Cloudera DataFlow IoT Data Management from Edge to Cloud

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The sheer sophistication and the complexity of todays IoT use cases are making enterprises strugglewith data management. On one hand, the enormity of the data sets being generated by the IoT devices are hard to process and on the other hand, the speed at which the data must be ingested also makes it extremely challenging to process and analyze the data in real-time. A third dimension to the problem is the sheer diversity in the types of data that need to be processed. In todays use cases, a large set of unstructured data are part of the mix.

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Green Cloud Computing: The Future of Sustainable Cloud Computing

Article | July 13, 2022

Energy consumption has risen sharply as a result of the increasing demand for cloud infrastructure. This desire for power has substantially impacted the carbon footprint of the environment. The exponential expansion of data centers with their tens of thousands of servers and other infrastructure, is mostly to blame for the steadily rising energy demand. Environmental Effects of Green Cloud Computing Remote workers result in lower carbon footprints Reducing paper use to save the environment Reduce power use to cut back on energy use Dematerialization that reduces emissions of greenhouse gases Green cloud computing entails creating, using, and designing digital spaces in a way that has a lower environmental impact. As a result, a green cloud solution can drastically lower business operational expenses while saving energy. It is therefore crucial to the development of enterprise cloud computing. Green cloud computing enables users to take advantage of cloud storage's advantages while reducing its negative environmental effects, which ultimately affect human wellbeing. EU data centers accounted for 2.7 percent of electricity demand in 2018, and if electricity demand continues on its current trend, this is predicted to increase to 3.21 percent by 2030, according to a European Commission study on energy-efficient cloud computing technologies. Data centers are using a substantial amount of energy, and as more businesses migrate to the cloud and data center growth continues, this demand will increase even though the 2018 rate is higher than the global average. The advantages offered by cloud computing technology have come a long way at this point. In addition to providing you with ease, flexibility, scalability, and cost savings, it has evolved into a tool to innovate processes and operations that would not worsen the impending and expanding environmental problems experienced by people worldwide. By relying on green cloud computing, your organization can improve staff productivity, develop new business processes, and contribute to a cleaner environment.

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Cloud Cryptography: Using Encryption to Protect Data

Article | July 18, 2022

Even privacy specialists agree that encryption is a fundamental technology and the cornerstone of security, but cloud encryption can be daunting. In addition, small and medium-sized enterprises can become confused by the sheer quantity of encryption techniques. Cloud cryptography encrypts cloud-based data. It allows users to securely use shared cloud services while cloud provider data is encrypted. Cloud cryptography safeguards sensitive data without slowing exchange. Cloud encryption makes it possible to secure sensitive data outside your organization's corporate IT infrastructure when that data is no longer under your control. Companies utilize a variety of cryptographic key types for cloud security. Three algorithms are used for cloud data encryption: Symmetric Algorithm One key encrypts and decrypts data. It requires little computing resources and excels at encryption. Two-way keys ensure verification and approval in symmetrical algorithms. Encrypted information in the cloud can't be deciphered unless the client possesses the key. Asymmetric Algorithm Encryption and decoding need distinct keys. Every recipient needs a decoder—the recipient's private key. The encryption key belongs to someone. The most secure approach requires both keys to access explicit data. Hashing It's key to blockchain security. In a blockchain, data is stored in blocks and linked by cryptographic protocols. A code or hash is assigned to each information block added to the chain. Hashing helps arrange and recover data. Businesses need to adopt a data-centric approach in this complex and evolving world of virtualization, cloud services, and mobility to protect their sensitive information from contemporary threats. Companies should deploy data security solutions that secure sensitive data consistently, including cloud data encryption and key management. Comprehensive cloud security and encryption platform should include robust access controls and key management to help enterprises use encryption successfully and cost-efficiently.

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Is It Time For Your Organization To Adopt Cloud Computing?

