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QNAP Launches Dual-port 100GbE Network Expansion Card with Intel Ethernet Controller E810
QNAP® Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, launched its first dual-port 100GbE network expansion card – the QXG-100G2SF-E810. Featuring an Intel® Ethernet Controller E810 and PCIe 4.0, the QXG-100G2SF-E810 provides up to 100Gbps bandwidth for QNAP NAS or Windows®/Linux® devices to attain optimal performance in a wide range of applications and services. It is a perfect match for unleashing the full potential of QNAP’s TS-h2490FU NVMe all-flash storage that can be paired with high-speed switches for high-performance, low-latency data centers. “The QXG-100G2SF-E810 redefines ultra-high-speed networking with 100Gbps connectivity,” said Stanley Huang, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “Users can also configure network redundancy to achieve network failover via the switch for continuous service and high availability.” The QXG-100G2SF-E810 is ideal for I/O-intensive and latency-sensitive virtualization and data centers, and boosts network efficiency with the support of iWARP/RDMA and SR-IOV (coming soon). When used in a server or workstation, it supports Windows Server® (2016 or 2019) and Linux platforms (Drivers required). QNAP’s flagship 24-bay TS-h2490FU NVMe all-flash storage features a PCIe Gen 4 x16 slot that allows the QXG-100G2SF-E810 to fully realize 100Gbps performance, helping to overcome bottlenecks in modern data centers, virtualization, multimedia, and mission-critical backup/restore tasks. The QXG-100G2SF-E810 is available from QNAP Accessories Store. For more information and to view the full QNAP NAS lineup, please visit www.qnap.com
IDTechEx Reveals How Key Data Center Trends Impact Thermal Interface Materials
The past year has seen many of us working from home and spending a lot more time using streaming services and staying indoors. This has caused a greater demand on data centers worldwide leading to increased sales of equipment. Additionally, demand will also be driven by 5G data, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the evolution of edge computing, and local data centers which will all impact this market significantly in the coming years. A key area for data centers is thermal management; most data centers rely on air-conditioned rooms and large heat sinks for the individual components. However, in the future, this may not be feasible for all cases, especially in smaller edge computing sites. Power consumption is always a big concern for data centers and hence we expect to see more passively cooled centers, leading to a more careful selection of thermal materials. Direct liquid cooling or even immersion cooling is seeing some greater interest in recent years but regardless of the overall thermal strategy adopted, the considerations around thermal interface materials (TIMs) are crucial. TIMs are required to transfer heat from the operating component to its heatsink. In a data center, TIMs can be found on processors and chipsets on sever boards, various switch and supervisor components and in the power supplies, to name a few locations. Many have used and continue to use typical thermal greases for their TIM in data centers, whilst these present good thermal conductivity and easy application, they are susceptible to pump-out and becoming brittle over time. This limits thermal performance in the long run and requires maintenance on the system. Alternative forms of TIMs such as pads and phase change materials are gaining traction, enabling even easier application and longer lifetimes. Demand for TIM in data centers is increasing across various components. Source: IDTechEx report, “Thermal Interface Materials 2021-2031: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities” Another key trend for data centers is the increasing power density. 1 kW per rack may have been considered a high power density in the past, but in 2018, the average was closer to 7 kW. However, for many large data centers, 15 kW per rack may be more typical, with some reaching 20 kW or more. A critical challenge with this increase is managing the heat generated. This is another key driver for higher performance and longer lifetime TIMs, a trend that will only continue to grow in importance. The new report from IDTechEx, “Thermal Interface Materials 2021-2031: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities” considers the forms and compositions of TIMs, benchmarks commercial products, and details new advanced materials. It also analyses current TIM applications in emerging markets as well as the key drivers and requirements in these areas such as electric vehicle batteries, data centers, LEDs, 4G & 5G infrastructure, smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In addition, 10-year granular market forecasts are given for each of these segments in terms of application area and tonnage. For more information on this report, please visit www.IDTechEx.com/TIM or for the full portfolio of Advanced Materials research available from IDTechEx please visit www.IDTechEx.com/Research/AM
Sonnet Announces Professional Modular Thunderbolt Expansion Systems for the Desktop and for Rack Installation
