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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GigaSpaces Technologies announced today that it will spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a new company focused on the fast-growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualization (NFV). Planning for the move began in 2016, driven by strong growth of the Cloudify product line in core enterprise cloud markets, as well as success in entering the carrier network orchestration market. It allows the new Cloudify entity to dedicate engineering, product development, marketing and customer support activities to the cloud market segment. GigaSpaces, with its long-standing track record in the in-memory computing market, will continue to capitalize on its technology investments and innovation in its XAP and InsightEdge product lines. In 2016, GigaSpaces open sourced all products and shifted to an open source support business model. The GigaSpaces IMC business unit launched InsightEdge, which leverages the Apache Spark cluster computing project, while Cloudify launched Apache Project ARIA, a simple, open source orchestration library to accelerate TOSCA adoption. Both are part of the company’s strategy to leverage open source software, which has emerged as the preferred means for both enterprises and service providers to implement technology rather than proprietary commercial off-the-shelf software. The new company will retain the core Cloudify engineering, product and marketing teams, working from existing offices in New York City; San Jose, California; and Tel Aviv, Israel. “It was always our plan to eventually spin off Cloudify,” said Nati Shalom, CTO at Cloudify. “Based on the impressive growth of the open-source Cloudify project, and increased market penetration of the commercially supported Cloudify product, it has become clear that now is the time to do so. This strategic move gives us the freedom to accelerate engineering development in both product lines.” “Success has led us here,” noted Zeev Bikowsky, CEO of GigaSpaces. “Recent growth in both product lines is a testament to the exceptional work of our employees and the ideal timing of our offerings in two very different markets. This spinoff will not only benefit our customers, employees, partners and the Cloudify open source community, but will also enable greater clarity and focus for our current and possibly future investors.” While the XAP/InsightEdge and Cloudify businesses are already functioning as separate business units, the structural spinoff is still subject to various regulatory, tax and other approvals. The Cloudify project was launched in its current form in 2014 as an open source TOSCA orchestration platform, uniquely positioning Cloudify to emerge as the enabling technology for connecting hybrid clouds and the networking layer. This convergence of technology and opportunity positions Cloudify as a leading orchestrator capable of providing end-to-end orchestration of both networks and applications in multi-cloud environments. Cloudify has demonstrated YoY growth of 100 percent, while signing numerous deals with tier-1 enterprises and telcos in the first half of 2017. Read more about Cloudify’s momentum in Shalom’s blog post at cloudify.co/2017/07/24/cloudify-momentum-accelerates-exceeding-second-quarter-projections.html. Cloudify has built-in support for private clouds such as OpenStack and VMware, public clouds like Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google Compute Platform, and container technologies such as Kubernetes. The platform is also used increasingly by large telecoms and carriers to manage network functions virtualization (NFV). GigaSpaces provides software for in-memory computing, including the XAP platform and InsightEdge for high-speed data analytics, at work in hundreds of organizations worldwide. Cloudify provides open-source software for cloud application and NFV orchestration and management. Telecoms, financial services firms and healthcare providers use Cloudify to increase the velocity and reliability of software deployment, lifecycle management and network functions in cloud-native environments. The two companies share offices in the US, Europe and Asia. More at www.GigaSpaces.com and at cloudify.co.


News Article | July 28, 2017
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Palm Beach Opera Announces 2018 Performance Schedule ·        Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA – January 26-28 ·        Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE – February 23-25 ·        Wolfgang Amadeus...


