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VIZIO Named the Official HDTV and Sound Bar Partner for the All-New Marvel’s Avengers Video Game
VIZIO, Inc. today launches a partnership with Square Enix & Crystal Dynamics as the official HDTV and sound bar partner for the highly anticipated Marvel’s Avengers video game. From the new line of IQ 4K HDR processors to VIZIO’s ProGaming Engine™, every NEW VIZIO 4K TV is designed to optimize the gaming experience. Paired with the company’s collection of sound bars, VIZIO TVs are setting gamers up to win as they play the new Avengers game. The VIZIO 2021 collection has started hitting retail shelves over the past 4 weeks and will continue to roll out through the fall. “Today’s gamers want to enhance their playing experience. When they combine a NEW VIZIO 4K TV and NEW 5.1 sound bar they increase their ability to WIN and raise their gaming position. We have created an entirely new lineup of 4K TVs with a dedicating gaming engine & immersive 5.1 sound bars that offer a best-in-class gaming experience," noted Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer at VIZIO. "We're excited to be the official HDTV and Sound Bar partner for the new Marvel's Avengers game and to give gamers every advantage as they plan the highly anticipated game upon its release." Karl Stewart, Head of Worldwide strategic partnerships at Square Enix, said “Video games are our passion. Now more than ever, they are essential to bringing friends and family together. That’s why we are truly excited to work with VIZIO and give gamers the perfect way to experience our game with VIZIO as the Official HDTV and sound bar for Marvel’s Avengers when it launches on September 4.” VIZIO’s 4K TVs and Immersive 5.1 Audio VIZIO delivers premium picture quality with technologies like Quantum Color, Full Array LED with up to 3000 nits of peak brightness. Now the company is further enhancing its 4K TVs with next-gen gaming performance to meet the unique needs of today’s gamer. VIZIO V-Series™ 4K TVs include the new V-Gaming Engine™, which utilizes Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Auto Game Mode to optimize performance upon identifying the game signal. Step-up models like the New M-Series™, P-Series® Quantum, P-Series Quantum X, and all new OLED include a ProGaming Engine, which offers support for variable refresh rate(VRR) and support for 4K at 120fps. They also produce faster response times and our lowest input lag ever. Utilizing 64-bit image processing and offering HDMI 2.1 connectivity along with eARC passthrough, utilizing VIZIO’s IQ Ultra™ and IQ Active™ processors adjust contrast at the level of individual pixels, giving every image more depth and dimension. The 1GHz CPU smooths contours and gradients in real time for more natural-looking graphics while accurately upscaling HD content to 4K resolution, setting gamers up to win. In addition to its new TVs, the #1 sound bar brand in America2 is staying true to its dedication to innovation with immersive audio. The revolutionary Elevate Sound Bar takes the sound experience to new heights with DTS:X(r)and rotating speakers that blast sound overhead. VIZIO’s other sound bars also produce powerfully dynamic and accurate sound so players can hear every sound and react quicker as they are immersed further into their gameplay. "We want Marvel's Avengers to be a completely immersive gaming experience and VIZIO's high performance takes everything to an entirely different level," stated Crystal Dynamics Creative Director, Shaun Escayg. "The all-new VIZIO ProGaming Engine in their TVs will make you feel like you're a Super Hero."
3DEO Wins Design Excellence Competition
3DEO, a metal 3D printing technology company, has won the Design Excellence Award for its metal 3D printed production component at the 2020 Design Excellence Award Competition. The competition is sponsored by the international trade association for metal powder industries, MPIF, which recognizes a distinguished example of the efforts in metal additive manufacturing to push forward new technologies, designs, and commercial successes. 3DEO production parts can be found in diverse industries and applications in the aerospace, defense, medical device, and consumer product industries. Payman Torabi, Ph.D., 3DEO’s co-founder and CTO, said, “We are honored to receive this award of distinction from MPIF. It is a terrific accomplishment for 3DEO that highlights the giant leaps we have made over the last 18 months commercializing our technology.” Dr. Torabi also commented on the potential of 3DEO and 3D printing in general to catalyze the next industrial revolution. “3D printing is an incredible modern tool with a lot of advantages. You can’t utilize all its potential powers with an outdated mindset or approach. We as engineers, designers, builders, and innovators need to start rethinking our methods so all of humanity can witness and benefit from a new industrial revolution.” Matt Petros, Ph.D., 3DEO’s CEO, said, “It is particularly exciting to me that the winning component is a high-volume production part, not a one-off prototype. We had to out-compete CNC machining to win the production order, and we did that with a lower piece price AND the ability to seamlessly scale quantities into very high volumes. It was a ‘win-win’ for both 3DEO and our customer.” For the first time in metal 3D printing, 3DEO is winning high-volume, low-cost parts orders versus traditional manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining and metal injection molding. 3DEO is breaking new ground in metal AM due to its highly differentiated technology and business model. Rather than selling printers, the company sells parts and offers customers a “one-stop-shop” for production-quality metal components. With 3DEO, customers get what they ultimately need—end use, additively manufactured production parts that are competitive with traditional manufacturing in terms of cost and quality, but with all of the advantages of 3D printing. “With production customers in diverse industries and applications such as aerospace, defense, medical devices, and consumer products, 3DEO is well on its way to realizing its vision to become a world-class metal parts supplier,” continued Dr. Petros. “The design award for such a high-volume production component is a terrific example of the tangible progress we are making. Thank you to MPIF for the recognition, and most importantly thank you to our customers for working side-by-side with us to change the world of manufacturing together.”
