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Astera Labs enables next-gen cloud connectivity with Aries PCIe® 5.0 and CXL™ 2.0

Astera | March 10, 2022

Astera labs, a leader in intelligent system connection solutions, announced today that its Aries Smart Retimers for PCI Express® (PCIe®) 5.0 and Compute Express LinkTM (CXLTM) 2.0 are currently in mass production. The Aries Smart Retimer portfolio, which was the first to market, passed rigorous interoperability testing with essential industry partners across a wide range of PCIe 5.0 processor, FPGA, accelerated computing, GPU, networking, storage, and switch SoCs, paving the way for widespread adoption in enterprise data centers and the cloud.

“PCIe 5.0 and CXL technologies are key building blocks to address the high-speed connectivity requirements of next-generation servers running intelligent workloads in the cloud. Production release and successful cross-vendor interoperability testing of our Aries Smart Retimers will support a smooth transition to higher-bandwidth interconnects with purpose-built fleet management features,” said Jitendra Mohan, CEO, Astera Labs.

The Aries PCIe 5.0 and CXL 2.0 Smart Retimers solve signal integrity difficulties to provide up to 32 Gbps bandwidth, sub-10ns latency, and built-in fleet management with deep diagnostic capabilities, which are essential for large-scale enterprise and cloud server installation.

The cloud-scale at Interlop Lab at Astera Labs conducts extensive testing to ensure reliable interoperability between Aries Smart Retimers and a wide range of PCIe/CXL root complexes and endpoints, letting customers design with confidence and save time and money.

Today’s workload optimized infrastructure demands not only high-bandwidth, low-latency PCIe 5.0 and CXL interconnects, but also robust interoperability between all components within increasingly complex server topologies. Working with leading ecosystem partners and solutions, like Astera Labs and their Aries Smart Retimers, is key to ensuring seamless deployment of our advanced AI platforms at scale.”

Brian Kelleher, Senior VP of Products Hardware Engineering, NVIDIA.

“Samsung has strengthened its position as the industry leader in cutting-edge storage technology with the groundbreaking PCIe 5.0 PM1743 SSD for enterprise servers,” said Soonjae Won, Corporate VP of Solution Product & Development, Samsung Electronics. “Our collaboration with Astera Labs and its Aries Smart Retimers ensures unmatched enterprise PCIe 5.0 storage performance and reliability as the ecosystem begins to emerge.”

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The Zadara Storage Cloud is built upon standardized, cost-effective x86 servers and is fueled by patented software technology. Zadara Storage’s patented software creates a virtualizing data storage resource abstraction layer. Storage Nodes are interconnected using multiple, redundant 40Gb connections with advanced iSER (RDMA) to minimize latency and dramatically improve performance.

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Red River Announces Multi-Year Strategic Collaboration Agreement with AWS

Red River | August 26, 2022

Red River, a technology transformation company serving government and enterprise customers, today announced it has signed a multi-year Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). The three-year agreement builds on Red River’s existing AWS expertise and further advances cloud adoption and solution development that will accelerate digital transformation and information technology (IT) modernization initiatives for its customers. “Red River shares a commitment with AWS to drive positive customer outcomes through innovative cloud services and products and we’re excited to strengthen our longstanding relationship, Expanding our relationship with AWS will broaden our ability to assist our customers with their journey to the cloud, as well as develop solutions at scale in both the public and private sectors.” Red River CEO Brian Roach Red River is an AWS Advanced Tier Services Partner and an AWS Select Tier Training Partner holding both the AWS Government Consulting Competency and AWS Storage Consulting Competency. With more than 100 AWS certifications, Red River’s national team of expert cloud consultants and engineers offers both the credentials and real-world experience to deliver on cloud requirements for both public sector and enterprise customers, allowing them to meet business objectives whether it be modernizing legacy systems, driving growth or supporting innovation. Red River is also in the AWS Managed Services Provider and AWS Well-Architected Partner programs. “As cloud adoption accelerates, we are excited to expand our relationship with Red River to help them serve their diverse portfolio of customers,” said Jeff Kratz, general manager, Worldwide Public Sector Partners at AWS. “Red River’s breadth and depth of capabilities helps customers accelerate their cloud transformation journeys so they can address mission-critical tasks more reliably and simply.” About Red River Red River brings together the ideal combination of talent, partners and products to disrupt the status quo in technology and drive success for business and government in ways previously unattainable. Red River serves organizations well beyond traditional technology integration, bringing more than 25 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, data center, collaboration and cloud solutions.

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AWS Announces General Availability of AWS Cloud WAN

