Awake.AI launches platform based on Intel technology
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VuWall Introduces its Application Server to Securely Share and Control Websites and Applications on Video Walls
Digital Nirvana Announces MonitorIQ RM for Monitoring Remote Hub or Headend Sites
Wittra Introduces ‘Software Define Hardware’
QNAP Introduces the 8-bay TS-873AeU Series 2U Short-depth Rackmount NAS
Synchronoss Personal Cloud Enables Kitamura’s PicStorage Service
Kramer launches its new high-performance, highly scalable KDS-7 AVoIP streaming solution
Kramer Electronics Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of KDS-7, a full AVoIP streaming solution for anywhere that low-latency, high-quality 4K60 content distribution and switching is required. Delivering a superb user experience, enterprise IT-grade security and advanced, yet intuitive management, the KDS-7 line is a perfect fit for Enterprise, Education, Homeland Security, Military or Government sites of any size. Built as a complete solution, the KDS-7 product line comprises a full range of networked end points, including encoders, decoders and auto-switch encoders, as well as a dedicated manager device. It supports 1K video sources and easily scales to suit the AV needs of numerous rooms and locations, for any size business or campus. Enterprise-grade IT security, built-in to all KDS-7 devices, protects the IT network. The KDS-7 product line expands the benefits of AVoIP. With AVoIP, the AV encoders and decoders are connected to the end-points of the organization’s IP network. Leveraging the switching power of the IP network eliminates the limits on AV deployments, which would otherwise be constrained by the number of physical AV ports on hardware, and that consume a great amount of real estate and energy. This simple and reliable approach enables huge numbers of devices in a single network and makes expanding into new spaces easier and less costly. Kramer’s AVoIP offering is already widely recognized for providing optimum scalability and flexibility, with multiple solutions adopted at growing scale by Enterprise, Education, Homeland Security, Military and Government organizations. Now, with the KDS-7 line, Kramer is introducing even greater scalability and flexibility. Plug-and-play integration into any IP network speeds up deployment and significantly reduces costs. High-resolution video, support for large-scale video wall installations, and full compatibility with end-user devices, including USB-C connection for simple collaboration and simultaneous charge, ensure an outstanding experience for users. “At Kramer we’re proud to be a leader in creating AVoIP products that accelerate hybrid work, improve hybrid learning across campuses and enhance performance of command and control centers at large-scale installations,” commented Gilad Yron, CEO Kramer Electronics. “Our new KDS-7 AVoIP product line furthers our mission, providing a superior user experience with its ability to support a large number of video sources, with low latency, fast switching, intuitive manageability and advanced security capabilities.” We are dedicated to delivering better, smarter solutions that enhance physical-digital engagement and collaboration. Kramer solutions are based on our cutting-edge products and technologies for traditional AV, AV over IP, unified communication and collaboration (UCC) and wireless collaboration, and advanced management and control.
CSG Celebrates Milestone Implementation of Its Award-Winning Revenue Management SaaS Solution on AWS
CSG® (NASDAQ: CSGS) helps the world’s most innovative companies ease the complexity of business transformation through innovative customer engagement, revenue management and payments solutions. Today at Mobile World Congress, the company celebrated its 25th successful cloud revenue management solution implementation with CBTS, a division of Cincinnati Bell. This latest implementation hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) further solidifies CSG’s experience in delivering secure, scalable and agile software as a service (SaaS) business support systems (BSS) technologies that support the delivery of next-gen digital services. “Over the past decade, CSG has built the cloud revenue management market through collaborative innovation and flawless execution on AWS,” said Chad Dunavant, Chief Strategy and Product Officer at CSG. “Our work with forward-thinking brands, like CBTS, highlights our technical expertise and strategic vision to create extraordinary experiences not only for our customers, but for our customers’ customers. In this highly competitive age of converged connectivity, we have set the standard for how communications service providers can seamlessly build and offer dynamic, compelling digital services, while opening the doors to future-ready opportunities.” Recognized as an advanced tier AWS ISV Accelerate Partner, CSG delivers high-level customer experiences for global brands, revenue growth at scale, and infrastructure cost savings. The use of CSG’s award-winning, cloud-based solution on AWS helps companies launch and scale new digital services quickly to meet the ever-rising demands of today’s connected consumer economy and stay a step ahead for future growth. “CBTS continuously evolves to better serve the changing needs and demands of our customers in the digital age,” said Shannon Mullen, Senior Vice President of Administrative Services at CBTS. “To meet and exceed these expectations, we are investing in tools, processes and technology to deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Choosing CSG provides the foundation for achieving this goal. Not only does the solution give us the flexibility, convenience and efficiencies we need to scale our operations and meet our growth goals, but CSG’s customer-centric culture and strong reputation made it the clear choice for our business.” “Working together, CSG and AWS make it easier for telecommunications companies to transform and modernize their BSS stacks” said Antonello Arpino, Principal BSS Business Development Manager at AWS. “Using SaaS solutions developed on AWS, telecommunications companies can accelerate their transformation journeys. CSG’s expertise in implementing 25 BSS SaaS implementations on AWS will help telcos of any size address the complexity of BSS transformation and turn it into a competitive advantage.” CSG’s portfolio of digital monetization solutions deliver best-in-breed SaaS technology that drive digital commerce innovation and create extraordinary customer experiences. To learn more about CSG on AWS, visit: www.csgi.com/portfolio/csg-and-amazon-web-services