Savantis Appoints Keith Hontz as Chief Executive Officer and President
Savantis, a leader in global IT staffing and SAP Gold Partner delivering full-service consulting, managed services and industry solutions, today announces the appointment of Keith Hontz as Chief Executive Officer and President. Keith will be working closely with Will Schramme, the Interim CEO who will be transitioning back to Chairman of the Board, to lead the next phase of revenue growth and technology innovation. “We are excited to have Keith join Savantis as our Chief Executive Officer and President. His exceptional track record of driving profitable growth coupled with extensive SAP experience from his 23-year tenure with the company makes him the perfect choice," said Will Schramme. "Keith shares our complete commitment to customer success and he understands what our valued clients require to realize the full benefit of their investment in SAP solutions and IT staffing. His leadership, expertise, and background are perfectly aligned with our overall vision and strategy to drive the company’s future growth, from SMEs to large enterprises.” Keith will play a key role in expanding the SAP business with the support of Michael DiGiandomenico, the company’s newly appointed COO and a former executive with SAP, IBM and Accenture. “Our mutual experience at SAP makes Savantis well positioned and fully qualified to deliver cost-effective projects and the managed services to support the success of our customers,” commented DiGiandomenico. Prior to joining Savantis, Mr. Hontz served as CEO of SocketLabs, an industry leader in high-volume email infrastructure, where he built a leadership team, onboarded an enterprise sales organization. He delivered double-digit YoY revenue growth in his first year with SocketLabs and in less than one month, formed a strategic partnership with SAP, becoming their PartnerEdge® Build partner and App Center solution for high-volume email delivery for SAP Marketing, Commerce, and Qualtrics. With over 30 years of success in business, Mr. Hontz has established an executive trademark of uncovering new business growth areas in support of digital transformation for customers across all industries. "I’m thrilled to join the talented team at Savantis and look forward to leveraging my experience and relationships to deliver the company’s next wave of profitable growth together with our expanding global organization,” said Hontz. “We have an exciting opportunity to bring together our global team of IT experts, experienced consultants and strategic partners, to provide innovative industry solutions to the markets we serve, including consumer industries with a focus on retail, discrete industries and service industries such as entertainment, hospitality and travel.”
TYAN Brings the Latest Server Advancements at its 2020 Server Solutions Online Exhibition
TYAN®, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and a MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation subsidiary, is showcasing its latest lineup of HPC, storage, cloud and embedded platforms powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ 7002 series processors and 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors at TYAN server solutions online exhibition. “With over 30 years of experience offering state-of-the-art server platforms and server motherboards, TYAN has been recognized by large scale data center customers and server channels,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation's TYAN Business Unit. “Combining the latest innovation from our partners, like Intel and AMD, TYAN customers enable to win the market opportunities precisely with TYAN’s server building block offerings.” Attendees will experience featured products showcase, webinar sessions and live Q & A during the 3D virtual environment. Heading TYAN’s latest server offerings for the HPC community are Thunder HX FT83-B7119 and Transport HX TS75-B8252. The FT83-B7119 is built around 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors featuring ten double-width PCIe x16 slots for GPUs and 12 hot-swap, tool-less 3.5” drive bays which support up to 4 NVMe U.2 drives in a 4U enclosure. The system is ideal for AI training and inference applications. Powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7002 series processors, the TS75-B8252 is optimized for virtualization, AI inference and in-memory computing workloads. The 2U server platform features 32 DIMM slots, up to 9 PCIe 4.0 slots, 12 hot-swap, tool-less 3.5” drive bays which support up to 4 NVMe U.2 drives. Optimized for the challenges facing in Cloud Server Providers, TYAN’s cloud platforms offer outstanding computing density and storage performance in a cost-efficient way. The new 1U Thunder SX GT93-B7106 supports dual socket 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with twelve 3.5” and one 2.5” easy-swap drive bays for software-defined cold storage applications. Featuring 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7002 series processors, the Transport CX GC68-B8036 accommodates four 3.5” and four 2.5” hot-swap, tool-less drive bays in 1U for both data storage and application cache requirement in data center deployment; the Transport CX TN73-B8037-X4S is a 2U 4-node high-densityserver platform with support for 16 hot-swap, tool-less 2.5” drive bays supporting both NVMe U.2 and SATA devices. The system is ideal for high IOPs server use cases in data centers. TYAN offers a full line of storage servers capable of storing massive amounts of data, ranging from 1U high-performance storage server with 12 all-flash drive bays, 2U hybrid storage server to enormous 4U high capacity 100-drive high capacity one. TYAN storage server product line provides a variety of selection for tiered storage requirements in enterprises and data centers.
