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Google Cloud Launches Vertex AI

Google Cloud | May 19, 2021

Vertex AI, a managed machine learning (ML) platform that helps businesses to accelerate the deployment and maintenance of artificial intelligence (AI) models, becoming generally available today at Google I/O. In comparison to competitive platforms1, Vertex AI takes approximately 80% fewer lines of code to train a model, allowing data scientists and ML engineers of all levels of experience to apply Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) to effectively design and operate ML projects during the development lifecycle.

Data scientists are currently faced with the task of manually piecing together ML point solutions, resulting in a gap in model development and experimentation, with just a few models making it into production. To address these issues, Vertex AI unifies the Google Cloud resources for developing machine learning models into a single UI and API, making the task of building, training, and deploying machine learning models at a scale far easier. Customers can switch models from experimentation to production faster, find trends and anomalies more quickly, make better predictions and decisions, and be more resilient in the face of changing market dynamics in this single environment.

Google has learned valuable lessons about how to create, deliver, and manage machine learning models in production over decades of innovation and strategic investment in AI. These ideas and engineering have been baked into the foundation and nature of Vertex AI, and new Google Research innovation will continue to enrich it. For the first time, data science and machine learning engineering teams can:
  • Access Google's AI toolkit, which contains computer vision, language, conversation, and structured data, and is constantly improved by Google Research.
  • With new MLOps features like Vertex Vizier, which improves the pace of experimentation, the full run Vertex Feature Store, which helps practitioners serve, share, and reuse ML features, and Vertex Experiments, which accelerates the deployment of models into production with quicker model selection, you can deploy more useful AI applications faster.
  • Streamline the end-to-end ML workflow with MLOps tools including Vertex Continuous Monitoring and Vertex Pipelines, which eliminate the complexity of self-service model maintenance and repeatability.

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Zenoss Launches Advanced Monitoring Capabilities for Kubernetes

Zenoss Inc. | February 25, 2022

Zenoss Inc., the leader in AI-driven full-stack monitoring, announced it has released expanded monitoring capabilities for Kubernetes, the most widely deployed open-source orchestration platform used to manage container technology across cloud environments. Initially released in 2014, the platform evolved from Google’s code used to manage its data centers and was later donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Kubernetes, also known as K8s, has been supported by a community of professional programmers and coders from around the world. Along with containers more generally, Kubernetes has emerged as a primary technology for modern cloud-native workloads. Accordingly, almost 50% of organizations have adopted Kubernetes. According to Gartner®, “By 2025, 85% of organizations will run containers in production, up from less than 30% in 2020.” This is a strategic planning assumption in their research titled Emerging Technologies: Kubernetes and the Battle for Cloud-Native Infrastructure, October 2021.* Zenoss monitoring for Kubernetes now provides: Overall cluster health monitoring Health monitoring for nodes, services and pods Dashboards for Kubernetes clusters, nodes, pods and containers Service impact and root-cause analysis Monitoring of StatefulSet component, enhancing management of stateful applications Enhanced filtering for pods and containers Enhanced templates for clusters, containers and nodes Enhanced dynamic modeling of pods and containers Enhanced visibility for controlling cloud expenses Zenoss initially released monitoring and analytics capabilities for Kubernetes in 2018 and has continuously expanded those capabilities to become a leading monitoring platform for container-based environments. Zenoss provides full-stack monitoring and AIOps for public and private clouds, as well as for all on-prem IT infrastructure. "Cloud-native environments create new challenges for monitoring highly distributed applications due to the unprecedented complexity and scale. The solution requires modernizing the approach to monitoring, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” Ani Gujrathi, chief technical officer for Zenoss Zenoss Cloud is the leading AI-driven full-stack monitoring platform that streams all machine data, uniquely enabling the emergence of context for preventing service disruptions in complex, modern IT environments, including those built on Kubernetes. Zenoss Cloud leverages the most powerful machine learning and real-time analytics to give companies the ability to scale and adapt to the changing needs of their businesses. *Gartner, “Emerging Technologies: Kubernetes and the Battle for Cloud-Native Infrastructure”, Michael Warrilow, Wataru Katsurashima, Daryl Plummer, 12 October 2021. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. About Zenoss Zenoss works with the world's largest organizations to ensure their IT services and applications are always on. Delivering full-stack monitoring combined with AIOps, Zenoss uniquely collects all types of machine data, including metrics, dependency data, events, streaming data and logs, to build real-time IT service models that train machine learning algorithms to deliver robust AIOps analytics capabilities. This enables IT Ops and DevOps teams to optimize application performance, predict and eliminate outages, and reduce IT spend in modern hybrid IT environments. Zenoss is recognized in the 2021 Gartner Market Guide for AIOps Platforms.

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Kontrol Technologies Files Preliminary Base Shelf Prospectus

Kontrol Technologies Corp. | December 27, 2021

Kontrol Technologies Corp. a leader in smart buildings and cities through IoT, Cloud and SaaS technology, today filed a preliminary base shelf prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. This filing, when made final, will enable Kontrol to offer, issue and sell up to $20 million of debt securities, common shares, warrants, subscription receipts, and units or a combination thereof from time to time, separately or together, in amounts, at prices and on terms to be determined based on the market conditions at the time of the offering, and as set out in an accompanying prospectus supplement, during the 25 month period that the shelf prospectus, when made final, remains valid. This shelf prospectus is being filed to give Kontrol the flexibility to take advantage of financing opportunities at its discretion when market conditions are favourable. The terms of such future offerings, if any, will be established at the time of such offerings. At the time any of the securities covered by the shelf prospectus are offered for sale, a prospectus supplement containing specific information about the terms of any such offering will be filed with applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities. About Kontrol Technologies Corp. Kontrol Technologies Corp., a Canadian public company, is a leader in smart buildings and cities through IoT, Cloud and SaaS technology. Kontrol provides a combination of software, hardware, and service solutions to its customers to improve energy management, heating, ventilation, and cooling, emission compliance, and air quality.

