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Panzura Freedom 8 Multi-Cloud File System Announced

CAMPBELL, CA, June 27, 2019  – Panzura, the leader in multi-cloud data services, announced the launch of its Panzura Freedom 8 multi-cloud file services platform. Panzura Freedom 8 delivers key advancements in performance, scale, cloud data protection, central management, search, analytics and mobile access in one global cloud-native file system.

Panzura Freedom 8 makes it easy to migrate apps and data to the cloud without re-write. It fuels significant productivity gains for globally dispersed teams collaborating on games, buildings, software, cars, amusement parks or other large-scale projects. Panzura Freedom 8 also delivers advanced file security and cloud data protection with industry-first Cloud Mirroring – mirrors data to two or more clouds – while lowering costs by up to 70% for managing the explosive growth of unstructured file data. Together with Panzura’s Vizion.ai multi-cloud data management service, customers can create one view of enterprise data to search, analyze and control that data across the enterprise.

“As a multi-billion-dollar global engineering and design firm with over 30,000 employees and partners worldwide, speed and team productivity are critical to delivering world-class billion-dollar designs for our customers. With Panzura Freedom, we deployed one global cloud file system across all global sites, enabling engineers and designers to collaborate as one global team, dramatically increasing productivity and improving our bottom line,” said Henrik Carlberg, Business CIO of ÅF, an engineering and consulting company for the energy, industrial and infrastructure markets.

Unlike other global cloud file systems that force customers to split file data into multiple disconnected volumes due to scale, performance and file locking limitations, Panzura Freedom 8 is the only solution that provides the Power of ONE without limits:

  • One Global Cloud File System: Provides globally connected data fabric for applications, machines and people and eliminates copy data sprawl and data islands by consolidating file data into a single source of truth.
  • One Global Experience: Ensures consistent, fast access to data from anywhere in the world.
  • One Collaborative Team: Delivers faster team performance and significant productivity gains accelerating time to market for projects of all sizes.
  • One Vision of Data: Enables the ability to search, analyze and control data to drive intelligent business decisions and improve data security and compliance.
  • One Bottom Line Result: Increases productivity of teams while reducing file storage cost by up to 70 percent, yielding higher profitability.

“Panzura is the only company to deliver the Power of ONE promise with Freedom 8,” said Patrick Harr, CEO of Panzura. “Unlike others that require splitting the global file system into completely segregated volumes of disconnected apps, machines, data and people, Freedom 8 unifies everything into one global cloud file system and one collaborative ring. This means that our customers realize huge productivity gains, lower their cost of managing unstructured file data and improve their overall profitability.”

Breakthrough capabilities of Panzura Freedom 8

  • Performance – 4X increased throughput for read/write operations to the public cloud and 20Gbps front-end throughput per Freedom Filer virtual machine means Panzura Freedom 8 can service the most demanding I/O for NFS and SMB file-based applications, machines and users.
  • Scale – No limits for the number of global sites in one global filesystem with 3X faster metadata sync performance using Panzura patented SmartSynch technology along with 2X improvement in metadata space consumption. In addition, single filers now support 5,000 connections and hundreds of thousands of connections in a cluster.
  • Cloud Data Protection and Availability – Cloud Mirroring of data to two or more clouds provides auto-failover protection and business continuity. Cloud Mirroring protects against business disruption from cloud outages, accidental deletion of cloud buckets and doubles cloud storage availability. In addition, automated failover for local and global high-availability (HA) filers keep services running without disruption.
  • One Portal Management – Granular REST API for fully automated deployment, configuration and management of all Freedom filers, including performance, health and status metrics. Single portal for monitoring statistics for all filer nodes worldwide, including central, customizable alerting capabilities.
  • Search and Analytics – Visualize, index, search, audit and analyze Panzura Freedom 8 file data with Vizion.ai.
  • Mobile Access – Real-time and Enterprise File Sync and Share Services (EFSS) access to Panzura Freedom 8 for mobile application users. Includes full Mobile Device Management (MDM) support with ability to revoke access immediately or auto-expiration.

