New Open Applications Advance Comprehensive Modeling Environment for Multidiscipline Collaboration
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Tacton Opens in Japan to Meet Demand amid Industry 4.0 Revolution
China Unicom Global will offer ngena’s Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) services to its global customer base
The Power of Ryzen in Rackmount NAS - QNAP Introduces the TS-x77XU Series
Collaboration tool rises as the Work-Life Balance strives trend
Broadband Forum automates, accelerates cloud-based access deployment
The Broadband Forum today announced the first code release and documentation of its new Open Broadband project – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) to enable standardized, automated and accelerated deployment of new cloud-based access infrastructure and services. What differentiates this Open Broadband reference implementation is that it facilitates co-existence, seamless migration and the agility to adapt to an increasingly wide variety of software defined access models – the key business and operational challenge in creating a potentially vast market. “OB-BAA enables operators to optimize their decision-making process for introducing new infrastructure based on user demand and acceptance instead of being forced into a total replacement strategy,” said Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum CEO. “By reducing planning, risks and execution time, investment in new systems and services can be incremental.” As a freely-published, open source project, OB-BAA specifies northbound interfaces, core components and southbound interfaces for functions associated with access devices that have been virtualized. It is this standardized, layered architecture designed for SDN automation that distinguishes it from other approaches. It removes the need for difficult deployment planning by decoupling the device and software implementation choices from business and market decisions. An important and immediate use of OB-BAA is as an integrated layer in the Broadband Forum’s CloudCO project, as described in the published ‘CloudCO Architectural Framework (TR-384).’ OB-BAA also complements other industry initiatives and the work is being actively coordinated with related industry activities such as ONF. “The first release of OB-BAA marks a major milestone for the industry,” said Tim Carey, Lead Technology Strategist at Nokia and Chair of the Broadband Forum’s BAA project. “It delivers an open reference implementation based on standards-compliant interfaces, that operators and vendors worldwide can use to develop and deploy interoperable cloud-based access networks more easily and quickly.” Operators and equipment manufacturers involved in the project include Broadcom, BT, Calix, CenturyLink, China Telecom, Huawei, Nokia, Telecom Italia, Tibit Communications, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) and ZTE. “OB-BAA is a very important reference implementation of Cloud CO,” said Binchao Lin, Access Network Architect at Huawei and VC of OB-BAA. “It is a project which is important to the entire broadband community.” The first of several planned releases, consisting of code and supporting documentation is now publicly available at obbaa.broadband-forum.org Companies interested in participating in the ongoing work should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org In addition to the release, the Forum has published a new OB-BAA system overview paper and is holding a public webinar on Wednesday, August 29, featuring service providers and vendors.
While Egypt’s New Law Threatens Jail for Visiting Censored Sites, Egyptians Turn to VPNs
Egypt has passed a law that warns people who browse censored websites can be jailed for at least one year. Those who share content from blocked sites can receive a minimum prison sentence of two years. Since Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president, was overthrown in a military coup, the government started crackdowns on the media. For example, Egypt has banned The Huffington Post, Human Right Watch, Qatar’s Al Jazeera, and other websites critical of the government. “People want to access the information they were used to reading, they want to know unbiased opinions about what is happening in their country – so they turn to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) that allow to bypass censorship and to browse Internet freely,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN. “We have seen an increase in the number of our Egyptian users since the law had been passed. “Even though Egypt attempts to block VPNs, NordVPN is still functioning, and we will do our best to make sure free Internet is available to Egyptians.” Social media has also been under attack – vocal influencers with anti-government statements are being rounded up. A social media account with more than 5,000 followers is deemed a media organization and is supervised by a state-appointed media supervisory council. “VPNs play a very important role if a dissident doesn’t want to reveal their identity and IP address,” said Marty P. Kamden. “They encrypt information that the user shares into a safe tunnel and hide not only the IP address, but the website one visits as well.”
InfiNet Wireless introduces a new peak-performance and spectral-efficient solution to the LATAM market at Andicom 2018
Operators in the LATAM region looking to overcome the challenges of increasing bandwidth demands and interference mitigation are set to benefit when InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, launches its latest SDR technology solution to the Latin America market at the annual Andicom conference in Cartagena, Colombia next week. On display at booth 85, the Quanta 5 has been designed to offer the highest spectral efficiency available in today's wireless marketplace. Able to seamlessly operate from sub-zero temperatures to tropical conditions, Quanta 5 is the company's brand new 5 GHz Point-to-Point solution which has a capacity of up to 450 Mbps in just 40 MHz, delivers full Quality of Service (QoS) with a processing power in excess of 800,000 packets per second. "Our solutions continue to break records across the wireless world and Quanta 5 is no exception. Able to cater for a wide range of applications, such as Internet access as well as high resolution video streams in to CCTV infrastructure, we are proud to have developed this new platform, the most efficient spectrum available in the market today. Quanta 5 is easier than ever before to deploy and use, cost effective and exceeds performance expectations, satisfying bandwidth demands from our customers and mitigating interference issues even in the noisy radio environments," said Carlos de Lamadrid, Business Development Manager for LATAM at InfiNet Wireless. “Some of our strongest markets are in Latin America and events like Andicom are the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our technological breakthroughs to decision-makers from all industry sectors, and share our more global experience in order to help them address successfully all challenges they may be faced with.” Quanta 5 delivers a comprehensive set of benefits in a Point-to-Point topology, all with a fibre-like performance, thanks to InfiNet's advanced proprietary management protocols. This new solution combines the complete set of features associated with Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) platforms, with the added flexibility based on the company's own and well-proven WANflex operating system. InfiNet's continued growth and expansion in the LATAM region was further evidenced when the company and its loyal partner in the region Avantec jointly launched a new operation in Colombia. This new arrangement represented a milestone for the cooperation between the two companies, cementing an already successful cooperation which resulted in more than 100 projects jointly implemented in just four years since the partnership began in Mexico in 2014. De Lamadrid added: "Returning to Andicom this year is a wonderful opportunity to present our recent successes in the region, further develop existing relationships and build brand new ones. We have a prominent role in the market, holding a number of events in the region, including our Annual Conference exclusively for our LATAM partners, and have recently established our own business and support presence in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Andicom allows us to demonstrate how we can meet any wireless requirements and overcome connectivity challenges, thanks to our global experience and growing portfolio of wireless solutions." InfiNet Wireless can be found at booth 85. Andicom takes place from 29-31 August 2018 at Cartagena des Indias, Colombia.