Testsigma raises $4.6M from Accel and STRIVE to launch open source test automation platform
With a mission to make test automation simple and scalable, Testsigma has secured a $4.6M seed funding led by Accel and STRIVE, with participation from BoldCap and a host of well known entrepreneurs and operators. These include Shanmugam Krishnasamy, co-founder and CTO of Freshworks; Kiran Darisi, co-founder and VP of engineering at Freshworks; Parsuram Vijayasankar, co-founder and principal engineer at Freshworks; Vetri Vellore, CEO of Ally.io; Nitesh Banta, CEO at B12; Ioann Fainsilber, Co-Founder at Pintek, and others. With an increasing focus on automation and DevOps, software delivery is faster than ever before. Automated testing is essential for balancing software quality with the accelerated velocity of release cycles, but because the toolchain that is supposed to enable automated testing has many moving parts, test automation becomes a parallel development project in organizations. They also have huge upfront and ongoing resource, tech, and expertise costs. Testsigma’s open-source test automation platform is designed to replace the entire broken test stack and enable modern software development teams to test and release products quickly, continuously, and at scale. This is a problem modern engineers have wanted solved for a long time, and hence the large-scale interest in Testsigma. Rukmangada Kandyala, Founder and CEO of Testsigma, said, “Today’s test stack has made test automation more about writing and maintaining scripts than about taking quality software to market as quickly as possible. What we’re trying to do at Testsigma is not just simplify test automation to speed up the testing, but also make it a sustainable, scalable process in which the tools don’t require ongoing maintenance, freeing up the teams to focus on value delivery instead of building and maintaining scripts and frameworks.” Test Automation market is growing at a healthy 20% year-on-year and it will be a $50 billion market by 2025. Currently over 80% of the companies are building their custom test automation stack from scratch, according to a World Quality Report(21-22) over 63% of these are looking for smart testing solutions to speed up the releases. Thousands of developers, QAs, product managers across the world at teams like Sage, HPE, Netgear, HDFC Life, IEEE, SignEasy, American Psychological Association, Mehiläinen, and more are already using Testsigma throughout their software delivery cycles. Testsigma was founded by Rukmangada Kandyala, Pratheep Velicherla, Vikram Chaitanya, and Rajesh Reddy in 2019. The team comes with rich experience in developing enterprise SaaS applications for Zoho, Freshworks, Oracle, HPE. Testsigma will use the capital to strengthen the core engineering and product team and to build alongside and for a global community of testers, test automation engineers, and developers. “Test Automation is a problem faced by every organization, more so these days when release cycles are getting shorter. We are very excited to partner with Testsigma. It is an incredibly comprehensive, easy-to-use test automation platform that caters to every testing requirement of an organization.”, said Abhinav Chaturvedi, Partner at Accel. “These are dev-founders who are building for other devs. Test automation has a problem of fragmentation and we need a collaborative approach to solve this if we are to ship good software. The team’s open-source approach to build a platform for quality seems to be the perfect recipe” added Nikhil Kapur, Partner at STRIVE.
QNAP Introduces the quad-core rackmount TS-x64U NAS
QNAP® Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking, and storage solution innovator, today launched the TS-x64U NAS (including 4 and 12-bay models). Supporting PCIe Gen 3 expandability, 2.5GbE connectivity and 4K HDMI output, the TS-x64U enables not only installing a QM2 card for M.2 SSD caching or Edge TPU for AI image recognition, but also convenient virtual machine display and smooth multimedia streaming. “The TS-x64U NAS series adds high flexibility to IT network infrastructure deployment with high performance, high-speed I/O ports and high expandability. Offering versatile business applications, the TS-x64U meets requirements for optimized data storage, backup, sharing, disaster recovery and hybrid cloud,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP. The TS-x64U is powered by an Intel® Celeron® N5105/ N5095 quad-core 4-thread processor (burst up to 2.9 GHz) with Intel® AES-NI encryption engine and 4 GB DDR4 memory (upgradable to 16GB dual channel). The TS-x64U has a PCIe Gen 3 slot allowing installing a 10GbE network card, a QM2 card for NVMe SSD caching or Qtier, or a Coral M.2 Accelerator for AI image recognition. The TS-x64U has two 2.5GbE ports, two USB 2.0 (480Mbps) and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) ports that provide faster data transfer and backup. The TS-x64U’s storage capacity can be expanded by connecting TL and TR storage expansion enclosures. The TS-x64U adopts the latest QTS 5.0 operating system, and includes rich NAS home/business applications: HBS (Hybrid Backup Sync) realizes efficient local/remote/cloud backup jobs; Block-based snapshots make data protection and recovery easier and effectively mitigate the threats of ransomware; HybridMount provides cloud storage gateways that integrate private and public cloud storage and enable