Amazon’s Andy Jassy talks up AWS Outposts, Wavelength as the right edge for hybrid cloud

At the end of a three-hour keynote address for Amazon’s annual re:Invent conference, which is taking place virtually this year, Amazon Web Services chief executive Andy Jassy wrapped up with an extended discussion about edge computing and its role in hybrid computing.

“Hybrid is not just about whether its on-premise or in the cloud,” said Jassy. Instead, IT needs “the same APIs, the same control plane, the same tools, the same hardware they get in AWS regions,” said Jassy. He was referring to Amazon’s AWS Outposts, a rack of equipment deployed at a customer facility that is a fully-managed service from Amazon. 

Jassy said Amazon has made the Outposts offering easier to purchase now with new form factors, 1U and 2U rack units, versus an entire rack-size deployment.

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“Hybrid is not just about whether its on-premise or in the cloud,” said AWS lead executive Andy Jassy in his keynote Tuesday,

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Garmin Edge 520 Plus bike computer reduced in Black Friday sales

Black Friday has well and truly arrived, and right now there are Black Friday Garmin deals aplenty. One of the best deals we’ve found today concerns the Edge 520 Plus computer. 

The Garmin Edge 520 Plus is an advanced yet easy-to-use GPS computer ideal for cyclists of all disciplines, from on-road to off-road, serious or leisurely, short distance or long. It’s packed with features and can track more data than you’ll likely ever need to use, so it’s perhaps unsurprisingly a popular companion for many a cyclist.

It’s not the newest model in the Garmin line-up, but fortunately for anyone in the market for a new cycling computer, that means it’s been given the Black Friday treatment, as you’ll find below.

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EdgeConneX Partners with Zenlayer To Bring Edge Cloud and Networking Solutions to Enterprises Across EdgeConneX Global Edge Data Center Footprint

HERNDON, Va., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — EdgeConneX®, the pioneer in edge data centers, announced today that Zenlayer, an edge cloud provider known for its global coverage and on-demand services, will collaborate to bring powerful new Edge Cloud and Networking solutions to enterprises that are proximate to the EdgeConneX global data center footprint.  Zenlayer services  include on-demand bare metal cloud, direct connections to all major public clouds and data centers, application acceleration, and managed hosting. Working with EdgeConneX to bring these solutions locally to markets in closer proximity to enterprise locations will help alleviate impediments to cloud adoption related to performance, security, and costs and make it easier to execute on hybrid and multi-cloud strategies.

EdgeConneX has a global data center footprint of over 40 data centers in more than 30 markets around the globe.  With Zenlayer, enterprise customers can leverage global networking and cloud solutions to

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Rockwell Automation Acquires Fiix Inc., Cloud Software Company for Leading Edge Maintenance Solutions

AI-Enabled Computerized Maintenance Management System Modernizes Operations Planning, Management, and Equipment Failure Prediction

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Fiix Inc., a privately-held, AI-enabled computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) company. Fiix, founded in 2008, is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

As the number of industrial connected assets multiplies, the ability to gain insights from maintenance operations is becoming increasingly important to a manufacturer’s ability to gain competitive advantage. This insight enables another level of productivity in addition to the core automation.

Fiix’s cloud-native CMMS creates workflows for the scheduling, organizing, and tracking of equipment maintenance. It connects seamlessly to business systems and drives data-driven decisions. The company’s revenue grew 70% in 2019 with more than 85% recurring revenue. Fiix has more than 2 million assets under management and creates

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Ambarella launches computer vision chips for edge AI

Chip designer Ambarella has announced a new computer vision chip for processing artificial intelligence at the edge of computer networks, like in smart cars and security cameras.

The new CV28M camera system on chip (SoC) is the latest in the company’s CVflow family. It combines advanced image processing, high-resolution video encoding, and computer vision processing in a single, low-power chip.

Ambarella packed a lot of AI processing power into the chip to anticipate the way computer networks will evolve as everything gets connected to the internet. Since networks could become inundated with data traffic, self-driving cars, for example, will have to do their processing at the edge of the network, or in the car itself, rather than interacting heavily with datacenter processors.

This means the sensors and image processors in edge devices will have to be very powerful, Ambarella VP Chris Day said in an interview with VentureBeat. “We’re working

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How Masergy Uses Partners for Secure-Access Service Edge

From a societal perspective, the year 2020 will be known as the year of COVID-19. In networking, 2020 will be remembered as the year of secure-access service edge (SASE), which builds on software-defined WANs (SD-WANs). The shift from a legacy network to an SD-WAN is the biggest evolutionary shift in networking in more than 30 years and brings unprecedented levels of application resiliency and network agility. However, as powerful and transformative as SD-WANs are, the technology doesn’t help better secure the network. 

SASE makes securing the network easier because it converges network and security technology. Instead of deploying the network and then implementing security as an overlay to it, SASE offers an “integrated stack” where security becomes a set of network services that are either cloud delivered, or cloud managed. With legacy networks, the overlay model worked as the network had very few, or often just a single, point of

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Dell Technologies, FedEx, Switch partner for edge computing nodes, services

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Clockwise: Switch, FedEx and Dell Technologies are partnering on edge computing services. 

Dell Technologies, FedEx and data center company Switch said they will team up to create a network of multi-cloud edge computing sites.

The move is one of the first concrete efforts highlighting how edge computing sites will be housed in existing real estate assets. I noted the possibilities in January and it’s no surprise Dell Technologies is involved given CTO John Roese highlighted the connection between edge compute and real estate.

Edge computing, as well as 5G, will acquire a more distributed network with various points of presence. These points are likely to be housed in existing real estate. When Amazon Web Services and Verizon outlined plans to partner on 5G, cloud, and edge computing use cases, it became one more data point in how the technology is also about real estate. 

Dell, FedEx and Switch said they

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