Portfolio January 16 2019

New MariaDB platform X3 now available in the cloud as a managed service

MariaDB Platform X3 shatters age-old barriers between transactional and analytical, cloud and on-prem  MariaDB® Corporation today announced the general availability of MariaDB Platform X3, the first open source database that unites transactional and analytical workloads at scale, and a new MariaDB Managed Service supporting public and hybrid cloud deployments. MariaDB Platform X3 is tailored to a world where businesses need to monetize more of their data in practical ways and in real time. "Public cloud service offerings have fallen short in helping companies succeed across their diverse cloud and on-prem environments," said Michael Howard, CEO, MariaDB Corporation. "Unlike Amazon RDS and Aurora, MariaDB delivers a wide range of flexibility for our customers. Flexibility in the types of workloads supported, in how MariaDB is deployed, in how the database is configured, and now with MariaDB Platform X3, the flexibility to use any combination of transactions and analytics. Nothing else comes close." The traditional data management approach divides infrastructure into transactional (OLTP) systems and analytical (OLAP) systems. This approach creates complexity. It mandates two administrative environments. It prohibits fast insights on transaction data at scale. It also prevents application users from seeing and querying historical data. MariaDB Platform X3 brings together MariaDB TX and MariaDB AX in one platform that can uniquely scale out transactions or analytics to support business growth goals. With a single unified product, MariaDB Platform X3 reduces complexity and increases operational and analytical efficiency, giving application users full visibility and analytical access to historical data. Raising the Bar for Relational Database Service: MariaDB Managed Service To help customers take their cloud strategies to the next level, MariaDB has launched a Managed Service for public and hybrid cloud deployments. The MariaDB Managed Service goes beyond standard database implementation, backup and recovery, and regular upgrades by providing proactive monitoring, migration, schema changes, query optimization, performance tuning and security updates. Leveraging MariaDB's cloud architects and certified remote database administrators to deliver complete around-the-clock coverage, the MariaDB Managed Service ensures that customer databases are running optimally, that databases are tuned properly to save on unnecessary cloud infrastructure costs and that technical experts can always be reached in real time. Unlike cloud vendors that limit technical support to database operations issues, MariaDB Managed Service goes the extra mile to accurately diagnose issues, identify root causes and work with customers to prevent recurrent problems. The Managed Service offers three best practice starter configurations for transactions, analytics (standalone or to complement an existing on-prem transactional implementation) or hybrid transactional/analytical (HTAP). MariaDB Platform X3 and the MariaDB Managed Service are available now. To learn more, join the upcoming webinar or attend MariaDB's annual user conference, MariaDB OpenWorks on February 25-27, 2019 in New York for live demos and technology deep dives. Supporting Quotes "SQL has been and will continue to be the preferred method for storing business data," said James Curtis, Senior Analyst, Data Platforms and Analytics, 451 Research. "While this is unlikely to change, it's clear that SQL engines will need a complementary distributed solution that enables data to be analyzed and scaled. MariaDB's Platform X3 looks to check all of the boxes with a hybrid processing platform offering for enterprises that scales." "Over the last year, we reached a critical point with our database infrastructure, storing so much transactional data that it impacted our ability to support certain features, including web analytics where we had to limit the historical data we use to just the last four months," said Germán Castro Pérez, Chief Technology Officer, QBerg. "By bringing MariaDB's analytical solution together with our MariaDB transactional environment, we were able to store a considerably larger volume of historical data for analytics, with ample room for more still, and we greatly decreased overall processing time. Using MariaDB as a platform to connect our transactions and analytics has given us the ability to offer a new level of excellence to our customers."   "At GiG Sports, we use a mix of cloud and on-prem with MariaDB fully managing the databases for rapid betting data," said Alan Aquilina, Head of Software Development, GiG Sports. "We used MariaDB to deploy and manage our critical database infrastructure in the cloud and on-prem. MariaDB's team was instrumental so we could launch quickly ahead of the World Cup and continue to give us the peace of mind that our databases are running at their best." Source: www.prnewswire.comImage: www.infoworld.com

Portfolio January 16 2019

Quali introduces SaaS cloud management platform CloudShell Colony for accelerating DevOps