AWS | July 15, 2022

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company announced the general availability of AWS Cloud WAN, a new managed wide area network (WAN) service that connects on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices, and cloud resources to simplify operating a global network. Using a central management dashboard built into AWS Cloud WAN, customers can define their network configuration, view the health of their global network, and automate routine configuration and security tasks. With AWS Cloud WAN, enterprises can access the AWS global network to build a single, unified network for their organization to improve network health, performance, and security. To get started with AWS Cloud WAN. Many enterprises today run their networks across multiple environments, including on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices, and the cloud. To connect these disparate environments together, customers build and manage their own global networks, while also leveraging networking, security, and internet services from multiple third-party providers. AWS makes it easy for customers to connect cloud and on-premises environments using AWS networking services (e.g., Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, AWS Transit Gateway, and AWS Direct Connect). However, for connectivity between on-premises data centers and branch offices, customers must invest considerable time and money to build their own physical network or build a software-defined overlay network from third-party providers. This leads to a complex web of networks, each having different connectivity, security, monitoring, and performance management tools and requirements. As a result, networking teams face challenges configuring, securing, and managing an expanding mix of technologies required to build, scale, and operate a secure global network for their organizations. AWS Cloud WAN makes it faster and easier for customers to build, manage, and monitor a unified global network that seamlessly connects their cloud and on-premises environments. AWS Cloud WAN allows customers to connect on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices, and AWS Regions into a single, unified global network with just a few clicks in a central management dashboard—removing the need to configure and manage individual networks that use different technologies. Using the central management dashboard, networking teams can have a single view of their global network, apply policies, and automate configuration and security tasks across their entire network. For example, with just a few clicks, teams can quickly and easily apply a policy that requires network traffic from branch offices to be routed through a specific network firewall before reaching cloud resources running in an AWS Region. AWS Cloud WAN integrates with leading SD-WAN, network appliance, and independent software vendors—including Aruba, Aviatrix, Checkpoint, Cisco Meraki, Cisco Systems, Prosimo, and VMware—making it easier for customers to connect their on-premises SD-WAN devices to AWS. Enterprises can now use AWS Cloud WAN to simplify the way they build, manage, and monitor their networks using a single dashboard with minimal complexity. “Many wide area networks used by enterprises today consist of a patchwork of connections between branch offices and data centers that were optimized for applications that run on premises,” said David Brown, vice president of Amazon EC2 at AWS. “As the edge of the cloud continues to be pushed outward, and more customers move their applications to AWS to become more agile, reduce complexity, and save money, they need an easier way to evolve their networks to support a modern, distributed model that allows them to reach their customers and end users globally with high performance. With AWS Cloud WAN, enterprises can simplify their operations and leave the time-consuming task of managing complex webs of networks behind.” To get started, customers can build their global networks in the AWS Cloud WAN central management dashboard by first selecting the AWS Regions closest to their on-premises locations and adding their Amazon Virtual Private Clouds. After extending their existing WAN to AWS, customers can add and remove remote locations and data centers with just a few clicks in the dashboard or by using the AWS Cloud WAN application programming interface (API). AWS Cloud WAN is available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), Africa (Cape Town), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Milan), Europe (Paris), Europe (Stockholm), and Middle East (Bahrain). For more details on AWS Cloud WAN, visit aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-cloud-wan-a-managed-wan-service. Avalara builds cloud-based tax compliance solutions for businesses of all sizes, across industries globally, addressing needs from indirect tax calculation, returns, remittance, and document management, to business licensing, tax answers, insurance premium tax, property tax compliance, and more. “We expect AWS Cloud WAN to provide us the opportunity to transform our network by interconnecting our global AWS presence, while ensuring segmentation of business functions,” said Brian Capps, senior director of network engineering at Avalara. “We expect it to simplify management, routing, and security consolidating complex configurations to be deployed as infrastructure as code.” Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. “In today’s world, organizations need fast, secure, and scalable connectivity across global cloud and on-premises environments. To meet these demands, it’s imperative to provide innovative networking and security solutions that are flexible and easy to use,” said Chris Stori, senior vice president and general manager at Cisco Networking Experiences. “Cisco continues to invest in cloud networking by integrating the Cisco SD-WAN product portfolios with AWS Cloud WAN to securely connect multi-AWS Region workloads, increase application performance, and reduce deployment times.” Foundation Medicine is a pioneer in molecular profiling for cancer, working to shape the future of clinical care and research by helping physicians make informed treatment decisions for their patients and empowering researchers to develop new medicines. “AWS Cloud WAN simplifies how Foundation Medicine connects our globally distributed labs and cloud resources,” said Karl Langdon, head of cloud infrastructure at Foundation Medicine. “This streamlined system supports efficient collaboration between departments and sites, which enables us to provide doctors and researchers with the insights they need to improve patient access to precision cancer care.” Slalom is a global consulting firm focused on technology and business transformation that helps organizations innovate and scale for business agility. “With AWS Cloud WAN, we immediately recognized its network segmentation capability as an accelerator that could greatly reduce the effort and complexity of network provisioning and routing automation. It did not disappoint,” said Charlie Christina, platform engineering principal at Slalom. “The ease of defining the core network, segmentation, and attachment policies via a single policy document greatly simplified global network creation. With AWS Cloud WAN our estimate for a recent network transformation project for a leading genomics company that wanted a fully automated, self-servicing high performance computing (HPC) solution was accurately reduced from months to weeks, and it allowed us to focus time and energy on the network-attached HPC design.” VMware is a leading innovator in enterprise software and cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. “Delivering critical networking, security, and edge compute services to employee devices located anywhere is a top priority for enterprise IT teams,” said Craig Connors, vice president and general manager of VMware's SASE business. “The integration of VMware SD-WAN, a VMware SASE service, and AWS Cloud WAN, provides a networking architecture to deliver compute across the distributed edge, while providing more secure and high-quality application performance of workloads in AWS environments, regardless of user location. Through this partnership, customers can achieve seamless connectivity from users to clouds.” About Amazon Web Services For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 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 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become 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. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon.

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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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