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Microsoft, at KubeCon in Austin, Texas, announced two new open-source projects for serverless containers and Kubernetes-native DevOps, making it easier for developers to do more with Azure and Kubernetes. Virtual Kubelet and Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA), the new open source projects, are built upon the existing services of Microsoft. Virtual Kubelet Virtual Kubelet is a new version of Azure Container Instances (ACI) Connector for Kubernetes, which Microsoft had released in July this year on an experimental basis. It offers the per-second billing model, suited to handle short-term usage fluctuations. The Virtual Kubelet comes with a pluggable architecture that supports several runtimes. It integrates existing features of Kubernetes connector and enables users to target ACI or any equivalent runtime, empowering developers with serverless containers. The container hosting company, Hyper.sh, is joining in as a contributor to the project. James Kulina, Chief Operating Officer of…
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MONTRÉAL – ROOT Data Center announces today that it is the first wholesale data center in the world to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to reduce the risk of data center downtime. ROOT Data Center has partnered with state-of-the-art AI and machine learning technology firm Litbit, within ROOT’s Montréal-based facility.

This unprecedented application of leading edge technology enhances ROOT’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) strategy, utilizing deep datasets to monitor and manage the overall health and status of critical systems within its data center. In addition to the crucial and constant monitoring by technicians, AI and machine learning capabilities help ROOT Data Center to better anticipate and manage potential failures before they occur. This helps ROOT staff to avoid, rather than recover, from operational outages.


“Reliability and uptime are key consideration for any data center user, ranging from cloud service providers, to hosting companies, video game developers and other large-scale IT organizations,” explains AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT Data Center. “At ROOT Data Center, we’ve made 100 percent uptime a top priority, and working with Litbit, we’ve pioneered the next wave of machine learning within data center operations to get us closer. Today, we’re proud to say that ROOT is championing the use of cutting-edge AI and machine learning technology to reduce the risk of downtime for customers of all sizes.”

The integration of AI into ROOT Data Center’s colocation ecosystem is designed to work alongside existing personnel as a partnership between humans and technology. Litbit provides AI Personas and machine-learning sensors trained by skilled data center technicians to identify indicators that fault is possible. ROOT can now utilize this new technology to augment their monitoring of the facility’s environment and help reduce the risk of outages.

“Business is everywhere and always in the data center more than anywhere else, but people can’t be,” says Scott Noteboom, CEO of Litbit. “That is the promise of AI, to help provide constant and intelligent oversight of the spaces and machines in a data center to improve business outcomes. We are proud to be working with ROOT to make good on that promise.”

While many large hosting companies and leading Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) move their data center operations to Montréal due to low electricity rates, cooler climate, and low-latency connectivity to Boston and New York City, the risk of costly facility downtime still remains. As a result of AI and machine learning integration to reduce that risk, ROOT Data Center is attracting a new wave of digital enterprise investment throughout Montréal, making the region a destination of choice for advanced colocation services.

About ROOT Data Center
ROOT is a next-generation data center company that provides colocation solutions to empower the world’s computing leaders. Its modular design promises optimal agility and efficiency, which enables all customers to scale their technology infrastructure and grow with confidence. Less power to waste, more power to you. For more information, visit www.rootdatacenter.com.

About Litbit
Litbit is San Jose-based company that has developed a platform that packages, automates, and magnifies domain expertise into AI personas with superhuman senses. Targeted at teams that manage spaces and equipment, its mobile-first solution makes it possible to implement end-to-end AI without the need for data scientists or complex deployments. Learn more at www.Litbit.com.

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Timisoara, Romania – 123FormBuilder announced its relaunch under a new name as well as a completely rebuilt next-generation form-builder product with a new interface and capabilities. Formerly 123ContactForm, the company is changing its name to better reflect the breadth of form-building services it provides. The new product, a friendly and intuitive form editor, enables users to create complex layouts in a simple drag-and-drop interface that feels as easy as assembling blocks.

123FormBuilder’s new state-of-the-art editor, built with the latest technologies, incorporates a decade of customer feedback and industry innovations. A beautiful new full-screen interface shows real-time form previews and gives users a true “what you see is what you get” form-building experience. When it comes to structure, users now have complete control over the alignment and individual width of label and inputs and can create responsive forms that adapt to any tablet or mobile screen.


The new editor processes form rules up to 100 times faster and adds several other powerful features, including sophisticated workflows. The updated tool also enables 123FormBuilder engineers to introduce new features faster, so customers can count on getting cutting-edge features quickly.

