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Topio Networks Launches Intelligent Infrastructure 2022

Topio Networks | March 30, 2022

Topio Networks, the leading industry accelerator focused on Hyper-Convergence and organizers of premier industry events in emerging technologies, today announced that it will host the first Intelligent Infrastructure 2022 conference April 28-29 at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, Texas. This annual conference is in its first year. It will address one of the key opportunities of our time: how to digitize national infrastructure to prepare for the next generation of growth.

"Intelligent Infrastructure is about moving one piece of information from one place to another. As the digital world grows, moving information will become as important as moving a load of goods. A sound and fair Intelligent Infrastructure is now as critical as rail and road infrastructures. Furthermore, integrated Intelligent Infrastructure combining rail, road, and digitalization provides a new fundamental shared platform, which enables existing and new public services, effectively manages risks, creates a more resilient infrastructure, and does so in a way as carbon-free as possible. In addition, infrastructures working with each other will create significant business growth opportunities. We look forward to launching and hosting this annual conference where industry leaders will come together to discuss this new and massive disruptive opportunity."

Philippe Cases, CEO of Topio Networks

This year's conference program addresses the critical challenges in making Intelligent Infrastructure a reality, including finding new models for collaboration on shared infrastructure, new models for sharing data, new approaches to standards, regulation, and compliance, and implementations of the latest technologies. The critical technology for Intelligent Infrastructure is edge computing, allowing data analysis close to its origin in an efficient and privacy-friendly manner.

The conference will open with comments from Jeffrey DeCoux, Chairman of Austin-based Autonomy Institute, a cooperative research consortium focused on advancing and accelerating Autonomy and AI at the edge. "Intelligent Infrastructure will enable mobility 4.0 and reach Vision Zero, eliminate the digital divide, accelerate economic growth, create millions of jobs, and build stronger, more resilient communities," said DeCoux. "This build-out will be the most significant transformation of our infrastructure since Eisenhower's Interstate Highway program in the 1950's."

EDJX, the pioneer in distributed cloud services at the Edge, will be among the industry leaders participating in the conference, with CTO and Co-founder James Thomason scheduled to present a keynote on Friday, April 29. Thomason will also lead a panel on the business imperatives of multi-tenancy later the same day.

"We are at the very beginning of a significant trend. Intelligent Infrastructure is the foundation of a smart city and the building block of Industry 4.0," said James Thomason, CTO, EDJX. "We are looking forward to the Intelligent Infrastructure conference to provide leadership and start educating the industry about why and how to create an infrastructure that will enable the future of the internet economy in a hyperconnected world."

The conference agenda also covers topics such as Intelligent Infrastructure for energy resilience, the use of data in smart cities, and digital twin cities. Other participants include retired US Air Force Brigadier General Dr. Robert Spalding, a national security strategist and globally recognized expert on Chinese economic competition and influence. General Spalding will be leading a panel on the military base of the future, joined by panel participant Lieutenant Colonel Alex Goldberg, Joint Innovation Officer, Defense Innovation Unit, and DARPA Fellow. General Spalding, the author of Stealth War, articulates strongly that America must address the success that China has had infiltrating American institutions and compromising national security.

About EDJX
EDJX is an edge computing platform that makes it easy to write edge and IoT applications using serverless computing, accelerate content delivery, increase the responsiveness of edge applications, and secure edge data at the source. EDJX helps businesses handle the explosive demand for data processing to serve real-world edge computing applications, including industrial IoT, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and robotics. EDJX is a privately held company based in Raleigh, NC.

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Spending on Compute and Storage Infrastructure Grew Strongly Across Cloud and Non-Cloud IT Environments in the First Quarter of 2022, According to IDC