Sonnet Technologies today announced the DuoModo™ line of professional, modular Thunderbolt™ expansion systems for the desktop and for rack installation, the latest entries in its award-winning lineup of Thunderbolt products. The DuoModo line is comprised of three interchangeable expansion modules — a three-slot PCIe® card system, an eGPU card system, and a Mac mini® mounting system with integrated 40Gbps Thunderbolt storage dock — and three enclosures consisting of two dual-module housings (one desktop and one rackmount) and a single-module desktop housing. Sonnet will also offer four preconfigured systems to simplify the order process for the most popular combinations of modules and enclosures. All modules are Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 compatible. What They Do: DuoModo Echo™ III Module: This module (the same one used in Sonnet's Echo III Desktop and Echo III Rackmount systems announced at the end of 2020) features one x16 and two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots; accommodates full-height, full-length (up to 12.28 inches long) PCIe cards; and connects them to a computer's Thunderbolt port via the included 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable. The module integrates a universal 400W power supply and includes a 75W auxiliary power connector for non-GPU cards that require extra power. The module includes a mode switch that enables the use of three Avid® Pro Tools|HDX PCIe cards, and features Noctua cooling fans for ultra-quiet operation. DuoModo eGPU Module: This module supports up to full-length, full-height, 2.5 slot-width GPU cards, and it utilizes dual temperature-controlled, variable-speed Noctua fans that provide efficient and ultra-quiet cooling for the installed card. Sonnet designed this new expansion module with the goal of offering users a future-proof purchase, equipping it with an 800W power supply capable of supporting the most power-hungry GPU cards available. DuoModo xMac™ mini Module: This module securely holds an Intel® or M1 Mac mini computer to enable mounting it in a desktop or rackmount enclosure — and provides open access to its rear ports. The module's built-in Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) storage dock provides users with four front panel connections consisting of three 10Gbps USB ports (two Type-C ports and one Type A port, each capable of powering bus-powered devices), and one Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) port. An internal USB Type A port is provided for connection of a software license dongle, such as an iLok USB-A, or a thumb drive. The dock also incorporates two M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD sockets to enable users to add up to 16TB of fast storage to their systems. DuoModo Dual-module Desktop and Rackmount Enclosures: Holding any two of the DuoModo modules, the desktop enclosure measures 6.9 inches wide by 16.7 inches deep by 9.1 inches tall. The dual-module 2U rackmount enclosure — the same one used in the Echo III Rackmount system — measures 19 inches wide by 16.5 inches deep by 3.5 inches tall. DuoModo Single-module Desktop Enclosure: This housing — the same one used in the Echo III Desktop system — measures 3.5 inches wide by 16.7 inches deep by 9 inches tall and holds any one of the DuoModo modules. DuoModo Preconfigured Systems: Four systems are available. Each includes an xMac mini Module plus either an Echo III Module or an eGPU Module, and a dual-module desktop or rackmount enclosure. Why They're Important: For the past decade, Sonnet's Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion products and computer mounting solutions have enabled users to overcome limitations in connectivity and adaptability, with the computers often favored by pro audio and video users. The capabilities to connect PCIe cards to computers lacking card slots and install Mac mini computers in computer racks have been integral to enabling countless workflows. With the launch of the DuoModo line, Sonnet has fulfilled its customers' biggest requests to make modular products that offer greater flexibility of use in more workflows. How They're Distinctive: The DuoModo line addresses the particular requirements of audio, video, and broadcast users. Users can now configure a system to fit their specific needs, creating diverse combinations such as a system housing two GPU cards or six PCIe cards to connect to their computers with Thunderbolt 3 or 4 ports, or another with a Mac mini plus one GPU card or three PCIe cards. Additional modules are planned for future release. When You Can Get Them: The DuoModo product line is available now from Sonnet and channel partners. Part numbers and pricing are available on the Sonnet website.
Yamaha UC Hosts Audio Roadshow to Demonstrate the ADECIA Ceiling Solution
Yamaha Unified Communications is taking the ADECIA Ceiling Solution on the road, with stops in Parsippany, New Jersey, on June 22, and in Austin, Texas, on June 24. The roadshow is the perfect opportunity for AV integrators to see and hear ADECIA in person. ADECIA is designed to overcome the common challenges integrators face with implementation, configuration, and room acoustics by providing all components required for a successful installation and automatic technologies that reduce setup time, costs, and complexities. "Audio has moved to the forefront of the meeting and learning experience, bringing a new appreciation for high-quality, crystal-clear, and flexible solutions," said Holger Stoltze, senior director of technical sales and marketing at Yamaha Unified Communications. "Our roadshow is a great opportunity to hear the clarity of ADECIA and better understand the intelligent technology we've implemented into this complete solution to ensure ease of installation and programming on a whole new scale." At each event, attendees will have three ways to audit the far-end experience: listening in the room to Yamaha's field system engineer who will be remotely speaking from another ADECIA setup via video conference; listen in the room to playback via headphone; or join a Zoom link from their own device from outside of the room. The New Jersey event will be held at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Texas demonstration will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Austin from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be 30-minute private team and customer demonstrations available at each session from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Email email@example.com to reserve an appointment.