local caching; Virtualization Station and Container Station enables light virtualization applications; QVR Elite helps deploy a cutting-edge smart surveillance system; and KoiMeeter provides a complete cross-platform video meeting and wireless presentation solution. Home users will also enjoy the wide range of multimedia applications (including Plex®), streaming capabilities, and a built-in HDMI port, which allows them to enjoy their multimedia on their device of choice. Key specifications TS-464U-4G: 1U, 4x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s drive bays, 4 GB DDR4 memory TS-464U-RP-4G: 1U, 4x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s drive bays, 4 GB DDR4 memory, redundant power supplies TS-1264U-RP-4G: 2U, 12x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s drive bays, 4 GB DDR4 memory, redundant power supplies Intel® Celeron® N5105/N5095 quad-core processor (burst up to 2.9 GHz); 4 GB DDR4 dual-channel memory (supports up to 16 GB); hot-swappable 2.5/3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD; 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 port, 1 x PCIe Gen3 x 2 slot; 1x HDMI 1.4b 4K output; 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port For more information and to view the full QNAP NAS lineup, please visit www.qnap.com
Kontron announces ME1310 distributed unit
6WIND, a leading High Performance, and Secure Virtualized Networking Software company is delighted to announce Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT, embedded computer technology, has increased its telecommunications portfolio to include the new ME1310 designed to solve restricted space and power challenges by enabling complex applications closer to the network edge while continuing to simplify Open RAN deployment. Featuring the latest Intel® Xeon® D-2700 processor, the powerful yet versatile ME1310 platform combines a long life, wide temp, small form factor mechanical footprint in a solution which complies with leading industry vRAN software offerings. Kontron’s far edge server is unique in the market in that it integrates what is generally multiple hardware entities into a very robust, wide temp (-40°C to +65°C) platform. By bringing separate hardware entities into a single unit which operates in a wide temp environment, OPEX and TCO is reduced through less requirements for AC/heat, cabling, reduction of multiple failure points, complexity of deployment and space required for deployment. The ME1310 is also applicable to a wide range of applications outside of the oRAN/vRAN space – transportation, industrial automation, military defense and more. “Extending our relationship with Kontron offers our customers a best of breed 5G Open RAN solution. The 6WIND vCSR provides line rate performance with zero packet loss delivering 20G while using only one CPU core. This leaves the rest of the CPU cores for running the DU application software. 6WIND vCSR makes an efficient use of Kontron’s platform capabilities to deliver an optimized routing and security solution which translates into a better OPEX and CAPEX saving”, commented Julien Dahan, CEO, 6WIND. “We are proud to bring our ME1310 to market, and the solution collaboration between the two companies continues to be powerful. Our further partnership with 6WIND gives our combined customers a unique edge differentiation, a full featured L3 Router. Adding the 6WIND vCSR with IPSec capabilities eliminates the need for an external hardware router in deployments requiring this functionality”, stated Robert Courteau, EVP, Kontron Americas.
6WIND Supports Intel Xeon D processor for its Virtual Cell Site Router (vCSR)
6WIND, a leading high Performance and Secure networking software company announces the 6WIND Virtual Cell Site Router (vCSR) solutions now supports Intel’s new Intel® Xeon® D processor. As Mobile Network Operators seek cost-effective solutions to deploy 5G services, increasingly many are looking to Virtual RAN solutions leveraging best of breed vendors. By using COTS server with 6WIND Virtual Cell Site Router (vCSR), MNO’s can consolidate the functions of DU, and Router on a single COTS Server, therefore, reducing CAPEX footprint, cabling and OPEX for each Cell Site deployment. Intel’s new Xeon® D processor dense compute and connectivity resources [with up to 100Gb Ethernet throughput] and integrated accelerators [Intel® QuickAssist Technology (QAT) and Inline IPSec] enables the functionalities at the edge that your business demands. The new Intel Xeon® D capabilities combined with 6WIND vCSR make the ideal Cell Site Router for 5G rollouts. The 6WIND vCSR is designed to be deployed virtualized or containerized on an x86 COTS server, providing all required layer 3 connectivity features between the access network and the 5G core network. The 6WIND vCSR simplifies the mobile network architecture and significantly reduces operator TCO. It is optimized to develop high-performance routing and IPsec VPN connectivity with minimal CPU resource usage. In addition, the 6WIND vCSR comes with an open management and enhanced automation capabilities to ease integration with Operator’s NMS and OSS and simplify network operations. The 6WIND virtual Cell Site Router can deliver additional IP/MPLS capabilities to extend the provider network to the far edge. “We are excited to announce our support of Intel’s new Xeon® D processors. The enhanced capabilities of these next-generation processors are fully leveraged at the 6WIND vCSR and more broadly across the entire 6WIND Virtual Service Router product family, delivering improved CAPEX and simplifying 5G edge deployments. Beyond MNOs, this partnership will widely benefit Communication Service Providers, Enterprises and Cloud Providers to cost effectively accelerate their adoption of 5G!” stated Julien DAHAN, CEO, 6WIND. In addition to 6WIND vCSR, all of the 6WIND products support Intel’s new Xeon® D processor, including 6WIND Virtual Service Router (VSR) solutions; vPE, vSecGW, vCG-NAT, vCPE and vBorderRouter, 6WINDCloud and 6WIND Virtual Accelerator.