Mouser Electronics Receives Best Digital Performance Award from Amphenol Corporation
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is pleased to announce that it has been honored for the second consecutive year with a top global e-commerce award from its valued partner Amphenol Corporation, a global leader in the interconnect industry. Mouser stocks the full suite of products from Amphenol and 32 of its product divisions, available on its industry-leading website, Mouser.com. Mouser received the 2019 Best High Service Digital Performance Award from Amphenol in recognition of their outstanding sales growth in 2019. “We are delighted to recognize Mouser for its remarkable performance in 2019,” said Adam Norwitt, CEO of Amphenol. “Mouser’s teams consistently deliver exceptional growth in the e-commerce space, and this award is a testament to their outstanding work and steadfast partnership.” “We are greatly honored to be recognized by Amphenol for the second year in a row for our performance in the digital arena,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser. “Amphenol has been a highly valued partner for many years, and we look forward to many more productive years together.” Over the past decade, Mouser has received numerous awards from Amphenol Corporation and its subsidiaries. In addition to receiving the 2018 Best High Service Digital Performance Award from Amphenol Corporation, Mouser received 2018 Distributor of the Year awards from Amphenol SV Microwave and Amphenol Industrial. Mouser also previously received Amphenol Corporation’s 2015 Best Global Performance Award in conjunction with TTI, Inc., as well as major global awards from Amphenol companies in 2013 and 2014. As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics is focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Over 800 semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers count on Mouser to help them introduce their products into the global marketplace. Mouser's customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each manufacturer.
Bentley Systems Announces the Acquisition of NoteVault, Provider of Voice-based Field Automation for Construction Management
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of NoteVault, a San Diego-based provider of voice-based field automation for construction management. The acquisition expands Bentley’s SYNCHRO digital construction environment with industry-leading mobile field applications to track and manage labor, materials, and equipment. Together, these comprehensive offerings further extend the value of digital twins across construction management, enabling projects to combine immersive 4D models of the construction progress with detailed up-to-date reports on resource expenditures, enabling more effective management of cost, schedule, and risk, leading to better project outcomes. NoteVault’s reporting automation solutions are used widely by both large and small construction companies across the global ENR Top 400 Contractors. Designed to simplify and accelerate job site information collection, NoteVault’s SaaS solution is deployed via mobile devices, uniquely offering natural language automated speech-to-text, augmented with automated machine learning, and human transcription to ensure accuracy. Because NoteVault has been engineered specifically for construction site mobile field reporting, it recognizes construction-specific language for accurate transcription, and enables automated translation so non-native English speakers can submit daily reports more easily using their native language. With NoteVault on their mobile devices, construction professionals can help synchronize status reporting effortlessly while saving time and money, reducing the risk of contractual disputes. “Digital twins continue to transform the way projects are delivered and operated. Inherent in every digital twin is a stream of continuously updated data, and for construction, automating the semantic interpretation of field reports can now be one of the richest sources of live project information. With the addition of NoteVault’s market-leading resource tracking capabilities, the SYNCHRO 4D construction environment delivers the most comprehensive construction digital twin solution available. We are excited to continue advancing the scope of construction digital twins,” said Dustin Parkman, vice president, project delivery, Bentley Systems. Peter Lasensky, CEO, NoteVault, added, “Bentley’s vision for transforming construction through digital twins is the perfect vehicle to expand the reach and impact of our innovative voice-based field automation solutions. Updating 4D construction models through insights gleaned from our software for field-captured reporting fully extends the power of voice and positioning technologies together. Combining NoteVault and SYNCHRO is a natural next step in our overall mission, with Bentley, to drive greater efficiencies in construction.”