Pandora Selects Veriflow CloudPredict for Multi-Cloud Intent-Based Verification
Veriflow, today achieved another industry milestone, announcing that Pandora (NYSE:P), the largest music streaming service in the U.S., has selected Veriflow to provide intent verification for Pandora’s multi-cloud environment. Multi-cloud adoption grew globally by 300 percent in 2017, with approximately 80 percent of IT budgets committed to cloud solutions. With this continued increase in cloud adoption, organizations must seek new and innovative technologies in order to maintain control over their multi-cloud environments. “Customers need the ability to predict and control the behavior of their networks, regardless of architecture,” said James Brear, President and CEO of Veriflow. “CloudPredict now makes that possible, by extending the power of our Veriflow intent verification platform across disparate networks, including multi-cloud environments.” With more than 72 million monthly active users, Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform. Key to Pandora’s selection of Veriflow was CloudPredict’s ability to unify Pandora’s intent verification across their on-premises and multi-cloud network. “Defining and controlling intent across a multi-cloud network is highly complex,” said James Kelty, Director of Network Services, Pandora. “With Veriflow, we now have a single view of policy, architecture, and flow behavior across our on-premises and multi-cloud environment that is extensible into our existing systems.”
Apstra Defines Intent-Based Networking Taxonomy and Maturity Model to Help CTOs Navigate SDN, Cloud, and IoT
Apstra® Inc., the pioneer of Intent-Based Networking (IBN), defined an objective Intent-Based Taxonomy model to help network operators cut through the marketing hype around IBN as they look to simplify the operations of their data center network. “We are introducing a model intended to help CTOs and network operators evaluate and differentiate the maturity of IBN solutions with an objective set of criteria, beginning with Level 0 (low maturity/incomplete) offerings going up to Level 3 (mature/complete) offerings which enable companies to leverage full benefits of an IBN approach,” said Sasha Ratkovic, CTO and Founder of Apstra. The lBN model addresses: Level 0 IBN: Basic Automation These offerings have the ability to: Generate device configurations from declarative specifications. For example: scripts running Ansible modules or other declarative libraries such as NAPALM. Support a heterogeneous infrastructure. Ingest real-time network status in a protocol- and transport-agnostic way. At this level there is no presence of a single source of truth, which is a fundamental aspect of a mature IBN implementation, as it enables reasoning whether or not the intent has been met. Level 1 IBN: Single Source of Truth An implementation classified as Level 1 implements a single source of truth containing the intent and the network operational state. It contains data and state artifacts related to all aspects of a network service lifecycle: design, build, deploy, and validate. Level 1 can give you answers to important questions about the state of your intent and your infrastructure. Level 2 IBN: Real-Time Change Validation Building on top of Level 1, Level 2 IBN solution enables you to ask the right questions, at the right time to help assess the impact of business rule or policy changes, as well as the operational status changes and failures in real time. Level 3 IBN: Does the IBN solution validate and close the loop between the intent and operational state by providing observability, and deliver corrective actions on a path to self-operating networks? This step is impossible to tackle if one has not built solid foundations in Levels 2 and 3.
QNAP Unveils the TS-1635AX 16-bay NAS
QNAP® Systems, Inc. (QNAP) today announced the launch of the TS-1635AX NAS - the successor of the landmark TS-1635 NAS. With 16 drive bays (twelve 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch) and dual 10GbE SFP+ ports, the TS-1635AX is further boosted with a high-performance Marvell® ARMADA® 8040 ARMv8 Cortex-A72 64-bit quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and two M.2 SATA SSD slots (2280 form factor) and supports Linux virtualization, SSD caching, and Qtier 2.0. The TS-1635AX sets a new standard for ARM-based NAS and marks a new milestone for high-capacity and affordable desktop NAS models. The TS-1635AX supports QNAP's proprietary Qtier 2.0 for automatic tiered storage and provides a cache-like mechanism in volumes and LUNs to boost the performance of applications where high-efficiency data access is necessary (such as virtualization). The TS-1635AX also supports containerized virtualization (LXC and Docker®) and Linux command-line interface (CLI) virtual machines* for deploying virtualization applications to fully realize the potential of the Marvell ARMADA 8040 processor. The TS-1635AX features two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports and two Gigabit (1000BASE-T) ports for high-speed transmission and flexible network deployment. The core functionality of the TS-1635AX can also be expanded by installing two PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 cards (compatible PCIe cards include the QWA-AC2600 wireless adapter, QM2 M.2 SSD/10GbE adapters, and USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps) adapters). "Combining all the advantages of its predecessor with today's cutting-edge functionality, the TS-1635AX sets a new benchmark for next-generation storage devices" said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "supporting snapshots, Qtier 2.0, and virtualization while ensuring data security, performance, and expansion potential, the TS-1635AX meets various business needs and is perfect for small businesses and organizations." The TS-1635AX runs the intelligent, app-driven QTS operating system that supports RAID 50/60 and provides productivity-enhancing features such as Qboost and OCR Converter. Featuring apps from QNAP and trusted third parties, the QTS App Center enriches the TS-1635X with potentially limitless functionality and much greater value for money. Key specifications TS-1635AX-8G: Marvell® ARMADA® 8040 64-bit quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM (1 x 8 GB) TS-1635AX-4G: Marvell® ARMADA® 8040 64-bit quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, 4 GB DDR4 RAM (1 x 4 GB) Desktop; RAM upgradeable to 1 x 16 GB (Long-DIMM form factor); 16-bay (twelve 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch); hot-swappable 3.5-inch/2.5-inch SATA 6 Gbps bays; two M.2 SATA SSD (2280 form factor) slots; 2 x PCle expansion slots (1 x PCIe 3.0 x2，1 x PCIe 3.0 x1); 2 x 10GbE SFP+ ports, 2 x Gigabit (1000BASE-T) ports; 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) ports (front 1, rear 2); 1 x 3.5 mm Line-out; 1 x speaker; 250 W PSU *The availability of this functionality will be announced separately.