“When we started our company back in 2008, our objective was to provide a simple way to create online forms. Ten years later, we’re so much more than a contact form builder, and we feel like we have outgrown the name 123ContactForm because our users can create all types of web forms, surveys and workflows with our platform,” said Florin Cornianu, CEO, 123FormBuilder. “Our new name preserves our essence but also incorporates the full spectrum of what our product is capable of, which is the ability to easily create highly complex forms without any knowledge of code. The forms are highly adaptable in terms of structure, perform complex tasks faster and have room for complete personalization in terms of appearance.”

About 123FormBuilder
Founded 10 years ago as 123ContactForm, 123FormBuilder has more than 1.7 million users who have built 2.8 million forms which gathered 88 million submissions, making it one of the leading form-building tools available today. As the company has grown, it’s added innovative new features, including enterprise level security, speed and advanced rules processing, that help all kinds of organizations grow.

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EDISON, N.J. – Data center solution provider Bruns-Pak has created the first East Coast showroom to demonstrate the ServerLIFT line of lifting solutions for data center equipment. Located in Bruns-Pak’s Edison, NJ facility, the showroom currently features the ServerLIFT SL-500X® Powered Lift, designed to lift, move, and install servers and other heavy IT equipment within the narrow confines of server room aisles.

Premier IT equipment and server handling solutions provider, ServerLIFT, and mission-critical data center designer and builder, Bruns-Pak, have been working together since June 2017 on industry thought-leadership initiatives. Their collaboration has resulted in part with the new showroom where guests can visit with Bruns-Pak staff and learn about ServerLIFT solutions, operation, and safety, as well as data center (DC) safety. Visitors can access helpful resources highlighting assisted lifting devices (ALDs) and all of ServerLIFT’s data-center solutions.


Mark Evanko, Principal at Bruns-Pak, explained that the showroom would benefit the customers of both companies by demonstrating their equipment and services, while helping them expand their own professional network and gain access to industry-critical information. “We have customers right here, in New Jersey, who would benefit from seeing these popular server lifts in action,” says Evanko. “It is not safe for the equipment or the data center staff to be removing, transporting, and installing heavy and expensive servers without the help of a motorized server lift such as the SL-500X. Getting hands-on experience with the lifts is going to help them see why these units are a must-have for the more progressive data centers.”

A lot of data center managers are not even aware that there are server lifts created specifically for the data center environment. Evanko stated that by providing ServerLIFT devices in their showroom, Bruns-Pak experts can work with customers in-house. And, with access to ServerLIFT, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), it can help deal with the constant changes of equipment servers, and racks. Evanko urges data center industry leaders to experience the difference between lifting heavy equipment by hand vs. using a data center- designed lifting device.

Interested company staff and individuals may schedule a showroom visitation and demonstration to test a ServerLIFT for themselves by setting up an appointment with Steve Bashkin, the Sales Director at ServerLIFT Corporation, or Mark S. Evanko at Bruns-Pak. Both company representatives can provide quotes and other information about ServerLIFT’s data center solutions.

The new demo room is located at 999 New Durham Road, Edison, NJ 08817.

About Bruns-Pak
Bruns-Pak specializes in developing corporate, higher education, healthcare, and public sector technology centers. Since 1980 the company has participated in over 6,000 data center projects that encompass consulting, design/engineering, construction management, general construction, and commissioning services. Additional services delivered based on demand in today’s marketplace include data center “hybrid,” IT, network, cybersecurity, migration, SaaS, colocation, cloud, container, relocation, and financing services typically associated with these projects. Bruns-Pak can be reached at 888-704-1400 or http://www.bruns-pak.com.

About ServerLIFT
ServerLIFT Corporation was founded in response to a growing demand for a safer and efficient way to handle servers and other IT equipment in the data center. They have forever changed the way IT equipment is handled, creating a competitive advantage for data center managers. ServerLIFT Corporation is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and is used in 60 countries worldwide. ServerLIFT can be contacted at 602-254-1557 or at serverlift.com

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SUNNYVALE, CA – Datrium, the leading provider of Open Converged Infrastructure for hybrid clouds, today announced Datrium Cloud DVX, a cloud-native instance of Datrium DVX that offers recovery services for VMs running in DVX on-premises. Cloud DVX includes global cloud deduplication and provides the simplest and most efficient approach to VM and vDisk level backup and recovery available within a converged or hyperconverged infrastructure system offering.