The company ACCIONA accelerates 9 times its purchasing processes with the Connect project in coalition with Sales Layer
ACCIONA is a Spanish infrastructure and renewable energy development and management company. It has several highly diversified business units operating in more than 60 countries, with 34,000 employees, €1,734 million in revenues and €950 million in investment. In collaboration with Sales Layer, they have developed ACCIONA Connect: a platform based on PIM and PunchOuts technology that allows the digitalization and connection of product catalogs in a matter of minutes and without the need for any technical knowledge. Sales Layer adapts to the needs of the project, even developing new functionalities, and at a cost 6 times lower than other systems in the market. - The origins of the project ACCIONA Connect The traditional purchasing process, for a corporation of ACCIONA's complexity, implies an endless amount of unproductive work related with the input and maintenance of supplier information – information which is always incomplete, outdated, or inconsistent. In 2018 ACCIONA began an internal project inspired by an Anglo-Saxon model used by similar corporations – a project aimed at modernizing its purchasing process through PunchOuts Connected to its eProcurement system. This project had a slow deployment due to the problems inherent to product catalog digitization on the suppliers’ end, as well as the costs of the PunchOut solutions available on the market. Only 20% of suppliers have ecommerce platforms – a prerequisite to the generation of PunchOut gateways, and less than half of that 20% of suppliers have PIM technology, so they experience problems gathering and delivering the information. At that point, they entered into an agreement with Sales Layer to launch ACCIONA Connect as a complement to their PunchOut strategy. Sales Layer became an ally to ACCIONA that would be constantly evolving, adapting to the needs of the project – even with new features as they became required by the circumstances. The benefits of ACCIONA Connect: a 9x faster and 6x less expensive system ACCIONA Connect handles the main difficulties detected and allows for the generation of pre-configured PunchOuts that can be Connected to ACCIONA's eProcurement system in minutes, doing so at a starting cost 6 times lower than other available systems. What s more, Sales Layer provides an Engagement Manager for onboarding and engagement support to ACCIONA Connect suppliers. Through this process, the process of assembling electronic catalogs has been made much easier, and questions and problems have been instantly solved. According to Alejandro Chocrón, (e)Procurement Planning and Processes Manager at ACCIONA: “The systems we used before were very slow and unfriendly. Thanks to Sales Layer, we realized that a product catalog could be made in seconds. It’s the technology that any supplier would be looking for: something simple to use and which provided more engaging catalog results.” Access to the complete case study: https://content.saleslayer.com/acciona-case-study
Layout International Partners with Sophi.io to Fully Automate Print Production
Sophi.io, a suite of AI-powered optimization, prediction and automation tools developed by The Globe and Mail, has partnered with Layout International, a supplier of cutting-edge enterprise technology, to transform print production. Sophi will provide the smart AI/ML technology to fully automate the end-to-end print production workflow to save publishers time and money and enable them to focus on creating high quality content. Print laydown is typically a long and arduous process, involving multiple editors and page designers and taking hours to complete. Without the rigid constraints of a template, Layout International customers will now have the opportunity to create a print-ready paper that is indecipherable from a paper prepared by human page designers, and the entire process takes just minutes. And for Layout International’s over 200 customers, this partnership means seamless integration of Sophi into their current NewsPublish editorial workflow. “We’re excited that working with Sophi.io enables us to offer our customers cutting edge new capabilities in the form of an end-to-end automated print solution that dramatically increases efficiencies. Our customers will be able to run and rerun their print paper in just minutes, whenever they chose, all within the NewsPublish Enterprise content management system that they already use daily,” said Jean-Michel Habis, CEO of Layout International. The Sophi suite of tools is designed to identify an organization’s most valuable content (not the most popular content, but the content that drives conversions or retention or the metric that matters most to that organization) and place it in the most valuable places across their digital entities, or behind a paywall when the subscription revenue outweighs the predicted advertising revenue. In addition to NewsPublish powered by Sophi.io, Sophi provides site automation, a fully dynamic, real-time, personalized paywall, and analytics solutions to publishers across the world. “Print laydown is a massive undertaking,” said Greg Doufas, Chief Technology Officer at The Globe and Mail. “We see this partnership with Layout International giving publishers the freedom to focus on content creation and the specific design elements that page designers want to spend their energy on. The best part is that NewsPublish powered by Sophi.io is getting better and smarter every day, so Layout International customers will always be on the cutting edge of technology with this solution.”