Bentley Systems Acquires Synchro Software to Extend Digital Workflows
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of Synchro Software, headquartered in London, leader (and the market creator) in 4D construction modeling software, for scheduling and project management. Synchro, “construction’s time machine,” has been globally adopted, in particular, for building and civil infrastructure projects. The acquisition broadens Bentley’s ProjectWise construction offerings—which already include ConstructSim, the leader for 4D construction modeling in project delivery of industrial plants. With construction project management in 4D, benefits of BIM can extend throughout infrastructure project delivery and asset lifecycles, as traditionally disconnected workflows become digital workflows. Synchro’s strong growth, since the introduction of Synchro PRO in 2007, has coincided with the burgeoning adoption of BIM for design workflows—which, however, stop short of considering construction planning, scheduling, and project management strategies. For London’s Crossrail, Synchro digital construction innovatively applied Bentley Systems’ iModel work packaging to complete the reach of its BIM application portfolio and its CDE. Crossrail, the largest European construction project over this period, is now being completed on time and on budget. Synchro has increasingly become the standard for major constructors leveraging BIM through project delivery. Synchro’s 2018 4D Digital Construction Conference in Amsterdam brought together infrastructure construction thought leaders from 18 countries, including presentations by Royal BAM Group, Mortenson Construction, Robins & Morton, Shanghai Construction No. 4 Group, Skanska UK, and Larsen & Toubro, who shared their benefits achieved through innovatively applying 4D construction modeling with Synchro. In industrial project delivery, characterized by EPC (engineer-procure-construct) contracting, integrated processes are already the norm—leading to ConstructSim’s digital workflows for advanced work packaging. However, in vertical buildings and civil infrastructure projects, notwithstanding the advancement of BIM for design and engineering, prevalent design/bid/build contracting has institutionalized disconnected workflows isolating construction planning from BIM data and geometry. 1) Constructors have been constrained by the limitations of stand-alone planning and scheduling programs, without digital visibility into the engineering information coalesced within the separate 3D BIM environment; 2) construction planning typically lacks the workface-level granularity and depth of detail, and exploration of sequencing alternatives, to sufficiently minimize risk and schedule variance; and 3) constructors characteristically need to create their own independent 3D models to serve construction only, in the process orphaning the BIM deliverables which can then never, despite their engineering intelligence, accurately represent the as-built asset for operations and maintenance. Within Synchro, 3D BIM deliverables are linked with the 4D time dimension to intrinsically and immersively synchronize, through digital workflows, the construction strategy, work breakdown structure, schedule, costs, resources, supply chain logistics, and progress. Synchro’s 4D construction modeling appropriately incorporates other construction variables (human, materials, equipment, falseworks, and space) for safe, reliable, and predictable project delivery performance. Synchro includes intrinsic CPM scheduling, or users can maintain external project schedules. By synchronizing changes from BIM, schedule and/or field conditions, Synchro provides clear visibility into both the project data and the design, making it quick and easy to communicate and analyze the impact of changes on the entire project delivery process. This also enables Synchro users to compare construction strategy alternatives—even in early stages of design and bid processes—and to evaluate the feasibility and efficiency of different scenarios, deriving insights toward the best possible construction outcomes. By incorporating Synchro 4D construction modeling through the ProjectWise CDE, infrastructure project delivery can now benefit from unprecedented digital workflow advancements. For the first time, change synchronization can assure that BIM deliverables are updated for changes which occur during construction, aligning the as-designed, as-constructed, and as-operated digital engineering models to improve both project performance and asset performance. And, in particular for civil infrastructure projects, constructioneering digital workflows can automate direct relationships between the project’s digital engineering models, the continuously-surveyed digital context of site conditions before and during construction, and positioning devices controlling construction equipment and feeding back as-built conditions. “I’m very excited about what Synchro brings to Bentley’s capabilities for comprehensive project delivery, not only in terms of technology, but also by virtue of the proven construction expertise of the Synchro team, led by the vision and advocacy of Tom Dengenis,” said Stephen Jolley, vice president of construction for Bentley. “In construction modeling for industrial projects, the market is already converging around ConstructSim’s advanced work packaging and workface planning. In the advancement of going digital for civil and building construction, the needed impetus for these ‘industrialized’ advantages is precisely what we are now announcing. For infrastructure projects, integrating Synchro’s 4D construction modeling completes the reach of our ProjectWise CDE.” Tom Dengenis, CEO of Synchro Software, said, “This combination reflects my conviction about what’s imperative for finally driving infrastructure construction substantially forward. At Synchro, we accomplished the breakthrough of 4D construction modeling software many years ago, but we have wanted to advance the market faster than our own continuous growth. With my 40+ Synchro colleagues in the UK, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Moscow, I look forward to working more directly with our new Bentley colleagues, thanks to our now so much greater combined power and commitment, to accelerate the global industry in going digital.” Malcolm Taylor, head of technical information, Crossrail, said, “Using specialist software from Bentley Systems and Synchro, our project schedule could be linked to the 3D information to produce 4D models that could show the progress of design and installation at any particular point in time. Using 4D models to plan helped speed up the project teams’ understanding of what we needed to do and when. They could also tease out conflicts that were not normally apparent from regular Gantt charts and drawings. Using the 4D model for construction progress also manages payment expectations as it allows teams to readily agree on what’s completed and accepted—as well as producing an excellent as-built record for the future maintainer. For me, the news of Bentley Systems’ acquisition of Synchro Software is excellent, and will help reinforce how 4D can be used to improve construction management.” Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley said, “Synchro has already inflected upward the construction productivity curve, by leading the adoption of 4D construction modeling for significant projects worldwide. The opportunity to extend digital workflows from BIM to institutionalize 4D construction modeling across infrastructure project delivery, superseding disconnected planning and scheduling, is enormous and immediate; its magnitude is confirmed by the clamor of new startups. Tom Dengenis’ informed enthusiasm and business foresight in anticipating and advancing the market’s potential—reflected in Synchro’s sustained and increasing growth from critical mass to escape velocity—assures me that we now, uniquely, have the right combined team and converged technologies. Every constructor and every infrastructure project can gain from going digital through our 4D construction modeling!”
