CLOUD SECURITY, CLOUD STORAGE
Kyndryl | December 19, 2022
Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, today unveiled new cloud native services to help customers accelerate their cloud application modernization journey at scale. Kyndryl Cloud Native Services were developed to enable customers to migrate, modernize and optimize critical workloads on hybrid and multicloud environments by utilizing the well-architected framework in conjunction with each of its strategic hyperscaler partnerships.
Across the global economy, digital modernization is at the top of business agendas. However, complexities and technology silos, along with a shortage of critical in-house IT skills, have slowed progress for most businesses. Customers are looking for partners to bridge the divide with new solutions and skills.
Kyndryl is ready to help customers streamline their cloud application modernization efforts by providing a framework of code assets, workflows, expertise and the end-to-end lifecycle from consulting to management with integrated services around automated backup, patching, KPI monitoring, security, alerting and incident management. The services are aligned with the cloud adoption frameworks of Kyndryl’s strategic hyperscaler partners. Kyndryl also provides skilled resources through cloud experts who can help customers fast-track their cloud adoption and achieve business outcomes.
By co-creating with customers through the cloud native operating model, Kyndryl’s approach provides a faster route to innovation via enhanced developer productivity. It also provides a simplified procurement process, consistent delivery across clouds, more cost-effective cloud migration and modernization, and the integration of other technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). In addition, the services offer more efficiency and agility with quicker cloud deployments, reducing time for developer set-up, easier management and more resilient applications.
Kyndryl is focused on transforming customer cloud operations by using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and policy as code for secure-by-design delivery principles that allow customers to take an automation-first approach, which accelerates cloud adoption and optimizes cloud spend.
“We’ve seen companies increase their use of cloud over the last few years but have had barriers to adoption – whether it’s the complexities of hybrid or multicloud landscapes or the lack of skills and expertise to manage their IT estates, These new services are a direct outcome of Kyndryl’s ongoing journey to expand our innovation and offerings through strategic partnerships and new technology, which we have not been able to do before.”
Harish Grama, Kyndryl Cloud Global Practice Leader
Kyndryl is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The Company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com.
Alibaba Cloud | November 16, 2022
Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has once again excelled in its mission of supporting the group’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, thanks to its high-performance computing and innovative technology. Drawing on self-developed infrastructure upgrades, the group saw an 8% year-on-year saving in computing cost per resource unit from April 1 to November 11.
“The breadth and depth of cloud technology deployment during this year’s 11.11 has once again showcased Alibaba’s best cloud and technology practice; be it through fundamental architecture like self-proprietary technology powering high-performance computing and database products, or consumer-facing XR (extended reality) and livestreaming technologies. We intend to continue applying these proven capabilities to even better serve our customers and help them to be more efficient, innovative and greener in their own digital transformation journeys,”
Li Cheng, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alibaba Group
Doing more with less through cloud-native and serverless innovations
This year’s 11.11 was powered by Alibaba Cloud’s dedicated processing unit for the Apsara Cloud operating system. The upgraded infrastructure system, significantly improved efficiency of computing, storage and network in data centers supporting the event, while also reducing network latency. For example, with this new upgrade supported by cloud-native technology, ordering, pre-sale balance payment and refunding could be launched simultaneously with an enhanced scalability and lower latency.
During this year’s 11.11, the front page of Taobao, one of Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms, was upgraded by the latest serverless technology, allowing for automatic scaling with extreme elasticity based on actual workloads.
Alibaba Cloud’s cloud-native database products also significantly expanded the capacity of consumers’ shopping carts by more than a double, from 120 items to 300. The ApsaraDB for Redis Enhanced Edition (Tair), a cloud-based in-memory database service for enterprises, supports new functions such as product grouping and sorting, enabling consumers to organize their shopping cart according to their own preferences. They could also make use of the ‘select’ function to enjoy cross-merchant discounts, to pre-order goods and use vouchers for a more rewarding shopping experience.
Innovative technology delivers more immersive consumer experience
A more immersive shopping experience was created this year thanks to Alibaba’s proprietary technology in supporting extended reality. Alibaba’s technology in 3D modeling leverages a neural radiance field (NeRF), a neural network technology for generating novel views of complex 3D scenes. During this year’s 11.11, it assisted luxurious retail and furniture brands, like Burberry, Estee Lauder and SK-II, to build virtual stores on the e-commerce platform Tmall.
Through self-developed 3D renderings that realistically represent natural light, flames and natural flowing water, an outdoor nature scene was built for sportswear brands including Descente (Japan), to showcase its latest products in a vibrant and invigorating environment. Consumers can also view the products in three dimensions, enabling them to inspect details up close, or try on their chosen watches and accessories virtually thanks to AR technologies. Consumers are also free to arrange different items of furniture indoors, or tents for outdoor camping.
Another new expressive interaction came from an XR-powered marketplace on Tmall and Taobao. Using the automatic 3D space creation technology from Alibaba’s research institute DAMO Academy, a virtual shopping street was built, featuring over 700 products from 70 brands including 30 internationally-recognized franchises, such as Sanrio’s iconic Hello Kitty, and Hollywood’s franchise Minions. Shoppers can choose their own avatars, check out the products and place them in their virtual shopping carts.
During this year’s 12-day festival from October 31 to November 11, nearly 2 million packages were delivered by Xiaomanlv vehicles, Alibaba’s last-mile logistics vehicle. This is double the package delivery volume from the same period last year. The logistics robot was deployed in over 400 campuses across China, which has greatly reduced the time of queuing for package deliveries during peak hours.