QNAP Launches Dual 10GbE Network Card with SR-IOV and iSCSI for NAS and PC
QNAP® Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, today launched the new QXG-10G2T-X710 10GbE network expansion card. Featuring an Intel® Ethernet Controller X710, the QXG-10G2T-X710 is a PCIe Gen 3 card (compatible with PCIe Gen 2) that can be installed in a QNAP NAS or a Windows®/Linux® PC to add two 10GbE ports. The QXG-10G2T-X710 supports is compatible with five speeds (10G / 5G / 2.5G / 1G / 100M) and can achieve up to 20Gbps transfer speeds by using both ports with Port Trunking. Network efficiency is boosted with SR-IOV and iSCSI support, and I/O-intensive and latency-sensitive virtualization applications and data centers will greatly benefit. The QXG-10G2T-X710 is also a perfect match for QNAP’s 10GbE switches to build a budget-friendly high-speed network environment. “The QXG-10G2T-X710 network card offers home and business users a fantastic way to upgrade to 10GbE for greater performance and stability,” said Stanley Huang, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “The QXG-10G2T-X710 is also compatible with 5GbE/2.5GbE/1GbE, and can be used with QNAP switches for easily building high-speed network environments.” When installed in a Windows or Linux PC, users must install the QXG-10G2T-X710 driver. No driver is required when installing in a QNAP NAS, but QTS 4.5.2/ QuTS hero h4.5.1 (or later) is required. You can purchase QNAP NICs from the QNAP Accessories Store. For more information, and to view the full QNAP NAS lineup, please visit www.qnap.com
QNAP Launches 6 Port Unmanaged Switch QSW-2104 Series
QNAP® Systems, Inc., a leading computing, and storage solutions innovator, today released the easy-to-use unmanaged switch QSW-2104 series, including the QSW-2104-2S (with 2-port 10GbE SFP+ and 4-port 2.5GbE RJ45) and the QSW-2104-2T (with 2-port 10GbE RJ45 and 4-port 2.5GbE RJ45). Featuring plug-and-play set up, near-silent fanless design, IEEE 802.3az compliance, and automatic loop detection and blocking, the QSW-2104 series provides the ideal choice for creating affordable high-speed network environments in homes and workplaces. “Featuring 10GbE and 2.5GbE connectivity in one device, the QSW-2104 series can connect various bandwidth-demanding devices and helps users create a hybrid high-speed network in homes and workplaces. This is especially useful for accelerating file transfer, virtual machine applications, video streaming/sharing, and everyday tasks,” said Frank Liao, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “for users looking to fully upgrade their network infrastructure, QNAP offers a range of 2.5GbE/10GbE-ready QNAP NAS and PCIe/USB adapters for desktops, servers, and laptops to take advantage of the game-changing bandwidth provided by next-generation networks.” With no complex settings required, the QSW-2104 series supports auto-negotiation that optimizes transfer speeds and performance for each connected device. It also features network loop detection that automatically locks looped ports to ensure the network environment quickly resumes normal operations. The QSW-2104 series features a fanless design for near-silent operations. This unique cooling and ventilation ensures dependable performance without throttling or disruptive noises. Key Specifications QSW-2104-2S: 6 ports, including 2 x 10GbE SFP+ ports (10G/1G) and 4 x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports (2.5G/1G/100M) QSW-2104-2T: 6 ports, including 2 x 10GbE RJ45 ports (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) and 4 x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports (2.5G/1G/100M)
Cobalt Iron Compass Now Supports Google Cloud Platform Virtual Machine Snapshots
Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that its Compass® enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) backup platform now enables seamless management of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) virtual machine snapshots. Through this new capability, Compass users are able to manage backup retentions and schedules for GCP VM snapshots using the Compass Commander GUI, the same interface with which they manage their enterprise backups. Users no longer have to spend extra time logging separately into GCP or other tools, and backup administrators can be confident that Compass is recording and reporting both GCP and non-GCP VM backup events within a single GUI. Commander can be configured to add insight via reporting and timely notifications of snapshot events, if desired. "The new GCP VM capability is just one more example of our ongoing advancement of Compass to meet the evolving requirements of the marketplace. Our customers asked for the ability to easily manage scheduling and reporting of their GCP VM snapshots in concert with other backup clients, and we heard them," said Robert Marett, chief technology officer at Cobalt Iron. "By providing a 'single pane of glass' — Compass Commander — for accessing and managing the entire backup landscape, GCP included, Compass is bringing new levels of simplicity, cost and time savings, security, and peace of mind to enterprise data protection." More information about Cobalt Iron is available at www.cobaltiron.com