Tech Data Partners with Dataiku to Accelerate Enterprise AI Adoption
Tech Data (Nasdaq: TECD) today announced it has partnered with Dataiku, one of the world's leading enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning platforms. As a catalyst for data-powered companies, Dataiku provides a common ground for data experts and explorers, a repository of best practices, shortcuts to machine learning and AI deployment/management, and a centralized, controlled and collaborative environment. This partnership will enable Tech Data partners in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam to accelerate enterprise AI adoption by bringing together all the required business resources from data scientists, data engineers, business SMEs and analytics users. Businesses are undergoing a rapid shift from experimental to the kinds of applied technology enabled by this partnership. For example, a 2019 study by KMPG revealed 26 percent of Global 500 companies deploy robotic process automation, and this figure will grow to 83 percent by 2021. AI has broad enterprise applications and the potential to shift the competitive position of a business. The technologies under the AI umbrella are already contributing to product and service improvements—and they will be important drivers of innovation for wholly new products, services and business models. “AI has the potential to increase the efficiency in various business aspects, through broad enterprise applications,” said Naresh Desai, vice president, specialist business unit, Asia Pacific, Tech Data. “We are thrilled to partner with Dataiku and are confident that the addition of their products will enhance our end-to-end solutions offering. Moreover, the addition of Dataiku complements our big data capabilities by providing a robust data science tools option for our partner ecosystem.” According to Gartner, by 2022, 75 percent of new end-user solutions that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques will be built with commercial solutions rather than open-source platforms.  This means access to market-leading companies like Dataiku will be of fundamental importance for Tech Data clients. Recently named a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader, Dataiku was founded in 2013 on the principle that in order to succeed in the world’s rapidly evolving data ecosystem, companies - no matter what their industry or size - must use data science, machine learning, and AI to continuously innovate using a collaborative end-to-end platform.  “Dataiku enables organizations across all industries to embed Enterprise AI methodology into the very core of their businesses to bring real value,” said Richard Jones, vice president, APAC, Dataiku. “Companies can start today with Tech Data to enhance capacity through Enterprise AI and build the foundation for the future of their businesses. Scalable Enterprise AI is a key organizational asset and is pivotal to the future success of businesses across all industries.”
Bentley Systems Adds Infrastructure Industry Experience to Digital Twin Consortium
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has joined Digital Twin Consortium at the “Groundbreaker” level. Digital Twin Consortium was formed by non-profit trade association Object Management Group® with Ansys, Dell, Lendlease, and Microsoft, creating a global ecosystem of users who are accelerating the digital twin market and demonstrating the value of digital twin technology. As the authority in digital twins, the consortium brings together industry, government, and academia to drive consistency in the vocabulary, architecture, security, and interoperability of digital twin technology. Digital Twin Consortium aims to influence the direction of digital twin technology development, become the focal point for digital twin thought leadership, and promote, evolve, and refine digital twin best practices and benefits. As a groundbreaker member of the consortium, Bentley will help set de facto technical guidelines and taxonomies, publish reference frameworks, develop requirements for new standards, and share use cases to maximize the benefits of digital twins. Bentley will be working alongside other early innovators, including the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and New South Wales Government. Bentley’s collaboration with Digital Twins Consortium and its global ecosystem of digital twin users underscores its commitment to advancing an open-source platform for digital twins, which began with its release of iModel.js at its Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference. • iModel.js is the first and only open source library available on GitHub for accessing, creating, visualizing, analyzing, and integrating the data associated with infrastructure digital twins. Bentley has since expanded its digital twin offerings to include: • iTwin Services, which enable digital information managers to incorporate engineering data created by diverse design tools into a living digital twin with no disruption to their current tools or processes; and • PlantSight, a digital twin for process industries, which brings together plant data and operating information into a single “pane of glass” accessible from anywhere 24/7 using a standard web browser. Adam Klatzkin, vice president, business development – iTwin Services for Bentley Systems, said, “Infrastructure professionals are quickly catching on to the significant gains that can be realized by digital twins. We believe that no one vendor will be able to satisfy the myriad requirements and potential applications of digital twins that will emerge over the next five years. No one knows what a digital twin is going to be five years from now, but it is a safe bet that it will be connected to more systems than is possible today. Users want the flexibility to change as requirements change and as new things become possible. In software terms, that means being open. It is important for organizations to take an open approach when they are selecting digital twin technologies to work with. Open wins.” “We are delighted that Bentley will bring its infrastructure industry and open-source expertise to our global ecosystem of Digital Twin Consortium members,” said Dr. Richard Soley, executive director, Digital Twin Consortium. “We look forward to working with Bentley to advance the use of digital twin technology across industries.”
QNAP Adds Support for Zabbix: Turn your NAS into a Centralized Network Management Platform for Multiple Devices
QNAP® Systems, Inc. (QNAP), a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, has added support for Zabbix, the Enterprise-class Network Monitoring Software. With Zabbix, system integrators and IT professionals can easily use QNAP NAS as Centralized Network Management Platforms to control multiple edge devices in real time. Administrators can also deploy Zabbix on multiple NAS to enable Distributed Network Architecture on medium/large-sized networks or to apply High Availability for enhanced network management efficiency and security. With SNMP compliance and a Web GUI, Zabbix allows users to monitor network services and the CPU utilization, network usage, memory and storage capacity of all the connected SNMP-compliant servers/devices via the Dashboard and Analysis Report. If a default error occurs (for example, a network server is down), administrators are promptly notified via email and SMS, ensuring real-time network control and efficient troubleshooting. “In a traditional enterprise network, using multiple switches, routers, firewalls, and servers from different brands can lead to management and maintenance problems,” said Frank Liao, Product Manager of QNAP. “When using Zabbix, a QNAP NAS can immediately work as a server that monitors all network devices to provide a cost-effective centralized network management solution.” QNAS NAS and QGD Switches now support installing Zabbix from the Virtualization Station VM Marketplace. Deploying Zabbix on multiple NAS not only offers high performance for medium/large-sized networks, but also adopts High Availability to guarantee uninterrupted monitoring if one of the Zabbix Servers is disconnected. Zabbix will also be available for QuCPE Servers and other QNAP Cloud Service Applications for a more flexible and comprehensive centralized network management solution.