VuWall Introduces PAK, a Scalable and Cost-Effective Video Wall over IP Solution
VuWall, a technology leader in video wall control systems and unified visualization solutions, is launching PAK™, an innovative solution for deploying and managing modular video walls in AV-over-IP environments. PAK is a networked, multidecode node that can operate as a stand-alone device or be stitched with other nodes to build an IP-based video wall that is infinitely scalable. It simplifies video wall project deployments by reducing the number of connections and eliminating a single point of failure, reducing project risk, and offering improved reliability. "If we peek behind many of today's video walls, we'd expect to see an incredible amount of expensive hardware and lengthy cable runs snaking from an overcrowded rack that takes many labor hours to deploy," said Mark Schmidt, chief technology officer of VuWall. "Unlike traditional video wall systems, it's extremely easy to build video walls with PAK. Whether large or small, all that's required are PAK appliances. To increase the size of a video wall, simply add a PAK. The only spare component needed to keep in stock is the PAK, reducing inventory costs and project complexity." VuWall's high-performance PAK device features four HDp60 outputs or one 4Kp60 output and multiformat decoding up to 32 HD streams per device, including H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, NDI, PNG, JPEG and VNC/remote desktops or virtualized browsers. As part of VuWall's ecosystem, PAK is managed by the company's award-winning TRx 3.1 software platform. Easy to set up and configure, PAK is perfectly designed for multiroom visualization, situational awareness, control rooms and corporate workspaces. Its eco-friendly design boasts a compact form factor and low power consumption. PAK is small enough to be mounted behind monitors, saving rack space, and reducing extended video cable runs. On March 9, VuWall will host a webinar to introduce PAK to its customers and demonstrate its capabilities with a live demo. Event registration is available here. More information on VuWall and its full line of visualization solutions is available at www.VuWall.com
CSG Unlocks the Potential of 5G with Launch of Future-Ready, SaaS Commerce Solution, CSG Encompass
The digital future is here and 5G is reinventing the way digital services are created, delivered and consumed. Imagination and a trusted communications service provider (CSP) are all that stand in the way of the next era of digitally immersive experiences. To catapult the industry into this next age of digital innovation, CSG® (NASDAQ: CSGS) today launched Encompass. A SaaS, open, integrated and modular solution, CSG Encompass crushes the complexity of multi-sided, B2B2X ecosystems to enable dynamic, agile and scalable collaboration across a multitude of partners. With Encompass at the heart of an interconnected ecosystem of enterprises, consumers and partners, CSPs can differentiate themselves with a future-ready solution that unlocks the limitless possibility of 5G-enabled offerings that excite customers and deliver seamless commerce. “5G operators need rapid ROI for their networks but have been hampered by the uncertainty of how to deliver value-added services and monetize their vision at the same time,” said Ken Kennedy, COO and president of revenue management and digital monetization, CSG. “CSG Encompass is the answer to this dilemma. Encompass provides the modular, yet holistic, solution CSPs need to innovate and co-create with partners. For onboarding, offer creation, quoting of services, order management, fulfillment, charging and settlements, CSG Encompass makes delivering a 5G B2B2X marketplace easier. Our cloud-based, open architecture offers the configurability and scalability necessary to create the dynamic, game-changing, digital ecosystems CSPs have been waiting for.” “Businesses and consumers alike want to interact and transact digitally with convenience and ease, which means not having to do the hard work of bundling components from multiple suppliers themselves,” John Abraham, principal analyst, Analysys Mason. “B2B2X ecosystems, which bring together digital services from a consortium of partners, are the foundation for delivering these seamless experiences. To be successful, they require an open, integrated solution that can manage the intricate, interconnected commerce cycles that are needed by today’s 5G service providers to fully engage with a more diverse range of partners. CSG’s broad portfolio, exposure to a large number of CSP customers and expertise in delivering large scale transformation projects positions the company well to help CSPs resolve the complexities of B2B2X marketplaces and enable new engagement and monetization opportunities.” Core capabilities of CSG Encompass include: 1. Management of the connected B2B2X commerce cycle across CSPs, their partners and their customers including unified catalog, configurable pricing and quoting, order orchestration, charging and settlements 2. A richly functioned, comprehensive, integrated solution that builds on CSGs expertise in delivering complex, differentiated business models and ecosystems for IoT and B2B2X 3. A modular, open standards-based, decoupled solution that is network vendor and service agnostic, and can be deployed in the cloud and as a managed service Leading companies need technologies that can deliver future-ready digital offerings and winning experiences that will drive better business outcomes, quicker time to value and lower risk. CSG Encompass is the solution for CSPs looking to amplify the value of their 5G investments and reinvent the way they do business. For more information visit, https://info.csgi.com/portfolio-csg-encompass.