Paragon Software Releases Image Mounter - First-Line Data Retrieval for IT Pros, Forensics
Paragon Software Group, a recognized data storage expert, releases Image Mounter by Paragon Software – a multi-format disk image mounter that enables in-depth analysis of user data. The software allows mounting RAW images and virtual drives, such as VMDK, VDI, VHD, pVHD, and VHDX. Integration with proprietary file system drivers enables smooth, high-performance operation with Linux and APFS-formatted drives under Windows. This tool targets IT professionals, researchers, and forensic experts requiring bit-to-bit copy of volumes or entire devices. Features: · Mount RAW images and a variety of virtual disk images; · Physical level mounting of disks, including all partitions; · Automatic OS mounting of partitions when formatted in known formats; · File System Link technology to ensure cross-platform compatibility across Linux, HFS+, and APFS-formatted drives in a Windows environment; · Full availability of standard OS features for handling mounted disks of known formats; · Mount mode selection: Read-only or read-write; · Easy unmount in any required order.
Optimized Machining Begins in the Software
OPEN MIND Technologies AG has now introduced Version 2018.2 of its hyperMILL® CAD/CAM suite. In this new release, numerous features – such as drill hole and pocket recognition as well as 3D-optimized roughing have been further improved. The most important additions are to be found in the CAD section: hyperCAD®-S. This CAD software, which is specifically designed for CAM programming, provides working solutions to many familiar challenges posed by meshes, faces and volumes, enabling the creation of highly precise components and tools. The data is prepared for subsequent NC programming independently of the original CAD system. One important new feature introduced in the previous version has been improved even further in hyperMILL® 2018.2: the electrode module, which automatically derives electrodes from the faces to be die-sunk within the component geometry. With the ‘Virtual Electrode’ function, copies of an electrode that has already been created can now be generated in various different positions. These are checked for collisions and can be assigned the technology values of the master electrode or new technology values. During electrode milling, these values are processed accordingly. The reference system and eroding position for each copy are included in the report. - Easier Analysis One of the new functions in hyperCAD®-S makes it possible to measure the distances between two shapes. This function can be applied to face models, solids, meshes or stock. This allows a face created using the ‘Global Fitting’ function to be compared with the original face. Moreover, casting allowances can be reviewed very quickly. The frequently-used ‘Unwrap’ command has now had a ‘Radial’ mode added. This allows radially aligned curves or texts on rotational solids to be unwrapped with a constant radial length, which is very useful for engraving and tire labeling. For easy changes to milling boundaries and turning contours, hyperMILL® 2018.2 offers a ‘V sketch’ command. This is used to assign geometric constraints to 2D contours. When individual contours are changed, the sketch is automatically updated using their dependencies. The values of the V sketches are edited using dimensional constraints and the parameter list.
QNAP Launches New AMD Quad-core 4/8/12-bay TS-x63XU Rackmount NAS
QNAP® Systems, Inc. today launched the new 10GbE-ready TS-x63XU rack-mountable NAS (available in 4, 8, and 12-bay models with single and redundant power supply options) that features an AMD G-Series GX-420MC quad-core 2.0 GHz processor, 4GB DDR3L memory (upgradable to 16GB), and easy scalability, providing ideal storage solutions for bandwidth-demanding data center and virtualization applications. Pre-installed with a single-port 10GbE 10GBASE-T network card (which also supports 10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M data transfer) the TS-x63XU series delivers up to 1,038 MB/s read speed and 985 MB/s read with AES-NI encryption acceleration. Supporting SSD caching, tiered storage allocation, and excellent expandability with a QNAP 12-bay expansion enclosure, the TS-x63XU series is ideal for business organizations looking for a secure private cloud and efficient IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks. “Besides performance and scale-up architecture, the 10GbE-ready TS-x63XU NAS series is packed with abundant business applications and reliable system operations to fully back business needs in data storage, disaster recovery, and virtualization,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP. Optimized for virtualization environments, the TS-x63XU series supports VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft® Hyper-V® and Windows Server® 2016, and can also natively host virtual machines (Windows®, Linux®, UNIX® and Android™) and LXC and Docker® containers. The intelligent QTS operating system delivers a comprehensive solution for storage, backup, sharing, and central management. Snapshot (block-based) support is also provided to help users quickly restore the NAS to a previously-recorded state, providing an ideal solution for mitigating the effects of unexpected NAS failure or ransomware attack. The storage capacity of the TS-x63XU series can be expanded on demand by attaching a QNAP expansion enclosure ( UX-1200U-RP and UX-800U-RP). QNAP's VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) solution also allows users to expand the capacity of TS-x63XU models by using the unused storage capacity of other QNAP NAS. Users can flexibly increase the potential applications of the NAS with the various apps available from the QTS App Center. Qsync enables file sync across devices to boost team collaboration; QRM+ simplifies central management of Windows, Linux, and IPMI devices and facilitates easy troubleshooting; Qfiling automates file organization without needing any extra effort or time; and QIoT Suite Lite is a hands-on IoT development app, allowing organizations to easily acquire a private cloud combining storage and IoT applications. Users can also build a budget-friendly professional surveillance system with the TS-x63XU by using the new QVR Pro. Key specifications Redundant power supply TS-463XU-RP: 4-bay, 1U rackmount TS-863XU-RP: 8-bay, 2U rackmount TS-1263XU-RP: 12-bay, 2U rackmount Single power supply TS-463XU: 4-bay, 1U rackmount TS-863XU: 8-bay, 2U rackmount TS-1263XU: 12-bay, 2U rackmount AMD embedded G-Series GX-420MC quad-core 2.0 GHz processor, with AES-NI encryption engine; dual channel 4GB DDR3LSO-DIMM RAM (upgradable to 16GB); hot-swappable 2.5"/3.5" SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD; 1x 10GBASE-T RJ-45 LAN port, 4x Gigabit LAN ports; 2x USB 3.0 ports; 2x USB 2.0 ports (TS-463XU-RP/TS-463XU provides 3x USB 2.0 ports)
Supermicro Brings Resource Saving Green Computing to Computex Taipei 2018
Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, today is focusing on green computing with Resource Saving datacenter and cloud solutions, including SuperBlade®, BigTwin™, all-flash NVMe composable storage systems and AI and Machine Learning Optimized Servers at Computex Taipei 2018 from June 5-9 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1, Sky Dome Booth #N0806 (4th Floor). Datacenters account for 3% of the global electricity supply and 2% of the total greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, there is a turnover cycle of outdated electronic systems every three to five years which go into our landfills. This E-waste accounts for about 70% of overall heavy metal waste that poses risks to the environment and human health. With Resource Saving technology, Supermicro has introduced an overall architecture that optimizes datacenter power, cooling, shared resources, and refresh cycles. This innovative approach focuses on reusing system enclosures, enabling modular refresh of subsystems and using optimized extended life subsystems including networking, storage, cooling fans and power supplies. By disaggregating CPU and memory, each resource can be refreshed independently allowing datacenters to both reduce refresh cycle costs and optimize the adoption of new and improved technologies. “Supermicro has deployed Resource Saving systems in volume at many Fortune 100 datacenters,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “As the innovative leader in energy efficient systems and green computing technology, Supermicro now enables further savings by extending the life of server subsystems including the chassis enclosure, cables, networking, storage, fans and power supplies. The result is up to 60% hardware acquisition cost savings, up to 50% less power consumption and less e-waste during technology refresh cycles, which saves datacenters millions in costs and helps preserve the environment for future generations.” Supermicro will be showcasing a breadth of platforms at Computex that feature Resource Saving technology and address a wide range of workloads. The new Supermicro disaggregated SuperBlade unlocks the interdependence between the major server subsystems enabling the independent upgrade of CPU + Memory, I/O, Enclosure, Storage and Power/Cooling. Now each component can be refreshed at the optimal time to maximize generational improvements in performance and efficiency uncoupled from single monolithic server refresh cycles. The blade servers feature Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and support M.2 NVMe and Intel Optane™. Delivering high performance and efficiency in a 2U 4-node design, the Supermicro BigTwin™ system also supports the full range of Intel Xeon Scalable processors, fully exploits all the memory channels with a maximum of 24 DIMMs per node, and offers options for up to six hot-swappable all-flash NVMe or hybrid NVMe/SAS3 drive bays, and up to three PCI-E 3.0 slots including support for a flexible SIOM module enabling 100/40/25/10/1G networking options and redundant 2600W/2200W Titanium Level (96%+) digital power supplies. Also, Supermicro’s comprehensive portfolio of AI and Machine Learning Systems based on the Latest Generation CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla V100 with NVLink GPUs for Superior Performance and Density will be featured including the new 2 PetaFLOP Superserver design based on the NVIDIA HGX-2 that combines 16 Tesla V100 32GB SXM3 GPUs connected via NVLink and NVSwitch to deliver breakthrough AI/ML compute power. Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) will also be on display. Supermicro RSD is based on Intel® RSD, an industry-aligned datacenter architecture built on open standards. Supermicro RSD manages racks of disaggregated servers, storage, and networking with industry-standard Redfish Restful APIs that remain consistent across different vendors and multiple server generations. Supermicro RSD 2.1 supports high performance, high density, and disaggregated NVMe storage to improve datacenter efficiency, increase utilization and lower costs. The exhibit will also include the brand new all-flash NVMe Samsung NF1 and Intel “ruler” form factor 1U storage servers and JBOF that support up to 0.5PB of latest NVMe storage. To ensure the highest data bandwidth with lowest latency, both architectures support 2x 100G Infiniband, 2x 100G Ethernet as well as NVMe over Fabric thru two PCI-E x16 Gen3 lanes. On Thursday, June 7th, Mr. Liang will be presenting a keynote speech entitled, “5G-Ready Edge to Cloud Computing” at the 5th Taipei 5G Summit where he will further discuss Resource Saving Architecture. The keynote will be held at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), 4th Floor, VIP Room with registration starting at 8 a.m.
Senior Industry Executives Join The Fabric to Support Five-Year Vision for Cloud Infrastructure
The Fabric, a pioneer in co-creating companies focused on cloud and IoT infrastructure technology, today announced that the following new advisory board members have joined: Pankaj Patel, former EVP and CDO with Cisco, and Alan Boehme, CTO of P&G. These new advisors join an unparalleled advisory board of existing members that includes Investor/Advisor and Former SVP with Citrix Klaus Oestermann, Former President of CenturyLink Gary Gauba, Former Chief Strategy Officer of NetApp Vic Mahadevan, VP and Citrix Fellow Abhishek Chauhan, Founder of Sand Hill Group MR Rangaswami, and CMO of Quali Shashi Kiran. The Fabric launched with a vision to create multiple companies that solve the emerging problems and deliver the needed infrastructure to power the next wave of cloud computing. Through each pool of capital raised, The Fabric has been able to focus on key market needs. With Fabric 1, the company focused on cloud infrastructure; Fabric 2 added the emerging IoT market; and Fabric 3 will add emphasis on 5G and mobile edge-cloud infrastructure. The founders bring over 20 years in infrastructure experience that enables them to identify “white spaces” of opportunity in the market, and then actively co-create companies with entrepreneurs. Prabakar Sundarrajan, Chief Strategist of The Fabric, said: “In addition to closely collaborating, The Fabric also provides critical resources, expertise and guidance to our co-created company leadership. Our founders and advisors are well-versed in all aspects of building infrastructure companies from the ground up, from creating products to pricing and distribution to full-fledged go-to-market planning. Our newest advisors Pankaj and Alan, in addition to our existing advisors, will be invaluable resources in bringing applicable knowledge to our startup co-founders. I look forward to continuing to work with them on our initiatives.” Oestermann said: "I’ve enjoyed advising entrepreneurs with The Fabric for several years now, and am excited to continue my association to co-create companies with my investment in The Fabric. Together, we will have the opportunity to explore and develop new category defining technology innovations for the cloud and IoT infrastructure space, such as AI driven application performance, API based Apps, and IoT security.” Patel said: "The Fabric has assembled an impressive team of cloud industry experts that bring an outstanding technical foundation to the companies they co-create. I am looking forward to working with The Fabric on delivering breakthrough technologies to enterprises. Cloud and IoT infrastructure are ripe for disruptive innovations." Boehme said: “I am delighted to partner with The Fabric's team and entrepreneurs to help cloud and IoT security infrastructure technology companies thrive in this expansive market. The Fabric could not be better positioned to propel industry growth with its innovative, collaborative approach and deep technical expertise." Today’s news falls on the heels of recent news that The Fabric closed a third pool of capital from Verizon Ventures, March Capital Partners, Citrix and Hitachi, bringing its total investment raised to $41 million. The capital will be leveraged to invest in early stage cloud infrastructure companies that it co-creates with entrepreneurs. Since founding in 2012, The Fabric has co-created eight companies, of which three have already been acquired: VeloCloud acquired by VMware, Perspica acquired by Cisco, and Appcito acquired by A10 Networks.
