineering firms’ recurring services as “digital integrators” for data quality and security, proprietary analytics, and monitoring.
Lori Hufford, vice president, engineering collaboration for Bentley Systems, commented: “Engineering firms today face unprecedented challenges to deliver more and better projects despite scarcer talent, a retiring workforce, and loss of institutional knowledge. By leveraging the iTwin Platform, we are now able to advance ProjectWise beyond engineering work-in-progress for one project at a time, to be used across all projects to maximize insights, learnings, and reuse, and for machine learning. ProjectWise users already have a wealth of project experience incorporated in their ProjectWise archives. Now as part of Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, ProjectWise can drive a necessary step-change in the efficiency, effectiveness, and transformation of engineering firms.”
AssetWise, Asset Health Monitoring Solutions, Powered by iTwin
Finally, Bentley also announced the availability of new asset-specific solutions, powered by iTwin, that leverage iTwin Experience, iTwin Capture, and iTwin IoT to deliver real-time asset health monitoring.
AssetWise Bridge Monitoring solution transforms traditional bridge inspections into a modern, digital workflow. By flying drones and using iTwin Capture to create a 3D digital twin of the bridge, inspections can be conducted virtually, avoiding costly and hazardous field trips, while tapping into expertise remotely and leveraging AI/ML to automatically identify and classify defects. Information is made available to stakeholders across the workflow via iTwin Experience. Inspection data required to correct issues can be seamlessly handed over to maintenance, design, and construction to create substantial savings.
AssetWise Dam Monitoring solution is purpose-built for engineering firms to offer digital services to dam operators who are modernizing their dam safety programs to reduce risk and address growing regulatory requirements. The upcoming solution will provide unified access to sensor data and will be able to be deployed without the need for specialized technicians. Users can incorporate sensor data in any digital twin for a contextual view of real-time data and associated metrics.
Cory Baldwin, vice president, infrastructure IoT for Bentley Systems, said, “We want to enable engineering firms to become digital integrators for the infrastructure digital twins they create in the project delivery phase, and to curate performance digital twins for owner-operators. To accelerate these opportunities, engineering firms can now start quickly with iTwin Capture, iTwin Experience, iTwin IoT, and our AssetWise monitoring cloud solutions, ready to add their own branded proprietary and asset-specific analytics and service programs.”
AssetWise Bridge Monitoring and Dam Monitoring solutions are in early access.
Bentley Infrastructure Cloud Availability
Bentley’s Chief Product Officer Michael Campbell concluded, “We are working closely with engineering firms and asset owners and clearly understand that they want innovation without disruption. With Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, users of ProjectWise, SYNCHRO, and AssetWise accelerate their generational advancement to digital twins, but don’t jeopardize their existing workflows for engineering collaboration, construction, and asset performance management. Best of all, their existing project and asset files are the springboard to their data-centric future.”
About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,DATA STORAGE
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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Flux | December 21, 2022
Flux, the frontrunner in building decentralized infrastructure to power Web3 development, today announced a partnership with OVHcloud, the European cloud leader, to expand its edge cloud solution options. This partnership will enable each company to expand its reach into previously untapped markets - Web3 for OVHcloud and Web2 for Flux.
Through this new partnership, Flux is continuing to bridge the gap between Web2.0 and Web3.0 infrastructure so they can iterate tech together and build a better future for all. Working with OVHcloud and their robust presence worldwide, Flux can get more nodes on the network and increase computational capacity.
"Our team at Flux is not maximalist, we believe working with Web2 and Web3 will benefit users of both platforms. OVHcloud is trusted in the Web2 space and is forward-thinking about how to build a trusted digital environment in tandem, much like the development of on-prem and cloud services. They will provide the suitable infrastructure for us to grow a truly decentralized internet," said Flux Co-Founder, Daniel Keller. "We will use OVHcloud servers to help us support our Titan Node staking platform. OVHcloud servers will be used to deploy FluxNodes knowing that they are of robust and enterprise quality."
The Flux Cloud has seen a surge in adoption over the past year, with an increase of over 10,000% in network usage to date. More and more companies outside of the crypto space are noticing the advantages the Flux Cloud offers and want to get their feet wet in Web3.