TYAN Launches AI-Optimized Server Platforms Powered by NVIDIA V100S Tensor Core GPUs
TYAN®, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and a subsidiary of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation, has launched the latest GPU server platforms that support the NVIDIA® V100S Tensor Core and NVIDIA T4 GPUs for a wide variety of compute-intensive workloads including AI training, inference, and supercomputing applications. “An increase in the use of AI is infusing into data centers. More organizations plan to invest in AI infrastructure that supports the rapid business innovation,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation's TYAN Business Unit. “TYAN’sGPU server platformswith NVIDIA V100S GPUs as the compute building block enables enterprise to power their AI infrastructure deployment and helps to solve the most computationally-intensive problems.” TYAN’s newThunder HX FT83-B7119features high density local storage within a 4U 10GPU server platform. The system is based on dual-socket 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, supporting up to 10 NVIDIA V100S or 20 T4 GPUs with 12 hot-swap 3.5" drive bays. The system provides a spare PCIe x16 slot in addition to the 10 double-wide PCIe x16 ones, and it supports high speed networking such as 100 Gigabit EDR InfiniBand or Ethernet. The chassis features tool-less drive trays for added ease of service. Powered by dual AMD EPYC™ 7002 Series processors, TYAN’sTransport HX TN83-B8251,Transport HX TS75-B8252 andTransport HX TS75A-B8252servers boost performance for the modern high-performance computing applications by leveraging PCIe® Gen 4.0 technology. Featuring four NVIDIA V100S or eight T4 GPUs support, the 2U TN83-B8251 delivers exceptional performance for the most demanding and mission-critical workloads. The system supports up to 16 DIMMs, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet NICs, four double-width PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, two spare PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for high-speed networking card deployment. The TS75-B8252 and TS75A-B8252 are 2U server platforms equipped with 32 DIMM slots, two 10 Gigabit EthernetNICs and up to nine PCIe 4.0 slots. Both server platforms support up to eight T4 GPUs and are optimized for AI inference and virtualization applications. The TS75-B8252 accommodates 12 hot-swap, tool-less 3.5” drive bays with four supporting NVMe U.2 drives; TS75A-B8252 accommodates 26 hot-swap, tool-less 2.5” drive bays with eight supporting NVMe U.2 drives. TYAN GPU Server Platforms - 4U/10-GPU Thunder HX FT83-B7119:4U dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable Processor-based platform with support for up to 10 NVIDIA V100S or 20 T4 GPU accelerators, 24 DDR4 DIMM slots, one spare PCIe x16 slot, and 12 hot-swap, tool-less 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s devices. Four of the bays support NVMe U.2 devices by configuration - 4U/8-GPU Thunder HX FT77D-B7109: 4U dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable Processor-based platform with support for up to eight NVIDIA V100S or eight T4 GPU accelerators, 24 DDR4 DIMM slots, one spare PCIe x16 slot, and 14 hot-swap 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s devices. Four of the bays support NVMe U.2 devices by configuration - 4U/5-GPU Thunder HX FT48T-B7105: Pedestal dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable Processor-based platform with support for up to five NVIDIA V100S or five T4 GPU accelerators, 12 DDR4 DIMM slots, one spare PCIe x16 slot, and four hot-swap 3.5" SAS 12Gb/s or SATA 6Gb/s devices - 1U/4-GPU Thunder HX GA88-B5631: 1U single-socket Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based platform with support for up to four NVIDIA V100S or four T4 GPU accelerators, 12 DDR4 DIMM slots, one spare PCIe x16 slot, and two hot-swap 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s devices - 2U/8-GPU Transport HX TS75-B8252:2U dual-socket AMD EPYC 7002 Series processor-based platform with support for up to 8 NVIDIA T4 GPU accelerators, 32 DDR4 DIMM slots, one OCP 3.0 LAN mezzanine slot, and twelve hot-swap, tool-less 3.5” SATA drive bays with four bays supporting NVMe U.2 drives by configuration - 2U/8-GPU Transport HX TS75A-B8252:2U dual-socket AMD EPYC 7002 Series processor-based platform with support for up to 8 NVIDIA T4 GPU accelerators, 32 DDR4 DIMM slots, one OCP 3.0 LAN mezzanine slot, and 26 hot-swap, tool-less 2.5” SATA drive bays with 8 bays supporting NVMe U.2 drives by configuration - 2U/4-GPU Transport HX TN83-B8251: 2U dual-socket AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based platform with support for up to four NVIDIA V100S or eight T4 GPU accelerators, 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, two spare PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, and eight hot-swap, tool-less 3.5” SATA / NVMe U.2 devices by configuration - 1U/4-GPU Transport HX GA88-B8021:1U single-socket AMD EPYC 7002/7001 series processor-based platform with support for up to four NVIDIA V100S or six T4 GPU accelerators, 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, one spare PCIe x16 slot, and two hot-swap 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s devices