Article | July 11, 2022

The potential of cloud computing is becoming increasingly apparent to various businesses, and it is also growing. AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google GCP are just a few of the numerous cloud service providers that are accessible globally. In addition, you can choose from a variety of migration strategies to go from local servers to cloud servers. Many businesses are considering shifting to the cloud. What are the indications that you are prepared, and why should you relocate? There's a chance your company is already utilizing an on-premise solution. Since it's been in use for a while, organizations are accustomed to it. But the need for greater flexibility has grown exponentially now that the shift to digital has accelerated in recent years. Threats to On-premise There are various drawbacks to on-premise software. Updates aren't usually frequent, and they’re not always supported. This implies that firms won't always have access to the most recent features and abilities. A custom build is much more time-consuming if you require a feature right away than getting it added to quarterly updates. There's a chance that the program an organization is using will someday be completely phased out. Then the organization is stuck using a solution that won't receive any more updates. In addition, with the hardware getting older, current operating systems might be unable to execute older programs. In the meantime, rivals would have switched to cutting-edge, affordable cloud-based technologies, which allow them to run their businesses and provide a much smoother client experience. Why Choose the Cloud? Moving to the cloud applies to every aspect of your business. Real-time data is provided, allowing for far more precise decision-making. Automating routine manual chores streamlines operations and frees up team members' time for activities they enjoy. It is also perfect for emerging forms of working, like remote and hybrid work, because it can be accessed from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

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Managing Multi-Cloud Complexities for a Seamless Experience

Article | July 6, 2022

Introduction The early 2000s were milestone moments for the cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) entered the market in 2006, while Google revealed its first cloud service in 2007. Fast forward to 2020, when the pandemic boosted digital transformation efforts by around seven years (according to McKinsey), and the cloud has become a commercial necessity today. It not only facilitated the swift transition to remote work, but it also remains critical in maintaining company sustainability and creativity. Many can argue that the large-scale transition to the cloud in the 2010s was necessary to enable the digital-first experiences that remote workers and decentralized businesses need today. Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud setups are now the norm. According to Gartner, most businesses today use a multi-cloud approach to reduce vendor lock-in or to take advantage of more flexible, best-of-breed solutions. However, managing multi-cloud systems increases cloud complexity, and IT concerns, frequently slowing rather than accelerating innovation. According to 2022 research done by IntelligentCIO, the average multi-cloud system includes five platforms, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM Red Hat, among others. Managing Multi-Cloud Complexities Like a Pro Your multi-cloud strategy should satisfy your company's requirements while also laying the groundwork for managing various cloud deployments. Creating a proactive plan for managing multi-cloud setups is one of the finest features that can distinguish your company. The five strategies for handling multi-cloud complexity are outlined below. Managing Data with AI and ML AI and machine learning can help manage enormous quantities of data in multi-cloud environments. AI simulates human decision-making and performs tasks as well as humans or even better at times. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that learns from data, recognizes patterns, and makes decisions with minimum human interaction. AI and ML to help discover the most important data, reducing big data and multi-cloud complexity. AI and machine learning enable more simplicity and better data control. Integrated Management Structure Keeping up with the growing number of cloud services from several providers requires a unified management structure. Multiple cloud management requires IT time, resources, and technology to juggle and correlate infrastructure alternatives. Routinely monitor your cloud resources and service settings. It's important to manage apps, clouds, and people globally. Ensure you have the technology and infrastructure to handle several clouds. Developing Security Strategy Operating multiple clouds requires a security strategy and seamless integration of security capabilities. There's no single right answer since vendors have varied policies and cybersecurity methods. Storing data on many cloud deployments prevents data loss. Handling backups and safety copies of your data are crucial. Regularly examine your multi-cloud network's security. The cyber threat environment will vary as infrastructure and software do. Multi-cloud strategies must safeguard data and applications. Skillset Management Multi-cloud complexity requires skilled operators. Do you have the appropriate IT personnel to handle multi-cloud? If not, can you use managed or cloud services? These individuals or people are in charge of teaching the organization about how each cloud deployment helps the company accomplish its goals. This specialist ensures all cloud entities work properly by utilizing cloud technologies. Closing Lines Traditional cloud monitoring solutions are incapable of dealing with dynamic multi-cloud setups, but automated intelligence is the best at getting to the heart of cloud performance and security concerns. To begin with, businesses require end-to-end observability in order to see the overall picture. Add automation and causal AI to this capacity, and teams can obtain the accurate answers they require to better optimize their environments, freeing them up to concentrate on increasing innovation and generating better business results.