News Article | July 19, 2017
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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tickets go on sale today for the Met’s Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series’ 2017-18 season, which begins on October 7 with the company’s new production of Bellini’s Norma. Now in its 12th season, the series brings New York City’s prestigious Metropolitan Opera to movie theater audiences nationwide. Featuring new talent as well as seasoned veterans, The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 season features ten transmissions, including five new productions, two of which are Met premieres. Each event is broadcast live on a Saturday with two Wednesday encore showings. In addition to the opera presentations, audiences will go behind the scenes with the leading artists that make the Met one of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Backstage access includes special interviews with cast and crew and other features exclusive to the Live in HD series. Tickets for The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 season can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 650 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). “The Met: Live in HD allows audiences around the country to experience the magic of the opera and the best-of-the-best in operatic talent from around the world,” Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “There is nothing quite like seeing a beautiful opera performed live on stage at the renowned Metropolitan Opera. Our long-standing partnership with the Met continues to draw hundreds of thousands of fans, and we are thrilled to help bring these incredible productions to the big screen.” The Met Live in HD 2017-18 season schedule is as follows (casting subject to change): NORMA (Bellini) – New production Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, October 11 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago—making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonato co-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. Carlo Rizzi conducts and Sir David McVicar directs the new production. DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Mozart) Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, October 18 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award®–winner Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte. Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina with Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro. The holiday presentation of The Magic Flute, an abridged staging sung in English for families, was the first Live in HD performance to be transmitted. This is the first time the full-length German opera will be seen in the series. THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Thomas Adès) – Met premiere Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, November 29 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, the ensemble cast features Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiser as Edundo de Nobile; Frédéric Antoun in his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portillo as Edmundo; David Adam Moore in his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell; Christian Van Horn as Julio; and John Tomlinson as Dr. Carlos Conde. The Exterminating Angel is a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016. TOSCA (Puccini) – New production Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, January 31 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time James Levine conducts a new staging of Puccini’s dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia. L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Donizetti) Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. ET/ 11:00 a.m. CT/ 10:00 a.m. MT/ 9:00 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, February 14 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting. LA BOHÈME (Puccini) Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m. CT/ 10:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, February 28 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato. SEMIRAMIDE (Rossini) – First time in HD Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, March 14 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in Rossini’s Semiramide, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years. The opera will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and features Elizabeth DeShong as the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarena as an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as the prince Assur, and Ryan Speedo Green as the high priest Oroe. COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Mozart) – New production Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, April 4 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time Phelim McDermott returns to the Met staging Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte, led by David Robertson. Set in the 1950s on Coney Island, the cast features Amanda Majeski as the conflicted Fiordiligi; Serena Malfi as her sister, Dorabella; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters’ fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Christopher Maltman as the cynical Don Alfonso. Così fan tutte is a co-production with the English National Opera. LUISA MILLER (Verdi) – First time in HD Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m. CT/ 10:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, April 18 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time James Levine conducts a revival of Luisa Miller, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. The opera stars Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life. The cast also features Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart. CENDRILLON (Massenet) – Met premiere Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT Encore: Wednesday, May 2 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time Massenet’s enchanting opera Cendrillon, based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment and Massenet’s Manon. Joyce DiDonato adds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Coote as Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kim as the Fée, and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. Cendrillon is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera. For artwork/photos related to The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 season, visit the Fathom Events press site. Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com. About The Met: Live in HD The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 theaters in over 70 countries, makes the Met the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content and the only arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale. When the series launched in 2006, the Met was the first arts company to experiment with alternative cinema content. Since then, the program has grown every season, with more than 23 million tickets sold to date. The Met: Live in HD series has increased accessibility to Met performances for audiences around the world. With a global average ticket price of $23, the series has made world-class performances accessible to millions of opera lovers each season. Tickets for the 10 transmissions in the 2017-18 Live in HD season will go on sale on July 19, 2017 in the U.S., with Met Members offered priority before tickets are made available to the general public. International dates and details on ordering tickets for the 2017-18 Live in HD series varies from country to country and will be announced separately by individual distributors. The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Digital sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers.