Adoption of the public cloud for offsite backup and recovery has been a challenge because the size of backup data, the need for regular full backups, and the lack of adequate data reduction limits the economic and practical viability of doing so. According to Gartner1, “Deduplication is the key to reducing cloud storage costs, but most backup software’s cloud connectors do not support deduplication, and other choices are limited to a few cloud gateways and emerging integrated backup appliances with native cloud gateway function.” The report goes on to state, “Deduplication backup target appliances don’t support cloud storage as another tier without running a virtual edition in the cloud, which would incur additional cloud compute costs and more-expensive associated storage.”


Cloud DVX is a port of the DVX software to Amazon Web Services (AWS), and is a natural architectural fit. The first service available on Cloud DVX is a SaaS-based utility that runs on AWS, providing VM and vDisk backup and recovery for on-premise Datrium DVX systems. Beyond as-a-service simplicity, the new service offering delivers breakthrough global cloud deduplication and forever incremental backups to minimize the cost of capacity and network bandwidth. Granular, dedupe-aware recovery also provides accelerated Recovery-Time-Objectives (RTO) versus other AWS S3-based offerings.

Simple Service Sidesteps AWS Learning Curve
Datrium Cloud DVX eliminates the need to learn and setup AWS, deal with EC2 service outages, and manually handle software upgrades. The recovery service provides a simple one-click setup with AWS, then provides backup instance storage and recovery as a SaaS-based offering. As a part of the service, Datrium manages service availability. The service also includes automated software upgrades as well as proactive support related to AWS resources.

Because Datrium Cloud DVX provides direct-to-host restore, the management (and cost) of an additional on-premises backup or cloud gateway device is eliminated, further simplifying public cloud backup and recovery.

Cloud Economics Depend on Global Cloud Deduplication and Forever-Incrementals
Cloud DVX provides global cloud deduplication for AWS S3 across multiple protection groups, multiple on-premises DVX systems, and even across multiple sites. In addition, because Cloud DVX supports forever-incremental backups, no additional full backups are required after initial seeding. The differential, dedupe-aware snapshot backup service means that customers maintain full data efficiency both on-the-wire and at-rest. In addition, because this service supports end-to-end encryption, there is no need to add a separate VPN and related AWS charges.

This massive focus on data and network efficiency means that AWS resources are 65% lower2 and 91% lower versus the S3-based products from hyperconverged and hyperconverged backup vendors, respectively.

“As a financial services company, we need to retain data for up to 25-30 years for parts of our business and have been reliant upon tape to do so,” said Daryl Dressler, Infrastructure Engineer for Intuition LLC. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we needed to recover from tape held at Iron Mountain. However tape deliveries are best effort and with all the flooding that had occurred, the delivery trucks were unable to reach our data center for days. With the dedupe-aware efficiency of Datrium Cloud Backup for AWS, we can cost-effectively deploy it as a tape replacement and significantly reduce recovery time in these situations.”

Fast RTO Depends on Dedupe-Aware Data Retrieval and Direct-to-Host Restore
The combination of dedupe on-the-wire with granular recovery of an individual vDisk, significantly improves recovery time. As an example, recovering a 100GB vDisk in the cloud may require retrieval of just a few gigabytes of data and just seconds, thanks to duplicate data in the local DVX.

Because of the global on-premises and cloud deduplication capabilities of DVX, Cloud DVX provides an RTO more than 2X faster than Nutanix Cloud Connect. In addition, RTO benefits from direct-to-host restore. With independent backup products, data must first be restored to the backup system, fully rehydrated, and incremental backups replayed, before it is copied to the primary system. Because DVX combines Tier 1 application consolidation with built-in data protection offering direct-to-host restore, Cloud DVX delivers 2X faster RTO compared to HCI Backup vendors.

“I was looking for a cost-effective approach to offsite data protection for our research data,” said Jeff Cunningham, Director of Information Systems at the Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) department at the University of Maryland. “Datrium Cloud Backup was so simple to use, but I was interested in profiling the restore speed over our network. When I performed recovery testing, I was blown away – it was virtually instantaneous because Datrium took advantage of the fact that most of the VM data being recovered was already on my local system.”

“Cloud should be the new Iron Mountain, but it’s not. Most cloud backup approaches are still complex, expensive and slow,” said Brian Biles, CEO and Founder of Datrium. “Datrium’s Cloud DVX recovery service is the first approach that really addresses these issues..”

1 Gartner: Is Cloud Storage the New Tape? Pushan Rinnen, Refreshed: 6 January 2017 | Published: 21 March 2016
2 Based on daily snapshots of 40 terabytes of data with a 2% per day change rate over a 1 year period. AWS resources for Datrium were calculated to be $15.5K versus $44.5K and $179K for S3-based HCI and HCI Backup, respectively.