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Wolters Kluwer cloud-based global expert solution named a global leader in cloud computing

Wolters Kluwer | September 30, 2022

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting announced that its innovative TeamMate+ suite of cloud-based expert audit solutions was recognized by the Business Intelligence Group as a global leader in cloud computing and awarded the 2022 Stratus Awards for Cloud Computing in their annual business award program. TeamMate+ was recognized as a global leader in the Software as a Service category. Through these awards, the Business Intelligence Group sought to identify the companies, products and people that are offering unique solutions and technology that will continue to lead the industry. “We are honored to be recognized by the Business Intelligence Group for our part in the evolution of cloud solutions for the internal audit profession, TeamMate continues to help organizations redefine their risk assessment methodology to ensure they stay ahead of risk while optimizing human resources and adhering to professional standards.” Frans Klaassen, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Wolters Kluwer TeamMate TeamMate+ supports all phases of audit work, from overarching audit plans aligned with organizational objectives to individual project planning, which guides day-to-day work. It enhances workflow using request and tracking features to ensure appropriate data is provided and captured within the tool during audit execution. And provides reporting capabilities that allow audit teams to craft output appropriate to various audiences including audit management and stakeholders. In addition, the TeamCloud hosting provides a secure and stable environment to access a customizable TeamMate environment from the web. Earlier this year, TeamMate achieved authorization status from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for the TeamMate+ FedRAMP cloud hosting environment. Achieving authorization means that auditors within US Federal agencies can create, manage, and execute audits all while staying aligned with the Red and Yellow Book standards. “Wolters Kluwer is at the forefront of the cloud helping to drive practical innovations in the cloud,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. “The cloud is now part of the fabric of our society, and we are thrilled that our volunteer judges were able to help promote all of these innovative services, organizations and executives.” About Business Intelligence Group The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry and business award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledgejudge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. About Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the healthcare; tax and accounting; governance, risk and compliance; and legal and regulatory sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services. Wolters Kluwer reported 2021 annual revenues of €4.8 billion. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 19,800 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

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New Spectro Cloud Palette Edge Platform Brings World-Class Security and Operational Efficiencies to Kubernetes at the Edge

