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Codefresh Makes GitOps Software Delivery With Argo Accessible to Everyone

Codefresh | July 27, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

Codefresh
Beginning today, Codefresh is democratizing GitOps with Argo for all users – individuals and DevOps teams of all sizes – with the immediate availability of its hosted continuous delivery (CD) platform providing Argo CD as a Service. The Codefresh hosted Argo platform is accessible at no cost for community projects, individuals and small DevOps teams seeking unfettered access to GitOps best practices for fast, reliable, and secure software delivery in the cloud.

Codefresh’s managed Argo CD platform is a feature-complete GitOps software delivery solution eliminating the need for installation, maintenance, or home-grown custom integrations to work with popular DevOps tools. In addition, the managed instances are ready for deployments in seconds, making it the logical way to get started with continuous delivery with Argo CD.

Available today in hosted, on-premise, and hybrid deployment options for enterprise environments, Codefresh leverages open-source Argo in a code-to-cloud solution enabling unrivaled visibility into CI/CD deployments. It provides an easy-to-use framework for implementing GitOps and a scalable solution for large teams targeting multi-cluster, multi-application deployments.

The Codefresh platform features intuitive, comprehensive dashboards that provide detailed insights spanning DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) metrics, change history, and issue tracking across all projects and applications, with deep integrations into Git, CI pipelines, and artifact repositories. The platform is fully compatible with continuous integration (CI) offerings like Jenkins and Github Actions, as well as Codefresh CI.

“Codefresh has demonstrated to enterprises of all sizes the value inherent to Argo CD, and this value is built atop a sustained commitment from Codefresh and the community to cultivate Argo and GitOps for the future. “To empower everyone with this capability is the fullest expression of our commitment to open-source innovation.”

Raziel Tabib, Co-Founder and CEO, Codefresh

About Codefresh
Codefresh is the most trusted continuous delivery platform for cloud-native apps. Its mission is to give enterprise teams the control, stability, and confidence they need to release more frequently and enable smoother deployments to the cloud, on-prem, or at the edge. Codefresh is built on an enterprise distribution of Argo, the industry's leading declarative continuous delivery tool. Codefresh is trusted by companies like GoodRx, Skillshare, Monday.com, TBS, and financial services companies and backed by world-class investors such as M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, Red Dot Capital Partners, Shasta Ventures, and more.

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Datawiza Integration with Microsoft 365 Brings MFA to Oracle Business Applications

Datawiza | September 19, 2022

Datawiza, the industry's leading cloud-native access proxy for securing applications, today announced a new integration with Microsoft 365 that allows businesses to deploy multifactor authentication (MFA) for mission-critical Oracle business applications. By creating a no-code, secure bridge between Oracle applications and Microsoft 365, the Datawiza cloud-native proxy enables Microsoft 365 customers to quickly extend the power of Microsoft's modern Identity and Access (IAM) solution, Azure Active Directory , to Peoplesoft, Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards (JDE) and Siebel – in minutes. Datawiza: Modern Access Management for Hard-to-Secure Applications “Thousands of enterprises today run on business applications that don’t always support modern security protocols,” said Dr. Canming Jiang, Co-Founder & CEO of Datawiza. “Corporate boards are demanding immediate action to eliminate vulnerabilities, but replacing mission-critical applications like Peoplesoft, E-Business Suite, JDE and Siebel would take far too long and cost too much. Our cloud-native proxy helps organizations extend their investment in these solutions by enabling modern capabilities like MFA and single sign-on in less than five minutes, helping them quickly respond to new security requirements, such as the need to meet cyber insurance requirements or establish Zero Trust Application Access.” “Microsoft is passionate about helping businesses protect their identities, applications, and data. “Datawiza is a partner in our Secure Hybrid Access program. Their fast, secure solution helps our customers take advantage of the multifactor authentication capabilities built into Azure AD (now part of Microsoft Entra) to protect their portfolio of critical Oracle business solutions. This way, they can get even more value from their investment in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Entra, our family of modern identity and access solutions.” Sue Bohn, Vice President of the Identity and Network Access Customer and Partner Experience Team at Microsoft Multifactor authentication adds an additional layer to application access, requiring users to prove their identity with more than just a username and password. When a user signs into an application, the system requires a second authentication, such as scanning a fingerprint or entering a code received by a smartphone. MFA is built into Microsoft 365, which includes Azure AD, but it relies on modern security protocols, such as SAML or OIDC, which Oracle and other legacy applications don’t support. The lightweight, cloud-delivered Datawiza platform relies on super-lightweight, cloud-native and container-based proxies located near the applications they protect. The Datawiza cloud-native proxy is deployed at the front end of the applications to create a bridge between the applications and Microsoft 365. In just a few minutes, Datawiza can be deployed and configured and begin requiring MFA, as well as single sign-on (SSO) and conditional access, to log into any application – from Oracle applications to homegrown applications to open source tools. The benefits of Datawiza include: Added security to extend the life of mission-critical investments – Datawiza works in all cloud, IAM and network infrastructures No-code, so quick to deploy – no security expertise required, no new vulnerabilities are inadvertently introduced Fine-grained access controls across homegrown, open source and legacy applications, for all environments: on-prem, cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid Easily integrated with cutting-edge cloud-native technologies, such as containerization and Kubernetes Protection for individual applications even if the network is breached About Datawiza Datawiza, the industry's leading cloud-native access proxy for securing applications and APIs, provides consolidated and continuous risk and trust assessment. Unlike other access management products (e.g., legacy web access managers) that are complex and siloed in hybrid environments, Datawiza offers large enterprises and SMBs a comprehensive, centralized and easy-to-deploy solution that allows every company to simplify access management, save time and increase security. Datawiza was founded in 2018 by security expert Dr. Canming Jiang, a veteran of Shape Security, now part of F5, and cloud expert Cunhao (Alex) Gao, a veteran of Google and Amazon.