RETN Expands Amsterdam Network, Plans to Deploy Network Point-of-Presence in Datacenter.com’s AMS1 Data Center
RETN, a fast-growing international network service provider connecting 36 countries on 3 continents through 220+ network PoPs, has planned to add a new Point-of-Presence in Datacenter.com’s Amsterdam AMS1 facility – a colocation data center strategically located in the Amsterdam Southeast business district. RETN expects the strategic location of Datacenter.com AMS1 as well as its enterprise-grade and cloud-ready amenities to be an attractive colocation environment for international enterprises, cloud service providers (CSPs), and online gaming providers alike. With extensive network coverage in Europe including CEE countries, CIS countries and Russia, RETN has expanded its international network across Asia and North America during the last couple of years. As part of continued commitment to the expansion of its operations in Europe, RETN opened its regional Benelux offices in Amsterdam in 2017. The plans announced today to establish a new PoP in Datacenter.com’s Amsterdam AMS1 colocation facility provides RETN with expanded connectivity options in the Amsterdam market and beyond. “Amsterdam is most important to RETN,” said Tony O’Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at RETN, based in Hong Kong. “The Dutch capital is one of the largest Internet hubs in the world, attracting companies from a wide variety of business sectors who wish to increase their connectivity in a stable, business friendly regulatory environment. RETN is present in all major data centers in Amsterdam. This cooperation with Datacenter.com is a logical step, as it is strategically located at one of the best-connected areas in Europe in the Amsterdam Southeast business district and is distinguished by its unique and highly energy-efficient architecture. I have no doubt their facility will attract customers that will appreciate RETN’s unique capabilities to connect the West with the East. Likewise, RETN’s customers expect industry leading facilities such as Datacenter.com AMS1 to be on-net. We are extremely excited about the addition of this data center to our network.” Part of a planned targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers, Datacenter.com’s Amsterdam facility features a unique Indirect Adiabatic Cooling setup with a calculated energy-efficient pPUE figure of 1.04 – recently awarded with a Datacloud Europe 2018 nomination. Cloud-ready features include large cabinets (54U, 11kW+), as well as month-to-month flexible contracts. The modular cooling infrastructure in this facility is located directly under the cabinets with hot aisle setup, under the raised floor with a height of 4.7 meters. - Connectivity Datacenter.com AMS1 The announcement of RETN planning to deploy a network PoP in this 54,000 sq. ft. Amsterdam AMS1 colocation facility adds to Datacenter.com’s ability to meet high redundancy and high volume bandwidth needs set by cloud providers, enterprises, online gaming providers, and other customers with demanding network requirements. “The RETN PoP will significantly expand our global connectivity ecosystem and network services offerings in Amsterdam, especially when it comes to our reach into Eastern Europe and Russia,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “RETN has a heavy network coverage and data center footprint in these areas while they also have an extensive metro fiber network, with all major Eastern European and Western European cities being connected.” With the launch of the TRANSKZ cable system in 2016, RETN started to provide connectivity into Asia (Hong Kong) across its own network. “Our network coverage is unique in the worldwide market,” added Mr. O’Sullivan. “RETN is the only European provider to deliver a fully owned high-speed terrestrial connectivity solution between Amsterdam and the Kazakhstan/China border, a solution that’s fully protected. For Datacenter.com customers it means that RETN can deliver them reliable, low latency IP Transit, Layer 1 and Layer 2 services from Amsterdam to Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and beyond in Asia.” The announcement follows the news that Datacenter.com’s AMS1 data center got nominated by Datacloud Europe under the ‘Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design’ award category. The winner of four nominees for this data center architecture award will be announced during the Datacloud Europe 2018 award ceremony in Monaco, 12-14 June 2018 (www.datacloudcongress.com).
QNAP Unleashes 16-bay TS-1677X Ryzen NAS
QNAP® Systems, Inc. today released the new enterprise-class TS-1677X Ryzen™ NAS with twelve 3.5-inch drive bays, four 2.5-inch drive bays, and driven by the absolute performance of an AMD Ryzen 8-core processor, optimized storage efficiency with Qtier™ auto-tiering, and SSD caching. The AMD Ryzen processor, with Turbo Core of up to 3.7 GHz, can greatly boost virtualization performance. The TS-1677X can also perform as AI-oriented big data storage when used with a high-end graphics card and QNAP's “ QuAI” AI developer package. The TS-1677X includes models with AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8-cores/16-threads), AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (6-cores/12-threads) and AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4-cores/4-threads) that support AES-NI encryption acceleration and up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM. Every model provides two 10GBASE-T RJ45 ports (that support 10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M speeds) and three PCIe slots for incredible expansion potential. Supported PCIe devices include a graphics card, 10GbE/40GbE NICs, USB 3.1 expansion cards, and QM2 cards (that add additional M.2 SSDs or 10GbE connectivity). Incorporating incredible performance, reliability and scalability, the TS-1677X provides an exceptional storage solution for diverse business IT environments. Facing the booming artificial intelligence, QNAP’s newly developed “QuAI” AI developer package can empower the TS-1677X NAS to perform as an AI/ML/DL solution. Data scientists and developers can leverage the NAS-based AI platform to quickly build, train, optimize, and deploy machine-learning models. When used with a high-end graphics card, the TS-1677X delivers incredible computing performance to empower data-intensive machine learning applications, providing immeasurable benefits for exploring intelligent services and the great business value they can provide. “The TS-1677X NAS features flagship-grade hardware to deliver the 10GbE connectivity and PCIe expandability required by today’s compute-intensive workplaces, and empowers AI-oriented tasks for greater business potential,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “The robust TS-1677X series includes models with higher-performance AMD Ryzen 7, cost-effective AMD Ryzen 5, and budget-friendly AMD Ryzen 3 options to provide organizations with greater choice to meet their requirements.” The multi-threading TS-1677X is capable of simultaneously running multiple virtual machines. It is virtualization-ready for VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft® Hyper-V® and Windows Server® 2016 environments with the support of iSER (iSCSI Over RDMA). It can host virtual machines and containers as an efficient all-in-one server, and support snapshots and virtual machine backups for all-in-one virtualization management. The TS-1677X also supports vQTS that enables users to run multiple virtual QTS systems on a single NAS, to provide resource segregation benefits, flexible application deployment, and savings on power, cost, and physical