Spectro Cloud | September 30, 2022

Spectro Cloud, a leader in modern Kubernetes (K8s) management software, today announced a major new release of its Palette Edge platform. Kubernetes at the edge has spurred the interest of businesses around the world as they seek to enhance competitiveness and agility. To date, however, K8s at the edge has failed to realize its true potential. Why? A study by Dimensional Research found 72% of Kubernetes users effectively said: “It’s too challenging to deploy and manage Kubernetes on edge devices.” The Palette Edge platform, first launched in March 2022, earned Spectro Cloud recognition as a 2022 Gartner Cool Vendor in Edge Computing solves this problem, enabling organizations to re-define how cost-efficiently they can deploy and manage edge K8s clusters at scale, including at locations with small form factor devices, no on-site IT skills and marginal connectivity. Palette Edge delivers remote troubleshooting, zero-downtime rolling upgrades and patch management, even in single-server edge deployments, due to its unique A/B OS partition, multi-node failsafe design and support for both ARM and x86 architectures, including Intel’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Palette Edge derives its functionality from Spectro Cloud’s core Palette platform, which enables organizations to consistently manage K8s clusters across their full lifecycle, across public clouds, virtualized or bare metal data centers, as well as edge locations. Through a unique extension of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF’s) Cluster API, Palette enables IT teams to model their full Kubernetes stacks from the OS to the application in a true declarative model, creating project-curated, reusable Cluster Profiles while providing a choice of operating systems, K8s distributions and tools from the broad K8s ecosystem. Palette is architected to scale, delivering centralized and automated management combined with decentralized orchestration and policy enforcement — together enabling a virtually infinite scale from few to tens of thousands of clusters. Extending this core Palette foundation, Palette Edge today adds unique security, visibility and usability capabilities, setting a new industry standard for deploying and centrally managing edge K8s at scale, dramatically lowering total cost of ownership and risk for organizations of any size expanding to the edge. Palette Edge is purpose-built to support key industry use cases including Internet of Things device management and orchestration, data ingestion, streaming, analytics and AI inference. “For us, edge is an enabler to help clinicians deliver better patient outcomes by deploying technology closer to the user,” said Vignesh Shetty, SVP & GM Edison AI and Platform at GE Healthcare Digital. “The need for a secure, cost-effective approach to manage Kubernetes at the edge at scale is more relevant than ever before.” The new Palette Edge delivers on the key priorities for edge K8s users with: Tamperproof security for Kubernetes at the edge: Spectro Cloud research found that security is the #1 concern when adopting edge Kubernetes. Edge Kubernetes devices deployed in remote, unmonitored locations are particularly vulnerable to deliberate tampering and unintentional configuration drift, where their operating system, distribution and other software elements move out of compliance through ad hoc configuration changes. Palette Edge now enables operations teams to build highly secure configurations for edge devices, including their preferred Kubernetes distribution and the underlying OS, which once deployed become immutable, read-only and unmodifiable by the application user, just like the firmware on a smartphone. The now-immutable stack also enables zero-downtime rolling upgrades, due to a failsafe deployment design. Palette eXtended Kubernetes Edge (PXK-E): This new edge-optimized Kubernetes distribution version of Spectro Cloud’s CNCF-upstream Kubernetes distribution is available now to all Palette customers. PXK-E incorporates Palette’s new immutability capability, along with NIST-800 security hardening. It is certified for more than 50 open source and commercial cloud native integrations and provides high availability and zero-downtime rolling upgrades even in single-server configurations. With Palette Edge, businesses can choose the PXK-E distribution or Palette-optimized versions of any other K8s distribution, verified and supported by Spectro Cloud. A powerful NOC-like dashboard: Now organizations scaling to thousands or tens of thousands of edge devices have the power to manage their fleet more easily and with greater control than ever before. Palette Edge’s Network Operations Center-like (NOC) dashboard provides a highly intuitive user experience with live status for key events, plus advanced capabilities to filter, tag and drill down to clusters by location, status or other attribute. Importantly, operators can define powerful workflows for managing clusters, with almost infinite possibilities: for example, they can phase deployments of cluster updates by location for canary testing, or schedule patching to follow the sun. Ultra-simple edge device onboarding: In edge Kubernetes projects, organizations can find the act of deploying new devices in remote locations incredibly problematic; often, costly field engineering truck rolls are needed. Palette Edge makes it easy for non-specialist staff to quickly power up and onboard a new device into a managed cluster, using a variety of methods, such as through Palette Edge’s user interface, leveraging its open API, the Spectro Cloud Terraform provider, or by simply scanning a QR code on the edge device itself. The features delivered in this new Palette Edge release reflect real customer requirements of K8s at the edge. To address them and also contribute to the broader cloud native community, Spectro Cloud is now leading a unique open source project which delivers failsafe immutability at the edge: Kairos. Version 1.0 of Kairos is now generally available with extended community support, and is free to download and use. For more information, visit www.kairos.io. This is another example demonstrating Spectro Cloud’s continued commitment to foster innovation as a member of the CNCF and Linux Foundation, contributing to major Kubernetes ecosystem projects such as Cluster API and the Cluster API Provider for Canonical MAAS. These major new features are available today in Spectro Cloud’s Palette Edge edition and further position Palette as the first choice for organizations running Kubernetes at the edge at scale, enabling them to bring modern applications and data close to their end-users. Customers of Palette Edge are already realizing significant benefits by avoiding otherwise necessary field engineering visits at edge locations, which can result to up to 90% reduction in operational costs. “A key use case for 5G Edge compute is mission critical, ultra-low latency, workloads. That means cyber-security is a foundational principle for Edge and not an afterthought. Spectro Cloud is delivering a customer solution for deploying modern apps to the Edge that can integrate readily into end-to-end Zero Trust architectures,” said Dr. Ken Urquhart, Global Vice-President, 5G at Zscaler. “This brand new set of capabilities is making edge K8s locations as easy as a cloud for our customers, With a platform that can scale to tens of thousands of edge locations, requirements like security, resiliency and ease-of-use can be game changers, and this has been our focus in the latest release. At Spectro Cloud we are committed champions of the innovation coming out of the open source community, and we couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with some of the most interesting projects to deliver some of those new capabilities.” Spectro Cloud co-founder and CEO Tenry Fu About Spectro Cloud Spectro Cloud uniquely enables organizations to deploy and manage Kubernetes in production, at scale. Its Palette enterprise Kubernetes management platform gives IT Operations and DevOps engineering teams effortless control of the full Kubernetes lifecycle even across multiple clouds, data centers, bare metal and edge environments. Ops teams are empowered to support their developers with curated Kubernetes stacks and tools based on their specific needs, with granular governance and enterprise-grade security.

