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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for hybrid IT solutions requiring secure, multi-cloud environments, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions today announced availability of private connectivity via Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute from QTS data centers in 12 major markets.

QTS’ expanding portfolio of direct, private connectivity solutions includes access to five of the world’s largest cloud providers ensuring high-throughput, and low-latency access over a single interface.


Via Azure ExpressRoute, QTS provides customers with private access that ensures the reliability and performance of critical enterprise applications running within Microsoft Azure. By effectively bypassing public Internet routes, QTS is able to lower latency and improve network security and availability. This is particularly important for enterprises creating or expanding hybrid IT environments that require secure access to public and private cloud resources.

Customers within QTS facilities can now take advantage of fast, reliable connectivity to Azure making it ideal for scenarios such as data migration, replication for business continuity, disaster recovery, and other high-availability strategies. It is also a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data, such as datasets for high-performance computing applications, or moving large virtual machines between environments in Azure and on-premises production environments.

QTS’ innovative software-defined data center platform (SDP) serves as the foundation of QTS’ connectivity platform that enables automated provisioning and access to public and private cloud solutions. Using SDP, customers can view and manage their hybrid connectivity in real-time. This software-defined data center approach increases visibility while reducing deployment time for network administrators and engineers.

“QTS is pleased to offer Microsoft Azure customers a secure, software-defined networking experience that facilitates deployment and expansion of their hybrid colocation initiatives,” said Clint Heiden, Chief Revenue Officer, QTS. “QTS is focused on providing a variety of options for direct public cloud access that optimize performance, reliability, efficiency and cost.”

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is initially available in QTS data centers in Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; Ashburn, VA; Suwanee, GA and Atlanta, GA; Irving, TX; Piscataway, NJ; Richmond, VA; Santa Clara, CA; Miami, FL; Sacramento, CA; Jersey City, NJ; and Overland Park, KS.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities.

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SAN JOSE, CA – Xilinx Developer Forum (XDF) – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) the leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, today launched Alveo, a portfolio of powerful accelerator cards designed to dramatically increase performance in industry-standard servers across cloud and on-premise data centers. With Alveo, customers can expect breakthrough performance improvement at low latency when running key data center applications like real-time machine learning inference as well as video processing, genomics, and data analytics, among others. The Alveo™ U200 and Alveo U250 are powered by the Xilinx® UltraScale+™ FPGA and are available now for production orders. And like all Xilinx technology, customers can reconfigure the hardware, enabling them to optimize for shifting workloads, new standards and updated algorithms without incurring replacement costs.

Alveo accelerator cards deliver significant performance advantages over a broad set of applications. For machine learning, the Alveo U250 increases real-time inference throughput by 20X versus high-end CPUs, and more than 4X for sub-two-millisecond low-latency applications versus fixed-function accelerators like high-end GPUs*. Moreover, Alveo accelerator cards reduce latency by 3X versus GPUs, providing a significant advantage when running real-time inference applications.** And some applications like database search can be radically accelerated to deliver more than 90X, versus CPUs.***


Alveo is supported by an ecosystem of partners and OEMs who have developed and qualified key applications in AI/ML, video transcoding, data analytics, financial risk modeling, security, and genomics. Fourteen ecosystem partners have developed applications for immediate deployment. They are Algo-Logic Systems Inc, Bigstream, BlackLynx Inc., CTAccel, Falcon Computing, Maxeler Technologies, Mipsology, NGCodec, Skreens, SumUp Analytics, Titan IC, Vitesse Data, VYUsync and Xelera Technologies. Additionally, top OEMs are collaborating with Xilinx to qualify multiple server SKUs with Alveo accelerator cards including Dell EMC, Fujitsu Limited and IBM with more to come.

“The launch of Alveo accelerator cards further advances Xilinx’s transformation into a platform company, enabling a growing ecosystem of application partners that can now innovate faster than ever before,” said Manish Muthal, vice president, data center, Xilinx. “We are seeing strong customer interest in Alveo accelerators and are delighted to partner with our application ecosystem to deliver production-deployable solutions based on Alveo to our customers.”

“FPGA-based acceleration solutions in modern data centers are gaining popularity as accelerators that can be programmed and reprogrammed easily as users see fit,” said Ravi Pendekanti, senior vice president, product management and marketing, Dell EMC Servers & Infrastructure Systems. “Our collaboration with Xilinx to create best-in-class acceleration solutions will benefit customers in a range of applications from video content streaming to risk management and financial services.”