IDC | July 01, 2022

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Infrastructure Tracker: Buyer and Cloud Deployment, spending on compute and storage infrastructure products for cloud deployments, including dedicated and shared environments, increased 17.2% year over year in the first quarter of 2022 (1Q22) to $18.3 billion. This growth continues a series of strong year-over-year increases in spending on infrastructure products by both service providers and enterprises despite tight supply of some system components and disruptions in transportation networks. Investments in non-cloud infrastructure increased 9.8% year over year in 1Q22 to $14.8 billion, continuing a streak of growth for this segment into its fifth quarter. Spending on shared cloud infrastructure reached $12.5 billion in the quarter, increasing 15.7% compared to a year ago. IDC expects to see continuously strong demand for shared cloud infrastructure with spending expected to surpass non-cloud infrastructure spending in 2022 for the first time. Spending on dedicated cloud infrastructure increased 20.5% year over year in 1Q22 to $5.9 billion. Of the total dedicated cloud infrastructure, 47.8% was deployed on customer premises. For the full year 2022, IDC is forecasting cloud infrastructure spending to grow 22% compared to 2021 to $90.2 billion – the highest annual growth rate since 2018 – while non-cloud infrastructure is expected to grow 1.8% to $60.7 billion. The increased forecast for both segments is partially driven by inflationary pressure and expectations of higher systems prices during 2022 as well as improvements in the supply chain in the second half of the year. Shared cloud infrastructure is expected to grow by 24.3% year over year to $63.9 billion for the full year. Spending on dedicated cloud infrastructure is expected to grow 16.8% to $26.3 billion for the full year. As part of the Tracker, IDC follows various categories of service providers and how much compute and storage infrastructure these service providers purchase, including both cloud and non-cloud infrastructure. The service provider category includes cloud service providers, digital service providers, communications service providers, and managed service providers. In 1Q22, service providers as a group spent $18.3 billion on compute and storage infrastructure, up 14.5% from 1Q21. This spending accounted for 55.3% of total compute and storage infrastructure spending. Spending by non-service providers increased 12.9% year over year, the highest growth in fourteen quarters. IDC expects compute and storage spending by service providers to reach $89.1 billion in 2022, growing 18.7% year over year. At the regional level, year-over-year spending on cloud infrastructure in 1Q22 increased in most regions. Once again Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and China) (APeJC) grew the most at 50.1% year over year. Japan, Middle East and Africa, China, and the United States all saw double-digit growth in spending. Western Europe grew 6.4% and growth in Canada slowed to 1.2%. Central & Eastern Europe, affected by the war between Russia and Ukraine, declined 10.3%, while Latin America declined 11.3%. For 2022, cloud infrastructure spending for most regions is expected to grow, with four regions, APeJC, China, the U.S., and Western Europe, expecting to post annual growth in the 20-25% range. Impact of the war will continue to hurt spending in Central and Eastern Europe, which is now expected to decline 54.6% in 2022. Long term, IDC expects spending on compute and storage cloud infrastructure to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.5% over the 2021-2026 forecast period, reaching $145.2 billion in 2026 and accounting for 69.7% of total compute and storage infrastructure spend. Shared cloud infrastructure will account for 72.6% of the total cloud amount, growing at a 15.4% CAGR. Spending on dedicated cloud infrastructure will grow at a CAGR of 12.1%. Spending on non-cloud infrastructure will grow at 1.2% CAGR, reaching $63.1 billion in 2026. Spending by service providers on compute and storage infrastructure is expected to grow at a 13.4% CAGR, reaching $140.8 billion in 2026. A graphic illustrating IDC's 2021-2026 forecast for worldwide enterprise infrastructure spending by deployment type (Shared Cloud, Dedicated Cloud, and Non-Cloud) is available by viewing this press release on IDC.com. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Infrastructure Tracker: Buyer and Cloud Deployment is designed to provide clients with a better understanding of what portion of the compute and storage hardware markets are being deployed in cloud environments. The Tracker breaks out each vendors' revenue into shared and dedicated cloud environments for historical data and provides a five-year forecast. This Tracker is part of the Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Infrastructure Tracker, which provides a holistic total addressable market view of the four key enabling infrastructure technologies for the datacenter (servers, external enterprise storage systems, and purpose-built appliances: HCI and PBBA). Taxonomy Notes IDC defines cloud services more formally through a checklist of key attributes that an offering must manifest to end users of the service. 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Quali Strengthens Infrastructure Control Plane Features for DevOps and IT Teams with Latest Release of Torque

Quali | April 19, 2022

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Redington announces strategic partnership with Infoblox

Redington (India) Ltd | June 03, 2022

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Progress Introduces Enhanced IT Infrastructure Observability and Security with Latest Release of WhatsUp Gold

Progress | March 17, 2022

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