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Section’s Distributed GraphQL Hosting Allows Organizations to Quickly Launch and Scale Location-Optimized, Multi-Cloud API Servers

Section | September 29, 2022

Section, the leading cloud-native distributed compute provider, today announced its new Distributed GraphQL Service, allowing organizations to quickly launch and easily scale location-optimized, multi-cloud API servers. Organizations can host GraphQL in datacenters across town or around the world to improve API performance and reliability, lower costs, decrease impact on back-end servers, and improve scalability, resilience, compliance, security and other factors – all without impacting their current cloud-native development process or tools. Section handles day-to-day server operations, as its clusterless platform automates orchestration of the GraphQL servers across a secure and reliable global infrastructure network. “Distributing API servers and other compute resources makes all the sense in the world for developers, as long as it’s easy to do, Our new Distributed GraphQL service is simple to start, gives you immediate access to a global network, and automates orchestration so developers can simply focus on their application and business logic.” Stewart McGrath, Section’s CEO GraphQL is a query language and server-side runtime for cloud APIs that improves the efficiency of data delivery. According to a report by Akamai, API calls represent 83% of all web traffic, and InfoQ considers GraphQL to have reached “early majority” usage in its 2022 architecture trends report. With Section, GraphQL servers can be quickly deployed and immediately benefit from multi-cloud, multi-provider distribution. Application users will experience an instant performance boost from reduced latency, while API service availability and resilience is dramatically improved by Section’s automated service failure/re-routing capabilities. Organizations will benefit from decreased costs versus hyperscalers or roll-your-own distribution solutions, and can even run other containers alongside the GraphQL Server, such as Redis caches, security solutions, etc., to further improve the costs/performance/availability equation. Section’s distributed cloud-native compute platform allows application developers worldwide to focus only on business logic yet enables their software to behave as if it runs everywhere, is infinitely scalable, always available, maximally performant, completely compliant, and efficient with compute resources and cost. DevOps teams can use existing Kubernetes tools and processes to deploy to Section and set simple policy-based rules to control its clusterless global platform. Benefits of Section’s Distributed GraphQL service include: Proximity-based performance – moving API servers closer to users dramatically improves performance, and servers can be spun up/down as needed based on load to minimize cost Full and partial API caching – for improved performance; done well, this can minimize the need for database distribution, dramatically decreasing costs Roundtrip coalescing – Section’s data fetch capabilities can coalesce database and API calls to reduce backend chattiness Cloud independence – Section’s Composable Edge Cloud eliminates provider dependence by leveraging the world’s top infrastructure and cloud providers. Layer 3-4 DDoS Security – Network-layer DDoS protection is included by default across the entire Section network to protect against all Layer 3/4 attacks. Section’s DDoS protection includes dually redundant DDoS protection including two of the world’s largest DDoS networks. About Section Section is a Cloud-Native Hosting system that continuously optimizes orchestration of secure and reliable global infrastructure for application delivery. Section’s sophisticated, distributed and clusterless platform intelligently and adaptively manages workloads around performance, reliability, compliance, cost or other developer intent to ensure applications run at the right place and time. The result is simple distribution of applications across town or to the edge, while teams use existing tools, workflows and familiar rules-based policies.