A greener 11.11 powered by clean energy
In addition to its cloud computing solutions helping to reduce energy consumption, Alibaba Cloud’s five hyper-scale data centers across China also doubled the amount of clean energy used to support this year’s 11.11 compared to last year. More than 32 million kilowatt-hours of electricity used by Alibaba Cloud to support 11.11 this year came from renewable energy, up by 30% on a daily basis average compared to last year. Additionally, Alibaba Cloud's Heyuan data center, the cloud company’s largest hyper-scale data center in South China, now runs entirely on clean energy. Alibaba Cloud’s self-developed immersion cooling technology has reduced the energy consumption of the data centers, with power usage effectiveness (PUE) reaching as low as 1.09 - a world-leading level.
Alibaba Cloud has also worked with Tmall to leverage the carbon management platform, Energy Expert. It provided online carbon footprint modeling, calculations and certifications for more than 40 brands in various sectors, including paper & pulp, food and personal care, to help them categorize low-carbon products, identify carbon emission resources and conduct informed sustainability practices to reduce carbon emissions.
About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com) is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services. Alibaba maintained its position as the third leading public cloud IaaS service provider globally since 2018, according to IDC. Alibaba is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in U.S. dollars since 2018, according to Gartner.
SqlDBM | November 24, 2022
SqlDBM - Online Data Modeling Tool announced their partnership with Inergy, a leading provider of BI and Analytics solutions based in the Netherlands. Henceforth, Inergy will collaborate with SqlDBM as a Silver Partner, aligning on digital exposure and cloud adoption strategy.
SqlDBM, itself a cloud-based SaaS database modeling platform, has witnessed firsthand the transformative power that the cloud drives for scalability and ease of use. Inergy, with over two decades of BI experience, is likewise committed to helping its customers embrace cloud-based solutions. Both SqlDBM and Inergy are official Snowflake Partners and see this synergy as a natural fit.
“The Inergy-SqlDBM partnership is a powerful combination. Data environments across platforms and channels have become increasingly complex, so the tools and consultants which deal with them must evolve to meet this challenge. We believe our common understanding of cloud solutions will be pivotal in leading the industry towards the future of the cloud,”
Anna Abramova, Head of Growth at SqlDBM
Inergy is also a Gold Microsoft Partner, with employees certified in Azure, one of SqlDBM’s most widely-supported databases. Both companies see the cloud as the logical next step in BI and data warehousing. They will henceforth collaborate to make sure their customers are well equipped to leverage the possibilities that cloud computing has to offer.
SqlDBM’s mission is to provide a modern cloud-based modeling solution that enables customers to layout or create their business warehouse without writing a single line of code. SqlDBM supports leading cloud-based database providers like Snowflake, Azure Synapse, Redshift, and on-premise solutions like Postgres and SQL Server. Using an online visual interface, users can diagram their entire database through reverse engineering, create new objects, make changes, and add properties without writing SQL. SqlDBM provides additional features that facilitate data governance, data discovery (data dictionary), DevOps and CI/CD, and communication between business and technical users.
Inergy helps organizations get more returns from their core business and business processes by generating insight from all the information they may have. Inergy does not shy away from ambitious projects or demanding clients. Thanks to their many years of experience and thorough knowledge of business processes and technology, Inergy works quickly for result-oriented solutions. And thanks to those same years of experience, Inergy has developed a keen eye for innovative BI techniques and solutions that can help any business.
CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT
Datadog | November 10, 2022
Datadog, Inc. the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications, today announced it has acquired Cloudcraft, a visualization service for cloud and system architects to create real-time diagrams of their cloud infrastructures.
A well-designed cloud architecture is essential in order to ensure the underlying infrastructure stays operational, in budget and compliant over time. Modeling cloud environments helps organizations accomplish these goals. However, traditional modeling and design tools are static, meaning they are outdated as soon as the documentation is published.
Cloudcraft addresses this problem by providing real-time visualization of cloud infrastructures. Cloudcraft instantly analyzes service relationships within customers' AWS environments, reverse engineers a system architecture diagram and automatically updates that diagram in line with infrastructure changes.
Datadog plans to continue to offer Cloudcraft to existing and new customers and enhance its capabilities by integrating with the Datadog platform.
"Our goal is to help organizations make better cloud architecture decisions by creating real-time visualizations built on data and metrics, The acquisition by Datadog will enable us to further this mission through richer models, actionable insights and multi-cloud support."
Tomas Junnonen, Founder and CEO of Cloudcraft
"Hundreds of thousands of engineers have designed their cloud infrastructure with Cloudcraft's clear and readable diagrams," said Michael Gerstenhaber, VP of Product at Datadog. "Combining Datadog's real-time observability data with Cloudcraft will allow us to shift monitoring further left and support our customers' success with cloud migrations, container adoptions or other structural changes engineers consider every day."
Datadog is the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications. Our SaaS platform integrates and automates infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring and log management to provide unified, real-time observability of our customers' entire technology stack. Datadog is used by organizations of all sizes and across a wide range of industries to enable digital transformation and cloud migration, drive collaboration among development, operations, security and business teams, accelerate time to market for applications, reduce time to problem resolution, secure applications and infrastructure, understand user behavior and track key business metrics.