QNAP Releases QVR Human, a People Counting Solution to Optimize Retail Operational Efficiency
QNAP® Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, today launched QVR Human - a people counting solution running on QNAP NAS that analyzes live video streams (from RTSP or QVR Pro servers) and provides real-time counting data and analytics. QVR Human enables users to optimize operational efficiency and increase conversion rates in retail stores. QVR Human allows retailers to calculate customer traffic, popular in-store checkout counters and sections, and gain insights into peak times. The statistics analyzed by QVR Human allows users to discover ways to increase sales conversion, optimize staffing schedules, and improve services and marketing effectiveness. With QVR Human’s user-friendly interface, users can easily define tracking areas using a graphical interface, manage several camera channels and monitor previous data in a chart. “QVR Human enables data intelligence and provides businesses with comprehensive people counting data. Retail businesses can gain greater operational insight based on proven statistics over relying on personal observations.” said Xavier Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP. The QVR Human API is also available for system integrators to retrieve traffic data, enabling a combination of people counting data with POS data to help users to plan sales strategy to increases conversion rates and sales revenue. Availability QVR Human is available from the QTS App Center for x86-based QNAP NAS. QNAP offers a free 1-month trial* that includes 1 camera channel with 4 detection lines. Users can purchase a license plan to add more camera channels. *Each NAS is limited to one free trial of QVR Human. The latest version of QVR Human must be installed when the free trial is activated. QNAP recommend the TVS-672XT and TVS-872XT for use with QVR Human. NAS System Requirements x86-based (64-bit) QNAP NAS with at least 4GB RAM (8GB RAM is recommended for the smoothest usage experience). QTS 4.5.1 (or later). Container Station 1.9 (or later) must be installed before QVR Pro can be used.
CONTACT Elements achieves SAP certified integration with SAP S/4HANA
CONTACT Software announced today that its CONTACT Elements product lifecycle management (PLM) interface has achieved SAP certification as integrated with SAP S/4HANA®. For many companies, the integration generates major benefits. Consistent data and end-to-end processes make collaboration easier across teams, departments, and global locations. This speeds up turnaround times in development and manufacturing, improves quality and saves costs. The SAP® Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that CONTACT Elements version 15.5 integrates with SAP S/4HANA using standard integration technologies. The process-driven interface of CIM Database PLM automatically aligns material master data, engineering and plant-specific bills of material, project and order data, technical changes, documents and much more with SAP applications. This means that factors such as current stock levels, material prices of components or open production orders can be taken into account as early as the design stage, and work preparation and strategic purchasing can plan better. Especially for configure-to-order (CTO) and CTO+ processes, an integrated view of the users' data is relevant in order to fulfill individual customer requests quickly and cost efficiently. CONTACT Elements integration with SAP S/4HANA also communicates with other SAP ERP modules such as Plant Maintenance to trigger spare parts procurement or maintenance. This supports the establishment of new Internet of Things (IoT) business models. "Industry 4.0 or smart services require end-to-end process chains in which product data from ongoing operations and corporate IT are consistenly linked," says Dr. Roland Drewinski, a member of the management board at CONTACT Software. "In the wake of digitalization, the interoperability of software solutions is more than ever a top issue in companies." With the integration capability of its open Elements platform and the products built on it, CONTACT provides state-of-the-art solutions for digitization along the digital thread. Customer installations are thus highly scalable, flexible to expand with additional applications from CONTACT or third-party providers, and easily configurable thanks to the low-code principle of CONTACT Elements.