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Wolters Kluwer cloud-based global expert solution named a global leader in cloud computing

Wolters Kluwer | September 30, 2022

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting announced that its innovative TeamMate+ suite of cloud-based expert audit solutions was recognized by the Business Intelligence Group as a global leader in cloud computing and awarded the 2022 Stratus Awards for Cloud Computing in their annual business award program. TeamMate+ was recognized as a global leader in the Software as a Service category. Through these awards, the Business Intelligence Group sought to identify the companies, products and people that are offering unique solutions and technology that will continue to lead the industry. “We are honored to be recognized by the Business Intelligence Group for our part in the evolution of cloud solutions for the internal audit profession, TeamMate continues to help organizations redefine their risk assessment methodology to ensure they stay ahead of risk while optimizing human resources and adhering to professional standards.” Frans Klaassen, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Wolters Kluwer TeamMate TeamMate+ supports all phases of audit work, from overarching audit plans aligned with organizational objectives to individual project planning, which guides day-to-day work. It enhances workflow using request and tracking features to ensure appropriate data is provided and captured within the tool during audit execution. And provides reporting capabilities that allow audit teams to craft output appropriate to various audiences including audit management and stakeholders. In addition, the TeamCloud hosting provides a secure and stable environment to access a customizable TeamMate environment from the web. Earlier this year, TeamMate achieved authorization status from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for the TeamMate+ FedRAMP cloud hosting environment. Achieving authorization means that auditors within US Federal agencies can create, manage, and execute audits all while staying aligned with the Red and Yellow Book standards. “Wolters Kluwer is at the forefront of the cloud helping to drive practical innovations in the cloud,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. “The cloud is now part of the fabric of our society, and we are thrilled that our volunteer judges were able to help promote all of these innovative services, organizations and executives.” About Business Intelligence Group The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry and business award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledgejudge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. About Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the healthcare; tax and accounting; governance, risk and compliance; and legal and regulatory sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services. Wolters Kluwer reported 2021 annual revenues of €4.8 billion. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 19,800 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

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New Spectro Cloud Palette Edge Platform Brings World-Class Security and Operational Efficiencies to Kubernetes at the Edge