Panzura Freedom 8 delivers multi-cloud freedom to choose the best cloud provider and deployment options – dark site private, hybrid or in a public cloud – based on requirements. Freedom 8 is FIPS 140-2 certified and provides customer key management for the highest levels of security and control.

Panzura Freedom 8 will be available starting in mid-July.

About Panzura

Panzura is the leader in multi-cloud data services, a $68B market opportunity. Its multi-cloud data services platform includes Panzura Freedom and Vizion.ai. Freedom provides software-defined, multi-cloud file services to enterprises in over 7500 sites globally across 33 countries. The Vizion.ai multi-cloud data management service enables enterprises to meet the most demanding requirements for data search, ML analytics, and governance in a multi-cloud world. Panzura cloud partners include AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft and has over 400 resellers worldwide. Organizations like Fluor, Chevron, Sony, Avis, American College of Radiology, LiveNation, Daimler and ÅF use Panzura to consolidate and unlock the power of multi-cloud data.

For more information, go to https://www.panzura.com.

VR Concept Selects С3D Toolkit for 3D Virtual Prototyping Tools

MOSCOW, Russia, June 27, 2019 – C3D Labs has announced that VR Concept, a software developer focused on industrial-level virtual reality (VR), chose the С3D Toolkit for extending its 3D virtual prototyping tools.

VR Concept develops virtual prototyping software for collaborative work with 3D models in the fields of manufacturing, architecture, and construction. By deploying the toolkit from C3D Labs, VR Concept brings CAD design tools to its proprietary application and expands the list of CAD formats it supports.

The VR Concept application downloads CAD/BIM/CAE models to a VR environment so that users can evaluate the exterior and the ergonomics of the product’s design. The application shows whether collisions could occur, and goes on to disassemble and reassemble 3D models. VR Concept can also be used to hold meetings and train personnel. The easy-to-use application does not require programming skills and so enables rapid starts in virtual reality.

The application provides functionality for interaction with 3D models generated by different CAD systems in VR, and so VR Concept decided to apply ready-to-use file converters from C3D Labs.In addition, the company aims to offer powerful CAD functions in VR environments. Towards these purposes, VR Concept licensed two modules from the C3D Toolkit:

  • C3D Converter data exchange module for reading imported CAD data accurately
  • C3D Modeler geometric kernel for constructing 3D models and editing them

In the first stage, VR Concept plans to deploy C3D Converter in its VR application to read 3D models provided in JT format, a format that is in high demanded by the aerospace, engine, and shipbuilding industries.Next, the company plans to develop 3D modeling functions with C3D Modeler. This will enable users to change the geometry of 3D models, such as expanding pipe diameters and making holes,directly in the VR environment.

“By partnering with C3D Labs, we accessed a wide range of CAD formats that are used by our industrial customers,as well as the full-featured geometric modeling kernel,” said Denis Zakharkin, CEO of VR Concept. “In addition to extending the capabilities of our easy-to-use application for collaborative virtual prototyping, we intend to develop software tools for doing design directly in virtual reality.”

“Thanks to our first customer in the VR industry VR Concept, we can understand the specific needs of VR software,” said Oleg Zykov, CEO of C3D Labs. “This cooperation will allow us to further improve 3D modeling and data conversion in our C3D Toolkit, so that over time we will be able to further integrate our CAD components with virtual reality tools.”

About VR Concept

VR Concept is a software developer of virtual prototyping applications that solve industrial challenges. The company’s flexible 3D/VR engine is the core of the software. By opening CAD data directly and on-the-fly, customers have a fast entry into the realm of collaborative VR/AR.

The company mission is to provide users with easy, fast, convenient VR applications for collaboration with and visualization of CAD models. For more information, please visit http://vrconcept.net/eng/. 

About C3D Labs

C3D Labs specializes in the technology-intensive market of software components. The company was founded in 2012 by ASCON Group, a well-known CAD and PLM developer in Russia. Development of the C3D kernel was begun in 1995.