Quali, the leader in delivering environments-as-a-service for cloud and DevOps automation, today announced CloudShell Colony – a software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud management platform for DevOps. CloudShell Colony automates DevOps environments all the way from development to production, while allowing IT and project managers to govern the use of cloud resources from a single pane of glass. This announcement follows the recent news highlighting Quali’s $22.5 million Series-C funding round in December 2018. CloudShell Colony initially being released as controlled availability (CA) software equips DevOps teams, developers and testers with reusable application environments on public clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure with support for Kubernetes deployments. Quali is providing varying levels of the solution based on company size. “Setting up environments is error prone, time consuming and difficult to automate and troubleshoot. It’s even more challenging to do it in a scalable way that would serve more than one team, including team members who know nothing about infrastructure, and still work seamlessly with the CI/CD pipeline,” said Lior Koriat, CEO of Quali. “CloudShell Colony is designed to deliver IT environments more efficiently, eliminate configuration inconsistencies, and empower all stakeholders in the DevOps value chain by improving pipeline stability with less code and better error handling.” CloudShell Colony features include: Blueprint Modeling – Use YAML or a visual designer to build reusable environment-blueprints on AWS, Azure and Kubernetes (AKS, EKS and native). Environments include containers, compute instances, load Balancers, network and security elements, cloud services and more. Support complex environment with parameters, initial data, configuration and health-checks. Self-Service Environments – Role and policy based on-demand environments from a self-service catalog. Colony deploys environments with automatic setup, health-check and teardown that work out of box. Seamless CI/CD integration – Native integration to the organizational DevOps ecosystem including Azure DevOps, Jenkins, TeamCity, Github and more. Support for manual production update to full automated continuous deployment. Multi-tenancy, Secret Management, Audit Trail, RBAC – Everything required to make sure scaling, security and compliance are covered while increasing release speed. Visibility on Cloud Spend – Automatically tag cloud resources to control, analyze and manage cloud usage and expenses. Add custom tags to cloud resources to support specific business needs. A 30-day trial version will be available for all to try out suitability as well as a limited free tier for small teams. Quali also offers a Team tier and a Premium tier for larger groups of users and with a higher number of concurrent environments supported. The general availability of this release it targeted for mid-April 2019. For more information on CloudShell Colony, visit https://www.quali.com/cloudshell-colony.  

Portfolio January 15 2019

LiveU announces $20m multi-year deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group recently signed a multi-year lease agreement with LiveU that upgrades its fleet of hundreds of portable transmission units to LU600 HEVC for its newsgathering operations, ensuring the media company always has the latest bonded IP technology. The agreement immediately upgrades Sinclair stations spanning 80 production locations in the US to LiveU’s flagship model of HEVC field units featuring higher efficiencies, greater stability, increased reliability and the best video quality in low bandwidth situations. Sinclair has been a LiveU customer since 2011 and has grown with LiveU. The media group chose to upgrade its fleet of bonded IP solutions to maintain a competitive edge in newsgathering and grow as generational improvements occur in the LiveU solution set. “From the beginning, Sinclair recognized the value that LiveU technology provides to our news gathering and content operations. It is the commitment of the people at LiveU who develop and support the product that make the difference. We value our relationship with the company’s COO & Co-founder, Avi Cohen and LiveU. This deal is a recognition of the value LiveU brings to our content operations,” said Del Parks, SVP Chief Technology Officer for Sinclair.  “As Sinclair Broadcast Group has expanded its footprint, LiveU is there to ensure its stations have the latest cutting-edge technology to deliver maximum image quality at any bit rate and compete within their local markets,”said Avi Cohen, LiveU COO & Co-founder. “We continue driving the IP revolution by providing our customers with the best performing live newsgathering bonded cellular solution available on the market. We look forward to Sinclair’s continued success with our technology.” Sinclair continues pushing the technology envelope with the use of LiveU’s other IP-based solutions including LiveU Matrix, LU-Smart and LiveU vehicle solutions. Real-time Content Contribution & Distribution Sinclair is implementing LiveU Matrix to share live content for news events, such as the California wildfires, across all its broadcast and digital news platforms. LiveU Matrix, the company’s next generation IP cloud video management platform, enables Sinclair’s stations to view, manage and distribute live content quickly and efficiently throughout the station group using low-cost internet connectivity. Source: www.prnewswire.comImage: www.tvttechnology.com