"The promise of decentralized infrastructure requires security, high bandwidth and fast provisioning in a cost-effective overall package, which is exactly what OVHcloud is providing. Our global footprint of 33 data centers, including 8 in Canada and 18 in Europe, is a key benefit when handling a growing number of nodes worldwide. On top of performance and scalability, Flux and their users can also count on our trusted and sustainable cloud infrastructure, with a proven track record in energy efficiency and operational sovereignty."
Evan Hamilton, Key Account Manager at OVHcloud
The Flux Ecosystem is a suite of decentralized computing services and blockchain-as-a-service solutions which offer an interoperable, decentralized, AWS-like development environment. Flux utilizes a native POUW (Proof-of-Useful-Work) coin to power this ecosystem, providing incentives for hardware hosters, governance on-chain, and bad actor mitigation via staking requirements for running hardware. The Flux operating system runs on top of Linux to provide the network with verified and benchmarked high-availability compute power and utilizes the blockchain to ensure transparency in governance operations. Flux node operators can choose from three tiers of hardware requirements to stand up after providing the necessary Flux capital soft-locked in their wallet. This allows anyone to be rewarded for providing hardware to the network, from anywhere in the world.
OVHcloud is a global player and the leading European cloud provider operating over 450,000 servers within 33 data centers across four continents to reach 1.6 million customers in over 140 countries. Spearheading a trusted cloud and pioneering a sustainable cloud with the best price-performance ratio, the Group has been leveraging an integrated model for over 20 years that guarantees total control of its value chain, from the design of its servers to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach enables OVHcloud to independently cover all the uses of its customers so they can seize the benefits of an environmentally conscious model with a frugal use of resources and a carbon footprint reaching the best ratios in the industry. OVHcloud now offers customers the latest-generation solutions, combining performance, predictable pricing and complete data sovereignty to support their unfettered growth.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE,APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE,IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Effectual | November 09, 2022
Effectual, a modern, cloud first managed and professional services company, has been awarded the HashiCorp Infrastructure Competency as part of the newly released Partner Technical Competency Program for Systems Integrators. Effectual is one of only six companies globally to be recognized with the HashiCorp Infrastructure Competency as part of the program's launch.
As a leader in multi-cloud infrastructure automation software, HashiCorp's software suite enables organizations to adopt consistent workflows and create a system of record for automating the cloud: infrastructure provisioning, security, networking, and application deployment.
The new competency program gives partners with the HashiCorp Systems Integrator designation the opportunity to be recognized for their ability to deliver and integrate HashiCorp products and solutions into end customers' initiatives. Competencies are only awarded after a successful audit that assesses a range of requirements, including the number of technical staff certified on HashiCorp products and proven customer success with HashiCorp products in deployment.
HashiCorp's endorsement gives customers confidence in Effectual's ability to guide, advise, assist, and execute alongside them, bringing the required experience and expertise to succeed with the advantages of HashiCorp's portfolio of automation tools.
"Effectual enables customers to accelerate automation and innovation utilizing HashiCorp Terraform, Vault, and the recently released HCP Boundary. "Together we help customers drive positive business outcomes and realize greater agility, security controls, and increased operational efficiency."
Robb Allen, Effectual CEO
As an elite pure-play AWS services provider, Effectual is a validated AWS MSP Partner holding six AWS competencies. Effectual prides itself on bringing deep cloud and modernization experience to all customer engagements. Complementing this deep partnership with AWS, the cloud first MSP has embraced and invested in its partnership with HashiCorp. This strategic combination of industry expertise ensures that customers have the confidence to migrate and establish a strong modern foundation on which to build and deploy next-generation applications, services, and operations.
An AWS Premier Consulting Partner, Effectual is a modern, cloud first managed and professional services company that works with commercial enterprises and the public sector to enable digital transformation and full stack IT modernization. Effectual's deeply experienced and passionate team of problem solvers apply proven methodologies to enable positive business outcomes with Amazon Web Services and VMware Cloud on AWS. Effectual is a member of the Cloud Security Alliance, and the PCI Security Standards Council.