Samsung SmartThings and the Genie Company Deliver Enhanced Garage Safety and Convenience
The Genie Company is pleased to announce that Aladdin Connect® smart garage door openers and retrofit kits are now “Works With SmartThings” certified and integrated within Samsung SmartThings, the premier technology enabling connected living. SmartThings’ open platform brings more than 200 brands together to offer one of the most powerful, connected ecosystems, enhancing customer experiences in homes, cars, and garages for more than 63 million people. Key benefits of Genie working with SmartThings, include: • Multi-Platform Voice Control – Tell a smart speaker to open or close the garage door. SmartThings works with all major voice platforms including Alexa, Google, and Samsung’s Bixby. • Geofencing –Set up a geo-tag to recognize entry to the driveway to automatically open the garage door, putting users in control of how they gain or grant access to their home. • Enhanced Safety –Program systems to open the garage door if smoke is detected on a smart smoke detector in the home, or open if CO levels reach a dangerous threshold. • Simplified Home Control – SmartThings works with more than 180 certified brands and can control via Android and iOS mobile apps, devices, TVs, and appliances. “SmartThings is commited to working with partners to enhance our user experience and continue to make connected living a reality for all,”said Ralf Elias, Global Vice President IOT/ Business Development & Partnerships at Samsung Electronics. "We we thrilled to partner with Genie and expand our ecosystem to make the car-to-home and home-to-car experiences that much easier.” “Genie is excited to be part of the growing ecosystem of products on the SmartThings platform,” said Mike Kridel, President of The Genie Company. “This integration enables geofencing and garage safety capabilities that create clear value for our customers.”
Cutting-Edge Automation Plays Key Role in Mouser Electronics’ Distribution Success
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s New Product Introduction leader, also leads the way in the use of state-of-the-art automation to keep its sprawling global distribution center humming and its hundreds of thousands of global customers supplied with the right products at the right time. Mouser Electronics’sprawling global distribution center humming and its hundreds of thousands of global customers supplied “Advances in automation are having a transformative effect on many areas of industry, and warehousing and logistics are certainly no exception,” says Pete Shopp, Mouser Electronics’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations. “Across a broad range of activities such as picking, packing, and loading pallets, robotics is greatly enhancing our operations. Assisted by IoT technologies, wireless systems and digital tablets, our 1,000-plus warehouse employees are working more efficiently now than ever.” Mouser’s massive distribution center, located on the 78-acre campus of its corporate headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, handles a vast inventory of more than 1 million unique SKUs for products from over 1,100 manufacturer brands. Processing tens of thousands of orders weekly, most within 15 minutes, and combined with a strong commitment to customer service, Mouser employees are handling the technological advancements with great success, Shopp says. In recent years, the distributor has made substantial investments in state-of-the-art automated equipment to process orders with exceptional efficiency and accuracy. Today Mouser employees operate 55 vertical lift modules (VLMs), the most at any company in all of North America. VLMs — essentially giant vertical filing cabinets, complete with shelves and an automated elevator — store tens of thousands of electronic components. The VLMs deliver the parts directly to the employee workstation, vastly increasing efficiency and floor space. Shopp says more advancements are underway with the recent completion of a massive new 125,000 square-foot addition to the distribution center. Mouser also has several I-Pack machines, a sophisticated automated packing and boxing system that can process up to 14 orders per minute, and is currently adding the OPEX Perfect Pick system. “Because we deliver single quantities of components, we will always rely on employees for the special handling that those small orders require. Our adoption of start-of-the-art automation acts primarily as a means of boosting efficiency, productivity, accuracy and speed,” says Shopp. “These new systems can also be a positive driver of more sustainable operations and improved customer satisfaction, too. As sensing and robotics technology improves, we will see even better automation to allow us to work smarter.”