Spectro Cloud | September 30, 2022

Spectro Cloud, a leader in modern Kubernetes (K8s) management software, today announced a major new release of its Palette Edge platform. Kubernetes at the edge has spurred the interest of businesses around the world as they seek to enhance competitiveness and agility. To date, however, K8s at the edge has failed to realize its true potential. Why? A study by Dimensional Research found 72% of Kubernetes users effectively said: “It’s too challenging to deploy and manage Kubernetes on edge devices.” The Palette Edge platform, first launched in March 2022, earned Spectro Cloud recognition as a 2022 Gartner Cool Vendor in Edge Computing solves this problem, enabling organizations to re-define how cost-efficiently they can deploy and manage edge K8s clusters at scale, including at locations with small form factor devices, no on-site IT skills and marginal connectivity. Palette Edge delivers remote troubleshooting, zero-downtime rolling upgrades and patch management, even in single-server edge deployments, due to its unique A/B OS partition, multi-node failsafe design and support for both ARM and x86 architectures, including Intel’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Palette Edge derives its functionality from Spectro Cloud’s core Palette platform, which enables organizations to consistently manage K8s clusters across their full lifecycle, across public clouds, virtualized or bare metal data centers, as well as edge locations. Through a unique extension of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF’s) Cluster API, Palette enables IT teams to model their full Kubernetes stacks from the OS to the application in a true declarative model, creating project-curated, reusable Cluster Profiles while providing a choice of operating systems, K8s distributions and tools from the broad K8s ecosystem. Palette is architected to scale, delivering centralized and automated management combined with decentralized orchestration and policy enforcement — together enabling a virtually infinite scale from few to tens of thousands of clusters. Extending this core Palette foundation, Palette Edge today adds unique security, visibility and usability capabilities, setting a new industry standard for deploying and centrally managing edge K8s at scale, dramatically lowering total cost of ownership and risk for organizations of any size expanding to the edge. Palette Edge is purpose-built to support key industry use cases including Internet of Things device management and orchestration, data ingestion, streaming, analytics and AI inference. “For us, edge is an enabler to help clinicians deliver better patient outcomes by deploying technology closer to the user,” said Vignesh Shetty, SVP & GM Edison AI and Platform at GE Healthcare Digital. “The need for a secure, cost-effective approach to manage Kubernetes at the edge at scale is more relevant than ever before.” The new Palette Edge delivers on the key priorities for edge K8s users with: Tamperproof security for Kubernetes at the edge: Spectro Cloud research found that security is the #1 concern when adopting edge Kubernetes. Edge Kubernetes devices deployed in remote, unmonitored locations are particularly vulnerable to deliberate tampering and unintentional configuration drift, where their operating system, distribution and other software elements move out of compliance through ad hoc configuration changes. Palette Edge now enables operations teams to build highly secure configurations for edge devices, including their preferred Kubernetes distribution and the underlying OS, which once deployed become immutable, read-only and unmodifiable by the application user, just like the firmware on a smartphone. The now-immutable stack also enables zero-downtime rolling upgrades, due to a failsafe deployment design. Palette eXtended Kubernetes Edge (PXK-E): This new edge-optimized Kubernetes distribution version of Spectro Cloud’s CNCF-upstream Kubernetes distribution is available now to all Palette customers. PXK-E incorporates Palette’s new immutability capability, along with NIST-800 security hardening. It is certified for more than 50 open source and commercial cloud native integrations and provides high availability and zero-downtime rolling upgrades even in single-server configurations. With Palette Edge, businesses can choose the PXK-E distribution or Palette-optimized versions of any other K8s distribution, verified and supported by Spectro Cloud. A powerful NOC-like dashboard: Now organizations scaling to thousands or tens of thousands of edge devices have the power to manage their fleet more easily and with greater control than ever before. Palette Edge’s Network Operations Center-like (NOC) dashboard provides a highly intuitive user experience with live status for key events, plus advanced capabilities to filter, tag and drill down to clusters by location, status or other attribute. Importantly, operators can define powerful workflows for managing clusters, with almost infinite possibilities: for example, they can phase deployments of cluster updates by location for canary testing, or schedule patching to follow the sun. Ultra-simple edge device onboarding: In edge Kubernetes projects, organizations can find the act of deploying new devices in remote locations incredibly problematic; often, costly field engineering truck rolls are needed. Palette Edge makes it easy for non-specialist staff to quickly power up and onboard a new device into a managed cluster, using a variety of methods, such as through Palette Edge’s user interface, leveraging its open API, the Spectro Cloud Terraform provider, or by simply scanning a QR code on the edge device itself. The features delivered in this new Palette Edge release reflect real customer requirements of K8s at the edge. To address them and also contribute to the broader cloud native community, Spectro Cloud is now leading a unique open source project which delivers failsafe immutability at the edge: Kairos. Version 1.0 of Kairos is now generally available with extended community support, and is free to download and use. For more information, visit www.kairos.io. This is another example demonstrating Spectro Cloud’s continued commitment to foster innovation as a member of the CNCF and Linux Foundation, contributing to major Kubernetes ecosystem projects such as Cluster API and the Cluster API Provider for Canonical MAAS. These major new features are available today in Spectro Cloud’s Palette Edge edition and further position Palette as the first choice for organizations running Kubernetes at the edge at scale, enabling them to bring modern applications and data close to their end-users. Customers of Palette Edge are already realizing significant benefits by avoiding otherwise necessary field engineering visits at edge locations, which can result to up to 90% reduction in operational costs. “A key use case for 5G Edge compute is mission critical, ultra-low latency, workloads. That means cyber-security is a foundational principle for Edge and not an afterthought. Spectro Cloud is delivering a customer solution for deploying modern apps to the Edge that can integrate readily into end-to-end Zero Trust architectures,” said Dr. Ken Urquhart, Global Vice-President, 5G at Zscaler. “This brand new set of capabilities is making edge K8s locations as easy as a cloud for our customers, With a platform that can scale to tens of thousands of edge locations, requirements like security, resiliency and ease-of-use can be game changers, and this has been our focus in the latest release. At Spectro Cloud we are committed champions of the innovation coming out of the open source community, and we couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with some of the most interesting projects to deliver some of those new capabilities.” Spectro Cloud co-founder and CEO Tenry Fu About Spectro Cloud Spectro Cloud uniquely enables organizations to deploy and manage Kubernetes in production, at scale. Its Palette enterprise Kubernetes management platform gives IT Operations and DevOps engineering teams effortless control of the full Kubernetes lifecycle even across multiple clouds, data centers, bare metal and edge environments. Ops teams are empowered to support their developers with curated Kubernetes stacks and tools based on their specific needs, with granular governance and enterprise-grade security.