News Article | June 13, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"The Omaha location was built and designed specifically to support a new relationship with a national retailer for the shipping of case-ready meat," says Mike Wasson, vice president of Supply Chain and Operations at Tosca. "By constantly evaluating and adding new service centers to our network when appropriate, we're creating more efficient supply chains and saving our customers both time and money." The Omaha service center will further expand the company's robust network and strengthen its position as the premier RPC provider in the country while creating employment opportunities for Omaha area residents. Tosca also boasts other service center locations in Salinas and San Bernardino, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Newnan, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Sharonville, Ohio; Hazleton, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; Dallas; Garland, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Lakewood, Wash.; and Green Bay, Wis. The company is headquartered in Atlanta with administrative offices in Green Bay. Tosca (www.toscaltd.com) provides reusable packaging and supply chain solutions across a diverse range of markets including poultry, protein, eggs, produce, and cheese. A recognized innovator, Tosca collaborates with growers, suppliers and retailers to deliver the best flow of perishables through the entire supply chain. Our reusable plastic containers – the most comprehensive portfolio in the industry – improve product protection, lower costs and are more sustainable than single-use packaging. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tosca-announces-expansion-opens-14th-service-center-300473300.html


News Article | August 14, 2017
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TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) and CSAF (Common Security Advisory Framework) were both awarded the 2017 Open Standards Cup by the OASIS international consortium in recognition of exceptional advancements within the IT community. Named as Outstanding Approved Standard, TOSCA addresses portability and operational management of cloud applications and services across their entire lifecycle. By defining the interoperable description of cloud-hosted services and applications, TOSCA enables automated management across cloud providers, regardless of underlying platform or infrastructure. The OASIS TOSCA Technical Committee is co-chaired by John Crandall of Brocade Communications and Paul Lipton of CA Technologies. “We have tremendous technical leaders in the TOSCA TC,” said Lipton, accepting the Open Standards Cup award on behalf of the group. “Every day of the week, there’s somebody doing something with TOSCA and that explains why so many open source and commercial implementations already exist for the standard.” Named as Outstanding New Initiative, CSAF defines a standard format for vendors to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities. CSAF enables greater interoperability among products, ensuring that structured, machine-readable security advisories can be produced and consumed much more broadly. The OASIS CSAF Technical Committee is chaired by Omar Santos of Cisco. “CSAF started in ICASI, an organization that is not a standards body. ICASI supported CSAF’s transition to OASIS, which brought a great deal of new interest and support for our work,” said Santos at the presentation ceremony. “This award raises the bar for us to accomplish great things.” Finalists in the Approved Standard category include the DocBook publishing standard, KMIP key management protocol, Business Document Naming and Design Rules, and XLIFF localization format. Finalists in the New Initiative category include OSLC Lifecycle Integration for Domains and MQTT (rechartered). About OASIS OASIS is a non-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for content technologies, digital experiences, security, privacy, cloud computing, IoT, and other areas. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users, and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 65+ countries. For more information, please contact communications(at)oasis-open(dot)org or +1.941.284.0403.


News Article | February 18, 2017
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ArtsPRunlimited, Inc. announces When Irish Eyes (aren't) smiling (Prose) for 3/16 @ 7pm at Landmark Tavern, NYC. Daniel P Quinn will be doing talk and book signings for his work for cultural exchange with Lyons. This experience is documented in a full-length chapter in his book Exits+Entrances: Producing Off-Broadway, Opera + Beyond (http://www.Amazon.com) or (Barnes+Noble.com). As an ongoing part of our season for this Lyons-Paterson project, ArtsPR will also offer group(s) Spring tours on-demand as Paterson history tours. ArtsPR has also completed work on a 16 page booklet on the relationship of Paterson and Lyons. Books and tours will be available for donors of $100 or more. Contact: 862-208-0151. Donors of $25- or more would received a signed copy by Mr. Quinn. Other footprints of France in Newark, NJ, include a gift of 20,000 Francs to build St Johns Parish Church nearby NJPAC in the 1840's. Daniel P Quinn has worked at LaScala for Claudio Abbado, the Park Theatre where he produced and staged Hector Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ; the Teatro Trianon in Rome, premiered Edward Bond's play "Derek" at Mitzi Newhouse Theatre (Lincoln