Avalue Announces HPC Solution
Avalue Technology Inc. (TAIEX: 3479-TW), a global industrial PC solution provider and an associate member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. As industrialization intensifies, demand for computing performance and durability has become increasingly more exacting. According to the latest report by Research and Markets in January, the AI-driven high-performance computing (HPC) market will reach US$23.7B worldwide by 2026. As various industries actively push AI, machine learning, IoT, and 5G network with its high density, low latency and faster transmission, the data generated from these application fields will not only be massive; its complexity will increase exponentially. Faced with the need to load, transfer and process extremely large data sets, all eyes are on super computing platforms with super-sized storage capacity, quick read/write access to data, high computing performance and high-speed interconnect. Targeting the mainstream market, Avalue Technology has launched two 19-inch HPC servers, i.e. HPS-621UTA and HPS-621U4A, in either tower workstation or 4U rackmount, providing the best end-to-end applications and incomparable deployment flexibility. - In-place deployment for painless transfer, highly flexible infrastructure configuration In comparison to entry-level HPS-246 series, or flagship dual-core HPS-621D4A/ HPS-621DTA series, Avalue has expanded to mainstream models, completing its product line for HPC servers. Mainstream models HPS-621UTA (Tower workstation) and HPS-621U4A (4U rackmount) support first- and second-generation Intel® Xeon® scalable processors, Intel® C621 chipset, built-in 6-channel DDR4 slot, multicard configuration with three PCIe x 16 or six PCIe x 8 slots, three front 2.5-inch HDD removable modules for easy capacity expansion, and diverse high-speed I/O interfaces (1xRS232, 1xVGA, 6xUSB3.2 and 4xRJ-45 network port). Outstanding thermal management including front and rear fans, and sensors for real-time air flow detection, ensure high stability and reliability even when the HPC server is running at high speed. The most distinctive feature in Avalue’s HPC product line is its highly flexible configuration – a wide range of solutions are available according to the requirements of each project. Besides the tower workstation and 4U rackmount models, three industrial-grade motherboards of different performances are available for selection, and L6 barebone system and L10 completely assembled system can be customized and selected. Up to 12 different combinations can be customized by matching different cases, motherboards and systems. Diverse and highly flexible combinations enable customers to achieve painless transfer and in-place deployment without having to change existing infrastructure, greatly improving performance and scalability. Avalue HPC servers are ideal for precision medicine and life sciences, 3D simulation and architecture, genetic engineering, automated manufacturing, smart city and energy sector. - Remote management, real-time rescue, simplified maintenance Through baseboard management controller (BMC) and IPMI 2.0 intelligent platform management interface, the administrator can operate and manage remotely from a webpage interface. Smart management, encompassing everything from startup settings, health diagnostics for automatic system status monitoring, to early warning and real-time troubleshooting and rescue, is made easier. In terms of maintenance, the tower workstation model is designed with handle and foldable stand to improve mobility and unit stability. Moreover, whether the unit is tower workstation or 4U rackmount, the design is based on hands-free concept. The case can be removed just by pressing two buttons and sliding the case, providing simpler maintenance and assembly/disassembly, and more installation space. In the event of unknown attack, the case will activate its sensor and send out warning, and create an event log, ensuring data security while providing easy maintenance. - Lower cost of ownership All Avalue HPC solutions come with complete design certifications, including SI, power and thermal management, and 100% test coverage in mass production to ensure quality stability. Furthermore, all HPC servers are available for at least seven years, minimizing costs and resources required for frequent design certifications or re-certification. With the high scalability and flexibility as described above, customers do not need to throw out their existing systems, saving a substantial amount of expenditure. In addition, pre-sale planning and consultation, such as feasibility assessment report and system configuration recommendation, and reliable after-sales service to enhance product continuity, are provided for all Avalue HPC servers. Visit www.avalue.com.tw for more information on Avalue products, or contact email@example.com to talk to our sales team.
Black Box at DCW London 2022: Global End-to-End Services
Black Box will be exhibiting at Data Centre World London March 2-3 in Stand D1057 with a focus on its Data Centre Practice. The Black Box Data Centre Practice follows a 'GLOCAL' ethos: reach globally and execute locally, providing a modular, global program that offers centralised solutions development and strategic planning while maintaining local project management and a local technical workforce for scalable delivery. Black Box experts will be on hand to consult with visitors about how the Data Centre Practice can work for them. On March 2, Black Box will present on requirements and trends in building and operating hyperscale data centres. Black Box Highlights at Data Centre World London 2022 Black Box Data Centre Practice On Stand D1057, Black Box will feature its global, end-to-end IT services for building and maintaining data centres that are efficient, consistent and secure. Black Box's Data Centre Practice builds and supports hyperscale, enterprise and colocation data centres through a comprehensive suite of services that includes hyperscale build and operation, custom planning and design, configuration, installation, deployment, and Day-2 and 24/7/365 RunOps support. Black Box has also developed a variety of strategic partnerships and alliances with leading technology vendors of physical infrastructure, network, security, wireless and IoT solutions. Black Box has invested heavily in building and developing its Data Centre Practice team, hiring data centre professionals throughout the world to ensure the practice has the right talent and capacity to meet customer demand. The holistic practice provides a framework for end-to-end data centre services and management, comprising presales and solutions, PMO and BizOps, and delivery and mobilisation teams.
Computacenter selects Sabio to support key Global Service Desk technologies
Computacenter, the leading independent technology partner, has awarded a three-year, multi-million-pound services contract to Sabio Group to support and optimise the performance of selected core Global Service Desk technologies. Computacenter supports around 4.2 million users worldwide from its Global Service Desk, and the company’s goal is to provide not only a faster service to users but also smarter responses. Under the contract, Sabio will deliver ongoing support for Computacenter’s core customer contact centre and workforce optimisation solutions, backed by the introduction of innovative self-service and agent desktop technologies to help optimise service desk performance. Computacenter will also benefit from Sabio’s innovative Monitoring suite that streamlines the identification and resolution of potentially complex issues before they start to impact service. “At Computacenter we see customer experience (CX) as an important differentiator for our business, and we’re committed to providing our customers and staff with the ability to choose how and when they engage with our Global Service Desk, whether that’s via the latest digital or more traditional channels,” commented Adrian Hodder, Chief Technology Officer, Computacenter Group. “Sabio understands our vision and has been instrumental in deploying and managing many of the key customer insight and infrastructure solutions that help power our service capability. We look forward to extending our partnership and working with Sabio to bring further customer experience capabilities on board throughout our core services contract, particularly in key areas such as self-service and the agent desktop.” James Hughes, Group Head of Solutions, Sabio, said: “Computacenter is focused on building the service desk of the future, but also recognises the critical importance of having a core customer experience platform that will enable it to bring new, AI and automation capabilities on board. We are delighted that Computacenter has extended its partnership with Sabio and recognises our commitment to helping accelerate its ability to deliver brilliant service experiences each and every time.” In addition to supporting core Avaya CX platform and Verint workforce optimisation solutions, Sabio has also worked with Computacenter to deploy multi-lingual English, French, German, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese self-service capabilities across the Service Desk function. The Sabio team will also engage with Computacenter’s new technology adoption specialists to investigate how innovations such as Robotic Process Automation and Voice Biometrics can potentially support customer service journeys.