High Density Fiber Management Critical as Europe Looks to Break 200 Million FTTH Homes by 2021, Says Go!Foton
Go!Foton welcomes latest FTTH Council New Fiber Market Panorama but calls for Intelligent Fiber Management (IFM) to support hard-pressed Telecoms operators amid boom in home working and Data Center growth. Intelligent management of high density fiber connectivity will be a key factor in supporting the continued successful growth of FTTH/B across Europe, according to Go!Foton, a US-based photonics company with a 30-year track record in optical communications. Go!Foton, which already has offices and partners in The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Spain, said that innovative approaches to management of increasingly dense physical fiber infrastructure would be crucial as Europe moved forward. “Rapid densification is a fact of life for FTTH/B operators,” said Go!Foton Michael Zammit, VP & GM of Connectivity Solutions. “The need for efficient deployment of new high connection count installations compatible with existing equipment has never been greater. From traditional service providers to cloud datacenters, operators of densified optical networks require versatile connectivity solutions oriented for fast, simple, cost-effective field deployment. He continued, “Meeting the challenges of today’s accelerating demand for high-speed symmetrical bandwidth as well as the latency and reliability requirements of next-gen applications calls for intelligent fiber management solutions capable of simultaneously accommodating current needs and allowing seamless evolution to the networks of tomorrow.” Go!Foton’s message to the market came shortly after the FTTH Council released its 2020 Fibre Market Panorama. The report highlighted France, Italy, and Spain for biggest increases in number of homes passed, while confirming that FTTH/B coverage in Europe extends to nearly half of total homes. Kees de Waard, President of FTTH Council Europe, stressed the ambitions of Gigabit connected society in Europe, commenting that “FTTH/B networks…are the only future-proof infrastructure.” With its reliability and ease of deployment, Go!Foton’s PEACOCR line of frames, patch panels, and OSP terminals is ideally suited to meet the needs of optical network operators today while offering a seamless migration path to future implementations. Whether it’s in the data center or the central office, PEACOC’s patented spreadable adapters offer error-free accessibility to individual connections while optimizing the use of valuable rack space. For the outside plant, Go!Foton’s 2020 Lightwave Award winning PEACOC® High Density Compact Terminal integrates spreadable adapter technology with an innovatively designed outside plant compact enclosure perfectly suited for wall, pole, and strand mount applications and expands the reach of PEACOC® while setting new benchmarks for density, adaptability, and ease of deployment.
Cobalt Iron Compass Named a DCIG Top 5 Enterprise Anti-Ransomware Backup Solution
Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that the company's Compass™ solution has been selected as one of DCIG's Top 5 Enterprise Anti-Ransomware Backup Solutions. Compass is Cobalt Iron's flagship SaaS-based enterprise data protection platform, offering enterprise backup and recovery, operation, administration, and protection of data from cyber threats. DCIG's Top 5 Enterprise Anti-Ransomware Backup Solutions criteria included solutions that can detect, prevent, and/or recover from a ransomware attack and meet the expected backup and recovery requirements of large enterprises. "Expectations as to the features that an enterprise backup solution should offer often come about due to technology advancements," said Jerome Wendt, president and founder of DCIG LLC. "As we enter the 2020s, ransomware represents an external force driving many of the innovations currently occurring in enterprise backup solutions. Cobalt Iron's Compass was able to deliver the data protection traits we were looking for to identify the top five solutions in the market." Some of the data protection traits DCIG considered were breadth of hypervisor support, replication capabilities and management, and integration with cloud-native applications. Cobalt Iron Compass provides the broader set of core backup and recovery features that enterprises need, and it simultaneously delivers the new anti-ransomware features that enterprises want. "At Cobalt Iron we understand the cybersecurity challenges of enterprises and how crippling and expensive ransomware infections can be," said Rob Marett, chief technology officer of Cobalt Iron. "We are thrilled that DCIG has recognized Compass as a platform delivering on risk mitigation including readiness, response, and recovery. Backups are literally the last line of defense against cyberattacks, and we believe that robust security measures should be integral to any backup and recovery architecture, not simply add-on features. And it's gratifying to know that others share these values."