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Spice AI Raises $13.5 Million Seed Funding to Enable Web3 Developers to Build Data and AI-driven Applications

Spice AI | September 08, 2022

Spice AI today announced a seed round of $13.5 million for its platform that enables developers to build data driven applications for Web3. Madrona led the round with Australia based Blackbird Ventures, Basis Set Ventures, Alumni Ventures Blockchain Fund, Joe McCann’s new Asymmetric fund, Protocol Labs, IEX Fund, and other strategic angel investors participating, including Thomas Dohmke, CEO of GitHub, who is also joining the board. “Spice AI is building a developer first platform to create AI/ML-driven applications that harness time series data – a valuable yet difficult to harness data set for any organization. There is no ecosystem out there that is more data rich than Web3 and blockchains, but that area is currently hampered by lack of data access and infrastructure. Solving the data problem in Web3 requires deep domain knowledge and Spice AI is building the infrastructure, so developers do not have to deal with the complexity of building it themselves. Now is the time to build for Web3 and we are excited to be well capitalized to grow the team and address this gap in the market,” said Luke Kim, CEO of Spice AI. Web3 and Spice AI While most blockchains are public and open, extracting data from them to power apps and ML is painfully difficult. To get meaningful quantities of useful data, developers are forced to build and operate a massively complex infrastructure which includes blockchain nodes, big data systems, ETL and ML pipelines, data lakes, data warehouses, and query systems. Going one step further, developers must deeply understand the various data sources including virtual-machine logs, and the inner workings and state of smart contracts, across a broad array of blockchains, scaling layers, and dApps. Spice.xyz, brings this together in a platform that enables developers to access web3 data across chains via SQL over high-performance Apache Arrow APIs. The platform is available in Preview today with Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ethereum Name Service (ENS) datasets with work in progress to launch Solana and Polygon. “Madrona has invested in machine learning infrastructure and intelligent applications for almost a decade. We see a massive opportunity for Spice AI to provide a developer-first framework and intelligent data sets that unlock insights in blockchain data and enable developers to create intelligent distributed Web3 applications. As part of the financing, Porter will join the Spice AI board along with Thomas Dohmke. Tim Porter, Managing Director at Madrona Deeply Developer Focused Founders Over the last 15 years, co-founder Luke Kim has brought together the best builders and engineers across the globe to create developer focused experiences through tools and technologies used by millions worldwide. Before founding Spice AI, Luke was the founding manager and co-creator of Azure Incubations at Microsoft where he led cross-functional engineering teams to create and develop technologies like Dapr. Co-founder Phillip LeBlanc has spent a decade building some of the largest distributed systems and big data platforms used by millions worldwide. Before co-founding Spice AI, Phillip was both an engineering manager and IC working on distributed systems at GitHub and Microsoft. Phillip has contributed to services developers use every day including GitHub Actions, Azure Active Directory and Visual Studio App Center. “Spice AI is building the foundational platform for Web3, so developers do not have to invest in standing up their own infrastructure and in data engineering that is complex and costly, and frankly, hard to get right. Delivering real time insights from time-series data across chains powers intelligent applications being built for a wide range of industries – from addressing buying patterns in e-tail/retail all the way to fraud detection and securities trading. Since our pre-seed investment, the team continues to impress us with the focus and pace of innovation as they build this infrastructure for Web3,” added Aseem Datar, Partner at Madrona. Spice AI is building an office in greater Seattle with a footprint in Asia and Australia. Check out the positions here - spice.ai/careers About Spice AI Founded in June 2021 by Luke Kim and Phillip LeBlanc, Spice AI creates technology to help developers build intelligent apps that learn and adapt. The company has raised 14.5 million in funding since 2021 and is backed by leading venture and angel investors.