QNAP Launches Dual-CPU TDS-h2489FU: 24-bay U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 All-flash ZFS NAS
QNAP® Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking, and storage solution innovator, today released the flagship dual-CPU, NVMe all-flash storage TDS-h2489FU. Powered by Intel® Xeon® Silver 4300 processors (16 or 32 Cores) and featuring twenty-four U.2 NVMe Gen 4 x4 SSD bays, the TDS-h2489FU provides over 1 million iSCSI 4K random read IOPS with ultra-low latency. Besides exceptional hardware and connectivity (including two 25GbE SFP28 ports, four 2.5GbE RJ45 LAN ports, two PCIe Gen 4 slots, and 1200W redundant power supplies) the TDS-h2489FU uses the ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system that provides powerful data reduction and SSD optimization tools, maximizing all-flash investments for HPC, virtualization, file servers, and 4K/8K multimedia applications. “The all-flash TDS-h2489FU drives high I/O performance and low latency with server-grade Xeon processors and U.2 NVMe Gen 4 x4 storage”, said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “capable of empowering mission-critical, latency-sensitive workloads out-of-the-box, with flexible PCIe Gen 4 expansion, the TDS-h2489FU can be further configured to meet extended mix-use applications and data transfer needs.” The dual-processor TDS-h2489FU provides multiplied core performance, allowing up to 1 TB DDR4 ECC memory with 8-channel modules and 32 Long-DIMM slots to satisfy the computing, networking, and storage requirements of data center and business applications. The 2U rackmount chassis accommodates 24 drive bays for U.2 NVMe Gen 4 x4 SSDs to achieve the utmost application response times. With pre-installed 25GbE connectivity and PCIe expansion for 100GbE ultra-high-speed networking, the TDS-h2489FU fully unleashes the potential of all-flash storage to meet ever-demanding IT challenges. The TDS-h2489FU provides two M.2 PCIe Gen 3/SATA 6Gbps slots that allows for installing data center SSDs (such as Intel® Optane™ SSD) to boost ZIL performance. Two PCIe Gen 4 slots (one slot pre-installed with a dual-port 25GbE NIC) are included for extending core NAS functionality, for example, adding additional high-speed network interface cards, QM2 cards to add M.2 SSDs and 2.5GbE/10GbE ports, fibre channel cards for SAN storage, and storage expansion cards to connect QNAP SAS/SATA expansion enclosures to attain petabyte-scale storage capacity. QNAP’s QDA-UMP4 adapter can be used to install affordable M.2 SSDs in U.2 drive bays, providing flexible yet cost-effective storage implementation for optimizing data-intensive applications. Powered by the ZFS-based QuTS hero, the TDS-h2489FU focuses on data integrity with self-healing. Data reduction significantly reduces the overall storage footprint - especially helpful for increasing SSD storage efficiency when highly-repetitive data or massive small files are generated. Additional SSD-optimizing features include Write Coalescing, TRIM, and Pool Over-provisioning to assist in attaining the highest performance and lifespan from SSD investments. QuTS hero supports near-unlimited snapshots and versioning for enhanced data protection and prevents simultaneous multi-SSD failures to improve system reliability. The inclusive App Center also provides various install-on-demand apps to further expand the application potential of the TDS-h2489FU, such as hosting virtual machines and containers, facilitate VM backup, simplifying local/remote/cloud backups, setting up a cloud storage gateway to deploy hybrid cloud applications, and much more. [Key specifications] TDS-h2489FU-4309Y-64G: Dual Intel® Xeon® Silver 4309Y processors for up to 16 cores/32 threads, Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz, 64 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory (8 x 8 GB) TDS-h2489FU-4314-128G: Dual Intel® Xeon® Silver 4314 processors for up to 32 cores/64 threads, Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz, 128 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory (8 x 16 GB) TDS-h2489FU-4314-256G: Dual Intel® Xeon® Silver 4314 processors for up to 32 cores/64 threads, Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz, 256 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory (8 x 32 GB) TDS-h2489FU-4314-512G (By request): Dual Intel® Xeon® Silver 4314 processors for up to 32 cores/64 threads, Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz, 512 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory (16 x 32 GB) TDS-h2489FU-4314-1TB (By request): Dual Intel® Xeon® Silver 4314 processors for up to 32 cores/64 threads, Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz, 1 TB DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory (32 x 32 GB) 2U rackmount NAS, 24x 2.5-inch U.2 NVMe Gen 4 x4 solid state drive bays, compatible with PCIe Gen 3 (slots 17 to 24 also supports SATA 6Gb/s), 2x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3/SATA 6Gbps slots, 4x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports, 2x PCIe Gen 4 slots (one slot pre-installed with a dual-port 25GbE NIC), 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) ports, 1200W redundant power supplies For more information and to view the full QNAP NAS lineup, please visit www.qnap.com
DMI Partners with Wirepas to Optimize Asset Tracking in Digital Twin Platform