“Fujitsu congratulates Xilinx on the announcement of its new board level products and solutions. With 5G use cases for applications such as autonomous driving, telemedicine, and virtual reality, the range of vRAN applications based on the COTS servers is expected to expand considerably in the future,” said Mr. Masaki Taniguchi, vice president, deputy head of Network Products, Fujitsu Limited. “Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have been collaborating with Xilinx to jointly validate 3X performance on critical software functions in the 4G vRAN system. Fujitsu looks forward to creating powerful solutions by combining its x86 servers and Xilinx adaptable acceleration boards.”

“The launch of Xilinx’s standard acceleration board products is an exciting addition to a rapidly emerging technology arena focused on fueling performance-hungry applications,” said Keith McAuliffe, Vice President and Chief Technologist, Servers Global Business Unit, HPE. “We look forward to collaborating with Xilinx to bring their technology to market and enable our customers to create breakthrough business value.”

“With the IBM Power Systems AC922 server, IBM has already demonstrated that we have the best platform for enterprise AI training,” said Steve Sibley, vice president of IBM Cognitive Systems. “IBM sees inference as a key component of a complete, end-to-end AI platform, and POWER9’s leadership I/O bandwidth for data movement makes it an ideal pairing with Xilinx’s new Alveo U200 accelerator card to bring inference to the enterprise.”

Xilinx® Alveo™ U200 and U250 accelerator cards are available today starting at $8,995 (USD) and can be purchased today. Alternatively, you can try it out first in the Nimbix cloud.

About Xilinx
Xilinx develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies – from the endpoint to the edge to the cloud. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA, hardware programmable SoCs and the ACAP, designed to deliver the most dynamic processor technology in the industry and enable the adaptable, intelligent and connected world of the future. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

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OpenStack Foundation released the 18th version of its cloud infrastructure platform, called OpenStack Rocky. The latest version comes with several new capabilities for operators of both private and public clouds. The OpenStack software is used by over 75 public cloud datacenters and thousands of private clouds globally at a scale of more than 10 million compute cores. The platform can uniquely suit the deployments of various hardware architectures including bare metal, virtual machines (VMs), graphics processing units (GPUs) and containers. Rocky version of OpenStack is a major release that brings enhancements to the OpenStack Ironic project, support for serverless functionality, and updates for enterprises to easily migrate to newer versions of OpenStack. It incorporates improvements that will make OpenStack a more compatible platform for modern technologies like edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and software containers. Enterprises nowadays are shifting beyond…
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LAS VEGAS, NV – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ : SMCI ), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, today introduced its latest fully configured, ready to deploy software-defined storage (SDS) solution at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas, booth 2137, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center.

“Our new All-Flash NVMe BigTwin™ solution, which is fully ready to deploy and has undergone stringent validation testing and certification by Intel, VMware and Supermicro, is the preferred platform for many of today’s leading hyperconvergence players,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “This All-Flash vSAN hyper-converged solution accelerates software-defined storage, optimizes data center infrastructure, and ultimately fast-tracks the process of selecting and deploying hardware and software.”

This BigTwin SDS solution has higher core counts designed to support more virtual machines (VM) per node and system. With up to 3TB memory per node, All-Flash NVMe BigTwin technology is ideal for in-memory database applications. Each node supports six hot-swap NVMe drives to fully maximize performance.

Featuring Supermicro’s flexible, cost-optimized SIOM networking module, the All-Flash NVMe BigTwin supports a variety of 10G, 25G, 50G and 100G network interface options. The solution’s multi-node architecture maximizes power efficiency through resource sharing for greener computing and saves customers on both CAPEX and OPEX to deliver the best TCO.

Using Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs with NVMe support for caching helps this high-performance SDS solution accelerate storage performance up to 3X with endurance up to 30 drive writes per day (DWPD). These Supermicro VMWare solutions based on the BigTwin offer vSAN data protection for mission-critical applications. To learn more about this hyper-converged solution, refer to the following whitepaper: https://www.supermicro.com/white_paper/white_paper_BigTwin.pdf.

To address the rapidly growing demand for digital storage, many enterprise customers are looking at lower latency solutions with higher capacities. With 36 NF1 and 32 Ruler form factor NVMe SSDs, Supermicro’s Petascale 1U JBOFs and storage servers support large capacities of high-performance, all-flash NVMe storage in just 1U of rack space, which rivals much more expensive traditional storage at a fraction of the footprint and infrastructure cost.

In addition, Supermicro’s All-Flash 1U Ultra system (SYS-1029U-TN10RT) with proven low latency and high efficiency, when loaded with an NVIDIA Tesla V100 accelerator card, provides a very well balanced solution in terms of density, performance and efficiency for many AI, HPC and graphics applications.

To learn more about Supermicro All-Flash NVMe systems optimized for VMware vSAN, please see this whitepaper https://www.supermicro.com/white_paper/white_paper_Vitual_SAN.pdf.