Toray Obtains Joint Research Findings that Could Drive R&D Boosting Reverse Osmosis System Performance
Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it recently obtained important joint research findings that could help enhance the water permeability and substance removal capabilities of reverse osmosis (RO) systems. The company teamed with the Bioengineering Laboratory and Theoretical Molecular Science Laboratory of Riken, a leading national research and development institute based in Wako, Japan, to undertake this work The research clarified the relationship between the strength of interacting networks of polyamide molecules that handle water permeability and water molecule diffusion. Toray will draw on the results of analysis to accelerate its drive to develop advanced separation materials. These include innovative energy-saving RO membranes for desalination and wastewater reclamation that deliver zero liquid discharges. The world faces increasingly dire water scarcity and quality issues. Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all is one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Public and private entities around the world are therefore adopting RO membrane-based purification techniques to secure sustainable water resources. There is a trade-off with conventional RO membranes between higher water production and quality. This situation made it desirable to work out the mechanism of water molecule diffusion in RO membranes to enhance water permeability and substance removal thereby obtaining high-quality water while conserving energy. Toray and Riken’s laboratories analyzed interactions between polyamide and water molecules within the polyamide structure of RO membranes. The team successfully identified the impacts of the collective states and mobility of water molecules in polyamide molecular assemblies. The team confirmed that the sparser the networks of interactions between polyamide molecules the more there are interactions between water molecules, leading to the creation of highly mobile water molecule assemblies. Toray earlier engaged in research with the University of Tokyo that identified the relationship between bound water, with its restricted movements through interactions with polyamide molecules in polyamide molecular assemblies, and free water, with its high mobility. This work found that free water diffuses more than 10 times faster than bound water. Applying that finding, the ability to precisely control the structures of fine pores and water movements within them would make it possible to create high-performance RO membranes with outstanding water permeability and substance removal. The Toray and Riken team received support under the Center of Innovation Program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, obtaining its findings as part of a business and research project of that agency’s Global Aqua Innovation Center for Improving Living Standards and Water-sustainability. Toray will push ahead with research and technical development through industry-academia-government collaborations that contribute to social progress worldwide by providing everyone with plentiful access to clean water.
ScienceLogic’s Behavior-Based Monitoring Forges a New Path for IT Service Delivery
ScienceLogic, a leading provider of monitoring solutions for multi-cloud management and hybrid IT infrastructure, today unveiled its latest innovation in context-infused AIOps. With the introduction of Behavioral Correlation, ScienceLogic is transforming how IT teams identify, troubleshoot and remediate service-disrupting events—before end-user impact can even be detected. Modern IT environments breed complexity through the proliferation of applications and data, outstripping human capacity for analysis and response. Operations teams pressured to hunt down and fix customer-impacting IT events are often constrained by antiquated methods founded on human-centered analyses. With Behavioral Correlation, ScienceLogic introduces a radically more efficient approach, leveraging machine-speed detection and remediation. Real-time service health and risk can now be understood at a glance, allowing IT teams to rapidly address issues when they occur or even intercept potential service-impacting issues before they happen. Behavioral Correlation for ScienceLogic SL1 is delivered through tightly integrated core capabilities: • A comprehensive, real-time data lake that captures multimodal data types and their relationships • The ability to map and visualize IT services, their underlying dependencies, and associated health, availability, and risk • Machine-learning techniques that reason over these service topologies to detect the root cause of issues or anomalous behavior, and can recommend actions to address The end result is a system that provides holistic visibility into complex IT estates through an intuitive, service-centric lens. Decision-makers can quickly understand the impact, root causes, and relative priority – ensuring IT is spending time on what matters most to the business. “This is a game-changing innovation that buries the old-school, reactionary approach to IT event management. We can now instantly provide a real-time picture across the entire ephemeral state of IT - pinpointing where service degradation is happening, which issues should be prioritized, and the potential business impact,” said Dave Link, ScienceLogic CEO. “The cohesive, service-level view alleviates IT teams scrambling from one incident to the next and empowers providers worldwide to deliver a resilient customer experience.” With IT teams free from the 1990s war rooms and defensive positions battling “event storms,” they can embrace a new standard for situational awareness to help drive faster root-cause analysis and time to resolution. ScienceLogic customers will be able to access this new capability through the latest Colosseum Release due out in late Q2, 2020. Current users can see a live demo at the upcoming virtual ScienceLogic Symposium on April 21 & 22.
New Toray Technology Enhances the Brightness of X-Ray Scintillator Panels Enabling Reduction of Radiation Doses to Boost Patient Care
Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has developed a wavelength conversion technology using phosphors that enhance the brightness of X-ray scintillator panels by roughly 30%. This technology can more clearly discern lung diseases and the other illnesses while reducing radiation doses in medical X-ray system. The company will commercialize this technology soon. Medical X-ray system detectors are generally comprised of scintillator panels that convert X-rays to visible light, and photosensor panels that then convert this light into digital images. Scintillator panels have a phosphor layer with several hundred microns of thickness that absorb X-rays and emit light. The phosphor layer is composed of CsI or GOS. Unlike CsI, GOS does not need long-time deposition process, thus making the manufacturing processes simple and low-cost. GOS is also very stable and durable under X-ray conditions, but the issue has consistently been that GOS is less bright than CsI. For many years, Toray has been developing the wavelength conversion technology necessary for display materials. By improving and innovating this technology, we can now enhance the brightness of the GOS scintillator panel. The key to this technology is our unique compounding technique that mixes in a "second phosphor".The second phosphor allows absorption of short wavelength light between 350 to roughly 400 nanometers, in which the photosensor has low sensitivity in the emission spectrum of GOS, to be converted to long wavelength light nearly 550 nanometers, in which the photosensor has high sensitivity. Using this technology, the phosphor layer "GOS-α" keeps the advantages of GOS (such as low-cost, high stability, and high durability GOS) while enhancing the brightness by about 30% over conventional scintillator panels of similar thickness. Toray has been mass-producing X-ray scintillator panels using regular GOS for general medical radiographic applications since 2016. Toray aims to further expand the X-ray scintillator panel business with products adopting the new "GOS-α" phosphor layer, by significantly increasing the range of applications and uses that panels currently offer. Additionally, new technology will be combined with a pixelated scintillator by applying Toray's proprietary technology to enable image sharpening. Toray will keep striving to develop revolutionary materials that transform societies in keeping with its commitment to innovative ideas, technologies, and products that deliver valuable results.