About Datrium
Datrium is the leader in Open Converged Infrastructure for hybrid clouds, a new breed of converged infrastructure that goes beyond hyperconvergence. Datrium converges compute, primary storage and cloud backup for vastly simpler administration, performance and protection of hybrid cloud infrastructure. The company is led by the founders and CTOs from Data Domain and early principal engineers from VMware. For more information, visit www.datrium.com.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – At AWS re:Invent 2017, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced VMware Cloud™ on AWS is expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia) region, and includes additional VMware capabilities and support for more AWS services, making it even easier for customers to move, run, and protect mission-critical applications at scale. For more information about VMware Cloud on AWS, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

“The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms,” said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps.”


“We are pleased to extend availability of VMware Cloud on AWS to the AWS U.S. East region. Both teams have been really focused on quickly iterating to provide the capabilities that our customers have told us they want,” said Sandy Carter, vice president, Enterprise Workloads for Amazon Web Services. “In addition to the availability, networking, and security features that will further support production workloads, we’re excited to extend native integrations with AWS Direct Connect.”

Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading provider of lifestyle content in the home, food, and travel categories for television, the internet, and emerging platforms. “We have a significant footprint with both VMware and AWS, and our goal is to create a hybrid cloud model that will seamlessly integrate our existing VMware infrastructure with our strategic public cloud, AWS,” said Drew Fredrick, vice president, IT Cloud & Infrastructure Services, Scripps Networks Interactive. “VMware Cloud on AWS will allow us to move, modernize, protect, and scale our applications, and expand the value of these applications with native AWS services. Having VMware vSphere at the core of the service means we get operational consistency with our on-premises environment, enabling us to maximize our existing IT skillsets and tools.”

Faster Application Migration with Seamless Portability
VMware Cloud on AWS customers have the ability to choose where to run their workloads based on their business needs. With VMware vSphere® vMotion®, new L2 stretched networking features, and AWS Direct Connect, customers will be able to migrate applications from their on premises VMWare cluster into VMware on AWS without any disruptions to the application, and without having to make any changes to the network configuration. Customers will also be able also use AWS Direct Connect for high-speed, reliable, and private network connectivity, supporting faster cold and live application migration with vMotion.

VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension™, an add-on SaaS offering for VMware Cloud on AWS, will provide large-scale migration between on-premises environments running vSphere 5.0+ and VMware Cloud on AWS with no replatforming, retesting, or change in tooling. Hybrid Cloud Extension will provide built in high performance Layer 2 extensions so customers will be able to keep the same networks, IP, and routing policies in place while moving workloads. This eliminates the need for extensive application dependency mapping when migrating applications to VMware Cloud on AWS. It also includes high performance Layer 2 extensions, data synchronization, traffic analysis, WAN optimizations, and built-in IPsec VPN connectivity that will enable secure, efficient, and effective cloud migration with no impact to application uptime.

Application Availability and Business Continuity for Mission-Critical Workloads
VMware Site Recovery™, a new service for VMware Cloud on AWS customers, delivers protection between customer data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS, or between environments running in separate AWS Availability Zones (AZs). With VMware Site Recovery, customers can lower capital expenditures by eliminating the need for a secondary disaster recovery site, streamline operations with automated orchestration, enable failover and failback with familiar management tools, and increase disaster readiness with non-disruptive, on-demand testing available anytime.

Scale, Security, and Visibility for Mission-Critical Applications
VMware and AWS are expanding the scale, network connectivity, and security capabilities of VMware Cloud on AWS to further support the most resource intensive applications such as Oracle, Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Spark and Hadoop.

VMware Cloud on AWS supports 32 host clusters and multiple software-defined data centers (SDDC) per organization today, and will support 10 clusters per SDDC soon. This will enable a single customer to support environments as large as tens of thousands of VMs. Customer SDDC environments run on a high-performance, dedicated, and highly secure next-generation AWS hardware infrastructure.

For application teams, VMware is adding support for Wavefront® by VMware, a VMware Cloud Service that allows customers to visualize, alert upon, and troubleshoot applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS. Wavefront by VMware provides an open API platform supporting more than 80 integrations to collect time-series data from application metrics collectors such as for Java, Ruby, Python, and Go, to service metrics collectors for MySQL, Pivotal, Kubernetes, AWS, and more.

About Amazon Web Services
For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world-including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies-to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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