C3D Labs today provides the C3D Toolkit to engineering software for constructing and editing precise 3D models. As a tool for software developers, C3D Toolkit is the only package to incorporate all four modules critical to CAD: 2D/3D modeling, 2D/3D constraint solving, 3D visualization, and file conversion.

Vectorworks Receives Awards from Architosh, BUILD Magazine

COLUMBIA, MD, June 27, 2019 – Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has received two more awards, including Architosh’s 2019 AIA National “BEST of SHOW” award in the BIM category for Vectorworks Architect 2019 and BUILD Magazine’s 2019 Design & Build Awards as “Ones to Watch in the USA”.

“These awards are recognizing our significant presence and achievement in the industry,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks. “We would like to thank Architosh and BUILD Magazine for honoring our software and company once again. These awards in particular reinforce that Vectorworks is on the right path, and our goal is to excel as the top BIM software program in the industry with the distinction of being purpose-built around an architect’s design process.”

The “BEST of SHOW” award is designed to recognize the most interesting and promising technologies making an impact on architectural practice in the United States and globally. The BIM category was measured by:

  • Implementation quality
  • Acceleration of quality of solution
  • Quality of attack on addressing pain points in BIM workflows
  • Adoption, extension and commitment to Open BIM philosophies so that data and toolchains are social and democratized to their fullest extent
  • Fitting convergent technology paths and driving at synergistic directions for the industry.

“Vectorworks 2019 this year produced a very nice blend of updates, but the addition of live-linked connections to Lumion coupled with a suite of Open BIM and Revit support features truly boost this package’s appeal to architects and other design professionals,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, Architosh.

The Design & Build Awards are our way of endorsing and recommending the most promising and best performing firms across all sectors of the architecture, construction building and interior design, and each recipient is hand-picked by our internal team through a strictly merit-based process of research and analysis.

According to the BUILD research team: “Vectorworks was awarded Ones to Watch in the USA in the 2019 Design & Build Awards for their substantial work in BIM software development. They have shown sustained innovation and creativity in their solutions since their launch in 1985, and we believe we can expect great things in 2019 and beyond. Vectorworks’ contribution to the everchanging digital revolution in the AEC industry has shown consistent ingenuity, and we hope to continue celebrating their exceptional and innovative use of BIM in the built environment.” As part of its victory, Vectorworks will appear in an upcoming issue of BUILD magazine.

To learn more about Vectorworks Architect 2019 and its BIM capabilities, visit vectorworks.net/architect.

About Architosh

Architosh’s mission is to empower its readers with leading-edge information on CAD/BIM/3D technologies across diverse industries. We are a global-leading technology publication in our industry and we serve news, analysis, reviews and featured editorial to over 190,000 annual visitors and 30,000 dedicated readers in more than 140 countries around the globe.

About BUILD 

Published quarterly, BUILD endeavors to bring you the latest need-to-know content and updates from across the global construction and property industries.

Keeping pace with a vast array of ever-changing sectors thanks to regular contributions from some of the world’s foremost construction, design and real estate experts and firms, BUILD is home to the very best news, features and comment from the people and institutions in the know.

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software solutions provider serving over 675,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Newbury and London, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net.

Analog Devices Partners with First Sensor

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced a collaboration with First Sensor AG to develop products aimed at speeding the launch of autonomous sensing technology serving unmanned automotive, aerial and underwater vehicles in transportation, smart agriculture, industrial manufacturing and other industries. As part of the collaboration, Analog Devices and First Sensor are developing offerings that shrink the LIDAR signal chain to enable higher system performance as well as reduce size, weight, power and cost for manufacturers designing sensing and perception technology into their autonomous safety systems. The companies also plan to develop other LIDAR products that will serve automotive and industrial manufacturing applications.

For more than 25 years, Analog Devices has been developing sensor technology for transportation safety. Recent developments include multi-channel TIAs specifically designed to convert wide dynamic range photocurrent into a low-impedance voltage signal. First Sensor also has more than 25 years of experience manufacturing LIDAR APDs, which are highly sensitive detector arrays that convert light into photocurrent. Optimizing the interconnection between the APDs and TIAs is critical as it significantly influences the noise floor and bandwidth achieved. Improvements in these two parameters directly translate to LIDAR systems which can detect objects at longer range and with higher precision.