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Deeplite Wins 2022 International Business Award® for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Solution

Deeplite | August 25, 2022

Deeplite, a provider of AI optimization software designed to make AI model inference faster, more compact and energy-efficient, today announced it was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the 19th Annual International Business Awards® in the category of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) for its computer vision solutions. Deeplite's core products, Deeplite Neutrino and Deeplite Runtime (DeepliteRT) make it possible to run large, process-heavy and power-intensive AI models on the limited compute power of chipsets (e.g., CPUs, MCUs). This affects many industries, as the deep neural networks (DNNs) that enable tasks at the edge in security, surveillance, automotive and more are built on large AI models, which require vast amounts of data. This often makes utilizing the power of AI too costly and complex for many organizations, especially startups and small businesses. Deeplite's computer vision makes it possible for these organizations to run AI models on tiny edge devices, like security cameras or drones. "The work we are doing at Deeplite is paramount to the continued innovations of AI, and I'm so proud of the team for making Neutrino and DeepliteRT such huge successes. "We are currently working to provide our computer vision AI in a number of industries with customers in different parts of the world, and are looking forward to continuing to expand our reach to make AI accessible to even more organizations that want to use it." Nick Romano, co-founder and CEO of Deeplite The International Business Awards are the world's premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. The 2022 IBAs received entries from organizations in 67 nations and territories. More than 300 judges participated in this year's International Business Awards. For Deeplite's submission, some of the judges' comments are as follows: A super interesting product that enables AI/Machine Learning at the edge devices instead of storing the big data in the cloud or data centers. I find achieving two-bit quantization while persisting the model accuracy real intriguing. I believe that products like these would revolutionize the AI/ML at edge locations. DeepliteRT is a powerful and efficient AI software platform that will help companies save time, money and energy. You develop a product to deploy AI models on low-power computer resources to alleviate the current constraints imposed by machine learning algorithms. This is important because many devices that could use AI/ML run on batteries or are intended to have a small form factor. The market has received your product successfully across various industries. "This year's class of honorees are as innovative, adventuresome, persistent, and successful as we've ever had," said Stevie Awards president Maggie Miller. "We look forward to celebrating their achievements with them during our 15 October awards banquet in London." About Deeplite Based in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, Deeplite is an AI software company dedicated to enabling AI for everyday life. Deeplite uses AI to automatically make other AI models faster, smaller and more energy-efficient creating highly compact, high-performance deep neural networks for deployment on edge devices such as security cameras, sensors, drones, mobile phones and vehicles. Deeplite was named to CRN's 10 Hottest AI Startups of 2021, as well as the 2021 Big50 Startup Report, and has been featured by Gartner, Forbes, Inside AI and ARM AI as a premier Edge AI innovator.

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OutPLEX Announces Key Partnership with Amazon Web Services

OutPLEX | August 18, 2022

OutPLEX, a leading voice and digital business process outsourcing organization, has announced a new partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) via the Amazon Partner Network (APN). In joining the APN, the Fort Lauderdale, FL based company adds the capability to provide global brands with AWS-powered customer contact services backed by the world’s “gold standard” in cloud computing technology. The partnership was brought about by the growing need for seamless integration between omnichannel customer contact experiences while ensuring customer data protection. In today’s customer experience (CX) landscape, it is imperative that companies are available to answer questions in real-time, at all times. Combining OutPLEX’s 20+ years of experience in CX management with the power of Amazon Connect, organizations of all sizes can be assured a seamless transition into the digital age of customer interaction. When asked about the new partnership, OutPLEX’s Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence, Declan Ryan, stated that “At OutPLEX, our primary mission is to provide clients with the most cutting-edge technology to maximize efficiency and customer satisfaction while reducing brands’ labor costs. Joining the Amazon Partner Network and utilizing AWS tools allows us to do just that.” In teaming up with Amazon, OutPLEX’s plans to utilize the APN Connect offering to meet clients’ needs. Amazon Connect enables OutPLEX to provide top-notch voice and digital messaging solutions. Caller authentication and fraud risk detection, real-time speech and sentiment analysis, unified customer profiles, and natural language chatbot design and management are just a few key features OutPLEX offers clients as a part of this partnership. Utilizing the AWS artificial intelligence service Amazon Lex for chatbot design, clients can be assured that they’re getting state-of-the-art conversation mapping utilizing the same natural language understanding that powers Amazon Alexa, allowing for improved customer interactions without the need for a live agent. OutPLEX looks forward to this partnership with Amazon Web Services, and the opportunities it offers to give clients the exemplary customer experience OutPLEX is known for. ABOUT OUTPLEX OutPLEX is a leading international digital and voice CX outsourcing organization developing solutions for the world's most trusted brands. Utilizing its innovation centers and highly skilled engagement experts, OutPLEX is the largest provider of digital customer engagement globally. Since 2001, OutPLEX has successfully transacted billions of customer experiences on its clients' behalf via phone, digital messaging, social media, conversational AI, and more with a track record of quality service and delivery that provides greater ROI for their clients.

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