Speedcast Launches Next Generation IoT Platform
Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), one of the world’s most trusted communications and IT services providers, has launched a next generation Internet of Things (IoT) platform designed to simplify connectivity, provisioning, and device management through a single console. Designed for onshore and offshore customers, the next generation Speedcast IoT Center is deployed on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to increase computing power and interoperability with a variety of customer applications required by IoT solutions. At a time when travel and movement of personnel are restricted, a unified IoT platform that can monitor remote assets has become ever more critical to a company’s successful operations. The Speedcast IoT Center is a feature rich, configurable IoT platform that allows customers to select enhanced, reliable, and cost-efficient connectivity options tailored to their needs. Customers can choose from cellular, satellite, and low-power wireless options, managing everything from a single interface. Once devices are deployed, Speedcast IoT Center monitors the health and status of all key elements of the IoT ecosystem, including the devices, the communications network, the IoT platform, and the end user application. IoT Center is protocol-agnostic and able to ingest real-time data from any device, then applying cloud-based translation and normalization of device data. By leveraging IoT data analytics, customers can improve operational efficiency and create new business models, such as “pay for use”, where usage can be charged by the hour. Customers can monitor their devices and manage their assets for optimal performance, while developing predictive maintenance routines to minimize downtime as well as creating financial forecasts with confidence. “Speedcast currently manages over tens of thousands IoT devices on our network and the IoT Center will add further scale and depth to this growing part of the company’s product portfolio,” said Jeffrey Irwin, Vice President, Product Management at Speedcast. “The Speedcast IoT Center helps customers maximize scale and minimize per-device labor required for IoT and M2M networks over the full product or project lifecycle.”
TYAN Highlights HPC and AI Server Platforms Powered by 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors at SC20
TYAN®, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and a subsidiary of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation, features a broad portfolio of 1U, 2U and 4U HPC, AI server platforms that are optimized for enterprise and data center markets at SC20 virtual eventthrough November 19th. “The tremendous expansion of the amount of data in existence is bringing high performance computing to a new field. Technologies like artificial intelligence and data analytics become more accessible to businesses,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation's TYAN Business Unit. “TYAN’s leading portfolio of HPC and AI platforms powered by 2nd gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors help enterprise and data center customers run their modern workloads effectively and efficiently as they continue to digitize their businesses.” Designed to Optimize Performance for HPC and AI TYAN’s HPC server platforms are powered by the 2ndgen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in Intel® Deep Learning Boost and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory technologies that provide a great base for a wide range of HPC and AI applications. The Thunder HX FT83-B7119 features high CPU-to-GPU bandwidth for various parallel workloads. The 4U system supports 10 double-width PCIe x16 slots for GPU deployment, a single-wide x16 networking card and up to 3TB DDR4 memory. The storage capacity provides either twelve 3.5” SATA 6G bays or eight SATA plus four NVMe U.2 bays with tool-less, hot-swap drive carrier design for better serviceability. The Thunder HX FT77D-B7109 in a 4U two-socket design with 8 double-wide PCIe x16 slots and support for massively parallel workloads such as scientific computing and real-time video analytics. The Thunder HX FT48T-B7105 is a 4U pedestal workstation design with support for 5 double-width PCIe x16 slots and delivers maximum I/O to professional power users for 3D rendering and image processing. The Thunder HX GA88-B5631 is a high density and performance server in a 1U single-socket chassis, supporting 12 DIMM slots and 4 double-width PCIe x16 slots for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. More HPC platforms on display include the Thunder SX TN76-B7102, a 2U server with support for 2 double-width PCIe x16 slots, 24 DDR4 DIMM slots and twelve 3.5” hot-swap drive bays for virtualization and in-memory databases, the Thunder CX GT24E-B5556, based on Intel® Xeon® E-2200 processors, is a 1U server optimized for cost-effective cloud gaming applications with support for up to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots, 1 double-width PCIe x16 slot, and dual 10GBase-T Ethernet ports.