LIDAR is a growth driver for First Sensor. The company is preparing for the requirements of volume production with forward integration and an accelerated cost roadmap in line with its strategy for profitable growth.

First Sensor and Analog Devices will each offer a common evaluation board with which system manufacturers can test the combined solution.

This cooperation with First Sensor marks Analog Devices’ next phase in implementing its Drive360 autonomous driving solutions strategy. ADI’s Drive360 suite of technologies leverage ADI’s core competencies in high performance MEMS, RF/mmWave, and photonics/optics technologies, allowing ADI to provide the automotive industry with holistic solutions and be a dedicated partner for highly automated and autonomous driving technology needs. Learn more about Drive360 at http://www.analog.com/LIDAR.

About Analog Devices

Analog Devices is a global high-performance analog technology company dedicated to solving engineering challenges.

Visit www.analog.com.

About First Sensor AG

In the market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces standard products and customer-specific solutions for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. Based on tried-and-tested technology platforms, they develop products from single chips to complex sensor systems. Trends such as Industry 4.0, autonomous driving, and the miniaturization of medical technology will drive growth extremely rapidly in the future. First Sensor was founded in Berlin in 1991.

Further information: www.first-sensor.com.

Mazak Updates VTC-200C Vertical Machining Center

Mazak Corp. has enhanced the already exceptionally productive VTC-200C Vertical Machining Center with the addition of the MAZATROL SmoothG CNC and its suite of SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY software solutions. The control complements the VTC-200C’s full traveling-column design, automatic tool changer and powerful 40-taper spindle, all of which combine to enable fast cycle times and accurate machining for extremely long and heavy workpieces in industries such as construction, agriculture and energy production.

Job shops and major manufacturers alike will benefit from the VTC-200C’s new MAZATROL SmoothG CNC and its innovative programming, performance and monitoring functions, as well as the ability to use both EIA/ISO and conversational programming to bring optimum speed and accuracy to complex part production. Advanced hardware – including a pivoting CNC panel and intuitive, 19″ multi-touch LCD control screen – allows for complete ease of use, while a CFast memory card stores up to 32GB of program data.

The VTC-200C machine platform delivers a standard 15,000 rpm, 30 hp (10% ED, 110 nM) spindle capable of handling a wide variety of metalcutting applications. Additionally, the machine rapid traverses in all axes at a rate of 1,574 ipm, while its standard integration of Intelligent Thermal Shield (ITS) software helps maintain machine accuracy in a wide range of factory environments.

The machine’s fixed 78.74″ by 20″ table provides process flexibility for a wide range of applications, and its optional center partition can divide the work envelope into two separate work areas to allow the machine to be in cycle in one area while operators load, unload or set up a part in the other. The machine’s axis travels measure 65.35″ in X, 20″ in Y and 20″ in Z. For further process flexibility, manufacturers can double the standard 24-tool automatic tool changer’s capacity with an optional 48-tool magazine or upgrade to a 50 hp, 20,000 rpm integral spindle.

Additionally, the VTC-200C can integrate seamlessly with a variety of robotically loaded solutions provided by Mazak Automation Systems, and its new SmoothG control makes it easy to take advantage of machine monitoring software such as SMOOTH Link and IIoT connectivity tools such as MTConnect and the Mazak SmartBox.

About Mazak Corp.

Mazak Corp. is a designer and manufacturer of productive machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky, produces over 100 models of turning centers, Multi-Tasking machines and vertical machining centers, including 5- axis models. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to customers.

For more information on Mazak’s products and solutions, visit www.mazakusa.com.

Hexagon Announces Horizontal Arm CMM

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced a horizontal arm coordinate measuring machine (CMM) that enables automotive and other large part manufacturers to adopt smarter, more automated manufacturing practices while reusing existing horizontal arm CMM guideway assets. Hexagon has developed the DEA MERCURY FX solution to meet customers’ demands to combine the accuracy of horizontal arm CMMs with technology advances, such as automation and multisensor capabilities, so they can switch easily between tactile probe and non-contact measurement while capturing data that helps them improve manufacturing processes.