DMI, LLC, a digital transformation company, announces partnership with Wirepas, a market leader in IoT connectivity, to integrate Wirepas Massive mesh software into DMI’s digital twin platform, Precision Reality. This partnership delivers a scalable and reliable solution for precise positioning and real-time asset tracking in Industry 4.0. Wirepas further broadens Precision Reality’s growing ecosystem of hardware and software integrations for IoT, 3D visualization and analytics. With a data and device-agnostic system architecture, Precision Reality was developed as a unifying digital twin platform to enable users to remotely manage their facilities in real-time, from one centralized portal. Precision Reality allows users to automate data collection, aggregate analytics and contextualize data within a visual framework. Solution sets include Track & Trace, Energy Optimization, Environmental Health & Safety, Operational Efficiency and Space Utilization. Each solution set includes a combination of devices to power analytics dashboards and rules-based alerts to reduce cost and liability, save time, increase visibility and protect critical assets. Recognizing customers’ digital transformation journeys move at varying speeds, Precision Reality is designed with scalability and built on a Wirepas powered mesh network infrastructure using DMI’s proprietary UL listed anchor device. Installed in industrial lighting (and additionally offered with built-in lighting controls), this device is adaptable for new installations or legacy retrofits and implements a wired network backbone to future-proof facilities for years to come. Nathan Greiner, President and CTO of DMI says, “Choosing Wirepas to partner with has propelled our platform to a place that will transform the industrial IoT market. We’ve vetted many providers in search of the best solution, and no one can match the power and value of Wirepas connectivity right now. We look forward to a growing partnership that can provide a market-leading IoT technology and platform to our customers.” “Wirepas is looking forward to a very long partnership with DMI. For many years DMI has built and delivered solutions in the IoT, technology, and real estate spaces. The Precision Reality SaaS platform is industry leading and second to none. We are proud to have them in our Wirepas Ecosystem.”, comments Jason Herro, Senior Director, Sales at Wirepas. A critical component for Precision Reality Track & Trace is the capability that Wirepas provides for a full coverage tracking solution in high density and GPS denied areas. Wirepas has engineered networks to dynamically self-organize and self-heal to persistently optimize data routing, adding speed and reliability. This enables Precision Reality users to track activity, location, position, dwell time, distance traveled, route taken, condition, and usage on vehicles, employees, inventory and equipment. Deployed with multiple Fortune 500 companies, DMI’s Precision Reality platform continues to develop and integrate the latest emerging technologies to accommodate projects of all sizes and hardware stacks in an accelerating IIoT market. DMI Chief Revenue Officer, CJ Kuehl says, “Simplifying the digital transformation process for enterprises has continued to be our focus, and Wirepas allows us to offer a straightforward solution that makes any IoT use case fully accessible.”
Alfi to incorporate computer vision and machine learning SaaS platform to enhance 22Miles' Content Management Platform
Alfi (NASDAQ:ALF), an AI enterprise SaaS advertising platform, confirmed today, a partnership with 22Miles, the leader of experiential and visualized communications in the digital signage industry. The collaboration will marry 22Miles' content management system (CMS), PublisherPro.AioT, with Alfi's SaaS technology, to provide brands and location owners audience data-driven experiences, audience matching, insights, and analytics in a privacy-compliant manner. Alfi's cutting-edge computer vision with machine learning technology now enables 22Miles to precisely match the content displayed on their kiosks to thousands, if not millions, of consumers that need guidance and understanding of large physical environments, such as airports, transportation hubs, casinos, shopping centers or office spaces. The coupling of Alfi and 22 Miles' technology results in an enhanced user experience that provides relevant content and a state-of-the-art wayfinding solution. "22Miles is known for its comprehensive all-in-one digital signage solution in popular locations that deliver information to consumers at key decision points, creating the perfect opportunity to integrate with Alfi to ensure clients effectively connect, inform and impress consumers with the most relevant information," said Peter Bordes, Interim CEO and Board Member at ALFI. With the increasing interest in Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) metrics from ad executives and the success more than 2,300 global clients have seen with 22Miles' award-winning platform, brands and location owners will now be able to create, import, manage, and customize immersive and engaging content through the likes of interactive video walls, 3D wayfinding, and mobile solutions. "Alfi's next-gen technology can capitalize on any instant engagement with consumers and helps us take the next step to remain ahead of the curve. We believe we are investing in a partnership and solution that will not only allow us to offer a best-in-class service to our customers all over the world, but also allow our clients to produce content that is targeted, measurable and impactful," said Tomer Mann, Chief Revenue Officer at 22Miles. The latest announcement comes on the heels of Alfi's first domestic airport kiosk partnership, where its AI digital advertising technology is poised to reach 27 million passengers - further cementing Alfi's mission to reconstruct how consumers receive and interact with personalized content for years to come.