About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ : SMCI ), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

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SAN MATEO, CA – Cloudian announced that it raised $94 million in a Series E funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $173 million. The round includes participation from investors Digital Alpha, Eight Roads Ventures, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, JPIC (Japan Post Investment Corporation), NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and WS (Wilson Sonsini) Investments. Cloudian will use this investment, which is the largest single round to date for a distributed file systems and object storage provider, to expand its worldwide sales and marketing efforts and increase its engineering team to meet rising demand for its limitlessly-scalable enterprise storage solutions.

“Cloudian redefines enterprise storage with a global data fabric that integrates both private and public clouds — spanning across sites and around the globe — at an unprecedented scale that creates new opportunities for businesses to derive value from data,” Cloudian CEO Michael Tso. “Cloudian’s unique architecture offers the limitless scalability, simplicity, and cloud integration needed to enable the next generation of computing driven by advances such as IoT and machine learning technologies.”


According to IDC, the worldwide enterprise storage market grew by 34.4% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, reaching over $52 billion in annualized revenue. Cloudian’s global enterprise storage fabric meets this growing demand with a software-defined-storage platform that transforms standard servers and virtual machines into a pool of logical storage resources that can be co-located with data sources and data consumers, whether in physical data centers, at remote sites, or in the cloud. Scalable to hundreds of petabytes and beyond, the Cloudian architecture creates a global federation of storage assets to form a hyperscale fabric that eliminates the boundaries of traditional storage, allowing information resources to be transparently pooled and shared over distance.

“Computing now operates without physical boundaries, and customers need storage solutions that also span from the data center to the edge,” said Takayuki Inagawa, president & CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures. “Cloudian’s geo-distributed architecture creates a global fabric of storage assets that supports the next generation of connected devices.”

Global businesses in data-intensive verticals such as media, healthcare and manufacturing create and consume vast quantities of data at hundreds of locations across the organization. Cloudian meets these distributed storage needs with a peer-to-peer resource fabric and a single management framework that spans Cloudian storage appliances, industry standard X86 servers running Cloudian software, and public cloud storage. The result is simple, efficient data management across the global storage landscape.

“For too long, enterprise storage users have settled for solutions that offer incrementally more performance or scale without fundamentally addressing the challenge of global data management,” said Daniel Auerbach, senior managing partner at Eight Roads Ventures. “When Eight Roads Ventures first invested in Cloudian in 2014 we saw a different approach – here was a company applying cloud-scale technologies to the enterprise storage challenge. This, our third round of investment, affirms our belief in Cloudian’s innovative approach and next stage of growth.”

Recently added Cloudian customers include public health agencies in the US and UK, two of the top five Formula One teams, a US national research lab, an online travel market leader, a top three pharmaceutical company, a top three global car maker, a top five European bank, an Ivy League university, and one of the world’s largest global engineering companies.

“Global 2000 customers in media, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and government look to Cloudian to manage their rapidly growing information assets, a trend that we see only accelerating,” said Edouard Hervey, managing director at Goldman Sachs. “We believe Cloudian is well-positioned to dominate the next generation of enterprise storage with its elegantly simple design that integrates both the data center and cloud environments.”

“With long-standing roots in the Silicon Valley, our firm has represented over 3,000 private companies and early-stage startups, giving us a unique perspective on the success factors found in high-growth firms,” said Larry Sonsini, Cloudian investor and senior and founding partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. “WS Investments chose to work with the Cloudian management team led by Michael Tso because they exhibit the markers of long-term success with a strong, integrity-driven culture and an innovative solution to the vital challenge of global data management.”

Unlike traditional storage solutions whose architectures were derived from stand-alone systems that operate within a single data center, Cloudian’s architecture was built on cloud technologies that were designed for distributed environments and limitless scale.

“There will be 20 billion connected devices by 2020, creating a compelling need for data management solutions that are architected for geo-distribution and cloud integration,” said Gregory M. Bryant, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group and Cloudian board member. “Cloudian’s global data fabric architecture lets customers manage data organization-wide from a single console, so they can capitalize on the next generation of connected computing.”

The Series E funding includes a $25 million investment from Digital Alpha that was first announced in February.

About Cloudian
Cloudian turns information into insight with a hyperscale data fabric that lets customers store, find and protect data across the organization and around the globe. Cloudian data management solutions bring cloud technology and economics to the data center with uncompromising data durability, intuitive management tools, and the industry’s most compatible S3 API. Cloudian and its ecosystem partners help Global 1000 customers simplify unstructured data management today, while preparing for the data demands of AI and machine learning tomorrow.