To help manufacturers shift to smarter working more quickly, Hexagon’s DEA MERCURY FX allows them to upgrade to the latest metrology tools and software features, while reusing their existing horizontal arm CMM base tables, even if it is not a Hexagon system. Eliminating the need to replace base tables from a wide range of suppliers minimises disruption and downtime. DEA MERCURY FX is also available as a new standalone horizontal arm CMM solution for manufacturers.

The DEA MERCURY FX is a multisensor horizontal arm CMM that supports both tactile and non-contact scanning. It enables OEMs and suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, defence and railway sectors, as well as manufacturers of large mechanical parts and earth moving machinery to continue to benefit from the precision of horizontal arm CMMs while adopting new, more automated and smarter metrology software and tools.

About Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence Division

Hexagon is a global sensor, software and autonomous solutions provider. Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

Advantech Selects MYTHINGS for M2.COM IoT Sensor Platform

SAN JOSE, CA (Sensors Expo), June 27, 2019 – BehrTech, a disruptive enabler of next-gen wireless connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced that its new MYTHINGS wireless connectivity platform has been selected by Advantech to enable long-range, robust, and scalable IIoT connectivity with the standardized M2.COM sensor platform.

As an alternative to LoRa and Sigfox, the MYTHINGS Module for M2.COM will be the only off-the-shelf wireless module from Advantech featuring the ETSI standardized MIOTY (TS-UNB) by BehrTech for Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). With TS-UNB (Telegram Splitting Ultra Narrow Band technology) at its core, this module combats the significant interference, mobility and capacity challenges experienced by legacy wireless technologies. The MYTHINGS Module for M2.COM is designed for large-scale industrial and commercial IoT deployments that demand excellent reliability, vast network capacity and ultra-low power consumption at lower data rates.

“At BehrTech, we’re focused on creating technology solutions that accelerate production-level IoT deployments enabled by industrial-grade wireless connectivity,” said Wolfgang Thieme, chief product officer at BehrTech. “Bringing together TS-UNB, the next generation LPWAN, and the open M2.COMstandard provides a versatile plug-and-play wireless connectivity needed to drive widespread adoption of industrial IoT applications.”

The MYTHINGS Module for M2.COM is compatible with the Advantech WISE-DB1500 evaluation carrier board, enabling the rapid development and testing of sensor nodes. The WISE-DB1500 board provides a built-in humidity or temperature sensor, an SD card socket, and a micro USB port, alongside various I/O interfaces.

“Our M2.COM module platform provides the standardization and certification needed to minimize the costs and deployment time of IoT projects,” says Charlie Wu, product manager at Advantech. “Now with the MYTHINGS Module for M2.COM, customers will have the added value of selecting a standardized wireless connectivity protocol that enables the development of flexible, scalable and robust sensor networks in demanding industrial and commercial environments.”

About Advantech

Advantech is the global leader of embedded, industrial, IoT and automation solution platforms. The 35-year-old, billion-dollar business is ranked a top 100 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) company, with over 1,000 products and more than 8,000 employees working in 92 major cities worldwide. Advantech is renowned for developing and manufacturing high-quality, high-performance hardware and software computing components as well as complete platforms—focused on its vision of enabling an intelligent planet (http://www.advantech.com/). Advantech is a subsidiary of Advantech Co., Ltd (TAIDEX:2395).

About BehrTech

BehrTech offers a disruptive wireless connectivity software platform that is purpose-built for massive-scale Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. At the core of the platform is MIOTY, a new communication technology standardized by ETSI that provides reliable, robust, and scalable connectivity unlike any other technology on the market. With its approach to interoperability, BehrTech makes it easy for end users to retrofit its MYTHINGS platform in any environment and enables partners, system integrators, and VARs to deliver fully-integrated IIoT solutions that enable data-driven decisions to be made.