space. Combining high performance, storage potential, and SSD caching to optimize music streaming, the TS-1677X serves a perfect choice for the optimum Roon music experience. Users can install the Roon Server app in the QTS App Center and easily browse and play music with Roon apps on any compatible device for multi-zone multimedia experiences. Running the intelligent QTS operating system, the TS-1677X series is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup/restoration, sharing and management. The built-in App Center includes hundreds of install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality: the QRM+ centralized management solution features graphic topology diagrams for managing Windows®, Linux®, and IPMI devices; Q’center consolidates the management of multiple QNAP NAS; QVPN integrates settings of VPN server and VPN clients; QVR Pro provides a professional video surveillance solution (8 free channels; expandable to 128 channels); QIoT Suite Lite builds a private IoT cloud platform; and much more. Key specifications TS-1677X-1700-64G: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 8 cores 16 threads 3.0 GHz processor (Turbo Core 3.7 GHz), 64 GB RAM TS-1677X-1700-16G: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 8 cores 16 threads 3.0 GHz processor (Turbo Core 3.7 GHz), 16 GB RAM TS-1677X-1600-8G: AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600 6 cores 12 threads 3.2 GHz processor (Turbo Core 3.6 GHz), 8 GB RAM TS-1677X-1200-4G: AMD Ryzen™ 3 1200 4 cores 4 threads 3.1 GHz processor (Turbo Core 3.4 GHz), 4 GB RAM 16-bay tower NAS; up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM (4x 16 GB DDR4 UDIMM RAM); hot-swappable 2.5"/3.5" SATA 6Gbps hard drives or SSDs; 3x PCle slots (1x PCIe 3.0 x8, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 2.0 x4); 2x 10GBASE-T RJ45 LAN ports, 4x Gigabit LAN ports; 8x USB 3.0 ports; 2x 3.5 mm dynamic microphone jacks; 1x 3.5mm line-out jack, 1x built-in speaker; Infrared receiver; 550 watt power supply
QNAP Enterprise NAS Supports Veritas Backup Exec to Provide an All-in-one Backup Solution
QNAP® Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has become a partner in the Veritas™ Technology Ecosystem. With in-depth cooperation, QNAP and Veritas provide a comprehensive storage solution tailored for the data and system backup needs of small and medium businesses. An all-in-one backup NAS appliance solution is also made possible for users to deploy and configure their backup infrastructure faster and easier, providing a higher-performance and highly-scalable backup storage for users running the Veritas Backup Exec solution on QNAP NAS. Veritas Backup Exec 16 features an intuitive and user-friendly interface, allowing users to streamline their backup tasks across virtual, physical and connected cloud environments. Through deep integration with Microsoft® Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and VMware vStorage™ APIs for Data Protection (VADP), the Veritas application effectively minimizes the impact on the CPU, memory, and I/O performance of the virtual host. Coupled with global deduplication and changed-blocks tracking technology, the recovery time and disk space required for backup files are greatly reduced. Veritas Backup Exec also supports the instant recovery of VMware® and Hyper-V® virtual machines, providing an immediate usable copy of the server and data for disaster recovery, testing, and application deployment. In the past, professional IT staff were required to deploy enterprise-level IT infrastructure and plan correlating backup solutions. With the integration of Veritas Backup Exec and QNAP NAS, these staff can now easily use QNAP NAS as a high-performance backup storage. Moreover, by installing Veritas Backup Exec™ on Microsoft® Windows Server® running in QNAP’s Virtualization Station, users can instantly turn the QNAP NAS into a backup appliance and immediately perform virtual machine or physical machine backup tasks on the QNAP NAS, providing users with a more cost-effective, high-performance, and highly-scalable backup storage solution. Learn more: QNAP NAS with Veritas Backup Exec Whitepaper: https://view.publitas.com/qnap-1/be-qnap-whitepaper-v1-1/page/1 QNAP Enterprise NAS: https://www.qnap.com/en/product/ Veritas Backup Exec 16: https://www.veritas.com/product/backup-and-recovery/backup-exec?fid=backup-exec
Cloudera Held Media Conference on ‘Evolution of Big Data Technology Supporting Machine Learning and Analytics Future & Ethical Use of Data’
On May 9, Cloudera held a media conference at Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary, Cloudera Chief Architect Doug Cutting visited Korea, and he talked about the evolution of big data technology that supports machine learning and the analytics future and the resulting ethical use of data. In addition, the officials including Cloudera Korea Branch Manager Kang Hyung-joon and Goodmorning iTech CEO Lee Ju-chan attended the event to announce the partnership with Goodmorning iTech, along with the business results of Cloudera Korea and business goals this year. A modern platform for machine learning and analysis, Cloudera is optimized for the cloud and has revolutionized the IoT data management and analysis paradigm. Companies that use Apache Hadoop can now collect and store sensor and IoT data without limitations of capacity. They can also apply robust processing and analysis tools to both stored and transmitted data and instantly provide search, query, and visualization to petabytes of data for deriving executable insight information from IoT. ▲ Cloudera Chief Architect Doug Cutting Introduced about the evolution of big data technology and the ethical use of data, Doug Cutting said, “Cloudera has the belief that data can be used to change ‘impossible’ to ‘possible’. One example is that Cloudera is working with NASA to make astronauts land on Mars, and many believe this is not possible, but we believe that these efforts will soon be possible.” According to the announcement, Cloudera is an open source technology company, and Cloudera's platform (CDH) is an entirely open-source stack. Its most platforms are being collaborated and developed with various communities. He explained that the open source is now an indispensable part of computing, and that the open source ecosystem will continue to mature and evolve. On the topic of data ethics, Doug Cutting emphasized the need to establish policies on ethical data use and emphasized the importance of trust in how data is managed between organizations and individuals. Moreover, he explained that it is important for organizations to collect data, along with 4 core principles that prevent data from being exploited, to keep the data usage transparent. The 4 principles are as follows. 