Portfolio January 10 2019

Pixium Vision’s retinal implant lets visually-impaired patients see patterns

An electronic chip from French company Pixium Vision, inserted behind the retina to treat age-related macular degeneration, has shown excellent results in a small clinical trial. The five patients in the feasibility study suffered from dry age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of visual impairment in people over 65 in Europe. In this incurable condition, the light-sensitive cells of the retina start to degenerate, leading to loss of central vision, which is essential for visual acuity in tasks like reading and driving. Pixium’s solution is to implant a light-sensitive chip behind the retina, replacing the dying light-sensitive cells of the retina. A wearable camera and special augmented reality glasses then project near-infrared light onto the retinal implant, powering it to send visual information to the brain. Pixium’s approach requires a two-hour operation and the implant is powered wirelessly. This is a major improvement on many other implant systems, which often require over six hours of surgery and need to be powered with implanted wires. Other implants also often lie in front of the retina and stimulate cells leading to the optic nerve, bypassing the information-processing cells in the retina. Implanted behind the retina, Pixium’s implant is designed to harness the retinal cells that process visual information, not bypass them. “The hypothesis is that the best outcomes would come from mimicking the natural visual processing of the healthy retina,” explained Khalid Ishaque, CEO of Pixium. “Now we see that we have beaten the visual acuity measures so far published by all these wired, cabled, longer surgeries.” Interim tests, carried out six months after the implant was surgically inserted under the retina, found that patients with the condition could detect light in their central visual field, and most could detect patterns and letters, beating Pixium’s expectations. The device has also shown no serious adverse events in any of the patients until now. A larger European pivotal study in around 50 patients is the next step for Pixium. By 2022, the company aims to receive a CE mark, which is required to commercialize the technology. “It is a very exciting time for retinal implant technology. The future is bright!” enthused Ishaque.

Portfolio January 7 2019

EarlySense completes $39m financing round to accelerate global expansion of contact-free sensing and analytics solution

Hill-Rom and Wells Fargo Lead New Financing Round that Positions EarlySense to Capitalize on Multibillion Dollar Market Opportunity   RAMAT GAN, Israel – January 7, 2019 – EarlySense, the market leader in contact-free continuous monitoring solutions across the care continuum, today announced that it has completed a $39 million financing round, with the majority of the funding coming from Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC), a global provider of medical technologies and the world’s leading hospital bed manufacturer, and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, the venture capital and growth equity investment arm of Wells Fargo & Company(NYSE: WFC). Other new investors include BlueRed Capital, Israel Innovation Fund, Argos Capital and Hotung Capital. Existing investors, including Pitango Venture Capital and JK&B Venture Capital, participated as well. “Millions of beds worldwide require our continuous sensing and predictive analytics. As we continue our exciting journey to make our solution the standard of care, we are looking for the best strategic and financial partners to bring our solution to every bed,” said Avner Halperin, CEO of EarlySense. “We are honored to have Hill-Rom and Wells Fargo as our partners – each a unique leader and a globally revered brand in its field. Their commitment to enhancing patient care and safety empowers us to help healthcare professionals treat hundreds of thousands of patients. In 2018 alone, our technology helped providers save over $100 million, and played the pivotal role in preventing 3,000 deaths, 5,000 patient falls and 4,000 cardiac arrests …and this is only the beginning.” Hill-Rom’s investment comes on the heels of the hospital bed manufacturer’s launch of the Centrella® Smart+ Bed, the world’s first hospital bed with integrated continuous contact-free heart rate and respiratory rate sensing and analytics technology. “Hill-Rom is committed to enhancing patient safety through cutting-edge technologies. Our Centrella bed is transforming inpatient care with integrated advanced sensing and analytics, offering a complete patient safety platform to assist clinicians in providing the highest level of care,” said John Groetelaars, president and CEO of Hill-Rom. “Our decision to change the standard of care by integrating EarlySense into our Centrella platform, and now our move to deepen our exclusive relationship with EarlySense through a significant equity investment, are key steps in that direction.” EarlySense’s FDA-cleared and CE-approved solutions are used by healthcare facilities around the world. EarlySense technology leverages Big Data and advanced machine learning algorithms to generate highly accurate health information, empowering clinicians to achieve early detection of adverse events and improved patient outcomes. The combination of accurate identification and prediction enables proactive intervention by health teams and enhanced patient safety. The company’s contact-free, under-the-mattress sensing platform improves the patient experience, and provides 24/7 (100 times per minute) monitoring for patients who were previously monitored manually only every few hours. “As a global financial leader, Wells Fargo helps enable companies to become market leaders in their respective areas of focus.  Wells Fargo Strategic Capital seeks to invest in companies that deliver a positive impact on patients and those who treat them,” said John Ryan, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. “We look forward to working with EarlySense’s management and valuable partners such as Hill-Rom to improve how care is provided globally.” “These are exciting times for EarlySense. The company has transitioned to a SaaS-like business model, and has since more than tripled its installed base in hospitals and nursing homes within the last year alone.  The partnership with Hill-Rom is a natural fit to fuel the company’s vision of ‘an EarlySense sensor in every bed,’” said Ittai Harel, Managing Partner of Pitango Venture Capital and Chairman of EarlySense’s Board of Directors. “With the growth financing completed, we expect accelerating sales growth in the U.S. and globally, the adding of new AI-based analytics, and further expanding the company’s patient and health monitoring solutions offering, from hospitals to nursing homes and to the home.”