Center) and Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. In prior seasons, Daniel P Quinn's ambitious large scaled projects included several Irish Music Festival's at Snug Harbor, The Great George Festival in Paterson, and the Black Jesus PASSION PLAY as co-director. Mr. Quinn's has received The Irish Institute Award; Short Play Festival and OBIE Awards in NYC. ArtsPRunlimited's commitment to this high standard remains as we continue to focus on the Arts and Intercultural history. Help support ArtsPR at http://www.Fracturedatlas.org and make a charitable contribution. ArtsPRunlimited, Inc., acknowledges with gratitude: Matching Gifts: PSEG Company; American Endowment Foundation (aef); The Prudential Foundation and donations from 40 individual donors and additional in-kind support. ArtsPR has new initiatives for 2017-19 including a showing of the Nikon Award winning film JE SUIS TUNISIEN 2045 by honoring the Nobel Prize for Tunisia in Newark and focusing on the mass emigration issue in our time. A Video program on the 90th anniversary of the death of SACCO & VANZETTI in 1927-2017. A new project Italy Yesterday, Today, and Domani with work by Antonio Masini via his Art in Basilicata, and Tom dePoto photo's on Venice. We also have other French projects that includes music by New Orleans composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk and a French Opera Recital. The recital would be dedicated to Maria Jeritza who retired after her Met Opera, Vienna opera, career in Newark, NJ. Jeritza premiered TURANDOT and was the favorite TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini, as well as the first JENUFA for Leos Janacek. You can help us achieve these cultural and historic relationships this season and next year. They are all ideally multi-year projects that includes the emigration struggles from the turn of the century to today via the Arts and history. Awards:The Irish Institute, Short Play Festival, an OBIE Award as co-producer, and Making History !. Daniel P Quinn as playwright is also attending rehearsals of QUEEN V (The Rise + Fall of Gloria Vanderbilt) from his "American Trilogy" at Theatre for the New City. Media exposure: The Montclair Times (4/3/08) + The Record (9/5/04). Irishecho.com / Irish Echo (9/4/12) / P. 20 Echo Arts. Scholarship + Certification from Nonprofit Executive & Emerging Leader Institute at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ (2015). We need you to donate and help ArtsPRunlmited, Inc with http://www.fracturedatlas.org and help us expand our outreach for 2017-19


Production-Proven VMware vCloud NFV™ Platform Accelerates Network Modernization and New Service Delivery, Sustainable Cost Reductions and 5G Readiness; VMware Ready™ for NFV Program Now Features more than 30 certified solutions BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwired - March 01, 2017) - MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS - VMware, Inc. ( : VMW) today announced VMware vCloud® NFV™ 2.0, designed to modernize and transform network architectures and operations for global communications service providers (CSPs). Built from production-proven software-defined infrastructure and management solutions, the vCloud NFV platform can improve economics through accelerated service delivery, operational excellence and lower infrastructure costs. With vCloud NFV 2.0, CSPs will be able to deliver new and differentiated services on an agile, open and secure software-defined architecture today as they evolve their networks to support 5G and the Internet of Things. VMware vCloud NFV is an ETSI-compliant fully integrated, modular and multi-tenancy NFV platform. The vCloud NFV platform combines a highly available, carrier-grade network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) with Day 2 operations management and service assurance capabilities to drive successful NFV deployments and operations. With vCloud NFV, VMware is delivering openness and choice across the NFV technology stack-NFV infrastructure (NFVI), Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIM), Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and NFV Orchestration (NFVO) -- and continues to advance vCloud NFV interoperability across mobile, wireline, Internet of Things, Software-Defined WAN, and security use cases. As virtualization is a prerequisite to 5G network buildout, VMware vCloud NFV delivers a platform for new service development today, with an architecture that will support CSP implementation of 5G implementation in the future. "In today's highly competitive environment, CSPs must deliver innovative services faster, with the best end-to-end customer experience and at the lowest cost. Current network architectures, including some virtualized deployments, remain rigid and expensive to build and manage," said Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions, Telco NFV Group, VMware. "With more than 80 NFV deployments by more than 45 CSPs serving 300 million subscribers worldwide, VMware vCloud NFV enables the transformation of network architectures, services delivery, operations and economics through a more dynamic, agile network built on software." VMware vCloud NFV 2.0 Simplifies Deployment and Ongoing Operations VMware vCloud will take advantage of new innovations across VMware's entire virtualized compute, networking, storage and management portfolio. These will include the newest versions of VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™, VMware NSX® for vSphere, VMware VSAN, VMware vCloud Director® for Service Provider, VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware vRealize® Network Insight™, VMware vRealize Log Insight™, VMware vRealize Operations™ Advanced, and VMware Site Recovery Manager™. VMware vCloud NFV 2.0 will advance three critical areas for CSPs: Service Automation, Secure Multi-Tenancy, and Operations Management while dramatically improving Carrier-Grade Availability. Driving Interoperability through VMware Ready for NFV Program The VMware Ready for NFV certification provides CSPs with the confidence that VMware partner VNF solutions will seamlessly and effectively deploy, run, and interoperate with VMware vCloud NFV. VMware has now certified 30 Virtual Network Functions from 23 vendors worldwide. VMware's broad ecosystem of certified VNF partners creates a true marketplace that helps customers remove barriers to successful NFV implementation. The complete list of VMware Ready™ for NFV certified solutions is available on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX). VMware, Intel and Cloudify Sponsor VNF On-Boarding Hackathon at #MWC17 VMware, Intel and Cloudify are hosting an open VNF on-boarding hackathon at Mobile World Congress. The event will start with a 30 minute theater presentation on Wednesday March 1st at 2:30pm CET at the VMware booth (Hall 3, Stand K10). The goals of the hackathon are to raise industry awareness and initiate an industry review of a proposed TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) based VNF Data Models agreement, provide easy to use tools to assist in the adoption of TOSCA as an NFV blueprinting standard and to begin a web based archive of downloadable TOSCA blueprints for the participant VNFs. The hackathon aims to accelerate cloud-based telecom service deployments by addressing one of the key challenges of NFV; the ease of onboarding Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). Read more about the hack-a-thon in this blog. Analyst, Customer and Partner Commentary "We believe that the journey towards virtualization which combines NFV, SDN, and cloud native applications will be more disruptive than the move from circuit switched to packet networking. CSPs will rely on suppliers that have proven deployments to manage risk and achieve the benefits that virtualization promise. VMware is a pioneer in virtualization software and services. It is bringing telco grade solutions to market and complementing such solutions with full lifecycle management with VMware vCloud NFV 2.0. Deployment risk are reduced with VMware's certification program which brings together a diverse set of VNF ecosystem partners." - Patrick Kelly, Founder and Principal Analyst at Appledore Research Group. "Virtualization and SDN are critical enabling technologies that operators need to be successful in the future. One example is the journey towards 5G that requires the richness, flexibility and agility that only software-based network solutions offer. Working with VMware, we have developed a top-of-the-rank virtualisation platform that initially supports live services to real customers. Longer term we are building out an agile and secure infrastructure across multiple countries that enables us to allocate resources dynamically and introduce new services rapidly. VMware vCloud NFV provides us with a mature and proven NFV platform option and new releases like 2.0, demonstrate a commitment to continued NFV innovation." - Mauro Costa, Director, Network Architecture & Strategy, Telia Company "Our goal is to help service providers digitally transform their operations and delivery models with modern infrastructure using common, scalable and flexible building blocks. The combination of Dell EMC with VMware vCloud NFV 2.0 software demonstrates exactly the type of 'better together' solutions we're developing for services providers, helping increase agility and speed while improving their economics." - Tom Burns, senior vice president, networking, service provider & enterprise infrastructure, Dell EMC "We are seeing a broad focus by CSP's to deploy a virtualized infrastructure to support current network build-outs and prepare for 5G network deployments. Our continued alliance with VMware is designed to accelerate this effort by providing solutions that leverage our expertise and have been proven in real-world commercial deployments. With the introduction of vCloud NFV 2.0, VMware is continuing to demonstrate its support for mobile operators by delivering an open platform they need to efficiently deploy 5G-ready networks." - Amit Tiwari, vice president, strategic alliances and systems engineering, Affirmed Networks Availability The VMware vCloud NFV 2.0 bundle will be generally available in Q1 FY2018 (February 4, 2017 - May 5, 2017), and will include the following software: VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6.5, VMware Integrated OpenStack 3.1, VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider 8.20, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.0, VMware vRealize Operations Advanced and VMware vSAN Standard 6.5. VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3, VMware vCenter 6.5, vRealize Network Insight 3.3 and VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.5 are sold separately. About VMware| VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide. VMware, vCloud, vCloud NFV, vSphere, vSphere with Operations Management, NSX, vSAN, vCloud Director, vRealize, vRealize, Network Insight, Log Insight, vRealize Operations, Site Recovery Manager, and Cross-Cloud Architecture are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.