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Consolidated Communications Enhances Managed Services Suite

Consolidated Communications | December 28, 2021

Consolidated Communications a leading broadband and business communications provider, has completed a range of enhancements to their Managed IT Services suite, delivering even more value and a better experience for businesses. In recent months, Consolidated has added new functionality and white glove support to bolster its robust Managed IT Services offering, including Microsoft 365, Managed Desktop Network & Server, Managed Mobile, and Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery. These enhancements deliver 24/7 expert customer service, and the tools and knowledge that come with decades of experience, including: support for desktops, servers, network gear and mobile devices. Consolidated’s Managed IT Services are built to support and operate in regulated and compliant environments, for businesses of all sizes. “Every business is trying to increase productivity and efficiency, and that’s exactly what we’re offering. Consolidated’s Managed IT Services provide a truly outstanding customer service experience that is reliable, affordable, and allows companies to focus on growth and meeting their business objectives and obligations to their customers.” Travis Graham, vice president of commercial product for Consolidated The newly enhanced Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery provide customers with the best way to protect their businesses in the cloud, avoid costly downtime, reduce IT costs and restore from anywhere. In the wake of 2021’s extreme weather including wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes, disaster recovery is critical for businesses of every size. Acronis was recognized by industry experts at Gartner, Inc. as Visionary1 in their Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions. As a full-service Managed IT Services provider, Consolidated’s enhanced offerings provide a complete wrap-around suite to SD-WAN, Cloud Secure and the award-winning ProConnect Unified Communications. About Consolidated Communications Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. is dedicated to moving people, businesses and communities forward by delivering the latest reliable communications solutions. Consumers, businesses and wireless and wireline carriers depend on Consolidated for a wide range of high-speed internet, data, phone, security, cloud and wholesale carrier solutions. With a network spanning more than 50,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated is a top 10 U.S. fiber provider, turning technology into solutions that are backed by exceptional customer support.

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QAD Partners with MothersonSumi INfotech & Designs Limited (MIND) to Sell and Deliver Services

QAD Inc. | January 11, 2022

QAD Inc., a leading provider of next-generation manufacturing and supply chain solutions in the cloud, announced it has added MothersonSumi INfotech & Designs Limited (MIND) as part of its growing global partner ecosystem. MIND is part of the technology and industrial solutions division of Motherson Group. Under the terms of the partnership, MIND will sell, implement and support the QAD Adaptive Applications portfolio of cloud solutions, including QAD Adaptive ERP, in the APAC and EMEA geographic regions. "MIND has been implementing and supporting QAD solutions at many of Motherson Group companies worldwide and as a result has gained deep knowledge and expertise in QAD. This proven success will be extremely valuable for our current and future customers. Expanding this relationship further, combined with its manufacturing knowledge and know-how, would allow MIND to bring solutions that support digital transformation. We will leverage their experience with our solutions to help manufacturers build value with QAD Adaptive ERP in the cloud.” QAD Vice President, Global Partner Strategy and Management Mohan Ponnudurai "We are happy to be partnering with QAD as one of their trusted partners in the APAC and EMEA regions," said MIND CEO Rajesh Thakur. "We believe that our two-decade long experience of providing IT services to Motherson Group and proven success in the regions will help accelerate the deliverance of QAD's comprehensive portfolio of agile, cloud-based ERP solutions to our customers." QAD partners expand the QAD ecosystem and strengthen its strategic position in the industries that it serves. QAD and its partners continuously evolve, broadening QAD's expertise and footprint to meet the diverse needs of customers around the world. The QAD Global Partner Network includes over 100 partners including technology, software, channel and consulting partners. About QAD – Enabling the Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprise QAD Inc. is a leading provider of next-generation manufacturing and supply chain solutions in the cloud. Global manufacturers face ever-increasing disruption caused by technology-driven innovation and changing consumer preferences. In order to survive and thrive, manufacturers must be able to innovate and change business models at unprecedented rates of speed. QAD calls these companies Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprises. QAD solutions help customers in the automotive, life sciences, consumer products, food and beverage, high tech and industrial manufacturing industries rapidly adapt to change and innovate for competitive advantage. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, QAD has 30 offices globally. Over 2,000 manufacturing companies have deployed QAD solutions, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), digital supply chain planning (DSCP), global trade and transportation execution (GTTE), quality management system (QMS) and strategic sourcing and supplier management, to become an Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprise. "QAD" is a registered trademark of QAD Inc. All other products or company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. About MothersonSumi INfotech & Designs Limited (MIND) Founded in 2000, MothersonSumi INfotech & Designs Limited (MIND) is a joint venture between Motherson Group, India and Sumitomo Wiring Systems Ltd, Japan (SWS). We are a trusted technology partner to over 200+ clients globally across 41+ Global locations and have more than 20 years of experience in the areas of cloud, IoT, analytics, data science, smart ERP, infra managed services, and application development & maintenance services. We continue to deliver innovative and meaningful technology solutions to businesses enabling them to outpace the competition.

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