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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers. Aurora Serverless brings the power of the MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud to applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns without the need to manage database servers. To get started with Amazon Aurora Serverless, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora/serverless.

Many AWS customers have applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. For example, retail applications often experience seasonal spikes. Development and test workloads require database access only at certain times of the day or week. In addition, all new applications face unknown usage demands. This creates a capacity planning dilemma for customers who must either over-provision database capacity upfront to pay for resources they will not use or under-provision resources and risk performance problems and a poor user experience. With Amazon Aurora Serverless, customers no longer have to provision or manage database capacity. The database automatically and quickly starts, scales, shuts down, and starts up again in seconds based on the needs of the workload. Customers simply create an endpoint through the AWS Management Console, and Amazon Aurora Serverless handles the rest. Customers pay by the second for database capacity only when the database is in use. Amazon Aurora Serverless brings the power of Amazon Aurora, the fastest growing service in the history of AWS, to applications that only require intermittent or cyclical database access at a fraction of the cost.


“More and more customers are moving production applications and databases from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora because it’s a highly available, highly durable, built-for-the-cloud database at one tenth the cost of the older guard database offerings,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services. “With the availability of Aurora Serverless, we now make it more cost effective for our customers to run intermittent or cyclical workloads that have less predictable usage patterns such as development and test workloads or applications that experience seasonal spikes, making Aurora even more attractive for every imaginable workload.”

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile service provider in Japan, serving more than 73 million customers. “Our data-based services are often not used at full capacity, resulting in high database running costs,” said Tomoyoshi Ohno, Vice President and General Manager of Innovation Management Department, NTT DOCOMO. “Amazon Aurora Serverless will allow NTT DOCOMO to reduce operational costs by matching capacity to actual demand. Because developers can use Amazon Aurora Serverless just like a traditional MySQL database, it will be easy to adopt in our service infrastructure.”

Pagely is the WordPress hosting leader in innovation, speed, scalability, and security, with thousands of clients ranging from the largest tech companies, to universities, creative agencies, city and state governments, and other large and midsize businesses. “We are excited by the flexibility that Amazon Aurora Serverless offers in our current managed WordPress hosting stack, and the new serverless WordPress application hosting model that it enables us to pursue,” said Joshua Strebel, Founder and CEO, Pagely. “Many of our large-scale WordPress sites have unpredictable database usage. Amazon Aurora Serverless gives us the ability to lower customer costs for these fluctuating workloads and free internal resources by eliminating the need for manual or monitored database resizing. Ultimately this is about saving time, money, and serving our customers better, and Amazon Aurora Serverless will help us do that.”

California Polytechnic State University is a nationally-ranked public university that’s driven by its core philosophy of Learn by Doing — a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. “Our Learning Management System (LMS) is central to the student experience at Cal Poly, and we have high standards for performance, scalability and high availability,” said Alison Robinson, Associate Vice President, Cal Poly Information Technology Services. “Amazon Aurora meets our high standards. Given LMS usage patterns, with peaks during the first week of class, mid-terms, and finals, we expect to economize by paying only for the resources we need when we need them and eliminating the need for on-premises hardware. We also capitalize on the flexibility of the AWS environment that allows us to automatically shut down development and test instances when not in use, and spin them up quickly when needed.”

CB Insights is a private market intelligence firm that aggregates and analyzes massive amounts of data and uses machine learning and data visualization to help corporations answer strategic questions. “Leveraging serverless computing is key to our system architecture strategy at CB Insights as it allows us to handle bursts in computation needs in an effective and cost efficient manner,” said Pal Hoye, Chief Technology Officer of CB Insights. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring the serverless model to databases through Amazon Aurora Serverless. Through the preview program we have had early access to Aurora Serverless and it has confirmed the applicability for unpredictable data access scenarios. It’s also a good option for development/staging databases, which can be shut down when not in use to achieve additional cost savings.”

Cognizant is one of the world’s leading business and IT services companies, providing technology, consulting, and operations services to help companies digitally transform their businesses. “The launch of Amazon Aurora Serverless has been highly anticipated by the market,” said Arun Varadarajan, Vice President, AI and Analytics at Cognizant. “It complements several of our offerings, including Cognizant Adaptive Data Foundation, a solution which enables the creation of cloud-based, holistic data strategies requiring insights, scale and speed. Amazon Aurora Serverless will enhance products like Cognizant Lab Insights, an intelligent, connected lab performance management solution, because a serverless database architecture supports the intermittent data usage requirements of lab environments and provides better flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.”

Amazon Aurora Serverless (MySQL-compatible edition) is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and will expand to additional Regions in the coming year.

About Amazon Web Services
For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 55 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, 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.

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.

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