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Section’s Distributed GraphQL Hosting Allows Organizations to Quickly Launch and Scale Location-Optimized, Multi-Cloud API Servers

Section | September 29, 2022

Section, the leading cloud-native distributed compute provider, today announced its new Distributed GraphQL Service, allowing organizations to quickly launch and easily scale location-optimized, multi-cloud API servers. Organizations can host GraphQL in datacenters across town or around the world to improve API performance and reliability, lower costs, decrease impact on back-end servers, and improve scalability, resilience, compliance, security and other factors – all without impacting their current cloud-native development process or tools. Section handles day-to-day server operations, as its clusterless platform automates orchestration of the GraphQL servers across a secure and reliable global infrastructure network. “Distributing API servers and other compute resources makes all the sense in the world for developers, as long as it’s easy to do, Our new Distributed GraphQL service is simple to start, gives you immediate access to a global network, and automates orchestration so developers can simply focus on their application and business logic.” Stewart McGrath, Section’s CEO GraphQL is a query language and server-side runtime for cloud APIs that improves the efficiency of data delivery. According to a report by Akamai, API calls represent 83% of all web traffic, and InfoQ considers GraphQL to have reached “early majority” usage in its 2022 architecture trends report. With Section, GraphQL servers can be quickly deployed and immediately benefit from multi-cloud, multi-provider distribution. Application users will experience an instant performance boost from reduced latency, while API service availability and resilience is dramatically improved by Section’s automated service failure/re-routing capabilities. Organizations will benefit from decreased costs versus hyperscalers or roll-your-own distribution solutions, and can even run other containers alongside the GraphQL Server, such as Redis caches, security solutions, etc., to further improve the costs/performance/availability equation. Section’s distributed cloud-native compute platform allows application developers worldwide to focus only on business logic yet enables their software to behave as if it runs everywhere, is infinitely scalable, always available, maximally performant, completely compliant, and efficient with compute resources and cost. DevOps teams can use existing Kubernetes tools and processes to deploy to Section and set simple policy-based rules to control its clusterless global platform. Benefits of Section’s Distributed GraphQL service include: Proximity-based performance – moving API servers closer to users dramatically improves performance, and servers can be spun up/down as needed based on load to minimize cost Full and partial API caching – for improved performance; done well, this can minimize the need for database distribution, dramatically decreasing costs Roundtrip coalescing – Section’s data fetch capabilities can coalesce database and API calls to reduce backend chattiness Cloud independence – Section’s Composable Edge Cloud eliminates provider dependence by leveraging the world’s top infrastructure and cloud providers. Layer 3-4 DDoS Security – Network-layer DDoS protection is included by default across the entire Section network to protect against all Layer 3/4 attacks. Section’s DDoS protection includes dually redundant DDoS protection including two of the world’s largest DDoS networks. About Section Section is a Cloud-Native Hosting system that continuously optimizes orchestration of secure and reliable global infrastructure for application delivery. Section’s sophisticated, distributed and clusterless platform intelligently and adaptively manages workloads around performance, reliability, compliance, cost or other developer intent to ensure applications run at the right place and time. The result is simple distribution of applications across town or to the edge, while teams use existing tools, workflows and familiar rules-based policies.

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