Kramer enriches its end-to-end solutions for Enterprise and Education applications with the new Kramer Collaboration Devices
Kramer Electronics Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of its new Kramer Collaboration Devices, the latest addition to its end-to-end Pro AV solutions for Enterprise and Education applications. The new product line, which includes advanced cameras, a communication bar and a speakerphone, offers outstanding AV quality, flexibility and simplicity. Kramer’s complete solutions for Enterprise meeting spaces, schools and universities meet customers’ needs for complete, integrated solutions from a single, trusted partner that provides certified solutions, market-leading warranties and end-to-end support, all under one roof. Offering simple setup and seamless use, it is agnostic to all UC applications, and supports multiple conferencing platforms. Kramer Collaboration Devices are designed for varied spaces from small huddle rooms up to large boardrooms, classrooms and auditoriums. They ensure all participants, whether in the room or connecting remotely, consistently enjoy superb interactions, with an immersive audio and video experience. With Kramer Collaboration Devices, all participants can see and be seen as well as hear and be heard clearly – enabling meaningful and effective collaboration. An integral part of Kramer end-to-end solutions for Enterprise and Education applications, Kramer Collaboration Devices are fast and simple to deploy. They can easily be combined with Kramer's in-room A/V signal management and control products for a complete collaborative, hybrid experience. “With workplace norms and needs changing across business and education markets, our end-to-end solutions are building the foundation for truly inclusive hybrid interaction spaces,” says Gilad Yron, Kramer’s CEO. “The addition of the new line of Kramer Collaboration Devices is the latest step towards this vision, helping ensure engaging experiences for all participants and successfully bridging the gap between in-person and remote interactions.” The new Kramer Collaboration Devices product line includes: K-Speak – A compact speakerphone with 360° omnidirectional audio pickup that enhances the audio experience for everyone. Perfect for any room size where additional audio coverage is needed. K-Bar –An all-in-one video and audio communication bar that allows participants to quickly start collaborating. Ideal for small to mid-sized spaces where an all-in-one device saves space and cable clutter. K-180Mini – A smart, 4K wall-mount panoramic camera with integrated microphone, that captures clear video across a full 180° field of view. Designed for small rooms and huddle rooms. K-CamHD – A professional HD PTZ camera for versatile video capture that ensures a clear view of all meeting attendees, with special attention wherever needed. Ideal for varied spaces and use cases, ranging from medium sized rooms up to board rooms, classrooms and auditoriums. K-Cam4K –An ultra-HD PTZ camera for premium-clarity video in large spaces that puts every meeting in sharp focus, with crystal-clear, ultra-high-definition video capture. Supports the most advanced and challenging setups in large meeting rooms and educational spaces.
6WIND VSR is Certified for VMware Telco Cloud
6WIND, a leading High Performance and Secure Virtualized Networking Software company is delighted to announce that they are now a VMware Technology Alliance Partner and that the 6WIND, Virtual Service Router (VSR) solution is certified as VMware Ready for Telco Cloud. 6WIND Virtual Service Router product family is now part of the VMware Marketplace as a VMware Ready for Telco infrastructures certified solution. This certification attests to compliance of the 6WIND VSR solution with the VMware Telco Cloud infrastructure requirements and recognizes its seamless and easy integration with VMware’s management, monitoring, and orchestration components. Combined with best of breed performance in routing and security, this seamless and easy integration is meant to help Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and Enterprises efficiently accelerate the 6WIND’s VSR deployment on their VMware enabled virtualization infrastructures. The 6WIND Virtual Service Router is the world’s best-performing and highly scalable virtualized software router solution. It is optimized for CSPs and Enterprises and can be deployed bare-metal, virtualized, or containerized on COTS servers in private and in public clouds. The 6WIND VSR solution comprises; Virtual Cell Site Router (vCSR), Virtual Provider Edge Router (vPE), Virtual Security Gateway (vSecGW), Virtual Border Router (vBR), Virtual CG-NAT Router (vCG-NAT), and Virtual universal CPE (vCPE) Router. Julien Dahan, CEO, 6WIND commented: “We are proud to be certified on the VMware Telco Cloud Platform. This means that CSPs will now be able to take advantage of our best-in-class performance and highly scalable VSR solutions within the VMware environment. This will make the roll-out on the VMware platform efficient and cost-effective! We look forward to this collaboration with VMware to help accelerate the adoption of virtualization amongst CSPs and Enterprises.” Besides a full suite of networking and security features, the 6WIND VSR solution offer CSPs and Enterprises the best performance, high scalability, a multi-service offering, increased deployment agility and optimized virtualization resource usage.
Expereo Launches SD-WAN Gateways
Expereo, the leading global provider of managed Internet, SD-WAN, SASE, and Cloud Access solutions, announces the launch of SD-WAN Gateways. This new service boosts the SD-WAN performance for enterprises with a global footprint to support their multi-cloud strategies and increase application performance. SD-WAN Gateways allow enterprises’ global network to enhance the SD-WAN experience between data centers and hub sites both intra-regionally and globally, without sacrificing in-country performance. Enterprises can combine their existing SD-WAN solution with Expereo SD-WAN Gateways, to optimize the end-user application experience and reduce operational costs. The new service leverages Expereo’s managed SD-WAN service offerings complemented with proprietary smart BGP routing optimization technology, optimizing SaaS reach and access to public and private cloud, overcoming internet limitations. “Businesses are entering a multi-cloud era in which the internet cannot always provide consistent quality for enabling their applications to perform seamlessly. One of the main SD-WAN Gateways benefits is that it combines a scalable network infrastructure with an enhanced WAN performance boosting your application performance. This results in a better user experience and higher productivity,” comments Sander Barens, CPO of Expereo. As Thomas Jongerius, SD-WAN/SASE Technical Lead at Expereo explains “Many enterprises face poor application experience due to unpredictable Internet performance resulting in high IT and support cost for businesses that operate globally. Our new SD-WAN Gateway service is all about getting the best application performance across the entirety of your network.” With SD-WAN Gateways, Expereo expands its managed services offering, taking a new step towards simplifying global cloud connectivity.