VMware Claims SD-WAN Dominance Over Cisco

SDxCentral | April 08, 2020

VMware today said it now has more than 15,000 Virtual Cloud Network customers, including 89 of the Fortune 100 and eight of the top 10 telecommunication operators. Specific to SD-WAN, which is one piece of the virtual networking stack, more than 225,000 branch offices have deployed VMware’s SD-WAN, said Tom Gillis, SVP and GM of VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit. “We are the No. 1 vendor in SD-WAN,” Gillis said. VMware bases this claim on IHS Markit’s fourth-quarter 2019 SD-WAN market report, Frost and Sullivan’s 2019 data, and Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. This is the first time that VMware has disclosed something akin to an SD-WAN customer count.

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Inspur Information Propels Data Center Sustainability with Open Compute Technology Innovation and Industry Collaboration at 2022 OCP Global Summit

Inspur Information | October 20, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, announced today it is showcasing four recently Open Compute Project (OCP) certified systems at the 2022 OCP Global Summit being held October 18-20, 2022 in San Jose, CA. The OCP Inspired™ products include three General-Purpose (GP) Enterprise servers, namely the Inspur NF5180M6, NF5280A6, and NF5280R6, and one high-density cloud-optimized system called Inspur NF8260M6. Inspur continues to promote the data center sustainability, accelerating the adoption of open computing from computing to storage. NF5180M6 is powered by 3rd generation Intel® Xeon®, a mainstream 1U 2-socket platform providing performance, flexibility and reliability for not only cloud Tier 1 service providers but also enterprise customers. NF5280A6 is a high-end dual-socket server that uses the 3rd Gen AMD® EPYC™ Processors, fulfilling a variety of complicated workloads such as data analysis and processing, cloud, and high-performance computing. NF5280R6 is a high-end dual-socket server featuring the Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max processors, addressing multiple workloads such as cloud container deployment, Android cloud games, and big data. Contributing GP-Enterprise servers across all three different platforms will help accelerate adoption of the open compute technologies by our customers. Open compute is breaking boundaries in data center innovation and enabling the convergence of more technologies with its unique technical edge, subtle design thinking, and ecosystem collaboration. Global collaboration and co-innovation revolving around open compute will drive further data center advancement while addressing worldwide issues such as carbon emissions. With the growing concern over data center sustainability, such as utilizing renewable energy, recycling, thermal reuse, and the use of liquid-cooling technologies to reduce water consumption, creating a greener carbon footprint is one of OCP's and Inspur’s top priorities. Inspur Information is taking an active part in green technology. Inspur Information has put forward the company-level strategy of "All in Liquid Cooling" and releases its full-stack liquid-cooled products, with cold plate liquid-cooling technology being available in all of its products including general-purpose servers, high-density servers, rack servers, and AI servers. In addition, Inspur Information builds the largest liquid-cooled data center production and R&D base in Asia to march towards being carbon neutral. “Soaring temperatures and energy prices are leading data centers to adopt liquid cooling technology to cut carbon emissions, reduce electricity usage and improve efficiencies. “Inspur’s open development and green technology innovations demonstrate our commitment to enabling data center sustainability.” Alan Chang, Vice President of Technical Operations for Inspur Information During the 2022 OCP Global Summit, Inspur Information is also announcing and demonstrating partnerships and collaborations with key industry leaders. The collaboration between Ampere and Inspur is driving the transition to Cloud Native with optimized designs that deliver leadership performance, scalability, and power-efficiency. We will showcase the Inspur NF5280R6 platform based on Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max processors at the OCP Summit. This platform is now broadly available and is in volume production at multiple customers. Inspur is a lead engineering partner for Ampere’s next-generation customer-reference platform, Mt. Mitchell. Ampere has contributed the Mt. Mitchell motherboard specification to OCP to accelerate the ecosystem adoption of Cloud Native Processors and platform hardware. In collaboration with Habana, an Intel company, Inspur is developing AI servers based on open computing specifications that can integrate Habana® Gaudi2 deep learning processors. The Gaudi2 HL-225H mezzanine card is utilized in Inspur’s next-gen OAM platform to accelerate AI development on open architecture and supports a variety of AI computer vision and natural language processing workloads. 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Examples are participating in the improvement of the DC-SCM2.0 specifications for the OCP Hardware Management Module project, and taking leadership role in OAM UBB specifications, Scorpion standards, edge OITT specifications, etc. Additionally, Inspur Information promotes the productization of technological standards and has contributed, among the first vendors, a number of products to the community, such as OAI AI system, OTII edge server, and a rack scale system meeting three major open organization standards (OCP, ODCC, Open19). Open compute has been accelerating to expand from the Internet to other industries, such as telecommunications, finance, gaming, healthcare, auto manufacturing, etc. Omdia predicts that the market share of non-Internet industries in open compute will grow from 10.5% in 2020 to 21.9% in 2025. About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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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. 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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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HPE Accelerates AG Digital Transformation and Business Outcomes with Cloud-Ready and Data-Driven Solution

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | October 11, 2022

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that leading Belgium insurance provider AG has selected HPE to design, develop, implement and migrate all of AG’s applications onto a more cost-efficient and flexible open systems solution to replace its historical and aging mainframe. The new standardized infrastructure, built on HPE Synergy and HPE Primera, combined with HPE’s application migration services allowed AG to maintain high level performances, reduce operating cost by 75% and increase agility to support emerging API-based developments. AG is the largest Belgian insurance company that insures about three million policy holders, individuals, companies and self-employed persons. The insurance industry relies heavily on back-end infrastructure and critical data to ensure the offered services are resilient, highly available and always on. Latency and downtime on insurance transactions have an immediate impact on the customer experience. Until recently, AG operated on mainframe technology. This large central computer was used by applications requiring high volumes of data processing and critical availability at the cost of less flexibility and expensive maintenance from specially qualified profiles. AG needed a flexible and efficient solution to support its digital transformation into a better-optimized, automated and data-driven insurance. “Working with HPE has enabled us to move away from a traditional centralized IT to a modern de-centralized and cloud-ready architecture for a fraction of the cost. “We feel confident that this modern solution will help attract new talent and put AG in a more competitive position in the long term to develop competitive, data-driven and API-based solutions while reducing time to market.” Philippe Van Belle, Chief Information & Technology Officer at AG More than 25 employees from HPE Advisory & Professional Services together with AG and their partners MicroFocus, the technology provider and Capgemini, the test services provider, worked together for three years to deliver the seamless migration of customized insurance applications that cover life, health, auto and homeowners spread across more than 80 million lines of code and 100 TB of data running on Cobol1 programming language. “I am thrilled to know the HPE solution will allow AG to achieve significant cost savings and power platform modernization,” said Stephane Lahaye, Managing Director, HPE Belgium. “Moving from a mainframe-centric to a cloud-ready decentralized approach is a leap that will unleash AG flexibility while accelerating digital transformation.” About AG With a share (end 2021) of 29,5% in the Life insurance market and 16.7% in Non-life, AG is the undisputed leader in the Belgian insurance market. To better tailor its offer to fulfil different customer needs, AG has a multi-channel distribution strategy that includes independent brokers and Fintro agents, bank branches (BNP Paribas Fortis, bpost bank) and collaboration with large corporate clients and sectors for their group insurance. AG employs over 4,000 specialised staff members. About Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Workload Migration, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.

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