News Article | March 30, 2016
Site: phys.org

For the first time, scientists have overcome the challenge of breaking down raw biomass without the need for chemical pre-treatment, and have produced record high amounts of clean liquid hydrocarbon fuel as a result. This brings us one step closer to lessening our dependence on fossil fuels, and is an important development in our shift towards renewable energy. The ability to produce sustainable fuel from renewable biomass is becoming increasingly important as we move away from our dependency on fossil fuels. The production and utilisation of biomass, or plant material, offers an energy alternative that is almost carbon neutral, as the carbon dioxide is recycled in plant photosynthesis. In plants, the woody material that is used to produce fuel consists of three different components: cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Lignin is a challenge to the production of biofuels, as it is difficult to break down and convert into useful fuel, often requiring high levels of energy or the use of corrosive chemicals. Therefore, up to a third of plant material can go to waste or be burned as low-value fuel. A team of scientists from The University of Manchester and East China University of Science and Technology stewed a catalyst - made up of the metal complex niobium phosphate, with small particles of platinum dotted across the surface - with raw wood sawdust for 20 hours at 190 degrees Celsius, and a pressure of 50 atmospheres. The results, published in Nature Communications, show that the catalyst was able to directly break down and convert the lignin, which potentially offers the future development of catalysts for converting biomass into fuel. Dr Yang used the Science & Technology Facilities Council's ISIS Neutron and Muon source - often described as a 'super-microscope' - to study the biomass and catalyst at the molecular level. Using an instrument called TOSCA, Dr Yang and ISIS scientist Dr Stewart Parker used neutrons to see how a model of lignocellulose interacted with the surface of the catalyst to produce useful fuel. "The conversion of biomass into fuels typically requires separations and pre-treatments to the raw biomass, thus suffering high energy penalties. This catalyst showed exceptionally high activity in splitting the carbon-oxygen bonds, the most challenging step in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass. This new catalytic process can therefore directly convert raw biomass to liquid fuels without separations or chemical pre-treatments, leading to significant potential energy savings," says Dr Sihai Yang, lead author of the study.


BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three companies are working together to help telecoms and carriers decrease the time required to create and deploy new networking services. These services based on virtualized network functions (VNFs) allow network operators to give customers the services they need faster and at a lower cost, increasing competitiveness and the opportunity to generate new revenues in a cloud-first world. Cloudify is a business unit of GigaSpaces, providing open source orchestration software for cloud applications and VNFs used by carriers and enterprises. A hackathon is being held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 1. The three companies —Cloudify, VMware and Intel—are presenting a tutorial on the use of a new VNF Onboarding Wizard developed by Cloudify. The wizard provides an easy to use, web-based interface for onboarding a VNF. The VNF Onboarding Wizard generates a template adhering to the TOSCA specification (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications), abstracting away from the VNF provider the need to understand the inner workings of the emerging open standard used by telecoms for VNFs. The VNF Onboarding Wizard provides a simple mechanism for VNF providers to generate a TOSCA compatible template. There is no industry standard for deploying a VNF onto a particular Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). This has been the case for clouds using VMware vCloud Director® or OpenStack as a VIM. As a result, the onboarding process has been labor-intensive, requiring an in-depth knowledge of both the chosen Management and Operations (MANO) software and the VIM architecture. This lack of standards and developer abstraction has made the cost, time to market, agility and accuracy of new VNF deployments unattractive from a business standpoint. Recently, TOSCA blueprints have emerged as the forerunner in the emerging standards for VNF definition, supported by the MANO layer provided by the open source Cloudify project, which is TOSCA compliant. Cloudify significantly reduces time and risk to onboard new VNFs, and hence bring new services to market. Cloudify is working with the ONAP Project (formerly the Open-O project) to implement Common TOSCA and a VNF SDK to develop a new proposal for a standard VNF definition in TOSCA that addresses the specific VNF attributes and develops a new definition for network telemetry. This framework uses project ARIA for driving the TOSCA parser and