1) Adjustment of expectations about how data will be used between organizations and individuals 2) Establishment of best practices for data management 3) Boundary setting 4) Self-regulation ▲ Cloudera has the belief that data can be used to change ‘impossible’ to ‘possible’. Next, Cloudera recently announced a new business unit that will focus on the company's core businesses: machine learning, analytics and cloud. By adding organizational structure and resources to enhance innovation and accelerate the evolution of the Cloudera product line, the customers can transform complex data into clear and executable insights. Cloudera Korea has also grown steadily since its establishment in Korea in 2015. As well as securing clients in a large number of domestic companies and diverse industries, the utilization of the Cloudera platform is also diversifying. As machine learning, analytics, data analysis, and cloud come to the fore, the next generation version of Cloudera CDH, the Cloudera Data Science Workbench (CDSW) for data analysis, and Director and Altus for cloud environments are gaining much attention in the market. CDSW is a secure, self-service enterprise data science platform that accelerates machine learning projects from research to production. This platform enables the data science team to use on-demand computing function to accelerate experiments and provide direct access to the most common open data science packages, including unlimited data. ▲ Cloudera Korea Branch Manager Kang Hyung-joon ▲ Goodmorning iTech CEO Lee Ju-chan Meanwhile, KakaoBank has introduced Apache Kudu, a Hadoop platform developed to provide various storage technologies in Hadoop and efficiently accommodate various workloads, for real-time analysis. Moreover, as the real-time analysis and analysis platform, Kbank decided to introduce CDH with CDSW, which is regarded as a next-generation data analysis platform for data scientists. Cloudera Korea has signed a new distribution contract with Goodmorning iTech (GIT) to spur business further this year. Goodmorning iTech will provide Cloudera's main subscription EDH (Enterprise Data Hub) products to various industries with big data consulting, platform and infrastructure construction services based on accumulated technology of existing virtualization-based IT infrastructure and know-how of big data consulting. Goodmorning iTech CEO Lee Ju-chan said, “Cloudera is the best global vendor to meet the needs of customers in the domestic market with a top-notch solution of the world's largest data market from the big data platform to machine learning and analytics. Beyond the role as a simple reseller and SI partner, GIT has concluded a distribution contract to provide customers with more stable solutions and a high level of technical expertise.” Cloudera Korea Branch Manager Kang Hyung-joon said, “Cloudera's strengths, which are machine learning and IoT, are making a wave of change for both domestic and Asian companies. Our partnership with Goodmorning iTech will be a very important stepping stone for our journey to simplify IoT, machine learning and analytical solutions and expand into diverse industries. We will work together to create new business models and revenue streams with data, enhance customer experience, and offer great opportunities for companies looking to innovate the industry.”
EvoSwitch’s Data Center Services Optimization Model Shortlisted Into Three Award Categories at Datacloud Europe 2018
After winning the ‘Best Energy Solution’ award at the Datacloud Europe Awards last year (organized by BroadGroup), EvoSwitch has been shortlisted again this year. Now, the Datacloud Europe Award jury has shortlisted EvoSwitch into three Datacloud Award categories. The award categories honor EvoSwitch for its innovation efforts when it comes to implementing a continual sustainability and operational excellence optimization model for its data centers. The Datacloud Award expert jurors also praised EvoSwitch for maintaining high customer satisfaction levels year-over-year, and for the value added data center services being deployed. When launching its Amsterdam colocation data center in 2007, its first facility at the time, EvoSwitch was one of the early carrier-neutral data center operators in Europe with ‘green’ operations. The colocation company – now offering large-scale colocation facilities located in Europe and the U.S. – managed to do so by deploying innovative cooling systems amongst other energy-efficiency enhancing technologies and the use of renewables. During the last decade, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams have continually made optimizations to their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) figures, resulting in an ultra-low day-to-day PUE value for its large-scale colocation data centers ranging from 1.1 to 1.15 currently. The Datacloud Europe Award jury has shortlisted EvoSwitch, again, now for its unwavering commitment to the highest standards of sustainable data center operations and for its culture of continuous operational optimization. “We sincerely appreciate the triple Datacloud Award nomination, but the real proof of our successes and market leadership can be found in our customer satisfaction rates,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch. “A Net Promoter Score metric above 50 is regarded as excellent while we manage to achieve significantly higher figures year after year. Sustainability is a small though valuable component of a wide range of qualities we’re offering, which also includes a 99,999% uptime; compliance with a full range of third-party standards including ISO 27001:2013, PCI-DSS, SOC1 Type II, and ISO 14001:2004; the value-add services we create such as EvoSwitch OpenCloud, to open up customer ecosystems; and much more. We’re happy to see that these outstanding achievements have gained public recognition now that EvoSwitch has been shortlisted Datacloud for their ‘Excellence in Data Centre Service Award with Local Impact’ award category.” - International Panel of Expert Judges EvoSwitch’s continual sustainability and operational excellence optimization model covers a range of topics including: the in-house development of modular, sustainable rack and aisle containment architecture; real-time PUE monitoring, reporting and optimization; ongoing renewables selection, resulting in the adoption of a windmill; providing IT energy audits; sharing EvoSwitch’s commitment to the circular economy by launching whitepapers and hosting events – for example on Reuse & Recycling of Servers; and more. Selected by an independent international panel of expert Judges, EvoSwitch was nominated in three (!!) categories of this year’s Datacloud Europe Awards. These award categories include: ‘Circular Economy Leadership Award’, ‘Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility’, and ‘Excellence in Data Centre Service Award with Local Impact.’ In each category, four contestants were being selected. The winners of these categories will be announced at the Datacloud Europe 2018 event in Monaco, to be held 12-14 June. - 8,000 Power Monitors “To be shortlisted again by Datacloud Europe for our data center sustainability efforts is a great honor I have to admit,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch. “True sustainability, operational excellence, and the achievement of high customer satisfaction rates requires continuous optimization of data center operations though. That’s why EvoSwitch has implemented a continual sustainability and operational excellence optimization model. It starts with continuously enhancing energy-efficiency levels, in our case by deploying a real-time PUE monitoring & reporting system, and the use of over 8,000 power monitors to drive the energy-efficiency optimization cycle - despite the fact that there is still currently no standard-related obligation to report this data. Our patented, in-house developed 88-rack stand-alone data center modules, engineered for the highest energy-efficiency rates, are another example of our continual optimization efforts.” “Our continual sustainability optimization model even provides for enhancing colocation customers’ sustainability footprint,” added Mr. Boonstra. “In our Amsterdam facility for example, we are providing IT energy audits to our clients. Our engineers recently managed to reduce a customer’s physical footprint and power consumption by over 20% each. The customer had a mix of virtual and legacy servers, with full racks requiring 4-5 kW power density. They are now using only a quarter of a rack with 2kW of density for the same workload.”