QNAP Extends its Dominance Over the Cloud NAS Space by Releasing QuTScloud on the Azure Marketplace
QNAP® Systems, Inc. (QNAP), a leading computing, networking, and storage solution innovator, today announced that QuTScloud – a software-defined cloud NAS solution – is available from the Microsoft® Azure Marketplace through a license subscription. Azure Marketplace is the latest cloud marketplace to support QuTScloud, joining other cloud marketplaces including AWS® and Alibaba Cloud®. For organizations that store most of their data on the cloud but lack a good management system to capitalize on their digital assets, they can create a virtual machine on Azure to deploy QuTScloud. A cloud-based NAS provides universal storage and comprehensive file management that not only optimizes cloud data usage but also streamlines cross-site collaboration for offices with hybrid clouds. “QuTScloud’s availability on the Azure Marketplace allows us to have an extensive global reach within the Cloud NAS industry,” said Aseem Manmualiya, Product Manager of QNAP, adding, “Azure is one of the most popular cloud platforms in the world and QuTScloud will assist businesses managing SaaS-enabled workloads in the cloud to optimize their data usage and cost effectiveness.” QuTScloud can be easily setup and started in three simple steps: 1. Launch QuTScloud as a virtual machine from the Azure Marketplace. 2. Purchase a license from the QNAP Software Store. Watch tutorial 3. Generate a QuTScloud license key using the QNAP License Manager and initialize QuTScloud. Watch tutorial QuTScloud provides users with a near-identical user experience and feature set as QTS, the QNAP NAS operating system. QuTScloud includes the App Center that offers a wide range of free and premium apps for boosting QuTScloud functionality and adding more features. Key features of QuTScloud include: • Easily access files using CIFS/SMB, NFS, AFP, and iSCSI protocols. • Mount data to QuTScloud from cloud storage (via HBS, HybridMount or VJBOD Cloud). • Streamline backup and restoration processes with snapshots and versioning. • Quickly find files with Qsirch – QNAP’s comprehensive search engine.
TYAN Unleashes New Cloud and Storage Servers at SC20
TYAN®, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and a MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation subsidiary, will introduce its latest cloud and storage server platforms powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors, which target modern data centers and enterprise markets, at SC20 virtual event during November 17-19. “The accelerating deployment of AI, deep learning, and 5G technologies are powering cloud services we use every day, and therefore data center providers need to respond to these challenges and opportunities,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation's TYAN Business Unit. “TYAN’s new cloud and storage platforms provide a diverse range of highly capable options that meet modern application performance and power-efficiency requirements.” Memory-based computing in 1U dual-socket server The Transport CX GC79-B8252 and Transport CX GC79A-B8252 are 1U dual-socket AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based server platforms featuring 32 DDR4 DIMM slots, two standard PCIe Gen.4 x16 expansion slots, and an OCP 3.0 LAN mezzanine slot. The GC79-B8252 platform provides four 3.5-inch SATA drive bays and four 2.5-inch NVMe drive bays with tool-less carriers, while the GC79A-B8252 platform offers twelve 2.5-inch drive bays with up to twelve NVMe U.2 support. These two systems accommodate two internal NVMe M.2 slots for secure boot drive installation. Both GC79-B8252 and GC79A-B8252 are ideal for high-density data center deployment with a variety of memory-based computing applications. High-density, 2U server platform with four front-serviced compute nodes The Transport CX TN73-B8037-X4S is a 2U multi-node server platform with four front-serviced compute nodes, which offers better serviceability and minimizes onsite servicing hours. Each node supports one AMD EPYC 7002 series processor, four 2.5-inch tool-less NVMe/SATA drive bays, eight DDR4 DIMM slots, three internal cooling fans, two standard PCIe Gen.4 x16 expansion slots, two internal NVMe M.2 slots and one OCP 2.0 LAN mezzanine slot. The TN73-B8037-X4S platform is designed for high-density, scale-out server deployments in HPC and CSP (Cloud Service Provider) front-end processing server applications. Cost-optimized 1U computing server For deployments that require cost-optimized computing and application caching, the Transport CX GC68-B8036-LE is a 1U single-socket AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based server platform, featuring four 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch tool-less NVMe U.2 drive bays, is a direct fit for the workload. The expansion capability of the server includes a pair of PCIe Gen.4 x16 expansion and an OCP 2.0 LAN mezzanine slots. The GC68-B8036-LE platform can support up to 4TB memory by populating 16x 256GB DDR4 DIMMs. Meanwhile, the Transport CX GC68A-B8036 deploys the same motherboard asGC68-B8036-LE in a 1U chassis; accommodating twelve 2.5-inch tool-less drive bays with support up to twelve NVMe U.2 devices for deployments with an extreme storage IOPS requirement. 2U hybrid software-defined storage server The Transport SX TS65-B8253 is a 2U dual-socket AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based storage server supporting 16 DDR4 DIMM slots and seven standard PCIe Gen.4 expansion slots. The platform is equipped with up to two 10GbE and two GbE onboard network connections, twelve front 3.5-inch tool-less SATA drive bays, up to four NVMe U.2 devices, and two rear 2.5-inch tool-less SATA drive bays for boot drive deployment. TS65-B8253 is a self-contained, hybrid storage server platform designed for software-defined storage deployments in the data centers and enterprises.