validation. New Open Services Portal for VNF On-Boarding Demonstrated at MWC Also at Mobile World Congress, Cloudify is demonstrating a new open services portal together with VMware that showcases how carriers can launch and maintain the lifecycle of new VNFs easily through a customizable portal framework. The services portal provides a means to deliver VNFs after they have been onboarded through a multi-tenant catalogue service. The new framework also demonstrates how operators can easily create customized views for different user profiles, and tie in monitoring and telemetry in a single pane of glass user interface. “Cloudify continues our strong commitment to unlock the NFV, and specifically, VNF onboarding challenge through open source and open standards. The collaboration with VMware and Intel, alongside our work with the Open-O community, creates a platform for collaboration among organizations with aligned interests,” said Nati Shalom, founder and CTO of Cloudify. “This collaboration with Intel and VMware would not be possible without open source and an open standard to back it up.” “Open standards at the network infrastructure layer can drive innovation and new value further up the stack,” said Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president products and solutions, Telco NFV at VMware. “VMware is committed to open standards, and TOSCA is an ideal choice for VNF deployment and management because it’s already widely accepted in the telecom industry. Collaborating with Cloudify in using TOSCA to drive an open NFV standard is an ideal way to increase VNF adoption.” Cloudify is an orchestration-first cloud management platform that is open source and based on the TOSCA standard. Service providers and enterprises worldwide—including top financial firms, e-commerce companies, online gaming providers, healthcare organizations and telecom carriers—use Cloudify to enhance IT efficiency and performance at web scale. Cloudify, a business unit of GigaSpaces, has offices in the US, Europe and Asia. More at www.getcloudify.org and www.gigaspaces.com. VMware, vCloud and vCloud Director are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN, November 03, 2016-- Conveniently located in south Minneapolis, Minnesota, Stewart Designs, which is owned and operated by Artist Margaret Stewart, designs and sells one-of-a-kind hand engravings for one-of-a-kind people to enjoy. Specializing in custom designing glass objects by engraving designs right into them, ever so gently, Stewart's studio is well-equipped to design any number of glass objects, large or small, serving customers now for more than 30 years."I am a self-taught, freehand artist," Stewart said, "which first started as merely a hobby. But over the years I mastered my craft into a well-established business that I love. Working with customers to make their memories last a lifetime through a piece of my artwork is extremely gratifying."Creating a variety of objects for customers, to include everything from portraits of people's pets, wildlife, and landscapes, Stewart brings to life everything she puts her hands to by simply referring to a photo. Using her patience, as well as a keen eye and steady hand, her custom work is truly something to cherish."I especially love recreating wildlife, like birds, horses, deer, and other animals you'll see out there in the wilderness or on the farm," Stewart noted. "Growing up on the ranch, in the high country of Colorado, my inspiration has always been my four-legged friends and the outdoors."Creating custom designed heirlooms that include those very special moments, such as wedding dates and monumental birthdays, or anniversaries, which can be engraved on champagne flutes or other objects, Stewart has also developed an Eagle Series, which she is very proud of, and was initially inspired by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, as well as a Split Rock Lighthouse, Art on Wheels, and Gone Fishing Series.Stewart's work has been on display throughout the state of Minnesota in various restaurants, as well as in art shows, including Wild Life & Garden Art Show, The St. Paul Sportsman Show, and Arabian Horse Show. She's also been featured in The Twin Cities TOSCA magazine for her masterpieces. She's even had the pleasure of gifting her artwork to First Lady Barbara Bush, as well as several other political leaders internationally. Active in her community with various organizations, she is a VIP member of National Association of Professional Women and The Wise Resource Volunteers of Minnesota public schools.For more information, visit www.margaretstewartdesigns.com About Women of Distinction Magazine:Women of Distinction Magazine strives to continually bring the very best out in each article published and highlight Women of Distinction. Women of Distinction Magazine's mission is to have a platform where women can grow, inspire, empower, educate and encourage professionals from any industry by sharing stories of courage and success.Contact:Women of Distinction Magazine, Melville, NY631-465-9024 pressreleases@womenofdistinction.net

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