Bentley Systems Opens Up Full Access to ProjectWise 365 and Waives Subscription Fees
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced it has opened up its ProjectWise 365 cloud service, including waiving subscription fees through September 30, 2020, to virtually connect infrastructure project participants forced to work from home. ProjectWise 365, leveraging Microsoft 365 technology and office productivity tools, extends the reach and accessibility of BIM and infrastructure engineering data to facilitate collaboration and design review across the ecosystem of project stakeholders. As an “instant-on” cloud service accessed through a web browser to simplify design review, transmittals, RFIs, information sharing, and issues resolution, ProjectWise 365 is perfectly suited for quick adoption while working from home, eliminating the need for error-prone combinations of generic technologies such as “drop boxes” and PDF. In 2019 Bentley Systems was ranked by the ARC Advisory Group as the #1 provider of Collaborative BIM for its enterprise-scalable ProjectWise Design Integration offerings, and Microsoft cited Bentley as one of the top 25 companies in terms of Azure usage globally. In the development of ProjectWise 365, extending infrastructure engineering workflows to all users of Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud services, Bentley leveraged its market-leading experience in meeting the collaboration and work-sharing challenges of distributed project delivery teams. “The enterprises using ProjectWise Design Integration for work sharing, which include 74 of the ENR Top 100 Design Firms, have been telling us that they credit ProjectWise for sustaining their project productivity over the forced transition to work from home,” said Dustin Parkman, VP, Project Delivery for Bentley. “Now, by broadly and immediately opening up access to our new simplified ProjectWise 365 cloud service, we’re extending ProjectWise advantages in collaboration and design review to infrastructure engineering project teams at every scale. By fully ‘digitally’ enabling every infrastructure professional, we hope to support their resilience in surmounting this crisis.” Gregory J. Ellwanger, P.E., Project Engineer for BLA, Inc. said, “The present work-from-home conditions and coordination with multiple parties highlight how critical it is to our business and our role as prime consultant on projects, that our project teams always stay connected and productive. ProjectWise 365 cloud services enable us to rapidly deploy a common BIM collaboration environment that avoids the data silos, coordination delays, and the other limitations we’ve experienced while using network drives, file-sharing services, and email. ProjectWise 365 allows us to coordinate designs more quickly and reduce risk in contractual exchanges, regardless of the location of project participants, adding resilience to our design practice and increasing our ability to deliver high-quality projects on schedule.” Please visit ProjectWise 365 to learn more about the product and visit ProjectWise 365 Offer to learn about this work-from-home offer. ProjectWise 365 is part of Bentley’s comprehensive effort to help both user organizations and end users to work remotely, providing tools, information, and resources including FAQs, videos, webinars and other technical assets.
Cobalt Iron Forges Partnership With Gulf Business Machines to Resell Compass Enterprise SaaS in MENA
Cobalt Iron Inc. today announced a new strategic agreement with digital solutions provider Gulf Business Machines (GBM). As the newest member of Cobalt Iron's Ironclad Partner Advantage (IPA) program, GBM will resell Cobalt Iron's Compass™ enterprise SaaS backup platform with an aim to enhance the user experience of its existing base of IBM Spectrum Protect accounts. In addition, GBM will expand Compass' presence across the region by developing new opportunities for the industry-leading data protection solution. "GBM is committed to offering the top industry solutions for our customers' digital transformation journey. The Compass SaaS-based multicloud platform will complement our existing IBM Data portfolio and expand our digital business offerings," said Cherif Morcos, vice president – Digital Business Solutions, Gulf Business Machines. With more than 30 years' experience, seven offices, and more than 1,500 employees across the Gulf Cooperation Council, GBM offers a broad portfolio of industry-leading digital infrastructure and business solutions to its clients. "As the premier business technology channel in this vital region, GBM is a welcome addition to the IPA family. GBM is very selective about its technology partners and only represents world-leading companies," said Rodney Foreman, chief revenue officer of Cobalt Iron. "As such, this partnership is powerful industry recognition of Compass in the enterprise SaaS backup marketplace."